Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Bounced Early in Second Straight Start Due to Pitch Count

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, 6.00) - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

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

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.273) - 1-for-4, 2B, SB, BB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.207) - 1-for-5

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.231) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

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, 9.00) – DNP

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-1, 3.60) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 4.15) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.217) - 1-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.091) - DNP

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.133) – DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 10.13) - DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.06) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

 

ORDER YOUR 2013 PROSPECT GUIDE

The 2013 Prospect Guide is now available, and is the perfect resource to follow the minor league system during the 2013 season. You can order your copy on the products page of the site. Order together with the 2013 Annual and save $5!

 

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.15) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.231) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Josh Bell (1)

 

Gerrit Cole was removed early from his second straight due to a high pitch count.

Gerrit Cole was removed early from his second straight due to a high pitch count.

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Toledo 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 6.00) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brett Carroll, RF (.368) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Vic Black, RHP (5.06) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole was bounced from his second start of the season due to an elevated pitch count. Cole threw 63 pitches in two innings, with 42 strikes. He left his last outing after four innings, leaving early due to a high pitch count in the fourth frame. In either case, he’s not helping people who are arguing that he should be in the majors today. There shouldn’t be any long-term worries about Cole. He’s only made four starts at the Triple-A level. But this shows that he shouldn’t just skip over the level and go right to the majors. Vic Black has looked good this season, outside of the second inning of his first appearance. Black dominated in his first inning of his first outing, getting three strikeouts. He gave up three runs in the second inning, getting just one out. Since then he’s pitched four shutout innings, allowing two walks and two hits, including today’s game.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Altoona was postponed due to rain.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.273) – 1-for-4, 2B, SB, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Taylor Lewis, LF (.300) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Bradenton got off to a 3-2 lead after three innings, then faced an hour rain delay, which knocked Robby Rowland out of the game. Jhonathan Ramos came on to pitch four shutout innings in relief. Zach Thornton gave up the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and Quinton Miller gave up the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Gregory Polanco has a stolen base in four of his six games this year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Charleston 12, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.15) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Josh Bell, RF (.231) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, DH (.333) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his first home run of the 2013 season, and his second home run as a pro. Stetson Allie recorded a hit for the fifth game in a row. He now has ten hits in 30 at-bats, but also has 10 strikeouts after adding another one today. On the bright side, he has two doubles and two homers, showing his raw power. Clay Holmes had a good start, only giving up two hits in five shutout innings. He did struggle with his control, giving up four walks. Control was a problem for Holmes last year, and he’s not off to a good start this year with eight walks in 8.2 innings. David Jagoditsh gave up five runs, four earned, in 1.1 innings. Jason Creasy allowed three of those runs to score, then gave up six runs, four earned, without recording an out. Creasy had given up just one run in 5.2 innings prior to this outing.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

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.

Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits For The Cycle

Next Story »

Prospect Watch: Sadler Solid In Win, Bradenton Remains Winless

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/johnrussellskinner johnrussellskinner

    Stetson Allie is looking like the next Pedro Alvarez.

Latest Analysis

  • Alen Hanson f

    Pirates Talk With David Todd: Hanson, Ramirez, Taillon, Kingham, Richard, Worley

    3 hours ago

    I was on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh this afternoon for my weekly segment with David Todd. The podcast can be heard below. Here is a summary of ...

    Read More
  • Billy Roth is the top prospect in Bristol this year.

    Another Projectable Prep Pitcher Sees An Increase in His Velocity

    9 hours ago

    When discussing the best Pittsburgh Pirates draft under Neal Huntington, the 2011 group has to be at the top of the list. It features Gerrit Cole, Tyler ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    2 days ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    3 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    5 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    5 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    7 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More