Prospect Watch: Hanson Hits Seventh Homer, Three Doubles For Curry


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 (4-1, 2.47) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.254) - 0-for-5, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.212) - 1-for-5

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.264) - 0-for-1

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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Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (3.65) – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.345) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (2), Gift Ngoepe (5), Alen Hanson (7)


Box Score

Result: Durham 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.59) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Larish, 1B (.220) – 1-for-4, 3B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.191) – 1-for-5, 2B, SB

Evan Meek, RHP (1-1, 1.23) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: The last time Justin Wilson faced Durham, he combined for a no hitter.  All of his damage this time came in the sixth inning, with one of his runs scoring on a home run given up by Jose Diaz. Jose Morales went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and has a .284 average on the year. Evan Meek gave up the go ahead run in the top of the tenth inning in his third inning of the night.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (3-1, 3.60) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.284) – 3-for-4, 3 2B

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.301) – 2-for-4

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.208) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Jeff Inman, RHP (3.38) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Curry’s three doubles gives him 17 on the year, putting him in a tie with Alen Hanson and Dan Gamache for the most in the organization. He has seven doubles in his last te games, going 12-for-36 (.333) in 36 at-bats during that stretch. Jarek Cunningham hit his second homer of the year. Jeff Inman now has a 3.38 ERA in his first 5.1 innings in Double-A, with a 5:1 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (3.65) – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.245) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.270) – 2-for-4, 2B

Carlos Paulino, C (.241) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: In his last two starts, Tyler Waldron has given up three earned runs in 14 innings, with a 15:1 K/BB ratio. On the season he has a 3.65 ERA in 56.2 innings, with a 43:10 K/BB ratio. Gift Ngoepe hit his fifth homer of the year. Heading in to the year he had four career homers in 484 at-bats. He’s got five in 184 at-bats this year.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Lakewood 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (3-3, 2.90) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.345) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.273) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, RBI

Chris Lashmet, 1B (.255) – 2-for-3, 2 3B, BB, 2 RBI

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.22) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his seventh homer of the year. He has a modest six game hitting streak, and is 12-for-34 (.353) in his last ten games. Dan Gamache hit two doubles, giving him 17 on the year, which ties Hanson and Matt Curry for the organizational lead. Matt Benedict has a 2.90 ERA on the year in 62 innings, with a 38:15 K/BB ratio.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 30-22

AA: Altoona Curve – 23-28

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 23-29

A: West Virginia Power – 18-35

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, 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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