Prospect Watch: Good Starts For Wilson and Holmes; Latimore’s Power Continues


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) - DNP

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

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.262) - 0-for-3, 2 BB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.319) - 1-for-3

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (6-2, 2.38) - DNP

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

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.227) - 1-for-4

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.291) - 1-for-4, 2B

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 4.91) - DNP

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

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.46) - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.209) - 1-for-4

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.28) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.271) - 1-for-4, 2B

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.600) - DNP

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.313) - 2-for-3, SB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.292) - 0-for-4, 2 K



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Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.46) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.500) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (8), Kirk Singer (2), Carlos Paulino (2), Luis Urena (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Scranton/WB 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.46) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (1-2, 3.46) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Justin Wilson carried a no hitter in to the sixth inning. His lone hit came with two outs in the inning. Brian Friday went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to ten games. He’s hitting for a .387/.472/.516 line in that span.



Box Score

Result: Akron 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (7-6, 3.43) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.249) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Mike Colla, RHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Cumpton has increased his strikeouts in his last three games, with 18 in 17.1 innings of work. However, he’s given up four runs in each of his last two outings. He continues to be a ground ball machine, with a 1.93 GO/AO ratio in his last ten starts, and a 2.10 ration on the season. Mike Colla has been great in relief this year, with a 0.49 ERA in 18.1 innings, and a 15:4 K/BB ratio. Quincy Latimore hit his eighth homer of the year, and his fourth in his last nine games.



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 11, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-1, 8.31) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kirk Singer, 3B (.474) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Paulino, C (.241) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: In five games since joining Bradenton, Kirk Singer has hit for a .474/.545/.789 line with two homers. He had one homer in 187 at-bats with West Virginia, and a .626 OPS. Carlos Paulino hit his second homer of the year. Matt Benedict made his high-A debut after being promoted earlier in the week.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3-1, 2.81) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.308) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.291) – 1-for-4, 2B

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.45) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Robby Rowland has a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings in West Virginia this year, with a 16:8 K/BB ratio. He’s allowed a .248 BAA and a 1.82 GO/AO ratio. Rinku Singh has a 2.45 ERA in 40.1 innings with a 33:8 K/BB ratio. Taylor Lewis went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to six games.



Box Score

Result: State College 4, Mahoning Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.529) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.313) – 2-for-3, SB

Game Notes: My live recap.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 17, Braves 7

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.500) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 3B (.313) – 3-for-6

Candon Myles, LF (.350) – 4-for-5, BB

Jesus Vasquez, 1B (.400) – 3-for-6, 2B

Game Notes: The Pirates combined for 17 runs on 21 hits. Gavi Nivar was the only batter in the lineup who didn’t record a hit. Six batters had multi-hit games, and five of them had three or more hits. Luis Urena now has three doubles, two triples, and a homer in three games. Prior to this start, Axel Diaz had only pitched one inning in the DSL.



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: Red Sox 10, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, LHP (0-2, 4.38) – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Esqueda, 3B (.295) – 2-for-2, 2B



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