Prospect Watch: Liriano Strikes Out Eight, Polanco Drives In Four

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 (.347) -  2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.267) - 3-for-5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.282) - 1-for-4, RBI

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.167) - 0-for-5

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 (1-1, 3.50) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.268) - 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.260) - 0-for-3, BB

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.207) - 3-for-4, 2B

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 4.86) - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.92) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4.68) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.348) - 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Max Moroff (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Liriano had his second shutout appearance during his rehab stint

Liriano had his longest outing of his rehab stint so far

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Harrison, 2B (.308) – 2-for-3, 2 Runs, BB

Alex Presley, CF (.361)- 2-for-4, 3 Runs, BB

Vic Black, RHP (2.92) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Francisco Liriano threw strong five innings, allowing just a first inning run, to go along with eight strikeouts as he works his way back to the majors. This was his third rehab start and the first time he went five innings. In his first start, he threw three perfect innings for Bradenton, but he lasted just 2.2 innings for Altoona is his last game. Liriano threw 79 pitches on the night, 52 went for strikes. Brooks Brown, Mike Zagurski and Vic Black combined for four shutout innings in relief. Alex Presley and Josh Harrison, at the top of the order, scored all five runs for Indianapolis.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Altoona was off today

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 9, St Lucie 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (4.86) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.347) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.267) – 3-for-5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.264) – 1-for-4, RBI

Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5.06) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco drove in four runs and Alen Hanson drove in a pair, as the Marauders scored six runs in the seventh inning to run away with a 9-1 victory over St Lucie. Polanco has 14 hits over the last nine games, while Hanson has reached base 12 times in the last six games. Five players in the Bradenton lineup had two or more hits in the game and only Willy Garcia didn’t reach base. Adrian Sampson had a strong start to his game, something that he has had trouble with this season. The only run scored off him came after he left the game. Despite giving up the inherited run, Zack Von Rosenberg had his first scoreless outing of the season.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Charleston 0

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4.68) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, C (.207) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.268) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Ryan Hafner, RHP (4.80) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: After having his worst outing of the season six days ago, Joely Rodriguez had his best outing of the season, limiting Charleston to four singles and a walk over 5.1 innings. Ryan Hafner followed him with 1.2 scoreless innings, recording three of those outs by strikeout. Kyle Haynes threw the last two innings, giving up a single and a walk. Both Rodriguez and Hafner hit two batters apiece. Wyatt Mathisen had three hits after going hitless four games in a row. Immediately prior to that streak, he had a three hit and a two hit game. Josh Bell drove in his 25th run with a second inning sacrifice fly. Stetson Allie left the game after lining out in the second inning. The start of the game was delayed over an hour due to rain.

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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  • ianmonk

    Is Mercer ever going to get a shot? What else does he have to do? Barmes continues to look absolutely lost at the plate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      agree!

  • jamminjoe66

    Clint Hurdle will have to be fired 1st. Hopefully it won’t be long.

    • John

      You realize he is winning baseball games… more than he is losing in fact. That is pretty amazing in Pittsburgh.

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

        stop making sense. :-D

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

      hmmmmm, I thought we were winning because of smart decisions that Hurdle has been making thus far in 2013.
      1. hes platooning correctly for the most part
      2. hes made the right moves with the bullpen, again for the most part
      3. we’re winning despite his mistakes
      .
      hard to fire a guy when the team is playing very well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

        I disagree with number 2, as he appears to be OVER using his bullpen. Melancon, twice, has been used 3 days in a row.

        He tried to bunt with BOTH Marte and Snider the other day. Thankfully, both failed and got much needed hits.

        I think there’s more truth to # 3 than we think. Btw, how many winning seasons does Hurdle have as a manager?

        Foo

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        • http://twitter.com/saywhatranone saywhatranone

          You can’t really blame Hurdle for his bullpen use. It isn’t his fault when Sanchez can’t get out of the 3rd or AJ has an off night and leaves after 5. They also aren’t winning many 10-2 games so he has to go to Melancon/Grilli (except for the odd time he brough Grilli in to get the final out… i think that was a 6-2 game but it definitely wasn’t a save situation).
          Bunting is the easiest thing to do in baseball and after seeing Marte/Snider attempt…. I really don’t want to see them do it again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Any word on why Allie left the game early?

    • John Dreker

      Allie is back in the lineup tonight as the DH. No word why he left, but must not have been anything serious. Field was wet and muddy so many he slipped and it was just a precaution. Just a wild guess

  • IC Bob

    Is there any chance we can activate Liriano early if Sanchez bombs out again today?

    • John Dreker

      They could, but I think they want to give him one more start before bringing him up. Get him to his full pitch count, make sure he gets through it fine, before bringing him to the majors.