Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Throws Another Strong Outing

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 (2-1, 2.92) - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.252) - 0-for-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.228) - 0-for-4, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) - 0-for-4

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, 6.75) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.92) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.200) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Elevys Gonzalez (2), Miles Durham (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 1, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (5-1, 2.09) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.304) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, RF (.266) – 2-for-4, 2 K, SB

Alex Presley, LF (.000) – 0-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 2

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (4.76) – 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.200) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Miles Durham, RF (.364) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (1-0, 2.30) – 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Elevys Gonzalez hit his second homer of the year, a solo shot in the third inning. Miles Durham hit his first homer since being demoted to Altoona. Ramon Cabrera and Quincy Latimore had the only other hits. Phil Irwin made his second start of the year for Altoona, and had a better result than his four runs in five innings last time. On the season, Jhonathan Ramos has a 2.30 ERA in 15.2 innings, with a 12:5 K/BB ratio.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.92) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.255) – 2-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Evan Chambers, RF (.208) – 1-for-3, 3 BB, 2 K, SB

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole now has a 2.93 ERA in 40 innings, with a 43:11 K/BB ratio. In his last five starts he has given up six earned runs in 28 innings, with 15 hits and a 25:7 K/BB ratio. Jeff Inman now has pitched 7.2 shutout innings in Bradenton, allowing one hit, two walks, and striking out three.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greenville 8, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (1-5, 7.13) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.358) – 1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.299) – 1-for-4

Zac Fuesser, LHP (5.00) – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to ten games. He’s now hitting for a .299/.342/.504 line in 137 at-bats this season. Alen Hanson hit his organizational leading 5th triple of the year, putting him in a tie with Mel Rojas. Hanson already leads the organization in doubles (16), and is second in homers (6), tied with Willy Garcia and Stefan Welch, and one behind Polanco. After starting off slow in the first two weeks in May, Hanson has gone 9-for-24 (.375) in his last six games, with two doubles, a triple, and two homers.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-18

AA: Altoona Curve – 16-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-22

A: West Virginia Power – 13-27

Tim Williams

Author: 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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  • ecbucs

    why did Hansen come out early? He was pinch hit for in 8th innning I believe going by box score.
    Glad to see another good game from Cole.

    • Lee Young

      good to see Hanson picking it back up….oom bop

  • Lee Young

    Watched parts of the Indy game last night (mostly when Marte batted). He hit 3 balls ‘on the screws’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483937936 Alicia Rothermund

    Terrible start by Cole…..his WHIP was almost 1.00.

    Oh wait, that’s good? I was just assuming from all the doom crying up until 3 weeks ago that it was a bad thing. He’s basically been doing the same thing all year, consistently as many K’s as innings pitched and consistently fewer hits than innings pitched; especially now that he’s opened up his repertoire. He may battle with getting the ball down his entire career but when you have to worry about 6 distinct pitches and a fastball that flirts with triple digits, it’s less of a concern.

    That’s why when you see Taillon having issues locating his fastball he’s more likely to run into problems; less on the heater, and fewer pitches to guess from.