Prospect Watch: Six Shutout Innings for Irwin; Howard Has a Birthday Blast


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) - DNP

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 (.230) - 1-for-3, BB

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.297) - 1-for-7

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.285) - 0-for-4

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

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.295) - 1-for-5, 2B

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, 1.74) - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR



Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (2-0, 1.69) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.295) – 4-for-6, 3B, HR

Home Runs: Dan Grovatt (9), Justin Howard (2), Dilson Herrera (1), Yunelky Adames (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Toledo 0

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (2-0, 1.69) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Brock Holt, SS (.415) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (2.51) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Alex Presley, CF (.315) – 3-for-5

Matt Hague, 1B (.286) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Akron 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (1-2, 4.01) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.272) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.74) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ramon Cabrera is 15-for-39 in his last ten games, with six doubles and five walks. Heading in to tonight’s game he had a .343/.418/.457 line in 140 at-bats in the second half of the season. Tyler Waldron has allowed three earned runs in 17.2 innings over his last three starts, with an 11:7 K/BB ratio. Victor Black has a 1.74 ERA this year in 57 innings, with an 83:28 K/BB ratio.



Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, Fort Myers 10

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.81) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.295) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, LF (.255) – 2-for-2, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Andy Vasquez, RF (.257) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB, 4 RBI

Carlos Paulino, C (.254) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Today is Justin Howard’s birthday, and he celebrated with his second homer of the year in game one. In game two he went 2-for-3 with a triple, making him 4-for-6 with a triple and a homer. Last year on his birthday he went 4-for-5. Dan Grovatt hit his ninth homer of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 4, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Kaminska, RHP (1.69) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.295) – 2-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.249) – 2-for-3

Andy Vasquez, LF (.257) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Kirk Singer has five multi-hit games in his last seven games. Kyle Kaminska had given up one earned run in 13 starts over his previous two outings heading in to this start. All of his damage came in the third, and he left after the inning, presumably due to a single inning pitch limit.



West Virginia was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 16, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3-3, 3.77) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, 1B (.228) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.287) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: D.J. Crumlich extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is 13-for-35 in his last ten games. Joely Rodriguez has given up 12 earned runs in 16.2 innings over his last four starts. He had given up 13 earned runs in 43 innings over nine starts prior to that. Infielder Jimmy Rider had to come on to pitch an inning due to the amount of pitchers that were used in the blowout.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Red Sox 2

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.444) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Eric Wood, 3B (.500) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Elvis Escobar, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, 3B

Cesar Lopez, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates won game one of the best of three GCL Championship series.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Mets 0

Starting Pitcher: Oderman Rocha, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, RF (.571) – 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates advanced to the second round in the Dominican Summer League playoffs.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Ian Rothermund

    Has Phil Irwin snuck under everyone else’s radar too? He’s had a very good year.

  • st1300b

    I miss the player profiles that used to be done… Irwin would make a good profile, or maybe Brock Holt. Tim would you consider Brock’s season a breakout type season that elevates him to a higher prospect caliber – say an impact guy – or are the defensive concerns going to hold him down?

    • Tim Williams

      The player profiles were similar to the ones done in the Prospect Guide. We had Irwin as the #39 prospect coming in to the year, and not much has changed from his scouting report. He’s just continuing his success in to the upper levels.

      As for Holt, not much has changed with him. He’s hitting for a high average, but he isn’t drawing a ton of walks, and he’s not hitting for power (.109 ISO). He’s not going to hit like this in the majors. Best case he hits close to his minor league career .315, but even then he’s more of a leadoff type with little power and poor defensive skills at short. He still profiles as a utility player in the majors.

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