Prospect Watch: Sanchez Hits 6th Homer; Three Hits Each For Santos and Dickerson


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 (.318) - 1-for-4, 3B

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) - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

7. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.324) - 1-for-3, BB, SB (40)

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.22) - 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.26) – DNP

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 4.06) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.230) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.48) – DNP

13. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.253) - 2-for-5

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

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.291) - DNP

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.298) - 3-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

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

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.299) – 0-for-3, BB

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 3.73) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.277) - 1-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (8-5, 2.83) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.230) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (6), Andy Vasquez (2), Luis Urena 2 (4, 5), Eric Wood (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (8-5, 2.83) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.230) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.242) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Brandon Boggs, RF (.265) – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.



Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 5, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3-5, 4.22) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.406) – 3-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (3.71) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game recap.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Daytona 7

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.99) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.298) – 3-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (3-0, 2.67) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.259) – 3-for-5, 2B

Mel Rojas, CF (.253) – 2-for-5

Carlos Paulino, C (.251) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Andy Vasquez, LF-3B (.266) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: In his last ten games, Alex Dickerson is hitting for a .361/.439/.667 line in 36 at-bats. A big part of that is his 8-for-12 performance over the last three games, with two doubles and two homers. He also stole his eighth base of the year tonight. In his previous four starts, Tyler Waldron combined to allow six earned runs in 25 innings, with a 13:7 K/BB ratio. Andy Vasquez hit his second homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 2, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (3-4, 3.73) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.318) – 1-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.324) – 1-for-3, BB, SB (40)

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game recap.



State College was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Braves 7, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (6.95) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, CF (.247) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Eric Wood, DH (.265) – 1-for-4, HR

Stetson Allie, 1B (.220) – 2-for-4, 2B

Harold Ramirez, RF (.323) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Luis Urena hit two homers today, giving him five on the year, and three in his last two games. He has a .247 average, but his OPS is .885, mostly fueled by a .556 slugging percentage. 2012 sixth round pick Eric Wood hit his third homer of the year. Stetson Allie has a .286/.342/.371 line in 35 at-bats over his last ten games. Candon Myles and Harold Ramirez both went 2-for-4.



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 10, Yankees 9

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (1-5, 4.89) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Marquez, C (.333) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Yankees 1

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (2-2, 3.43) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, DH (.348) – 3-for-4, 2B

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  • Lee Young

    *******FREE ADELBERTO SANTOS!!!!***************

    • Lee Young

      or his brother, adalberto santos….lol

  • emjayinTN

    Tim: Sanchez – double to RF and a HR to RF – is this something they wanted Tony to develop?
    Santos is hitting .327 in 730 AB’s in the minors, and more importantly, 98 Walks/105 K’s, 56 SB’s/16CS. A 22nd Round pick out of Oregon State in 2010, he played infield in college but is in RF now – his bat plays well as a 2B/SS, but many teams look at HR power for corner OF.

  • leowalter

    A right fielder Adalberto is not ! Defense is not his strong point.

  • buccotime57

    I get excited looking at the amount of talent the pirates have every day…I feel we have a log jam at AAA right now can we maybe get away with trading a few of them in a decent trade like Hague, darnaud, clement, presley, mercer…just like two of them and a prospect for a mid level bat…this would also allow some of our true prospects to advance

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