Prospect Watch: Curry and Cabrera Make First Starts in Indianapolis


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 4.50) - DNP

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 (.311) - 0-for-2, BB

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.325) - 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

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) - DNP

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

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Indianapolis (.400) - 2-for-4, BB

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.67) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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 (.280) - 1-for-2

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

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



Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (4-7, 4.94) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Hector Luna, 2B (.299) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Hector Luna (8)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 11, Louisville 6

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (3-0, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Hector Luna, 2B (.299) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Larish, LF (.184) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Matt Curry, 1B (.400) – 2-for-4

Ramon Cabrera, C (.400) – 2-for-5, 2B

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.67) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Hector Luna hit his first homer since joining the Pirates’ organization. It was also his eighth homer of the year in the International League. Matt Curry made his first start in Triple-A, getting his first two hits. Ramon Cabrera also made his first Triple-A start, and had two hits. Phil Irwin had a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings in four starts at the Triple-A level, with a 28:7 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Erie 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.05) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.267) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Nathan Baker, LHP (4-7, 4.94) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Tim Alderson, RHP (4.25) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In his final four appearances of the year, Nathan Baker gave up three earned runs in 11.1 innings, with a 13:5 K/BB ratio. Tyler Waldron gave up four earned runs in 19.2 innings over his final four appearances with Altoona. Tim Alderson finished the year with a 2.77 ERA in 26 innings in relief, compared to a 4.91 ERA in 58.2 innings as a starter. Altoona scored seven runs in the seventh inning to get the win.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 3, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (4-6, 3.73) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, DH (.216) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Emmanuel De Leon, RHP (13.50) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton played their final game of the year. Casey Sadler finished the year with a 3.93 ERA in 91.2 innings as a starter, along with a 58:28 K/BB ratio. He had a 3.26 ERA in 38.2 innings as a reliever, with a 35:7 K/BB ratio. Elevys Gonzalez had the only two hits of the day for Bradenton.



Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Delmarva 2

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (9-5, 3.30) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, DH (.324) – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.283) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Robby Rowland made his final start of the year, finishing the season on a strong note. Overall he posted a 3.30 ERA in 106.1 innings, with a 62:23 K/BB ratio. He had a 1.71 GO/AO ratio, thanks to his sinker. Gregory Polanco hit his sixth triple of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Delmarva 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3-7, 4.09) – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.196) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, DH (.325) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: Polanco combined to go 2-for-4 on the day, with a double and a triple. Fuesser had a 5.44 ERA in 46.1 innings as a starter, compared to a 3.14 ERA in 66 innings as a reliever.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 9, State College 6

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (5.63) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.333) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Chris Diaz, SS (.217) – 3-for-5, 2 SB

Game Notes: In four games since being promoted to State College, Dilson Herrera has gone 5-for-15 with a triple and a homer. Jason Creasy didn’t have a good finish to his year, giving up 15 earned runs in 14.2 innings over his final five starts. Tonight was one of his best starts in that stretch, although he hasn’t been striking out many batters, with a 4:9 K/BB ratio in that stretch, including no strikeouts tonight.



The GCL Pirates won the Gulf Coast League championship.



Box Score

Result: Angels 2, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (0-1, 0.90) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, CF (.167) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Omar Basulto, LHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates lost the first game in the best of five championship series against the Angels. Luis Santos last pitched in the first game of the DSL playoffs, and threw five shutout innings that outing, striking out six. Omar Basulto, a 19-year-old left-hander, has now thrown seven shutout innings in the DSL playoffs, with a 4:2 K/BB ratio. During the regular season he had a 1.74 ERA in 46.2 innings, with a 44:15 K/BB ratio.

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