Prospect Watch: Top Hitters Shine On Mega Pitching Prospect Day

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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) - 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (4-6, 4.10) - DNP

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.270) - 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.324) - 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-1, 1.00) - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (6-3, 2.51) - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.233) - 1-for-3, HR, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.298) - 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 4.91) - DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.23) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.46) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.196) - 0-for-4

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.23) - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.556) - DNP

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.214) - 0-for-3

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.294) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5.01) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.298) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB

Home Runs: Starling Marte (7), Robbie Grossman (6), Alex Dickerson (5), Gregory Polanco (11), Alen Hanson (11), Maximo Rivera (3), Francis Lopez (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Toledo 4, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (6-3, 2.51) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.270) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.272) – 2-for-4, 3B

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.23) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2.92) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Owens gave up all three runs, and four of his hits, in the sixth inning. He now has a 2.51 ERA in 96.2 innings, with a 68:16 K/BB ratio. Bryan Morris has a 2.23 ERA in 44.1 innings, with a 45:10 K/BB ratio. Starling Marte hit his seventh homer of the year tonight. Prior to the game, he was hitting for a .289/.360/.485 line in 97 at-bats in the month of June, mostly fueled by a hot streak over the last week.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 8, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-1, 7.50) – 1.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.233) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.321) – 2-for-5, 2B

Nathan Baker, LHP (5.01) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had a rough first inning. He gave up five hits and three runs, all of which came with two outs. The first three hits were infield singles. The fourth was a liner that hit him in the neck. He dropped to the ground and got the attention of the trainer. Cole remained in the game, but hit the next batter. He then allowed a line drive single which hit his glove, before striking out his final batter. He was pulled due to throwing 33 pitches in the first. Nathan Baker pitched four strong innings in relief. Robbie Grossman hit his sixth homer of the year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 12, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (5-4, 5.38) – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.294) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, LF (.238) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson hit his fifth homer of the year. Prior to tonight’s game he had a .342/.398/.526 line in 76 at-bats in June. Tyler Waldron got the start today, with Jameson Taillon currently on the schedule for tomorrow. No word on why Taillon was moved back two days.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Lakewood 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (3-5, 5.71) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.298) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.324) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson each hit their 11th homers of the season. They remained tied with the most homers in the Pirates’ farm system. Polanco stole three bases on the night, giving him 22 on the year, which is the best in the system. Zack Dodson gave up two runs in the first inning, then pitched five shutout innings. He threw 90 pitches on the night.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Batavia 3, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 1.00) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yhonathan Barrios, 3B (.192) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Walker Gourley, LF (.263) – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: After starting the season 0-for-17, Yhonathan Barrios is 5-for-9 in his last three games, with two walks. Luis Heredia gave up an unearned run in the first, an earned run in the second, then cruised through the next few innings. Two of his strikeouts came in the fifth inning.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The Pirates had a double-header postponed.

 

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

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: Gints 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (3.72) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, CF (.361) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Hitters

Francis Lopez, C (.167) – 1-for-3, HR

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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