Prospect Watch: Seven Shutout Innings for McPherson; Holmes Goes Five Shutout


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, 3.25) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (3-2, 2.86) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

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 (5-3, 1.99) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (10-5, 2.56) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.81) - DNP

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 0.98) - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.228) - 2-for-4

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.299) - 1-for-4

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.291) - 0-for-4

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.48) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.295) - 0-for-4

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) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (0.98) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dallas McPherson, DH (.265) – 3-for-5, 2 HR

Home Runs: Dallas McPherson 2 (15, 16), Brandon Boggs (9), Yamaico Navarro (9)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Louisville 6

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (0.98) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Dallas McPherson, DH (.265) – 3-for-5, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Boggs, RF (.266) – 1-for-3, HR

Yamaico Navarro, LF (.281) – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Alex Presley, CF (.296) – 2-for-5, 3B

Brock Holt, 2B (.406) – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Richmond 0

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2-2, 2.29) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Oscar Tejeda, 2B (.263) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.76) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Oscar Tejeda is hitting for a .297/.360/.451 line in 91 at-bats during the month of August. Victor Black has a 1.76 ERA in 56.1 innings, with an 81:28 K/BB ratio. Black also has a .191 BAA on the year. He had a few bad outings at the start of the month, but has since thrown eight shutout innings in eight appearances, giving up one hit, four walks, and striking out 15.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (4.09) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C (.172) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.244) – 2-for-4

Andy Vasquez, RF (.249) – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: With Jameson Taillon’s promotion leaving the Bradenton rotation short, Jhonathan Ramos stepped up for a start. Ramos made one other start this year, on August 12th, and gave up two runs in four innings. Quinton Miller pitched two shutout innings. Miller has a 6.34 ERA in 55.1 innings this year, all in relief.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Hickory 3

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (6-7, 4.85) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Taylor Lewis, CF (.249) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.285) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Chris Lashmet, 1B (.234) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Eric Avila went 0-for-4, snapping his 13 game hitting streak. Mike Jefferson has given up three earned runs in 12 innings over his last two starts, after giving up six earned runs in 4.2 innings on August 15th. Taylor Lewis stole his 20th base of the year.



Box Score

Result:  State College 5, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (5-3, 1.99) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.287) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Walker Gourley, CF (.250) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

John Kuchno, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Holmes gave up eight earned runs in six innings over his last two starts, but got back on track today with another five shutout innings. In six of his last ten starts, Holmes has gone five shutout innings, never giving up more than three hits in any of those starts. 2012 18th round pick John Kuchno made his pro debut. In his last ten games, D.J. Crumlich is hitting for a .378/.419/.514 line in 37 at-bats. He currently has a six game hitting streak. Walker Gourley played center field today. In his two years with the Spikes he has played every offensive position on the field, including catching one game. He’s played mostly left field this year.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 5, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (4.81) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.200) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Aaron Pribanic, RHP (4.40) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Axel Diaz has given up one earned run in 13.2 innings over his last four appearances, with a 14:4 K/BB ratio. The GCL Pirates wrapped up their regular season today. They finished with the Wild Card spot in the GCL playoffs, which start tomorrow against the Cardinals.

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  • john.alcorn

    81K in 56IP with high 90’s heat, what more does Black need to do? I’m looking forward to this offseason when we waste some more money on veteran pitchers rather than trust on own talent [sarcasm].

    • Lee Young

      Anxious to see what he can do in AAA. The 28 BB’s in those 56 inn are worrisome.

    • buccotime57

      another night where a AAA pitcher..shuts things down..will he be given a shot..NO..

  • Lee Young

    Go Axel Go!!!!

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