Prospect Watch: Matt Curry Homers, Justin Wilson Struggles With Control


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 (.315) - 0-for-4, BB

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

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

6. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 2.83) - DNP

7. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.321) - 0-for-4

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.22) - DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.13) - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.04) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.223) - 0-for-4

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.54) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

13. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.253) - 1-for-3

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.308) - Foot Injury

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.293) - 2-for-6, 2B

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.297) - 1-for-4, 2B

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

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.301) - 2-for-4, HR

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 3.73) - DNP

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.280) - 2-for-4, 2 2B



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Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3.48) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.301) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Matt Curry (9), Andy Vasquez (3)



Box Score

Result: Buffalo 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (8-5, 4.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Anderson Hernandez, 2B (.274) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.54) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.243) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.


Matt Curry hit his ninth homer – Image Credit: Mark Olson


Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, New Hampshire 2

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.25) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.301) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, DH (.322) – 3-for-5, 2B

Ramon Cabrera, C (.250) – 2-for-3

Adalberto Santos, RF (.406) – 2-for-5

Victor Black, RHP (2-1, 1.23) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Curry hit his ninth homer of the year, and third in his last seve games. The first baseman is hitting for a .299/.378/.532 line in 77 at-bats in the month of July. In his last ten games, Adalberto Santos is hitting for a .548/.611/.903 line in 31 at-bats. He’s had at least one hit in nine of those ten games. Victor Black now has a 1.23 ERA in 44 innings, with a 57:21 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Daytona 12, Bradenton 7

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-6, 10.80) – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.216) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andy Vasquez, LF (.266) – 1-for-4, HR

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.297) – 1-for-4, 2B

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.261) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez hit his third homer of the year, and his second in the last two games. In the month of July, Gift Ngoepe is hitting for a .333/.454/.529 line in 87 at-bats, with four homers. Alex Dickerson has six doubles in his last ten games, including one in each of his last three games. On the season he has 26.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5.13) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.280) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Francisco Diaz, C (.278) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game recap.



Game One Box Score

Result: Lowell 1, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3.48) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.219) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.293) – 1-for-3

Game Two Box Score

Result: Lowell 2, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-1, 3.08) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.293) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Samuel Gonzalez, 1B (.218) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: State College combined for five hits in the double header. 2012 fifth round pick Adrian Sampson had his best start as a pro. Prior to this outing, Sampson had given up eight earned runs in 15.2 innings to start his pro career. On the season he has a 3.48 ERA in 20.2 innings, with a 21:6 K/BB ratio. Joely Rodriguez has a 3.08 ERA in 38 innings this year, with a 16:10 K/BB ratio. Five of his ten walks came in his first start of the year.



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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, 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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