Prospect Watch: Colton Cain 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) - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.332) - 1-for-6, 2 BB

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 (7-4, 2.89) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 2.92) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.249) - DNP

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.310) - 1-for-8, BB, SB

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

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-7, 6.06) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

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

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.230) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.50) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.258) - 0-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.340) - 1-for-3

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.290) - 1-for-4

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - 2-for-4, 2B



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Top Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (4.19) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.271) – 5-for-8, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Maximo Rivera (4), Ulises Montilla (2)



Indianapolis was off for the International League All-Star Break.



Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Break.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Brevard County 2

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (4.19) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.295) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Justin Howard, DH (.291) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Carlos Paulino, C (.257) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: In his last five starts, Colton Cain has given up six earned runs in 30 innings, with a 19:9 K/BB ratio. Alex Dickerson is now 13-for-35 with four doubles and two homers in his last ten games. Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-4 and stole his 16th base of the year.



Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Rome 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4.73) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.254) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, DH (.271) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Zac Fuesser, LHP (3-5, 4.44) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia continued a suspended game from yesterday. The game was suspended after two innings, with West Virginia up 6-1. Zac Fuesser came on in relief today, pitching five strong innings. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 and stole his 29th base of the year. Last year the minor league system leader was Raul Fortunato with 34, and the US system leader was Drew Maggi with 32.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Rome 8, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-7, 6.06) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.271) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, LF (.329) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his 24th double of the year. Taylor Lewis is now hitting for a .329/.400/.506 line in 85 at-bats. Lewis was taken in the tenth round last year, and spent most of this year in extended Spring Training before making the jump to West Virginia. Nick Kingham was roughed up in the fourth inning, giving up four runs in the frame.



Box Score

Result: State College 3, Staten Island 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-0, 2.25) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.328) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Adrian Sampson, RHP (3.38) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez now has a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. Five of those walks came in his first start. Since then he’s walked three in 20 innings. 2012 fifth round pick Adrian Sampson made his third appearance, and now has allowed three runs in eight innings, with a 10:3 K/BB ratio on the year.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Blue Jays 3

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (2.30) – 4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF (.333) – 2-for-3, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.289) – 2-for-4

Elvis Escobar, CF (.242) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Axel Diaz continues his impressive jump to the US. He now has a 2.30 ERA in 15.2 innings, with an 11:8 K/BB ratio. Seven of his eight walks have come in the last two starts. Prior to this year, Diaz had one career professional inning, which took place in the DSL last year. Candon Myles stole two bases, giving him eight on the year. Stetson Allie went 1-for-4 with a double, and has a .197 average and a .687 OPS.



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: Mets 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (4.30) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, DH (.333) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI



Box Score

Result: Yankees 7, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (5.52) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, CF (.267) – 4-for-4, 3B, SB

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  • marettcr

    Whatever happened to Raul fortunato?

  • Lee Young

    Axel Diaz may be the ‘rose’ of the GCL Pirates? Sorry….I will NEVER a’gun’ mention that.

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