Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/1/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings as of 6/9/11.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-1, 2.96) – Next Probable Start: 7/4

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 4.91) – Next Probable Start: 7/2

3. Starling Marte, CF (.330) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 R

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.248) – DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 6.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-5, 5.22) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 4.32) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-5, 3.04) – Next Probable Start: 7/3

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.82) – Next Probable Start: 7/2

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-7, 4.20) – Next Probable Start: 7/4

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (6.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.267) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (7), Quincy Latimore (8), Andrew Lambo (1), Pedro Alvarez (1), David Trent (1), Justin Bencsko (1), Raul Fortunato (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (42-41)

Owens returned from the disabled list with a nice start.

Box Score

Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (5.22) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.304) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Donald Veal, LHP (7.36) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.306) – 3-for-3, BB

Matt Hague, 1B (.333) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Bowker has homered four times in his last six games.  Meanwhile, Matt Hague has gone six straight games with multiple hits, with a double in each game.  He now has 20 doubles and eight homers on the year.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE (35-44)

Altoona beat Trenton 10-5.  Check out John Dreker’s live recap from the game.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS (37-42 Overall, 7-2 2nd Half)

Cumpton pitched six strong innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Palm Beach 2

Starting Pitcher: Joe Beimel, LHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.267) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-0, 4.09) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2.48) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Beimel started his rehab assignment, which means he has at most 30 days before the Pirates have to bring him back up to the majors.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER (40-37 Overall, 5-4 2nd Half)

West Virginia lost 12-5 to Greensboro.  Check out my live report from the game, including quotes from Zack Von Rosenberg, and West Virginia manager Gary Robinson on Von Rosenberg and Victor Black.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (4-11)

Allie allowed one run, struck out five, and didn't allow a walk in four innings.

Box Score

Result: State College 4, Mahoning Valley 3

Starting Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (6.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: David Trent, DH (.211) – 2-for-6, HR

Other Notable Performers

Vincent Payne, RHP (3.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: State College won in 12 innings.  David Trent and Justin Bencsko each hit their first homer of the year, although the two combined for seven strikeouts.  Stetson Allie had a great start, with no walks and five strikeouts in four innings.

RK: GCL PIRATES (5-5)

The GCL Pirates were postponed today.

RK: DSL Pirates (17-10)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Rays 7

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (4.01) – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.311) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.267) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Diego Goris, 1B (.346) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Miguel De Aza, LF (.222) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: De Aza was playing in his third game of the year, and first since May 31st.  Fortunato was caught stealing twice, giving him seven on the year.

RK: VSL Pirates (24-16)

Box Score

Result: Reds 3, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (0-1, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 3B (.297) – 1-for-4, 2B

Prospect Watch

  • The non play by Overbay on that pop up is in excusable, the pitcher should never have to make that play.  Bench him for another series if you ask me.  

  • Veal, Hague, Gorkys and Welker all got mentions today. I haven’t been a fan of Gorkys at all but he is doing well, but has no where to move up to. Welker should be moved up. Is there a reason to hold on to Veal?

    As for Hague…is there a reason to continue to hold him back? Unless his fielding is Dick Stuart like I don’t see it. Overbay’s not clearing a spot on his mantel for a Gold Glove either. He stood at 1st a couple of nights ago and watched a pitcher try to catch a popup. I realize he’s $2.5MM worth of dead weight for the rest of the season, but….

    Nice outing by Allie.

  • I meant “Hansen”. Sigh

  • Huhn? No mention of Alen Hansin?

    Good to see Allie ‘in control’.

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