Prospect Watch: Wilson Throws Six Shutout Innings, Gorkys Homers Again


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, 3.54) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) – DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.226) – 1-for-4, 3 BB, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.263) – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 7.43) – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3-3, 3.38) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Gorkys Hernandez (2), Stefan Welch (4)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3-3, 3.38) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.167) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Jordy Mercer, 3B (.288) – 1-for-4

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.18) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: This was only the third start of the season where Justin Wilson allowed fewer than three walks. He’s allowed three or more in his other four starts. On the year he has a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings, with a 40:20 K/BB ratio. He has three homers on the year, but none in his last four starts, spanning 22.1 innings. Bryan Morris now has a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings, with a 16:2 K/BB ratio. Gorkys Hernandez hit his second homer in as many days, doubling his 2011 season total, and matching his 2010 season total. Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to ten games. He’s hitting for a .390/.405/.488 line in 41 at-bats during that stretch.


Game One Box Score

Result: Bowie 7, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.08) – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.263) – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (1-1, 1.69) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Victor Black, RHP (1.93) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona finished their suspended game from yesterday, which ended with the team tied 4-4 after four innings. Tony Sanchez had a double and three RBIs yesterday before the game was suspended. Tim Alderson came on in relief to resume the game today. Alderson gave up his first runs of the season in Double-A. He stranded the bases loaded to get the final out in the fourth, but gave up three runs, one of them which scored off Victor Black. Alderson threw 58 pitches, 36 for strikes, and according to Cory Giger, he is being stretched out to return to a starting role. Victor Black now has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings, with a 15:7 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bowie 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (0-4, 5.15) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.297) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.226) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: Because of the suspended game, today’s regularly scheduled game was limited to seven innings. Matt Curry went 0-for-3, snapping his hitting streak at ten games. Between the two games, Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with three walks and a stolen base.


Box Score

Result: Clearwater 5, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (1-3, 5.18) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 1B (.281) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.280) – 2-for-4, 3B

Dan Grovatt, LF (.240) – 2-for-4, 2B

Wes Freeman, DH (.172) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jason Townsend, RHP (3.45) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Colton Cain has a 5.18 ERA in 33 innings, with a 24:12 K/BB ratio. He has been inconsistent this year, with four good outings, and three bad outings. In the bad outings he has combined for 15 earned runs and a 9:5 K/BB ratio in 13.1 innings. In the good outings he has allowed four earned runs and a 15:7 K/BB ratio in 19.2 innings. Mel Rojas is on a hot streak, with a .356/.412/.467 line in 45 at-bats over his last ten games. He hasn’t homered yet this season, but has four doubles and five triples. Stefan Welch hit his fourth homer of the year.


West Virginia was off.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 19-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-18

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 16-17

A: West Virginia Power – 11-21

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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Lee Young

Go Wes Go….get that average up….
Go Mel Go….get that average up….

We need hitters (of course, Mars needs Moms, but so what) lol

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