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Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Shut Out Again

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) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.246) - 0-for-3, BB, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.223) - 0-for-3, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) - 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, 6.75) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5-3, 3.72) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 2-for-4

Home Runs: None

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 3, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2-2, 2.50) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, LF (.125) – 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.156) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 SB, 3 K

Game Notes: Indianapolis was shut out for the fourth night in a row. Rudy Owens had a decent start, giving up three runs in six innings. It was the first time in his last seven starts that his individual game ERA was over 3.00. His secondary numbers stayed strong, with a 6:1 K/BB ratio and six hits allowed. He’s only given up more than a hit per inning in two of eight starts this year, and his walk tonight was his fifth in 54 innings. As Nancy Zinni reports, Jordy Mercer missed his second straight game with a strained abdominal muscle.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5-3, 3.72) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.250) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.288) – 2-for-4, RBI

Duke Welker, RHP (2.21) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game report.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 7, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (2.79) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.304) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.240) – 2-for-5, RBI

Josh Poytress, LHP (0.00) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (5.50) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Casey Sadler made his first start of the year, and only the second of his minor league career. On the season he has a 2.79 ERA in 29 innings, with a 23:3 K/BB ratio. Josh Poytress extended his shutout streak in high-A to 19 innings. Quinton Miller had his worst outing since moving to the closer role in Bradenton, blowing the save by allowing two inherited runners to score in the eighth, then giving up a two run homer in the ninth. In his last ten outings he has a 3.65 ERA in 12.1 innings, with a 10:2 K/BB ratio.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greenville 7, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-4, 6.17) – 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.233) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.303) – 2-for-5

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (8.64) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk, and also recorded two errors, giving him 19 on the year. Zack Dodson reached his single inning pitch count in the first, and left after two outs. Dodson was coming off two starts where he combined to allow three earned runs in 11 innings. Prior to those starts he gave up six runs in 3.1 innings.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-19

AA: Altoona Curve – 17-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-23

A: West Virginia Power – 13-28

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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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