Prospect Watch: Morton Throws Four Shutout Innings, Bad Night For Offense


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, 2.76) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 2.63) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.338) –  0-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.243) – 0-for-4

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.200) – 2-for-3, BB

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 1.54) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (1-2, 3.92) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-1, 3.50) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.262) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.261) – DNP

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.167) – 0-for-3, BB

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.00) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.18) – DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 2.11) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.52) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-3, 3.66) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.313) – 3-for-4, 2B

Home Runs: None



Indianapolis was rained out.


Charlie Morton threw four shutout innings in a rehab start.
Charlie Morton threw four shutout innings in a rehab start.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 3B-CF (.343) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.206) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Charlie Morton made his second rehab start, and first for Altoona. Morton went four shutout innings, throwing 69 pitches and 40 strikes. He had a 5:3 groundout to air out ratio, and the only hit he allowed came on the ground as well. Altoona didn’t have much offense on the night. Andy Vasquez was the only batter with multiple hits. On the season Vasquez is hitting for a .343/.395/.486 line in 35 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 3, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-3, 3.66) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.313) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B (.265) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Click here to read my game report.



Box Score

Result: Charleston 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (6.06) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.262) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF (.200) – 2-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, DH (.289) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: John Kuchno struggled with his control tonight, but limited the damage to one run over four innings. In his first two starts he gave up ten runs in 7.1 innings. In his last two starts he gave up one run in nine innings. Control has been a problem for him this year, with 11 walks in 16.1 innings so far. Dilson Herrera brought in the only runs with a two RBI triple. Barrett Barnes had two hits and a walk on the night. Stetson Allie went 1-for-4.

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Tim, how much stock do you take in minor league Pitchers “numbers?” I am pretty sure that as they rise through the system they are given specific gameplans, specific guidlines on which pitches they are to throw/work on etc.

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