Prospect Watch: Bell Has a Big Day at the Plate, Cole Struggles With Control

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 (1-1, 2.76) - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.361) -  DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.242) - 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) - 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.118) - 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

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 (1-1, 3.50) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.263) - DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.238) - 0-for-3

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.176) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.00) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.18) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 2.11) - DNP

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

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3-0, 2.16) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Matt Curry (3), Josh Bell (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.76) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.323) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Brooks Brown, RHP (1-0, 2.57) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Vic Black, RHP (3.18) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole struggled with his control again today. Cole walked five batters in four innings, including walking the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth inning. He got out of the inning thanks to a diving catch by Jerry Sands. Cole threw 85 pitches on the day, with 49 going for strikes. Vic Black had a strong outing in relief, going two shutout innings with three strikeouts. Black threw 24 pitches, with 13 strikes. Jordy Mercer continued his strong start to the season with two hits. He now has a .323/.411/.435 line, with a 10:10 K/BB ratio in 62 at-bats.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Harrisburg 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3-0, 2.16) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.254) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Vasquez, 3B (.300) – 2-for-4

Andrew Lambo, LF (.338) – 1-for-4

Jose Contreras, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Casey Sadler doesn’t seem to be having any trouble with the jump to Double-A. In four starts he has a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio. He’s also maintained his extreme ground ball ratio, with a 2.35 GO/AO rate this season. Jose Contreras threw an inning in relief yesterday, and threw another inning today. It’s a good sign that he’s throwing on back to back days, which is usually one of the final steps for a reliever’s progression. Matt Curry hit his second homer in as many games, and now has three on the year. Andrew Lambo has reached base safely in all 17 games this season.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 3

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3.38) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.242) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, DH (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

Carlos Mesa, LF (.350) – 2-for-4, RBI

Zac Fuesser, LHP (1-1, 8.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Click here to read my game report.

 

Josh Bell went 4-for-5 with a homer.

Josh Bell went 4-for-5 with a homer.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 11, Hagerstown 2

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (2-1, 1.77) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.118) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Walker Gourley, 1B (.359) – 4-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (5.40) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Josh Bell had a huge day at the plate, getting four hits including his second homer of the year. Bell now has a .288/.325/.493 line in 73 at-bats for West Virginia. He’s also cut down on the strikeouts in the last four games, with two in his last 18 at-bats. Walker Gourley also had a four hit game, and now has a .359 average on the season. Stetson Allie went 1-for-4 with a walk, but also struck out three times, struggling with breaking pitches. Orlando Castro has given up four earned runs in 20.1 innings this year, with an 18:1 K/BB ratio. Click here to read Tom Bragg’s report from the game.

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

    Seeing Josh Bell with a stolen base today brought this to my attention, but I’ve seen little in regards to grading his speed. I assume that’s because he might be around average, so it’s not necessarily worth mentioning. However, from the perspective of someone that has seen him play this year, is he a guy that can generate a respectable amount of stolen bases?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      It’s about average. He probably won’t get a ton of stolen bases, but he can steal the occasional base.