Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Throws Seven Shutout, Sanchez, Lambo, and Allie Homer

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 (4-3, 3.25) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.26) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.306) – 1-for-4, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.284) – 0-for-4

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.271) – 1-for-4, 2 K

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.95) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.34) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.60) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.295) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.317) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

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

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

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 6.46) – DNP

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

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.02) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.92) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-3, 3.25) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.317) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (6), Matt Hague (5), Jerry Sands (4), Andrew Lambo (12), Stetson Allie (15)

 

Gerrit Cole threw seven shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Gerrit Cole threw seven shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 11, Columbus 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-3, 3.25) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.317) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP (3.86) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Felix Pie, CF (.278) – 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Josh Harrison, 2B (.288) – 3-for-6

Matt Hague, 1B (.302) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Jerry Sands, RF (.189) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Tony Sanchez hit his sixth homer of the year. Matt Hague hit his fifth homer of the year. Jerry Sands had his fourth of the year. Gerrit Cole had his best start of the year, throwing seven shutout innings with two hits allowed. It was the second outing this season where he didn’t allow an run, and the other outing was four shutout innings. He’s thrown two other outings with seven innings, giving up one run in each, but dealt with control problems in one, and gave up a few more walks and hits in the other.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Portland 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (2-5, 3.83) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.291) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo homered for his third straight game. He now has 12 homers on the season, which is his highest single year total since 2008 when he combined for 18 homers between low-A and Double-A. 15 of those 18 came in low-A at the age of 19. You could make a case for a promotion for Lambo, especially with Alex Presley in the majors for the time being. However, he doesn’t add anything the Pirates don’t have. Prior to tonight he had a .977 OPS against right-handers, with eight of his 11 homers. His homer tonight was against a right-hander. The numbers against lefties have come up, with a .730 OPS and three homers. He’s worked his way back to being a prospect, but might not be better than the options ahead of him. The Pirates might be better off keeping him in Double-A, allowing him to continue putting up strong numbers, and using him as a trade chip. Lambo has spent a lot of time in Double-A, but is only 24 years old.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1-9, 3.08) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.266) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.306) – 1-for-4, SB

Matt Benedict, RHP (5.89) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro has pitched well this year, but hasn’t gotten a lot of run support. That’s led to a lot of losses in close games where he doesn’t give up any runs, and gets zero run support. Tonight he got a few runs and shut down Jupiter for seven innings for his first win of the season. Navarro has a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings, with a 55:12 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco stole his 22nd base of the year. Last year he stole 40 bases on the season with West Virginia.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (6-3, 2.04) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.337) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jason Creasy, RHP (3.82) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Click here for John Dreker’s live game report.

Author: Tim Williams

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 AccuScore.com, 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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