Prospect Watch: McPherson Has Another Good Start in AAA; Garcia 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 (3-4, 3.43) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.308) - 0-for-2, BB

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) - DNP

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-2, 1.41) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.66) - DNP (In the Majors)

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 3.88) - DNP

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 1.59) - 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.226) - 2-for-4

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.306) - 2-for-4, 2B

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.299) - 2-for-4, 2B

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.64) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.290) - 1-for-4, BB

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (5-7, 4.79) - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.277) - 1-for-4, 2B

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 5.40) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.97) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (0-1, 1.59) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.286) – 2-for-3, HR

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (16), Harold Ramirez (1), Jin-De Jhang (1)



Box Score

Result: Rochester 3, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (0-1, 1.59) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.226) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.64) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Brock Holt, SS (.333) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Will Cleveland’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Portland 13, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (1-1, 10.29) – 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.299) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.388) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Matt Curry hit his 30th double of the year, and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is 13-for-32 during that stretch. Adalberto Santos now has a .388/.481/.506 line in 160 at-bats this year. The Altoona pitching staff struggled tonight. Nathan Baker came on in relief for Waldron, and gave up six runs in 2.2 innings. Hunter Strickland didn’t have a bad outing, giving up a run in three innings. Tim Alderson returned from the disabled list and gave up one run in one inning.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 4

Starting Pitcher: Kenn Kasparek, RHP (5.01) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.227) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.306) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Bradenton went up against Jeff Niemann, who was making a rehab start. The Marauders scored four runs on six hits in 3.1 innings against the Rays’ starter. Alex Dickerson has six multi-hit games in his last ten games, and one double in each of his last three games. He has a 1.015 OPS in 44 at-bats this month. His double tonight was his 30th of the year.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.79) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.253) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 K

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.294) – 1-for-3, 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B (.277) – 1-for-4, 2B

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.95) – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Tom Bragg’s live game report.



State College was off for the NYPL All-Star break.



Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Yankees 8

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (3.86) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.267) – 3-for-6, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 1B (.215) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Jackson Lodge, LHP (3.38) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates finished their suspended game with the Yankees from yesterday. The game was suspended in the ninth with the Yankees leading 7-6. The Pirates came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees scored a run in the 11th, but the Pirates won on a two-run walk off double by Dilson Herrera.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (4.74) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.286) – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jin-De Jhang, PH-C (.314) – 2-for-2, HR

Kevin Ross, 3B (.259) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Gustavo Nunez, SS (.400) – 1-for-3, 2B

Axel Diaz, RHP (1-1, 5.74) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Harold Ramirez and Jin-De Jhang both hit their first professional home runs today. Gustavo Nunez made his second rehab appearance. 2012 8th round pick Kevin Ross is hitting for a .382/.432/.412 line in 34 at-bats over his last ten games.



For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Rangers 1

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (5-0, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tomas Morales, DH (.268) – 2-for-3, 2B



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (3.54) – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, CF (.230) – 2-for-4, 2B

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  • Justin Gray

    what do you make of Adalberto Santos’s year?

    • Kevin_Creagh

      In his limited at-bats, Santos has shown the capability of being a productive bench bat, in my opinion. He doesn’t have much power, has some decent baserunning instincts, but isn’t much defensively. I like Santos and think he could be an good bench guy/pinch hitter for a few years in Pittsburgh starting at some point in 2013. For a 22nd round pick that would be incredible value.

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