Prospect Watch: Marte Finishes a Strong Month of June With Three More Hits


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 (1-1, 7.50) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-6, 4.18) - DNP

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.284) - 3-for-4, BB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.331) - 1-for-5

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-1, 1.00) - DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (6-3, 2.51) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.05) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.243) - 0-for-3, 2 BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.296) - 1-for-3, BB, 3 SB

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 5.29) - DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-5, 5.50) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.57) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.180) - 0-for-4

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.14) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.263) - 0-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.379) - 1-for-3

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.250) - 0-for-4

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.285) - 0-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4-3, 4.48) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.297) – 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (10), Matt Hague (2), Kawika Emsley-Pai (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4-3, 4.48) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.297) – 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 3B (.285) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.284) – 3-for-4, BB

Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.278) – 3-for-4, 2B

Chase d’Arnaud, 2B (.212) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Indianapolis scored ten runs on 13 hits. All 13 hits came from the top five hitters in the order. Jeff Clement hit his tenth homer of the year. Matt Hague hit his second homer of the year. Starling Marte had three hits, and finished the month of June hitting for a .325/.385/.558 line in 120 at-bats, with a 23% strikeout rate and a 7% walk rate. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 20th base of the season.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Binghamton 2

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (4-3, 4.04) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.302) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.322) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Oscar Tejeda, LF (.269) – 2-for-4

Mike Colla, RHP (3.43) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Oscar Tejeda is 3-for-6 with a homer and three walks in his first two games with Altoona. Tim Alderson had a much better start this time around compared to last time. Matt Curry now has 23 doubles on the year. He had 31 in a full season between low-A and Double-A last year. Brock Holt finished the month of June hitting for a .375/.446/.510 line in 96 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (2-5, 4.85) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C (.157) – 1-for-1, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, DH (.240) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Bradenton only had four hits on the night, with their runs coming on a two run homer by Emsley-Pai. In his last three starts, Colton Cain has given up four runs in 17 innings, with a 14:4 K/BB ratio. His seven strikeouts tonight was a season high.



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 9, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-5, 5.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.296) – 1-for-3, BB, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.331) – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco had three stolen bases, giving him 25 on the year in 32 attempts. This was the second time in his last five games that he’s stolen three bases in a game. He’s 8-for-8 in his last ten games. Nick Kingham struggled with his control tonight, walking four batters. The positive was that he’s gone three straight games without a homer. The long ball has plagued Kingham this year, with 12 in his first 13 games.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 3, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (0-2, 5.25) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, LF (.250) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, SS (.319) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 12, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP (1-1, 3.46) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.417) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Eric Wood, 3B (.400) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos is now hitting for a .417/.500/.667 line in 12 at-bats in his rehab work. Today was his second game in the field. Sixth round pick Eric Wood played his second game, and is now 2-for-5 with a double and a walk in two appearances. Candon Myles stole his third base of the year. Stetson Allie went 0-for-2 with two walks. Wyatt Mathisen played his second game behind the plate.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Diamondbacks/Reds 1

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, LHP (3-1, 3.15) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Galvez, 3B (.214) – 2-for-5, 3B, SB

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  • VtTom

    Why not call up Clement when Fryer gets sent down? Let’s see what he can do. Leave Hague at AAA to get some playing time.

  • Matt Beam

    Do you think Matt Curry has a little bit of Sean Casey in him?

  • James S

    There is no way that Marte wouldn’t be a huge improvement over Tabata right now. Everyday Tabata does even worse, like today when Presley hit a one out triple and Tabata hits a dinky grounder to short that can’t even get Presley home. How many rally-killing at bats will this guy get before they finally replace him with someone who can hit, or at least run the bases without getting thrown out? (Nine caught stealings now as of today’s game for Tabata! It’s only July 1st).

  • James Vargo

    Seems thru the levels of the organization they can’t steal, and we can’t throw anyone out. What’s up with that? The NH Show today they talked about Tabata, how young he is still, and how many his age are in AAA. Yeah, that’s where he belongs too. Did anyone get a load of WVA’s box score. Holy crap! Hanson and Polanco are too good for that league…

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