Prospect Watch: Von Rosenberg Has Another Bad Start


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 (.310) - DNP

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 (0-0, 1.50) - DNP

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.217) - DNP

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.304) - DNP

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.297) - DNP

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.67) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.291) - DNP

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (5-7, 4.74) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.277) - 1-for-3, BB, SB

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 5.40) - 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

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



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Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (3-6, 5.25) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, DH (.270) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Home Runs: None



Indianapolis was off today.



Altoona was off today.



Bradenton was off today.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Greensboro 6

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5.40) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, DH (.270) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.293) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Francisco Diaz, C (.326) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Orlando Castro, LHP (3-6, 5.25) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia went down 5-0 after three and a half innings. They came back to score six runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then added three more in the seventh. Zack Von Rosenberg had his third poor start in a row. He’s given up 16 earned runs in 11 innings over his last three starts. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were both out again today.



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



The Pirates were suspended in the ninth inning, down 7-6.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Rangers 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (6-3, 2.56) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 3B (.331) – 2-for-5, 2 2B



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Author: Tim Williams

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  • JohnDreker

    After seeing ZVR pitch live a few weeks ago, then seeing how he has done since then, and comparing it to seeing him live last year, I am now writing him off as a prospect. He stayed in Extended Spring Training to work on keeping the ball down and he has failed at it. He’s going to be 22 soon and has regressed since early last year at the same low level. Nothing stands out for him except for the fact he physically looks like a pitcher at 6″5 and he’s filled out a little. A righty with an elevated 90mph fastball isn’t going anywhere. He has a lot of work to do to get back on track

    • Lee Young

      John….Agree wholeheartedly. I had a LITTLE hope, but not any more.

  • Kevin_Creagh

    Waiting for the Velocity Fairy to sprinkle magic dust on ZVR is an exercise in futility.

    • Lee Young

      Yep….just another soft tossing righty at this point…and not a very good one, either.