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 (0-1, 6.00) - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.273) - 1-for-4, 2B, SB, BB 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.207) - 1-for-5 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.231) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 9.00) - DNP 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-1, 3.60) - DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 4.15) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.217) - 1-for-4 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.091) - DNP 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.133) – DNP 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 10.13) - DNP 17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.06) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR 18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - DNP 19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - 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 (4.15) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.231) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI Home Runs: Josh Bell (1)   Gerrit Cole was removed early from his second straight due to a high pitch count. AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS Box Score Result: Indianapolis 7, Toledo 2 Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 6.00) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Brett Carroll, RF (.368) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI Other Notable Performers Vic Black, RHP (5.06) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Gerrit Cole was bounced from his second start of the season due to an elevated pitch count. Cole threw 63 pitches in two innings, with 42 strikes. He left his last outing after four innings, leaving early due to a high pitch count in the fourth frame. In either case, he’s not helping people who are arguing that he should be in the majors today. There shouldn’t be any long-term worries about Cole. He’s only made four starts at the Triple-A level. But this shows that he shouldn’t just skip over the level and go right to the majors. Vic Black has looked good this season, outside of the second inning of his first appearance. Black dominated in his first inning of his first outing, getting three strikeouts. He gave up three runs in the second inning, getting just one out. Since then he’s pitched four shutout innings, allowing two walks and two hits, including today’s game.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE  Altoona was postponed due to rain.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result: Charlotte 4, Bradenton 3 Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.273) – 1-for-4, 2B, SB, BB Other Notable Performers: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Taylor Lewis, LF (.300) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB Game Notes: Bradenton got off to a 3-2 lead after three innings, then faced an hour rain delay, which knocked Robby Rowland out of the game. Jhonathan Ramos came on to pitch four shutout innings in relief. Zach Thornton gave up the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and Quinton Miller gave up the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Gregory Polanco has a stolen base in four of his six games this year.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: Charleston 12, West Virginia 5 Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.15) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter:  Josh Bell, RF (.231) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI Other Notable Performers Stetson Allie, DH (.333) – 1-for-4, 2B Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his first home run of the 2013 season, and his second home run as a pro. Stetson Allie recorded a hit for the fifth game in a row. He now has ten hits in 30 at-bats, but also has 10 strikeouts after adding another one today. On the bright side, he has two doubles and two homers, showing his raw power. Clay Holmes had a good start, only giving up two hits in five shutout innings. He did struggle with his control, giving up four walks. Control was a problem for Holmes last year, and he’s not off to a good start this year with eight walks in 8.2 innings. David Jagoditsh gave up five runs, four earned, in 1.1 innings. Jason Creasy allowed three of those runs to score, then gave up six runs, four earned, without recording an out. Creasy had given up just one run in 5.2 innings prior to this outing.
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