Prospect Watch: Another Powerful Night for the West Virginia Offense


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 2.25) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 4.91) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.290) - 1-for-4, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.290) - 2-for-5, 2B

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.269) - 1-for-4, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.200) - 0-for-3, BB, K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 27.00) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (1.04) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.412) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (2), Alen Hanson (3), Gregory Polanco (2)


Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (0-1, 7.00) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.281) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.290) – 1-for-4, SB

Eric Fryer, C (.417) – 1-for-4

Daniel Moskos, LHP (3.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game story.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (0-1, 7.00) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, 2B (.368) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Quincy Latimore, LF (.211) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.318) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman struck out twice in the game, and now has eight strikeouts and no walks in 26 at-bats. Brock Holt recorded his third multi-hit game of the year, but all seven of his hits have been singles. Matt Curry is in the same situation, with seven hits in 22 at-bats, but no extra base hits.


Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (1.04) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr., RF (.321) – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.214) – 1-for-4

Casey Sadler, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Colton Cain had a much better outing tonight, going five shutout innings with two hits and a walk, after giving up two runs on four hits and four walks in 3.2 innings during his last start. Casey Sadler pitched an inning in relief, and now has five shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out six. Mel Rojas Jr. had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple, his second of each this season. He’s got an .881 OPS on the young season.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Greenville 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (1-1, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.412) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.321) – 2-for-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.345) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Josh Bell, RF (.290) – 2-for-5, 2B

Orlando Castro, LHP (5.40) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his third home run of the year, and is 9-for-17 with two homers, a double, and a triple in his last four games. Gregory Polanco homered for his second game in a row. Jose Osuna’s two doubles tonight were his first two extra base hits of the season. Matt Benedict has given up four runs in 9.2 innings this year, although all four runs were unearned. He has ten strikeouts and four walks, allowing eight hits.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 3-4

AA: Altoona Curve – 3-3

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 2-5

A: West Virginia Power – 2-6

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Steve Dimmick

    Tim, what do you know about Jesus Vasquez from the GCL?  Why not bring him along with Polonco, Osuna, and Hanson?

  • Thom Kay

    Starting to get worried that Grossman and Marte have combined for 0 walks this year. That’s 33 PA’s for Marte and 26 PA’s for Grossman. Marte needs to learn to do it more, and that’s one of Grossman’s greatest strengths.

  • weltytowngang

    In terms of potential for what he can do for the Pirates, Bell is back seat to no one.

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