Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Eighth Homer


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 (4-1, 2.53) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.71) - DNP

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.262) - 2-for-4

5. Alen Hanson, SS (.324) - 2-for-4, 2B

6. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

7. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

8. Rudy Owens, LHP (4-2, 2.35) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP (4-3, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) - DNP

11. Gregory Polanco, CF (.302) - 1-for-5, SB

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

13. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-4, 5.51) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP (4-4, 4.23) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C (.231) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-2, 2.65) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

17. Mel Rojas, CF (.277) - 0-for-5

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C (.000) - Unsigned

19. Barrett Barnes, CF (.000) - Unsigned

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B (.288) - 1-for-4, BB



There is a special code this week that gives the lowest discount on the Prospect Guide to date. Since the Pirates have the eighth pick in the draft, the code “DRAFT” makes the 2012 Prospect Guide $8. This code is for one week only! Use the code on the products page of the site to get your discount. Expires Sunday 6/10 at 11:59:59 PM EST.



Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2.97) – 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.274) – 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (8)



Box Score

Result: Rochester 2, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (2-2, 4.23) – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.262) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (3.24) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.65) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Duke Welker now has a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings, with a 10:6 K/BB ratio. Bryan Morris has a 2.65 ERA in 37.1 innings, with a 37:8 K/BB ratio. Starling Marte’s 2-for-4 night snapped a four game stretch where he went 1-for-19 with eight strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Akron 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2.97) – 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.308) – 2-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.67) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brock Holt had his fourth straight two-hit game. He now has an eight game hitting streak, and is 12-for-29 in that stretch. Victor Black has a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings, with a 34:13 K/BB ratio. Brandon Cumpton walked more than three batters for the first time this season. In his last five starts he has given up six runs in 34.1 innings, with an 18:13 K/BB ratio and just 21 hits allowed.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 13, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.76) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.250) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, 2B (.254) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole now has a 2.76 ERA in 62 innings, with a 62:19 K/BB ratio. Since the start of May he has a 2.31 ERA in 39 innings, with a 33:12 K/BB ratio. Drew Maggi stole his 17th base of the year. In his last ten games, Carlos Paulino has a .333/.389/.424 line in 33 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Asheville 5

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (2-1, 2.86) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.274) – 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.324) – 2-for-4, 2B

Gregory Polanco, DH (.302) – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates acquired Rowland in exchange for Brett Lorin. So far this season he has a 2.86 ERA in 22 innings, with a 10:4 K/BB ratio. Last year he had an 8.07 ERA in 68 innings with a 52:17 K/BB ratio. He had a .335 BAA last year, compared to a .232 this year. Willy Garcia hit his eighth homer of the year, putting him in a tie with Alen Hanson, and one behind Gregory Polanco for the lead. Garcia is hitting for a .368/.400/.579 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Red Sox 4, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, RHP (0-1, 6.30) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, DH (.435) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Ozuna now has a six game hitting streak, and is 10-for-20 in that stretch.



Box Score

Result: Giants 8, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunerky Adames, 1B (.389) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: The 18 year old Urbina has pitched eight innings without an earned run in two starts.



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 35-27

AA: Altoona Curve – 28-32

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 26-37

A: West Virginia Power – 20-42

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 4-3

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 3-4

Share This Article

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.

Prospect Watch: Navarro Extends Hitting Streak To Nine, Cabrera Homers

Next Story »

Prospect Watch: Hanson Hits 9th Homer, Owens Goes Six Strong Innings

  • Lee Young

    C’mon Duke…get those walks down!

    Gerrit Cole is trending up! Hopefully up to AA soon so I can watch him.

    Rowland – We can sure develop pitchers can’t we? :)


Latest Analysis

  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    10 hours ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    2 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    3 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    4 days ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    5 days ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    1 week ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    1 week ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Third Base Mathisen Luplow Joe

    Who’s on Third? In the Pirates’ Farm System, It Could Be Anyone

    1 week ago

    If you have ever played third base in your life — professional, college, high school, slow pitch softball — then the Pittsburgh Pirates might be contacting you ...

    Read More
  • Jason Creasy

    Another Pitcher to Watch From the Pirates’ 2011 Draft

    1 week ago

    The 2011 draft is shaping up to be a great class for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They picked first overall that year, so naturally you’d expect good things ...

    Read More
  • Peacock Nevarez

    Will One of These Pirates Minor League Pitchers Be the Next John Holdzkom?

    2 weeks ago

    By now you probably know that John Holdzkom rose from independent ball last year and made it to the majors. It was one of the best stories in ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles