Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/4/11

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, 3.98) - Season Completed

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.332) - 0-for-5

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.294) - 0-for-2, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - DNP

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

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.02) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3.02) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, SS (.279) – 2-for-4, 2 3B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: None

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Hernandez went 2-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson, LHP (2.84) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.285) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Evan Meek, RHP (2.25) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ryan Ludwick went 1-for-3 in a rehab appearance.  Gorkys Hernandez is 11-for-29 in his last ten games.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 1, Richmond 0

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3.02) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.261) – 2-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Quincy Latimore, LF (.236) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: My live recap from the game.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Donald Veal, LHP (2.79) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.314) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.234) – 2-for-4, 2B

Ramon Cabrera, C (.343) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton wrapped up their regular season with a win.  Adalberto Santos stole his 27th base of the year, and finished with a .314 average and an .868 OPS.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Delmarva 2

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (5-0, 2.83) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, SS (.279) – 2-for-4, 2 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (3.18) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.68) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez has 13 triples on the year, which is a record for West Virginia.  Eliecer Navarro has a 3.19 ERA in 42.1 innings as a starter, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Williamsport 5, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.15) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.286) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Rodarrick Jones, DH (.245)1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: State College finished their season with a loss against Williamsport.  Hafner finished his season with a 3.15 ERA in 65.2 innings, along with a 31:20 K/BB ratio.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 76-67, 2nd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 64-76, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 74-63 Overall, 44-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 68-69 Overall, 33-36 2nd Half, 6th Place, 6.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 31-44, 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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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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