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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Prospect Watch: Hanson and Polanco Each Homer


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 5.14) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 3.12) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.289) – 1-for-3, 2B, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.308) – 1-for-4

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) – Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.259) – DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) – AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 12.86) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR


Top Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (2-0, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.404) – 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Carlos Paulino (1), Gregory Polanco (4), Alen Hanson (4)


Game One Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Toledo 2

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (1-0, 6.00) – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 1B (.207) – 1-for-1, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.289) – 1-for-3, 2B

Eric Fryer, C (.333) – 2-for-4

Brandon Boggs, RF (.235) – 2-for-3, BB

Jeff Clement, DH (.424) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (7.36) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to nine games with his double. Heading in to this game, Bryan Morris had a strikeout for every out of the season. He struck out one in 1.1 innings today, and now has nine strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Toledo 4, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (4.50) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 3B (.207) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, PR (.289) – SB, R

Game Notes: Rudy Owens gave up two solo homers, but had a strong outing, bouncing back from a rough start to the season. Starling Marte entered as a pinch runner, stole his fourth base of the year, and scored a run. Jeremy Farrell had a good day, combining to go 3-for-5 with two doubles in the two games.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (0-2, 3.24) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, K

Other Notable Performers

Quincy Latimore, LF (.167) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman has now walked four times in the last three games. Duke Welker has pitched five innings this year without an earned run, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out six. Aaron Pribanic has walked nine batters in 8.1 innings this year.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Palm Beach 1

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (2-0, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.250) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, 2B (.313) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Carlos Paulino, C (.208) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1.93) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton got off to a great start, scoring five runs in the third, led by a three run homer from Carlos Paulino. Hunter Strickland pitched six shutout innings in his second start of the year, and his second start since June 2010. Evan Chambers now has a .250 average an a .375 OBP. Every hitter in the Bradenton lineup recorded a hit.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Greenville 6

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (12.86) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.404) – 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.333) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Gregory Polanco, CF (.333) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Trent Stevenson, RHP (1-0, 6.75) – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco each hit their fourth homers of the year. Hanson’s was a two run shot in the third inning. Polanco hit a three run shot with two outs in the fifth inning. Nick Kingham struggled in his first two outings during the second inning. This time around he gave up a run in the first inning, then followed that up with three shutout innings. Trent Stevenson gave up five runs in the fifth inning.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 5-5

AA: Altoona Curve – 4-5

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 4-6

A: West Virginia Power – 5-6

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I know it’s a small sample size, but if Gregory Polanco & Alen Hanson are playing this well on June 1, it will be interesting to see if the Pirates aggressively promote them like they did with Matt Curry last year.  My guess is that the Bucs will take their time with Polanco & Hanson just like they did with Marte.


Alen Hanson is on complete fire.


 En fuego. 

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