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TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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, Indianapolis (1-0, 4.50) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-0, 1.59) - DNP

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (3-2, 2.93) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.313) - DNP

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.323) - DNP

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (5-3, 2.28) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (10-5, 2.48) - In Majors

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.78) - In Majors

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 0.98) - In Majors

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.233) - 0-for-0, BB

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - 0-for-1

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Indianapolis (.000) - DNP

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.62) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.295) - Season Completed

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-8, 4.39) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.279) - DNP

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (4-7, 4.75) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.68) - DNP

 

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Kyle Kaminska, RHP (1-0, 3.00) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, LF (.299) – 3-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Stefan Welch (5), D.J. Crumlich (2), Dilson Herrera (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-0, 4.50) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Hector Luna, 2B (.288) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Larish, DH (.171) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole ran in to trouble in the first inning, giving up three earned runs on four hits. From there he pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits the rest of the way. He struck out seven on the night, with six of those coming after the first inning.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Erie 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Kaminska, RHP (1-0, 3.00) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.263) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.276) – 2-for-5

Adalberto Santos, DH (.349) – 2-for-5

Jason Townsend, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jeff Inman, RHP (3.83) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kaminska, who was acquired in the Gaby Sanchez trade, made his first start with Altoona, after making three starts in Bradenton. Prior to this start, he made three appearances in Altoona, combining to give up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings, with a 7:0 K/BB ratio. Jason Townsend has now pitched 10.1 shutout innings in three Double-A appearances. In his last eight outings, Jeff Inman has given up one earned run in 13.1 innings, with a 13:0 K/BB ratio. Stefan Welch hit his fifth homer with Altoona.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (8.08) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.253) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.234) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Matt Benedict made his first start in Bradenton since July 29th, when he gave up eight earned runs in 4.1 innings. Coming in to this start, Benedict had a 10.80 ERA in 31.2 innings as a starter with Bradenton. Dan Grovatt hit his 24th double of the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was postponed.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 3, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, LF (.299) – 3-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.182) – 1-for-4, HR

Walker Gourley, CF (.252) – 2-for-5, SB

Kyle Jaynes, RHP (4.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas made his first start in State College. The right-hander from Lithuania had a 4.08 ERA in 35.1 innings in the GCL this year, with a 29:18 K/BB ratio. Dilson Herrera hit his first homer with State College, giving the Spikes a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning. D.J. Crumlich hit his second homer of the year. In his last ten games he’s hitting for a .405/.450/.568 line in 37 at-bats.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates won the Gulf Coast League championship.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES1

The Pirates advanced to the DSL Championship. They will play the DSL Angels in a best of five series, which starts tomorrow.

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