Prospect Watch: Dickerson Homers Again, Two Homers For Welch


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 (.269) – 1-for-5

4. Josh Bell, RF (.267) – DNP

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.211) – DNP

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: Colton Cain, LHP (1-1, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.231) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Stefan Welch 2 (1,2), Alex Dickerson (2)


Box Score

Result: Louisville 4, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (1-3, 3.97) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 3B (.238) – 3-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.269) – 1-for-5

Daniel Moskos, LHP (1.59) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Justin Wilson has a 22:14 K/BB ratio in 22.2 innings this year. In his second start of the year he didn’t allow a walk in 6.2 innings. He’s given up almost a walk an inning in his other three starts. Jared Hughes made his Triple-A debut this year in his first appearance since being demoted. Jordy Mercer had three hits in 28 at-bats over his last nine games heading in to this contest.


Altoona was off today.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Jupiter 2

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (1-1, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B (.231) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.290) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, SB

Carlos Paulino, C (.213) – 2-for-4, 2B

Drew Maggi, SS (.298) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Josh Poytress, LHP (0.00) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (6.00) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson hit his second homer of the year, and his second homer in as many days. The two homers by Stefan Welch were his first two of the year. He also became the first Pirates minor league player to hit multiple homers in the same day this season. Josh Poytress has pitched 4.2 shutout innings in high-A, with three hits, and a 4:2 K/BB ratio. Colton Cain only gave up two hits, one of which was a two-run homer in the fifth inning.


West Virginia was off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 7-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 7-8

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 8-9

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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if Pedro has a 400 OPS, Mercer would have a 250.   Mercer is Clint Barmes….he’ll be a terrible ML hitter but will make a career out of his glove.  


I’m still waiting on the first report from extended spring on Heredia… why no news?


The EST games are really just glorified scrimmages.  No actual stats are kept.  Plus, as Tim has mentioned before, sometimes a pitcher will pitch 4 outs to work on something.  Or a runner will be placed on a base so the pitcher can work out of the stretch or a pickoff move.

We can ask how he’s throwing, but it won’t be a true measure of Heredia.  Hang in there until June 18th when he goes to State College!


Hey WTM, keep reporting on Mercer it seemed to fire him up today 🙂  We need a SS who is able to hit and field…

Steve Dimmick

noticed Mercer played 3B…hmmm….


He is their primary SS right now though…

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