Prospect Watch: McPherson Strikes Out Eight; Polanco, Curry, Santos Bring the Power


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 (.284) - 2-for-6, 2B, 3 K

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.319) - 1-for-4

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, 3.01) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 9 K, 1 HR

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.262) - 0-for-4, BB

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.329) - 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-4, 4.19) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 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, 4.25) - DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.233) – 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K

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

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.254) - 3-for-5

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.307) - 1-for-4, BB, 2 SB

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.276) - 1-for-5

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.289) - 2-for-3, 2B, BB

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



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Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3-4, 4.19) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.391) – 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Curry (7), Ramon Cabrera (3), Adalberto Santos 2 (1, 2), Gregory Polanco (13), Eric Wood (2), Elvis Escobar (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Toledo 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.01) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 9 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.263) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, LF (.284) – 2-for-6, 2B, 3 K

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Reading 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3-4, 4.19) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.391) – 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.311) – 1-for-5, HR

Ramon Cabrera, C (.246) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.29) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos continued his impressive start in Altoona. In 87 at-bats he has a .391/.495/.506 line. His two homers tonight were his first two of the year. Last year Santos hit for a .314/.392/.476 line in 353 at-bats in high-A Bradenton, with seven homers. In his last four starts, Kyle McPherson has a 30:2 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings. Matt Curry hit his seventh homer of the year. Ramon Cabrera hit his third homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, St. Lucie 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (7-7, 4.85) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.254) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.289) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: In his last four starts, Tyler Waldron has combined for six earned runs in 25 innings, with a 13:7 K/BB ratio. Mel Rojas was 5-for-32 in his previous nine games before tonight’s three hit outing. His previous nine games started with a 3-for-5 night, then saw him go 2-for-27 in his next eight games. Alex Dickerson is now hitting for a .300 average and an .856 OPS in July.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Greensboro 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (3-3, 4.03) – 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.329) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, LF (.282) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his 13th homer of the year, and stole his 38th base. Polanco now has a .329/.387/.526 line on the year in 359 at-bats. In the month of July he’s been on fire, with a .458/.506/.708 line in 72 at-bats. In his last five starts, Zack Von Rosenberg has given up six earned runs in 26.1 innings, with a 21:6 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: State College 9, Batavia 8

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3.21) – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.272) – 4-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Tyler Gaffney, DH (.256) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Game Notes: Prior to tonight’s start, Rodriguez had given up seven earned runs in 29 innings this year. Tyler Gaffney stole his fifth base of the year, and is now hitting for a .256/.491/.410 line in 39 at-bats. Jacob Stallings had his second four-hit game in his last ten games. In that span he has a .432/.463/.622 line in 37 at-bats.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 7

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (5.59) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.259) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Elvis Escobar, CF (.263) – 1-for-4, HR, BB, SB

Game Notes: Eric Wood hit his second homer of the year. Elvis Escobar hit his first professional home run. Wyatt Mathisen stole two bases, giving him eight on the year. Stetson Allie went 1-for-4 with a double. He has a .211/.330/.356 line in 90 at-bats on the year.



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Box Score

Result: Mets 4, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (0-5, 5.54) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Esqueda, 3B (.278) – 2-for-3, 2 SB



Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Cubs 0

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (3.65) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Edgardo Munoz, 3B (.232) – 1-for-3, 2B, SB

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  • VRR Cards

    I was at Altoona’s game tonight. McPherson looked great. Mostly worked in the 93-95 mph range. I was curious why Black worked two innings to finish a 7-1 game. Is it possible he was being showcased for a possible trade?

  • NorCalBuc

    VRR ~ Regarding Black pitching two innings to finish off a lopsided win, perhaps the starting pitcher McPherson had reached his pitch limit, and could not pitch another inning.

    • VRR Cards

      Black was the third pitcher used. Lensing tossed two also and looked good. I just thought it was an odd situation to put Black in since they have been using him in high leverage or save situations.

  • NorCalBuc

    I cannot recall another instance where every team in the system, from GCL up to Indy, won their game.

  • Lee Young

    I am a huge fan of Santos. All he does is hit.

  • Matt Beam

    Free Marte and get an OF bat now… if what we’re seeing is a offensive lull from #2 through #6 in the lineup, we can’t afford to continue to send out Sutton, Harrison, or Presley to a corner OF spot