Prospect Watch: Robbie Grossman and Stetson Allie Homer


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) - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.335) - DNP

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, HR

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.314) - DNP

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 (.261) - 2-for-4, 2B

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

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

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.293) - 0-for-3



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Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3.93) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.249) – 1-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Robbie Grossman (7), Stetson Allie (2)



Indianapolis was off for the International League All-Star Game.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Binghamton 2

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3.93) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.249) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Oscar Tejeda, LF (.261) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: In his last three starts, Phil Irwin has allowed three earned runs in 20 innings, with a 17:3 K/BB ratio. Robbie Grossman hit his seventh homer of the year. He had a .956 OPS in 77 at-bats in June, and now has a .970 OPS in 29 at-bats in July.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (1-4, 3.10) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.261) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Quinton Miller, RHP (5.58) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.243) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler made his fifth straight start. He combined for four earned runs in 21 innings over his previous four, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio. Gift Ngoepe stole his 15th base of the year. Mel Rojas had an .856 OPS in 32 at-bats in July, heading in to today’s game.



West Virginia was off today.



Box Score

Result: Vermont 2, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (4.29) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ryan Hornback, C (.306) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Emmanuel De Leon, RHP (0.84) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Walker Gourley, CF (.250) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Creasy has a 4.29 ERA in 21 innings this year, with a 14:6 K/BB ratio. Emmanuel De Leon pitched two shutout innings, striking out four in the process. On the season, De Leon has a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 2, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (4.02) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, DH (.208) – 1-for-4, HR, BB, 2 K

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.279) – 2-for-4

Harold Ramirez, LF (.286) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit his second homer of the year, and his second in as many games. He now has a .208/.333/.396 line in 53 at-bats. He’s struggling with his plate patience, putting up a 39.6% strikeout rate. He’s drawing a good amount of walks, with a 14.5% rate. Harold Ramirez stole his first base of the year. Adalberto Santos made a rehab appearance, going 1-for-4.



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Box Score

Result: Rangers 7, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (1-3, 4.74) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH (.405) – 2-for-4, SB



Box Score

Result: Mets 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (5.00) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Angelo Del Castillo, LF (.262) – 1-for-4, 2B

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  • L G

    I’m curious to hear how Allie looks at the plate so far.
    The power seems to be there, and the walks are a pleasant surprise.
    How would a scout rate his potential so far for someone who hasn’t hit in a few years?
    too small a sample to gauge anything yet?

    • Lee Young

      He’s looking like Adam Dunn with that walk and K rate….lol

  • Lee Young
    • Lee Young

      I had nothing to say…

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