Prospect Watch: Wilson Throws Six Shutout Innings, Gorkys Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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, 3.54) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.226) - 1-for-4, 3 BB, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.263) - 1-for-4, 2B, 3 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, 7.43) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3-3, 3.38) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Gorkys Hernandez (2), Stefan Welch (4)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3-3, 3.38) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.167) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Jordy Mercer, 3B (.288) – 1-for-4

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.18) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: This was only the third start of the season where Justin Wilson allowed fewer than three walks. He’s allowed three or more in his other four starts. On the year he has a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings, with a 40:20 K/BB ratio. He has three homers on the year, but none in his last four starts, spanning 22.1 innings. Bryan Morris now has a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings, with a 16:2 K/BB ratio. Gorkys Hernandez hit his second homer in as many days, doubling his 2011 season total, and matching his 2010 season total. Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to ten games. He’s hitting for a .390/.405/.488 line in 41 at-bats during that stretch.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Game One Box Score

Result: Bowie 7, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.08) – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.263) – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (1-1, 1.69) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.93) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona finished their suspended game from yesterday, which ended with the team tied 4-4 after four innings. Tony Sanchez had a double and three RBIs yesterday before the game was suspended. Tim Alderson came on in relief to resume the game today. Alderson gave up his first runs of the season in Double-A. He stranded the bases loaded to get the final out in the fourth, but gave up three runs, one of them which scored off Victor Black. Alderson threw 58 pitches, 36 for strikes, and according to Cory Giger, he is being stretched out to return to a starting role. Victor Black now has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings, with a 15:7 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bowie 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (0-4, 5.15) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.297) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.226) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: Because of the suspended game, today’s regularly scheduled game was limited to seven innings. Matt Curry went 0-for-3, snapping his hitting streak at ten games. Between the two games, Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with three walks and a stolen base.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 5, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (1-3, 5.18) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 1B (.281) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.280) – 2-for-4, 3B

Dan Grovatt, LF (.240) – 2-for-4, 2B

Wes Freeman, DH (.172) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jason Townsend, RHP (3.45) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Colton Cain has a 5.18 ERA in 33 innings, with a 24:12 K/BB ratio. He has been inconsistent this year, with four good outings, and three bad outings. In the bad outings he has combined for 15 earned runs and a 9:5 K/BB ratio in 13.1 innings. In the good outings he has allowed four earned runs and a 15:7 K/BB ratio in 19.2 innings. Mel Rojas is on a hot streak, with a .356/.412/.467 line in 45 at-bats over his last ten games. He hasn’t homered yet this season, but has four doubles and five triples. Stefan Welch hit his fourth homer of the year.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 19-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-18

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 16-17

A: West Virginia Power – 11-21

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 AccuScore.com, 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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