Prospect Watch: Marte Hits 12th Homer, Grossman Has Four Hit Day


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 (2-3, 4.71) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.283) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.319) – 0-for-3, BB

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

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.86) – DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 3.14) – DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.07) – DNP

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.265) – 4-for-7, 3B, BB, 5 RBI

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.327) – 2-for-2, 2B

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.54) – DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (2-7, 5.63) – DNP

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.25) – DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.239) – DNP

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.59) – DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.249) – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.310) – DNP

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.280) – 0-for-5, BB, 3 K

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.285) – DNP

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.20) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (9-8, 3.42) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.265) – 4-for-7, 3B, BB, 5 RBI

Home Runs: Starling Marte (12), Jose Morales (1), Jarek Cunningham (4)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Toledo 6

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (4.31) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Morales, C (.274) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, LF (.283) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 SB

Matt Hague, 1B (.301) – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (9-8, 3.42) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.265) – 4-for-5, 3B, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.378) – 3-for-3, BB, SB

Ramon Cabrera, C (.238) – 3-for-4, 2B

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.214) – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his fourth homer of the year. Brandon Cumpton had a 12:1 GO/AO ratio tonight. Matt Curry went 1-for-4 with a double, his 27th of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Erie 1

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (4.71) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, DH (.313) – 2-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

Hunter Strickland, RHP (2-0, 5.21) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Baker made his first start since June 14th, when he gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings. Prior to tonight’s start, he had a 5.90 ERA in 58 innings as a starter, and a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings as a reliever.



Bradenton was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 9, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-8, 8.15) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.327) – 2-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.55) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner allowed seven base runners in the first inning before being pulled for his single inning pitch limit. All seven scored, with three scoring off of Zac Fuesser. This is the second time in the last four starts that Hafner has failed to make it out of the first inning. On the season he has an 8.15 ERA in 56.1 innings, with a 28:63 K/BB ratio. Last year in State College he had a 3.15 ERA in 65.2 innings, with a 31:20 K/BB ratio.



Game One Box Score

Result: State College 12, Williamsport 6

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (4.60) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Gaffney, RF (.200) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.318) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Game Two Box Score

Result: Williamsport 5, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (0-1, 22.50) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.218) – 1-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.318) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: D.J. Crumlich combined to go 3-for-7 with two doubles. He is now hitting for a .318/.371/.430 line in 107 at-bats. Adrian Sampson made his fifth appearance. He has a 4.60 ERA in 15.2 innings, with a 17:5 K/BB ratio. Barrett Barnes combined to go 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts.


The Pirates were off today.



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The Pirates were off today.



The Pirates were off today.

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The other day I mentioned Casey Sadler as a pitcher overlooked in the system. Now, I’ll point out Brandon Cumpton. I sat two row behind home plate today and he was very strong. Sat 89-92, but commanded fast ball very well keeping it down in the zone. He pitch to both sides of the plate and missed inside a few times to lefties. He got a ton of ground ball outs and was only hit hard maybe 3 or 4 times. He doesn’t miss a lot of bats and didn’t use his off speed much stuff. He went mostly to a curve, but he also threw what appeared to be a change 3 or 4 times.

John DiVito

His numbers have been good, but I always wait on guys like this. He is like Rudy Owens or Kyle McPherson. They are lower draft picks without overwhelming stuff, but they know how to pitch. The Pirates are having success with Karstens, so why not these guys, right?!


The 5.6K/9 is all the further you need to go to know he’s not a MLB SP prospect. Even the low K rate MLB guys like Paul Maholm (8.3) got K’s at AA.Both Owens and McPherson miss way more bats too. I hate to minimize things so much, but its just a fact. Of course he could be a useful bullpen arm.


Interestingly enough, the one K Cumpton got was to the Free Big Mac hitter. I think it’s fair to say he gets big strike outs in big situtations.

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