Prospect Watch: Castro Pitches Gem, Morton Solid In Last Rehab Start


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 (5-3, 2.91) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.65) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.309) – 0-for-5

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.279) – 2-for-5

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.277) – 2-for-4

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.200) – DNP

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 3.21) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-3, 3.09) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 5.24) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.282) – 0-for-3

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.300) – 2-for-5

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

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

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 5.96) – DNP

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

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

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.84) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (7-3, 1.83) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.237) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (7), Carlos Mesa (5)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Norfolk 2

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (4.03) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Darren Ford, LF (.222) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.297) – 1-for-4, BB

Andrew Lambo, DH (.000) – 0-for-4, RBI, BB

Kris Johnson, LHP (3.39) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Charlie Morton made his last rehab start count. He threw 96 pitches on the night, working into the seventh inning before giving up his first runs of the game. He was scheduled to throw 100 pitches and seemed to tire just as he reached that point, allowing two runs to tie the score. The game ended up staying tied into extra innings until Darren Ford ended it in the 11th inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Oscar Tejeda. Tony Sanchez led off the inning with a single, then left for Tejeda, who pinch-ran. Brooks Brown picked up the win with two scoreless innings. In his first game since being called up to Indianapolis, Andrew Lambo reached base once with a walk and he drove in a run with a fourth inning groundout. The opposing pitcher for Norfolk was Daniel McCutchen, former Pirates pitcher.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 9, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (6-4, 3.20) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Charlie Cutler, 1B (.337) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF (.264) – 1-for-3, BB

Nate Baker, LHP (12.36) – 0.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Casey Sadler pitched well, but was hurt by some poor defense, some of it his own fault. Adalberto Santos committed two errors, while Sadler also had a miscue of his own, leading to two unearned runs. The game got out of hand after he left, with Nate Baker and Luis Sanz each allowed three runs apiece.  Andrew Lambo was promoted to Indianapolis last night and Ali Solis took his place on the roster. Without their big bat in the lineup, the Curve could muster just three hits, with Charlie Cutler’s triple accounting for the only extra base hit. The Curve avoided the shutout in the ninth inning, putting three runs on the board late. Mets prospect Rafael Montero shut them down for the first seven innings. Mel Rojas has hit in seven straight games.




Box Score

Result: Ft Myers 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3-4, 4.70) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.237) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B (.242) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Carlos Mesa, DH (.262) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton went down early today, then tied it up with two homers in the sixth inning. They ended up losing, but for a second day in a row, Willy Garcia and Carlos Mesa both homered. Each player hit one out, two-run homers in the sixth inning. Robby Rowland then gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the frame, ending his night and that is where the scoring would end too. While Bradenton lost, the highlight of the game was a triple play they turned in the first inning. After the first four batters reached base in the inning, Rowland got a ground ball with the bases loaded that eventually turned into a triple play, though a run did score on that play. Willy Garcia has been hitting well lately. In his last ten games, he is hitting .314 with four homers. He also had an outfield assist tonight.



Orlando Castro has pitched well all season

Orlando Castro has pitched well all season

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 1 Hagerstown 0

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (7-3, 1.83) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.259) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, DH (.277) – 2-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B (.326) – 0-for-3

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.57) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Orlando Castro continued his strong season, which earlier in the week got him named to the SAL All-Star team. He threw seven shutout innings, getting the only run he would need off the bat of Eric Wood. Castro has walked just five batters all season and he still hasn’t allowed a walk or home run to a left-handed batter all year. Wood doubled home Walker Gourley with the only run of the game in the sixth inning. Gourley and Josh Bell each had two hit nights. Ryan Hafner and Kyle Haynes each threw a scoreless inning in relief, retiring all six batters they faced combined. Haynes picked up his sixth save of the season.

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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 Young

    May be time to move Castro up to see if he is for real?


    • rburgh

      I think Castro stays put until they decide to send either Heredia or a newly-signed Cody Dickson to WV to replace him. Either or both of those could happen soon, though.

      Also on the prospect promotion issue, do you think Lambo to Indy was to make room for Polanco to Altoona?

      • smurph

        I believe Polanco is ready to move up. Also what will they do with Morton? If Wandy is ready, they have their 5-man rotation. If not, expect Morton to start on Friday. Otherwise, will they start him out in the bullpen?

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