Prospect Watch: Dickerson Hits First Homer of the Year


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 5.25) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 2.63) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.274) – 1-for-4, 3B

4. Josh Bell, RF (.267) – 1-for-5, 2B, 4 K

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) – Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.211) – 0-for-4, BB, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.282) – DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) – AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 10.24) – DNP


Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2.84) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.288) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (1), Benji Gonzalez (1)


Box Score

Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2.84) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.274) – 1-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Morales, C (.250) – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.261) – 0-for-1, 3 BB, SB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Richmond 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Poreda, LHP (2.25) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.469) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.288) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Brock Holt, SS (.314) – 2-for-3, BB

Victor Black, RHP (1.35) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (1-0, 1.08) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos has gone 11-for-20 with four doubles since Andrew Lambo has gone on the disabled list. Aaron Poreda has an 11:11 K/BB ratio in 16 innings this year, over three starts. Victor Black entered today’s appearance with a 5:0 K/BB ratio in five innings on the season, before giving up his first three walks of the season today. Duke Welker has given up one earned run in 8.1 innings this year, with a 6:1 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Jupiter 14, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (7.24) – 2.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.288) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Benji Gonzalez, 2B (.273) – 1-for-4, HR

Stefan Welch, 3B (.208) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The Bradenton pitching staff gave up 12 runs in the first four innings. Tyler Waldron gave up six runs in the second inning. Alex Dickerson hit a double and a homer, which were his first extra base hits of the year. Infielder Andy Vasquez had to come on to pitch an inning to finish off the game for West Virginia. Vasquez pitched a shutout inning.


Box Score

Result: Charleston 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0.84) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, LF (.343) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, SS (.286) – 2-for-4, BB

Josh Bell, RF (.267) – 1-for-5, 2B, 4 K

Game Notes: Matt Benedict has allowed two earned runs in 21.1 innings, with an 18:5 K/BB ratio. Josh Bell has struck out 21 times in 60 at-bats (35%). Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with a double, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 7-9

AA: Altoona Curve – 7-8

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 7-9

A: West Virginia Power – 5-12

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Long way to go from low A to prospect for Benedict, but stranger things have happened … Tim Alderson from star to bum to star to bum to star… 🙂

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Seems to me that Benedict is doing his damnedest to get himself into being considered a prospect.

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