Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 5/25/13
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 (3-3, 3.67) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.91) – DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.311) – 0-for-4 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.285) – DNP 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia) 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.279) – 1-for-3, 2B 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) - Low-A DL 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.31) – DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.21) – DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 6.08) - DNP 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.313) – 0-for-3 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.298) – 0-for-2, RBI 14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL 15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-1, 6.10) – DNP 16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL 17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.87) - DNP 18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.70) - 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR 20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) - In Majors   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: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4-3, 2.62) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.163) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB Home Runs: None   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS   Gerrit Cole has still yet to strike out more than five in a game this year Box Score Result: Buffalo 2, Indianapolis 1 Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-3, 3.67) -6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Brett Carroll, LF (.262) – 2-for-2, BB Other Notable Performers: Duke Welker, RHP (3.18) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Tony Sanchez, C (.298) – 0-for-2, RBI Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had a rough start to the game today against Buffalo, running up his pitch count early. In the first inning, he gave up three straight singles to start the game. After a strikeout, he then walked two batters, before getting a double play grounder to end the inning on his 29th pitch. Buffalo scored two first inning runs. Cole allowed another walk in the second, but only faced four batters. Still, he needed 22 pitches that inning, including eight to get the last out on a strikeout. He had efficient 12 pitch third inning, though he did hit Andy LaRoche with a two-strike, two out pitch. Cole threw 13 pitches in the fourth, retiring the side in order. The interesting part, was that after the third hit to lead off the first inning, the ball didn’t leave the infield again until a lineout to center by Jim Negrych to lead off the fifth. Despite the poor start to the day, Cole threw six no-hit innings after the third hit of the first inning. Indianapolis had just three hits, two by Brett Carroll, who scored the only run on a Tony Sanchez sacrifice fly in the fifth inning   AA: ALTOONA CURVE    Box Score Result: Richmond 12, Altoona 5 Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2-3, 3.70) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.163) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB Other Notable Performers: Nate Baker, LHP (12.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Mel Rojas, RF (.228) – 1-for-5, 3B Andrew Lambo, CF (.291) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel has been struggling lately after a tremendous start to his season, one that saw him post an 0.30 ERA through five starts. Tonight was no different, eight runs allowed and he couldn’t get through the fifth inning. He also committed one of the errors that led to the four unearned runs. Jhonathan Ramos followed Pimentel and allowed four runs of his own. Kenn Kasparek threw two shutout innings and Nate Baker finished it out with a scoreless ninth. The offense was led by Gift Ngoepe in the lead-off spot. He has struggled all year, hitting .139 in April and .155 in May before tonight, but he was able to pick up three of Altoona’s ten hits. Drew Maggi had two singles, the only other Curve player with a multi-hit game. Andrew Lambo picked up his 33rd RBI of the season.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result: St Lucie 1, Bradenton 0 Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-9, 3.48) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.269) – 1-for-3 Other Notable Performers: Gregory Polanco, CF (.311) – 0-for-4 Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro was the tough luck loser again this season, moving his record to 0-9, despite having a 3.48 ERA that ranks him 16th among all qualified pitchers in the FSL. Joan Montero recorded the last four outs, retiring all four batters he faced on three groundouts and a strikeout. The Bradenton offense was nearly non-existent in this game, collecting two singles and no walks, while striking out 11 times. Chris Lashmet and Elias Diaz had the only hits. Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4, but avoided striking out, unlike most of his teammates. Alen Hanson had the day off.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: West Virginia 2, Lakewood 1 Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4-3, 2.62) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, RF (.331) –  2-for-3, 2B Other Notable Performers: Bryton Trepagnier, RHP (6.46) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Josh Bell, RF (.279) – 1-for-3, BB, 2B Stetson Allie, 1B (.344) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez continued his impressive streak that began in late April. In his last six starts combined, he has allowed three earned runs over 35.1 total innings. Rodriguez has gone six innings in each of his last five starts. Bryton Trepagnier threw two scoreless innings and Kyle Haynes threw a scoreless ninth for his third save of the year. Stetson Allie and Josh Bell each hit their 14th doubles of the season. Allie drove in his 46th run in his 47th game of the season. Max Moroff had a tough day, going 0-for-4, with two strikeouts and his 15th error. Both Bradenton and West Virginia were unable to draw a single walk today.
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