Prospect Watch: Colton Cain With Another Good Start

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 (1-0, 3.60) - DNP

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

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.267) - 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, BB, 3 RBI

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.324) - 2-for-5, 2B, SB

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (6-2, 2.38) - DNP

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

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.232) - 1-for-4, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.292) - 0-for-1

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 (.213) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.28) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.265) - 0-for-6, BB

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

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.240) - DNP

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.291) - 2-for-8, 2B

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (4.83) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, PR-SS (.313) – 3-for-3, 2 HR

Home Runs: Kelson Brown 2 (1, 2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Scranton/WB 8

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4.78) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.267) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.268) – 2-for-4, SB

Evan Meek, RHP (1.98) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Starling Marte hit his 14th double and his 9th triple of the year. Marte had been struggling in June, but is now hitting for a .289/.360/.485 line in 97 at-bats in the month after going 7-for-20 with two doubles, a triple, and a homer in his last five games. Daniel McCutchen gave up three runs in an inning of work.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 13, Akron 8

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (4.15) – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, PR-SS (.313) – 3-for-3, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (3.78) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Quincy Latimore, LF (.252) – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Tim Alderson had a rough start tonight. Heading into tonight’s outing he had a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings in June. I saw his last appearance, which came out of the bullpen. He still had his velocity, but was leaving the ball up and getting hit pretty hard. Kelson Brown had a two homer game for his first two homers of the year in Altoona. Quincy Latimore had a .288/.365/.545 line in 66 at-bats in the month of June before tonight’s game. He’s got a seven game hitting streak.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Dunedin 1

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (4.83) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.304) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Quinton Miller, RHP (1-3, 6.55) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Dunedin 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (4-3, 3.84) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.233) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Benji Gonzalez, 2B (.265) – 2-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Colton Cain has put up back to back strong starts. He gave up one run on two hits in 5.2 innings last time out, and pitched six shutout innings in game one tonight, allowing three hits. Casey Sadler made his second straight start, but only went three innings. He’s pitched 12.1 shutout innings in his last three appearances, allowing five hits and striking out 12.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 6, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5.23) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.324) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, CF (.297) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game report.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 7, Batavia 4

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (6.43) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, SS (.263) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Yhonathan Barrios, 3B (.136) – 2-for-3

Logan Pevny, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Walker Gourley, LF (.250) – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Game Notes: The Spikes won their fifth game in a row thanks to four runs in the eighth inning. Rodarrick Jones was the only hitter who didn’t record a hit tonight. Chris Diaz, Yhonathan Barrios, and Walker Gourley all had multiple hits. Jake Burnette has given up five runs in seven innings with a 3:4 K/BB ratio in two starts this year.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The Pirates were 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.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES1

Box Score

Result: Pirates 13, Marlins 3

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, RHP (6.23) – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Deybi Garca, C (.222) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Yankees 8, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP (2-1, 3.60) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, CF (.357) – 2-for-3, RBI, 2 SB

Author: 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 AccuScore.com, 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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