Prospect Watch: A Lot of Good Performances in West Virginia’s Double Header


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 (2-1, 4.63) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-6, 4.05) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.286) - 0-for-2, BB, K

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.334) - 3-for-7, 2B, BB

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

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.13) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 2.89) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 2.95) - DNP

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.251) - 0-for-3, BB

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.315) - 4-for-7, 3B, BB, 3 SB

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-4, 4.40) - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-7, 6.06) - DNP

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 3.44) - DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.234) - 1-for-3

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.58) - DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.263) - 3-for-5, 3 RBI

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.340) - DNP

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.284) - 1-for-3, BB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.294) - 1-for-5, 2B, SB

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.19) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4-5, 5.36) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.315) – 4-for-7, 3B, BB, 3 SB

Home Runs: Jose Osuna (8)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 2, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4-4, 4.35) – 9.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, DH (.234) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.208) – 1-for-4, CS

Game Notes: The Indians were held to two hits. Chase d’Arnaud was caught stealing for the first time this year after going 23-for-23 to start the year. Daniel Cabrera went the distance, giving up two runs over nine innings of work. Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.



Box Score

Result: Akron 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (1-4, 4.40) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.383) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Nathan Baker, LHP (4.87) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman drew a walk in the first inning, extending his on-base streak to 25 games. Along with his single and two walks, Adalberto Santos had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home. Kyle McPherson has given up five earned runs in 11.2 innings over his last two starts, but has struck out 14 and walked two. Nathan Baker bounced back from his only bad outing in relief this year with two shutout innings. He now has a 1.83 ERA in 19.2 innings in relief, with an 18:7 K/BB ratio.



Bradenton was postponed.



Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Rome 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4-5, 5.36) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.275) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, LF (.323) – 2-for-4, 3 SB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.315) – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Game Notes: Zack Dodson pitched a complete game in game one of the double header. In his last two starts he has allowed one earned run in 13 innings, with a 9:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna hit his eighth homer of the year. Gregory Polanco stole his 30th base of the season. Taylor Lewis stole three bases, giving him nine on the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 0

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (3-6, 5.48) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.334) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.315) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco combined to go 4-for-7 with a triple and three stolen bases in the double header. He now has 32 stolen bases on the year, which ties him with Drew Maggi’s US system leading total last year. The system-wide leader last year was Raul Fortunato with 34.



Box Score

Result: State College 11, Staten Island 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 1.13) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jake Stallings, DH (.225) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.324) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: John Eshleman’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 5, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (0-1, 27.00) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF (.350) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Luis Campos, RHP (2.45) – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: 2012 third round pick Jon Sandfort made his pro debut, but was bounced in the first inning after reaching a single inning pitch count. Harold Ramirez now has a .350/.435/.350 line in 20 at-bats in his pro debut.



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 4, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3.45) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.250) – 2-for-4, 2B



Box Score

Result: Giants 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (1.95) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Rodney Polonia, 2B (.212) – 1-for-2, 3B

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  • Ian Rothermund

    Is the radar gun in Milwaukee broken tonight or is Watson really hitting 96? Nice step up from 91-93 when he first came on last year.

  • James Vargo

    Every time I watch Watson, he sucks. I can’t believe his ERA is that low.

    • Lee Young

      Where was Grilli? I trust him more than Watson.

  • Lee Young

    MIght Dodson be turning it around?

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