Prospect Watch: Hit Parades in Altoona and West Virginia


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 (No Stats) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (No Stats) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.200) – 1-for-5, 2B, 3 K

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.400) - 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.333) - 1-for-3, BB, 3B

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (No Stats) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 27.00) - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR


Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.750) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Robbie Grossman (1), Alen Hanson (1)


Indianapolis was off today. They begin their season tomorrow.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Erie 4

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (6.75) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.400) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.667) – 2-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Tony Sanchez, C (.333) – 1-for-3, BB, 3B

Matt Curry, 1B (.500) – 2-for-4

Quincy Latimore, LF (.500) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.400) – 2-for-5, 2B

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Every single Altoona hitter recorded at least one hit tonight. Robbie Grossman singled in his first Double-A at-bat in the first inning, then hit a two run homer in the second inning for his first homer of the year. Quincy Latimore added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth with a two RBI single, turning a one run game in to a three run game. Tony Sanchez had a good night at the plate, but was 0-for-3 in caught stealing attempts, including a double steal of second and third.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 2

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (2.45) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.600) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., RF (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B

Casey Sadler, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Sadler, Eliecer Navarro, and Jhonathan Ramos combined for 7.1 shutout innings, allowing four hits, two walks, and striking out seven. Check out my notebook of the game here.


Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 11, West Virginia 9

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (27.00) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.750) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, LF (.600) – 3-for-5

Gregory Polanco, CF (.600) – 3-for-5, 3B

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.500) – 2-for-4

Josh Bell, RF (.200) – 1-for-5, 2B, 3 K

Game Notes: Just like Altoona, every member of the West Virginia lineup had a hit. Josh Bell recorded his first pro hit with a double in the fifth inning, but struck out three times. Here is Wilbur Miller’s recap from the game.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 0-0

AA: Altoona Curve – 1-0

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 1-0

A: West Virginia Power – 0-1

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  • szielinski

    It would be very nice for us if the Power position players continued to hit like the 27 Yankees.

  • Steve Dimmick

    so much for the “mental” loss of power for Grossman

  • cfjohnsn56

    Just a point of note…..Grossman is at.400 after a 2-5 day and not .500.

  • leowalter

    To be fair to Sanchez,Colla didn’t do any kind of a job holding the runners,and Sanchez still almost had the out calls. Also,in a non related issue,PJ Forbes the third base coach, twice made questionable decisions sending runners home with 2 outs. Both on balls hit to short left and right fields and easy throws for any one at the AA level.

  • leowalter

    Forgot to mention that Duke Welker looked pretty strong to me also.93 to 95 mph with his fastball and a good hard slider that seemed to break both down and away.

  • leowalter

    Wilber,I thought I saw where you had mentioned that Jeremy Farrell was now at AAA ? Did he get moved late last night or this AM ? He was right in front of me last night against Erie is why I am asking.

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