Prospect Watch: Irwin Throws Four Shutout Innings In Return, Holmes Struggles

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 (2-1, 2.31) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.03) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.295) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.247) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.264) - 0-for-3, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – DNP

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 1.80) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 3.04) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) –  4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.280) –  0-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.254) - 1-for-5, 2B

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.182) - 1-for-4, Run

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 5.16) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.87) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.34) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.30) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.333) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 4 RBI

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Jordy Mercer drove in four runs tonight

Jordy Mercer drove in four runs tonight

Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 9, Lehigh Valley 6

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.333) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Harrison, SS (.351) – 2-for-3, 2B, SB, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Ivan De Jesus Jr, 3B (.390) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Phil Irwin returned to the mound after an 18 day layoff and threw four shutout innings, giving up just a single, while walking two and striking out three. He threw 60 pitches, 37 went for strikes. Irwin last pitched on 4/16 for the Pirates. Since then, he has been out with arm fatigue. Brandon Cumpton followed Irwin with two runs over four innings for the win. Eric Cordier came on with a seven run lead in the ninth, looking to close it out, but he gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning and Vic Black had to come in for the save, his seventh of the season. Indianapolis picked up 26 base runners from 14 hits, 11 walks and a hit batter. Ivan De Jesus Jr is 9-for-15 in his last five games. Jordy Mercer has 19 RBI’s on the year. Indianapolis has won seven in a row and they have a 6.5 game lead in their division

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Box Score

Result:  Akron 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 3.03) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, DH (.375) – 2-for-4, 2B, Run

Other Notable Performers:

Jeff Inman, RHP (1.29) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon took the loss today, though his overall numbers were a step up from his last two outings. He had allowed eight runs over 11.2 innings in his previous two starts, but he held Akron to only two earned runs on seven hits and a walk. They scored a third run on a Jarek Cunningham error. Taillon threw 92 pitches, 61 for strikes. Altoona had a rough day at the plate. They managed just three hits, two by Santos, while striking out 17 times. Every Curve batter struck out at least once. Jeff Inman hasn’t allowed a run or a walk in his last six outings, a total of 11.1 innings pitched. Former Pirates farmhand Quincy Latimore, went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch against Inman.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

 

Bradenton was rained out. The will make the game up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 8, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-3, 6.00) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, DH (.352) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.217) – 2-for-3, BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.79) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Clay Holmes has had control problems this year, but he was hurt early in today’s game by extra base hits, giving up five runs over the first two innings on six hits. His control issues popped up in the fourth inning, when he gave up three runs on two walks, two hit batters and a double. Pat Ludwig, Bryton Trepagnier, Ryan Hafner and Kyle Haynes followed Holmes with five perfect innings. Stetson Allie had the only extra base hit for the Power and Jonathan Schwind drove in the only run.

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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