Prospect Watch: Grossman On a Hot Streak Since Suspension


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 (.264) - 0-for-4

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.323) - DNP

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 (5-4, 3.27) - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.232) - 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.293) - 1-for-3

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) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.213) - 1-for-4

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

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.271) - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.556) - DNP

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.240) - 1-for-4

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.292) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Chris Leroux, RHP (4.26) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.232) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 4, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (5-4, 3.27) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.292) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Chris Leroux, RHP (4.26) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Akron 15, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (0-5, 5.05) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.232) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.317) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman now has an eight game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .341/.438/.585 line in 41 at-bats over his last ten games. He was benched for a week for an undisclosed issue, and whatever it was, it seems to have worked. Brock Holt had another two hit game. He was hitting for a .371/.446/.486 line in 70 at-bats this month, prior to today’s game. Hunter Strickland gave up five runs in one inning.



Bradenton was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 9, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (0-2, 6.87) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.324) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, 1B (.270) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K

Game Notes: Von Rosenberg has rotated between bad and good starts this year. In his first outing he didn’t allow an earned run in four innings. He gave up six in four innings his second time out. Last time he gave up one run in 5.1 innings. Tonight he was hurt by three homers, leading to seven runs in five innings. Jose Osuna hit his 23rd double of the year, which leads the minor league system.



Box Score

Result: State College 6, Mahoning Valley 5

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (5.00) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, DH (.308) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hornback, C (.278) – 2-for-4, 3B

Yhonathan Barrios, 3B (.053) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez struggled with his control in the fourth inning, leading to three runs. Other than that, he was efficient and did a good job limiting damage. He once again displayed a good pickoff move. He got a runner in the first, then held runners close to the bag throughout the game, with two close calls. He’s got four pickoffs in two games. Justin Ennis flashed his new knuckleball, needing six straight in the eighth inning to retire the side in order. He was sitting mid-60s with the pitch, and placing it well in the zone.



The Pirates were off.



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The Pirates were off.



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Author: 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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