Prospect Watch: Alderson Returns to Rotation With Decent Results

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, 3.18) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) - 1-for-4, 2B

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) - 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.261) - 1-for-3, BB

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, 6.75) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-3, 3.02) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.181) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: None

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 4, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-3, 3.02) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Morales, C (.273) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Indianapolis was held to three hits on the night. Jeff Locke had a good start. He gave up five runs in 5.2 innings the last time out, but has gone six or more innings with two or fewer earned runs in five of his previous six starts, including tonight. On the season he has a 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innings, with a 30:9 K/BB ratio. Starling Marte and Jose Morales both doubled. This was Marte’s second game back, and first in center field since returning from his injury.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (2-1, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.181) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

Tony Sanchez, C (.261) – 1-for-3, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.281) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Miles Durham, RF (.500) – 2-for-4, 2B

Mike Colla, RHP (4.76) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tim Alderson made his first start of the year, throwing 84 pitches with 54 strikes. Alderson gave up most of his damage in the fourth inning after a leadoff triple followed by an RBI double. Two of his strikeouts came in the first inning, and his third strikeout came in the fourth, getting Manny Machado swinging. Mike Colla was previously in the rotation, but looks to be the odd man out with Alderson making the move. Colla had a 5.15 ERA in 36.2 innings heading in to the night, along with a 28:12 K/BB ratio. He’s better suited for relief, which is a role he held all through his professional career until around this time last season.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was postponed.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2-3, 3.14) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.35) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Alen Hanson, SS (.350) – 0-for-4, 4 K

Gregory Polanco, CF (.302) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Matt Benedict gave up three runs in the first inning, and that was all Lexington needed, as West Virginia was held to five hits. It wasn’t the best day for Alen Hanson, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The shortstop has cooled off in May, hitting for a .231/.293/.385 line in 52 at-bats coming in to tonight. Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games. Rinku Singh now has a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings, with a 20:5 K/BB ratio.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-16

AA: Altoona Curve – 14-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-19

A: West Virginia Power – 13-25

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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  • Ryan Quinn

    I think we need a follow-up with Rinku. . . he’s getting results.

  • Lee Young

    Tim………any update on Josh Bell?

    I sure hope Hanson isn’t gonna do what he did last year and f-a-d-e.

    • indybucfan

      Maybe if you start calling him K Han, it’ll fire him up. lol

      • Lee Young

        good one! K Han…. :)

        how ya doing indy? I don’t get ‘out’ much anymore to the Tavern. I’m retired now and spending less time on the computer and more time on the house and yard. I love it!!!!