Prospect Watch: Strong Return to the Mound For McPherson; ZVR With a Good Start


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 (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (3-6, 4.52) - DNP

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.265) - 1-for-4

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) - 1-for-4, BB

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (No Stats) - Season Starts 6/18

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.34) - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.214) - 1-for-5

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.297) - 3-for-4, 2B, BB

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 1.80) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.57) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.80) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.241) - 1-for-4

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.266) - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.000) - Season Starts 6/18

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.000) - Season Starts 6/18

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.289) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 1B (.219) – 3-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Brandon Boggs (5), Jeremy Farrell (3), Evan Chambers (1)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2.34) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.240) – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.212) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Indianapolis lost in the bottom of the 11th when Evan Meek allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. In his last ten starts, Rudy Owens has pitched six or more innings, allowing three or fewer runs each start. On the season he has a 2.34 ERA in 84.2 innings, with a 58:13 K/BB ratio. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 17th base of the year, and his sixth in his last nine games. Brandon Boggs hit his fifth homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Binghamton 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 1B (.219) – 3-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, RF (.400) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Ramon Cabrera, C (.246) – 3-for-5

Brock Holt, SS (.312) – 2-for-4, BB

Victor Black, RHP (1.55) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kyle McPherson made his first start of the year. He threw 66 pitches, 47 for strikes, in his five innings of work. Jeremy Farrell hit his third homer of the year. Evan Chambers had a great debut in Double-A with a double and a homer. Brock Holt has six multi-hit games in his last ten games. Victor Black has a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings this year, with a 38:14 K/BB ratio.



Bradenton was off for the FSL All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Hagerstown 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4.72) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.297) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Chris Lashmet, 3B (.236) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg made his third start of the year. The right-hander gave up one unearned run in four innings in his season debut. In his last outing he gave up six runs in four innings. This time around was more like the first start, with one run in 5.1 innings. Taylor Lewis recorded a hit, giving him hits in all three games since joining West Virginia.



For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.



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Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (4.63) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, CF (.313) – 2-for-4



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 39-29

AA: Altoona Curve – 30-36

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 27-41

A: West Virginia Power – 22-47

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 7-5

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 6-7

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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, 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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