Prospect Watch: Cole Starts Rough, Then Throws Six No-Hit Innings


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 (3-3, 3.67) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.91) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.311) – 0-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.285) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.279) – 1-for-3, 2B

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.31) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.21) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 6.08) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.313) – 0-for-3

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.298) – 0-for-2, RBI

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-1, 6.10) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.87) – DNP

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

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.70) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4-3, 2.62) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.163) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Home Runs: None



Gerrit Cole has still yet to strike out more than five in  a game this year

Gerrit Cole has still yet to strike out more than five in a game this year

Box Score

Result: Buffalo 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-3, 3.67) -6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brett Carroll, LF (.262) – 2-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP (3.18) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Tony Sanchez, C (.298) – 0-for-2, RBI

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had a rough start to the game today against Buffalo, running up his pitch count early. In the first inning, he gave up three straight singles to start the game. After a strikeout, he then walked two batters, before getting a double play grounder to end the inning on his 29th pitch. Buffalo scored two first inning runs. Cole allowed another walk in the second, but only faced four batters. Still, he needed 22 pitches that inning, including eight to get the last out on a strikeout. He had efficient 12 pitch third inning, though he did hit Andy LaRoche with a two-strike, two out pitch. Cole threw 13 pitches in the fourth, retiring the side in order. The interesting part, was that after the third hit to lead off the first inning, the ball didn’t leave the infield again until a lineout to center by Jim Negrych to lead off the fifth. Despite the poor start to the day, Cole threw six no-hit innings after the third hit of the first inning. Indianapolis had just three hits, two by Brett Carroll, who scored the only run on a Tony Sanchez sacrifice fly in the fifth inning



Box Score

Result: Richmond 12, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2-3, 3.70) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.163) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Nate Baker, LHP (12.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Mel Rojas, RF (.228) – 1-for-5, 3B

Andrew Lambo, CF (.291) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel has been struggling lately after a tremendous start to his season, one that saw him post an 0.30 ERA through five starts. Tonight was no different, eight runs allowed and he couldn’t get through the fifth inning. He also committed one of the errors that led to the four unearned runs. Jhonathan Ramos followed Pimentel and allowed four runs of his own. Kenn Kasparek threw two shutout innings and Nate Baker finished it out with a scoreless ninth. The offense was led by Gift Ngoepe in the lead-off spot. He has struggled all year, hitting .139 in April and .155 in May before tonight, but he was able to pick up three of Altoona’s ten hits. Drew Maggi had two singles, the only other Curve player with a multi-hit game. Andrew Lambo picked up his 33rd RBI of the season.



Box Score

Result: St Lucie 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-9, 3.48) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.269) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.311) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro was the tough luck loser again this season, moving his record to 0-9, despite having a 3.48 ERA that ranks him 16th among all qualified pitchers in the FSL. Joan Montero recorded the last four outs, retiring all four batters he faced on three groundouts and a strikeout. The Bradenton offense was nearly non-existent in this game, collecting two singles and no walks, while striking out 11 times. Chris Lashmet and Elias Diaz had the only hits. Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4, but avoided striking out, unlike most of his teammates. Alen Hanson had the day off.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4-3, 2.62) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, RF (.331) –  2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Bryton Trepagnier, RHP (6.46) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Josh Bell, RF (.279) – 1-for-3, BB, 2B

Stetson Allie, 1B (.344) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez continued his impressive streak that began in late April. In his last six starts combined, he has allowed three earned runs over 35.1 total innings. Rodriguez has gone six innings in each of his last five starts. Bryton Trepagnier threw two scoreless innings and Kyle Haynes threw a scoreless ninth for his third save of the year. Stetson Allie and Josh Bell each hit their 14th doubles of the season. Allie drove in his 46th run in his 47th game of the season. Max Moroff had a tough day, going 0-for-4, with two strikeouts and his 15th error. Both Bradenton and West Virginia were unable to draw a single walk today.

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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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  • Willies limo driver

    good for Stetson Allie. i hope to see him in the majors for us. that’d be a wonderful story. ESPECIALLY if he rakes all the way to the majors.

  • Ian Rothermund

    I’m in favor of believing that because of the strong start to the year by the pitching staff that Cole should be made to earn a job in Pittsburgh. However, especially considering Huntington’s comments about Cole going heavy on his secondary offerings, is he a guy that could potentially benefit from a veteran catcher (Russell Martin, for instance) calling a game?

    • emjayinTN

      IR: Nice points. Cole could benefit greatly from working with Martin, and also serve an “apprenticeship” under veteran leaders such as AJ Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and the daily input from Ray Searage. This is a great opportunity for both the Pirates and Gerrit Cole. It would be nice thinking about a 2014 that could include Locke, Cole, and Taillon. If the Pirates wait until June to promote Cole, he would not be able to achieve a service year under MLB rules, so it is a freebie of which the Bucs must take advantage.

      • joe g.

        Does Cole deserve the call-up? Who would he replace? IMHO he’s right where he needs to be. He was disappointed that he didn’t make the team out of Spring Training, and it has been documented that he has issues controlling his emotions on the mound. Sounds like he needs to get his mind right. If he can do that , things should fall into place for him. Until then, I don’t see a place for him given the overall performance of the Pirate’s pitching staff.

      • John Dreker

        You get the extra service year after just a few weeks in the minors, he could have been called up a month ago and they would have got that. Waiting until June makes him cheaper over that time, avoiding Super Two status, which is what everyone assumed the Pirates would do. The way he has pitched though, has made that decision seem smart/easy. He still needs to show more at AAA, definitely not ready and no reason to rush him at this point. His stuff is way too good to not have at least one high strikeout game this year, so there is work to be done

    • Lee Young

      yep…no need to rush Cole.


      • ianmonk

        Cole definitely needs to stay in the minors. I was really hoping to see him this year but it’s looking more and more like he needs to work on his mechanics/mental approach. I would say Taillon definitely has surpassed him as the top pitching prospect. Also, should we promote Allie to high A? He is crushing low A pitching, lets see what he can do.

        • John Dreker

          There is no reason to rush Allie, this is still his first full season as a batter/fielder. In fact, this time last year he didn’t have an official pro AB yet and was playing 3B in Extended Spring Training. The usual step with someone inexperienced, is give them a full season at one level.
          They have Jose Osuna at 1b in Bradenton, twenty years old and he started as a pitcher, just like Allie. Both need time in defensively at 1b and there is no way you can move Osuna up to AA to make room for Allie

  • ianmonk

    Didn’t think of that, good point.

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