Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching by Strickland, Von Rosenberg


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, 2.53) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 0-for-5, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.250) – 1-for-4

8. Stetson Allie, 3B – Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (4-1 2.84) 8 IP 7 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 5 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter:Gregory Polanco, CF (.313) 3-for-4, HR, RBI
Home Runs: Willy Garcia (7) Gregory Polanco (9) Miles Durham (2) Jeff Larish (1)


Box Score

Result:Indianapolis 2, Pawtucket 13

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (4-4 4.23) 4 IP 9 H 7 R 6 ER 4 BB 5 SO 2 HR
Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.213) 3-for-5, SB, Run

Other Notable Performers
Tony Sanchez, C (.250) – 1-for-4
Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 0-for-5, 2 K
Jeff Clement, 1B (.316)- 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Wilson allowed a season high in both hits and runs tonight. Kris Johnson followed Wilson with 4 runs allowed in two innings, then Jose Diaz came in and gave up two runs in the eighth inning. Tony Sanchez was playing his first game since being promoted to Indianapolis two days ago. Jeff Larish hit a solo home run in the 8th inning with Indianapolis already down by twelve runs. Outfielder Brandon Boggs pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Indianapolis.


Box score

Result: Altoona  1, Reading 0

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (4-1 2.84) 8 IP 7 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 5 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.208) 4-for-4

Other Notables
Miles Durham, CF (.270) 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB
Brock Holt, SS (.295) 1-for-4

Game Notes: Miles Durham home run in the second inning accounted for the only run of the game. Gonzalez had half of Altoona’s hits on the night and Durham’s homer was the only extra base hit. Jeff Inman came in for the save in the ninth, retiring all three batters he faced, one by strikeout. After going 5-10 against Richmond last week, Jarek Cunningham has collected just one hit in his last 14 AB’s.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Daytona 6

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (2-2 2.83) 6 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 4 SO 1 HR
Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.297) 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers
Drew Maggi, 2B (.247)- 0-for-4, 2 RBI, Run
Gift Ngoepe, SS (.240) – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 Runs
Mel Rojas, CF (.286) – 2-for-5, RBI, SB, Run

Game Notes:  Quinton Miller followed Strickland’s strong performance with five earned runs allowed in 1 2/3 innings. Miller allowed five hits, three walks, HBP and a wild pitch. His record has now dropped to 0-3 6.84 in 25 innings. Dickerson now has a nine game hitting streak, including eight hits in his last two games. Strickland has allowed four earned runs total over his last four starts.


Box Score

Result: Delmarva 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher:  Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (0-0 0.00) 4 IP 2 H 1 R 0 ER 1 BB 1 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.313) 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers
Willy Garcia, LF (.262) – 2-for-4, HR, RBI
Alen Hanson, SS (.326) – 0-for-4, 2 K

Game Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg made his first start of the season after spending the beginning of the year in Extended Spring Training working on fastball command down in the zone. Zac Fuesser followed him with 4IP, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Vincent Payne followed them with a scoreless ninth inning, his first scoreless appearance in six outings this year. Francisco Diaz had the only other hit besides the combined five from Polanco and Garcia. Hanson is 0-13 with eight strikeouts in his last three games.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Mets 7

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, RHP (0-1 1.80) 5 IP 3 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 2 SO 1 HR
Top Hitter: Miguel de Aza, RF (.375) 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: Rodriguez made his pro debut after signing for $80k last year out of the Dominican Prospect League. Miguel de Aza is a potential five tool player who also signed out of the DPL last year(He is now listed as Adrian de Aza). Danny Arribas and Carlos Ozuna each collected two hits. Both players signed for six figure bonuses last year. Miguel Ferreras, a 6″5 221 RHP, returned to the mound for the first time after missing all of last season. He allowed two runs on three walks and a hit in 2/3 of an inning.


Box Score

Result: Mets 7, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher:  Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (0-1 1.80)  5 IP 2 H 2 R 1 ER 2 BB 2 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 3B (.364) 2-for-5, 2B, SB, Run

Game Notes: Rodriguez pitched well in his season debut after making his pro debut late last season. Last year he struck out 22 batters in 22.1 innings and had a stretch of 17 innings pitched with just two earned runs allowed. Yomifer Polanco collected two hits and an outfield assist. Jose Salazar, didn’t start, but had a pinch hit RBI single in his only AB.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 34-24
AA: Altoona Curve – 27-29
A+: Bradenton Marauders – 25-34
A: West Virginia Power – 19-40
RK: DSL Pirates1 – 1-2
RK: DSL Pirates2 – 1-2

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    Ugly outing for Quinton Miller….Ugly year. Good to see ZVR back. Definite mix of good and bad last night.

  • Jeremiah2911

    When is josh bell gonna be back from the dl?

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