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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

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.335) - 1-for-4

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) - 1-for-4, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.314) - 2-for-3, HR, BB, SB

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 (.258) - 1-for-4, HR

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.326) - DNP

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

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - 1-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1.45) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Anderson Hernandez, 2B (.271) – 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (13), Anderson Hernandez (1), Mel Rojas (1), Gregory Polanco (12)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 11, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (8-1, 3.47) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Anderson Hernandez, 2B (.271) – 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, DH (.299) – 2-for-4, HR

Brandon Boggs, RF (.276) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game report.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 10, Altoona 9

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (8-7, 3.40) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.320) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.22) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Curry continues his hot hitting. Prior to today’s game he had a .417 average and a 1.065 OPS in 24 at-bats in July. That followed a month of June where he hit for a .385 average and a 1.275 OPS in 39 at-bats. He had a shortened month, missing the first half with a hamstring injury. Nathan Baker gave up three runs in three innings in relief. Prior to this outing he had a 0.61 ERA in 14.2 innings in relief. Victor Black now has a 1.22 ERA in 37 innings, with a 47:17 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 9, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-3, 8.27) – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.252) – 3-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Mel Rojas hit his fourth homer of the year. Carlos Paulino had two doubles, giving him 14 on the year. Matt Benedict pitched six innings allowing no earned runs his last time out. This time he left after giving up five runs in the first inning.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 7, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (7.11) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.314) – 2-for-3, HR, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, RF (.250) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his 12 homer of the year, and also stole his 28th base of the season. Ryan Hafner gave up a grand slam in the fifth inning, after allowing one run through four innings. Hafner continued struggling with his control, walking four. On the season he has a 26:52 K/BB ratio in 50.2 innings.



Box Score

Result: Vermont 8, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1.45) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.322) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hornback, C (.300) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: In his first two starts this year, Clay Holmes combined for ten innings with no earned runs on four hits. His third start wasn’t as good, with three earned runs on six hits in 3.2 innings. This start was more like his first two, with one hit over five shutout innings. On the season he has a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings, with a 14:9 K/BB ratio.



The Pirates were off today.



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



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