Prospect Watch: GCL Wins Championship; Rojas Has a Big Day

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, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - Promoted to Indianapolis

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

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (3-2, 2.86) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.312) - DNP

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.325) - 1-for-3

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (5-3, 1.99) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (10-5, 2.48) - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.81) - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 0.98) - DNP

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.230) - DNP

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.298) - 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.283) - 0-for-3, BB

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.65) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.295) - 1-for-5, 2B

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-8, 4.50) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.278) - DNP

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (4-7, 4.75) - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.74) - DNP

 

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.253) – 4-for-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jeff Larish (2), Alex Dickerson (13), Mel Rojas (6)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (2.48) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jeff Larish, LF (.173) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.425) – 3-for-5

Justin Wilson, LHP (3.81) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.65) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke only threw 78 pitches, with 47 going for strikes. He was replaced by Justin Wilson with two outs in the fifth inning, and one runner on base. Indianapolis was up 4-0 at the time, and Wilson got a strikeout to end the inning. Bryan Morris came on to pitch in the sixth inning, and ran in to trouble, giving up a run and leaving one runner on for Jose Diaz to strand. Morris has given up runs in his last two appearances. Jeff Larish hit his second homer of the year, which was a three run shot in the fourth inning. Nancy Zinni’s game story.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Akron 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.94) – 7.0 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, DH (.347) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Gustavo Nunez, SS (.263) – 2-for-4

Tim Alderson, RHP (5-4, 4.35) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: After giving up 18 earned runs in 16.2 innings over his first four starts in August, Cumpton has combined for three earned runs in 13 innings over his last two starts, with a 6:2 K/BB ratio. Gustavo Nunez is 5-for-19 in his rehab work with Altoona. Adalberto Santos now has a .344/.433/.439 line in 212 at-bats in Altoona. Coming in to tonight’s game he had a .705 OPS in August.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 9, Bradenton 8

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (3.62) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.253) – 4-for-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.298) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.236) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Mel Rojas hit his sixth homer of the year and his 12th triple. In typical fashion for him, he went 3-for-4 last week, and followed it up by going 0-for-10 over the next three games before another big performance tonight. Alex Dickerson hit his 13th homer of the year. Gift Ngoepe stole his 22nd base of the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Charleston 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-7, 4.75) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, DH (.325) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, CF (.246) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: West Virginia’s offense managed two hits in game one of a scheduled double-header. Zack Von Rosenberg has given up four earned runs in 16 innings over his last three starts, with an 11:4 K/BB ratio. Game two of the double-header was suspended in the third inning. Zac Fuesser started things off with three shutout innings, and the game was tied 0-0 at the time of the suspension.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Auburn 6, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (2.95) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jimmy Rider, 2B (.133) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Walker Gourley, CF (.248) – 2-for-5, SB

D.J. Crumlich, LF (.286) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson has a 2.95 ERA in 42.2 innings this year, with a 44:17 K/BB ratio. Sampson was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. John Kuchno, taken in the 17th round of the 2012 draft, pitched two shutout innings, striking out two and walking one. Kuchno has three shutout innings in his first two pro outings, with a 4:1 K/BB ratio. D.J. Crumlich extended his hitting streak to nine games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Red Sox 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.250) – 1-for-2, HR, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, DH (.286) – 2-for-5

Eric Wood, 3B (.455) – 2-for-5, 2B

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.444) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates won the Gulf Coast League championship.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES1

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Mariners 7

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (12.27) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, LF (.583) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Maximo Rivera, RF (.455) – 2-for-4, 3B

Luis Benitez, CF (.167) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Carlos Esqueda, 2B (.250) – 2-for-5, RBI

Adrian De Aza, DH (.500) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: After moving on to the second round yesterday, the Pirates started their series with the DSL Mariners today. The Diamondbacks and Angels were still finishing their first round series today, but the Pirates were playing the Mariners regardless of the outcome of that series, so the game was moved up one day. The Pirates took the lead in the best of three series, and can advance to the DSL Finals with a win tomorrow. Yunelky Adames, who homered to put the Pirates in the second round, hit his second homer of the playoffs. The homer put the Pirates within two runs, down 7-5 at the time. They scored three in the top of the ninth, after three straight one-out singles from Carlos Esqueda, Ulises Montilla, and Danny Arribas.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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