Prospect Watch: Marte Breaks Slump With Three Hits and a Homer


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 (.268) - 3-for-5, HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.323) - 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB

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-5, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.293) - 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

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 (.209) - 1-for-4

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

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

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.556) - 1-for-3

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.238) - 0-for-5, SB

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



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Top Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (6-0, 2.27) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.268) – 3-for-5, HR

Home Runs: Starling Marte (6), Brandon Boggs (6), Matt Curry (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Scranton/WB 3

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (6-0, 2.27) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.268) – 3-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Boggs, RF (.251) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Starling Marte hit his sixth homer of the year. He’s been cold lately, going 7-for-34 in his last nine games heading in to tonight’s contest. Brandon Boggs also hit his sixth homer of the year. Rick VandenHurk now has a 2.27 ERA in 43.2 innings, with a 36:13 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 13, Akron 5

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (6-2, 4.56) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.291) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Nathan Baker, LHP (5.18) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.45) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Brock Holt, SS (.315) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI

Game Notes: Brock Holt was hitting for a .369/.449/.446 line in 65 at-bats in June, prior to his game tonight. Matt Curry is 5-for-13 with a double and a homer since returning from a hamstring injury. He’s hitting for a .361/.439/.583 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games. Nathan Baker has four shutout innings and a 5:0 K/BB ratio since moving to the bullpen earlier this week. Victor Black now has a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings, with a 40:15 K/BB ratio.



Bradenton was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-5, 6.53) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.323) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.293) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner has now walked 42 batters in 41.1 innings this year, while striking out 19. Alen Hanson hit his ninth triple of the year. He now has 40 extra base hits out of his 90 hits on the year. Gregory Polanco stole his 19th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: State College 4, Mahoning Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (4.05) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.545) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jacob Stallings, DH (.167) – 2-for-4, 2B

Samuel Gonzalez, 1B (.200) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: My live recap.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Braves 0

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP (1-0, 2.00) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, DH (.556) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Brewer gave up a hit with one out in the first, then didn’t give up another hit until one out in the fifth inning. In his two starts this year he’s given up two runs on six hits in nine innings, with seven strikeouts and no walks. Wyatt Mathisen has a hit in all five games this year. Stetson Allie went 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts.



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: Pirates 8, Marlins 2

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (1-1, 3.38) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 3B (.328) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB



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