Prospect Watch: Starters Combine For One Run in 29 Innings


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, 3.52) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.270) - 2-for-4, 2B

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) - 2-for-7, HR

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.260) - 0-for-2, BB

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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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-1, 2.31) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.237) – 3-for-4, RBI

Home Runs: Robbie Grossman (2), Gift Ngoepe (3), Gregory Polanco (6)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Louisville 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-1, 2.31) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.237) – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 2-for-4, 2B

Matt Hague, 3B-1B (.237) – 2-for-3, BB

Evan Meek, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke pitched seven shutout innings for the second straight start. He’s allowed two runs in 26 innings over his last four starts. On the season he has a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings, with a 28:7 K/BB ratio. Evan Meek made his first appearance for Indianapolis since being sent down. On the season, Gorkys Hernandez is doing significantly better against left handers, with a .300 average and an .890 OPS, versus a .179 average and a .438 OPS against right handers. Tonight his three hits came against right handed pitchers.


Game One Box Score

Result: Richmond 1, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5.34) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.301) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Nathan Baker had struggled in his last three starts, but really bounced back tonight with his best start of the year. Baker had combined to allow 17 earned runs in 12.1 innings in his last three starts, with a 6:9 K/BB ratio. Tonight he struck out six, which matched his total from the last three starts, and marked a season high. Altoona’s offense only managed four hits, with the double from Holt being the only extra base hit.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (2.93) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Matt Curry, 1B (.316) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman hit his second homer of the year, and combined to go 2-for-7 on the day. Duke Welker now has a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings, with an 11:5 K/BB ratio. Matt Curry had hits in both games tonight, and now has an eight game hitting streak.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Tampa 2

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, DH (.260) – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.208) – 1-for-5, HR

Drew Maggi, 2B (.284) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Carlos Paulino, C (.218) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (0.47) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (5.14) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole was originally scheduled to make the start tonight, but was moved back to tomorrow with Phil Irwin coming off the disabled list. Irwin pitched well last year in Bradenton, and then pitched well in Altoona, so he’s unlikely to remain in the Bradenton rotation for long. Porfirio Lopez now has one earned run allowed in 19.1 innings, with a 12:6 K/BB ratio. Quinton Miller has allowed two runs on six hits in 8.1 innings since moving to a bullpen role. He has a 6:2 K/BB ratio in that time. Gift Ngoepe hit his third homer of the year.


Box Score

Result: Greensboro 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (7.71) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, DH (.280) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.381) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his sixth homer of the year, which puts him number one in the Pirates’ system, breaking the tie with teammate Willy Garcia. Ryan Hafner had his best start of the year, after combining to allow ten earned runs in 6.2 innings his previous two starts. He also showed better control tonight, with a 3:1 K/BB ratio, after a 3:6 K/BB ratio in his last two starts. Alen Hanson hit his 13th double of the year, which leads the Pirates’ system.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 15-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 12-16

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 13-16

A: West Virginia Power – 11-18

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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