Prospect Watch: GCL Pirates Break Out the Bats in Slow Day For 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 (2-1, 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 (.335) - DNP

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 (.314) - DNP

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

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-6, 5.86) - DNP

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 (.261) - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.340) - 3-for-4, 2 2B

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.292) - DNP

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.293) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, LHP (3.33) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, C (.340) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Home Runs: Tito Polo (1)



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



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



Bradenton was off today.



West Virginia was suspended after the second inning. The Power were up 6-1, scoring all six runs in the top of the first inning.



State College was off today.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Yankees 4

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (8.36) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, C (.340) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.289) – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Candon Myles, LF (.314) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB, SB

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.250) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Wyatt Mathisen is now hitting for a .340/.421/.420 line in 50 at-bats this year, with four doubles. Adalberto Santos is now hitting for a .289/.386/.477 line in 38 at-bats in his rehab stint. Candon Myles stole his sixth base of the year. Stetson Allie went 0-for-4.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 13, Mets 6

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, LHP (3.33) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF (.255) – 1-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, 3 K



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  • Jesse Davis

    Do you have any reports on Cesar Lopez? Possibly what he’s been working on and how he’s progressing? The only thing I really remember about him is that he got a fairly substantial bonus out of Cuba but he seems to be doing rather poorly for a 21 year old in the GCL.

    • wtmiller

      I don’t think Lopez has ever shown the stuff he (supposedly) had when they signed him. His velocity has been lower when I’ve seen him in camp than what it was supposed to be and I haven’t seen any offspeed stuff that impressed me. His command wasn’t all that good, either. I don’t consider him a prospect at this stage.

  • Chaney

    Tito Polo…coolest name in the farm system? if not, what is?

    • wtmiller

      Ramses Pena?

  • buccotime57

    Think wyatt will start at WV next year? He is tearing it up.

    • Tim Williams

      I think he’s got a shot.

  • Lee Young

    How long are they leaving Santos in the GCL? Will he be going to Altoona soon, maybe once their 2nd half gets underway?