Prospect Watch: Liriano Perfect, Holmes Impressive In Shutout


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) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 1.64) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.289) -  2-for-4, 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.191) - DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) - 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.35) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 6.52) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 2.57) - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.324) - 1-for-4, BB, RBI

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.240) - 1-for-4, 2B, Run

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.167) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.43) - DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.68) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 2.93) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-0, 2.57) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.600) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Home Runs: Walker Gourley (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (0-0, 6.75) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.600) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Brett Carroll, DH (.379) – 1-for-4, BB, Run

Jerry Sands, RF (.200) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton was making his AAA debut. He was followed by 2.2 scoreless innings from Duke Welker and a perfect ninth inning from Vic Black, who picked up his second save. Josh Harrison was playing his first game since being sent down by the Pirates. Brett Carroll was named International League Player of the Week today. Jerry Sands had his first multi-hit game of the year. Indianapolis scored three runs in the eighth to pull off the comeback win.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 2, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (0-1, 3.60) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.325) – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Kenn Kasparek, RHP (1.59) – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Drew Maggi, 3B (.250) – 1-for-2

Game Notes: The Curve had just five hits in the games, all singles from five different players. Drew Maggi, Alex Dickerson, Mel Rojas Jr, Andrew Lambo and David Bromberg had the hits. Lambo has reached base in all 11 games this season. Bromberg was making his 2013 debut. Nate Baker followed Kasparek with a scoreless ninth inning. He threw 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP (0-0, 0.00) – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.289) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B (.325) – 1-for-3

Jose Contreras, RHP (9.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco’s two hits and Dan Gamache’s single accounted for all the offense from the Marauders. Francisco Liriano pitched three perfect innings in his season debut, striking out six. He was followed by Jose Contreras, who was also making his 2013 debut. Contreras took the loss, allowing two runs in two innings. Zack Von Rosenberg finished off the game, allowing three runs on five hits and one inning in three innings. Alen Hanson had the night off. Check out Tim Williams’ recap of the night by Liriano and Contreras.

Clayton Holmes has back-to-back shutout performances

Clayton Holmes has back-to-back shutout performances



Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 6, Greenville 0

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-0, 2.57) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Walker Gourley, 1B (.313) 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, DH (.373) – 0-for-3, 2 BB

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.324) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Raul Fortunato, LF (.378) – 2-for-4, 2B, Run

Game Notes: Clay Holmes picked up his first win of the season by throwing 5.1 scoreless innings. He walked just two batters after giving up four walks in each of his first two outings. In his last start, Holmes threw five scoreless innings. Raul Fortunato extended his hitting streak to ten games.  Stetson Allie lost his hitting streak at nine games, but he reached base twice, extending his on-base streak to 11 games. Josh Bell drove in two runs, improving his total to 14 in just ten games. The home run by Gourley was just his third career homer in now his fifth season of pro ball. Ryan Hafner threw two scoreless innings. Francisco Diaz drew three walks.

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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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  • Steve Zielinski

    Holmes had command of his pitches during the game. I lost my feed when he walked his two batter, and cannot say anything about them. The Greenville hitters had no chance when facing Holmes. The Greenville TV announcer said Holmes registered 97 on the stadium gun.

  • Chris Chatham

    I was at the game in Greenville and wound up sitting next to a Mets scout. Holmes was registering around 91-92 most of the night with his fastball and in the upper 70’s with his curve. He had what seemed to be some decent sinking action on the fastball and some good bite on the curveball. He did leave his pitches elevated at times, but mostly was able to keep them down in the zone. He had most of his trouble in the first two innings where he struggled a bit with his command.

    Allie looked like he was taking fairly defensive swings. His one flyball out looked like he swung off his back foot. While Bell’s stat line didn’t look great, he was hitting the ball hard and his strike out he fouled off about 4 or 5 outside edge of the plate pitches before swinging and missing at a pitch inside. Gourley absolutely smoked his homerun to left center.

    I noticed one scout hurry up and get his camera set up when Josh Smith came out to pitch in the sixth. No idea what that was about, but he just sat there just about the whole game and as soon as he heard his name announced he scrambled to get the camera set up to record him. Maybe he really isn’t a scout but was just working with the Power, not sure.

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