Pirates Farm Report

By: Mike Vukovcan
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A couple of Class AAAA baseball teams posted important wins last week, while two of the most talented softball pitchers in the WPIAL continued their dominance.

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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- The Pirates minor league system is filled with young, powerful arms. Two of those players were in action last night as we take our daily look at the Pirates farm system.

Jeff Locke, Phillip Irwin and Zack Von Rosenberg are three of the Pirates top pitching prospect.

Locke was acquired in the Nate McLouth trade with Atlanta. Von Rosenberg and Irwin are part of the Pirates recent draft classes. All three were in action yesterday.

Indianapolis (AAA) lost to Durham, 1-0:
*Alex Presley: 1-4 (.354)
*Chase d’Arnaud: 2-3 (.231)
*Andrew Lambo: 0-3 (.226)
*LHP Brian Burres: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
*LHP Tony Watson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K (2.26 ERA)

Altoona (AA) beat Harrisburg, 13-2:
*OF Starling Marte: 3-6, 2B, 2 Runs (.328 average)
*SS Jordy Mercer: 3-5, 3 runs, 2 HR, 5 RBI
*Miles Durham: 3-5, 2 runs, HR, 3 RBI
*2B Brock Holt: 2-6, (.281 average)
*LHP Jeff Locke: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
*RHP Tim Alderson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K (1.04 ERA)

Bradenton (High A) lost to Tampa, 6-4:
*OF Robbie Grossman: 2-5 (.270)
*RHP Philllip Irwin (2009 Draft): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K…..Lowers season ERA down to 1.13

West Virginia (Low A) lost to Charleston, 7-6:
*Zack Von Rosenberg (2010 Draft Class): 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K……(6.75 ERA)
*C Kawika Emsley-Pai: 2-5, 3B….(.410 Average)
*CF Mel Rojas, Jr: 3-3, walk (.291 Average)
*RF Dan Grovatt: 3-5, 2 doubles (.310 Average)
*SS Andrew Maggi: 2-5, 3B, RBI


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