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Prospect Watch: Another Good Start For Owens, Three Hits For Mercer

Prospect Watch: Another Good Start For Owens, Three Hits For Mercer


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 (1-1, 3.54) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) – 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 (.225) – DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.263) – 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) – 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR


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Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2-0, 2.25) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Gorkys Hernandez (1), Jeff Clement (1), Evan Chambers (1), Dan Gamache (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Lehigh Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2-0, 2.25) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, 2B (.289) – 3-for-4, 2B

Jeff Clement, 1B (.291) – 1-for-4, HR

Jose Morales, C (.300) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (2.49) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Evan Meek, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tonight’s start was the first time in his last five outings that Rudy Owens didn’t go at least seven innings. On the season he has a 2.25 ERA in 40 innings, with a 30:2 K/BB ratio. Gorkys Hernandez and Jeff Clement each hit their first homers of the year. Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is 15-for-37 (.405) with four doubles during the streak. Daniel McCutchen, Evan Meek, and Doug Slaten combined for three shutout innings to close out the game.


Altoona was suspended in the third inning with the game tied at 4-4.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Clearwater 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (3-1, 4.55) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.223) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, 2B (.290) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Jeff Inman, RHP (0.00) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (4.70) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Evan Chambers hit his first homer of the year, and stole his seventh base. Tyler Waldron had a bad start on April 22nd, giving up seven runs in two innings. Since then he’s given up five runs in 18 innings over three starts, with a 10:1 K/BB ratio. He’s gone six innings in each outing. Jeff Inman has 3.2 shutout innings in three appearances this year, with a hit, two walks, and a strikeout. Since moving to Bradenton’s closer role, Quinton Miller has pitched 9.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts.


Box Score

Result: Greensboro 10, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 7.43) – 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.275) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.301) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham was hurt by three West Virginia errors, leading to five unearned runs. Kingham has a 7.43 ERA on the year, but has a 20:10 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Dan Gamache hit his first homer of the year. Gregory Polanco entered the game with two triples and six homers, but no doubles, making tonight’s double his first of the season. He’s hitting for a .301/.352/.504 line in 113 at-bats this season.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 18-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-16

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 16-16

A: West Virginia Power – 11-21

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