Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/21/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Justin Howard (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI)

Home Runs: Starling Marte (3), Eric Fryer (4), Carlos Esqueda (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Hague went 2-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Scranton/WB 3

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI)

Notes: Brian Burres (2-6, 4.65) allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 5.1 innings.  Evan Meek (0.00) made a rehab appearance for the second straight night.  Meek pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Cesar Valdez (3.20) and Tim Wood (4.32) each pitched perfect innings.

Matt Hague (.287) went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.  John Bowker (.358) went 2-for-4 with a run.  Jason Jaramillo (.271) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Pribanic a seven inning shutout.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Akron 0; Akron 8, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR); Bryan Morris (3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer (2-for-4, HR)

Notes: Aaron Pribanic (4-1, 2.11) pitched a seven inning shutout in game one, allowing six hits, no walks and striking out one.  Starling Marte (.325) went 2-for-3 with a homer.  Jordy Mercer (.252) went 2-for-3.  Eric Fryer (.304) went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Bryan Morris (1-2, 3.93) got the start in game two, allowing a run on one hit and two walks in three innings, with three strikeouts.  Matt McSwain (7.84) allowed three runs in two innings.  Brian Leach (9.00) allowed four runs in 1.2 innings.  Quincy Latimore (.220) went 2-for-3.  Fryer went 1-for-2 with a homer.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Cunningham went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 6, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham (2-for-4, R, RBI)

Notes: Phillip Irwin (0.96) pitched six innings, allowing a run on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts.  The one run came on a homer.  Jason Erickson (4.98) allowed three runs, one earned, in 2.1 innings.  Duke Welker (1-2, 4.15) took the loss, allowing a three run homer in the ninth inning.

Jarek Cunningham (.296) went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Robbie Grossman (.253) went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and his tenth stolen base of the year.  Elevys Gonzalez (.328) and David Rubinstein (.333) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Howard went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 11, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg (4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Justin Howard (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI)

Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-4, 8.27) got hit around again, allowing five runs on six hits in four innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Trent Stevenson (7.17) allowed five runs on five hits in three innings.  Porfirio Lopez (4.50) allowed a run on three hits in two innings.

Drew Maggi (.209) went 3-for-4 with a double.  Justin Howard (.280) went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.  Kawika Emsley-Pai (.426) went 2-for-5 with a run.  Matt Curry (.369) went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Rays 5

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza (4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Carlos Esqueda (2-for-4, HR)

Notes: Carlos Esqueda (.368) went 2-for-4 with a homer.  Jose Roman (.389) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs.  Dilson Herrera (.286) went 1-for-5.

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When your FB  is only 88-90 MPH and that’s all you throw, yes, he’s gonna get pounded. If he does get any more velocity, he’s gonna be a dud. Unless you’re Greg Maddux, you can’t sit in that range.

ZVR a dud again. I guess that’s why you draft LOTS of pitchers. Some drop by the wayside.
I agree with Panther….release Gallagher already.

 Hes still young though, he just needs to fill out more, When your throwing fastballs over 80% and your sitting at 88-90 your going to get hit hard

Irwin should be promoted to Altoona to replace Pribanic who takes Gallagher’s spot in Indy. Still miffed that Josh Harrison wasn’t the recall instead of Ciriaco. 

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