Prospect Watch: Cole Has Best AA Start, Clement Homers, Four Hits For Rojas

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 (2-4, 3.94) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.09) - DNP

3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.311) - 1-for-3, SB

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

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.88) - DNP

6. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 2.83) - DNP

7. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.325) - 1-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.22) - DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.13) - DNP

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.04) - DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.216) - 0-for-2, BB

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.52) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

13. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.258) - 4-for-4, 2B, BB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.301) - 1-for-5

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.288) - DNP

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - 0-for-4, BB

17. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.80) - DNP

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.297) - 0-for-4

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 3.73) - DNP

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.284) - 1-for-4

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3.94) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 4-for-4, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (15), Henrry Rosario (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Buffalo 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Chris Leroux, RHP (2.76) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.299) – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Boggs, RF (.263) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.52) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Chris Leroux made his second straight start for Indianapolis. The right-hander has combined to give up two earned runs in 11 innings in those starts, with eight hits and an 8:2 K/BB ratio. Jeff Clement hit his 15th homer of the year.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Trenton 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3.94) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Oscar Tejeda, LF (.252) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.323) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game report.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Lakeland 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3-5, 3.44) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 4-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, LF (.250) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Casey Sadler bounced back from his last outing, when he gave up six earned runs on ten hits in six innings. Sadler has pitched in to the seventh inning with three or fewer earned runs in four of his last six starts. Mel Rojas had a big day at the plate, with four hits. He had a three hit game a week ago, and is hitting for a .293 average in his last ten games. However, most of his hits have been singles, leading to a .658 OPS in that stretch.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Hagerstown 2

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (6-3, 3.39) – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.325) – 1-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.311) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Robby Rowland now has a 3.39 ERA in 71.2 innings this year, with a 35:19 K/BB ratio. He’s been a ground ball machine, with a 1.87 GO/AO ratio. This has been a huge improvement over last year in the rookie leagues, where he had an 8.07 ERA in 68 innings, with a 52:17 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco finished the month of July with a .406/.474/.604 line in 101 at-bats. Alen Hanson didn’t have as good of a night, with a .252/.313/.427 line in 103 at-bats in July.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

State College was off tonight.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Phillies 8, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.74) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF (.246) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, DH (.301) – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow has a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings this year, with a 23:8 K/BB ratio. In his last four starts he has allowed one earned run in 14.1 innings, with a 15:4 K/BB ratio. Harold Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk and his sixth stolen base of the year. Max Moroff led off the game with a walk, then stole his fourth base of the season. In five games, Moroff has six walks and four stolen bases.

 

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.

 

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Box Score

Result: Giants 7, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (0-1, 6.33) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, LF (.250) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

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  • Lee Young

    I’m still watching Hanson to make sure he doesn’t fade like he did last year. That .252 average does not portend well. Hoping he has a good Aug.