Prospect Watch: Cole Pitches a Gem, Hanson and Polanco Both Homer


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Bradenton (5-1, 2.55) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (3-6, 4.52) - DNP

3. Mark Appel, RHP (No Stats) - Unsigned

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.270) - 1-for-4, SB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.322) - 1-for-3, HR, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - Low-A DL

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (No Stats) - Season Starts 6/18

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.29) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 3.27) - 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.220) - 3-for-5, 2B

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.295) - 1-for-3, HR, SB

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

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.57) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.80) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.240) - 1-for-4

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.266) - 1-for-3, BB

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.000) - Season Starts 6/18

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.000) - Season Starts 6/18

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.289) - 2-for-4, 2B



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Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (5-1, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.220) – 3-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: Alen Hanson (10), Gregory Polanco (10), Taylor Lewis (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (5-3, 3.27) – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.208) – 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 1-for-4, SB

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.45) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke now has a 3.27 ERA in 71.2 innings, with a 64:16 K/BB ratio. Bryan Morris has a 2.45 ERA in 40.1 innings, with a 40:9 K/BB ratio. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 16th base of the year, while Starling Marte stole his 15th base.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Trenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5.52) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.220) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (1-1, 4.63) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth, winning the game on a walk off two out, two RBI double by Jarek Cunningham. Robbie Grossman had three hits, including a two out double in the ninth, two batters before Cunningham’s game winner. Nathan Baker has walked 21 batters in 26.2 innings over his last six starts.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Fort Myers 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (5-1, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.287) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.289) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole was hitting 101 MPH with his fastball, and 92 MPH with his slider, according to Keith Law. Cole now has a 2.55 ERA in 67 innings this year, with a 69:21 K/BB ratio. Daniel McCutchen made a rehab appearance, pitching two shutout innings. Alex Dickerson continued his recent hot streak, and is now 15-for-41 with three doubles, a triple, and two homers.



Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 8, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3.12) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.322) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.295) – 1-for-3, HR, SB

Taylor Lewis, RF (.250) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco both hit first inning home runs. They each have ten on the season, tied for the system lead. Polanco also stole his 17th base. Taylor Lewis played his first game of the year after being promoted from extended Spring Training earlier today. The 2011 10th round pick responded with his first homer of the year. Robby Rowland now has a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings, with a 13:6 K/BB ratio, a 1.95 GO/AO, and a .206 BAA.



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Box Score

Result: Rangers 11, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (1-1, 3.97) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 3B (.359) – 2-for-2, SB

Game Notes: Grullon had ten shutout innings combined in his first two starts of the year before this outing.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Diamondbacks/Reds 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (1-2, 2.77) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunerky Adames, DH (.379) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 SB



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 39-27

AA: Altoona Curve – 29-35

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 27-41

A: West Virginia Power – 21-46

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 6-5

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 5-6

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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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  • Ian Rothermund

    First off….

    Gerrit Cole, holy crap.

    Secondly, what’s the end game with Morris? Is he slowly being stretched out? Whats the purpose of a guy like him throwing 3 innings at a time? Is it possibly in order to be prepared to come in as a long reliever for Pittsburgh?

    • Lee Young

      Good news on both of them.

  • Matt Beam

    When is the FL St League All-Star game? Cole better get promoted to Altoona as soon as he exits that game

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