Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Presley, Polanco Hits Eighth Homer


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 (.256) - 0-for-3, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.210) - 2-for-4, 2 2B

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.252) - 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

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: Justin Wilson, LHP (4-3, 3.46) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, RF-LF (.250) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B

Home Runs: Jeremy Farrell (2), Gregory Polanco (8), Dan Gamache (2)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (4-3, 3.46) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, RF-LF (.250) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.07) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jeff Larish, 1B (.227) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game report.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (2.20) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.210) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jeremy Farrell, 3B (.204) – 1-for-3, HR

Tony Sanchez, C (.252) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

Game Notes: Wilbur Miller’s live game report.


Box Score

Result: Jupiter 7, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-4, 3.95) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.268) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.249) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro had given up 11 runs in 37 innings prior to this start. Alex Dickerson is hitting for a .282 average in May, with a .366 OBP, but he’s not hitting for much power. His double today was the first extra base hit in his last ten games. Gift Ngoepe went 2-for-3 for the second day in a row.


Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Kannapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2.89) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.296) – 1-for-2, HR, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, DH (.254) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Rinku Singh, LHP (1-1, 2.05) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his system-leading 8th homer, and stole his 13th base of the year, tying him for the system lead. Rinku Singh has a 2.05 ERA in 26.1 innings, with a 22:6 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 12, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (5.89) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, DH (.261) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, LF (.260) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Willy Garcia combined to go 4-for-7 on the day. He has three straight multi-hit games, and is hitting for a .299/.346/.495 line in May. Dan Gamache hit his second homer of the year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 27-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 22-24

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 22-26

A: West Virginia Power – 15-34

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  • st1300b

    Love the prospect watch, but what about the guys in extended spring… Luis Heredia? Not hurt so he must be throwing? Any updates on his progress?

    • Tim Williams

      No updates until they start their seasons in a few weeks.

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