Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/24/11

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 (2-2, 4.09) – Next Probable Start: 7/26

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 4.72) – Next Probable Start: 7/27

3. Starling Marte, CF (.302) – 1-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 5.95) – Next Probable Start: 7/28

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.93) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.13) – Next Probable Start: 7/29

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.88) – Next Probable Start: 7/26

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.44) – Next Probable Start: 7/28

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

 

Owens pitched seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Rochester 0

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.365) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.299) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Daniel Moskos, LHP (1.74) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Tim Wood, RHP (3.57) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Owens didn’t have a seven inning start all year, but has gone seven innings two starts in a row, allowing two runs on six hits in those two outings.  He’s getting back on track in July, with a 2.83 ERA in 28.2 innings, along with a 24:10 K/BB ratio. Pedro Alvarez has had multiple hits in each of his last three games, and is now hitting for a .472/.548/.806 line in 36 at-bats in his last ten games.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Morris struggled in his second straight appearance.

Box Score

Result: New Britain 7, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (3.86) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Rodriguez, SS (.291) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.285) – 2-for-4

Tim Alderson, RHP (2.80) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.93) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ohlendorf made his first rehab start at the AA level.  Morris has allowed six runs, four earned, in 2.1 innings over his last two relief appearances.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Lorin allowed one run in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Tampa 1

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (2.76) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, 3B (.263) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.290) – 1-for-3, BB

Diego Moreno, RHP (2-3, 4.57) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Grossman extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and has reached base safely for 21 games in a row.  He also scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, after leading off the inning with a single.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Fuesser was hit hard.

Box Score

Result: Charleston 14, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2-4, 3.00) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Mort, 2B (.212) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.250) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Fuesser had allowed 12 runs in 38 innings as a starter this year before today’s outing.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Mesa stole two bases.

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Brooklyn 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.40) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Mesa, RF (.283) – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Taylor Lewis, CF (.192) – 0-for-1, 3 BB

Josh Poytress, LHP (1-2, 6.61) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dickerson hit his first pro homer.  Carlos Mesa has had a great month of July, hitting for a .327/.377/.612 line in 49 at-bats heading in to today’s game, along with two homers.

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today for their All-Star game.  Raul Fortunato went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Jesus Vasquez went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Diego Goris went 0-for-2.  Aneudy Merejo made a relief appearance, getting one out against the only batter he faced.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were off today.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 53-50, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 42-58, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 48-53 Overall, 18-13 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 45-53 Overall, 10-20 2nd Half, 7th Place, 9.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 11-26, 6th Place, 10.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 19-11, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 29-16, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 33-25, 1st Place

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