Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/21/11


Top Pitcher: Tony Watson (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Justin Howard (2-for-4, 2B, HR)

Home Runs: Justin Howard (2)


Lincoln didn't have a good start tonight.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: Toledo 6, Indianapolis 0; Indianapolis 3, Toledo 1

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR); Jose Ascanio (0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Dusty Brown (2-for-3, 2B, RBI)

Notes: Indianapolis split a double header with Toledo.  The Indians were held to one hit in the first game, with Jason Jaramillo (.308) going 1-for-2.  Brad Lincoln (0-3, 6.75) didn’t look good, allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Cesar Valdez (9.95) pitched the final inning, allowing just one hit and striking out one.

Indianapolis won game two 3-1.  Jose Ascanio started the game, but was hit in the head with a line drive, and had to leave early.  Ascanio walked off under his own power.  Tony Watson (3.12) pitched three innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out two.  Chris Leroux (2-0, 6.00) pitched three shutout innings, allowing three walks and striking out four.  Tim Wood (5.40) got the save, with a perfect inning and a strikeout.  Wood was throwing 95-97 MPH again, and threw seven pitches, all strikes. Dusty Brown (.323) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Corey Wimberly (.241) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.


Latimore went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 RBI)

Notes: Check out my recap of the game.


Cabrera went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker (5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI)

Notes: Nathan Baker (7.04) got the start tonight, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Jhonathan Ramos (0-1, 2.38) ended up taking the loss, allowing one run on five hits in 2.1 innings.

Ramon Cabrera (.459) had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Benji Gonzalez (.268) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  Aaron Baker (.304) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.


Waldron allowed four runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 4, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron (6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Justin Howard (2-for-4, 2B, HR)

Notes: Tyler Waldron (2-1, 5.06) had his worst start of the year, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Waldron gave up most of the damage in the third, allowing three runs.  Brooks Pounders (1.13) pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Justin Howard (.289) provided the only offense for West Virginia tonight, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his second of the year.  Howard also doubled.  Elias Diaz (.114) went 1-for-4 with a double.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.255) went 1-for-4.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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