Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez Hitting For Power; Alen Hanson Hits First 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 (3-1, 2.55) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 2.82) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.303) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.264) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.292) – 0-for-3

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 1.80) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (4-2, 3.79) – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 6.10) – Low-A DL

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.299) – 2-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.294) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.184) – DNP

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-0, 5.85) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.57) – DNP

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.70) – DNP

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

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 1.99) – DNP

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-3, 3.14) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.294) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (3), Alen Hanson (1)


Tony Sanchez hit his third homer of the year tonight.
Tony Sanchez hit his third homer of the year tonight.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Buffalo 4

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-1, 2.55) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.294) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Harrison, SS (.316) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Alex Presley, DH (.275) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Felix Pie, CF (.226) – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Brett Carroll, LF (.276) – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had trouble with the long ball tonight, giving up three solo homers. Cole had given up one homer in 36.1 innings coming into this game. One positive is that he only walked one, and has five walks in 19 innings in his last three starts, after 15 walks in 23.1 innings in his first five starts. Tony Sanchez hit his third homer of the year. He also hit a double for the fifth straight game. Sanchez now has a double in seven of his last nine games. After today’s game, Sanchez has a .294/.400/.518 line, and a .224 ISO.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Trenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Sanz, RHP (2-1, 3.63) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.186) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B (.299) – 2-for-5

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.303) – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos started the season with 19 games in a row where he reached base safely. He went three games in a row where he didn’t reach base before tonight. Tonight he got back on track with a triple. Andrew Lambo keeps hitting, and now has a .299/.357/.518 line in 137 at-bats. In the month of May he has a .326/.375/.651 line in 43 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Clearwater 7

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.79) – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.264) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.292) – 4-for-4, 2B, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.264) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his first homer of the year tonight, with the homer coming at a key moment. Hanson led off the top of the ninth inning with a solo shot, giving the Marauders an 8-7 lead, which eventually was enough to win. He also added his sixth double of the season. Benji Gonzalez went 4-for-4 on the night, and is now hitting for a .292/.370/.407 line. Nick Kingham had his worst start of the year, being removed in the first inning after reaching a single inning pitch limit.



Box Score

Result: Hickory 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-3, 3.14) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.297) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.299) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez has given up two earned runs in 23.1 innings over his last four starts, with a 20:3 K/BB ratio. On the season he has a 3.14 ERA in 43 innings, with a 36:12 K/BB ratio. Rodriguez is also getting a lot of ground balls, with a 2.19 GO/AO ratio. Josh Bell and Stetson Allie each went 0-for-3, but Dilson Herrera continued his hitting, going 2-for-4. It was the fourth straight game that Herrera had multiple hits.

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Kevin Anstrom

Very quietly Hanson has improved his fielding stats. He has raised his fielding pct above 92% along with a decent RF. An improvement to 95% would be passable in the majors.


KA: After starting out with 13 E’s in the first 16 games, .920 is nothing short of phenomenal – 22 straight games without an error. Hanson, Polanco, and Osuna are all excellent prospects drafted on the International market and being developed from scratch by the Pirates. Polanco and Hanson are from the Dominican Republic as are current Bucs Starling Marte, Wandy Rodriguez, and Francisco Liriano.


I’m going to show the fourth member of that Dominican Republic quartet some love. Willy Garcia started off the year looking over matched with a 29:1 K:BB ratio over his first 24 games but over the last 10 it has gotten much better at 11:3 and he is even hitting some with a .786 OPS.

Lee Young

that IS good news!
Not thrilled with Cole or Kingham’s outings.
Bell and Allie each had a walk, so it wasn’t a wasted night for them?


Ian Rothermund

Cole still only gave up 5 hits in 6 innings….and I doubt he’ll average giving up 3 HR a game

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