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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Shut Out Again


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, 2.92) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.246) – 0-for-3, BB, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.223) – 0-for-3, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) – DNP

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: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5-3, 3.72) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 2-for-4

Home Runs: None


Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 3, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2-2, 2.50) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, LF (.125) – 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.156) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 SB, 3 K

Game Notes: Indianapolis was shut out for the fourth night in a row. Rudy Owens had a decent start, giving up three runs in six innings. It was the first time in his last seven starts that his individual game ERA was over 3.00. His secondary numbers stayed strong, with a 6:1 K/BB ratio and six hits allowed. He’s only given up more than a hit per inning in two of eight starts this year, and his walk tonight was his fifth in 54 innings. As Nancy Zinni reports, Jordy Mercer missed his second straight game with a strained abdominal muscle.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5-3, 3.72) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.250) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.288) – 2-for-4, RBI

Duke Welker, RHP (2.21) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game report.


Box Score

Result: Dunedin 7, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (2.79) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.304) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.240) – 2-for-5, RBI

Josh Poytress, LHP (0.00) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (5.50) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Casey Sadler made his first start of the year, and only the second of his minor league career. On the season he has a 2.79 ERA in 29 innings, with a 23:3 K/BB ratio. Josh Poytress extended his shutout streak in high-A to 19 innings. Quinton Miller had his worst outing since moving to the closer role in Bradenton, blowing the save by allowing two inherited runners to score in the eighth, then giving up a two run homer in the ninth. In his last ten outings he has a 3.65 ERA in 12.1 innings, with a 10:2 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Greenville 7, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-4, 6.17) – 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.233) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.303) – 2-for-5

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (8.64) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk, and also recorded two errors, giving him 19 on the year. Zack Dodson reached his single inning pitch count in the first, and left after two outs. Dodson was coming off two starts where he combined to allow three earned runs in 11 innings. Prior to those starts he gave up six runs in 3.1 innings.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-19

AA: Altoona Curve – 17-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-23

A: West Virginia Power – 13-28

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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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