Prospect Watch: Cole Strikes Out Nine; Moroff and Ross Hit First Homers

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 (3-5, 3.19) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.82) - DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.312) - 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) - DNP

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-2, 1.41) - DNP

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

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 (.220) - DNP

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.305) - 2-for-4, SB

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.294) - 0-for-3, BB, 2 K

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.64) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.304) - 2-for-4

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (5-7, 4.79) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.275) - 1-for-6

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 5.40) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.93) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-5, 3.19) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, DH (.286) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB

Home Runs: Christian Marrero (1), Dan Grovatt (7), Eric Avila (5), Max Moroff (1), Kevin Ross (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Rochester 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (3.26) – 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.382) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Boggs, LF-RF (.266) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Portland 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-5, 3.19) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Christian Marrero, LF (.200) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (4.57) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In his last four starts, Gerrit Cole has given up three earned runs in 22 innings, with a 26:6 K/BB ratio. Tonight he threw 91 pitches, with 61 strikes, and had a 7:1 GO/AO ratio. On the season with Altoona, Cole has a 3.19 ERA in 48 innings, with a 52:13 K/BB ratio. Christian Marrero hit his first homer for Altoona since being demoted from Indianapolis.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.70) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.259) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Gustavo Nunez, SS (.429) – 1-for-3, 2B

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.305) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler gave up all four of his runs on homers. Gustavo Nunez made his second rehab appearance in high-A. Alex Dickerson is hitting for a .377/.411/.509 line in 53 at-bats during the month of August. He also stole his 11th base of the year. Dan Grovatt hit his seventh homer of the year, and his second in as many nights.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3.31) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, DH (.286) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.312) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Rowland has a 3.31 ERA in 83.2 innings pitched this year. Eric Avila hit his 5th homer of the year. Avila had an .851 OPS in 38 at-bats in June, followed by an .895 OPS in 42 at-bats in July. Coming in to tonight’s game he had a .715 OPS in 30 at-bats in August. Alen Hanson played his second straight game at shortstop, after missing time last week with a hip flexor injury. Gregory Polanco still hasn’t returned from his ankle injury a week ago.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 9, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3-1, 3.12) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, LF (.263) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.38) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez has put up some impressive numbers this year. The 20-year-old left-hander has a 3.12 ERA in 52 innings, with a 22:11 K/BB ratio. In his last ten games he has a 3.00 ERA in 48 innings, with a 19:6 K/BB ratio. A big problem for him in the past was that he lacked control. He’s doing a better job in that area this year. He’s not striking out a lot of batters, but he is getting a good ground ball rate, with a 1.54 GO/AO ratio.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 12, Blue Jays 11

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (5.54) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.313) – 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Kevin Ross, 3B (.262) – 1-for-3, HR

Andrew Lambo, RF (.467) – 3-for-4, 2B

Eric Wood, DH (.294) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Stetson Allie, RHP (.217) – 2-for-5, 4 RBI

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.275) – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Max Moroff and Kevin Ross both hit their first professional home runs. Moroff was taken in the 16th round of the 2012 draft, while Ross was taken in the eighth round. The Pirates scored 12 runs on 14 hits. Each of the top six hitters in the lineup had multiple hits. Andrew Lambo made a rehab appearance as he recovers from hamate surgery.

 

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES1

Box Score

Result: Mets 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (3.31) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.295) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Giants 7

Starting Pitcher: Eduardo Vera, RHP (4.01) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgardo Munoz, DH (.231) – 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI

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  • Lee Young

    Good to see Cole being dominant….I take that back….it’s GREAT!

    Tim….any thought to either Santos or Holt, esp Brock, being brought up in Sept to be ‘a stick’ off the bench? Holt reminds me a bit of Jeff Keppinger, more bat than glove?

    • Kevin_Creagh

      Not likely for Santos/Holt because neither is on 40 man roster. While it wouldn’t be hard to trim some fat from the 40, it is very rare. Callups will generally be constricted to 40 man roster guys.

  • Lee Young

    *****FREE ANDREW LAMBO!!**** lol

  • PiratesFan

    Great to see Cole pitching well. I guess he’ll start next year in AAA, making him a potential midseason call-up?

    • Kevin_Creagh

      Yes, we have him targeted for a June/July 2013 arrival.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

        I would assume that if the plans are that immediate, he might spend some time in the real Spring Training in 2013?

        I’m so interested to see how they go about it. If he’s on the major league Spring Training roster, watch everyone freak out day 1 about him making the opening day roster.

        An idea about that, though. My opinion is that, while yes he’s had mechanical issues to work out this year, other challenges for this season for him were to stay healthy, but primarily build innings. So, if the stuff isn’t an issue, and he puts his time in at Fall instructs and comes out keeping the ball down consistently in Spring Training, does the possibility exist that he could be in Pittsburgh starting off in 2013?

        • Kevin_Creagh

          It could be similar to what existed with Marte this year. Marte had a fantastic spring and everyone wanted him to come north to Pittsburgh. Marte needed time to polish the edges on his game in AAA — go against the major league vets, the junkballers.
          Cole will pitch in Spring Training, but he needs to refine his game too. He’ll get AFL time probably, but he needs time in AAA next year. I would actually have the rotation be Burnett, McDonald, Rodriguez, and Karstens. Keep the 5th spot between Leroux and Locke until Cole is ready. Don’t commit to a veteran.

  • PiratesFan

    I guess Locke, Wilson, and Morris are all likely September call-ups. Anybody else in this list like to come up this year?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

      My guess would be Jeff Clement maybe….maybe. And Presley/Tabata.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

    #freegerrittcole. Lol