Prospect Watch: Clement Hits For Cycle, Hanson Hits Eighth 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, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.47) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – 2-for-8, 3B

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.277) – 1-for-3

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4-3, 3.10) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.307) – 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (6), Alex Presley (4), Charlie Cutler (2), Alen Hanson (8), Ulises Montilla (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Syracuse 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4-3, 3.10) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.307) – 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.97) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Evan Meek, RHP (1.15) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Alex Presley, LF (.259) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jeff Clement hit for the cycle, finishing off his four hit day with a triple in the seventh inning. His homer was his sixth of the year. Alex Presley hit his fourth homer of the year, and also doubled. Jeff Locke has a 3.10 ERA in 61 innings on the year, with a 53:11 K/BB ratio. In his last six starts he has pitched in to the seventh inning five times.


Game One Box Score

Result: Portland 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (3-6, 5.40) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (3.52) – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Tony Sanchez, C (.277) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Nathan Baker continued his control issues, with 16 walks in 15.2 innings over his last four starts. Jeff Inman now has a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings in Double-A.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Portland 2

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (4.76) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.216) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Charles Cutler, DH (.286) – 1-for-2, HR, BB

Victor Black, RHP (1-1, 1.88) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona won on a walk off two run single by Jarek Cunningham in the bottom of the seventh. Victor Black now has a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings, with a 30:12 K/BB ratio.


Game One Box Score

Result: Brevard County 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.284) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Andy Vasquez, 2B (.294) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon has given up more than two earned runs just three times this year, although all three starts have come in the last four outings for the right-hander. Taillon gave up three of his runs in the fourth inning.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Brevard County 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (0-2, 4.15) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, RF (.291) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (3.77) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Mel Rojas combined to go 3-for-7 on the day. He had a strong month of May, hitting for a .306/.349/.438 line in 121 at-bats. Bradenton’s offense scored one run on four hits in game two. Casey Sadler made his second start of the year.


Box Score

Result: Hickory 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.36) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.346) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Junior Sosa, RF (.275) – 3-for-4, 2 SB

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.08) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his 8th homer of the year and his 18th double. That puts him in a tie for the system lead in each category. Since giving up five runs in 0.2 innings on May 18th, Zack Dodson has given up five earned runs in 13.2 innings over his last three starts. Rinku Singh now has a 2.08 ERA in 30.1 innings, with a 22:7 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Rangers 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deybi Garcia, C (.667) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Grullon joined the Pirates roster late last year, pitching five innings in three appearances after August 11th.


Box Score

Result: Cubs 7, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (0-1, 6.00) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, LF (.667) – 2-for-3, HR

Game Notes: Montilla hit for a .364/.439/.506 line in the Venezuelan Summer League last year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 32-23

AA: Altoona Curve – 25-29

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 24-31

A: West Virginia Power – 18-38

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 1-0

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 0-1

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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Ian Rothermund

Too bad for Taillon…the bad inning strikes again. I think in his last game, he hadn’t even given up a hit until the third or the fourth, whenever they put up 5 on him.

Lee Young

That isn’t a good trend. He needs to learn to minimize those bad innings.

Ian Rothermund

well duh. Being as he’s practically still a child and still two years ahead of most of the other prep pitchers in the organization, I’ll take it. Personally I was never a fan of trying to push him forward this year unless he continued to really dominate.

Lee Young

frikkin BIG child…

Ian Rothermund

lol, yeah. He still looks it in the face though.

Patrick Kelly

I’m not well versed on the DSL guys and am only partially familiar with Hurtarte based on the writeup from here after he signed. Who are the guys we should be keeping an eye on?

Lee Young

He’s a switch hitting Guatemalan. I learned that from some book I bought. Foogot the name, tho….lol

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