Prospect Watch: Owens Struggles, Big Day For Altoona Hitters


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 (.289) - 1-for-4, 3B

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.335) - 3-for-4, BB

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) - 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 2.92) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.251) - 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.308) - 2-for-3, 2B, BB

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 (6-4, 3.34) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.217) - 1-for-4

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.61) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.255) - 0-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.326) - 1-for-6

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.311) - 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.293) - 1-for-4, SB



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (5-6, 5.40) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.315) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (10), Matt Curry (6), Jarek Cunningham (3), Barrett Barnes (2)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 10, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (7-4, 2.89) – 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF (.357) – 2-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.289) – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Starling Marte hit his 12th triple of the year. Since being demoted, Jose Tabata is 5-for-14 in Indianapolis. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 23rd base of the season. Tonight’s start snapped a 15 game streak by Rudy Owens of going six innings or more. The last time he went less was in his first start of the year, when he went five innings. That was also the last time he gave up more than three earned runs in a start. Tonight was only the fourth time this season in 17 starts that Owens has given up more than two earned runs.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Reading 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (4-2, 4.88) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.315) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.229) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Quincy Latimore, RF (.250) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Oscar Tejeda, LF (.265) – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Matt Curry hit his sixth homer of the year and his 25th double. He had a .385/.455/.821 line in 39 at-bats in June after missing part of the month with a hamstring injury. He’s now 9-for-20 with two doubles and a homer in July, continuing his hot streak. Jarek Cunningham hit his third homer of the year. Quincy Latimore hit his 10th homer of the year. Latimore had a really bad April, with a .479 OPS. In May he jumped up to an .801 OPS. In June he was even better, with an .842 OPS. His game today puts him over an .800 OPS in July so far.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 5, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (5-6, 5.40) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.246) – 2-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.293) – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Waldron had a strong start, but faced a tough luck loss as Bradenton’s offense was shut down. Waldron bounced back from giving up six earned runs on 11 hits in his last start. Surprisingly, Alex Dickerson now has six stolen bases this year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.73) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.335) – 3-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.308) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Zack Dodson had one of his best starts of the year. He started by striking out the side in the first, and all of his runs were unearned after an error extended the fifth inning. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco continued their hot hitting. Hanson went 3-for-4, and now has a .409 average and a 1.197 OPS in 44 at-bats over his last ten games. Polanco has a .415 average and a 1.185 OPS in 41 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: State College 3, Tri-City 1

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (1-2, 4.24) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.311) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.308) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Barrett Barnes hit his second homer of the year, this one out of the park. In his last three games he is 8-for-11 with two homers and three doubles. That follows a one game benching by manager Dave Turgeon. Jake Burnette now has a 4.24 ERA in 17 innings, with an 8:4 K/BB ratio.



Game One Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP (1-2, 3.71) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.371) – 1-for-3

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Phillies 1

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3.00) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF (.333) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Harold Ramirez made his pro debut in right field after missing the first few weeks rehabbing from a leg infection. The GCL Pirates offense was quiet, combining for five hits in the double header. Adalberto Santos rehabbed in the first game, going 0-for-2 with a walk.



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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Box Score

Result: Cubs 9, Pirates 8

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, LHP (3.38) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.321) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

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  • Alex Henry

    Do you feel Like Brock Holt has earned a call-up to AAA and perhaps even Curry their numbers have been good and at there age i don’t see a reason for them to remain there the rest of the season if they keep up this production

    • Lee Young

      Alex…good questions. But….

      Who does Holt replace? Mercer? d/Arnaud?

      Who goes if Curry comes up? Clement? Hague?

      It is great to have these kinds of ‘problems’, isn’t it?

  • Lee Young

    Good to see Dodson with a good game!

    Keep stroking the ball, Robbie G!

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