Prospect Watch: Big Night for Alex Dickerson


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, 2.53) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.277) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.277) – DNP

8. Stetson Allie, 3B – Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (4-2 2.35) 6 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 2 SO 1 HR
Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.289) 5-for-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 Runs, 2B
Home Runs: Jeff Clement (7) Alex Dickerson 2(4)


Box Score

Result:Indianapolis 4, Syracuse 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (4-2 2.35) 6 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 2 SO 1 HR
Top Hitter
: Jeff Clement, 1B (.316) 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers
Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.191) – 0-for-4, Run
Starling Marte, CF (.277) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB, RBI, 2 Runs
Jake Fox, C (.270)-  2-for-4, 2B
Alex Presley, CF (.277)- 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Rudy Owens pitched six strong innings, getting the better of former Pirates pitcher Zach Duke, who took the loss by giving up four runs in six innings. Marte hit his seventh triple and Clement hit his sixth homer in his last nine games. Evan Meek pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run and Tim Wood finished off the game with his fifth save. Indianapolis is in first place and now has a 7.5 game lead in their division


Altoona was off


Box Score

Result: Brevard County 7, Bradenton 14

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron , RHP (4-2 4.45) 4 IP 9 H 7 R 7 ER 4 BB 2 SO 1 HR
Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson,1B (.289) 5-for-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 Runs, 2B

Other Notable Performers
Drew Maggi, 2B (.253) 2-for-5, BB, 2B, SB, 3 Runs
Carlos Paulino, C (.240) 2-for-5, 3 RBI
Benji Gonzalez, SS (2.98) 3-for-5, 3B

Game Notes:  Dickerson drove in six runs, while Stefan Welch added four hits and two RBI’s  in the 14 run outburst by Bradenton. They collected 21 hits, seven of them for extra bases, with six players getting multiple hits and only Daniel Grovatt failed to reach safely. Porfirio Lopez pitched four perfect innings for the win, retiring all 12 batters he faced, four by strikeout.


Box Score

Result: Delmarva 4, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (4-3 2.93) 5.2 IP 4 H 3 R 2 ER 2 BB 4 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.304) 2-for-5, Run, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers
Carlos Mesa, RF (.194) – 2-for-5, Run
Alen Hanson, SS (.332) – 0-for-4, BB, 2 K

Game Notes:  Rinku Singh lowered his ERA to 1.93 in 31.2 innings, with 2.1 innings without an earned run tonight. Nathan Kilcrease picked up his first save. West Virginia won the game despite the fact they had no extra base hits, two errors and they struck out 11 times. Catcher Francisco Diaz had two hits, scored a run and drove in another. Benedict in 2-0 in his last four starts.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Rangers 10

Starting Pitcher: Cristian Henriquez, LHP (0-0 5.40) 5 IP 10 H 4 R 3 ER 0 BB 1 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Steven De La Mota, LF (.333) 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Arquimedes Lorenzo took the loss, giving up five runs in 1/3 of an inning, as seven of the eight batters he faced in the 7th inning reached base. Highly touted pitcher Richard Mitchell made his pro debut in the 8th innings, allowing one run on two hits, with one walk and a strikeout. Oderman Rocha pitched a scoreless inning. Edgar Munoz, hit leadoff and played right field, going 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI.


Box Score

Result: Cubs 3, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (0-0 0.00) 4 IP 5 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 2 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Jordan Galvez, 2B 2-for-3, 2 Runs

Game Notes: Urbina threw four shutout innings but wasn’t around long enough for the win. Christopher De Leon, a surprise return to the DSL after pitching well last year, went 2.1 innings for the win, allowing two runs on two hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. Jose Salazar, the starting shortstop for the VSL team last year, played third base and drove home two runs.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 34-23
AA: Altoona Curve – 26-29
A+: Bradenton Marauders – 25-32
A: West Virginia Power – 19-39
RK: DSL Pirates1 – 1-1
RK: DSL Pirates2 – 1-1

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    Good to see the DSL has started.

    Any word on why Marte left the AAA game?

    • JohnDreker

      Nope, checked the game notes afterwards and there wasn’t anything. He played defense in the 6th inning without a fielding chance and didn’t bat in the inning so it may have been something minor on the triple, then sac fly he scored on in the 5th

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