Prospect Watch: Garcia Homers Twice; Holt’s Hitting Streak at Nine Games


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) - DNP

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

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.312) - 1-for-5, 3 K

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 (In Majors)

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

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.213) - 0-for-2, BB

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.301) - 0-for-4

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.291) - 1-for-3, BB

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.51) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.310) - 1-for-3, HR, BB

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

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

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

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.86) - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (5-2, 4.53) – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.250) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (16), Willy Garcia 2 (17, 18), Eric Wood (4), Wyatt Mathisen (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Syracuse 0

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (5-2, 4.53) – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.283) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, 2B (.423) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.51) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Inman, RHP (4.18) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.265) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.261) – 2-for-5

Victor Black, RHP (1.86) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Inman made the start today, and had a great outing, giving up just one hit over four innings. Inman has a 4.18 ERA in 47.1 innings with Altoona this year, along with a 31:19 K/BB ratio. Victor Black has a 1.86 ERA in 53.1 innings, with a 77:26 K/BB ratio. He’s struck out two or more batters in each of his last six appearances. In his last eight appearances he has a 20:5 K/BB ratio in 9.1 innings. Ramon Cabrera is hitting for a .324/.410/.412 line in 68 at-bats during the month of August. Since the Eastern League All-Star break, he is hitting for a .336/.417/.448 line in 116 at-bats.



Bradenton was off tonight.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Charleston 2

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (5-7, 4.97) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.250) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Eric Avila, 3B (.291) – 2-for-4, 2B

Francisco Aponte, LF-CF (.248) – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Willy Garcia hit his 17th and 18th homers of the year, putting him in the Pirates’ minor league system lead. Garcia has six homers in 66 at-bats during the month of August. Eric Avila didn’t homer, snapping a four game home run streak. He did get two hits, and extended his hitting streak to nine games, adding his fifth double during that stretch.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 6, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (4.99) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, SS (.279) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Yhonathan Barrios, 3B (.211) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Jared Lakind, 1B (.162) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Yhonathan Barrios was one of the biggest international signings in Pirates’ history when he was signed in 2008. But so far in his jump to State College he has disappointed, with a .211 average and a .484 OPS. He’s been passed by a lot of international talent signed in 2009 and 2010, such as Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, and Willy Garcia. D.J. Crumlich is on a hot streak lately, hitting for a .351/.381/.514 line in 37 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Braves 2

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (5.09) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, C (.310) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Max Moroff, SS (.339) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Eric Wood, 3B (.297) – 1-for-4, HR

Harold Ramirez, LF (.265) – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Wilbur Miller’s live game report.



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: Diamondbacks/Reds 2, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (1-4, 4.23) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reggie Cerda, DH (.229) – 2-for-3

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  • rcbucs

    All boxscore links go back to Aug 18. See, I check them.

    • Lee Young

      We Bucco fans LIKE to live in the past. RC….

  • bugonarug

    Hey Tim why is Brock Holt not listed in the top 20? .423 is nothing to sneeze at. Is he or is he not a serious prospect? Thanks

    • Tim Williams

      More of a utility guy. Also, .423 is in a small sample of at-bats.

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