Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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 (4-3, 3.25) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.26) - DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.306) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.284) - DNP 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?) 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.269) - 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) - Low-A DL (UPDATE: Barnes Returning Soon) 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.95) - DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.34) - DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-4, 5.04) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.294) - 1-for-4 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.305) - 0-for-5, 3 K 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) - In Majors 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 6.46) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL 18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.02) - DNP 19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.92) - 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: Clay Holmes, RHP (2-4, 5.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 3-for-4, HR Home Runs: Mel Rojas (3), Charlie Cutler (2)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS   Box Score Result: Indianapolis 10, Columbus 9 Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (5.12) – 2.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, DH (.310) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 BB Other Notable Performers: Jared Hughes, RHP (0.69) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Brett Carroll, LF (.247) – 2-for-4, 2 BB, SB, RBI Matt Hague, 1B (.305) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI Josh Harrison, 2B-SS (.291) – 2-for-5, 2B Game Notes: Brooks Brown gave up eight of the nine Columbus runs in the second inning of work. Jared Hughes pitched two shutout innings, giving him one run in 13 innings with Indianapolis this year. Ryan Reid pitched two shutout innings to close out the game. The Indians won in the tenth inning on a go-ahead RBI single by Brett Carroll, scoring Chase d’Arnaud. Indianapolis had five doubles on the night, with Matt Hague picking up his 18th of the year.   Mel Rojas hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth, giving Altoona the eventual win. AA: ALTOONA CURVE    Box Score Result: Altoona 2, Portland 1 Starting Pitcher: James McDonald, RHP (5.79) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.258) – 3-for-4, HR Other Notable Performers: Charles Cutler, DH (.329) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (2-3, 4.86) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR Game Notes: James McDonald made his second rehab start with Altoona. Last time he didn’t make it out of the first inning. This time he only needed 38 pitches, with 22 strikes over four innings. Altoona won the game thanks to a solo homer by Mel Rojas in the top of the ninth, putting them up 2-1. Charlie Cutler homered in the seventh inning for the first run of the game. Cutler and Rojas combined for five hits, which were the only hits of the game for Altoona. Rojas is hitting for a .350/.417/.550 line in 40 at-bats over his last ten games.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   Bradenton was postponed.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 0 Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (2-4, 5.04) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS-2B (.317) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B Other Notable Performers: Stetson Allie, 1B (.340) – 2-for-4, RBI Josh Bell, DH (.269) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI Game Notes: Click here for John Dreker’s live game report.
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