Prospect Watch: Multi-Hit Nights For Marte, Mercer, Curry, Polanco

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) - 2-for-4, 3B

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.209) - 0-for-4, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.250) - 0-for-2, 2 BB, RBI

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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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (3-4, 4.70) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, RF (.306) – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB

Home Runs: Alex Presley (1), Kirk Singer (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Buffalo 6

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (3.14) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.246) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, LF (.167) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Jordy Mercer, SS (.289) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Alex Presley hit his first homer since being sent down to Triple-A. Starling Marte now has a .162 ISO, which is close to his .168 from last year. His walk rate is also up from last year, although his strikeout rate has increased. The one downside is that he’s not hitting for average this year. Heading in to tonight’s game, Jordy Mercer had a .338/.394/.400 line in 65 at-bats in May. Evan Meek gave up two runs (one earned) in an inning of work.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.281) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.240) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Brock Holt, SS (.292) – 2-for-4

Nathan Baker, LHP (3-4, 4.70) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2.42) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s story on Jeff Karstens’ rehab start. For the third straight night, Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-3 with a double. Nathan Baker took the mound after Karstens was done and had a good outing. The key stat was one walk, after walking five in his previous outing. Duke Welker has a 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings this year, with an 18:7 K/BB ratio.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 9, Bradenton 8

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (3.47) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.286) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.168) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Hunter Strickland now has a 3.47 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 13:4 K/BB ratio. Josh Poytress gave up his first runs in high-A, giving up three in 1.1 innings. That snapped his 19 shutout innings streak. Justin Howard is having a good May in a small sample size of 29 at-bats. He’s hitting for a .345/.457/.483 line after today.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lexington 3

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (7.61) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, RF (.306) – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Orlando Castro, LHP (2-5, 6.11) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Gregory Polanco, CF (.297) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Kirk Singer, 3B (.245) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner now has a 7.61 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 12:18 K/BB ratio. Kirk Singer hit his first homer of the year. Gregory Polanco is hitting for a .297/.339/.490 line in 155 at-bats this year. The speedy Junior Sosa hit his third triple in 98 at-bats this season.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 24-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 20-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 19-25

A: West Virginia Power – 14-30

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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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