Prospect Watch: Cole Hit Hard, Power Offense Comes Through Again


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, 5.14) - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 3.12) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.286) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.314) - 2-for-4

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.250) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.259) - 2-for-4, 2B

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: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (0-2, 4.76) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.343) – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Home Runs: Gregory Polanco (3), Jodaneli Carvajal (1)


Indianapolis was postponed due to rain.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 1, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (0-2, 4.76) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.259) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.417) – 2-for-3, BB

Kelson Brown, 3B (.429) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton made a strong start, with his only mistake being a solo home run in the fourth inning. That was the only run scored in the entire game, as the Altoona bats were quiet. Tony Sanchez, Brock Holt, and Kelson Brown all had multiple hits, and Adalberto Santos was the only other batter with a hit.


Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 8, Bradenton 7

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (5.14) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr., RF (.333) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.207) – 2-for-3, 2 BB, K

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.206) – 1-for-3, 3 RBI

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had a rough outing, giving up two first inning home runs to go down 3-0. He gave up one more run in the third inning, in what would be his final frame. Porfirio Lopez came on and did a good job in the next three innings. Bradenton entered the ninth down by four, but tied it up thanks to RBI singles by Alex Dickerson and Drew Maggi. Zach Foster gave up a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Greenville 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (7.00) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.343) – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.343) – 2-for-4, HR

Josh Bell, RF (.314) – 2-for-4

Dan Gamache, DH (.296) – 2-for-4, 2B

Josh Poytress, LHP (1-0, 1.08) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his third homer of the year, spanning 35 at-bats. The left-hander was joined on the home run charts by Jodaneli Carvajal, who hit his first of the year, and had his second two-hit game in a row. Jose Osuna was the only hitter in the lineup who didn’t record a hit. Josh Poytress came on in the fifth with the bases loaded and one out. He struck out two in a row, then went on to pitch three more innings, giving up just one run in the process to pick up the win.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 4-4

AA: Altoona Curve – 4-4

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 3-6

A: West Virginia Power – 4-6

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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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  • Robert S. Myers

    And did you all hear….. A. Rendon has broke his ankle again.  Poor guy just cant stay healthy.  Can you imagine what it would be like on here if we would have drafted him, instead of Cole, and he did this…..  It would be the curse of bonds all over again.

  • indybucfan

    Tim, you nailed it on the kids at West Virginia. That’s exciting to follow that group on a daily basis.

  • ScottTid

    Nice to see Grossman taking BB’s again. I think’s it’s 3 in his last 2 games.

  • JohnDreker

    The fourth run Cole gave up would’ve been runs 4-6 if not for a very strong wind blowing in at the time. Lance Ray hit a bomb that would’ve been well gone on any other day but Rojas caught it at the wall for a sac fly. Not a good outing for Cole, even heard one of the other outs was a hard hit liner right at an outfielder(either his last out or the 2nd out in the 2nd inning)

  • white angus

    I was at the Curve game last night.  Cumpton was sitting 93-94 on his fastball until his final inning.  He was jamming the Richmond players all night except for the one mistake that the Squirrel’s catcher hit the HR.

    Holt got on base 3 times and was also robbed of a probably 1-2 rbis by a diving catch by top Giants prospect CF Gary Brown.  Holt, however, guessed wrong on 2 base stealing attempts by the Richmond LHP.

    Jarek Cunningham looked awful at the plate with 3 Ks and he hit into a DP with the bases loaded to kill the Curve’s best scoring opportunity of the night.  However, Jarek’s bat speed is elite and easily the best in the system.

    Tony Sanchez had a double and single and nearly another 2 bagger that the RF snagged.  He looked very fluid around home plate but his arm wasnt tested.

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