Prospect Watch: Cunningham Homers, Strong Starts For Poreda, Waldron


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) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.289) - 0-for-4, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.279) - 0-for-4, 3 K

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.244) - 1-for-5, 2B

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.259) - DNP

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 12.86) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (1-0, 3.09) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.273) – 2-for-4, HR, BB, K

Home Runs: Brandon Boggs (4), Jarek Cunningham (1)


Box Score

Result: Toledo 9, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Burnett, RHP (0-1, 11.25) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.243) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.250) – 1-for-4, RBI

Daniel Moskos, LHP (2.45) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: A.J. Burnett was hit hard in his first rehab start in Triple-A. The right-hander worked mostly from the stretch, even with no runners on base, throwing 81 pitches, 52 for strikes. One of his home runs allowed came against Brad Eldred, who hit his fifth of the season. Starling Marte went 0-for-4, ending his nine game hitting streak, but stole his sixth base of the year. Matt Hague played his first game of the year for Indianapolis. The Pirates moved Jeremy Farrell back down to Double-A to make room for Hague.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Harrisburg 2

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Poreda, LHP (2-0, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.273) – 2-for-4, HR, BB, K

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.333) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Brock Holt, SS (.355) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Victor Black, RHP (2.25) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

Game Notes: Poreda had another strong start for Altoona. The highlight was one walk allowed in six innings. He walked five in five innings in his first start. The former top prospect has seen his stock decline due to poor control. Victor Black has also dealt with poor control in the past, but has four strikeouts and no walks in four innings at the Double-A level. Tim Alderson got the save, pitching his seventh shutout inning of the season. Jarek Cunningham hit his first homer of the year, an opposite field homer that went 400 feet.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (1-0, 3.09) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.231) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.318) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 K

Casey Sadler, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Bradenton offense saw three triples. Aside from Rojas, Carlos Paulino and Wes Freeman also tripled. Tyler Waldron had a rough outing his first time out, but has given up one run in nine innings over his last two games, with a 7:2 K/BB ratio. Casey Sadler now has eight shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out eight.


Box Score

Result: Asheville 16, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (1-2, 7.59) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.295) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.392) – 1-for-4, 2B

Josh Bell, RF (.279) – 0-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: West Virginia only saw three hits, with two coming from Jose Osuna, and one coming from Alen Hanson. Mike Jefferson was hit around, but was also the victim of errors, with three unearned runs. Orlando Castro gave up five runs, four earned, in 2.1 innings. Rinku Singh, Jordan Cooper, and Robbie Kilcrease combined to give up five runs over the final four innings.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 5-6

AA: Altoona Curve – 5-5

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 5-6

A: West Virginia Power – 5-7

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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