Prospect Watch: Cole Has Trouble in Trenton


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 post trade deadline update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.315) - 2-for-5, 2B

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) - Low-A DL (UPDATE)

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-3, 2.19) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.68) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.84) - DNP

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 1.59) - DNP

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.288) - State College DL (UPDATE)

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.216) - 0-for-4

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.303) - 1-for-4

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.294) - 2-for-4, 2 BB, 2B

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.51) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.310) - DNP

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-7, 4.62) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.283) - 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 5.13) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.82) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Kyle Kaminska, RHP (2-0 0.69) 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, DH (.327) – 4-for-6, 3B, 5 RBI

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (15), Matt Hague (4), Henrry Rosario (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Louisville 5

Starting Pitcher: Chris Leroux, RHP (3-0 2.84)  5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 2 HR

Top Hitter:  Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.233)- 4-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.216) – 0-for-4

Brock Holt, 2B (.383) – 0-for-4

Alex Presley, CF (.311) – 3-for-4, BB

Matt Hague, 3B (.284) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 14, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-5 3.25) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, CF (.252) – 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.270) – 2-for-6, 2 RBI, 2B

Andrew Lambo, RF (.268) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.294) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

Jason Townsend, RHP (1-0 0.00) 4.1 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 SO 0 HR

Game Notes: Tim’s live recap of Cole’s start.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Ft Myers 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Kaminska, RHP (2-0 0.69) 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.248) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.303) – 1-for-4

Mel Rojas, CF (.250) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Kyle Kaminska followed up his six no-hit innings in his first start for Bradenton, with just one run over seven innings. Doug Salinas closed the game out with his ninth save. Carlos Paulino was the only Bradenton player with more than one hit and Justin Howard’s double, was the only extra base hit. Both Marauders runs were unearned, as Ft Myers’ Tom Stuifbergen pitched a complete game with 17 groundball outs and no walks.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Charleston 4

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3-6 4.15) 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.283) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.315) – 2-for-5, 2B

Willy Garcia, RF (.253) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Eric Avila, 3B (.295) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Eric Avila continued his recent hot streak with two hits tonight, giving him an 11 game hitting streak. He was recently named the SAL Player of the Week. Jose Osuna has an even longer hitting streak going, now up to 14 games. His double was his 35th on the season and his 51st extra base hit. Alen Hanson’s double was his 32nd, giving the Power three players with at least 32 doubles(Dan Gamache leads team with 36). Rinku Singh pitched 2.1 perfect innings, striking out four batters and Orlando Castro picked up the win with a scoreless ninth. Osuna plated the winning run with a one out, bases loaded single in bottom of the ninth inning.



Box Score

Result: State College 5, Auburn 4 in 12 innings

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (0-4 5.68) 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, 1B (.224) – 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.244) – 3-for-6, 2B

Walkey Gourley, CF (.256) – 2-for-6

Game Notes:  Clario Perez started and lasted four innings, allowing runs in each of the first three frames. Logan Pevny followed Perez with two scoreless innings, allowing just a single, while striking out two batters. Dalton Friend pitched three scoreless innings for the win, but he had a little help from his defense in the 12th. With no outs and men on 1st and 2nd, Friend gave up a single to right field, where Jesus Vasquez fielded it, and threw out the lead runner at home plate. The go-ahead run in the top of the inning scored on a Vasquez groundout. The game had 26 strikeouts between the two teams, including six by Auburn’s center fielder Wander Ramos



Box Score

Result:  Pirates 2, Phillies 0 (game suspended after two innings)


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Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Marlins 0

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (2-4 3.03) – 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notables

Danny Arribas, C (.306) – 2-for-4

Luis Benitez, CF (.188) – 0-for-1, 3 BB, 3 SB


Box Score

Result: Pirates 15, Phillies 0

Starting Pitcher: Eduardo Vera, RHP (2-0 3.49) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, DH (.327) – 4-for-6, 3B, 5 RBI

Other Notables

Henrry Rosario, CF (.226) – 2-for-4, HR, 6 RBI

Dennis Hurtarte,  1B (.236) – 2-for-5, 2B

Rodney Polonia, 2B (.215) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI



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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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