Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 5/2/13
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. 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 (2-1, 2.31) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.03) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.295) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.247) – DNP 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.264) - 0-for-3, BB 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) - DNP 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 1.80) - DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 3.04) - DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) –  4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.280) –  0-for-4 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.254) - 1-for-5, 2B 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.182) - 1-for-4, Run 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 5.16) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.87) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR 18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.34) - DNP 19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.30) - DNP   ORDER YOUR 2013 PROSPECT GUIDE The 2013 Prospect Guide is now available, and is the perfect resource to follow the minor league system during the 2013 season. You can order your copy on the products page of the site. Order together with the 2013 Annual and save $5!   DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.333) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 4 RBI Home Runs: None   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS   Jordy Mercer drove in four runs tonight Box Score Result:  Indianapolis 9, Lehigh Valley 6 Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.333) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 4 RBI Other Notable Performers: Josh Harrison, SS (.351) – 2-for-3, 2B, SB, 2 RBI, 2 BB Ivan De Jesus Jr, 3B (.390) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB Game Notes: Phil Irwin returned to the mound after an 18 day layoff and threw four shutout innings, giving up just a single, while walking two and striking out three. He threw 60 pitches, 37 went for strikes. Irwin last pitched on 4/16 for the Pirates. Since then, he has been out with arm fatigue. Brandon Cumpton followed Irwin with two runs over four innings for the win. Eric Cordier came on with a seven run lead in the ninth, looking to close it out, but he gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning and Vic Black had to come in for the save, his seventh of the season. Indianapolis picked up 26 base runners from 14 hits, 11 walks and a hit batter. Ivan De Jesus Jr is 9-for-15 in his last five games. Jordy Mercer has 19 RBI’s on the year. Indianapolis has won seven in a row and they have a 6.5 game lead in their division   AA: ALTOONA CURVE   Box Score Result:  Akron 4, Altoona 1 Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 3.03) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, DH (.375) – 2-for-4, 2B, Run Other Notable Performers: Jeff Inman, RHP (1.29) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Jameson Taillon took the loss today, though his overall numbers were a step up from his last two outings. He had allowed eight runs over 11.2 innings in his previous two starts, but he held Akron to only two earned runs on seven hits and a walk. They scored a third run on a Jarek Cunningham error. Taillon threw 92 pitches, 61 for strikes. Altoona had a rough day at the plate. They managed just three hits, two by Santos, while striking out 17 times. Every Curve batter struck out at least once. Jeff Inman hasn’t allowed a run or a walk in his last six outings, a total of 11.1 innings pitched. Former Pirates farmhand Quincy Latimore, went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch against Inman.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   Bradenton was rained out. The will make the game up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: Greensboro 8, West Virginia 1 Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (1-3, 6.00) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, DH (.352) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB Other Notable Performers: Max Moroff, SS (.217) – 2-for-3, BB Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.79) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Clay Holmes has had control problems this year, but he was hurt early in today’s game by extra base hits, giving up five runs over the first two innings on six hits. His control issues popped up in the fourth inning, when he gave up three runs on two walks, two hit batters and a double. Pat Ludwig, Bryton Trepagnier, Ryan Hafner and Kyle Haynes followed Holmes with five perfect innings. Stetson Allie had the only extra base hit for the Power and Jonathan Schwind drove in the only run.
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