Prospect Watch: Polanco Has a Three Hit Night; Hanson and Garcia Homer

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 (4-3, 3.25) – DNP

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

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.321) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.284) – 1-for-4, HR

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.272) – DNP

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

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 (6-2, 3.34) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-4, 5.04) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.294) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.311) – DNP

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) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.87) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (2.87) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, CF (.281) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Lucas May (1), Willy Garcia (5), Alen Hanson (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Columbus 2

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (2.87) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, CF (.281) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Lucas May, C (.128) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Brett Carroll, LF (.256) – 2-for-5, 2B

Josh Harrison, 2B (.298) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Graham Godfrey, RHP (5-3, 3.77) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis battled back from being down 2-1 in the eighth inning. Brett Carroll hit a double to tie the score at 2-2. The Indians then took the lead on a three run homer by Lucas May, his first of the year. A Josh Harrison double and a Felix Pie single added another insurance run. Andy Oliver gave up one run on four hits in six innings. He had control problems, walking six on the night, but also struck out six. Oliver threw 111 pitches, with 62 strikes. Graham Godfrey made his first appearance since being acquired by the Pirates, closing out the game over the final three innings and getting the win.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Altoona was off today.

 

Gregory Polanco had a three hit night.

Gregory Polanco had a three hit night.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Daytona 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (5.96) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.321) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Beckman, RHP (1-0, 9.00) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Willy Garcia, RF (.223) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Alen Hanson, SS (.284) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson led off the first inning with a home run, his second of the year. With Bradenton down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Willy Garcia hit a three run shot for his fifth homer of the year. Adrian Sampson had a very efficient start, needing just 78 pitches to get through seven innings. Ryan Beckman made his first appearance since going down with an elbow injury in his first outing of the year last year with Altoona. Gregory Polanco picked up two doubles, giving him 16 on the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off today.

Author: Tim Williams

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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