Prospect Watch: Lots of Strong Pitching, Lots of Power Tonight


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) - 1-for-4, 3B

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.323) - 0-for-5

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 (7-3, 2.45) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 2.92) - 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.246) - 0-for-1, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.305) - 2-for-4, BB, SB

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, 3.34) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.197) - 1-for-4, HR

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.61) - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.260) - 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.353) - 1-for-4

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.278) - 4-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.290) - 1-for-5, SB



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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (7-4, 2.92) – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.278) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jeff Clement 2 (11, 12), Chase d’Arnaud (3), Tony Sanchez (2), Carlos Paulino (3), Eric Avila (2), Francisco Diaz (1), Barrett Barnes (1), D.J. Crumlich (1), Walker Gourley (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (7-4, 2.92) – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.296) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.215) – 1-for-4, HR

Tony Sanchez, C (.197) – 1-for-4, HR

Starling Marte, RF (.290) – 1-for-4, 3B

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.61) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Clement hit two homers, giving him 12 on the year. He also hit his 24th double of the year. Chase d’Arnaud hit his third homer of the year, while Tony Sanchez hit his second of the year. Jeff Locke had a great start, going seven innings and allowing one hit. Locke has allowed one run in 13 innings over his last two starts, with a 12:5 K/BB ratio. Jose Tabata made his first start since being demoted, going 1-for-4 with a double.



Box Score

Result: Reading 1, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-6, 4.18) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Oscar Tejeda, LF (.262) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Mike Colla, RHP (3.32) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Irwin gave up six earned runs in five innings on June 24th. Since then he has allowed two runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, with a 13:0 K/BB ratio. On the season he has a 4.18 ERA in 60.1 innings, with a 48:9 K/BB ratio. Mike Colla has now allowed two earned runs in 26.2 innings out of the bullpen, with a 22:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Palm Beach 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (1-3, 3.06) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.241) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.260) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: Carlos Paulino hit his third homer of the year. Casey Sadler made his fourth straight start for Bradenton. In those starts he has combined for four earned runs in 21 innings, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio. Sadler had a 3.26 ERA in 38.2 innings in relief this year, with a 35:7 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 13, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (2-2, 4.75) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Francisco Diaz, C (.241) – 2-for-2, 2B, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, LF (.319) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.305) – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Eric Avila, 3B (.230) – 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg has had four strong starts this year and two disastrous starts. In his four strong outings he has combined to allow three earned runs in 21.1 innings, along with a 16:5 K/BB ratio. In the two bad starts he has combined for 13 earned runs in nine innings. Eric Avila hit his second homer of the year. Francisco Diaz hit his first homer. Gregory Polanco stole his 26th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: State College 7, Tri-City 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (5.40) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.278) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.333) – 3-for-5, HR

Walker Gourley, LF (.250) – 2-for-5, HR

Chris Diaz, SS (.280) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Game Notes: This year’s fifth round pick, Adrian Sampson, made his pro debut. Barrett Barnes hit his first professional home run, although it came in uncommon fashion as an inside the park homer. D.J. Crumlich also hit his first professional homer. Walker Gourley hit his first homer of the year. Prior to tonight’s game, the Spikes only had one homer on the year, which came in yesterday’s game.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 13, Braves 6

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (9.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.278) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Jin-De Jhang, C (.375) – 3-for-6, 2B

Luis Urena, RF (.308) – 2-for-4, 3B

Jesus Vasquez, 1B (.250) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Dilson Herrera and Jesus Vasquez each had two stolen bases. Herrera now has four on the season, while the two tonight were the first two of the year for Vasquez. Herrera only has a .278 average, but has a .998 OPS in 54 at-bats to start the year. Luis Urena has a .308/.386/.692 line in 39 at-bats this year. Stetson Allie went 1-for-5 with a double. He now has a .179 average and a .590 OPS in 39 at-bats.



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  • Nate

    Wow…at this rate you may end up giving guides away for free this week!

  • Nate

    Don’t look now…but the Buccos have the 4th best record in the entire league.

    • Lee Young

      On a pace to finish 90-72!!!!

  • Lee Young

    May be nothing, but it was nice to see Rojas walk Twice in one game? Small steps…