Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/3/11


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, 3.98) - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.335) - 3-for-7

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.295) - 0-for-5, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - 1-for-5, BB

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


Top Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (3.88) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.342) – 3-for-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Ramon Cabrera (3), Elevys Gonzalez (6), Chase Lyles (3)


Matt Hague went 2-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Louisville 7

Starting Pitcher: Nelson Figueroa, RHP (4.00) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ryan Ludwick, LF (.500) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.310) – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 1 RBI

Pedro Ciriaco, SS (.231) – 2-for-5, 3B

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.282) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: Indianapolis won tonight, but they were officially eliminated from the post season.  Ryan Ludwick made a strong rehab start.  Garrett Olson, Aaron Heilman, and Jared Hughes combined for six shutout innings.  Matt Hague, who was named the 2011 team MVP tonight, extended his hitting streak to eight games.


Pribanic threw six strong innings.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 6, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (3.88) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.278) – 3-for-6, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.35) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-7

Game Notes: My live recap from the game.


Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Charlotte 9

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (3.34) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.342) – 3-for-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.321) – 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI

Calvin Anderson, DH (.273) – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Bradenton carried a 9-2 lead in to the 7th, but Tyler Waldron gave up 7 runs in the inning to tie the score.  Bradenton took the game in the top of the ninth.  Ramon Cabrera hit his third homer of the year.  Drew Maggi was promoted today, and entered the game in the late innings, going 0-for-1 with a walk at second base.  Calvin Anderson returned for his first game since late June.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Delmarva 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3.98) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Lyles, 1B (.246) – 2-for-4, BB, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.51) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia won in ten innings, with a two run homer from Chase Lyles in the top of the tenth.  Jameson Taillon made his final start of the year, ending up with a 3.98 ERA in 92.1 innings, with a 97:22 K/BB ratio.  Casey Sadler has given up just six earned runs in 33.2 innings in the second half this year.


Box Score

Result: State College 7, Williamsport 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5-3, 3.79) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.313) – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, DH (.400) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Kevin Kleis, RHP (4.26) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Diomedes Mateo, LHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Emmanuel De Leon, RHP (3.28) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Benedict had an interesting season.  He started off hot, was hammered mid-season, then finished off strong, giving up four earned runs in his final 30.1 innings, spanning six starts.  Jose Osuna made his State College debut with two hits.  Taylor Lewis went 0-for-1 with three walks and two stolen bases, giving him 16 on the year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 75-67, 2nd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 63-76, 6th Place, 16.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 73-63 Overall, 43-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 67-69 Overall, 32-36 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 31-43, 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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  • Anonymous

    Elevys Gonzalez wasn’t even in Baseball America’s top 30 Pirates prospects before the year. At this point, he deserves top 10 consideration.

    • Anonymous

      I would put him around 35-40, not in the top 30. Now if he would have put up the same stats this season playing shortstop then, yes definitely in the top 30. Although his bat is coming along nicely he still has the look of a utility infielder to me….

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