Prospect Watch: Solid Pitching All Around, Big Games For Polanco And Herrera


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 (3-1, 2.55) – DNP

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

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.311) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.267) – 0-for-1

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – 0-for-3, 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, 3.79) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 5.50) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.321) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, SB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.308) – 1-for-3, 2B

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.176) – DNP

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-0, 5.85) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.66) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.61) – DNP

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

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 2.89) – DNP

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (5-3, 2.79) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.321) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, SB

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (6), Dilson Herrera (4), Willy Garcia (3), Jared Goedert (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Buffalo 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3-2, 2.83) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, RF (.167) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C (.308) – 1-for-3, 2B

Felix Pie, CF (.263) – 2-for-4, 2B

Vic Black, RHP (2.66) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton threw six solid innings, allowing just one unearned run. He has given up just six earned runs over his last five starts. Mike Zagurski picked up the win with 1.1 scoreless innings and Vic Black notched his 11th save. Although it doesn’t sound like much, Jerry Sands is hitting .250 with five walks in his last nine games, a strong improvement over his very slow month long start to the season. Tony Sanchez hit his 11th double of the season, seventh in his last ten games. He is hitting .394 in May, with an 1.156 OPS.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (5-3, 2.79) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.220) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B (.294) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler continued his efficient pitching this season, going at least seven innings for the sixth time in his last seven starts. The impressive part about tonight’s game is that this is the third time he has faced Richmond already and in his last game against them, he allowed five runs. Sadler threw 91 pitches, 52 for strikes. He got eight outs on groundballs and now has a 2.15 GO/AO ratio on the year. Jhonathan Ramos and Jason Townsend finished out the game with an inning apiece. Townsend picked up the save, though he did allow the only run. Altoona had five hits on the night, with Cunningham’s homer being the only extra base hit.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, St Lucie 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (0-1, 3.06) – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.311) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.234) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.333) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Bradenton took an early 3-0 lead behind the pitching of Zack Dodson, but they needed an eighth inning game tying homer from Willy Garcia and then a walk-off bases loaded single in the ninth by Garcia to win it. Chase d’Arnaud played his second rehab game for Bradenton. After going hitless last night, he reached base three times tonight, scoring two runs. Gregory Polanco had a four hit night to break a recent 2-for-19 slump. He now has 15 stolen bases on the season. There was ugly fielding in the game from both sides accounting for a total of seven errors. Dan Gamache committed his tenth error, while Alen Hanson made his 14th of the year after replacing d’Arnaud late in the game.

Dilson Herrera raised his average to .321 tonight

Dilson Herrera raised his average to .321 tonight



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Lexington 1

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-3, 5.50) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.321) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.65) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Stetson Allie, 1B (.306) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Clay Holmes made his return from a minor ankle injury, which pushed his start back four days, and he ended up pitching one-hit ball through five innings. Holmes still had some control issues, but it didn’t hurt him like it has in his previous starts. He struck out five batters, one more than he was able to strike out in his last three starts combined. Bryton Trepagnier and Ryan Hafner finished off the game with two shutout innings apiece. Lexington had just two hits total in the game. Everyone in the West Virginia lineup reached base at least once. Dilson Herrera has at least two hits in five straight games, 13 total hits over that span. He also has a seven game hitting streak.

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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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  • Lee Pingree


    Do you know when Heredia will be coming up to West Virginia?

    • Lee Young

      hey Lee…GREAT first name!!!


      • Lee Pingree

        lol thanks! You too!

    • John Dreker

      Tim will have a feature on Heredia going up today I believe. He is building his pitch count up. Started Thursday down in Extended Spring Training, but wasn’t at his full pitch count yet going into the game

  • derekbellstutu

    Is Casey Sadler this year’s version of Phil Irwin?

    • John Dreker

      They aren’t really similar pitchers, but he could very well be a surprise arm to really make a name for himself this year. He has been very efficient this year with his pitches, getting quick outs with groundballs as opposed to trying to strike people out. That’s what the Pirates want their pitchers to try to do, although ideally you want someone who has a go to pitch when they are in a jam and could use the strikeout. What he has done this year is impressive, especially considering he wasn’t a starter until this time last year

  • Fred Langford

    I don’t think anything but an injury can stop Polanco from playing in AA this season. He had a little slump but is back on track. He is making the low A to high A jump look easy. His plate discipline hopefully will get him at least 2-3 weeks at Altoona this summer.

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