Prospect Watch: Good Pitching in Altoona; Clement, Curry, and Barnes Homer


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, 4.85) –  DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) –  DNP

3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.319) - 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

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

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.85) – DNP

6. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.01) – DNP

7. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.324) - 2-for-5

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-4, 4.19) – DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.26) – DNP

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 4.06) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.221) – 0-for-3

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.48) – DNP

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

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.308) – DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.291) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.292) - 1-for-4, 2B

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

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.302) – 1-for-7, HR, 4 RBI

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-3, 4.03) – DNP

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.278) - 2-for-3, 2B



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Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3-7, 3.16) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.300) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (14), Matt Curry (8), Barrett Barnes (5), Dilson Herrera (6), Luis Urena (4), Angelo Del Castillo (1)



Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 5, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4-5, 4.37) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.300) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.235) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 1, New Hampshire 0

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3-7, 3.16) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.313) – 1-for-2, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, DH (.322) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, New Hampshire 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (10-8, 3.32) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.302) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.26) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Brock Holt, DH (.322) – 3-for-4, SB

Adalberto Santos, RF (.388) – 2-for-3, 3B, SB

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game reports.



Box Score

Result: Daytona 2, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher:  Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4-5, 3.24) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.292) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.257) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: My live recap, with a feature on Alex Dickerson.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Lakewood 0

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (4-6, 4.81) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.319) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.324) – 2-for-5

Willy Garcia, RF (.258) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B (.278) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game recap.



Game One Box Score

Result: State College 6, Connecticut 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (4.63) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Gaffney, CF-RF (.385) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Jacob Stallings, C (.294) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Game Two Box Score

Result: State College 9, Connecticut 4

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (9.00) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.291) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tyler Gaffney, RF (.385) – 3-for-3, 3B, 2 SB

Game Notes: State College completed a suspended game in game one today. Jacob Stallings is hitting for a .354/.402/.506 line in 79 at-bats in the month of July. Barrett Barnes hit his fifth homer of the year in game two. Tyler Gaffney combined to go 5-for-6 with two stolen bases and a triple today. He has a .385/.573/.577 line in 52 at-bats this year.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Braves 1

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (2-1, 4.71) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.263) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Luis Urena, RF (.234) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 K

Game Notes: My live game report.



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: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1

Starting Pitcher: Leandro Rodriguez, LHP (3.00) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tomas Morales, C (.308) – 3-for-4, 2B



Box Score

Result: Yankees 11, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP (0-3, 3.67) – 3.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Angelo Del Castillo, LF (.238) – 1-for-3, HR

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  • emjayinTN

    At AA, Phil Irwin & Brandon Cumpton are probably second echelon pitchers, but they know how to pitch. Irwin has 3 complete games and a 5/1 K/W ratio and a 1.81 GO/AO Ratio. Cumpton has started 20 games and has 18 decisions, 2/1 K/W and a whopping 2.33 GO/AO. Another guy worth mentioning at AA is Victor Black who has found himself as a Closer. 1-1, 1.26 ERA, 7 saves, 43IP, 57K’s and a 1.33 GO/AO and 0 HR’s.

    • Lee Young

      agree…you can NEVER have enough pitching!

      • Ian Rothermund

        It’s just nice to see at this point in the development of the farm system that there’s depth beyond who the big names are. By this time next year, Cumpton and Black could be ready, not to mention McPherson, and the guys already in AAA; Morris, Locke, maybe Wilson, and ohh……the other reliever in AAA that started in AA this year. I think he just went down with forearm tightness, but there’s another guy right there.

        • Lee Young

          Duke Welker….:)

          • Ian Rothermund


  • Lee Young

    If we can’t swing a trade for a hitter, I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Jeff Clement at 1b. DFA Fryar or DMac from the 40 man and bring him up.

    • Casey Jensen

      TOTALLY agree! Said something similar on another post the other day. Wouldn’t mind seeing Jones play more in right and Clement getting a shot at first. Leaving Mcgehee to take the off days for Clement and Alvarez while being a nice late inning bat off the bench

      • Casey Jensen

        And even if Clement couldn’t do enough defensively at 1st, i still wouldn’t mind having his bat coming off the bench the way he’s been swinging. But all in all I would like to think that the Pirates thought he had this in him or they wouldn’t have brought him back to the organization so why not give him a shot, especially with the not so great names(imo) being talked about in the free agent market

        • Kirk Weaver

          Clements bat would surely at the very least be an upgrade over any player .presently on our bench….he certainly has earned an opportunity

  • Kirk Weaver

    I really think we have something special with that group in WV. The pitching has really gotten better and when you factor in Josh Bell I imagine you would be hard pressed to find a better offensive group anywhere at that level.

    • James Vargo

      Just wish they weren’t so scared to move players up.

  • Casey Jensen


  • Will Beckley

    Question: When did the ‘g’ get added to Starlin Marte’s name (now Starling)? I’m not crazy, right, it was previously Starlin?

    • Kevin_Creagh

      No, it’s always been Starling. Maybe you’re confusing him with Starlin Castro of the Cubs.

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