ST. LOUIS — Three State College pitchers are listed among Baseball America’s list of the top 20 prospects in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. Right-hander Zack Von Rosenberg is No. 6, left-hander Colton Cain is No. 10 and lefty Zack Dodson is No. 17.
Von Rosenberg, 19, was a sixth-round pick in 2009 and signed for a $1.2 million bonus. He went 1-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 starts. “His changeup took a major step forward this summer, and it has good four-seam spin and deception,” writes BA.
Cain, 19, got $1.15 million to sign last year, a record for an eighth-round pick. He went 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA in 11 games (nine starts). BA’s observation: “As he matures and gets more comfortable with his mechanics and stuff, he could develop into a workhorse starter.”
Dodson, 20, passed up a scholy to Baylor as a fourth-rounder last year. In 15 games (13 starts), he went 2-6 with a 4.84 ERA. “He still has a long way to go,” according to BA.
»»» Since the All-Star break, Neil Walker has 51 RBI, which ties him with Cincy’s Joey Votto and Houston’s Hunter Pence for fifth in the NL. Pedro Alvarez is sixth with 47 RBI. The top two spots belong to Colorado teammates Troy Tulowitzki (61 RBI) and Carlos Gonzalez (55). The next third- and fourth-place spots go to another pair of mates — Albert Pujols (53) and Matt Holliday (52) of St. Louis.
»»» Stats, streaks and slumps: Since they went 7-5 in St. Louis between May 13, 2008 and April 18, 2009, the Pirates have dropped seven straight games in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. … The Pirates are 12-22 since new Busch Stadium opened in 2006. … Monday was the first time in seven games at Busch that the Pirates scored more than two runs. … Last night, Morton snapped an 0-for-33 dry spell by bouncing a single up the middle.
»»» State College GM Jason Dambauch won the Robert F. Julian Baseball and Community Service Award from the New York-Penn League. Spikes sports turf manager Matt Neri was named the league’s groundskeeper of the year.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Pirates (55-101) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Brandon Moss rf, 9. Brian Burres (3-4, 5.29) lhp
Cardinals (81-75) – 1. Tyler Greene 2b, 2. Daniel Descalso 3b, 3. Albert Pujols 1b, 4. Matt Holliday lf, 5. Allen Craig rf, 6, Colby Rasmus cf, 7. Matt Pagnozzi c, 8. Brendan Ryan ss, Jeff Suppan (2-7, 5.40) rhp