Prospect Watch: Matt Curry Homers, Justin Wilson Struggles With Control

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) – DNP

3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.315) – 0-for-4, BB

4. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL (UPDATE)

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.85) – DNP

6. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 2.83) – DNP

7. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.321) – 0-for-4

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.22) – DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.13) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.223) – 0-for-4

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.54) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

13. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.253) – 1-for-3

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.308) – Foot Injury

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.293) – 2-for-6, 2B

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.297) – 1-for-4, 2B

17. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.80) – DNP

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.301) – 2-for-4, HR

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 3.73) – DNP

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.280) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3.48) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.301) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Matt Curry (9), Andy Vasquez (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Buffalo 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (8-5, 4.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Anderson Hernandez, 2B (.274) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.54) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.243) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.

 

Matt Curry hit his ninth homer – Image Credit: Mark Olson

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, New Hampshire 2

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.25) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.301) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, DH (.322) – 3-for-5, 2B

Ramon Cabrera, C (.250) – 2-for-3

Adalberto Santos, RF (.406) – 2-for-5

Victor Black, RHP (2-1, 1.23) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Curry hit his ninth homer of the year, and third in his last seve games. The first baseman is hitting for a .299/.378/.532 line in 77 at-bats in the month of July. In his last ten games, Adalberto Santos is hitting for a .548/.611/.903 line in 31 at-bats. He’s had at least one hit in nine of those ten games. Victor Black now has a 1.23 ERA in 44 innings, with a 57:21 K/BB ratio.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Daytona 12, Bradenton 7

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-6, 10.80) – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.216) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andy Vasquez, LF (.266) – 1-for-4, HR

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.297) – 1-for-4, 2B

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.261) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez hit his third homer of the year, and his second in the last two games. In the month of July, Gift Ngoepe is hitting for a .333/.454/.529 line in 87 at-bats, with four homers. Alex Dickerson has six doubles in his last ten games, including one in each of his last three games. On the season he has 26.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5.13) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.280) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Francisco Diaz, C (.278) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: John Dreker’s live game recap.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Game One Box Score

Result: Lowell 1, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3.48) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.219) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.293) – 1-for-3

Game Two Box Score

Result: Lowell 2, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-1, 3.08) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.293) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Samuel Gonzalez, 1B (.218) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: State College combined for five hits in the double header. 2012 fifth round pick Adrian Sampson had his best start as a pro. Prior to this outing, Sampson had given up eight earned runs in 15.2 innings to start his pro career. On the season he has a 3.48 ERA in 20.2 innings, with a 21:6 K/BB ratio. Joely Rodriguez has a 3.08 ERA in 38 innings this year, with a 16:10 K/BB ratio. Five of his ten walks came in his first start of the year.

 

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DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.

 

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