Prospect Watch: Too Many Middle Infielders Moves Maggi to Left Field


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) - 0-for-4

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.317) - 0-for-4

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, 2.29) - DNP

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

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.215) - 0-for-5

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.290) - 0-for-4

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

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 (.240) - DNP

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: Matt Benedict, RHP (3.42) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.235) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 6, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (2-3, 4.81) – 4.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.272) – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Evan Meek, RHP (1.59) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Chris Leroux, RHP (3.00) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis only had four hits, and only one walk. Chris Leroux made his third rehab appearance. He last pitched three days ago.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (7-5, 5.52) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.235) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.309) – 2-for-5

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.229) – 2-for-5

Hunter Strickland, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Hunter Strickland made his debut in Altoona after being promoted earlier today from Bradenton. Brandon Cumpton gave up two runs in 21.1 innings over his previous three starts. Drew Maggi made his first start in Altoona, playing in left field. He went 1-for-4 with a double. Maggi was playing left field with Brock Holt and Jarek Cunningham taking up the middle infield positions.



Bradenton was off for the FSL All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (3.42) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.265) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, RF (.375) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Dan Gamache hit his 21st double of the year, which leads the minor league system. Matt Benedict bounced back from allowing seven earned runs in 3.2 innings during his last outing. Benedict has a 3.42 ERA in 76.1 innings this year, with a 44:23 K/BB ratio. He’s had a strong ground ball ratio due to his sinker, which led to a 9:1 GO/AO ratio tonight. Taylor Lewis went 2-for-4 with his first steal of the year in his second game with West Virginia.



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: Pirates 7, Rangers 6

Starting Pitcher: Cristian Henriquez, LHP (5.52) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, SS (.385) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Diamondbacks/Reds 1

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (0.75) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, CF (.295) – 2-for-4



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 39-28

AA: Altoona Curve – 29-36

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 27-41

A: West Virginia Power – 21-47

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 7-5

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 6-6

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Tim Williams

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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  • Stephanie Thomas Kuligowski

    And the hits keep on coming from our top 20

    • Lee Young

      as in ZERO…I’d laff if it wasn’t so painful.

  • Lee Young

    Mr Maggi…….welcome to Organizationalville.

  • Lee Young

    Nice bounceback start by Benedict.

  • Andrew Brown

    Why isn’t Brock Holt promoted to Indy yet?

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