Prospect Watch: Locke Has Good Start in Return to Indy; Osuna Hits 16th 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 (3-5, 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 (.313) - 2-for-5, SB

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) - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.68) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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 (.216) - DNP

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

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.290) - 1-for-4

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.60) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.304) - DNP

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-7, 4.62) - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.280) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

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

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.89) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6-7, 4.62) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.280) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Dallas McPherson (1), Jose Osuna (16), Eric Avila (8)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (2.68) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dallas McPherson, RF (.257) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, 2B (.404) – 2-for-4

Alex Presley, CF (.283) – 2-for-5, SB

Brandon Boggs, LF (.267) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Dallas McPherson hit his first homer for Indianapolis. Jeff Locke gave up two runs in the first inning , then settled down over the next five. He threw 88 pitches, 61 for strikes. Brock Holt is hitting for a .404 average and a .963 OPS with Indianapolis in 47 at-bats. He has an eight game hitting streak. The Pirates may need to call up a pitcher or two from Indianapolis tomorrow. I looked at the possibilities in this blog post.



Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 4, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (4-6, 3.96) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Charles Cutler, C (.291) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Nathan Baker, LHP (5.13) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona went up against Brandon Morrow for the first 4.2 innings, who was making a rehab start. They scored both of their runs against him on four hits and two walks. Mike Colla made his first start since July 21st. As a starter this year he has a 4.84 ERA in 44.2 innings with a 34:13 K/BB ratio. As a reliever he has a 3.07 ERA in 44 innings with a 38:12 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 10, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Kenn Kasparek, RHP (5.72) – 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, RF (.252) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Justin Howard, 1B (.292) – 2-for-4

Kirk Singer, 3B (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.23) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez hit his fifth homer of the year. Gustavo Nunez made another rehab appearance, going 1-for-3. Jason Townsend has given up one earned run in 20.1 innings over his last ten appearances, with an 11:2 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6-7, 4.62) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.280) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Eric Avila, DH (.285) – 1-for-4, HR

Alen Hanson, SS (.313) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham carried a no-hitter in to the fifth inning. In his last seven starts he has given up six earned runs in 37.1 innings, with a 29:8 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna hit his 16th homer of the year, which puts him in a tie with Alen Hanson and Willy Garcia for the farm system lead. Eric Avila homered in his fourth straight game, and has five homers in his last eight games. He’s hitting for a .285/.329/.562 line in 137 at-bats this year. Alen Hanson stole his 32nd base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 5, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4-3, 2.19) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.235) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Jacob Stallings, C (.265) – 1-for-2, BB

Tom Harlan, LHP (4.31) – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Clay Holmes has had two rough starts in a row, combining for eight earned runs in six innings, with a 2:8 K/BB ratio. Prior to those starts he had given up four earned runs in 38.1 innings. While Holmes has had a very impressive pro debut, control is an issue to watch. He now has a 31:25 K/BB ratio in 44.2 innings.



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