Prospect Watch: Cumpton Throws Seven Shutout Innings, Lambo Homers

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) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 2.63) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.342) – 1-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.266) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.270) - 0-for-4

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.167) – DNP

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.40) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (1-2, 3.92) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.268) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.250) - 0-for-2

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.69) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.207) - 0-for-4

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 4.86) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.92) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.76) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.39) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-1, 3.44) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.333) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SB, 3 Runs

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-1, 3.44) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.333) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SB, 3 Runs

Other Notable Performers:

Jordy Mercer, SS (.329) – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, BB

Matt Hague, 1B (.291)- 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Jose Contreras, RHP (9.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton threw seven shutout innings in his third start since being promoted from Altoona. He had a 7.45 ERA in his first two starts at Altoona, then got hit hard in his AAA debut, before striking out eight over six innings in his second start for Indianapolis. Josh Harrison scored three runs and stole two bases, including a steal of home plate in the third inning. Jordy Mercer hit his first triple of the year and drove in his 14th run. Jose Contreras was promoted to Indianapolis today and pitched the eighth inning, giving up the only run for Lehigh Valley on a solo homer. Duke Welker pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Lambo hit his third home run of the season tonight

Lambo hit his third home run of the season tonight

Box Score

Result:  Erie 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3-1, 2.79) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B (.329) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.150) – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Matt Curry, LF (.257) – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (4.85) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had his first rough outing of the season, lasting just four innings and picking up his first loss. Ethan Hollingsworth followed him with three shutout innings, but then Nate Baker gave up two runs in his only inning and David Bromberg allowed another run in the ninth. Baker now has a 21.00 ERA in seven appearances, though this outing actually lowered his ERA.  Andrew Lambo hit the only home run of the day by Pirates minor leaguers. He has reached base in all 21 games this year. Carlos Paulino and Gift Ngoepe each hit their first triple of the season. No one in the lineup had more than one base hit.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result:  St Lucie 5, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-4, 3.70) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.224) – 2-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.266) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.267) – 1-for-3

Gregory Polanco, CF (.342) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Navarro gave up three runs in a rough second inning, but was still able to give the Marauders six innings and keep them in the game. Robbie Kilcrease followed him and finished the game off, allowing one run over two innings. Gregory Polanco is hitting .429 in his last ten games, with a 1.043 OPS over that stretch. The bottom five in the order struck out a combined ten times tonight, led by Dan Gamache who K’d in all four AB’s. Willy Garcia has really struggled as of late, going 3-for-28 over his last seven games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result:  Savannah 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-2, 3.91) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, Run, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, DH (.353) – 1-for-4, 2B

Josh Bell, RF (.270) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Clay Holmes has had troubles throwing strikes all season, but before tonight, he allowed three or less hits in each of his last three starts. Holmes walked four batters and has now issued 19 free passes in 23 innings. Last year he gave up 29 walks in 59.1 innings. West Virginia managed just five hits and Stetson Allie’s double was the only extra-base hit. The top three in the lineup, Max Moroff, Walker Gourley and Josh Bell, went a combined 0-for-11.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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