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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 (1-1, 3.54) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) - 0-for-1, HBP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.225) - 2-for-4, RBI, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.263) - 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 (1-1, 8.24) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Josh Poytress, LHP (2-0, 0.00) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, RF (.202) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Home Runs: None

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4.22) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.244) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, SS (.264) – 1-for-4, 2B, SB

Bryan Morris, RHP (1-0, 3.60) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Starling Marte was hit by a pitch in the second inning, and was removed from the game. No word yet on whether it is anything serious, or just a precaution. Bryan Morris now has a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings this year, with a 15:2 K/BB ratio. He’s given up just ten hits on the year. Jordy Mercer has a seven game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .333/.386/.436 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4-2, 3.44) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, RF (.202) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.225) – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.317) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Tim Alderson, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton has a 3.44 ERA in 36.2 innings this year, along with a 21:7 K/BB ratio. Today was the fifth start in a row where he pitched in to the sixth inning, but the first of those starts where he didn’t go a full six. Tim Alderson now has 13 shutout innings in Double-A. He’s allowed eight hits, with a 12:3 K/BB ratio. Matt Curry extended his hitting streak to nine games. The first baseman has a .353/.415/.618 line in 34 at-bats over his last ten games.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Tampa 6

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3.54) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.220) – 3-for-7, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.221) – 3-for-7, 2B, 2 BB

Mel Rojas, CF (.270) – 3-for-7, 3B, BB, SB

Josh Poytress, LHP (2-0, 0.00) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Jeff Inman, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole gave up a run in the first after allowing a leadoff double. His second run of the day came in the third after allowing two walks in the inning. On the season, Cole has a 3.54 ERA in 28 innings, with a 34:10 K/BB ratio. He has struck out at least one batter per inning in each of his six starts. Bradenton won the game in 18 innings. Josh Poytress got the win after throwing six shutout innings in relief. On the season, Poytress has 16.2 shutout innings in high-A, with an 11:7 K/BB ratio and ten hits allowed. Jeff Inman made his second appearance of the year since returning from missing time with a sprained ankle.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.12) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.239) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.377) – 1-for-4, 2B, SB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.312) – 2-for-5, 2B

Gregory Polanco, CF (.286) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his 12th double of the year, and extended his hitting streak to seven games. In his last ten games he is 13-for-38 (.342) with five doubles, and a 7:6 K/BB ratio. Alen Hanson now has 14 doubles on the year, after going 1-for-4 with a double for the second day in a row. He also stole his 11th base of the year in 16 attempts, taking third base. Hanson has now played in 30 games this year, and has at least one hit in 26 of those games. Zac Fuesser now has a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings, with a 22:13 K/BB ratio.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 16-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-16

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 14-16

A: West Virginia Power – 11-19

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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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