Prospect Watch: Irwin, Holmes Continue Impressive Pitching; Three Hits for Hanson

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 mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.94) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.09) - DNP

3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) - 3-for-4, 3B, BB

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

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.88) - DNP

6. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 2.83) - DNP

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

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.22) - DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.13) - DNP

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.04) - DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.216) - 0-for-2, BB

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.52) – DNP

13. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.259) - 1-for-3, SB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.301) - 1-for-5

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

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.294) - 1-for-4

17. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.94) - 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.292) - 0-for-5, 4 K

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 3.73) - DNP

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.282) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (2.99) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.316) – 3-for-4, 3B

Home Runs: Samuel Gonzalez (2), Yunelky Adames (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

The Indians were off tonight.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Trenton 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (2.99) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.216) – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stefan Welch, 3B (.306) – 2-for-4, BB

Victor Black, RHP (1.17) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Phil Irwin now has a 2.99 ERA in 93.1 innings this year, along with a 77:13 K/BB ratio. In his last seven starts he has given up five earned runs in 47 innings, with a 42:4 K/BB ratio. Victor Black now has a 1.17 ERA in 46 innings this year, with a 63:21 K/BB ratio. He’s given up one earned run since the start of June, spanning 23 innings, with a 28:10 K/BB ratio. Matt Curry went 0-for-5 tonight, striking out four times. Adalberto Santos went 1-for-4 with a walk, and stole two bases, giving him 12 on the year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (3.22) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.253) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Paulino, C (.256) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro made his second start since the Colton Cain trade. In his two starts since the deal, Navarro has combined for three earned runs on 11 hits in 11 innings, with an 8:0 K/BB ratio. Josh Poytress pitched two shutout innings, and now has a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 innings, with a 20:20 K/BB ratio. Dan Grovatt is 5-for-12 with three doubles and a triple in his last three games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 12, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (4-7, 5.08) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.316) – 3-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.326) – 2-for-5, RBI

Dan Gamache, 2B (.280) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Tom Bragg’s live game report.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Hudson Valley 4, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (0.94) – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, DH (.222) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Lance Breedlove, RHP (2.16) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Samuel Gonzalez hit his second homer of the year. Clay Holmes has a 0.94 ERA in 38.1 innings this year. He’s pitched in to the fifth inning in seven of his eight starts. He’s given up three or fewer hits in all seven of those starts. Tonight was only the second start where he gave up an earned run. He walked five in a game for the second time this year. He’s struck out four batters in each of the last three games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were postponed.

 

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RK: DSL PIRATES1

Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Rangers 8

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (2.72) – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, RF (.260) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Nationals 8, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, LHP (3-4, 3.48) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, CF (.257) – 2-for-5

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  • Lee Young

    Perhaps the Fort will make us forget the failures of Tony Sanchez? Or, perhaps Tony will be backing him up next year?

    • totall

      Last year he was hit twice in the face and had one broken jaw from being hit. Then he was hit in the jaw in a barroom fight. He may still be gun shy and may need another year to overcome the the effects of being hit. I would give him another year and then I would be concerned.

      • Lee Young

        Not concerned at all…I’ve never been high on Tony’s hitting ability. I’ve seen him live many times, even before his jaw breaking episodes and was not impressed with his swing. He reminded me a lot of Tom Prince and Prince hit better in AA than Sanchez.

  • totall

    State College has good starters and WV has a team full of hitters. IMO that Hanson and Bell has the biggest upside at WV.

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