Bucs Minor League Report 6/29

AAA: Indianapolis defeated Toledo by a score of 4-2.

Jeff Locke threw six shutout innings on four hits, walked a pair and struckout six to pick up the win. Brandon Boggs was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Starling Marte went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Gorkys Hernandez was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk, scored a run and stole his 12th base of the season. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Tony Sanchez was 0-for-3. Jordy Mercer goes 0-for-4. 

AA: Altoona cruises to an 11-3 victory over Harrisburg.

Phil Irwin goes seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits, walked none and fanned six for the win. Robbie Grossman went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and scored three runs. Jarek Cunningham was 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s and scored a run. Matt Curry and Brock Holt were both 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Oscar Tejeda made his Altoona debut going 1-for-2 with a home run and walked three times. Stefan Welch went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer (his second for the Curve).

High A: Bradenton wins 7-5 over Palm Beach.

Casey Sadler pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, walked a batter and had three strikeouts in a no-decision. Elevys Gonzalez was 3-for-4 including a two-run home run (his first of the year) and three RBI’s. Kirk Singer went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs. Alex Dickerson was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (his sixth). Junior Sosa went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Mel Rojas goes 1-for-4 with a run scored and stole his ninth base of the season.

West Virginia victorious over Delmarva by a final of 7-2.

Zack Von Rosenberg tossed six scoreless on seven hits, walked one and punched out six for the W. Taylor Lewis went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. Alen Hanson was 2-for-4 with a two-run blast (his 12th) and had a stolen base (his 15th). Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a couple runs. Francisco Aponte was 2-for-4 and stole his second bag of the season. Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI’s and scored twice. Dan Gamache was 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and drew a walk. Jose Osuna went 1-for-4.

Short A: Mahoning Valley defeats State College by a 3-2 final.

Joely Rodriguez went five shutout innings on three hits, walked a batter and struckout three in a no-decision. Barrett Barnes and Alex Fuselier were each 1-for-3. Chris Diaz and Yhonathan Barrios went 1-for-4 with a run scored and both stole their fourth bases of the season. Jake Stallings was 1-for-4 with a double. Jodaneli Carvajal goes 1-for-4.

GCL: Pirates over the Blue Jays 6-4.

Axel Diaz pitches three innings, gives up four runs (three earned) on four hits, walked one and had three strikeouts in a no-decision. Elvis Escobar went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored a run. Dilson Hererra was 2-for-5 including a home run (his fourth) and two RBI’s. Luis Urena went 1-for-4 with a grand slam. Stetson Allie was 0-for-2 with a walk and came into score. Wyatt Mathisen had an 0-for-4.

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Pirates lineup vs Adam Wainwright; Cardinals lineup vs Kevin Correia

                                                        Pirates Lineup

                                                   LF Drew Sutton – Has never faced Wainwright

                                                  RF Jose Tabata – .444 (4-for-9)

                                                  CF Andrew McCutchen .389 (7-for-18)

                                                 1B Garrett Jones .263 (5-for-19)

                                                2B Neil Walker .375 (3-for-8)

                                                3B Pedro Alvarez .250 (2-for-8)

                                                 C Rod Barajas .300 (3-for-10)

                                                SS Clint Barmes .231 (3-for-13)

                                                 P Kevin Correia .333 (1-for-3)

                                                   

                                                      Cardinals Lineup          

                                                SS Rafael Furcal – .231 (3-for-13)

                                                CF Jon Jay – .286 (2-for-7)

                                                LF Matt Holliday – .276 (8-for-29)

                                               RF Carlos Beltran – .333 (4-for-12)

                                               1B Allen Craig – .333 (1-for-3)

                                               C Yadier Molina – .267 (4-for-15)

                                              3B David Freese – .143 (1-for-7)

                                              2B Daniel Descalso – .500 (2-for-4)

                                               P Adam Wainwright – .500 (1-for-2)

Brad Lincoln may have found his calling

Entering the 2012 season, it seemed as though this year would be “make or break” for Brad Lincoln. The former first round pick of the Pirates in 2006 had not done much to show that he belonged in the Pirates rotation. He came into Spring Training looking to earn a spot. When A.J. Burnett injured his right eye during a bunting drill, a spot had opened up in the rotation, but Lincoln could not capitalize as he posted a Spring ERA of 11.25. The final weekend of Spring Training, he was optioned to AAA Indianapolis and according to Neal Huntington, would be stretched out in case they needed someone in the bullpen who could go multiple innings at some point in the season. The opportunity arose for Lincoln when Jeff Karstens was placed on the DL with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The Pirates remained with a four man rotation since Burnett was close to coming back. Lincoln was pitching lights out in the bullpen and was looking nearly unhittable at times. It was then announced that Charlie Morton had to have elbow surgery and Lincoln was placed in the rotation as a spot starter until Jeff Karstens was ready to come back soon. As your about to see, the results as a starter were a far cry from what he was doing in the bullpen.

Starter: 6.08 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, .299 BAA, 11.3 H/9, 7.8 K/9, 2.3 BB/9

Reliever: 0.43 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, .164 BAA, 5.1 H/9, 10.7 K/9, 3.0 BB/9

The results from Brad Lincoln in the bullpen seems to be because his stuff is more above average and not giving hitters a chance to adjust since there only seeing him an inning or two out of the pen. As a reliever, he throws mid-90’s compared to the low-90’s as a starter. Because of the increased velocity, he makes his already Major League caliber curveball that much tougher to hit. Lincoln has had to work on his changeup when he’s been used as a starter, but doesn’t have to rely on it as a reliever. I know the expectations for him haven’t been there as a first round pick, but at least he has a chance to stick in the big leagues in some capacity, unlike John Van Benschoten and Bryan Bullington. If Brad Lincoln can maintain that strikeout rate and he can cut down a little on the walks, then he has a good chance of being the Pirates next closer once Joel Hanrahan eventually departs. 

Bucs Minor League Report 6/28

AAA: Indianapolis wins 10-5 over Toledo.

Rick VandenHurk pitched five innings, surrendering five runs on nine hits, walked and struckout three for the win. Starling Marte went 2-for-5 including a two-run home run (his eighth) and five RBI’s total. Matt Hague was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI’s and a run scored. Jeff Clement went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Brandon Boggs was 2-for-2 and walked twice. Jordy Mercer was 1-for-4 with a triple and scored a run. Tony Sanchez did not play (night off).

AA: Altoona defeated Harrisburg 4-2.

Brandon Cumpton tossed six scoreless on three hits, walked none and had four strikeouts to pick up the victory. Brock Holt was 1-for-2 with an RBI triple. Jeremy Farrell went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Matt Curry was 1-for-4 and hit his fifth homer of the season. Robbie Grossman and Drew Maggi both went 1-for-4 and each had an RBI. Stefan Welch walked as a pinch-hitter. 

High A: Palm Beach over Bradenton by a 10-4 final.

Matt Benedict went five innings, giving up four runs on three hits, walked three and fanned five to get the win. Mel Rojas went  1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and came into score. Dan Grovatt was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and stole his ninth bag of the year. Elevys Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a two-run double. Kirk Singer was 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Alex Dickerson goes 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run.

Low A: Lakewood defeats West Virginia by a score of 7-6. (Lakewood scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th)

Ryan Hafner threw 4.2 innings, gave up three runs on five hits, walked and struckout four in a no-decision. Alen Hanson was 3-for-4 with a double, scored twice and had a stolen base (his 20th of the season). Taylor Lewis went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Jose Osuna was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his fifth) and drew a walk. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and scored a run. Francisco Diaz  was 1-for-4. Willy Garcia had an 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Short A: Mahoning Valley defeated State College by a final of 6-5.

Jason Creasy pitches 4.1 innings, allowed four runs on six hits, walked a couple and struckout a batter in a no-decision.  Chris Diaz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base (his third of the season). Jodaneli Carvajal was 2-for-5 with a run scored. D.J. Crumlich went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and came into score. Rodarrick Jones was 1-for-4 and scored a run. Ryan Hornback and Dave Valesente were both 1-for-4 with an RBI. Barrett Barnes goes 0-for-4 and walked. 

GCL: Yankees over the Pirates by a 6-5 final.

Dovydas Neverauskas went four innings, gives up three runs on four hits, walked a batter and struckout six in a no-decision. Edwin Espinal was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Candon Myles went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and came into score. Adalberto Santos was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Jorge Bishop went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Dilson Herrera was 1-for-5 with a two-run home run (his third). Wyatt Mathisen went 0-for-4 and stole his fourth base of the season. 

Ramon Cabrera, Brock Holt and Brandon Cumpton selected to All-Star team

The Altoona Curve will have three players representing them in this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game which will be in Reading on July 11. Those three are Ramon Cabrera, Brock Holt and Brandon Cumpton. The catching selection must be slim this year as Cabrera is hitting just .241 with a .615 OPS, two homers and 31 RBI’s in 60 games. Holt is batting .316 with an .803 OPS, one home run and 28 RBI’s in 68 games. Cumpton is posting a 3.43 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in 14 starts. 

Bucs Minor League Report 6/27

AAA: Indianapolis over Toledo by a final score of 9-5.

Justin Wilson went five innings, gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits, walked one and fanned eight to pick up the win. Jeff Clement was 2-for-5 including a two-run home run (his ninth) and three RBI’s. Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Jordy Mercer was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Brandon Boggs was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s and walked. Tony Sanchez goes 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored.

AA: Harrisburg wins 5-2 over Altoona.

Kyle McPherson pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walked and struckout a batter in the loss. Charlie Cutler went 2-for-3 and scored a run. Matt Curry was 2-for-4 with a home run (his fourth of the season) and a double. Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-4. Robbie Grossman was 1-for-2 with an RBI and walked twice. Brock Holt went 0-for-4 and struckout twice.

High A: Bradenton defeats Dunedin by a score of 5-3.

Jameson Taillon goes five innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walked a pair and had four strikeouts for the win. Andy Vasquez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and came into score. Dan Grovatt went 2-for-5 and stole his eighth base of the year. Carlos Paulino was 1-for-3 and scored a couple runs. Junior Sosa went 1-for-4 with a two-run double. Justin Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Alex Dickerson had an 0-for-4.

Low A: West Virginia victorious over Lakewood 7-2.

Robby Rowland pitches six innings, gives up two runs on seven hits, walked a batter and struckout four to pick up the victory. Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Ashley Ponce was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Dan Gamache and Francisco Aponte both went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Taylor Lewis was 1-for-5 with an RBI triple. Gregory Polanco goes 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. Alen Hanson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored before leaving the game when he got hit in the head with the ball on a pickoff move. 

Short A: State College defeated Batavia by a final of 6-2.

Clay Holmes threw five innings, giving up one run (unearned) on just one hit, walked five and fanned four in the win. Barrett Barnes was 4-for-5 with an RBI, scored two runs and stole his fifth base of the season. Ryan Hornback went 3-for-4 including a pair of doubles and four RBI’s. Walker Gourley was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. D.J. Crumlich went 2-for-4 with a double and scored twice. Jared Lakind was 1-for-4 with an RBI double. 

GCL: Yankees defeat the Pirates 8-6 in 11 innings.

Tyler Glasnow pitched four innings, allowed three runs on five hits, walked none and had three strikeouts in the no-decision. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Edwin Espinal was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Adalberto Santos went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a run scored in his rehab assignment. Candon Myles was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. Jorge Bishop went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and stole two bases (his sixth and seventh). Stetson Allie was 1-for-5 with a walk, scored a run and stole his first professional base. 

Pirates claim Oscar Tejeda ; Doug Slaten designated for assignment

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates have claimed outfielder/infielder Oscar Tejeda off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Tejeda was designated for assignment by the Red Sox  a couple days ago when they had to add Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge to the 40-man roster after they were acquired by Boston in the Kevin Youkilis deal. In a corresponding move, the Pirates designated Doug Slaten for assignment to make room for Tejeda on their 40-man. Slaten was lights out for AAA Indianapolis where he posted an 0.36 ERA in 20 appearances. He made ten appearances for the Pirates where he posted a 2.77 ERA. Tejeda was once considered one of the Red Sox better Latin prospects, but was struggling this season where he hit .262 with a .690 OPS in 51 games for AA Portland. He will be sent to Altoona. The Pirates seem to view him as a prospect since he’s only 22 and he was placed on the 40-man roster.