Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole and Casey Sadler Pitch Shutout Ball


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 post trade deadline update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-4, 3.43) – 5.1 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 3 BB 6 SO 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) – DNP

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.310) – DNP

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) – DNP

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.83) – DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.66) – DNP (In the Majors)

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 3.88) – DNP

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.50) – DNP

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.288) – State College DL (UPDATE)

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.216) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.300) – 0-for-4

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.290) – 1-for-3, BB

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.67) – DNP  1.1 IP 3 H 2 R 0 ER 1 BB 1 SO 0 HR

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.291) – 1-for-3

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (5-7, 4.74) – DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.278) – 1-for-4, 2B

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.94) – DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 2.01) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler (4-5 3.57)  7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, SS (.281) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, SB

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (14), Oscar Tejeda (8), Dilson Herrera (7), Jarek Cunningham (6), Edgardo Rangel (2)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (11-4 3.43) 5.1 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 7 SO 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF (.313) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.216) 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: VandenHurk has gone 3-4 in his last seven starts after winning his first nine decisions of the year(one coming with Bradenton). Indianapolis picked up just four hits on the night, the doubles by Tabata and Sanchez, as well as singles by Jeff Clement and Alex Presley. Presley also picked up a stolen base and an outfield assist. Evan Meek threw a scoreless eighth inning, collecting two strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Trenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-4 3.43) 5.1 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 3 BB 6 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Oscar Tejeda, LF (.256) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.217) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Adalberto Santos, RF (.383) – 2-for-3

Matt Curry, 1B (.290) – 1-for-3, BB


Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had his second straight scoreless outing against Trenton. On 7/31 he threw six shutout innings, striking out six batters in that game as well. In the sixth inning, Cole touched 100 MPH on the radar gun. He threw 90 pitches on the night, 52 of them for strikes. Oscar Tejeda and Jarek Cunningham each hit two-run homers in the four run fourth inning, to give Altoona all the runs they needed for the win. Quincy Latimore added two hits on the night. He is hitting .400 in his last ten games, with a 1.152 OPS.



Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler (4-5 3.57)  7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.267) – 3-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr, CF (.249) – 1-for-3, BB, SB, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  Casey Sadler threw seven scoreless innings against a Palm Beach team that hit him around for seven runs over 4.2 innings in his last start just five days ago. It’s the second time this has happened this season between Sadler and Palm Beach. On 6/29 he gave up four runs in five innings, only to throw seven scoreless innings against them just five days later. Both bad starts were on the road while the 14 shutout innings were all pitched at home. Josh Poytress finished the game off with two scoreless innings for the save. The double by Vasquez was the only extra base hit of the night for either team.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (2-3 6.48) 2.2 IP 2 H 4 R 2 ER 5 BB 0 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Lashment, DH (.241) 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, 1B (.278) – 1-for-4, 2B

Willy Garcia, RF (.257) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were both out of the starting lineup after leaving yesterday’s game with injuries. An update on each player’s status can be read here. Zac Fuesser threw three scoreless innings to keep the score close, but West Virginia failed to score in the last three innings. The home run by Garcia was his 14th of the season, leaving his two behind Hanson and one behind Polanco and Jose Osuna for the team lead. His 68 RBI’s ranks him eighth in the SAL, 14 behind Polanco for the team lead. Power pitchers gave up just four hits all night, but they issued nine walks.



Box Score

Result:  State College 4, Auburn 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (0-0 2.83)  3 IP 5 H 2 R 1 ER 2 BB 6 SO 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.273) – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Tyler Gaffney, CF (.305) – 2-for-4

Walker Gourley, LF (.257) -2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: The first four batters in the State College lineup, Gaffney, Gourley, DJ Crumlich and Stallings each had two hits, while the latter three all drove in one run apiece. The rest of the lineup collected just one hit, a single from Samuel Gonzalez. The Spikes batters struck out 15 times on the night. Reliever Pat Ludwig threw three scoreless innings. In his last 20.2 innings, covering 10 games, he has allowed just one earned run. He picked up the win, his third of the season. Sampson now has 32 strikeouts this year in 28.2 innings.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Phillies 2 in 7 innings

Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Sandfort, RHP (0-1 5.91) 1.2 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 1 SO 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.257) – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elvis Escobar, CF (.265) – 0-for-2, BB

Jin De-Jhang, DH (.313) – 2-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Sandfort gave up one run in each of the first two innings, but the Pirates came back and scored three runs before the game was called early due to rain. The Pirates got strong relief from Aliaskei Lukashevich, who went 2.1 innings without allowing a run. He is now up to 16.1 innings on the year without allowing an earned run. Isaac Sanchez followed him with two scoreless innings. The home run by Herrera was his seventh of the season, tying him for the GCL lead. The Pirates as a team have 25 homers, the most in the league.



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Box score

Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (1-4 3.47) 5 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 5 SO 1 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH (.365) – 3-for-4



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Mets 4

Starting Pitcher: Eduardo Vera, RHP (1-0 4.25) 4 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 3 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, SS (.281) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Christopher De Leon, RHP (3.23) 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Edgardo Rangel, C (.258) – 2-for-5, HR

Edgardo Munoz, DH (.237) – 1-for-1, 3 BB, RBI




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Lee Young

Maybe it’s a good thing we didn’t call up Morris? He’s pitched lately about as badly as our MLB bullpen has pitched?

Linda McIver Lorne

What a shut out for Casey Sadler today!

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