Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Cole, Owens, Cumpton, Rowland


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 (4-1, 2.47) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.262) - 1-for-3, BB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.212) - 1-for-5

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.266) - 2-for-4, 2 2B

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) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (3-2, 2.29) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.293) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (5)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Durham 1

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (3-2, 2.29) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.290) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.262) – 1-for-3, BB

Alex Presley, LF (.256) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.87) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rudy Owens went up against a left-handed heavy lineup, leading to a dominant start. On the season, Owens has a 2.29 ERA in 66.2 innings, with a 49:7 K/BB ratio. He has pitched six or more innings in each of his last nine starts, with three or fewer runs per start. Bryan Morris now has a 2.87 ERA in 31.1 innings, with a 28:8 K/BB ratio. Jeff Clement hit his fourth homer in his last four games. He now has five homers in the month of May in 82 at-bats.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (6-4, 3.52) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.266) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.203) – 2-for-3, BB

Miles Durham, RF (.250) – 3-for-4, 2B

Victor Black, RHP (1.96) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton has given up five earned runs in 20 innings over his last three starts. His numbers this year have been inflated with two bad outings, giving up five earned runs each time out. Victor Black now has a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings, with a 29:11 K/BB ratio. The two doubles by Tony Sanchez give him 12 on the year, putting him sixth in the farm system.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Fort Myers 4

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.47) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B (.260) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.244) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Mel Rojas, CF (.281) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings this year, with a 50:15 K/BB ratio. In his last six starts he has a 1.32 ERA in 34 innings, with a 27:9 K/BB ratio. Casey Sadler bounced back from his last outing, when he gave up five earned runs in two innings. Mel Rojas hit his seventh triple of the year, which is tied for the system lead.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (1-1, 3.27) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.293) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.337) – 1-for-4, 3B, BB, SB

Chris Lashmet, 1B (.243) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Robby Rowland made his second start in the Pirates’ organization. In three appearances he has a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings, with a 6:0 K/BB ratio. Last year he allowed 95 hits in 68 innings. This year he’s given up 10 in 11 innings so far. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco each stole their 14th base of the year, which is the system lead. Both hitters also tripled, with Hanson’s triple tying him with Mel Rojas for the system lead.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 30-21

AA: Altoona Curve – 23-27

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 23-28

A: West Virginia Power – 17-35

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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, 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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  • Alicia Rothermund

    What the hell were the diamondbacks doing to Rowland?

  • Alicia Rothermund

    Free Gerritt Cole!

    ….to AA

  • derekbellstutu

    Free Rudy Owens! How much more does he have to prove?

    • Lee Young

      and whose place does he take in the rotation?

      Karstens is coming back. Our only weak link has been Cholly

      • Alicia Rothermund

        His name is Correia…..and probably Karstens too.

        • Lee Young

          I’m not a fan of KC’s, but he has been pitching well. Cholly has been our worst pitcher.

      • derekbellstutu

        Owens should replace either Morton or Correia in the rotation. When Karstens comes back, he can replace the starter not kicked out of the rotation when Owens came up.

  • pirateswillwinin2012

    Question is Gregory Polanco a top 10 prospect in this system now?

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