Prospect Watch: Wilson Throws a No Hitter, Polanco and Hanson Injured


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 (2-4, 3.93) - 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) - 0-for-3

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) - 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.83) - DNP

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

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 3.88) - 8.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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 (.213) - 1-for-3

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.304) - 3-for-4, BB

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.290) - 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, BB

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.73) – DNP

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

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (5-7, 4.74) - 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.278) - 2-for-4, HR

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.94) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 2.01) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (9-5, 3.88) – 8.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.328) – 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Curry (10), Gregory Polanco 2 (14, 15), Jose Osuna (15), Dan Gamache (5), Taylor Lewis (3), Derek Trent (1), Julio Perez (4), Angelo Del Castillo (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Charlotte 0

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (9-5, 3.88) – 8.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yamaico Navarro, 3B (.280) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, CF (.312) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: For the second time this season, Justin Wilson was part of a no-hitter. This time he threw a rain-shortened, eight inning no hitter. In his six starts leading up to this performance, Wilson combined for a 7.01 ERA in 25.2 innings, along with a 28:22 K/BB ratio. Tonight Wilson struck out five and walked one. The walk was followed by a double play. Wilson threw 86 pitches, with 57 of those going for strikes.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 9, Bowie 4

Starting Pitcher: Juan Cruz, RHP (13.50) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.290) – 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.262) – 2-for-5

Adalberto Santos, DH (.377) – 2-for-3, BB

Jeff Inman, RHP (4.91) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (2.01) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Juan Cruz made his second rehab appearance, this time having much better results. Last time around he didn’t make it through a full inning. Matt Curry hit his tenth homer of the year. Ramon Cabrera has a .351/.455/.432 line in 37 at-bats over his last ten games, with five multi-hit games in his last seven. In 24 games since the Eastern League All-Star break he is hitting for a .358/.447/.481 line in 81 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 3, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (6-8, 3.83) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kirk Singer, DH (.228) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: The game was called after five and a half innings due to rain. Bradenton only managed one hit, coming from Kirk Singer. Jameson Taillon was pulled from the game after five, and Matt Benedict was set to come on to pitch in the sixth inning before the 38 minute rain delay and the eventual cancellation of the final innings. In his last three starts, Taillon has given up one earned run in 17 innings, with an 11:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Lexington 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5-7, 4.74) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.328) – 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, LF-CF (.235) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Dan Gamache, 2B (.290) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.278) – 2-for-4, HR

Willy Garcia, DH (.257) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: The good news tonight was that West Virginia lived up to their name, hitting for some power. Gregory Polanco hit his 14th and 15th homers of the year. Jose Osuna hit his 15th, Dan Gamache hit his fifth, and Taylor Lewis hit his third. The bad news was that Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco both left the game with injuries. No word on what Hanson’s injury was. Polanco was helped off the field after hurting his ankle. I’ve heard that they’re day-to-day right now, with no specific updates on their injuries.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3.06) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Derek Trent, C (.364) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Diaz, SS (.214) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (7.71) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner was demoted today from West Virginia to State College. Hafner had an 8.31 ERA in 60.2 innings with West Virginia, along with a 29:68 K/BB ratio.  He started in the rotation, then moved to the bullpen as his control issues continued. Those issues never resolved themselves. Last year in State College he had a 3.15 ERA in 65.2 innings, with a 31:20 K/BB ratio. Kristy Robinson had a story on Hafner last week. Derek Trent hit his first homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Braves 1

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (6.35) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.333) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Elvis Escobar, CF (.269) – 3-for-4

Colten Brewer, RHP (3.20) – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Max Moroff picked p three hits, including his first extra base hit of his career. In 12 games he has a .333/.439/.364 line, along with a 4:7 K/BB ratio. He’s stolen five bases in six attempts. Andrew Lambo went 1-for-3 in a rehab appearance. Aaron Pribanic pitched 1.1 innings in a rehab appearance. His last two rehab appearances have started in the middle of an inning, which is strange. Usually rehab appearances start with a clean inning, and take place at the start of the game. This makes me think Pribanic is being moved to the bullpen.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Cubs 3

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (3.20) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Angelo Del Castillo, LF (.257) – 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Julio Perez, 1B (.250) – 1-for-3, HR

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  • Lee Young

    If only we could get some consistency from Wilson….sigh!

    • Lee Young

      I read Nancy’s report and didn’t see anything about why Justin was even starting. Did I miss something? Didn’t the Bucs make a big deal about moving him to the pen? Not that I’m unhappy….just curious….lol

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