Prospect Watch: Cole Struggles in Start; Grossman Has 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, Altoona (2-3, 4.71) - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.281) - 1-for-4, 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.323) - 0-for-4

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

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.86) - DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 3.07) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.07) - DNP

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.261) - 3-for-3, BB

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.318) - 1-for-3, SB

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.54) - DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (2-7, 5.63) - DNP

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.25) - DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.236) - DNP

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.57) - DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.251) - 0-for-4

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.299) - 0-for-2

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.292) - 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.286) - 0-for-3, BB

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.22) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (2-4, 3.13) – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.260) – 2-for-3, 3B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Dan Grovatt (5)



Box Score

Result: Toledo 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (9-2, 3.47) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, DH (.308) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Tabata, CF (.255) – 2-for-5, 2B

Starling Marte, LF (.281) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Erie 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2-3, 4.71) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.261) – 3-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Stefan Welch, 3B (.333) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole has now made five starts for Altoona. In those starts he has a 4.71 ERA in 21 innings, with a 21:5 K/BB ratio. Cole also got off to a slow start in Bradenton, before going on a nice run from the end of April to his mid-June promotion. Robbie Grossman now has five multi-hit games in his last eight games. In the month of July he is hitting for a .345/.486/.448 line in 58 at-bats. Altoona had the second game of a double-header postponed.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Tampa 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (2-4, 3.13) – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.260) – 2-for-3, 3B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.257) – 1-for-1, 3 BB, 3 SB

Game Notes: So far as a starter this year, Casey Sadler has a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings, with a 36:9 K/BB ratio. In his last two starts he has given up five earned runs in 13.2 innings, with a 15:1 K/BB ratio. Dan Grovatt hit his fifth homer of the year. He’s got a .318/.384/.500 line in 66 at-bats in the month of July. Gift Ngoepe stole three bases and was caught stealing once. He’s 21-for-33 on the season.



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4-6, 5.36) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.266) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.318) – 1-for-3, SB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.273) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: In his last three starts, Dodson has given up four earned runs in 18 innings, with a 14:3 K/BB ratio. He’s been hurt by the long ball this season, giving up 11 on the year, including six in his last seven starts. Dan Gamache hit two doubles, and now has 24 on the year. Gregory Polanco stole his 35th base of the year.



The Spikes were postponed.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, LHP (3.57) – 3.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, DH (.326) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 1B (.198) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: 2012 8th round pick Kevin Ross made his debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk. Ross started at shortstop. Harold Ramirez hit his first doubles, and his first extra base hits. He’s got a .326/.370/.372 line on the year so far in 43 at-bats. Jo-Jo Reyes and Aaron Pribanic both made rehab appearances out of the bullpen.



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: Rangers 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3.57) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.266) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI



Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP (0-2, 2.70) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, RF (.211) – 2-for-4, 2B

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  • Lee Young

    I still think Grossman will be a better player than Marte. But, I hope they BOTH become stars.

    • leadoff

      Grossman IMO will be a McClouth type and Marte is a Clemente type, more tools by far for Marte. This is not to say that Grossman will not be better than McClouth or that Marte will be another Clemente, just saying the way both of them play this is how they look to me.

      • Lee Young

        I see Grossman more along the lines of Dysktra (the ballplayer not the person….lol)

  • Yukudukes

    I think Casey Sadler is really getting overlooked because the Pirates have so many established pitchers right now. He looks like another mid to late round fastball academy success story ala Owens and FEAR.

    • Tim Williams

      Sadler just missed out on the top 50 last year, mostly because he was a low-A reliever. I usually don’t include relievers until they have success in the upper levels (or in the case of Victor Black and Jeff Inman, touch 98 MPH with their fastballs).

      Sadler’s move to the rotation this year definitely puts him in the top 50. He’s seen a velocity increase in the last few years, getting up to the 90-93 MPH range. Definitely an arm to watch.

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