Prospect Watch: Irwin Makes a Strong Start, Grossman Misses Last Four Games


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.53) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.260) - 0-for-4, 3 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.286) - 1-for-3, 2B

8. Stetson Allie, 3B (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-4, 5.51) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (4.19) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.304) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Home Runs: None


Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 5, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (4.61) – 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.216) – 1-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (0-1, 4.05) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Welker gave up his first runs since moving up to Triple-A, with the runs coming on a three run homer in the sixth inning. Jeff Karstens was pulled from his rehab start with a groin injury. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 12th base of the season. In his last three games, Starling Marte has struck out seven times in 13 at-bats.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Reading 1

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (4.19) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.304) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.204) – 2-for-5

Quincy Latimore, RF (.242) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Altoona scored six runs in the eighth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. Brock Holt went 2-for-4 for the second night in a row. Robbie Grossman has missed the last four games due to an “in-house reason”, per Cory Giger.


Bradenton was postponed.


West Virginia was off.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Yankees 5

Starting Pitcher: Julio Cesar Pimentel, RHP (1.13) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 3B-2B (.438) – 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Ozuna, SS (.353) – 2-for-5, 3 RBI

Dennis Hurtarte, PH-1B (.500) – 1-for-2

Game Notes: Pimentel isn’t a prospect, at 26 years old, and with time spent in the minors as high as high-A ball.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Yankees 6

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, RHP (3.75) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH (.125) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Luis Rico had a much better start compared to his last outing, where he gave up three runs in 2.2 innings.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 34-26

AA: Altoona Curve – 28-30

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 25-35

A: West Virginia Power – 19-41

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 3-2

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 3-2

Author: 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, 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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