The Prospect Highlights today include one actual prospect and two Major League players on rehab at Indianapolis. We start with Alen Hanson, who hit this lead-off triple in the first inning on Sunday. He has 19 doubles, ten triples, ten homers and 20 stolen bases this season. Hanson leads the Eastern League in triples and ranks tied for tenth in stolen bases.
Gerrit Cole made his second rehab start yesterday and did not do well, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Ryan Palencer has all the details from the outing. Below is a strikeout from his outing, one of three he had in the game.
Starling Marte played three games for Indianapolis before returning to Pittsburgh last night. On Monday, he made this nice catch in center field. Marte struggled at the plate in his brief time in AAA, going 1-for-12 with a double, no walks and five strikeouts. He went 1-for-4 last night with a run scored.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.