Prospect Watch: Starling Marte Has Another Big Night


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 (.274) - 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.331) - 3-for-4, 2B, SB

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 (5-4, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.236) - 1-for-4, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.294) - 1-for-4, 2B

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

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.23) - DNP

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

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.204) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.14) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.266) - 1-for-3, BB

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.556) - 0-for-4, SB

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.270) - 0-for-4, BB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.286) - 0-for-3, BB



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (8-6, 3.21) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.274) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

Home Runs: Starling Marte (8), Matt Curry (5), Jose Osuna (5), Dilson Herrera (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Toledo 5

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (7-0, 2.96) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.274) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.14) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jeff Clement, 1B (.300) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Matt Hague, 3B (.282) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starling Marte hit his eighth homer of the year, and his third in his last six games. Marte is hitting for a .304/.365/.554 line in 112 at-bats during the month of June. Jeff Clement had two doubles, giving him 23 on the year. Clement has a .519 slugging percentage on the year, and has been over a .900 OPS in May and June. Bryan Morris now has a 2.14 ERA in 46.1 innings, with a 46:11 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Harrisburg 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (8-6, 3.21) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.293) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.36) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Curry homered for the second straight night. He now has five on the year, including three in his last five games. Curry is hitting for a .345/.441/.828 line in 29 at-bats since returning from a hamstring injury that put him out for three weeks. Brandon Cumpton now has a 3.21 ERA in 92.2 innings, with a 59:23 K/BB ratio. Victor Black has a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings, with a 42:15 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 10, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-2, 9.64) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.243) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.266) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: The Bradenton offense only combined for four hits. Dan Grovatt is hitting well lately, with a .343/.395/.429 line in 35 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 7, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (6.46) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.331) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, LF (.294) – 3-for-4, 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B (.266) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 6, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (5.73) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, SS (.267) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.350) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Jason Creasy got off to a rough start, giving up all of his runs in the first two innings, with three coming in the second. Chris Diaz has hit well the last few games, getting his second two hit night in his last four contests.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (6.43) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.294) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Edwin Espinal, 3B (.200) – 2-for-4

Adalberto Santos, RF (.286) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos played his second rehab game, and the first in the field. Dilson Herrera hit his third homer of the year, and now has a .294/.368/.735 line in 34 at-bats on the young season. Herrera was given a $220 K bonus in 2010.



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: Mets 11, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, RHP (5.29) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, RF (.227) – 1-for-3, BB



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