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Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez Keeps Hitting, Gregory Polanco Homers



A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.55) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 2.82) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.292) – 1-for-4, HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.264) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.295) – DNP

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 1.80) – DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (4-2, 3.79) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 6.10) – Low-A DL

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.299) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.307) – 2-for-3, BB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.176) – DNP

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-0, 5.85) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.86) – DNP

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.61) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 2.89) – DNP

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (2-4, 4.65) – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Charlie Cutler, C (.340) – 3-for-3, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Gregory Polanco (5)



Box Score

Result: Buffalo 6, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (2.61) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.307) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jerry Sands, RF (.154) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Alex Presley, CF (.279) – 2-for-5, SB

Duke Welker, RHP (3-1, 1.42) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver has a 2.61 ERA in 48.1 innings this year. He’s kept the hit total down with a .185 BAA. He’s striking out over a batter an inning with 54 strikeouts. However, his walk rate is too high, with 35 walks on the season. The result is that the lack of hits and the high strikeouts are countering the walks, but that might not necessarily carry over to the majors. Duke Welker gave up his first earned runs of the season. Tony Sanchez is now hitting for a .307/.413/.523 line in 88 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (1.93) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Charlie Cutler, C (.340) – 3-for-3, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

David Bromberg, RHP (2-4, 4.65) – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Drew Maggi, LF (.278) – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Charlie Morton made a rehab start with Altoona, throwing 61 pitches and 40 strikes. He has three more rehab starts ahead of him. David Bromberg was originally scheduled to start tonight, and came on after Morton. Bromberg threw five no-hit innings, allowing one walk and striking out six. Charlie Cutler is hitting for a .340 average with a .919 OPS, although he’s 26 and this is his fourth season spending time at the Double-A level. That said, he’s been providing a big boost for a struggling Altoona offense.


Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the year.
Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the year.


Box Score

Result: Clearwater 6, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (2-2, 4.54) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.292) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jacob Stallings, C (.230) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.000) – 0-for-3

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the year in his second game back since missing time with a wrist injury. Chase d’Arnaud started his rehab assignment with Bradenton, going 0-for-3. Matt Benedict threw three innings in relief, which means he’ll be going as a long reliever with Zack Dodson recently joining the rotation.



West Virginia was rained out.

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