Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez and Alen Hanson Each 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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

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

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.312) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.92) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.282) – 3-for-8, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.290) – 2-for-4, 2B

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

9. Reese McGuire, C, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.284) – 1-for-4

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.301) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.207) – 0-for-3

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, West Virginia (.326) – 1-for-3, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.95) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (4-3, 3.61) – DNP

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Extended Spring Training

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, 2013 2nd Round Pick, Unsigned

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (7-4, 1.93) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.301) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (8), Alen Hanson (4)

 

Tony Sanchez hit his eighth homer of the year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Tony Sanchez hit his eighth homer of the year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS   

Box Score

Result: Durham 10, Indianapolis 7

Starting Pitcher: Jeanmar Gomez, RHP (3.00) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.301) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP (2.94) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Andrew Lambo, DH (.231) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Jared Goedert, 3B (.247) – 2-for-2, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jeanmar Gomez started his rehab assignment with Indianapolis, throwing 64 pitches and 36 strikes in his first outing. Tony Sanchez hit his eighth homer of the year, then followed that with his 18th double of the year to put Indianapolis up 3-0. Duke Welker has pitched the last nine innings without allowing an earned run. He has a 7:2 K/BB ratio in that stretch, with five hits allowed.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Altoona was rained out.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Game One Box Score

Result: Lakeland 7, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4.34) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.282) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Lewis, LF (.208) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his fourth homer of the year in game one, and stole his 16th base of the year. Coming into this game he had a .301/.371/.454 line in 183 at-bats since his benching in mid-April. He also had just six errors in 48 games.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Lakeland 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.55) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.244) – 3-for-5, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B (.297) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB

Eric Avila, 1B (.200) – 2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI, BB

Alen Hanson, SS (.282) – 1-for-4, 2 BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson added two more stolen bases in game two of the double header, giving him 18 on the year. He also added two errors in the game, giving him eight in his last 49 games. Bradenton was down 5-2 in the 7th inning but came back to tie the game, capped off by an RBI triple by Eric Avila. They scored four runs in the 11th inning, after five straight singles from Jose Osuna, Willy Garcia, Elias Diaz, Chris Lashmet, and Avila.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER  

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (7-4, 1.93) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.290) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Francisco Diaz, C (.274) – 2-for-4, 2B

Stetson Allie, DH (.326) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his 20th double of the year. In his last ten games he is 14-for-35 with five doubles and a homer. Orlando Castro has given up two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his 13 starts this year. On the season he has a 1.93 ERA in 74.2 innings, with a 63:6 K/BB ratio. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move up to Bradenton after this start.

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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