Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson Combine For Eight Hits


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 (3-2, 3.75) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-5, 3.02) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.325) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.287) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 3B

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.275) – DNP

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.12) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (5-2, 3.42) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 6.08) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.314) – 3-for-5, 2B

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.310) – DNP

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.191) – DNP

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-1, 6.94) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – DNP

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

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

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.35) – DNP

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



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Top Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.76) – 7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.325) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (9), Jarek Cunningham (8), Charlie Cutler (1), Justin Howard (1), Gregory Polanco (6), Elias Diaz (2), Dan Grovatt (1)



Indianapolis was off today.



Box Score

Result: Reading 7, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.76) – 7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.206) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF (.286) – 1-for-4, HR

Charlie Cutler, C (.322) – 1-for-3, BB, HR

Justin Howard, 1B (.105) – 1-for-3, HR

Mel Rojas, CF (.233) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B

Game Notes: David Bromberg gave up four unearned runs after errors from Adalberto Santos and Gift Ngoepe. Jarek Cunningham hit his eighth homer of the year to give Altoona a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth. Reading won it with a walk off three run homer off Jason Townsend. Andrew Lambo hit his ninth homer, and Charlie Cutler and Justin Howard each hit their first homers of the year.


Gregory Polanco had his second four-hit game in his last six games.

Gregory Polanco had his second four-hit game in his last six games.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 12, Tampa 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-1, 3.04) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.325) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.287) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 3B

Elias Diaz, C (.265) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Dan Grovatt, LF (.179) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson combined to go 8-for-10 with two doubles, two triples, and a homer. Polanco came a triple shy of the cycle, while Hanson came a home run shy. It was Polanco’s second four hit game in his last six games. He’s 13-for-38 with four doubles and two homers in his last ten games. Hanson has six multi-hit games in his last ten games. Elias Diaz hit his second homer of the year, while Dan Grovatt hit his first homer of the year. Zack Dodson has a 3.04 ERA in 23.2 innings over his first four starts, with a 16:6 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Kannapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (6.08) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.331) – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.314) – 3-for-5, 2B

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.269) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Pat Ludwig, RHP (4-0, 1.73) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: If there’s one positive to Clay Holmes’ game recently, it’s that he’s starting to strike out opposing hitters. Holmes has ten strikeouts in nine innings over his last two starts. On the season he has a 6.08 ERA in 40 innings, with a 27:30 K/BB ratio. Pat Ludwig has been slowly stretched out, throwing two innings, then three innings in his last two outings. On the season he has a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings, with a 24:9 K/BB ratio. Stetson Allie has a seven game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in each of his last ten games. I talked about Allie earlier today, comparing his numbers this year to some other 22-year-olds in South Atlantic League history. Dilson Herrera had his second straight three hit game, and sixth multi-hit game in his last ten games. In the month of May he has a .361 average and a .973 OPS.

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