Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Throws Seven Shutout, Sanchez, Lambo, and Allie Homer


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 (4-3, 3.25) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.26) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.306) – 1-for-4, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.284) – 0-for-4

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.271) – 1-for-4, 2 K

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL (UPDATE: Barnes Returning Soon)

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.95) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.34) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.60) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.295) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.317) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 6.46) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.02) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.92) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-3, 3.25) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.317) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (6), Matt Hague (5), Jerry Sands (4), Andrew Lambo (12), Stetson Allie (15)


Gerrit Cole threw seven shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole threw seven shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 11, Columbus 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-3, 3.25) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.317) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP (3.86) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Felix Pie, CF (.278) – 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Josh Harrison, 2B (.288) – 3-for-6

Matt Hague, 1B (.302) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Jerry Sands, RF (.189) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Tony Sanchez hit his sixth homer of the year. Matt Hague hit his fifth homer of the year. Jerry Sands had his fourth of the year. Gerrit Cole had his best start of the year, throwing seven shutout innings with two hits allowed. It was the second outing this season where he didn’t allow an run, and the other outing was four shutout innings. He’s thrown two other outings with seven innings, giving up one run in each, but dealt with control problems in one, and gave up a few more walks and hits in the other.



Box Score

Result: Portland 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (2-5, 3.83) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.291) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo homered for his third straight game. He now has 12 homers on the season, which is his highest single year total since 2008 when he combined for 18 homers between low-A and Double-A. 15 of those 18 came in low-A at the age of 19. You could make a case for a promotion for Lambo, especially with Alex Presley in the majors for the time being. However, he doesn’t add anything the Pirates don’t have. Prior to tonight he had a .977 OPS against right-handers, with eight of his 11 homers. His homer tonight was against a right-hander. The numbers against lefties have come up, with a .730 OPS and three homers. He’s worked his way back to being a prospect, but might not be better than the options ahead of him. The Pirates might be better off keeping him in Double-A, allowing him to continue putting up strong numbers, and using him as a trade chip. Lambo has spent a lot of time in Double-A, but is only 24 years old.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1-9, 3.08) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.266) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.306) – 1-for-4, SB

Matt Benedict, RHP (5.89) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro has pitched well this year, but hasn’t gotten a lot of run support. That’s led to a lot of losses in close games where he doesn’t give up any runs, and gets zero run support. Tonight he got a few runs and shut down Jupiter for seven innings for his first win of the season. Navarro has a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings, with a 55:12 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco stole his 22nd base of the year. Last year he stole 40 bases on the season with West Virginia.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (6-3, 2.04) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.337) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jason Creasy, RHP (3.82) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Click here for John Dreker’s live game report.

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Fred Langford

Some other notes from the Indy game: Tony Sanchez looked great at the plate (Most Indy players did with ex-pirate and tomato can Joe Martinez on the mound) Sanchez hit the bomb I believe to left center, had an opposite field double, and i believe a single up the middle if I remember correctly? I have seen him twice now this year and he is 6-7 with a walk and two doubles and homers. The smallest of samples but he looks ready at the plate. Throwing is another thing. I saw him throw 1 nice strike after the warmup to second early…after that he bounced a throw to 3B after a K…then he did it again later…then he uncorked a throwdown into center and then the next inning pulled Harrison off the bag on the throwdown…he was not happy with himself shaking his head in disgust several times…but at least he kept hitting.

Pie looked great starting the game 4-4 and showing blazing speed on a double. He is such a good athlete that it easily shows out there like when you see a Cutch or Marte. Only if he could find consistency. Sands hit a rocket 25 feet off the ground that flew out in about 2-3 seconds. The longest ball I’ve seen hit out to left since Neil Walker bomber one a few years ago at Huntington. Matt hague hit a bomb too once again leaving scratching my head he only has 5 homers and not in the majors…FREE MATT HA…just kidding. Other than that harrison looked real good at 2nd turning a nice double play and flashing an accurate arm on a charging play….d’Arnaud looked solid at the plate and fast on the bases almost beating out a routine grounder…Brett Caroll was in and Presley did not play making 2 times he has sat in C-Bus this year. Presely is a favorite of mine to watch because he looks odd out there but gets the job done…like a poor man’s Johnny Damon. brett Carroll took many circuitus routes in left and dropped a ball in foul territory that was called fair for one of Cole’s two hits allowed…i thought it was foul. Lastly, Duke Welker, the big corn-fed mule came out in the 8th before I left. He was allowed a baserunner or two…but was 95 repeatedly on the gun. Duke signifies the end of an era…he will likely be the last Dave Littlefield draftee to play in the majors. (Fake sniffles)


Fred,jus to let you know,Alex Presley was in Pittsburgh,thats why you didn’t see him.

Susanne Klich Langford

Thanks buster09. Just figured that out a little while ago. Hopefully he can contribute.


Tim, you mention that Lambo doesn’t add anything that the Pirates don’t already have, but does he possibly project as a low-cost replacement for Garrett Jones? I know Jones is a fan favorite, but since he’ll be looking at $5+ million next year, it might not be a bad move to be a little aggressive with Lambo in moving him to AAA and get him some more reps at 1B with an eye to seeing if he can allow the Pirates to move Jones.


Can we at least put Power Allie as #20A in the prospect rankings….

Just save me some time from going to The WV box score….


Tim: Is this Gerrit Cole saying he wants to be in the Rotation of the Pirates? The opportunity is there, and he has seized it with his 6 innings after a bad first inning in the last start and then the 7 inning beauty last night. IMO, one more start next Wednesday, then travel to Pittsburgh on the 9th or 10th and pitch Tuesday, June 11 against the SF Giants, and again against the Dodgers on Sunday before going on the road. The only stat that could be an issue is the number of walks (27) in 61 IP, but only 1 walk in the last 12 innings is VG for a kid that throws like he does.

Fred Langford

…was at the game until the 8th. I got to see every pitch for Cole and he was impressive. After a 90 minute delay he came out throwing 92-93 in the first. Not surprising after having 6 days off and then sitting and waiting. I think he hit 94 maybe once or twice in an easy first inning. After that he amped it up slowly as the game went on and after the 3rd he was pretty much 93-97 on the park gun which I would say after watching many games at Huntington Park is accurate. He hit 98 a few times…maybe 2 or 3 that I saw so I didn’t get to see 100 on the gun leaving Aroldis Chapman as the only guy I have ever seen do it at Huntington. Coles control was spectacular other than one inning….I believe the 4th where he drilled a guy between the numbers with a 90 mph pitch, maybe a 2 seamer he lost…then he walked the next batter. After losing composure a little he quickly got a double play ball d’Arnaud started and then absolutely cruised after that. He threw 90 pitches and I think he threw 62 strikes which is very good. Take that one inning out and he was well over 80% strikes…most of them good strikes not up in the zone…which is a great sign for him. I was surprised at his changeup which i thought was up in the high 80s. His breaking pitches were all down in the 83-85 range. I was down the 1B line up high and had trouble picking out the change from the slider…but so did the Clipper hitters. If he is throwing a changeup in the 84-85 range and fooling hitters, it is just not fair having 12-14 mph difference between the two. Anyways, he left after 7 and semmed like he could have at least cruised through the 8th and been around 100 pitches but glad they got him out and got momentum back in the right direction.

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