Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 5/8/13
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, 2.45) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.26) - DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.322) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.239) - DNP 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) - 3-for-7, HR, 2 RBI, BB 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) - Low-A DL 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (2-0, 1.80) - DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (3-2, 2.76) - DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 6.10) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 1-for-5, BB 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.274) - DNP 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.179) – 0-for-1, BB 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.26) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 3.18) - DNP 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, 0.74) - 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: Kris Johnson, LHP (3-2, 3.23) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 3-for-7, HR, 2 RBI, BB Home Runs: Felix Pie (2), Andrew Lambo (7), Jarek Cunningham (5), Josh Bell (5)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS   Box Score Result: Indianapolis 2, Scranton W/B 0 Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (3-2, 3.23) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.202) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI Other Notable Performers: Vic Black, RHP (3.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Jared Hughes, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Alex Presley, DH (.308) – 2-for-4 Game Notes: Felix Pie hit his second homer of the year, and his second in the last three days. Kris Johnson made his first start since April 24th. He’s been pitching out of the bullpen for the last few weeks due to all of the rehab starts by Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton in Indianapolis. Johnson threw 5.2 shutout innings in that start, and returned with five shutout innings this time around. Jared Hughes now has 3.2 shutout innings in three appearances since returning to Triple-A. He’s given up two hits and has a 4:1 K/BB ratio. Vic Black has given up six earned runs this year, although five of those have come in his second inning of work. He continued his dominance in the first inning today with his eighth save of the year.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE   Box Score Result: Altoona 7, Harrisburg 6 Starting Pitcher: Luis Sanz, RHP (3.78) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.217) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, RBI Other Notable Performers: Andrew Lambo, CF (.277) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI Alex Dickerson, RF (.193) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI Gift Ngoepe, SS (.138) – 2-for-4, BB, SB Charlie Cutler, C (.310) – 2-for-5, 2 2B Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit his seventh homer of the year, and his fourth in his last five games. Jarek Cunningham hit his fifth homer of the year, giving Altoona a walk off win in the 10th inning. Adalberto Santos went 0-for-3, but drew a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 18 games. Luis Sanz took the mound today, and was followed by Ethan Hollingsworth for three innings. Altoona’s rotation has been depleted with an injury to Tyler Waldron and the early season promotion of Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Bradenton plays tonight at 6:30 PM. Nick Kingham is on the mound for the Marauders. Check back later for the results.   Josh Bell hit his fifth homer of the year today. A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Game One Box Score Result: West Virginia 7, Greenville 3 Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (6.10) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.295) – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI Other Notable Performers: Max Moroff, SS (.223) – 1-for-3, BB Francisco Diaz, C (.241) – 2-for-2, 3 RBI Stetson Allie, DH (.342) – 0-for-1, 2 BB Game Notes: Clay Holmes has given up 11 earned runs in eight innings over his last two starts. He has walked at least three batters in six of his seven starts this season, and now has a 17:25 K/BB ratio in 31 innings this year. Josh Bell hit his fifth homer of the year, and second in his last three games. After this game he had three straight multi-hit games, and five multi-hit games in his last eight games. Game Two Box Score Result: West Virginia 7, Greenville 6 Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-2, 3.41) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.224) – 2-for-3 Other Notable Performers: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 1-for-2, BB Stetson Allie, 1B (.331) – 0-for-4 Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez has been on fire in his last three starts. He has combined to give up one earned run in 17.1 innings, with 12 hits and a 15:1 K/BB ratio. The lack of walks is the key stat. Rodriguez has always struggled with fastball command. So far this season he has just ten walks in 37 innings, with 31 strikeouts. He has also been throwing in the 91-94 MPH range lately, with good command of his fastball in the process. He has good secondary stuff, and his fastball has always been his third best pitch due to the lack of command. If he can maintain this command in the low-90s, that would only make his slider and changeup better, and make him a potential breakout lefty pitching prospect. Josh Bell went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping a five game hitting streak. Josh Smith came on in the seventh and gave up six runs while only getting two outs. Bryton Trepagnier took over and got the final out for the save.
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