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Prospect Watch: Marte Has Three Hit Night, Including Fifth 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 (4-1, 2.47) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.267) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) – DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.276) – DNP

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR


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Top Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0-2, 4.82) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.267) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, SB

Home Runs: Starling Marte (5), Jose Osuna (3)


Box Score

Result: Syracuse 7, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0-2, 4.82) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.267) – 3-for-4, 3B, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Yamaico Navarro, 3B (.375) – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Jeff Karstens made a rehab start, throwing 82 pitches over five innings. Four unearned runs scored in the third inning after a two out throwing error from Chase d’Arnaud. The other two runs came in the fifth inning on a two out, two run homer. Starling Marte homered in his first at-bat, his fifth of the year, and third in his last six games. He then tripled in his next at-bat. Yamaico Navarro is 3-for-8 with a triple in his two games since being demoted.


Altoona was postponed.


Bradenton was postponed.


Box Score

Result: Hickory 9, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-3, 5.64) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.192) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, DH (.274) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Gregory Polanco, CF (.295) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Dan Gamache, 2B (.278) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Nick Kingham fell victim to the home run tonight, with four of his six runs coming on homers. The right-hander was on a hot streak coming in to tonight’s game, giving up three earned runs in 17 innings over his previous three starts, with a 17:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna hit his third homer of the year. Dan Gamache hit his organizational leading 18th double of the year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 31-23

AA: Altoona Curve – 24-28

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 24-29

A: West Virginia Power – 18-37

Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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