Prospect Watch: Sanchez Hits Walk Off Homer, Bad Start For Taillon

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) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.359) -  1-for-3

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.258) - 2-for-4, 2B

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) - DNP

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.118) - DNP

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 1.54) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (1-2, 3.92) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-1, 3.50) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.263) - DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.261) - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.176) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.00) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.18) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 2.11) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.52) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 3.92) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.262) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (2), Mel Rojas (2), Jose Osuna (2)

 

Tony Sanchez hit a walk off homer for Indianapolis.

Tony Sanchez hit a walk off homer for Indianapolis.

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 4

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Waldrop, RHP (2.25) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.261) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Brett Carroll, LF (.304) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis was losing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. They won on a walk off homer by Tony Sanchez, who hit his second of the year. Kyle Waldrop had given up one run through six innings of work, then pitched to three batters in the seventh and added three more runs. Two of those runs scored off of Erik Cordier.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Box Score

Result: Richmond 10, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.63) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.279) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Curry, 1B (.265) – 2-for-5

Drew Maggi, 2B (.292) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon didn’t have a good start tonight. He gave up three runs in the first inning, then two more in the fourth. This was by far his worst start at the Double-A level, with a 1.29 ERA in his six previous starts. Mel Rojas hit his second home run of the season, and went 2-for-5. Rojas continues to be inconsistent. His average is respectable, but his power isn’t what you’d want to see so far this year. Nathan Baker and Kenn Kasparek combined to give up five runs in the final two innings.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Jupiter 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 3.92) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.262) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.258) – 2-for-4, 2B

Zach Thornton, RHP (2.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Click here to read my game report.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off tonight.

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