Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/15/11

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 (2-2, 4.13) –  5 IP 9 H 5 R 5 ER 1 BB 5 K 0 HR

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1 5.23) –  1.1 IP 1 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 4 K 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.305) – 0-5

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.234) –  0-3, 2 BB

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) – Next Probable Start: 7/18

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (7-6 5.16) – Next Probable Start: 7/19

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3 3.55) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7 3.15) – Next Probable Start:  7/17

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-5 3.80) – Next Probable Start: 7/16

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8 4.67) – Next Probable Start: 7/17

Top Pitcher:  Kyle McPherson,RHP (3.26) 6 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 6 K 0 HR
Top Hitter:  Jesus Vasquez 4-5, 4 doubles, 4 RBI

Home Runs:  Steven Pearce (2) Aaron Baker (13) Robbie Grossman (6) Rogelios Noris (9)

Box Score

Result:  Clippers 4 Indians 3

Starting Pitcher:  Brad Lincoln, RHP (3.95) 6 IP 8 H 3 R 3 ER 0 BB 5 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Steven Pearce, 1B(.300) 2-5, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Pedro Alvarez,3B (.280) 1-3,BB

Game Notes:  Daniel Moskos returned to Indy and threw a scoreless inning in his debut. Jose Ascanio took the loss giving up one run on 2 hits in .2 IP. Matt Hague hit his 27th double. Gorkys Hernandez hit his 18th double.

Pedro went 1-3 with a walk

Box Score

Result:  Altoona 3 Erie 1

Starting Pitcher:  Kyle McPherson, RHP (3.26) 6 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 6 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Matt Curry(.260),1B 2-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt,2B (.287) 2-4, BB, run

Game Notes:  Altoona broke a 6 game losing streak. Tim Alderson pitched one scoreless inning.  Altoona collected 10 hits, all of them were singles. Noah Krol picked up his 13th save.


Kyle McPherson threw 6 strong innings tonight

Box Score

Result:  Marauders 8 Blue Jays 1

Starting Pitcher:  Jhonathan Ramos,LHP(3.04) 5 IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 2 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Robbie Grossman,RF (.282) 2-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B 2-4, 2 R, 2B, BB

Aaron Baker,1B 2-5, 2 R, HR, RBI

Evan Chambers,CF 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  The opposing starter was major leaguer Dustin McGowan on a rehab assignment. Jason Erickson threw 3 scoreless innings. Diego Moreno finished the game with one scoreless inning and 2 K’s.

Box Score

Result:  Power 6 Crawdads 5

Starting Pitcher:  Jameson Taillon,RHP (4.13)  5 IP 9 H 5 R 5 ER 1 BB 5 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:   Andy Vasquez,DH (.265) 4-4,2 R, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh,LHP (0.00) 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K 0 HR

Rogelios Noris 1-4, HR, 2 RBI

Chase Lyles 3-4,RBI,SB

Game Notes:  Rinku Singh was making his WV debut and he picked up the win. He has now won games for three different teams this year. Jason Townsend picked up his 8th save. Justin Howard hit his 27th double of the year.

Taillon was hit hard for a second straight start

Box Score

Result:  Spikes 2 Yankees 1

Starting Pitcher:  Nick Kingham,RHP (3.96) 5 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Chris Lashmet,3B (.280) 2-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers Derek Trent 1-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes:  Kingham won his first career game. The Spikes won for just the third time since July 2nd. Michael Jefferson pitched 3 innings in relief giving up one run. Mitchell Fienemann picked up his 4th save of the year.

Box Score

Result:  Pirates 8 Tigers 6

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Heredia,RHP (5.23) 1.1 IP 1 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 4 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Luis Urena 3-7, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Yhonathan Barrios 4-8,RBI, SB

Logan Pevny,RHP (3.60) 5 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 0 K 0 HR

Game Notes:  The game lasted 16 innings and took just over 5 hours to complete. Jason Jaramillo on rehab went 2-4 as the DH. The two teams combined for 34 hits.

RK: DSL Pirates
Box Score

Result:  Pirates 9 Red Sox 7

Starting Pitcher:  Francisco Vilchez,RHP 5 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 5 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jesus Vasquez,LF 4-5, 4 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers Diego Goris 4-5, 3 runs, 2 2B, RBI


RK: VSL Pirates
Box Score

Result:  Rays 9 Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher:  Oderman Rocha,RHP (3.48) 5 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 3 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Edgar Munoz,LF (.367) 1-2,2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers Jose Roman,DH 1-4,2B, RBI


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 48-46, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 38-53, 6th Place, 16.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 43-49 Overall, 12-9 2nd Half, T-2nd Place 0.5 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 42-48 Overall, 6-15 2nd Half, 7th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 7-20, 6th Place, 8.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 15-8, 1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 26-13, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 31-21, 1st Place

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Has anyone else noticed that Starling Marte appears to be slumping lately?  Hopefully this is nothing to be concerned about.

This site is incredible!  When I need news & analysis on the Bucs, this is my go-to site.  Thanks for all you do Tim!

Lee Young

Who is this Rinku Singh guy? And, why isn’t he a top 50 prospect?

I would love to see him make it. The odds were long, but he seems to pitch well wherever he goes.

Jimmy Cali

Damn, disappointing outing for Taillon although I do like that he threw 5 innings.

Grossman is on a hot streak


   Tim might not like the attention but you don’t realize how much work goes into these Prospect Watch articles until you actually fill in for him one day, especially when all 8 minor league teams are going on the same day. Great work Tim and a well-deserved night off!

Lee Young

John, I really appreciate the work Tim does. I also appreciate the fill-ins who work hard, too.

This is just a downright great site!!


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