Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/2/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings as of 8/16/11.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.16) - Next probable start 9/3

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) - Season Completed

4. Starling Marte, CF (.334) - 1-for-5

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.298) - 1-for-4

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - 0-for-4, BB, 2 K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 6.58) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) - Next probable start 9/4

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.64) - DNP

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5-9, 5.73) – 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 3-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Ryan Ludwick (1), Quincy Latimore (15)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Gorkys Hernandez stole his 20th base of the year.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Jose Ascanio, RHP (2-3, 4.91) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.281) – 1-for-2, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Ludwick, LF (.250) – 1-for-4, HR

Evan Meek, RHP (2.57) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Indians moved to three games out in the wild card race.  They have to go 3-0 and Lehigh Valley has to go 0-3 in order for the Indians to have a shot at the playoffs.  Ryan Ludwick homered in a rehab start, while Evan Meek gave up a run in his latest rehab start.  Gorkys Hernandez stole his 20th base of the season.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Sanchez caught two runners stealing tonight.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 8, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (0-1, 4.03) – 5.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 3-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (4.13) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Brad Chalk, RF (.244) – 3-for-4, BB

Game Notes: My live recap from the game.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Cumpton pitched two shutout innings before the game was suspended.

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 4

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.66) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.233) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1-0, 4.05) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Robbie Grossman, RF (.298) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: This was a continuation of yesterday’s suspended game.  Cumpton pitched two innings before the game was suspended.  Evan Chambers stole his 20th base of the year.  Victor Black got the win when Bradenton scored two in the bottom of the sixth.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Charlotte 6

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (2.84) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.336) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (2-2, 2.18) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Diego Moreno, RHP (3.31) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Adalberto Santos, LF (.312) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton scored five runs in the fourth inning, then scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 6th.  Jeff Inman has allowed one run in five innings since returning to Bradenton from his injury.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Von Rosenberg pitched six perfect innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Delmarva 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5-9, 5.73) – 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.222) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, SS (.267) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 SB

Wes Freeman, RF (.429) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.74) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg and Zac Fuesser take a no-hitter in to the ninth inning.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 3, Williamsport 2

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (5.80) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Skirving, C (.272) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.301) – 2-for-4, 2B

Alen Hanson, 2B (.286) – 2-for-4

Jesus Brito, RHP (1-2, 3.27) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Skirving gave State College the lead in the eighth inning with a bases loaded, bases clearing three RBI double in the top of the eighth.  Josh Poytress closed things out with a perfect inning and two strikeouts.  He’s allowed four runs in 14.1 innings since the start of August, with a 16:5 K/BB ratio.  All four runs came in one outing.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 74-67, 2nd Place, 13.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 63-75, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 72-63 Overall, 42-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 66-69 Overall, 31-36 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 30-43, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 34-26, Season Completed

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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