Prospect Watch: Two Homer Night For Gift Ngoepe

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 5.29) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 1.93) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.303) - 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.222) - 2-for-3, BB, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) - DNP

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-1, 8.59) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-1, 5.03) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.321) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Nick Evans (2), Jake Fox (1), Gift Ngoepe 2 (1,2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 13, Durham 2

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (3-0, 3.18) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Evans, 1B (.200) – 4-for-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 4-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI

Jake Fox, DH (.444) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Jordy Mercer, SS (.243) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.303) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (5.59) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live game report.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Akron 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (5.14) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.222) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.413) – 2-for-4, RBI

Victor Black, RHP (1.04) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt McSwain made the start for Altoona with Aaron Pribanic on the disabled list. Victor Black has allowed just one earned run in 8.2 innings, with an 11:4 K/BB ratio. Robbie Grossman had his second straight multi-hit game. He has walked seven times in his last nine games. Adalberto Santos is 15-for-34 since Andrew Lambo went on the disabled list. Tonight was his fifth multi-hit game in that nine game stretch.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Charlotte 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-1, 5.03) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B (.222) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, SS (.275) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, SB

Evan Chambers, RF (.246) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Waldron bounced back after giving up seven earned runs in two innings during his last outing. Gift Ngoepe hit two homers, his first two of the season. Drew Maggi stole his seventh base. Eight of the nine runs were knocked in by the top three hitters (Gift, Maggi, Chambers). Eliecer Navarro and Quinton Miller combined for three shutout innings to close out the game, with Miller throwing a shutout ninth inning.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Savannah 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (0-1, 8.59) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.273) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Elias Diaz, C (.159) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: After giving up nine runs in three innings over his first two starts, Nick Kingham has rebounded, allowing five runs in 11.2 innings over his last three outings. Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 for the second night in a row. He also stole his tenth base of the year. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 16 games, which is the longest of the season in the South Atlantic League.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 10-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 8-11

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 9-12

A: West Virginia Power – 7-14

Tim Williams

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 AccuScore.com, 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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