Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Throws Five Shutout Innings


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) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.260) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.205) - 0-for-3, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.252) - 1-for-3

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, 5.82) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-1, 2.60) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.227) – 4-for-6, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (3)


Indianapolis was off today.


Game One Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (0-2, 5.19) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.227) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.299) – 2-for-4

Game Two Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5-4, 3.81) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.227) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.188) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Quincy Latimore had a big day, combining to go 4-for-6 with two doubles and a homer in the double header. Brock Holt combined to go 3-for-7 on the day. Phil Irwin recorded a season high six strikeouts, but gave up five runs, four earned, on no walks and seven hits. Four of the hits were for extra bases, with one of those being a homer. Brandon Cumpton struck out five, tying his season high, and gave up three runs in six innings, despite five hits and one walk.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Lakeland 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-1, 2.60) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, RF (.206) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.96) – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (4.71) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had another good start, and now has a 2.60 ERA in 45 innings over nine starts, with a 46:13 K/BB ratio. In his last five starts he has given up four runs in 28 innings, with a 23:6 K/BB ratio. He’s given up just 16 hits in those 28 innings, and has allowed 32 hits in 45 innings on the season. The Bradenton offense only had four hits, all singles. They drew six walks. Five of their runs came in the fifth, which saw three of their walks and three of the hits.


Box Score

Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (0-1, 3.60) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, RF (.305) – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.22) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Robby Rowland made his first start of the year and only his second appearance in the Pirates’ organization since being acquired for Brett Lorin. The West Virginia offense only had four hits. Alen Hanson went 0-for-2 with two walks. Rinku Singh has a 2.22 ERA in 24.1 innings this year, with a 21:6 K/BB ratio.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 25-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 20-24

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 21-25

A: West Virginia Power – 14-32

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  • Ian Rothermund

    Yeah, I’d say Cole has proven just about all he can at high-A. I’d say move him now, Taillon later in the season…maybe halfway to two-thirds through what his projected innings total for the season will be. Being two years younger than Cole, I don’t see what the rush would be. Let Taillon continue to work on that change up against lesser talent is what I say.

    • Ian Rothermund

      Alright, so I just noticed I used the phrase “I’d say” or a form of it 3 times through that last comment. I ask to please be excused from ridicule on that one, it’s late, gimme a break.

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