Prospect Watch: Mercer On a Hot Streak, Garcia Hits Sixth Homer

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 (1-1, 3.54) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.225) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.263) - DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-1, 8.24) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (5-0, 2.03) – 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.257) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (6)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (5-0, 2.03) – 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.272) – 3-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jake Fox, LF (.381) – 3-for-4, RBI

Jordy Mercer, SS (.273) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jo-Jo Reyes had his best start of the year, throwing a complete game shutout, and needing just 99 pitches to get the job done. On the season Reyes has a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings, with a 23:7 K/BB ratio. Coming in to tonight he was much better against left handers, with a .167 BAA versus lefties, compared to a .383 BAA versus right handers. Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s 12-for-33 (.364) during the streak.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was off tonight.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Tampa 5

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (1-0, 6.00) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.259) – 3-for-6, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andy Vasquez, 2B (.333) – 3-for-6, 2B

Mel Rojas, CF (.274) – 2-for-6

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.267) – 4-for-5, RBI

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.27) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rick VandenHurk made his Pirates’ organizational debut after signing with the team as a minor league free agent last month. Casey Sadler had a few rough outings at the end of April, but has rebounded with one earned run in nine innings over his last three appearances, with a 6:0 K/BB ratio. Alex Dickerson only has seven extra base hits this year out of 30 hits, although four of those extra base hits have come in his last seven games.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-3, 5.72) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.257) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.294) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: The three runs by West Virginia came in the ninth inning when Willy Garcia hit a three run homer. The homer was his sixth of the year, moving him in to a tie with Gregory Polanco for the organizational lead. Zack Dodson gave up two runs in the first inning, then one in the third. On the season he has a 5.72 ERA in 28.1 innings, with a 23:10 K/BB ratio. Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 with a walk and his 12th steal of the year. This was only his fifth game this year without a hit.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 17-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-16

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 15-16

A: West Virginia Power – 11-20

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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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