Prospect Watch: Cole Improves, Sanchez Heating Up, and Allie Stays Hot


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.65) – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 1.64) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.286) –  1-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.191) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.280) – 1-for-4, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.35) – DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 6.52) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 2.57) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.310) – 1-for-5

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.276) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.220) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.43) – DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.68) – DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 2.93) – DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (1-0, 2.57) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.411) – 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (1), Stetson Allie (6)


Gerrit Cole had a much better start this time around with Indianapolis.
Gerrit Cole had a much better start this time around with Indianapolis.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-1, 3.65) – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.276) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Harrison, 2B (.625) – 2-for-3, BB

Jordy Mercer, SS (.295) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had a much better start than he did in his first two outings. He gave up just one run in 6.1 innings, after combining for six innings total in the first two starts. The downside was that Cole walked four batters in those 6.1 innings. Control was a problem for him at the end of his time with Altoona, and he threw a lot of pitches in a small amount of innings in his first two outings. This was a much better start, but there’s still things for him to work on. Tony Sanchez hit his first home run of the season. He is now 7-for-14 in his last four games, with two doubles and a homer. John Fredland wrote about Sanchez getting work on his hitting, and what led to his big three hit game the other night.



Altoona was suspended 1-1 in extra innings. The game will be completed tomorrow. Casey Sadler made a good start, throwing seven innings with one run on five hits and two walks, striking out five. Mel Rojas is currently 2-for-4 with a walk.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (1-0, 2.57) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.279) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Quinton Miller, RHP (4.15) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Earlier today Robby Rowland had the following pre-game tweet:

After his six shutout innings with two hits and six strikeouts?

Bradenton won their second game of the season, thanks to Rowland, but also due to two RBIs from Willy Garcia. Alen Hanson was out of the lineup for the second day in a row, following a three error game.



Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 8, Greenville 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (1.17) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Stetson Allie, 1B (.411) – 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.220) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Eric Wood, 3B (.318) – 2-for-5, 2B

Junior Sosa, CF (.286) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit his sixth homer of the year, coming in the ninth inning with one runner on base. West Virginia was already leading 6-3 at the time. Raul Fortunato went 0-for-5, snapping a nine game hitting streak. Wyatt Mathisen could be starting to heat up, going 5-for-10 in his last two games. Eric Wood has already been heating up, and now has a .318/.348/.614 line through ten games. Orlando Castro has allowed two earned runs in 15.1 innings this season, with a 15:0 K/BB ratio.

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Scott Richards

PirateMike: Do you feel his is Brad Lincoln like?


I really don’t get all the hype about Cole.
When the guy gets lit up or just pitches ok everybody just glosses over it and when he occasionally pitches a good game everybody gushes about him.
I honestly don’t know how good this guy will be but I think he is highly overrated from what I have seen I think Taillon will be a better pitcher than Cole who will probably be a relief pitcher or a back of the rotation guy when the smoke clears.
I’m a Pirate fan so I will be glad to be proven wrong.


I hope that pirate fans appreciate the early accomplishments of Stetson. This kid has put up some amazing #’s (early). I don’t care early, middle, end his numbers are something to hang a pirate hat on. He has done it with class saying he has received tremendous support from his coaches and the pirate organization. You got like this “KID”!

buc em all


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