Prospect Watch: Hanson Hits 9th Homer, Owens Goes Six Strong Innings


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, Bradenton (4-1, 2.53) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (3-5, 3.71) - DNP

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.261) - 1-for-4, 2B

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.325) - 2-for-5, HR

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.29) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (4-3, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.217) - DNP

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.300) - 1-for-5

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (No Stats) - AAA DL

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.51) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (4-4, 4.23) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.250) - 1-for-3

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.272) - 0-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C (.000) - Unsigned

19. Barrett Barnes, CF (.000) - Unsigned

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.286) - 1-for-5



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Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (5-2, 2.29) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.325) – 2-for-5, HR

Home Runs: Jake Fox (2), Yamaico Navarro (2), Alen Hanson (9)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Rochester 1

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (5-2, 2.29) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.276) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Jake Fox, DH (.255) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Yamaico Navarro, 2B (.310) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI


Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.



Box Score

Result: Akron 7, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (4-2, 3.67) – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.226) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (5.06) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brock Holt went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He’s 13-for-33 during that stretch. Jarek Cunningham hit his tenth double of the year in 115 at-bats. Jeff Inman has a 5.06 ERA in 10.2 innings, with a 9:4 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 11, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4-3, 5.32) – 3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.237) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Hunter Strickland, RHP (2.98) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Hunter Strickland was originally scheduled to start tomorrow. It appears he will be working in a piggy back situation. He now has a 2.98 ERA in 45.1 innings, with a 25:8 K/BB ratio. Tyler Waldron has given up eight homers this season. He’s given up multiple homers in three games, totaling seven homers in those games.



Box Score

Result: Asheville 13, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (4-4, 3.66) – 3.2 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.325) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.300) – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his ninth homer of the year, which is tied with Gregory Polanco for the system lead. On the season, Hanson is hitting for a .325/.382/.572 line in 243 at-bats. Gregory Polanco is hitting for a .300/.356/.476 line in 227 at-bats.



The Pirates were off.



The Pirates were off.



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 36-27

AA: Altoona Curve – 28-33

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 26-38

A: West Virginia Power – 20-43

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 4-3

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 3-4

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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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  • ElGaupo77

    Tim, we need an update on Grossman. If this is non-injury related it’s getting a little ridiculous.

    • Lee Young

      I doubt even Tim could get anything out of the super secretive Buc management team. : )


  • Lee Young

    wohhhhhh….what happened to Benedict?


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