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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, 2.23) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 2.82) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.303) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.257) – 1-for-5

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.298) – 1-for-4, 2 BB

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 1.80) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (4-2, 2.95) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 6.10) – Low-A DL

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.293) – 2-for-5, BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.272) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.184) – 1-for-4

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-0, 5.85) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.57) – DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.70) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 1.99) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher:  Adrian Sampson, RHP (1-0, 5.85) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.313) – 2-for-3, HR

Home Runs: Carlos Mesa (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Toledo 6, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (3-3, 3.68) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Ivan De Jesus, DH (.333) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Brett Carroll, LF (.269) – 2-for-4

Tony Sanchez, C (.272) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson gave up a two run homer in the sixth inning, which ended up being the deciding runs for Toledo. They added insurance in the eighth inning against Tim Alderson with another two run homer. Ivan De Jesus picked up his second straight multi-hit game, and the third in his last four games. De Jesus has a .333/.385/.452 line in 84 at-bats this season. Tony Sanchez continues to show some doubles power, hitting a double in his fourth straight game. He has hit a double in six of his last eight games.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Altoona was off today.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Clearwater 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (3.00) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.313) – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.233) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.266) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Dan Gamache, 2B (.289) – 2-for-3, BB

Adrian Sampson, RHP (1-0, 5.85) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Karstens made a rehab start for Bradenton, throwing three innings and 42 pitches. Click here for my live report on the start. Carlos Mesa hit his third homer of the year, putting the Marauders up 2-1 at one point in the game. Willy Garcia hit a double and a triple. His double was off the upper part of the wall, and was a few feet from going over the fence. Adrian Sampson had a rough start, giving up runs in his first two innings, including a towering home run in the fifth. He settled down and allowed just those two runs in five innings, with six hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. That allowed him to pick up his first win and first decision with the Marauders. Gregory Polanco has been out the last three games with a minor wrist injury.

 

Dilson Herrera has been off to a great start this month.

Dilson Herrera has been off to a great start this month.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Hickory 6

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (4.91) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.323) – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.293) – 2-for-5, 2B

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.243) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Josh Bell, RF (.298) – 1-for-4, 2 BB

Game Notes: Jake Burnette was added to the West Virginia roster today, with Clay Holmes going on the disabled list. Burnette had a lot of strikeouts, but also dealt with the control issues Holmes was seeing. Stetson Allie has been struggling lately at the plate, but got back on track tonight, getting his first extra base hit in his last seven games. Allie has a .733 OPS in the month of May. Dilson Herrera has been hot in the month of May, and continued that tonight with his third straight multi-hit game. Herrera is hitting for a .333/.357/.538 line in 39 at-bats this month.

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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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