Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez Homers In Third Straight Game


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, SB, BB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.330) - 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

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 (7-3, 2.45) - DNP

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

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.250) - 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.305) - DNP

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 5.29) - DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-6, 5.86) - 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.34) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.215) - 2-for-3, HR, BB

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

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.259) - 1-for-5, 3B

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.351) - 1-for-3, 2B

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.293) - 2-for-4, 2B

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.294) - 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI



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Top Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (3-5, 4.31) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.330) – 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (3), Alen Hanson (15), Chris Lashmet (2), Elias Diaz (2), Edwin Espinal (1)



Box Score

Result: Louisville 7, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4.65) – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.215) – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Tabata, CF (.333) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: After going 58 games this year without a home run, Tony Sanchez has hit three homers in his last three games. Jeff Clement hit his 25th double of the year. Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with his 18th stolen base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Reading 2

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3.71) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.218) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Nathan Baker, LHP (4.83) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.25) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tim Alderson gave up seven runs in 5.2 innings on June 25th. In his last two starts he has given up two runs in 11.2 innings, with a 8:6 K/BB ratio. Since moving to the bullpen, left-hander Nathan Baker has a 0.61 ERA in 14.2 innings, with a 12:4 K/BB ratio. Victor Black has a 1.25 ERA in 36 innings this year, with a 46:17 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (3-5, 4.31) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.294) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.238) – 2-for-4, 3B

Justin Howard, DH (.292) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: In his last four starts, Colton Cain has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings, with a 16:7 K/BB ratio and a 0.96 WHIP. Alex Dickerson had a .906 OPS in June, and had a 1.046 OPS in 16 at-bats in July heading in to this game. Dickerson’s double was his 17th of the year. Mel Rojas hit his 11th triple of the year.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 11, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-6, 5.86) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.330) – 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Lashmet, LF-P (.244) – 2-for-4, HR

Elias Diaz, C (.180) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Nick Kingham got off to a rough start, giving up four runs in the first inning. He cruised for three innings after that before giving up two in the fifth. Alen Hanson hit his 15th homer of the year tonight. He also stole his 22nd base. The downside was that he had two errors (one throwing, one fielding) giving him 32 on the year. Not only did Chris Lashmet hit his 2nd homer of the year, but he came on to pitch, getting the last out of the game for West Virginia in the blowout loss. Elias Diaz hit his second homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: State College 2, Tri-City 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (1-0, 2.37) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.293) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jordan Cooper, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Heading in to last season, Joely Rodriguez was one of my sleepers. He was a 19-year-old left-hander with a good slider, a good changeup, and a fastball that sat 88-92 MPH, touching 94. However, he went down for the season with an elbow injury after his second start with State College. So far this year, Rodriguez has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings with a 9:8 K/BB ratio. He works better in the 88-91 MPH range with his fastball, as he lacks command above that. All of his pitches have strong movement, with good arm-side run on his fastball when he executes the pitch. He’s only 20, so I’ve still got him in the “sleeper” category. It’s good to see him having good results in the early part of the season. Barrett Barnes is 6-for-8 in his last two games, after being benched by manager Dave Turgeon.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (3.27) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 3B (.182) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Candon Myles, LF (.304) – 1-for-3, SB

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.351) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos made another rehab start, playing in right field. Santos went 1-for-4 with a double. Edwin Espinal hit his first homer of his pro career. Second round pick Wyatt Mathisen is hitting for a .351/.442/.405 line in 37 at-bats to start his pro career. Axel Diaz has a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings this year, with an 8:4 K/BB ratio.



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 11, Pirates 8

Starting Pitcher: Luylii Miranda, LHP (3.22) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, 3B (.396) – 3-for-5, SB

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  • Greatone1210

    And yet another instance where we begin to wonder how long before Hanson is promoted

    • Tim Williams

      I don’t think there should be a big rush. Remember, he was aggressively promoted to West Virginia. Spent one year in the DSL, played in the GCL in his second pro year, and full season ball in his third year. He’s only 19. No need to rush him.

      • Lee Young

        I’m starting to get worried about his 32 errors. That’s a lot for a season, let alone half a season.

        • john.alcorn

          Kind of like Jeter’s 56 errors in A ball as a 19 year old. These things happen with very young prospects in the low minors.

      • Greatone1210

        Agreed. But he has been playing well enough for a promotion I would think.

  • andrew13

    Do you think Cain is on the verge of breaking out? He was very highly thought of in 09 and his last 4 starts numbers are encouraging.

    • Tim Williams

      Hopefully so. He was highly thought of last year too.

  • maguro

    How long before Santos goes back to Altona? Freeadalberto!

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