Prospect Watch: Nine Strikeouts From Irwin, Avila Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.314) - 1-for-4

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) - Low-A DL (UPDATE)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - Low-A DL (UPDATE)

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-3, 2.19) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.68) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.81) - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 1.59) - DNP

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.288) - State College DL (UPDATE)

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.222) - 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.302) - 1-for-4

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.295) - 1-for-3, BB, 2B

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.51) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.306) - 0-for-2, BB

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-7, 4.62) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.281) - 0-for-4

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (4-6, 4.90) - 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.79) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0 2.70)  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, CF (.256) – 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, HBP

Home Runs: Eric Avila (10), Jesus Vasquez (5), Chase d’Arnaud (5)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0 2.70)  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.237)- 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Alex Presley, CF (.302) – 0-for-4

Matt Hague, 3B (.287) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (1-1 5.09) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, CF (.256) – 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, HBP

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.271) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Andrew Lambo, RF (.254) – 0-for-3, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.295) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes:  Tyler Waldron gave up a first inning run, then held Richmond off the board until he was relieved by Michael Colla in the sixth inning. Colla picked up the win with 2.1 scoreless innings. Victor Black pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Quincy Latimore reached base all five AB’s, with two hits, two walks and a HBP. In 38 games since the EL All-Star break, he has an .854 OPS. His 67 RBI’s rank him second on Altoona to Matt Curry(72) and ninth in the Eastern League.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (5-8 3.50) 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kirk Singer, 3B (.230) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.302) – 1-for-4

Mel Rojas, CF (.248) – 0-for-4

Carlos Mesa, RF (.222) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro gave up three first innings runs, then after the Marauders came back to tie it in the top of the fourth, he allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning. Matt Benedict gave up two runs in four innings of relief. Bradenton picked up nine hits in the game, though they could only collect one extra base hit, a double from Benji Gonzalez hitting in the ninth hole. Gonzalez scored one run and drove in another. Bradenton dropped down to .500 in the second half.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Hickory 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-6 4.90) 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Eric Avila, 3B (.301) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.314) – 1-for-4

Willy Garcia, RF (.251) – 0-for-4

Jose Osuna, 1B (.281) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Eric Avila extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a fourth inning single and then put WV back in the game with a two-run homer in the sixth. Jose Osuna had his hitting streak snapped at 14 games. Avila hit his sixth home run in his last eight games. He is hitting .318 over his last 38 games after spending extended time on the disabled list earlier in the season. Von Rosenberg had his second straight outing in which he gave up one earned run over five innings of work. Despite the good results, he has allowed nine base runners in each game. Joan Montero followed Zack with three scoreless innings, while Pat Ludwig came on to throw a scoreless ninth. Elias Diaz collected two hits, while Taylor Lewis drove in the other run and also stole his 19th base.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result:  Auburn 6, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (0-1, 2.63) 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.241) – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.243) – 1-for-5, 2B

Walkey Gourley, CF (.254) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes:  Adrian Sampson had a shaky outing, but still managed to give up just two runs in 4.1 innings. In nine of his ten appearances this year, he has given up two runs or less. Ryan Hafner gave up two walks and a hit over 1.1 scoreless innings. Kevin Kleis threw two hitless innings, though he did allow a run. Samuel Gonzalez and Chris Diaz each collected a pair of singles. Gourley drove in his 24th run of the season, setting his season high in his fourth year of pro ball, three spent with State College. Vasquez has just seven RBI’s to go along with his five homers since getting promoted from the GCL . He has yet to draw a walk during his time with SC, while he has struck out 23 times in 21 games

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score (game one)

Result:  Pirates 6, Phillies 0 (completion of suspended game)

Starting Pitcher:  Jonathan Sandfort, RHP (0-1 4.80) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.284) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, BB

Box score (game two)

Result: Pirates 4, Phillies 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (1-1 4.08)  4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin De Jhang, C (.306) – 1-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI

Wilbur Miller’s live game recaps

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

 For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.

RK: DSL PIRATES1

Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Marlins 2

Starting Pitcher: Oderman Rocha, RHP (6-1, 1.81) – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian de Aza (.240) – 4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notables

Danny Arribas, C (.308) – 1-for-2, 2 RBI

Luis Benitez, CF (.200) – 2-for-5, BB

RK: DSL PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Phillies 0 in 7 innings

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (5-2 2.66) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, SS (.273) – 1-for-1, 2 BB, RBI

Other Notables

Dennis Hurtarte,  1B (.238) – 1-for-3

 

 

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    And, what of Quincy? Is he a prospect or suspect?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Latimore is still kind of that fringe status. Some of the best power in the organization, but he still has issues with strikeouts and a lack of walks. So that’s really holding him back from “prospect” status, but his age keeps him from being a bust just yet.

      • Kevin_Creagh

        To his credit, his walk rate is around 10% this year, instead of hovering around 6% as per most of his career. Some of that can be attributed to batting 7th or 8th a good part of this year, though.
        Latimore still has a middling batting average, sub par defense from LF, and less than great baserunning instincts (plus a high K rate). Like Tim said, his age is the only thing going for him right now. For me, he’s not a prospect.