Prospect Watch: Polanco Homers to Continue Hot Streak; Sadler and Oliver Dominant


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 (.324) - 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB, 2 SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.237) - 0-for-5

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - DNP

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) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.275) - DNP

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.175) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.26) - 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 3.18) - DNP

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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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (4-2, 2.86) – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.324) – 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB, 2 SB

Home Runs: Felix Pie (1), Alex Dickerson (3), Gregory Polanco (4)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Scranton/WB 0

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (2-1, 2.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.177) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.310) – 3-for-5, SB

Ivan De Jesus, DH (.351) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Andy Oliver got back to his usual performance, giving up no runs, very few hits, walking too many batters, and striking out almost a batter an inning. On the season he has a 2.82 ERA in 38.1 innings, with a 44:23 K/BB ratio. Felix Pie hit his first homer of the year. Ivan De Jesus continued his impressive hitting of late, going 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Alex Presley had a three hit game, and stole his fourth base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Harrisburg 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (4-2, 2.86) – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.188) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.356) – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had one of the most efficient outings of the year. In his eight innings of work he only needed 88 pitches, with 52 of those going for strikes. He was a groundball machine tonight, with a 14:4 GO/AO ratio. Sadler also helped himself out at the plate, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs, leading to the Altoona win. Adalberto Santos walked in his last plate appearance, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 16 games. Alex Dickerson hit his third homer of the year.


Gregory Polanco continued his hot streak tonight with a homer, three walks, and two stolen bases.

Gregory Polanco continued his hot streak tonight with a homer, three walks, and two stolen bases.


Box Score

Result: Dunedin 8, Bradenton 7

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (6.26) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.324) – 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.273) – 3-for-5, 3B

Willy Garcia, RF (.246) – 2-for-5, 3B

Taylor Lewis, LF (.234) – 3-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson was hurt by the long ball tonight. He gave up a two run homer in the third, then a solo homer in the fourth. Sampson only gave up one other extra base hit, and most of his damage came off being singled to death. On the season he has a 6.26 ERA in 27.1 innings, with a 16:9 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco hit his fourth homer of the year, walked three times, and stole two bases, giving him 12 on the year. Polanco is 8-for-16 in his last five games, with three doubles and two homers.



West Virginia was postponed due to rain.

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  • Ian Rothermund

    Needless to say, I think Polanco’s offensive production speaks for itself, but what are the reports on his defense so far this year?

  • Lee Young

    I was at the Curve game last night. There were 7 of us total and thank God WE showed up, because the announced crowd on a cool night of 1,642 seemed half that at best.

    We watched Sadler carve up the hapless Harrisburgians. Dickerson hit a monster HR. Mel Rojas, Jr looked awful at the plate. Tim Alderson topped out at 89 MPH, but has a wicked curve.

    Unfortunately, Gift Ngoepe looked overmatched at the plate and botched a coupla grounders. He looked smooth otherwise.
    Santos made two very good plays at 3b and has a nice quick bat.

    If you’re ever in Harrisburg for a game, you MUST get a Spot Dog! They’re ‘world’ famous….ok, maybe Harrisburg famous, but, hey….

    Almost foogot….the game was over in about 2hrs and 15 min. What a refreshing concept. I barely had a chance to finish my Moose Tracks ice cream.

    • leadoff

      Thanks for the report, Santo’s is supposed to be a non-prospect, what does he look like to you?

  • rburgh

    Polanco needs to move up to AA shortly, even if it means benching one of the AAAA guys in Indy. It seems pretty clear that FSL pitching is no mystery to him already, keeping him down there for more than another month serves no purpose unless somehow the league catches up with him.

    Calling his past few games a “hot streak” is a misnomer, he has been terrific all year except for his mini-slump early last week. (What was he, 0 for 11?) And nobody hits a lot of HR in the FSL, I’d rather get him to a more challenging environment where he has a better chance of clearing the fences when he does things well. Immediate positive reinforcement is a good thing for young hitters.

    • meatygettingsaucy

      He will probably get another month. Although his output has been pretty darn good, I doubt the Pirates promote him after only one month of play. There also could be other issues they are working on with him not related to his swing (defense, fundamentals, etc). Regardless, it seems pretty clear by the end of the summer, Polanco will be in AA.

  • magicrat13

    tim….love the daily updates on the prospects…thanks!

    any chance we can get an update on those prospects on the DL?…interested in knowing how they are progressing and maybe a timeframe when they will be back in action…

  • wkkortas

    It’s a good thing the parent club is giving that Inge kid some time in the outfield while Presley works on his table manners or whatever at Indy.

    • leadoff

      Wish someone would tell us what is up with that, Tabata is no world beater when he is healthy, carrying him and Inge taking over in right field is kind of dumb when you have Presley anytime you want him this year and a healthy Snider sitting on the bench while a bench player starts, I know the lefty righty thing, but Snider can hit lefties, if he is going to be an everyday player, he has to be in the lineup over a bench player. Starting a game with 3 bench players and sitting 3 starters is poor management IMO.

      • Tim Williams

        You answered it here:

        “I know the lefty righty thing”

        Snider can’t hit lefties, which is why he is being benched. Inge can hit lefties, which is why he is playing. Presley hasn’t been able to hit LHP in the majors. And really, Tabata hasn’t been able to do it that well either, which is why they’ve got Inge playing.

        Ironically, in a small sample size, Inge has been better vs RHP than LHP so far.

  • elgaupo

    Tim fill in the blank:

    Cutch is a B in CF. Gorkys is an A+ in CF. Marte is a A in CF. Polanco is a(n) ___ in CF.

    • Tim Williams

      That would be hard to answer, since it would be hard to compare Polanco to those three. You’re talking about future potential with Polanco, compared to what those three actually are. Polanco has some defensive issues at the moment, but they are mostly due to him being a bit raw.

      If I were setting up the outfield, I’d go Marte in CF, McCutchen in LF, and Polanco in RF. So I guess I’d put Polanco between your McCutchen and Marte grades (A-/B+).

  • leadoff

    At this stage of his career, IMO, Marte has defensive issues also, but none that I think he won’t iron out. He may be a better center fielder than he is a left fielder. I would like to hear more about Polanco’s defensive issues and his defensive strengths.

    • Tim Williams

      I’m writing about that this week.

  • Chris Hale

    Polanco is just a bit Querky . He almost seems uncoordinated . We all know he is not. He’s just awkward. He will work the kinks out. The potential is there to be every bit as good as Cutch and Marte as an all around athlete. We are set up in the OF for a long time. So much that I could see them turning Josh Bell into a 1st basemen if he reaches his potential at the plate and god willing they all make it.

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