Prospect Watch: Strickland Makes First Start Since June 2010


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) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 4.91) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.304) - 1-for-6, 2 SB, 2 RBI, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.227) - 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, K

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.273) - 0-for-4, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) - 1-for-4, 2 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) - 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR


Top Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (1-0, 3.60) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.476) – 4-for-5

Home Runs: Elevys Gonzalez (1)


Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (7.20) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.476) – 4-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.304) – 1-for-6, 2 SB, 2 RBI, 2 K

Eric Fryer, C (.438) – 2-for-5, 2 K

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (1.80) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game story.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Akron 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Poreda, LHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.300) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.231) – 2-for-3, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.333) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

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

Game Notes: Poreda was once a top prospect, and was one of the keys to the Jake Peavy trade between San Diego and the White Sox. He fell from top prospect status due to poor control. While his overall results were good tonight, the five walks in five innings weren’t encouraging if you’re looking for a turnaround. Altoona scored all six of their runs in the fourth inning, led by a three run homer by Elevys Gonzalez.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Palm Beach 2

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (1-0, 3.60) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B (.417) – 3-for-5, 2B, SB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, LF (.400) – 3-for-3, SB, RBI

Andy Vasquez, DH (.429) – 2-for-4

Casey Sadler, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Strickland gave up his two runs on three hits in the first inning. He settled down after that, with two hits over four shutout innings. This was his first game since June 5, 2010, which also came for Bradenton. Drew Maggi is now 5-for-8 with two stolen bases in his last two games. Alex Dickerson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a walk. He’s 2-for-20 with two walks and five strikeouts on the young season.


Box Score

Result: Asheville 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (27.00) – 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.400) – 2-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Josh Bell, RF (.227) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, K

Gregory Polanco, CF (.300) – 2-for-4, K

Dan Gamache, 2B (.333) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Josh Poytress, LHP (0.00) – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: For his second straight start, Nick Kingham was removed in the second inning. Last time out Kingham gave up five runs in four innings, with all of the damage coming in the second. This time all of the runs came in the second once again. West Virginia battled back, adding a run in the third, fourth, and sixth to tie the game. Alen Hanson was a big reason for that, with another big night at the plate. The shortstop had his fourth multi-hit game of the year, and stole his third base. Josh Bell had a nice night, with his second multi-hit game of the year, and his second extra base hit.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 2-3

AA: Altoona Curve – 3-2

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 2-3

A: West Virginia Power – 1-5

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  • szielinski


    Did Kingham give you any reason to believe that he’d have this much trouble when you saw him pitch in Florida?

  • Vince Riedy

    Excellent news about Strickland. Hopefully this is sign he is fully recovered. Any word about his velocity?

    Also, do you think Kingham could be injured but not saying anything?

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