Prospect Watch: Leroux Continues Slump; Sanchez and Lambo Homer


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 (3-6, 2.90) - 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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) - DNP

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, 2.56) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.82) - DNP

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 (.228) - 1-for-4, HR

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.299) - DNP

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.288) - 1-for-7

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.56) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.295) - DNP

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 (4-6, 4.90) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.76) - DNP



Top Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dallas McPherson, DH (.269) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB

Home Runs: Dallas McPherson (17), Tony Sanchez (8), Andrew Lambo (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Chris Leroux, RHP (4-0, 3.11) – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Dallas McPherson, DH (.269) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.247) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 SB

Brock Holt, 2B (.397) – 3-for-5

Alex Presley, CF (.306) – 2-for-5, 2B

Tony Sanchez, C (.228) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Dallas McPherson hit his 17th homer of the year, including his fifth for Indianapolis. Tony Sanchez hit his eighth homer of the year. Chase d’Arnaud had four hits, extending his hitting streak to eight games. This was his second four hit game during that streak. He also stole two bases, giving him 33 on the year in 38 attempts. Chris Leroux has given up 12 earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts.



Game One Box Score

Result: Akron 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-6, 2.90) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, CF (.255) – 1-for-2, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.235) – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes:  John Eshleman’s live game report.


Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Akron 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (3.83) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.239) – 1-for-3, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, SS (.224) – 2-for-4

Adalberto Santos, LF (.348) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Jason Townsend, RHP (2-0, 0.00) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Andrew Lambo hit his third homer of the year, hitting a grand slam in the second inning to put Altoona up 6-1. Adalberto Santos stole his 15th base of the year. Jason Townsend made his second appearance in Double-A and now has 8.1 shutout innings, with six hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.



Bradenton was postponed.



West Virginia was off.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 12, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (0-5, 5.84) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.239) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Dalton Friend, LHP (2.90) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jason Creasy has given up 13 earned runs in 9.2 innings over his last four starts, with a 4:8 K./BB ratio. The right-hander has a 5.84 ERA in 49.1 innings this year, with a 29:19 K/BB ratio. 2012 12th round pick Dalton Friend has a 2.90 ERA in 31 innings this year, with a 27:4 K/BB ratio.



The Pirates were off. They begin the GCL Finals tomorrow.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Mets 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.333) – 1-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Maximo Rivera, RF (.500) – 2-for-4

Danny Arribas, DH (.500) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates won game one of a best of three series to open the DSL playoffs. The Pirates were led by Luis Santos, who threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. Between the two DSL teams this year, Santos put up a 2.44 ERA in 62.2 innings with a 74:20 K/BB ratio. The 21-year-old is in his second season in the DSL and is a little old for the league. The Pirates scored four runs in the top of the ninth, thanks to Pablo Reyes, who hit a bases loaded triple then scored on a ground out later in the inning. The triple gave the Pirates a 4-1 lead at the time. The Pirates need to win one of the next two games to advance to the second round.

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