Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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 (1-1, 2.76) - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 1.00) - DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.361) -  DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.242) - 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) - 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.118) - 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 1.54) - DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 4.02) - DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-1, 3.50) - DNP 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.263) - DNP 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.238) - 0-for-3 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.176) - DNP 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.00) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.18) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR 18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 2.11) - DNP 19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.52) - 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: Casey Sadler, RHP (3-0, 2.16) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB Home Runs: Matt Curry (3), Josh Bell (2)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  Box Score Result: Indianapolis 2, Louisville 1 Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.76) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.323) – 2-for-3, BB Other Notable Performers: Brooks Brown, RHP (1-0, 2.57) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR Vic Black, RHP (3.18) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Gerrit Cole struggled with his control again today. Cole walked five batters in four innings, including walking the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth inning. He got out of the inning thanks to a diving catch by Jerry Sands. Cole threw 85 pitches on the day, with 49 going for strikes. Vic Black had a strong outing in relief, going two shutout innings with three strikeouts. Black threw 24 pitches, with 13 strikes. Jordy Mercer continued his strong start to the season with two hits. He now has a .323/.411/.435 line, with a 10:10 K/BB ratio in 62 at-bats.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE  Box Score Result: Altoona 4, Harrisburg 1 Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3-0, 2.16) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.254) – 1-for-4, HR Other Notable Performers: Andy Vasquez, 3B (.300) – 2-for-4 Andrew Lambo, LF (.338) – 1-for-4 Jose Contreras, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Casey Sadler doesn’t seem to be having any trouble with the jump to Double-A. In four starts he has a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio. He’s also maintained his extreme ground ball ratio, with a 2.35 GO/AO rate this season. Jose Contreras threw an inning in relief yesterday, and threw another inning today. It’s a good sign that he’s throwing on back to back days, which is usually one of the final steps for a reliever’s progression. Matt Curry hit his second homer in as many games, and now has three on the year. Andrew Lambo has reached base safely in all 17 games this season.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 3 Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3.38) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.242) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI Other Notable Performers: Dan Gamache, DH (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B Carlos Mesa, LF (.350) – 2-for-4, RBI Zac Fuesser, LHP (1-1, 8.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Click here to read my game report.   Josh Bell went 4-for-5 with a homer. A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: West Virginia 11, Hagerstown 2 Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (2-1, 1.77) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB Other Notable Performers Barrett Barnes, CF (.118) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI Walker Gourley, 1B (.359) – 4-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 SB Ryan Hafner, RHP (5.40) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Josh Bell had a huge day at the plate, getting four hits including his second homer of the year. Bell now has a .288/.325/.493 line in 73 at-bats for West Virginia. He’s also cut down on the strikeouts in the last four games, with two in his last 18 at-bats. Walker Gourley also had a four hit game, and now has a .359 average on the season. Stetson Allie went 1-for-4 with a walk, but also struck out three times, struggling with breaking pitches. Orlando Castro has given up four earned runs in 20.1 innings this year, with an 18:1 K/BB ratio.
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