Prospect Watch: McDonald Has a Better Rehab Start, Rojas Hits Winning Homer


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 (4-3, 3.25) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.26) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.306) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.284) – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.269) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.95) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.34) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-4, 5.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.294) – 1-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.305) – 0-for-5, 3 K

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, 6.46) – DNP

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

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.02) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.92) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (2-4, 5.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 3-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Mel Rojas (3), Charlie Cutler (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Columbus 9

Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (5.12) – 2.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, DH (.310) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.69) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Brett Carroll, LF (.247) – 2-for-4, 2 BB, SB, RBI

Matt Hague, 1B (.305) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Josh Harrison, 2B-SS (.291) – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Brooks Brown gave up eight of the nine Columbus runs in the second inning of work. Jared Hughes pitched two shutout innings, giving him one run in 13 innings with Indianapolis this year. Ryan Reid pitched two shutout innings to close out the game. The Indians won in the tenth inning on a go-ahead RBI single by Brett Carroll, scoring Chase d’Arnaud. Indianapolis had five doubles on the night, with Matt Hague picking up his 18th of the year.


Mel Rojas hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth, giving Altoona the eventual win.

Mel Rojas hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth, giving Altoona the eventual win.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Portland 1

Starting Pitcher: James McDonald, RHP (5.79) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 3-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Charles Cutler, DH (.329) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (2-3, 4.86) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: James McDonald made his second rehab start with Altoona. Last time he didn’t make it out of the first inning. This time he only needed 38 pitches, with 22 strikes over four innings. Altoona won the game thanks to a solo homer by Mel Rojas in the top of the ninth, putting them up 2-1. Charlie Cutler homered in the seventh inning for the first run of the game. Cutler and Rojas combined for five hits, which were the only hits of the game for Altoona. Rojas is hitting for a .350/.417/.550 line in 40 at-bats over his last ten games.



Bradenton was postponed.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 0

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (2-4, 5.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS-2B (.317) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.340) – 2-for-4, RBI

Josh Bell, DH (.269) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Click here for John Dreker’s live game report.

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