Prospect Watch: Andy Oliver and the West Virginia Offense Go Heavy on the Strikeouts


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 (1-1, 3.65) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 1.00) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.350) -  1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.200) - 2-for-4, 3B, SB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.254) - 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.125) - 0-for-3, BB

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 1.54) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 4.02) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 2.57) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) - 0-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.256) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.196) - 0-for-2, BB

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.00) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.86) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 2.11) - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.52) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (1-0, 2.11) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.343) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Carlos Mesa (2)


Andy Oliver struck out ten in six shutout innings.

Andy Oliver struck out ten in six shutout innings.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (1-0, 2.11) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Darren Ford, CF (.282) – 2-for-5, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and gave up his only hit in that frame. He didn’t throw a ton of strikes, with 56 in 93 pitches. On the season, Oliver has a 2.11 ERA in 21.1 innings, with a 29:12 K/BB ratio. The control is still a problem, but he’s been pretty dominant, and has only given up 12 hits on the season. Duke Welker’s walks tonight were the first three of the season. He has a 12:3 K/BB ratio in 10 innings. Bryan Morris has four shutout innings with Indianapolis.



Altoona was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Palm Beach 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (6.00) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.343) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C (.263) – 2-for-4

Alen Hanson, SS (.200) – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.350) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (0.73) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Marauders carried a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning. Alen Hanson recorded two errors, putting two runners on base. Both runners eventually came around to score, tying the game. Elias Diaz led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, then moved to second on a wild pickoff attempt. Hanson came up with a chance to redeem himself, and connected with a walk off triple, scoring Diaz to take the win. Adrian Sampson threw about 50 pitches in his first two innings, then settled down and got in a groove in his final three. He finished the fifth by striking out the side.



Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 13, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (0-2, 5.95) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.254) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 1B (.381) – 0-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: West Virginia struck out 11 times in 27 at-bats tonight. They only recorded two hits, with Bell getting one and Max Moroff getting the other. Hagerstown scored eight unearned runs thanks to four errors. Two came from Stetson Allie (both throwing), while one came from Dilson Herrera and one from Max Moroff.

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