Prospect Watch: West Virginia Wins Seventh Straight, Four For Fortunato


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 (3-3, 3.67) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.91) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.310) – 1-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.290) –  2-for-4, 3B

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.276) – 0-for-2, 3 BB

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.31) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.21) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 6.08) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.310) –  1-for-5, 2 Runs, SB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.290) –  0-for-3, BB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-1, 6.10) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.87) – DNP

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

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.70) – DNP

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



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Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro LHP (5-3, 2.10) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF (.262) –  4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (4) Raul Fortunato (3) Jonathan Schwind (1)



Box Score

Result: Buffalo 6, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (3-1, 4.33) -5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.333) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Cordier, RHP (7.31) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Matt Hague, 1B (.296) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Brooks Brown started the game off poorly today, allowing four first inning runs. He allowed just one run over the next four innings, but Indianapolis could not overcome the early deficit. Kyle Waldrop returned from the disabled list, pitching for the first time in five weeks. He gave up a run in his only inning of work. Eric Cordier finished out the game for Indy, retiring five of the six batters he faced with strikeouts. The Indians scored three runs in the ninth, falling just short of the comeback. Chase d’Arnaud collected three hits in his second rehab game with Indianapolis, just one day after a hitless debut. Matt Hague homered for the third time in his last four games. Indianapolis was 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Felix Pie stole two bases, giving him 20 on the season.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 20, Altoona 9

Starting Pitcher: Luis Sanz, RHP (2-2, 5.84) – 0.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.250) – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Quinton Miller, RHP (2.79) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Mel Rojas, CF (.236) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2B

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.164) – 1-for-5, BB, 3B, 2 Runs

Game Notes: Luis Sanz started for Altoona, but six batters later he was out of the game and had not recorded a single out. Jason Townsend followed him and he gave up three runs of his own, including the second home of the inning to Jarrett Parker. Down 9-0 early, things were just starting to get out of hand. Six innings and two other pitchers later, Altoona was down 20-5. The Curve turned to infielder Kelson Brown in the eighth innings and he ended up throwing a shutout frame. Andy Vasquez then pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Player/Coach Miguel Perez got into his first game this year and got a hit in his first AB. He played just five games last year, split between Indianapolis and Altoona. The top three in the Altoona lineup, Gift Ngoepe, Mel Rojas and Adalberto Santos, reached base nine times and scored six runs. Richmond had 22 hits and 29 base runners. The Curve batters had 11 hits and ten walks of their own.



Hanson has turned things around in May

Hanson has turned things around in May

Box Score

Result: St Lucie 8, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (2-3, 4.81) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.290) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.310) – 1-for-4

Willy Garcia, RF (.221) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Robby Rowland lasted just four innings before giving way to Matt Benedict, who eventually picked up the loss. Rowland usually relies on control and groundballs, but today he walked two batters, hit two more and had just three groundouts, compared to eight outs in the air. The loss by Benedict was his 14th in a row since joining Bradenton last year. Alen Hanson had two hits, including his fifth triple of the season. He is now hitting .326 in 23 games in May. The Bradenton error bug seems to have bit Gregory Polanco, who made his sixth error of the season today, setting a career high. Last year he made three all season.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro LHP (5-3, 2.10) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF (.262) –  4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.99) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Josh Bell, RF (.276) – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Stetson Allie, DH (.346) – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato drove in three runs and Jonathan Schwind added a two-run homer, as West Virginia moved to 28-22 on the season with their seventh win in a row. Stetson Allie drove in his league leading 47th run of the season. Josh Bell drew three walks, giving him 21 in the month of May, after walking just five times in April. Orlando Castro continued his impressive season, picking up his fifth win of the year. In 55.2 innings, he has walked just five batters and he has yet to allow a walk or home run to a left-handed batter all year. Ryan Hafner threw two perfect innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced. He now has 41 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. Kawika Emsley-Pai was added to the active roster. Wyatt Mathisen was placed on the disabled list. He was hit by a pitch Thursday, had to leave the game and hasn’t played since.

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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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  • Y2JGQ2

    So- When would someone like Allie get moved up? Is there anything to gain by having him completely dominate lower A ball for a full season? Seems like he dealt with a sizeable slump and then has come out of it destroying the ball again….maybe time to move forward to Bradenton? Or is there Defensive issues that need to be addressed first, anyone know?

    • John Dreker

      This seems to be the question of the weekend and it is a good one. I don’t think they move him up anytime soon for a few reasons. It is his first full season as a batter/fielder. This time last year he was learning to play 3B in Extended Spring Training. Now he is a first baseman in full-season ball. That is a huge difference over a very short time. There is also the problem with playing time at 1B with Bradenton. They have Jose Osuna, a prospect who started as a pitcher and he is just 20 years old. Osuna and Allie both need to play 1B often, it’s new for both of them. Osuna isn’t ready to move to AA, so there really isn’t a spot for Allie there right now. Really no reason to move him, you don’t expect a young kid to go from never having a pro AB, to playing in High-A in less than a year. That is a lot to ask of anyone, especially someone who took time off from hitting to concentrate on pitching

      • michaelbro8

        YEP; he’s still pretty young, although it’s easy to forget that with all the hype he was drafted with. No rush; he’ll be fine IMHO

      • Lee Young

        John…I am with you 100%


    • Kevin Anstrom

      I’d like to see Allie moved to AA during the second half of the season. Jose Osuna is a solid prospect but shouldn’t slow Stetson’s progress. Altoona is really struggling and Allie, Hanson, and Polanco are ready to be moved. Dilson Herrera could move also but you rarely see teenagers in AA. I don’t think the Pirates have done that since Andrew back in 2006.

  • Lee Young

    You gotta like the fact that Bell is walking so much. It bodes well for his footure?


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