Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/5/11


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) - Season Completed

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.332) - 1-for-3, BB

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.294) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - 1-for-3

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

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.02) - Season Completed

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


Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3.81) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.216) – 3-for-5, RBI, SB

Home Runs: Chase Lyles (4)


Jeff Locke made his final start of the year for Indianapolis.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (1-2, 2.22) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Miles Durham, RF (.233) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, 1B (.271) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s recap.


Irwin finished off his 2011 season with a strong start.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3.81) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.239) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.332) – 1-for-3, BB

Tony Sanchez, C (.241) – 1-for-3

Tim Alderson, RHP (0-4, 4.12) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Tim Alderson gave up the go ahead run in the eighth inning on a home run, and the game went to a rain delay, and was later called early due to rain.  Starling Marte won the Eastern League batting title with his 1-for-3 performance today.  Phil Irwin finished his season with two earned runs in 19 inings over his last three starts, with a 17:4 K/BB ratio.


Bradenton was off today.  They begin the first round of the 2011 Florida State League playoffs tomorrow.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Delmarva 4

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (3.38) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.216) – 3-for-5, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (5-5, 2.43) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Dan Grovatt, LF (.284) – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Wes Freeman, RF (.250) – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: West Virginia won in 11 innings, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth thanks to RBI singles from Grovatt and Avila, then winning thanks to an RBI triple from Mel Rojas Jr.  Chase Lyles homered in the first, his fourth of the year.  Casey Sadler finished off a strong second half, with a 1.51 ERA in 35.2 innings, along with a 32:6 K/BB ratio.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 76-68, Season Completed

AA: Altoona Curve – 64-77, Season Completed

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 74-63 Overall, 44-23 2nd Half, Season Completed

A: West Virginia Power – 69-69 Overall, 34-36 2nd Half, Season Completed

A-: State College Spikes – 31-44, Season Completed

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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