Prospect Watch: Cole Shines in Debut; GCL Offense Explodes Again


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, Altoona (1-0, 3.60) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (4-6, 4.10) - DNP

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.261) - 1-for-5

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) - DNP

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (No Stats) - DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.34) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 3.13) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.226) - 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.292) - DNP

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 1.80) - DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.22) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.62) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.229) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.34) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.268) - 0-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.700) - 3-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.000) - 0-for-3

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



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Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-0, 3.60) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Morales, C (.297) – 4-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (7), Robbie Grossman (5), Maximo Rivera (2), Dilson Herrera (2), Jesus Vasquez (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Gwinnett 2

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (3-3, 4.47) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Morales, C (.297) – 4-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Yamaico Navarro, SS (.283) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Duke Welker, RHP (3.48) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 9, New Britain 4

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-0, 3.60) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, RF (.244) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.226) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.238) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Nathan Baker, LHP (5.34) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live report of Gerrit Cole’s Double-A debut.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.25) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.296) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.246) – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler made his third start of the year. In his previous two starts he combined to give up five earned runs in eight innings of work. As a reliever this year he has a 3.26 ERA in 38.2 innings, with a 35:7 K/BB ratio. He usually pitches multiple inning outings, sometimes going 3-4 innings in relief. Sadler throws his fastball consistently in the 91-93 MPH range, with good downward movement.



West Virginia was off for the SAL All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 13, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (0-1, 6.00) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF (.400) – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Pat Ludwig, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The State College pitching staff had a rough night. Several 2012 draft picks made their debuts, with mixed results. Dalton Friend gave up six runs on five hits without recording an out. Lance Breedlove gave up three runs in one inning. Pat Ludwig and Josh Smith each pitched shutout innings. The offense was held to one hit.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Tigers 4

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (6.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.333) – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, DH (.700) – 3-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Jesus Vasquez, 1B (.333) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 4 RBI

Game Notes: Dilson Herrera hit his second homer of the year. He also homered during the first game of the season. Jesus Vasquez hit his first homer of the year. Wyatt Mathisen went 3-for-4 and is now 7-for-10 with a double and two walks in his first three games.



For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Yankees 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (2.81) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramses Pena, LF (.333) – 1-for-3, SB



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Cubs 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (2-2, 2.00) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Galvez, 3B (.212) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, SB



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 43-29

AA: Altoona Curve – 33-36

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 29-42

A: West Virginia Power – 23-47

A-: State College Spikes – 1-2

RK: GCL Pirates – 2-1

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 10-6

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 9-7

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  • st1300b

    how is Mathieson going to become a catcher someday if he’s not going to play the position?

  • Lee Young

    Dalton Friend = Ouch! Hopefully, it was just nerves. I still remember MY first AB in HS. Stood there scared to swing. After that, the coach was ‘scared’ to play me. Smart coach. lol

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