The Pirates have signed their 6th round draft pick, pitcher Zack Von Rosenberg, a high school player from Texas. �It took $1.2 million to lure him away from college baseball with current NCAA winner LSU. �Von Rosenberg will be reporting to Bradenton, where he might get into a few games at the end of the GCL Pirates' season, and then he will participate in the Fall Instructional League. �The Pirates have now signed their first 10 draft picks (#1-9, plus Comp round A).
An updated list of the Pirates' 2009 draftees is here.�
Only two games in the rest of the Pirates' minor league system on Monday....
the Altoona Curve, Lynchburg Hillcats, and State College Spikes all have scheduled days off.
GCL Bradenton Pirates 2, GCL Yankees 0 �(12 innings)
An old-fashioned pitching duel broke out in Bradenton, with the Yankees and the Pirates maintaining their scoreless tie into the bottom of the 12th inning. �The Pirates had collected only �4 hits, plus 5 walks over the first 11 innings of the game. �Then LF�Rogelio Noris led off the bottom of the 12th with a double into center field. �2B Elevys Gonzalez sacrifice bunted Noris over to third base, and RF Wesley Freeman was the hero, with a walk-off 2-run homer. �Noris had also singled in the 4th inning. �1B Gerlis Rodriguez had the Pirates' other 3 hits, a double and two singles. �The Pirates put two runners on base in the 4th, when Noris singled and C Andrew Walker was hit by a pitch, but a double play ended that inning. �They also had two on in the 9th, on a single by Rodriguez and a walk to Noris, but a strikeout ended that threat. �The Pirates didn't have a runner reach as far as third base until Noris did it in the 12th.
Five Pirates' pitchers combined for the 12 shut-out innings. �Seventh round draft pick Trent Stevenson made his professional debut with one perfect inning of work to begin the game (line out, strikeout, fly out). �Zachary Fuesser relieved Stevenson and pitched 3 innings, allowing only one hit in the 4th, and striking out 2. �Jhonatan Ramos was next, and he went 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk, with 3 strikeouts. �All three of the base runners he allowed were eliminated in double plays. �Mitchell Fienemann pitched 2 innings, allowing only a walk. �Rafael Quintero came in to pitch the 12th, allowing a walk and a single. �He was the pitcher of record when Freeman homered, and so earned his first win. �There were only two innings, the 9th and the 12th when the Yankees had two runners on base at the same time, and no Yankee base runners reached third base. �
West Virginia Power 9, �Hickory Crawdads 3
The Power scored early and often as they overpowered the Crawdads with 15 hits. �1B Kyle Morgan went 4-for-5 at the plate, and C Tony Sanchez and LF Quincy Latimore had 3 hits each, with Sanchez picking up 3 RBI. �The first run came in the 2nd inning, on singles by Latimore and 3B Jeremy Farrell, with an RBI grounder by DH Danny Bomback. �Two more runs scored in the 4th inning, when Sanchez led off with a walk, and both Morgan and Latimore (RBI) scored. �Bomback was intentionally walked, then Morgan scored on RF Austin McClune's sacrifice fly. �
Tony Sanchez homered after SS Greg Picart's single to add two more runs in the 5th inning. �The Crawdads also homered in the bottom of the 5th, but the Power still led 5-1. �Doubles by Sanchez and Morgan and a single by Latimore brought in two more runs in the 7th inning. �Hickory got those two runs back in the 8th, with a solo homer and a walk and a double. �The Power scored their final two runs in the top of the 9th. �Greg Picart tripled and scored on Sanchez's single. �Morgan also singled, and a grounder force out by Latimore put runners on the corners. �Jeremy Farrell's sacrifice fly scored Sanchez, to give the Power the 9-3 win. �
Aaron Pribanic got the start and pitched 5 innings, allowing only the home run in the 5th inning, and 3 other scattered hits, plus a walk. �He earned his first win in the Pirates' organization. �Gabriel Alvarado earned his first save of the season with 4 innings of work, allowing the 2 runs in the 8th inning, on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts. �