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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Prospect Watch: Alderson Returns to Rotation With Decent Results


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 (2-1, 3.18) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 1-for-4, 2B

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.261) – 1-for-3, BB

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 6.75) – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-3, 3.02) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.181) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: None


Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 4, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-3, 3.02) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Morales, C (.273) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Indianapolis was held to three hits on the night. Jeff Locke had a good start. He gave up five runs in 5.2 innings the last time out, but has gone six or more innings with two or fewer earned runs in five of his previous six starts, including tonight. On the season he has a 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innings, with a 30:9 K/BB ratio. Starling Marte and Jose Morales both doubled. This was Marte’s second game back, and first in center field since returning from his injury.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (2-1, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.181) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

Tony Sanchez, C (.261) – 1-for-3, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.281) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Miles Durham, RF (.500) – 2-for-4, 2B

Mike Colla, RHP (4.76) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tim Alderson made his first start of the year, throwing 84 pitches with 54 strikes. Alderson gave up most of his damage in the fourth inning after a leadoff triple followed by an RBI double. Two of his strikeouts came in the first inning, and his third strikeout came in the fourth, getting Manny Machado swinging. Mike Colla was previously in the rotation, but looks to be the odd man out with Alderson making the move. Colla had a 5.15 ERA in 36.2 innings heading in to the night, along with a 28:12 K/BB ratio. He’s better suited for relief, which is a role he held all through his professional career until around this time last season.


Bradenton was postponed.


Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2-3, 3.14) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.35) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Alen Hanson, SS (.350) – 0-for-4, 4 K

Gregory Polanco, CF (.302) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Matt Benedict gave up three runs in the first inning, and that was all Lexington needed, as West Virginia was held to five hits. It wasn’t the best day for Alen Hanson, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The shortstop has cooled off in May, hitting for a .231/.293/.385 line in 52 at-bats coming in to tonight. Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games. Rinku Singh now has a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings, with a 20:5 K/BB ratio.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-16

AA: Altoona Curve – 14-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-19

A: West Virginia Power – 13-25

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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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Lee Young

Tim………any update on Josh Bell?

I sure hope Hanson isn’t gonna do what he did last year and f-a-d-e.


Maybe if you start calling him K Han, it’ll fire him up. lol

Lee Young

good one! K Han…. 🙂

how ya doing indy? I don’t get ‘out’ much anymore to the Tavern. I’m retired now and spending less time on the computer and more time on the house and yard. I love it!!!!

Ryan Quinn

I think we need a follow-up with Rinku. . . he’s getting results.

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