Prospect Watch: Rojas Just Misses Cycle, Nick Kingham on a Roll


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) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) - 2-for-7, 3B, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.205) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.252) - 1-for-4, 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, 4.95) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR


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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.95) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.291) – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Mel Rojas (2)


Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2.40) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, RF-LF (.179) – 2-for-7, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Evan Meek, RHP (0.90) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Doug Slaten, LHP (0.36) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 2-for-7, 3B, RBI

Jose Morales, C (.313) – 3-for-5, BB

Game Notes: In nine starts this year, Rudy Owens has a 2.40 ERA in 60 innings, with a 42:6 K/BB ratio. After giving up five homers in his first two starts, he’s held batters to two in his last seven starts. Doug Slaten gave up one earned run in 1.1 innings in his first outing of the year on April 7th. Since then he has pitched 24 innings without an earned run. Indianapolis won in 15 innings when Alex Presley hit a one out triple, and scored on a Matt Hague single.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Harrisburg 4

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (3-0, 2.63) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.305) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Quincy Latimore, LF (.230) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Duke Welker, RHP (2.31) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jeff Inman, RHP (9.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.80) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brock Holt has a modest seven game hitting streak, but has four multi-hit games in that stretch. In his last ten games he has a .325/.341/.400 line in 40 at-bats. Duke Welker pitched a shutout inning, then was promoted to Triple-A. Welker finished with a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings in Double-A this year, along with a 19:7 K/BB ratio. Jeff Inman was promoted to Altoona earlier today, and made his debut, giving up one run on one hit. Victor Black now has a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings, with a 25:9 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Lakeland 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4-2, 3.81) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.291) – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.241) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Mel Rojas turned 22 years old today. He celebrated his birthday with a two run homer in the first inning, his second of the year. He followed that with a double in the fourth, and a triple in the sixth. The game ended early after a 42 minute rain delay, with Rojas falling a single short of the cycle. Rojas is having a great month of May, with a .333/.365/.475 line in 99 at-bats. Tyler Waldron pitched in to the seventh inning for the first time this year. On the season he has a 3.81 ERA in 49.2 innings, with a 35:9 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.95) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.247) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, DH (.287) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Alen Hanson, SS (.324) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: In his last four starts, Nick Kingham has a 1.77 ERA in 20.1 innings over his last four starts, with a 21:1 K/BB ratio. He gave up nine runs in three innings in his first two starts of the year. Since then he has allowed a 3.16 ERA in 37 innings, with a 34:7 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco stole his 12th base of the year, going 1-for-5 on the day.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 26-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 21-24

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 22-25

A: West Virginia Power – 14-33

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  • John Lease

    If Mel gets a single in his first at bat today, he can claim a ‘Tiger’ cycle!

  • Ian Rothermund

    Good for Kingham. People are really down on the ’09 prep guys right now, so they really need guys like him showing up like this.

  • Ian Rothermund

    Hey Tim,

    I realize when there’s actually an update you’ll most likely be on it. But has there been any word on the rehab process of either Bell or McPherson?

    And how long does extended Spring Training last? Just curious when to expect the assignments for Allie and Heredia.

    • Tim Williams

      Nothing on those guys other than what has previously been reported.

      Extended lasts until the short season leagues begin, which is the middle of June.

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