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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Prospect Watch: Two Homer Night For Gift Ngoepe


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, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 5.29) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 1.93) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.303) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.222) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) – DNP

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-1, 8.59) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-1, 5.03) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.321) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Nick Evans (2), Jake Fox (1), Gift Ngoepe 2 (1,2)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 13, Durham 2

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (3-0, 3.18) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Evans, 1B (.200) – 4-for-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 4-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI

Jake Fox, DH (.444) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Jordy Mercer, SS (.243) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.303) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (5.59) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live game report.


Box Score

Result: Akron 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (5.14) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.222) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.413) – 2-for-4, RBI

Victor Black, RHP (1.04) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt McSwain made the start for Altoona with Aaron Pribanic on the disabled list. Victor Black has allowed just one earned run in 8.2 innings, with an 11:4 K/BB ratio. Robbie Grossman had his second straight multi-hit game. He has walked seven times in his last nine games. Adalberto Santos is 15-for-34 since Andrew Lambo went on the disabled list. Tonight was his fifth multi-hit game in that nine game stretch.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Charlotte 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-1, 5.03) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B (.222) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, SS (.275) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, SB

Evan Chambers, RF (.246) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Waldron bounced back after giving up seven earned runs in two innings during his last outing. Gift Ngoepe hit two homers, his first two of the season. Drew Maggi stole his seventh base. Eight of the nine runs were knocked in by the top three hitters (Gift, Maggi, Chambers). Eliecer Navarro and Quinton Miller combined for three shutout innings to close out the game, with Miller throwing a shutout ninth inning.


Box Score

Result: Savannah 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (0-1, 8.59) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.273) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Elias Diaz, C (.159) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: After giving up nine runs in three innings over his first two starts, Nick Kingham has rebounded, allowing five runs in 11.2 innings over his last three outings. Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 for the second night in a row. He also stole his tenth base of the year. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 16 games, which is the longest of the season in the South Atlantic League.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 10-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 8-11

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 9-12

A: West Virginia Power – 7-14

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.


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