Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/22/11


Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (3-for-7, 3B, 6 RBI)

Home Runs: Chase d’Arnaud (1), Robbie Grossman (1)


D'Arnaud had the only Indianapolis run with a solo homer.

Box Score

Result: Toledo 7, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud (1-for-3, HR)

Notes: Rudy Owens (2-1, 2.95) had his first rough start at the AAA level, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Blaine Boyer (27.00) made his organizational debut, allowing three runs, two earned, on one hit and three walks, getting just one out.  Garrett Olson (0.00) made his first appearance since being outrighted to AAA, throwing 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits.

Chase d’Arnaud (.232) had the only Indianapolis run, hitting a solo homer in the sixth inning.  Brian Friday (.214) went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Alex Presley (.317) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.


Marte sent the game to extra innings with two outs and the bases loaded.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Richmond 5

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (3-for-7, 3B, 6 RBI)

Notes: Check out my recap of the game here.


McPherson had a great outing, pitching seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Fort Myers 0

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham (3-for-5, 3 2B)

Notes: The Bradenton Marauders got a great outing from Kyle McPherson (1-0, 1.14), who pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out six.  McPherson has allowed just three runs in 23.2 innings this year, with a 22:0 K/BB ratio.  Ryan Beckman (0.00) came on to pitch two perfect innings for the save, striking out two.

Jarek Cunningham (.237) led the offense, going 3-for-5 with three doubles.  Robbie Grossman (.246) went 1-for-4 with a two run home run in the third inning, giving Bradenton a 2-0 lead.

Check out Terry Matthews’ report on McPherson from tonight.


West Virginia was postponed tonight.

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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