Prospect Watch: Doubleheaders and Good Pitching by Altoona


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) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.279) – 1-for-6, BB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.322) – 2-for-7, 2 BB, 4 SB

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 (8-5, 3.14) –  6 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 4 SO 0 HR

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

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.259) –  1-for-6

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.323) – 4-for-7, 4 RBI, 2 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 (.239) – 1-for-3

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.59) – 3 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 1 SO 0 HR

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.249) - 0-for-3

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.310) - 2-for-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.295) - 2-for-4, 2 RBI

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.285) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.20) – 0.1 IP, 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (2-7 3.43)  7 IP 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.326) -4 -for-7, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 SB

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (12), Willy Garcia (11), Carlos Mesa (2)



Box Score (game one)

Result: Toledo 3, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (8-5 3.14) 6 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.233) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Tabata, CF (.246) – 0-for-2, HBP

Starling Marte, LF (.279) – 0-for-3

Tony Sanchez, C (.239) – 1-for-3

Game Two

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (4-2 5.13) 3 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.294) – 3-for-4, 2B, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.59) 3 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 1 SO 0 HR

Starling Marte, LF (.279) 1-for-3, 2 Runs, BB

Jose Tabata, CF (.279) – 3-for-4, 2 Runs, RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recaps.



Box Score

Result: Erie 1, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (2-7 3.43)  7 IP 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, DH (.246) – 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.319)- 2-for-3

Robbie Grossman, CF (.261) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Phil Irwin threw his second complete game in a row. It was his fifth start in a row in which he went at least six innings and gave up just one earned run. Quincy Latimore gave Irwin all the support he would need in the first inning with a one out, three run homer. Ramon Cabrera and Matt Curry each added RBI’s, helping the Curve win game one of the doubleheader.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 1, Erie 0

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (3-4 3.14) 4 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 5 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, DH (.355) – 1-for-1, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.319) – 1-for-3, Run

Matt Curry, 1B (.310) – 1-for-3, RBI

Robbie Grossman, CF (.259) – 0-for-3

Jeff Inman, RHP (4.34) 2 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 SO 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.35) 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 2 SO 0 HR

Game Notes: Michael Colla pitched  four scoreless innings to start the game, then Jeff Inman and Victor Black combined on three shutout inning to finish the game. Colla had not made a start early May, so he was on a limited pitch count. He ended up throwing 52 pitches, 37 for strikes. Matt Curry drove home Brock Holt with the only run of the game in the sixth inning. Holt singled, stole a base, Adalberto Santos then walked, before Curry drove home the game winner.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Tampa 3

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (3-5 4.20) 0.1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.215) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.257) – 1-for-4, RBI

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.285) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (3.93) 5.2 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 2 SO 2 HR

Game Notes: Colton Cain started the game and faced three batters before a long rain delay ended his night early. Jhonathan Ramos came in when play resumed and would throw 75 pitches over 5.2 innings of work for the win. Mesa hit a three-run homer in the second inning with one out and Ngoepe and Dickerson drove in the other two runs. For Dickerson, he now has 70 RBI’s, tops in the Florida State League



Box Score (game one)

Result: Delmarva 1, West Virginia 9

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (3-6 5.48) 3 IP 1 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.326) -4 -for-4, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, DH (.324) – 2-for-4, BB, 3 SB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.273) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Jefferson started this game, which originally began Friday night but was suspended in the third inning due to rain, with the Power up 7-1. When play resumed, Robert Kilcrease took over and threw two scoreless innings, followed by another two scoreless from Porfirio Lopez. All four hits from Polanco drove in a run as WV finished off the suspended game in seven innings by a 9-1 score. The only player in the lineup who did not collect a hit was Taylor Lewis, and he scored two runs and drove in another.

Box Score (game two)

Result: West Virginia 1, Delmarva 4

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (5-3 3.30) 7 IP 10 H 4 R 4 ER 1 BB 4 SO 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.257) – 2-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.322) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.323) – 0-for-3

Jose Osuna, DH (.271) – 0-for-3

Game Notes: Willy Garcia played his first game in eight days and homered for the Power’s only run of the game. Rowland pitched a complete game, with a 13:1 GO/AO ratio. It was the first career complete game for Rowland. West Virginia had three stolen bases this game after collecting six steals in the first game.

Tom Bragg’s game report.



Box Score

Result: State College 5, Williamsport 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (0-2 4.35)  5IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 5 SO 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.295) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI 

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.263) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Tyler Gaffney, RF (.167) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 Runs, 2B

Game Notes  Dalton Friend followed Creasy with three scoreless innings for the win and Jordan Cooper pitched a scoreless ninth for the SAVE. Barnes now has a team leading 18 RBI’s. Everyone in the starting lineup except Chris Diaz had a hit, though Gaffney’s double was the only extra base hit.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Yankees 0

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (1-1 5.70) 5 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF (.263) – 3-for-5, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 1B (.209) – 2-for-5, RBI

Harold Ramirez, RF (.333) – 2-for-5, 2 Runs, 2 SB

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.310) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Cesar Lopez had his best outing since signing for $600k early last year. The only base runner he allowed was a second inning single(another runner reached on an error). It was his first win as a pro and he has now surpassed his inning total from last year(23.2 to 22). He was facing a Yankees lineup that had led the team to a 19-10 record and they also had two major league players with the team on rehab. The Pirates 8th round pick from this year, Kevin Ross, drove home two runs with a double in the second inning. It was his first hit as a pro.



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 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, RHP (1-2 3.00) 4 IP 1 H 1R 1 ER 3 BB 3 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, DH (.265) – 1-for-4, Run





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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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