Prospect Watch: Cole Hurt By Defense, Fuesser Strikes Out Eight


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, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 5.29) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 1.93) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.292) - 1-for-2, 2B, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - DNP

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.182) - 0-for-4

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.244) - 0-for-3, BB

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 10.24) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2.12) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jake Fox, 1B (.500) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: None


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jake Fox, 1B (.500) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, PH-CF (.292) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI

Tim Wood, RHP (1-3, 7.56) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (3.52) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.


Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 8, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (2-2, 5.21) – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.317) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.447) – 1-for-3, BB

Victor Black, RHP (1.17) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nathan Baker gave up just one earned run in 11 innings over his first two starts of the year. In his last two starts he has given up ten earned runs in eight innings. Victor Black has now given up one earned run in 7.2 innings, with an 8:3 K/BB ratio on the season. Matt Curry has a seven game hitting streak, and has a double in each of his last six games. Adalberto Santos has a five game hitting streak, and is now 13-for-26 with three walks since Andrew Lambo went on the disabled list.


Box Score

Result: Charlotte 8, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 5.29) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.241) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Joan Montero, RHP (13.50) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had a bad luck night tonight. He gave up three runs in the third inning, with no help from his defense. After Cole hit a batter with one out, Carlos Paulino was called for catchers interference against the next batter, putting runners on first and second. An RBI single brought in the first run. Cole got what would have been an inning ending double play ball, but Drew Maggi threw wide of the bag at second, pulling Gift Ngoepe off the base, which loaded the bases. Another grounder to Maggi only got one out, and brought in the second run of the inning. Cole followed that with a grounder back to the mound, but Alex Dickerson dropped the ball after it went in and out of his glove, allowing a third run to score. The final two runs were unearned.

Cole gave up two more runs in the third on a leadoff walk and two singles. He wasn’t hit hard, with all three hits being singles. He was hitting 98-99 MPH several times, and getting swings and misses on the upper 90s fastballs. On the season he has a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings, with a 23:6 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Savannah 1

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2.12) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.415) – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, 1B (.299) – 1-for-2, BB, RBI

Trent Stevenson, RHP (9.26) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jordan Cooper, RHP (1-1, 4.91) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zac Fuesser had a great start today for West Virginia. Throughout his career he’s moved between starting and long relief. This was just the sixth time he’s gone six or more innings. His eight strikeouts matches a career high, which he reached on two occasions last year with West Virginia. Alen Hanson extended his hitting streak to 15 games, then later brought in the go ahead run in the eighth inning. This was his 11th multi-hit game in 18 games this year. Hanson also stole two bases, giving him seven on the year. He was thrown out trying to steal third, his third caught stealing of the season.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 9-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 7-10

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 8-11

A: West Virginia Power – 6-13

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  • st1300b

    I still think it’s probable that at some point mid-season Taillon and Cole move up to Altoona together – Regardless of the ERA of Cole, both of their arms are weapons and need to progress towards the major league club. 
    Anyone who saw Yu Darvish pitch against the Yanks yesterday? That’s the kind of impact these two arms are going to bring to the Bucs and the sooner the better. 
    By the way, prospect or not – I’ve never seen Brad Lincoln look better than he did today. Excellent location, nice secondary pitches and 96 mph heat… very nice Mr. Lincoln, very nice.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      Whether Hanrahan is traded during the season (I hope not) or after the season (sure, go ahead), I’m starting to think that Brad Lincoln is the darkhorse to become The Next Closer.

      The uptick in his fastball, coupled with a ridiculous Bobby Bradley-esque curveball, has led me to think that his future may be in the 9th inning.  This says nothing of the fact that I too think the closer designation is overrated.

      • JuiceBoxBoy

         I thought before the season began and still do that the Boston Red Sox will come calling for Hanrahan.  Given the pressure to win and the fact that their backend bullpen guys are duds (one hurt, one imploded), they’ll pay a heft sum for him as long as they are in contention. 

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