Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson and Jose Osuna Homer


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 (.268) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.237) - 0-for-4

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.258) - DNP

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, 7.43) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4.98) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH (.302) – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI

Home Runs: Alen Hanson (5), Jose Osuna (1)


Box Score

Result: Norfolk 2, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2-1, 2.25) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.214) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, 3B (.293) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Rudy Owens now has a 2.25 ERA in 48 innings this year, with a 32:4 K/BB ratio. His two walks today doubled his season total. Owens pitched eight innings for the second time in his last three starts. Gorkys Hernandez extended his hitting streak to six games with a double, but also struck out three times.


Box Score

Result: Erie 4, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (2-1, 5.19) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Anthony Norman, LF (.233) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Kelson Brown, 3B (.320) – 2-for-4

Victor Black, RHP (1.69) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2.60) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Victor Black has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings this year, with a 17:7 K/BB ratio. Duke Welker has a 2.60 ERA in 17.1 innings, with a 13:6 K/BB ratio. Matt Curry and Ramon Cabrera each went 1-for-4.


Bradenton was off today.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Charleston 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4.98) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH (.302) – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.349) – 1-for-4, HR

Josh Poytress, LHP (2-0, 0.79) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his first homer of the year, and his 13th double, which is second in the organization behind Alen Hanson. Hanson hit his fifth homer of the year, putting him in third place in the minor league system. Zack Dodson had one of his best starts of the year. It was the second time this year where he went six innings. The other time he gave up three hits and two unearned runs, with a walk and eight strikeouts. His lone run came in the fifth inning when he gave up a leadoff single, a stolen base, then let the batter score later with a wild pitch. Josh Poytress was recently sent to West Virginia, and made his first appearance in a month, throwing three shutout innings. Poytress has given up one run on 15 hits in 28 innings between low and high-A, with a 21:11 K/BB ratio.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 21-15

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-18

A: West Virginia Power – 12-24

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