Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/6/11


Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (2-for-4, HR)

Home Runs: Starling Marte (2)


How long will Gallagher remain in the AAA rotation?

Box Score

Result: Norfolk 8, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Brian Friday (2-for-3, R)

Notes: It’s getting to the point where I can look at an Indianapolis score, and know when Sean Gallagher (0-5, 8.78) is starting.  You have to wonder how long the Pirates will keep Gallagher in the rotation in AAA.  They wanted to have a guy in AAA who would be ready to step up in the event of an injury early in the season, rather than rushing a prospect, but does anyone actually think Gallagher would be a good option in the majors?  I wouldn’t want to see him in the majors at all with these numbers, and for that reason, I don’t see the point of him starting in AAA.

Jose Ascanio (8.53) and Cesar Valdez (4.02) each pitched shutout innings.  Brian Friday (.250) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Pedro Ciriaco (.165) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.


Marte hit his second homer of the year tonight.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (2-for-4, HR)

Notes: Jeff Locke (3.41) didn’t have the best control tonight, allowing four walks in five innings, but he managed to escape a lot of damage, allowing just one run.  Tom Boleska (1-1, 3.68) got the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings.  Matt McSwain (9.00) allowed two runs in an inning of work.

Starling Marte (.314) went 2-for-4 with a homer, his second of the year.  Jeremy Farrell (.352) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.


Miller had another bad outing tonight.

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 12, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller (5.0 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos (1-for-4, 2 SB)

Notes: Quinton Miller (1-3, 9.99) hasn’t had the best start to his 2011 season, and that continued tonight with nine runs allowed, eight earned, on ten hits in five innings.  Duke Welker (4.22) followed up with two shutout innings, allowing two walks and striking out three.

The Bradenton offense was held to five hits in tonight’s shutout.  Adalberto Santos (.311) went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases.  Benji Gonzalez (.250) went 1-for-2 with a walk.  Elevys Gonzalez (.354) went 1-for-4.


Grovatt went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Augusta 4, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Daniel Grovatt (3-for-4)

Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-2, 6.31) was hurt by the long ball tonight, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings, with all four runs coming as a result of two homers.  Von Rosenberg didn’t allow a walk, and struck out six.  Zac Fuesser (1.50) pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.

Daniel Grovatt (.303) went 3-for-4.  Kawika Emsley-Pai (.379) went 1-for-3 with a double.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.290) went 1-for-3 with a walk.

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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It’s time to advance Pribanic and Locke to start in Triple A and waive Gallacher and put Burressin the Indy pen.


The purpose of Gallagher and Burres (which I hoped never happened) was to give depth in the case of a pitcher injury and they could call up a “veteran”.

At this point, these veterans have shown they are horrible. If another pitcher was injured and we needed a starter, I would hope Lincoln (on the 40 man) gets the call.

I think Owens needs more time and so does Wilson. I agree about jettisoning Gal/Bur in favor of Locke and Pribanic, though, perhaps on June 1.


Sean Gallagher (0-5, 8.78) needs to hit the street. Maybe Burres can share a cab with him.

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