Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/7/11


Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson (5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Alex Presley (3-for-4, R)

Home Runs: None


Presley went 3-for-4 today.

Box Score

Result: Norfolk 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Alex Presley (3-for-4, R)

Notes: Justin Wilson (2-3, 2.83) got the start for Indianapolis, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits in five innings tonight.  Wilson struck out four and only allowed one walk, throwing 62 of 95 pitches for strikes.  Tony Watson (2.81) and Garrett Olson (4.15) each allowed one run in an inning of work.  Tim Wood (4.38) pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Alex Presley (.367) had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Josh Harrison (.373) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and an RBI.  Andrew Lambo (.194) went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.


Thompson struck out seven tonight in 4.2 innings.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell (1-for-2, 2 BB)

Notes: Check out my game story here.


Baker allowed three runs in four innings.

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 6, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera (2-for-3, BB, R)

Notes: Nathan Baker (2-1, 5.23) didn’t have his best start, allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Jhonathan Ramos (4.08) pitched three shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out one.  Porfirio Lopez (6.75) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in two innings.

Ramon Cabrera (.412) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.  Evan Chambers (.209) went 1-for-3 with a double, a run, and a stolen base.  Aaron Baker (.317) went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.


Dodson pitched five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 1, Augusta 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson (5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (2-for-4, 2B, R)

Notes: West Virginia got a great effort from their pitching staff tonight.  Zack Dodson (3.10) had a great start, pitching five shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and striking out five.  Brooks Pounders (3-0, 1.80) continued his strong 2011 campaign, pitching three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out four.  Jason Townsend (1.64) pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout to close things out.

The offense tonight came in the form of one run.  Matt Curry (.380) went 2-for-4 with a double and the only run scored.  Curry also recorded his fourth stolen base of the season.  Daniel Grovatt (.299) went 0-for-1, but walked three times.  Eric Avila (.146) went 1-for-3.

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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