Prospect Watch: Cole Shines in Pro Debut


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) - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (No Stats) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.353) - 2-for-4, HR

4. Josh Bell, RF (.176) - DNP

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.333) - 1-for-4

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.231) - 0-for-4, 3 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: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.364) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Starling Marte (1), Brandon Boggs (2), Alen Hanson (2)


Box Score

Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (0-0, 1.17) – 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.353) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Eric Fryer, C (.455) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K

Brandon Boggs, RF (.308) – 1-for-3, BB, HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game story. Kristy Robinson’s recap of Morton’s final rehab start.


Box Score

Result: Akron 5, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (0-1, 2.70) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.353) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (4.50) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona only saw three hits from their offense, with Cunningham getting the only extra-base hit. Robbie Grossman and Andrew Lambo had the other two hits. Duke Welker pitched his second two-inning appearance of the season. The right-hander now has four innings with no earned runs on three hits, plus one walk and five strikeouts.


Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B (.286) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.154) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI, K

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My recap of Gerrit Cole’s debut.


Box Score

Result: Asheville 13, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (0-1, 9.64) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.364) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 3B (.421) – 2-for-4

Dan Gamache, 2B (.308) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: West Virginia saw a big day from their offense, but a poor day from the pitching staff. Alen Hanson hit his second homer of the year, and his third double. Jodaneli Carvajal has a hit in all five games this year, including three multi-hit games.Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. The only hitter in the lineup to go without a hit was Chris Lashmet. Zack Dodson had a rough start, giving up seven runs, five earned. The left-hander gave up runs in every inning except the second.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 2-2

AA: Altoona Curve – 2-2

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 1-3

A: West Virginia Power – 1-4

Author: 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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  • Jeremy_Stein


    I think Taillon has stats.  He played either yesterday or the day before.  0 and 1, 4.91 ERA, 3.2 IP 2 hits 2 runs, 1 hit batter, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.  I would guess he was a little erratic probably nerves on his first start of the season but 6 strikeouts is nice.

    Didn’t you report that Huntington said they would have liked Taillon to go 4 or 5 innings but he reatched his pitch count due to a lot of long at bats.

    • Tim Williams

      Taillon does have stats. I forgot to copy over the numbers from the Prospect Watch when he started, since that was the day I was driving back from Florida.

      • Jeremy_Stein

        Ah okay.  Actually you confused me heh, like wait,no stats? 

        Back in the Burgh huh?  Welcome back.  Very exciting start for the Pirates and so far a lot of the prospects.  Marte, Mercer and even Fox and Clement are hitting in Indy, Cunningham, Holt, Curry and Grossman in Altoona, Rojas in Bradenton and Carvajal, Hanson, Sosa and Osuna in West Virginia.

        Small sample size but its nice to see these guys off to good starts.

        On the flip side, not a good start for Sanchez but it’s early.