Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 4/8/13
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 (0-1, 6.75) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.267) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.211) - DNP 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.125) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR 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, 9.82) - DNP 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.286) - 2-for-5 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.125) – 1-for-3, 2B 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.133) – 0-for-3 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 10.13) - DNP 17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 8.10) - DNP 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: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 1.50) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.444) – 2-for-4, HR Home Runs: Brett Carroll (1), Matt Curry (1), Adalberto Santos (1), Stetson Allie (2)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS Box Score Result: Indianapolis 3, Toledo 1 Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (1-0, 1.50) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Brett Carroll, LF (.167) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI Other Notable Performers Darren Ford, CF (.364) – 2-for-4, 2 3B Bryan Morris, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Brett Carroll hit his first homer of the year. Darren Ford became the first Indian to hit two triples in a game since Michael Ryan in 2007. Phil Irwin reached Indianapolis at the end of the 2012 season, striking out 28 in 21 innings with a 2.57 ERA. Irwin continued his success in Triple-A with his first start of the season. He could reach the majors as a starting option this year, but seems more likely to be a reliever in the short-term due to all of the starting options the Pirates have. Bryan Morris now has two strikeouts in three shutout innings.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE  Box Score Result: Akron 5, Altoona 3 Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (0-1, 6.00) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.444) – 2-for-4, HR Other Notable Performers Jeff Inman, RHP (6.75) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR Matt Curry, 1B (.273) – 1-for-4, HR Game Notes: Adalberto Santos hit his first homer of the year tonight. He’s now 8-for-18 to start the season, with a double and a homer. Matt Curry also hit his first homer of the year. Both players were held back from Triple-A this year, despite strong numbers last year in Altoona. Curry hit for a .285 average and an .832 OPS, but you’d like to see more power out of him in the future. Santos had a .340/.425/.433 line, but also needs more power to be more than a future utility player.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Bradenton was off today.   Tyler Glasnow struck out six in five shutout innings. A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: Charleston 9, West Virginia 4 Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (0.00) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR Top Hitter:  Stetson Allie, 1B (.250) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB Other Notable Performers Raul Fortunato, LF (.353) – 3-for-4, 3B Dilson Herrera, 2B (.286) – 2-for-5 Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had a strong debut with West Virginia. The most encouraging thing was the lack of walks. Last year he had great numbers in the GCL, but struggled at times with his control. Stetson Allie homered for the second day in a row. One red flag is that he has eight strikeouts in 20 at-bats. Josh Smith and Bryton Trepagnier combined to give up all nine runs, with Trepagnier giving up seven in 1.2 innings.
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