Prospect Watch: Heredia With 5 Shutout Innings; Homers From Marte, Hanson, 7 Others


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 (1-1, 7.50) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-6, 4.18) - DNP

3. Mark Appel, RHP (No Stats) - Unsigned

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.287) - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.334) - 3-for-6, 2 2B, HR

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-1, 0.64) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (7-3, 2.45) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.05) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.246) - 2-for-4, 2B, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.308) - 5-for-5, 3 2B, 3B

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

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-5, 5.50) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.57) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.200) - 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.14) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.258) - 0-for-5, BB

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.379) - 1-for-3

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.234) - 0-for-3, BB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.291) - 3-for-5, BB, SB



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Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (7-3, 2.45) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.334) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, HR

Home Runs: Starling Marte (9), Yamaico Navarro (3), Chase d’Arnaud (2), Quincy Latimore (9), Stefan Welch 2 (4), Alen Hanson (13), Willy Garcia (10), Chris Lashmet (1), Elias Diaz (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (7-3, 2.45) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.287) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.214) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 SB

Yamaico Navarro, 2B (.269) – 1-for-4, HR

Mtt Hague, 3B (.290) – 2-for-4, 2B

Tony Sanchez, C (.200) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starling Marte hit his ninth homer of the year and his fourth in his last nine games. Chase d’Arnaud stole two bases, making him a perfect 22-for-22 on the season. He also hit his second homer of the season. Yamaico Navarro hit his third homer of the year. Rudy Owens has a 2.45 ERA in 102.2 innings this year, with a 73:18 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Binghamton 4

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (3-2, 4.83) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.431) – 4-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Quincy Latimore, RF (.251) – 2-for-5, HR

Robbie Grossman, CF (.246) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Victor Black, RHP (1.29) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stefan Welch hit two homers, giving him four in his time with Altoona. He’s now hitting for a .431/.516/.745 line in 51 at-bats in Double-A, and has 12 homers in 277 at-bats between high-A and Double-A this year. Welch is 23, turning 24 in August, and is in his first year in Double-A, after spending parts of the last four seasons in the Florida State League. He hit for a .265/.320/.429 line in Bradenton this year, so we’ll probably need to see more than 51 at-bats of success in Double-A before considering him a prospect. Quincy Latimore hit his ninth homer of the year. Matt Curry hit his 24th double. Victor Black now has a 1.29 ERA in 35 innings, with a 46:16 K/BB ratio.



Game One Box Score

Result: Charlotte 8, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (5-5, 5.70) – 5.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.291) – 1-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.304) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 4

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Nvarro, LHP (2-4, 3.71) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.281) – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, DH (.291) – 2-for-2, BB

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.240) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Bradenton only had five hits in game one, all singles. Their eight hits in game two were also singles, although they managed five runs in the second game. Alex Dickerson combined to go 3-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base in the double-header. Coming in to game two, Eliecer Navarro had struggled as a starter, with a 5.25 ERA in 24 innings this year, along with an 18:7 K/BB ratio. He’s been much better in relief, with a 2.77 ERA in 39 innings, along with a 31:8 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 15, Delmarva 10

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6.21) – 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, DH (.334) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.308) – 5-for-5, 3 2B, 3B

Chris Lashmet, LF (.237) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Willy Garcia, RF (.252) – 1-for-6, HR, 5 RBI

Elias Diaz, C (.174) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Jose Osuna, 1B (.269) – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his 13th homer of the year, and his two doubles give him 25 on the year. Both lead the minor league system. Gregory Polanco hit three doubles, giving him 17 on the year. Willy Garcia hit his 10th homer of the year. Elias Diaz and Chris Lashmet both hit their first homers of the year.



Box Score

Result: State College 1, Batavia 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (0.64) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, SS (.289) – 2-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 2B (.375) – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: In three starts this year, Luis Heredia has a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings, with a 10:2 K/BB ratio. Heredia has pitched five innings in each of his last two starts. Yhonathan Barrios stole his fifth base of the season tonight.



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  • Greatone1210

    Any idea when we will see Hanson and Dickerson promoted to the next level? Also what are the chances we see some of our AAA SP work their way up the big show?

  • Kirk Weaver

    I would think at least one of the lefties in AAA have to soon get a shot. How long until we have to worry about losing minor league players to the rule 5 draft? Do you know who is close?

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