Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Hits 14th Homer, Grossman Continues Hot Streak


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. Mark Appel, RHP (No Stats) - Unsigned

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.290) - 1-for-4, BB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.328) - 1-for-4, HR

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-1, 0.64) - DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (7-3, 2.45) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.05) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.246) - 1-for-4, 2B, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.302) - 0-for-4

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 5.29) - DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-5, 5.50) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.34) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.194) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.66) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.259) - 0-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.353) - 1-for-4

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.220) - DNP

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.292) - 1-for-3, 2B



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Top Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.87) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yamaico Navarro, 3B (.284) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (4), Yamaico Navarro (4), Alen Hanson (14), Jose Osuna (6), Samuel Gonzalez (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (8-0, 2.96) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yamaico Navarro, 3B (.284) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, SS (.287) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.290) – 1-for-4, BB

Chris Leroux, RHP (3.97) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Yamaico Navarro and Jordy Mercer both hit their fourth homers of the year. Rick VandenHurk now has a 2.96 ERA in 48.2 innings with Indianapolis, along with a 39:16 K/BB ratio. Chris Leroux pitched two shutout innings. As David Todd points out, his rehab assignment ends tomorrow, so his next appearance will likely be in the majors.



Box Score

Result: Binghampton 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.13) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.254) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (1-2, 4.29) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman had three of Altoona’s four hits on the night. Grossman has been on fire lately, with a .312/.424/.532 line in 77 at-bats in June. In his last ten games he has a .432/.571/.676 line in 37 at-bats. Jeff Inman blew the save and got the loss, giving up two in the bottom of the ninth.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Charlotte 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.87) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.292) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (3-1, 2.66) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson has a .294/.342/.647 line in 34 at-bats over his last ten games. He was hitting well in June, with a .316/.369/.537 line and four homers in 95 at-bats. Matt Benedict made his third start in high-A, and did much better this time around after combining for ten earned runs in 9.1 innings in his first two starts.



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 7, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-6, 6.80) – 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.269) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.328) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his 14th homer of the year, which leads the minor league system. Jose Osuna hit his sixth of the year. Ryan Hafner continued his struggles, only getting one out before exiting the game. On the season Hafner has a 6.80 ERA in 46.1 innings, with a 23:48 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Batavia 6, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (5.06) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, 1B (.220) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hornback, DH (.318) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Samuel Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year. The converted catcher only had one last year, but hit for a .302 average. So far this year he’s off to a slower start with a .220 average in 41 at-bats. Jason Creasy had a better start this time around, giving up two runs in five innings, while striking out a season high six batters. That’s after he gave up four runs in 4.1 innings in his last start.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 6, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0-1, 5.91) – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF-CF (.286) – 1-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.353) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos made another rehab start, going 1-for-3 as the DH. Josh Poytress also made a rehab start, pitching a shutout inning with one strikeout. Stetson Allie went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.



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: Red Sox 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Cristian Henriquez, LHP (0-4, 5.23) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, DH (.268) – 2-for-4, 2B



Box Score

Result: Phillies 4, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (0-1, 5.32) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, CF (.380) – 3-for-4, SB

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  • Lee Young

    I wonder if Hafner is hurt.

    Grossman’s rebound is very encouraging.

    Can’t wait to see Santos in AA again.

  • Alex Rutkowski

    what is the code. I might be mis-reading this but I dont see a code.

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