Prospect Watch: Altoona is No Hit, Barnes Homers, Good Pitching From Irwin, Sadler

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 5.17) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.43) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.286) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.329) – 0-for-4

5. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.13) – DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 2.89) – DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 2.95) – DNP

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.254) – 0-for-4

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.318) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-4, 4.40) – DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-7, 6.06) – DNP

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.06) – DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.238) – 0-for-3

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.261) – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.322) – DNP

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.280) – 0-for-1, 2 BB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) – 1-for-4, BB

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.19) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-7, 3.63) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.291) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Barrett Barnes (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Columbus 3

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (9-1, 3.43) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.281) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.65) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Alex Presley, LF (.301) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Rick VandenHurk picked up his ninth win of the year, and now has a 3.43 ERA in 65.2 innings, with a 53:24 K/BB ratio with Indianapolis. Bryan Morris now has a 2.65 ERA in 54.1 innings, with a 55:12 K/BB ratio. Brandon Boggs is hitting for a .407 average and a 1.151 OPS in 27 at-bats in July, following a .364 average and a 1.034 OPS in 77 at-bats in June.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Akron 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-7, 3.63) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.219) – 0-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Altoona was no-hit by Giovanni Soto, who did allow a run on three walks, but stuck out six in the complete game no hitter. Soto needed 104 pitches to get the job done. The no hitter over-shadowed a great performance by Phil Irwin, who threw 100 pitches, with 71 for strikes. In his last four starts, Irwin has given up four earned runs in 28 innings, with a 23:3 K/BB ratio. Robbie Grossman went 0-for-4, snapping a 25 game on-base streak.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Clearwater 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.16) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.263) – 2-for-5, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Justin Howard, 1B (.308) – 2-for-4, BB

Kirk Singer, 3B (.272) – 2-for-6, SB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler has now made six starts in a row. The right-hander has combined for a 2.45 ERA in 33 innings during that stretch, with a 28:7 K/BB ratio after his ten strikeout performance today. On the season, Sadler has a 3.07 ERA in 41 innings as a starter over eight starts, with a 31:8 K/BB ratio. Dan Grovatt has a .346 average and an .874 OPS in 52 at-bats in July.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Augusta 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-7, 7.11) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.318) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Zac Fuesser, LHP (4.26) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Coming in to this game, Gregory Polanco had a .444 average and a 1.221 OPS in 45 at-bats in the month of July. Ryan Hafner’s walk rates have struggled all season. After tonight’s game he has a 27:59 K/BB ratio in 55.2 innings. Last year he walked 20 in 65.2 innings in State College.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 3, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (0-2, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.291) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Logan Pevny, RHP (1.64) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Barrett Barnes hit his third home run of the year. All three have come in his last nine games. He’s 12-for-29 in that span, and has three doubles and seven walks to go with his homer. Jason Creasy now has a 4.50 ERA in 26 innings, with a 14:7 K/BB ratio. Logan Pevny has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings, with a 7:5 K/BB ratio.

 

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DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.

 

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Prospect Watch

  • What happened to Haffner? You gotta feel for the guy.

    • yea I thought he was a nice looking prospect….hopefully he can pull it together and finish strong..

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