Prospect Watch: Poor Control From Allie and Wilson


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 (.250) - 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.300) - 2-for-5, RBI, 3 K

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.300) - 1-for-5, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.429) - 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 27.00) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (1-0, 1.93) – 4.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.444) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None


Box Score

Result: Toledo 5, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (0-1, 5.40) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.250) – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 2 wild pitches

Jordy Mercer, 2B (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B

Eric Fryer, C (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game story.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.444) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.571) – 2-for-4

Tony Sanchez, C (.429) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

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

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game recap.


Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Burnett, RHP (0-1, 1.93) – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.444) – 1-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.167) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Carlos Paulino, C (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Tyler Waldron, RHP (10.13) – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My game recap, including a story on Burnett, here.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Hagerstown 3

Starting Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (54.00) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.556) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, DH (.400) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Josh Bell, RF (.300) – 2-for-5, RBI, 3 K

Mike Jefferson, LHP (1-0, 1.93) – 4.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Emmanuel DeLeon, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Wilbur Miller’s live game recap.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 0-1

AA: Altoona Curve – 2-0

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 1-1

A: West Virginia Power – 1-1

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  • Kevin_Creagh

    It’s only a nano-scale sample size, but Alen Hanson and Gift Ngeope are both giving it a run for the vaunted “Shortstop of the Future” title.

  • Lee Young

    I watched parts of that Indy game. Two impressions: Not sure if Wilson is ever gonna control his wildness problems and Bryan Morris had one nasty slider last night. Four K’s in one inn!!


    • Ross

      thats why Wilson should remain a reliever

      • Lee Young

         why? if he stays that wild, he’ll be useless as a reliever, too. He could throw 100 mph, but if he can’t throw strikes, what good is he?

        • Ross

          look what he did in spring training as a reliever….i think he could have had a legitamate shot at making the big club as a reliever if they kept him that way, but they decided to go the starter route. it really looks as if Wilson, Morris, Alderson, Victor Black are the future young relievers for the system even though Huntington always does a good job at making solid bullpens it seems

          • Lee Young

             Ross…if memory serves me correctly, he had two wild outings as a reliever. That will get old for a manager (AND us fans). I don’t doubt his stuff or the fact he could be a ‘lights out’ reliever. I doubt his command and control.

             Until he harnesses that he’ll be useless to us. Nobody wants a reliever who’ll have two or three dominant outings and then his next appearance walk 3 straight batters.

             He’s pitching as a starter, imho, to get more innings so that hopefully he can become more consistent. Hopefully….

  • dropkickmurphys

    The best part to me is Grossman.  The hamate injury usually saps a player’s power.  It’s nice to see that Grossman is hitting at AA but has also hit a homer.

    If the Pirates believe they are deep with outfielders, they should probably start looking at Grossman at first base.  Presley and Tabata at the majors with McCutchen are the OF of the present.  Marte and Bell are the heir apparent in the minors.  Gorkys is most likely 4th or 5th OFer depth.  Grossman will need a position if he keeps demonstrating offensive production.  His athleticism should make him a pretty good first baseman.

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