Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Owens and Cain


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 (1-1, 3.52) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.46) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.275) – 1-for-6

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.200) – 0-for-4, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.269) – DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-1, 8.24) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR


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Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2.12) – 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.221) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (4)


Box Score

Result: Norfolk 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (2.12) – 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jake Fox, 1B (.407) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, SS (.263) – 2-for-6, 2B

Tim Wood, RHP (5.11) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Daniel Moskos, LHP (0-2, 4.70) – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 ER

Game Notes: Rudy Owens gave up a solo homer to lead off the second inning. Prior to that, the last time he allowed a run was on April 15th, spanning 18.2 innings. On the season he has a 2.12 ERA in 34 innings, with a 26:2 K/BB ratio and a .205 BAA. Indianapolis lost in 13 innings to Norfolk. Jake Fox had two hits for the second straight day, and for the fifth time in his last seven games. He has six doubles in that span, and one homer.


Box Score

Result: Erie 1, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (0.66) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.305) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.307) – 1-for-3, BB

Victor Black, RHP (0-1, 1.54) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brock Holt is now hitting for a .305/.400/.463 line in 82 at-bats. Last year he hit for a .288 average in Altoona, although his OPS was .743, which is 120 points lower than his OPS so far this year. Victor Black gave up his second earned run of the year. In 11.2 innings he has a 1.54 ERA and a 14:5 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Charlotte 3, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (4.88 ERA) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.171) – 3-for-6, 2B, 3 K

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.237) – 2-for-7, BB, SB

Mel Rojas, RF (.247) – 2-for-6, BB

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.32) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jason Townsend, RHP (4.15) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton lost in 16 innings. Colton Cain rebounded well from his last start, when he gave up seven earned runs in four innings. The long ball has been an issue for him lately, with five in his last four games. Casey Sadler has a 3.32 ERA on the year in 19 innings, with an 18:3 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Asheville 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-1, 8.24) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.221) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.402) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.305) – 2-for-5, 2B

Dan Gamache, 2B (.276) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Carlos Mesa, RF (.333) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Kingham held Asheville to two runs through four innings, then gave up two more in the fifth. Outside of his first two starts of the year, the right-hander has a 4.86 ERA and a 13:6 K/BB ratio in 16.2 innings. That’s not ideal, but better than his overall numbers, which are dragged down by two bad performances to start the year. Willy Garcia hit his fourth homer of the year, and third in his last eight games. He also homered last night. Alen Hanson now has a six game hitting streak, and hit his 20th extra base hit of the year. Heading in to today’s games, the second best extra base hit total belonged to Starling Marte, who had 12 extra base hits. Matt Curry was the only other player in the system with 10 or more. Expanding that to the majors, Pedro Alvarez also joins the list with 11 after his 7th homer of the year today. Just more impressive numbers from Hanson.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 14-12

AA: Altoona Curve – 10-15

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 12-15

A: West Virginia Power – 10-17

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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This seems as good a spot as any to ask: can you create a page for injury status?  Or do you have one and I’m missing it?  Something so that anyone at any time can see at a glance who’s missing more than, say 3 games, their DL status or how long they’re expected to be out, and what the injury is?

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