Prospect Watch: Polanco, Bell, and Lambo Homer; Liriano Makes Last Rehab Start

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, 2.45) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.03) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.321) - 3-for-5, 2B, HR, SB, 2 RBI

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.248) - 1-for-4, BB, SB, 2 RBI

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

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

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 (3-2, 2.76) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) –  DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) –  0-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.275) - 2-for-2, 2B, BB

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.175) - 0-for-3, BB

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

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 3.18) - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 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, 0.74) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (4.33) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.321) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, SB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jared Goedert (2), Andrew Lambo (5), Gregory Polanco (3), Josh Bell (4), Max Moroff (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP (3.38) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Goedert, 3B (.194) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.288) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Tony Sanchez, C (.275) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Vic Black, RHP (0-2, 3.18) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Francisco Liriano made his final rehab start with Indianapolis, throwing 98 pitches and 68 for strikes. Liriano gave up all four of his runs in the second inning. In three rehab starts in Triple-A he had a 3.38 ERA and a 23:1 K/BB ratio in 16 innings. Duke Welker threw two shutout innings, and now has started the season with 16 innings without an earned run. He has also allowed just three hits, and has a 20:8 K/BB ratio. Vic Black gave up the game winning run in his second inning of work. He has given up six earned runs this year, and five of those have come in his second inning. He walked the leadoff batter, then allowed that batter to reach third on a throwing error on a pickoff. Black then intentionally walked the next two batters, so his three walks didn’t represent a big breakdown in control.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Box Score

Result: Erie 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (0-4, 5.57) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, CF (.287) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, LF (.237) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit his fifth homer of the year for Altoona. He now has a .287/.352/.500 line in 108 at-bats this season. Adalberto Santos went 1-for-2, and has now reached base safely in all 15 games this season. Santos has a .500 OBP. David Bromberg made his third start with Altoona, stepping into a rotation that has seen Brandon Cumpton promoted to Indianapolis and Tyler Waldron placed on the DL.

 

Gregory Polanco hit his third homer of the year.

Gregory Polanco hit his third homer of the year.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.40) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.321) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, SB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.239) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Alen Hanson, SS (.248) – 1-for-4, BB, SB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Zack Dodson made his first start of the year. He was doing fine until the fifth inning, where he gave up all three of his earned runs. Two of those runs came on a home run. Gregory Polanco hit his third homer of the season, and his ninth double. Polanco is 7-for-14 with three doubles and a homer in his last four games. He also added his tenth stolen base of the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 6, Greenville 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (4.33) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.274) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.221) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B (.355) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his fourth homer of the year. Max Moroff hit his third homer of the year. John Kuchno gave up ten earned runs in 7.1 innings over his first two starts, and has since given up three earned runs in 19.2 innings. He’s not striking out a lot of batters, and has a high walk rate, but also has a high ground ball rate and is lowering his BAA.

Tim Williams

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/vince.riedy Vince Riedy

    I was at the AAA game again today and all four of the series with Lehigh Valley. Liriano pitched better than his line would indicate. The pathetic defense of Ivan DeJesus Jr had more to do with the hit and run totals than Liriano or the Iron Pigs bats.

    Duke Welker showed much greater velocity today working mostly at 95mph and hitting 98.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      I take it you’re not a fan of Duh Jeezuz?

      lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/vince.riedy Vince Riedy

        It’s not that I am not a fan but I cannot remember anyone play defense as poorly as De Jesus did in one series. He did make solid contact while at bat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Random Questions:
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    Do we know why Santos was removed? Another injury?
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    Perhaps Hanson ‘believed the hype’ and that is why he is neither hitting or fielding well?
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    Am I the only one who thinks Welker will be way more successful than Black?
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    I finally get free for a Curve at Hbg game and I get neither Stolmy or JT? Who do I complain to about that?

    Foo
    /

  • http://www.facebook.com/allyn.weimer Allyn Weimer

    When is Allie going to crack the top 20 prospect

    • James Santelli

      If I remember correctly from last year, the Top 20 list is only reset at midseason. If Allie makes the Top 20 then, he will be on the board. The Top 20 as it looks now is what it was at the start of the season. It’s not updated continuously.

      • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

        Correct. The top 20 updates after the draft.