Prospect Watch: Alderson Returns to Rotation With Decent Results


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


The minor league system hit 17 homers last week. The code “HOME RUN” gives you $0.50 off per home run, which is a savings of $8.50. That’s the biggest discount yet! Use the code on the products page of the site to get your discount. Expires Sunday 5/20 at 11:59:59 PM EST.


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


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.


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.


Bradenton was postponed.


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.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-16

AA: Altoona Curve – 14-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-19

A: West Virginia Power – 13-25

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

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, 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.

Prospect Watch: Three Hit Night For Hanson, Good Start For Kingham

Next Story »

Prospect Watch: Taillon Hit Hard, Hanson Hits Sixth Homer

  • 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!!!!

Latest Analysis

  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    23 hours ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    2 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    3 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    5 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    6 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    7 days ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Third Base Mathisen Luplow Joe

    Who’s on Third? In the Pirates’ Farm System, It Could Be Anyone

    2 weeks ago

    If you have ever played third base in your life — professional, college, high school, slow pitch softball — then the Pittsburgh Pirates might be contacting you ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles