Prospect Watch: Four Hit Night For Alen Hanson

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 (3-1, 2.60) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-3, 2.61) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.256) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) - 2-for-5, 2 K, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.252) - 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, 4.95) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Hunter Stickland, RHP (2-2, 3.68) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.338) – 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (2), Quincy Latimore (4)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0-1, 6.23) – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.232) – 2-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, 3B (..295) – 2-for-3, BB

Jeff Clement, 1B (.278) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Jeff Karstens only allowed five runners to reach base safely, and all five scored. All of the damage came in the fifth inning, with two unearned runs. Jeff Clement hit his second homer of the year. Jordy Mercer is hitting for a .349/.404/.407 line in 87 at-bats in May.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (3-5, 5.17) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.231) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (5.40) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (2.14) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Brock Holt, SS (.307) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) – 2-for-5, 2 K, SB

Game Notes: Quincy Latimore hit his fourth homer of the year. In the month of May he has a .276/.329/.487 line in 76 at-bats, with three of his homers. Brock Holt extended his hitting streak to nine games. In that streak he is 13-for-36 (.361). Victor Black has a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings, with a 27:9 K/BB ratio.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 9, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Stickland, RHP (2-2, 3.68) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.284) – 2-for-2

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.82) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Hunter Strickland has a 3.68 ERA in 29.1 innings, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio. Since returning from being hit with a line drive he has a 4.73 ERA in 13.1 innings, with a 3:2 K/BB ratio. Casey Sadler has given up 14 earned runs this year in 33 innings. Five of those runs came today. Six more came in back to back outings in late-April.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 5, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (7.31) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.338) – 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Zac Fuesser, LHP (0-3, 4.91) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Carlos Mesa, RF (.182) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Alen Hanson had four hits in 29 at-bats in his previous nine games before going 4-for-4 today. Ryan Hafner’s control has struggled this year, with a 13:22 K/BB ratio in 28.1 innings.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 27-21

AA: Altoona Curve – 22-25

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 22-27

A: West Virginia Power – 15-35

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