Prospect Watch: Wilson Pitches a Gem, Marte Has a Three Hit Night


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, Bradenton (4-1, 2.53) - DNP

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

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.269) - 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.324) - 1-for-4

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

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

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.29) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (4-3, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.217) - DNP

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.303) - 2-for-4, 2B

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

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

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.80) - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.238) - 1-for-5

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

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.272) - 1-for-4, BB

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

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

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.287) - 1-for-3, BB



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Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (5-4, 3.80) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.269) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Stefan Welch (8)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 16, Rochester 0

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (5-4, 3.80) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.269) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Yamaico Navarro, 2B (.333) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Brandon Boggs, RF (.239) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The 16-0 victory came against a Rochester team that is in last place in the North division of the International League. It was a good bounce back for Justin Wilson, after the left hander gave up six earned runs in four innings on nine hits and four walks in his last start. Starling Marte fell a home run shy of the cycle, but hit his eighth triple of the year. Yamaico Navarro has now recorded at least one hit in 11 of his 12 games since being demoted to Triple-A. In his last five games he’s 7-for-19 with three doubles and two homers.



Altoona was off today.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 10, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4.15) – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, DH (.266) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.287) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Stefan Welch hit his eighth homer of the year for Bradenton. Eliecer Navarro has a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings over four starts. He’s got a 2.73 ERA in 33 innings in relief, with a 27:6 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 6, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (0-1, 6.75) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.303) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.265) – 2-for-4, 2B

Zac Fuesser, LHP (4.33) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Von Rosenberg made his second start of the season. Last time out he gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk in four innings. Zac Fuesser has been much better out of the bullpen this year, with a 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings, along with a 21:3 K/BB ratio. That’s compared to a 5.34 ERA in 30.1 innings, along with a 23:13 K/BB ratio over seven starts. Dan Gamache hit his 20th double of the season.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Red Sox 3

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, RHP (2.70) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, RF (.350) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Adrian De Aza is Miguel De Aza, who signed for $150,000 out of the Dominican Prospect League in July 2010.



Box Score

Result: Giants 8, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (6.75) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH (.200) – 3-for-5, SB



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 37-27

AA: Altoona Curve – 28-33

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 26-39

A: West Virginia Power – 20-44

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 5-3

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 3-5

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