Prospect Watch: Alex Presley Starts the Year With a Hot Bat

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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 6.75) - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.375) - 3-for-4, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.000) - 0-for-4

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.250) - 0-for-4, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-1, 3.60) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 9.82) - 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.000) - 0-for-3, 2 BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.000) - 0-for-3

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.125) - 1-for-5, 2 RBI

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 20.25) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.300) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, SB

Home Runs: Alex Presley (1), Mel Rojas (1)

 

Alex Presley had a double and a home run tonight.

Alex Presley had a double and a home run tonight.

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Columbus 7, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 6.75) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Alex Presley, CF (.556) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, SS (.375) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alex Presley is off to a hot start. After going 2-for-4 last night, he added three more hits tonight, including a double and a homer. Presley scored three of the four runs for Indianapolis. Jordy Mercer joined Alex Presley last night as the only other player with a hit. Tonight he added two more, both doubles. Gerrit Cole got off to a good start in the first three innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out one. In the fourth he ran into trouble. Cole gave up three runs on four hits in the inning. That was his last inning, most likely due to a single inning pitch limit, since he topped 30 pitches in the inning.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Erie 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.300) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.400) – 2-for-5

Matt Curry, 1B (.400) – 2-for-5

Andrew Lambo, LF (.250) – 2-for-5

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.333) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Carlos Paulino, C (.500) – 2-for-2, 3 BB

Game Notes: Altoona started off the night with five straight hits, and scored three of their four runs in the first inning. Mel Rojas had a double in the first, then later added an inside the park home run. He had a little help, as the center fielder ran into the wall and didn’t get back up. Jarek Cunningham had his second straight two hit night, as did Matt Curry. Casey Sadler is a sleeper pitching prospect to watch this year, falling just outside of our top 30. Sadler had a good Double-A debut, which featured an 11:0 GO/AO ratio from the sinkerball pitcher.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.60) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.375) – 3-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, RF (.429) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Click here to read my game story.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Asheville 15, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (9.82) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Max Moroff, SS (.375) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Junior Sosa, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, 2B

Walker Gourley, DH (.429) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: The West Virginia pitching staff had a rough night. After Holmes came out, Josh Smith came on and gave up three runs in 1.2 innings, including allowing his only inherited runner to score. Bryton Trepagnier relieved Smith mid-inning, and allowed both inherited runners to score. Trepagnier then gave up three runs, two earned, in 1.1 innings. Ryan Hafner finished it out, giving up four runs in 2.1 innings, with three home runs. Max Moroff picked up his first hits of the year with his three hit night.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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 AccuScore.com, 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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