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Prospect Watch: Alderson Dominates For Seven Shutout Innings

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 (2-1, 2.92) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.239) - 0-for-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.214) - 0-for-3, BB, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.255) - 1-for-3

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 5.82) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3-1, 1.93) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.283) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (2), Andy Vasquez (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Buffalo 1

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (2-0, 0.90) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.283) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Morales, C (.296) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Tim Wood, RHP (3.22) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game report.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Erie 0

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3-1, 1.93) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.211) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.273) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tim Alderson was dominant, throwing 60 pitches and 44 strikes in his seven shutout innings. On the season in Altoona he has a 1.93 ERA in 28 innings, with a 20:5 K/BB ratio. This was his second start since moving to the rotation. Quincy Latimore hit his second homer of the year. Kris Harvey came on to pitch two shutout innings to close out the win, allowing two hits and striking out three.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-3, 2.68) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, DH (.297) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

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

Quinton Miller, RHP (5.21) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Mel Rojas, CF (.289) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro made his second start of the year. He now has a 2.68 ERA in 37 innings, with a 31:8 K/BB ratio. Jeff Inman now has 9.2 innings with no earned runs on four hits, and a 4:2 K/BB ratio. Andy Vasquez hit his first homer of the year. Mel Rojas is 13-for-41 (.317) in his last ten games. Heading in to today’s game he had a .329/.369/.430 line in 79 at-bats in May.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greenville 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2.94) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.247) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.291) – 1-for-5, 2B

Alen Hanson, SS (.339) – 1-for-5, 3B

Game Notes: Matt Benedict has a 2.94 ERA in 49 innings this year, with a 31:13 K/BB ratio. Alen Hanson hit his sixth triple of the year, putting him in the organizational lead. Prior to today’s game, Willy Garcia had a .261/.320/.522 line in the month of May. The Pirates sent Jodaneli Carvajal down to extended Spring Training and brought up Francisco Aponte prior to the game. Aponte went 2-for-4 with a triple.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 23-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 19-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 19-24

A: West Virginia Power – 13-30

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  • Lee Young

    Good news for Alderson. Let’s hope he fulfills the promise he once had.

    Keep hitting, Mr Rojas. That is encouraging.

    Quinton Miller – A clean inn. Pls let it be the start of something big for him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Dimmick/100000318490900 Steve Dimmick

      i was there, he never hit 90 from what i saw on the stadium radar…is that a concern to anyone? It looked to me that Erie didnt really want to play, some lazy mistakes, etc…of course, it’s hard to tell from the 1st base bleachers…

      • Lee Young

        If he never hit 90, to me, yes, that IS a concern. Hopefully, the stadium radar is a ‘slow’ gun. I thought he was supposed to be in the low 90s after his long tossing. Tim wondered if he could maintain it throughout the game, but if he wasn’t hitting it in the first…..

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Dimmick/100000318490900 Steve Dimmick

          sad thing was, i didnt even compare the opposing pitchers speed, not that i would have known his typical speed anyways. maybe they should recalibrate their gun…fans love knowing the true speed right?

          • Lee Young

            ” maybe they should recalibrate their gun…fans love knowing the true speed right?”

            I completely agree.

            • Lee Young

              Steve….I must REALLY agree with you……….lol

          • Lee Young

            ” maybe they should recalibrate their gun…fans love knowing the true speed right?”

            I completely agree.

          • Lee Young

            ” maybe they should recalibrate their gun…fans love knowing the true speed right?”

            I completely agree.

          • Lee Young

            ” maybe they should recalibrate their gun…fans love knowing the true speed right?”

            I completely agree.

          • Lee Young

            ” maybe they should recalibrate their gun…fans love knowing the true speed right?”

            I completely agree.

          • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

            It’s more the positioning. The radar gun is pretty high up on the concourse, positioned right below the second deck. To get an accurate reading, they would have to lower it, giving more of a straight line for the reading. However, the only spot would be behind the plate, which would probably require some construction.

      • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

        Altoona’s stadium gun is slow. It can be 3-4 MPH slow at times. So if he was only 90-92, it would show up as 87-89.

        • Lee Young

          Good news, indeed!

  • maguro

    Any idea why they sent Carvajal down? He wasn’t hitting well, but he wasn’t horrible either, considering he’s a middle infielder.

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