Prospect Watch: Starling Marte Just Misses Cycle, Tony Sanchez Hits Fifth 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 (2-2, 5.17) - DNP

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

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.291) - 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.329) - DNP

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

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.13) - DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 3.07) - 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 2.95) - DNP

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.253) - 2-for-5

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

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-4, 4.40) - DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-7, 6.06) - DNP

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

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.248) - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) - DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.261) - 1-for-4, 2B

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.317) - 1-for-4, SB

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.280) - 0-for-3, BB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - 1-for-4, 3B

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.22) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR



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Top Pitcher: Colton Cain, RHP (4.22) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, RF (.291) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR

Home Runs: Starling Marte (11), Tony Sanchez (5), Carlos Mesa (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7 Gwinett 5

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (8-4, 3.07) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, RF (.291) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.248) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starling Marte hit his 11th homer of the year. He also hit his 17th double and his 13th triple, falling a single shy of the cycle. Tony Sanchez hit his fifth homer of the year. All five homers have come in his last 11 games, spanning 40 at-bats. Last year, Sanchez hit five homers in 402 at-bats in Altoona. Rudy Owens had back to back rough starts, combining to give up ten earned runs in 8.2 innings.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (8-8, 3.49) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.341) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.253) – 2-for-5

Oscar Tejeda, LF (.259) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: After snapping a 25-game on base streak in last night’s no hitter, Robbie Grossman returned tonight with two hits. Stefan Welch continues his strong campaign in Altoona. Prior to tonight’s game he had a .321/.426/.524 line in 84 at-bats in Double-A. Brandon Cumpton now has a 3.49 ERA in 105.2 innings, with a 66:33 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Clearwater 7, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, RHP (4.22) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.225) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.261) – 1-for-4, 2B

Alex Dickerson, DH (.295) – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: n his last six starts, Colton Cain has combined to give up seven earned runs in 36 innings (1.75 ERA), with a 23:11 K/BB ratio. Carlos Mesa hit his first homer with Bradenton this year. He had three in West Virginia. Alex Dickerson hit his third triple of the year, which seems pretty surprising considering his size.



West Virginia was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 7, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3.86) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.233) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.314) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson made his fourth pro appearance. In that time he has a 3.86 ERA in 11.2 innings, with a 13:4 K/BB ratio. D.J. Crumlich has a .314/.359/.430 line on the year in 86 at-bats. Barrett Barnes went 0-for-3 with a walk.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Braves 2

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (7.23) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jimmy Rider, SS (.204) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Harold Ramirez, RF (.345) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Harold Ramirez now has a six game hitting streak, and hits in seven of his eight games this year. Stetson Allie went 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts. He now has a .171 average and a .646 OPS in 70 at-bats. Candon Myles stole his ninth base of the year, but was also thrown out twice, making him 9-for-13 on the season.



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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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • PirateInTheBay707

    Not to sound negative, I very much enjoy the daily updates, but why the emphasis on a hitter’s season average (noting it for every player) as opposed to a stat like weighted on base average that would tell us more about their overall skill as a hitter?

    • Tim Williams

      I just put average because it’s easy. It’s automatically updated in the box scores each night. I’d love to do OBP/SLG with that, but those aren’t updated until updates. So I’d have to wait around each night to add those stats. Usually I try to expand on the basic stats in the game notes section. But I’m kind of limited by what provides.

      • PirateInTheBay707

        I would also love to see OBP/SLG and even possibly wOBA or wRC. I think possibly displaying the day old OBP/SLG/wOBA/wRC would be more informative and possibly appreciated then posting the accurate to the day average of the player, or maybe even post both the updated average and the day old more informative stat(s) together.

        • Lee Young

          What I do is go to the boxes and then click on the individuals that I want to check out. For instance, this morn, I learned that Marte is hitting .333 at home but only .259 on the road.

          That is something that can only be done by digging….give it a shot! It may become addicting, tho….lol

          • PirateInTheBay707

            Yea I already go to frequently, I was just scrolling down this page and was curious as to why it was a hitter’s average that was being the main stat shown, but its no big deal, like Tim said he usually does a good job breaking down a player’s stats in the recaps.

      • Lee Young

        Tim….I am thankful for the fact that we HAVE a prospects page.

  • scrappy2499

    Tim, Keep up the great work. You don’t need to change a thing. You already provide a lot of info. for us to keep updated with…I would hate to see you get burned out and stop enjoying what you do!

  • Justin

    Why not bring Marte up and see what he can do in the majors before trading him away? I think he would be better than Gorkys Hernandez and as much as I like Sutton and Harrison they can’t play the outfield.

  • szielinski

    It would help the Pirates a lot if Sanchez can become a league average offensive player who contributes plus defense as a catcher. That’s what the Pirates thought they were getting when they drafted him.

  • Kevin_Creagh

    We could look into expanding stats on a monthly basis, perhaps.

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