Prospect Watch: Liriano Goes Six Strong Innings, Presley Homers


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 (2-1, 2.31) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.03) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.318) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.247) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.277) - DNP

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.237) - DNP

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 1.80) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 3.04) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.274) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.259) - DNP

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.186) - DNP

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

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.93) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.34) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.30) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP (2-0, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.333) – 3-for-4, 3 2B, BB, SB

Home Runs: Alex Presley (2)


Alex Presley hit his second homer of the year tonight.

Alex Presley hit his second homer of the year tonight.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Gwinnett 2

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP (2-0, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.333) – 3-for-4, 3 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Kris Johnson, LHP (1.99) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jose Contreras, RHP (3.00) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.351) – 2-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI

Alex Presley, CF (.302) – 1-for-5, HR

Game Notes: Francisco Liriano made his latest rehab start, throwing 82 pitches on the day. He was scheduled to throw 90 pitches, and most likely finished throwing in the bullpen after his start. I wrote earlier today that Liriano could make one more rehab start and be in the Pirates rotation no later than May 11th. Alex Presley hit his second homer of the year. Josh Harrison is batting for a .333/.429/.444 line in 54 at-bats since being sent down, and is 8-for-11 in stolen bases. Kris Johnson was originally in line to start Thursday’s game, but threw an inning in relief today. That probably means the return of Phil Irwin to the rotation on Thursday, as Irwin was added to the roster today and is ready to pitch.



Box Score

Result:  Akron 5, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (6.19) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.270) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.400) – 0-for-1, 2 BB

Game Notes: Altoona only had four hits on the night, and had three pickoffs on the base paths. Adalberto Santos returned from the DL today and walked twice in his return to the lineup. David Bromberg has been starting for Altoona with Tyler Waldron on the disabled list and Brandon Cumpton being promoted to Indianapolis. Bromberg has given up five earned runs in 11 innings in two starts this year. Click here to read John Eshleman’s live report.



Bradenton was suspended in the 7th inning due to rain. The game was tied 4-4. It will resume at 10 AM in the morning, and will be followed by the regularly scheduled game.



West Virginia was off today.

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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, 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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