Prospect Watch: Cumpton Throws Eight Shutout Innings; Homers For Presley, Osuna


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) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.270) - 2-for-6, 2B

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) - 1-for-4, 2B

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - 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: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (7-4, 3.12) – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, LF (.290) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Alex Presley (5), Stefan Welch (7), Jose Osuna (4)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 14, Syracuse 6

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (2-1, 4.46) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, LF (.290) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.200) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, 5 RBI, SB

Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 2-for-6, 2B

Jeff Larish, 1B (.255) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Anderson Hernandez, 2B (.246) – 4-for-5, 2 SB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alex Presley hit his fifth homer of the year, and his second in as many nights. He’s hitting for a .290/.392/.661 line in 62 at-bats with Indianapolis. Chase d’Arnaud stole his tenth base of the season in 23 games. Duke Welker has now pitched five shutout innings in Triple-A, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out six. Indianapolis scored eight runs in their first four innings, led by a four run fourth.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Portland 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (7-4, 3.12) – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Miles Durham, CF (.267) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.277) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton pitched eight innings for the first time this year, and pitched in to the eighth inning for the second time. In his last four starts he has given up five earned runs in 28 innings, with a 12:9 K/BB ratio. He’s been getting a ton of ground ball outs, including a 14:3 GO/AO ratio tonight. He threw 93 pitches, with 58 going for strikes. Tony Sanchez continued his hot streak, and now has six doubles in his last eight games.


Box Score

Result: Brevard County 3, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.53) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.262) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.284) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole gave up both of his runs in the first inning, then pitched five scoreless. On the season he has a 2.53 ERA in 57 innings, with a 56:19 K/BB ratio. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs since his start on April 20th. Today was the first time all season that he walked more than three batters, and only the second time that he walked more than two batters. Stefan Welch hit his seventh homer of the year.


Box Score

Result: Hickory 7, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (2.12) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.277) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.302) – 2-for-2, 3 BB

Alen Hanson, SS (.338) – 0-for-5, 4 K

Game Notes: Robby Rowland made his third start in the organization, and now has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings over four appearances, with a 7:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna hit his fourth homer of the year, and his second in his last three games. All four homers have come since the end of April. Gregory Polanco has a .302/.362/.482 line in 199 at-bats this year, including a .324/.444/.486 line in 37 at-bats over his last ten games.


The DSL Pirates1 were off today.


The DSL Pirates2 were off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 33-23

AA: Altoona Curve – 26-29

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 24-32

A: West Virginia Power – 18-39

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 1-0

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 0-1

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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, 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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