Prospect Watch: Heredia Dominant in Debut, Rojas Hits Grand Slam


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 (.265) - 2-for-4, 2B, SB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.319) - 2-for-4, 2B

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-0, 0.00) - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (6-2, 2.38) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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 (.292) - 1-for-4, SB

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 4.91) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.62) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.205) - 0-for-4

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

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.271) - 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.600) - 2-for-5, RBI

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.231) - 3-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.297) - 3-for-4, 2B



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Top Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, RF (.429) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Mel Rojas (3), Taylor Lewis (2), Eric Avila (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 2

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (6-2, 2.38) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.265) – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.28) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: New Britain 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (1-1, 4.91) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, RF (.353) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Hunter Strickland, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Jeff Inman, RHP (4.30) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Matt Curry, DH (.291) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: After a strong start his last time out, Kyle McPherson was roughed up tonight. Most of the damage came with three runs in the fourth. Hunter Strickland has pitched four shutout innings since being promoted to Altoona and moved to the bullpen. Matt Curry is 3-for-6 in his two games since returning from the disabled list. In his last ten games he is hitting for a .333/.400/.472 line in 36 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (5-3, 5.32) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.271) – 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.297) – 3-for-4, 2B

Kirk Singer, 3B (.467) – 3-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Mel Rojas hit his third homer of the year, a grand slam. That gave Bradenton a 6-3 lead, after trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning. Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with two walks, and stole his 12th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Lexington 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (2-5, 5.97) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, RF (.429) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.319) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B (.271) – 2-for-4, 2B

Eric Avila, 3B (.261) – 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Game Notes: In the five games since joining West Virginia, Taylor Lewis is 9-for-21 with two homers and a triple. He has a hit in all five games. Lewis, a speedy center fielder, was the tenth round pick in the 2011 draft. Gregory Polanco stole his 18th base of the season. Jose Osuna and Alen Hanson each hit their 21st doubles of the year. The homer for Avila was his first of the year.



Box Score

Result: State College 8, Williamsport 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.538) – 3-for-3, 2 3B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.231) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: My live recap of Luis Heredia’s start.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 9, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (0-1, 13.50) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.364) – 2-for-3, 2 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, DH (.600) – 2-for-5, RBI

Stetson Allie, 3B (.200) – 0-for-4, BB, K

Game Notes: Wyatt Mathisen is now 9-for-15 in his first four games in pro ball. Stetson Allie is 2-for-10 in his first three games as a hitter, with a 2:2 K/BB ratio. In two games, Luis Urena has two doubles and two triples.



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



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Box Score

Result: Mets 17, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Jorge Mendoza, RHP (0-1, 8.59) – 2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Galvez, 3B (.216) – 1-for-4

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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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