Prospect Watch: Curry Homers Again in Altoona’s Big Offensive Night


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, 3.52) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.46) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.281) - 1-for-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.209) - 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, BB, SB, 2 RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.269) - 2-for-5

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-1, 8.59) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (4-0, 2.86) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.306) – 2-for-6, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Curry (2), Brock Holt (1), Stefan Welch (3), Willy Garcia (3)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Norfolk 1

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (4-0, 2.86) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jake Fox, 1B (.375) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Eric Fryer, C (.226) – 1-for-4, 2B

Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.242) – 1-for-3, 2B

Bryan Morris, RHP (4.05) – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 48 pitches, 33 strikes

Game Notes: In his last three relief appearances, Bryan Morris has pitched 9.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits, with a 5:1 K/BB ratio. Tonight he threw 48 pitches, and 33 strikes. On the season he has a 4.05 ERA in 13.1 innings, with a 14:2 K/BB ratio. Jo-Jo Reyes now has a 2.86 ERA in 22 innings, with a 15:6 K/BB ratio.

Matt Curry - Image Credit: Mark Olson


Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Erie 8

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (2-0, 4.74) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.306) – 2-for-6, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (2.70) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, CF (.209) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, BB, SB, 2 RBI

Brock Holt, SS (.295) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.269) – 2-for-5

Jeremy Farrell, 3B (.216) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Matt Curry hit his second homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Brock Holt hit his first homer of the year. Altoona scored six runs total after two innings, and added three more in the fourth. Five hitters had multiple hits. Duke Welker has a 2.70 ERA on the year, with a 10:4 K/BB ratio in 13.1 innings.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-1, 4.91 ERA) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.276) – 1 for 4, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.267) – 1 for 2, 2 BB

Josh Poytress, LHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th on Stefan Welch’s 3rd HR of the year, but Quinton Miller could not close the game out.  It eventually took 11 innings for the Marauders to win.  In the bottom of the 11th, Wes Freeman led off with a double and eventually scored on Evan Chambers’ single to right field.


Game One Box Score

Result: Asheville 6, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-2, 6.17) – 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.209) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, DH (.411) – 1-for-3, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.300) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Zack Dodson gave up five runs in the third inning. It was the second time this year he’s given up more than five runs in a start. The other three starts he has combined for five eared runs in 15.1 innings. Willy Garcia hit his third homer of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Asheville 3

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, RHP (2-2, 5.40) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.411) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.262) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.300) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Emmanuel De Leon, RHP (5.40) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson combined to go 3-for-7 in the double-header, and extended his new hitting streak to five games. He has a hit in 21 of his last 22 games. Mike Jefferson has made two other starts on the year. In those starts he combined for eight earned runs in six innings. Emmanuel De Leon started the season by giving up one run in 8.1 innings, with a 10:6 K/BB ratio. In his last three outings before today’s game he combined for eight earned runs in 4.2 inings, with a 3:4 K/BB ratio.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 14-11

AA: Altoona Curve – 10-14

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 12-14

A: West Virginia Power – 9-17

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