Prospect Watch: Three Hit Night For Hanson, Good Start For Kingham


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, 3.18) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) - 0-for-3, K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.237) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.258) - DNP

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 6.75) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR


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Top Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.359) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Stefan Welch (6)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 1, Norfolk 0

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.14) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, DH (.287) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Rick VandenHurk, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Doug Slaten, LHP (0.48) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Justin Wilson was removed from the game prior to the fourth inning with a strained right groin. Wilson was off to a good start, throwing 30 pitches and 21 strikes. That follows an outing where he threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out six. Rick VandenHurk came on in relief and pitched five shutout innings for his Indianapolis debut. Indianapolis only had three hits, with two coming from Jeff Clement, and one coming from Jeff Larish. Starling Marte played his first game since going down with a hand injury. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Jordy Mercer went 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at 14 games.


Altoona was off today.


Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.91) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.298) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.172) – 1-for-3, 2B

Jason Townsend, RHP (3.06) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tyler Waldron gave up two homers, which was the second time this year he’s given up two homers in a game. The good thing is that he’s only given up four homers total on the season. His last two homer start came on April 22nd. He then gave up five runs in 18 innings over his next three starts before tonight’s outing. Jason Townsend has been pitching well, with 9.2 shutout innings in his last four appearances, along with a 7:3 K/BB ratio. Stefan Welch hit his sixth homer of the year.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6.75) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.359) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, LF (.239) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Kirk Singer, 3B (.272) – 2-for-4

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (1-1, 14.73) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nick Kingham went five innings for the third time in his last four starts. In his last two outings he’s combined for three earned runs in 8.1 innings, along with a 10:0 K/BB ratio. One bad trend is that he’s allowed six homers this year, with three in the last two starts. Alen Hanson has struggled some in May, with a .205/.265/.364 line in 44 at-bats heading in to tonight’s game. Tonight he hit his 15th double of the year, which leads the Pirates’ minor league organization. West Virginia took a 3-2 lead in the seventh after back to back sacrifice fly RBIs by Dan Gamache and Jose Osuna.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-15

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-19

A: West Virginia Power – 13-24

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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, 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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    Tim….nothing in the book on Porfirio Lopez. I seem to recall that he is a soft tosser whose stuff plays well at the lower levels?

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