Prospect Watch: Cole Impacted by Rain Delay, Tabata’s Hitting Streak Reaches Eight

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 (2-4, 3.93) - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) - DNP

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.326) - 1-for-2, 2 BB

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.94) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.66) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.14) - DNP

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.07) - DNP

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.218) - DNP

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.300) - 2-for-4, 2B, BB

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.288) - 1-for-4

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.54) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.286) - DNP

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (4-7, 4.83) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.279) - 2-for-4, 2B

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 4.39) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 1.74) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (11-3, 3.34) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.253) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (13), Jarek Cunningham (5), Willy Garcia (13), Jesus Vasquez (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Scranton/WB 2

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (11-3, 3.34) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.267) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jose Tabata, CF (.321) – 1-for-4

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (3.19) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rick VandenHurk now has a 3.34 ERA in 91.2 innings with Indianapolis, along with an 82:30 K/BB ratio. Jose Tabata went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to eight games. He has 15 hits during the streak, but still only one extra base hit. Jeff Clement went 1-for-5 with his 34th double of the year.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: New Britain 13, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3.93) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.322) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.220) – 1-for-4, HR

Quincy Latimore, CF (.242) – 1-for-3, HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole was cruising until a rain delay in the fourth inning. Cole started with three no-hit innings, allowing two walks and striking out three. After the delay he gave up two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings, with two strikeouts. Quincy Latimore hit his 13th homer of the year. Jarek Cunningham hit his fifth homer of the year. Matt Curry is in a slump lately, with a .132/.150/.289 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games, along with 12 strikeouts and one walk in that span.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Palm Beach 7

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.81) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.225) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.251) – 2-for-4, BB

Alex Dickerson, DH (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Dan Grovatt, LF (.258) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Casey Sadler struggled for the second time in his last three starts. Coming in to this outing he had a 3.56 ERA in 60.2 innings, with a 41:14 K/BB ratio as a starter. Alex Dickerson hit his 27th double of the year. He’s had an OPS over .900 in each month since the start of June, including a .938 OPS in four games in August, heading in to tonight’s game.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 4

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (7-3, 3.36) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.253) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.286) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.279) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Robby Rowland now has a 3.36 ERA in 77.2 innings, along with a 39:19 K/BB ratio. The sinkerball pitcher had a lot of fly balls today, with a 5:7 GO/AO ratio and two home runs. Kristy Robinson featured Rowland in an article on Saturday, looking at the changes he’s made since coming from the Diamondbacks via trade. Willy Garcia hit his 13th homer of the year. Jose Osuna hit his 30th double of the year. Dan Gamache is hitting for a .368/.400/.553 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Aberdeen 10, State College 9

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (2.28) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.211) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Derek Trent, DH (.412) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Tyler Gaffney, CF (.333) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: For the eighth straight start, Luis Heredia pitched in to the fifth inning. His three runs allowed tonight matched a season high, and was only the second time this year that he’s given up more than two earned runs in a start. He has a 2.28 ERA in 43.1 innings, with a 25:10 K/BB ratio. Heredia turns 18 this coming Friday. State College held a 9-3 lead after six innings, but the bullpen gave up seven earned runs in the final three innings. Jesus Vasquez hit his first homer for State College.

 

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  • Scott Tidlund

    Was at the Curve game and Cole looked good. Struggled a little in the first with control but the plate umpire and a very tight strike zone. Stadium gun had him mostly 92-94 with a high of 97. He looked intense and in control. Colla came in and allowed Cole’s runner to score in the 5th which was Cole’s seons run. Collla then gave up a grand slam in the same inning, not a good day for him.