Prospect Watch: Grossman Homers; Good Starts From Kingham, Wilson


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 (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

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

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.264) - 1-for-4

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) - 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

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, 2.34) - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.219) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.292) - 0-for-4

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 1.80) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.22) - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.62) - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.219) - 0-for-3

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

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.266) - DNP

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) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.62) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.284) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (8), Quincy Latimore (5), Robbie Grossman (4), Stefan Welch (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.62) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.284) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (3-2, 2.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Justin Wilson now has a 3.62 ERA in 74.2 innings, with a 73:36 K/BB ratio. It has now been ten starts since he’s moved to more of an over-head delivery. In that time he has a 3.46 ERA in 52 innings, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9. That’s compared to an 8.7 K/9 and a 5.6 BB/9 ratio in 22.2 innings to start the year. Daniel McCutchen made a rehab appearance, throwing 18 pitches. Jeff Clement hit his 8th homer of the season.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 15, Binghamton 6

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (5-2, 4.18) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.219) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, SS (.375) – 2-for-4, 2B

Stefan Welch, 3B-1B (.300) – 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Quincy Latimore, LF (.244) – 3-for-5, HR, SB

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

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman hit his fourth homer of the year. Stefan Welch hit his first homer since being promoted to Double-A. Quincy Latimore hit his sixth homer of the year. He started the season with a .479 OPS in April, but improved to an .801 OPS in May. He now has an .812 OPS in June. Hunter Strickland  made his second appearance in relief since moving up to Altoona.



Bradenton was off for the FSL All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Hagerstown 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5.22) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.200) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, DH (.267) – 2-for-4, 2B

Alen Hanson, SS (.316) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Taylor Lewis, RF (.353) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: In his last ten starts, Nick Kingham has a 4.22 ERA in 49 innings, with a 49:12 K/BB ratio. His ERA is inflated by two bad starts. One start came in early May, when he gave up four runs in five innings. The other start came a few weeks ago when he gave up six runs in 4.2 innings. Taylor Lewis is 6-for-17 with hits in all four games since joining West Virginia. Alen Hanson hit his eighth triple of the year, and stole his 18th base. Jose Osuna hit his 20th double of the year.



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



The Pirates were off.



The Pirates were off.



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 40-29

AA: Altoona Curve – 31-36

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 27-41

A: West Virginia Power – 23-47

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 8-5

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 6-7

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    Is it just me or do the Buccos seem to have developed a lot of potential good bullpen arms? Hughes, Lincoln, Watson, Morris, and maybe even Justin Wilson are or profile to be potential back of the bullpen types… it’d be interesting to see if any of them can handle the pressure of the 9th inning as well as Hanny, since he’s still the one player that makes the most sense to move in an attempt in to seriously upgrade the offense. I wish we have more impact position players in the organization but there’s not much between Marte and the WV roster

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