Prospect Watch: Marte Has Three Hit Night, Including Fifth Homer of the Year

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.47) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.267) - 3-for-4, 3B, HR, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.276) - DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) - 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0-2, 4.82) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.267) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, SB

Home Runs: Starling Marte (5), Jose Osuna (3)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Syracuse 7, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0-2, 4.82) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.267) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Yamaico Navarro, 3B (.375) – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Jeff Karstens made a rehab start, throwing 82 pitches over five innings. Four unearned runs scored in the third inning after a two out throwing error from Chase d’Arnaud. The other two runs came in the fifth inning on a two out, two run homer. Starling Marte homered in his first at-bat, his fifth of the year, and third in his last six games. He then tripled in his next at-bat. Yamaico Navarro is 3-for-8 with a triple in his two games since being demoted.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was postponed.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was postponed.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Hickory 9, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.192) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, DH (.274) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Gregory Polanco, CF (.295) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Dan Gamache, 2B (.278) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Nick Kingham fell victim to the home run tonight, with four of his six runs coming on homers. The right-hander was on a hot streak coming in to tonight’s game, giving up three earned runs in 17 innings over his previous three starts, with a 17:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna hit his third homer of the year. Dan Gamache hit his organizational leading 18th double of the year.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 31-23

AA: Altoona Curve – 24-28

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 24-29

A: West Virginia Power – 18-37

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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 AccuScore.com, 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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  • szielinski

    I wonder if Kingham’s struggles are attributable to membership in the fastball academy?

  • http://twitter.com/pskell02 Patrick Kelly

    I’ve got my eye on Gamache. Started out a bit slow but has picked it up lately. He was a guy I was really interested in after the draft.

    Feel like I’m beating a dead horse with this, but I really really like Jose Osuna. If he can keep it up, I would put him in the 12-15 range on my personal prospect list with a big * looking for a huge year from him in 2013 in Bradenton.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1023681333 D.j. Carozza

    I really like what Polanco has been doing. He has been solid all year.

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