Prospect Watch: Marte Hits 12th Homer, Grossman Has Four Hit Day

TOP OF 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 (2-3, 4.71) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.283) - 3-for-5, HR, 2 SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.319) - 0-for-3, BB

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) – DNP

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

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.265) - 4-for-7, 3B, BB, 5 RBI

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.327) - 2-for-2, 2B

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) – DNP

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.59) – DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.249) - DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.310) - DNP

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.280) - 0-for-5, BB, 3 K

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.285) - DNP

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.20) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (9-8, 3.42) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.265) – 4-for-7, 3B, BB, 5 RBI

Home Runs: Starling Marte (12), Jose Morales (1), Jarek Cunningham (4)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Toledo 6

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4.31) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Morales, C (.274) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, LF (.283) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 SB

Matt Hague, 1B (.301) – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (9-8, 3.42) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.265) – 4-for-5, 3B, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.378) – 3-for-3, BB, SB

Ramon Cabrera, C (.238) – 3-for-4, 2B

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.214) – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his fourth homer of the year. Brandon Cumpton had a 12:1 GO/AO ratio tonight. Matt Curry went 1-for-4 with a double, his 27th of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Erie 1

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (4.71) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, DH (.313) – 2-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

Hunter Strickland, RHP (2-0, 5.21) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Baker made his first start since June 14th, when he gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings. Prior to tonight’s start, he had a 5.90 ERA in 58 innings as a starter, and a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings as a reliever.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was postponed.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Delmarva 9, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-8, 8.15) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.327) – 2-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.55) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner allowed seven base runners in the first inning before being pulled for his single inning pitch limit. All seven scored, with three scoring off of Zac Fuesser. This is the second time in the last four starts that Hafner has failed to make it out of the first inning. On the season he has an 8.15 ERA in 56.1 innings, with a 28:63 K/BB ratio. Last year in State College he had a 3.15 ERA in 65.2 innings, with a 31:20 K/BB ratio.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Game One Box Score

Result: State College 12, Williamsport 6

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (4.60) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Gaffney, RF (.200) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.318) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Game Two Box Score

Result: Williamsport 5, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (0-1, 22.50) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.218) – 1-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.318) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: D.J. Crumlich combined to go 3-for-7 with two doubles. He is now hitting for a .318/.371/.430 line in 107 at-bats. Adrian Sampson made his fifth appearance. He has a 4.60 ERA in 15.2 innings, with a 17:5 K/BB ratio. Barrett Barnes combined to go 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts.

RK: GCL PIRATES

The Pirates were off today.

 

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES1

The Pirates were off today.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

The Pirates were off today.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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