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.

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, 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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