Prospect Watch: McPherson Racking Up Strikeouts; Latimore Homers


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 (2-2, 5.17) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.43) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.285) - 0-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.326) - DNP

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

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.86) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 3.07) - DNP

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

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.254) - 0-for-3

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.318) - DNP

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.54) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (2-7, 5.63) - DNP

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.06) - DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.243) - 0-for-1

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.57) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.261) - DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.308) - 0-for-2, BB

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.292) - 2-for-4, 2B, 2 SB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - DNP

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.22) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (2-4, 4.54) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, RF (.245) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (11), Jorge Bishop (1)



Box Score

Result: Gwinnett 6, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4.29) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.224) – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.57) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Richmond 3

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (2-4, 4.54) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, RF (.245) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.317) – 2-for-3, BB

Drew Maggi, 2B (.274) – 2-for-3, SB

Game Notes: The game was called early after seven innings due to rain. Quincy Latimore hit his 11th homer of the year. He also stole his eighth base. Kyle McPherson has been putting up dominant secondary numbers his last three starts. In that span he has a 22:2 K/BB ratio in 16.2 innings of work.



Bradenton was suspended in the top of the sixth inning, with the game tied 2-2. Gift Ngoepe hit his 9th homer of the year to give Bradenton their two runs.



West Virginia was off today.



Box Score

Result: State College 8, Mahoning Valley 6

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1.86) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Jacob Stallings, C (.218) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Pat Ludwig, RHP (2-0, 1.69) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had a rough start compared to his previous outings. In his first five starts he didn’t give up more than one earned run in any individual start. Tonight he gave up three, and gave up his first homer of the year. Barrett Barnes now has a .292 average and an .879 OPS in 89 at-bats this year, with nine stolen bases in ten attempts. He’s hitting for a 1.163 OPS in 45 at-bats in July. 2012 tenth round pick Pat Ludwig has a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings, with a 9:0 K/BB ratio.



Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Phillies 3

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (6.75) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.283) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Candon Myles, LF (.333) – 2-for-3, 3B, SB

Eric Wood, 3B (.239) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort made his second appearance, and this one went much better than his pro debut. Last time he gave up two runs on a walk and two hits, and was removed with two outs in the first inning. This time he pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit. Candon Myles stole his tenth base of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3.15) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jorge Bishop, SS (.222) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.283) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jorge Bishop hit his first homer of the year. Dilson Herrera combined to go 3-for-7 on the day with two doubles, and now has a .283 average and an .898 OPS on the season in 99 at-bats. Candon Myles entered the game to replace Stetson Allie, who went 0-for-4 on the day. Myles went 1-for-2, putting him at 3-for-5 in the double-header.



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



Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Marlins 3

Starting Pitcher: Arquimedes Lorenzo, RHP (4.37) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.256) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Diamondbacks/Reds 5

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (6.62) – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Rodney Polonia, 2B (.233) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 SB

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  • Lee Young

    Nice Fangraphs article on the struggles of JT


  • Lee Young

    any update on Josh Bell?

    • Tim Williams

      Still nothing. I’m going down to Bradenton next week. Hopefully I’ll have an update then.

  • Lee Young

    Good to have ‘no walk’ McPherson back and ‘dealing’.

  • Ian Rothermund

    It seems as if there are some positive signs early on from the 2012 draft class. I’m sure they all have ceilings, but for right now at least it’s not looking like those rounds 6-10 guys were totally wasted picks

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