Originally posted on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 4/28/13
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, 2.31) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.03) - DNP 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.329) - 0-for-4 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.256) - 0-for-4 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.268) - 2-for-4 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.182) – DNP 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.40) - DNP 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 3.04) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K, 0 HR 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) - DNP 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.266) - 2-for-4, 2B 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.250) - DNP 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) - DNP 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 4.86) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.70) - DNP 18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.76) - DNP 19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.39) - 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: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-2, 3.04) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, SS-RF (.354) – 2-for-4, HR Home Runs: Andy Vasquez (2)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  Box Score Result: Indianapolis 5, Gwinnett 2 Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (1.80) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.326) – 2-for-3, BB Other Notable Performers: Ryan Reid, RHP (4-0, 0.60) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Bryan Morris, RHP (1.42) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Ivan De Jesus, 3B (.324) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI Game Notes: Brooks Brown and Ryan Reid combined for seven shutout innings. Reid now has one earned run in 15 innings this year, with a 17:4 K/BB ratio. Matt Hague is now hitting for a .326/.398/.419 line in 86 at-bats. Today was the third start for Ivan De Jesus since April 18th. He’s been forced out of the lineup ever since Josh Harrison was sent down to Triple-A. Bryan Morris has given up one earned run in 6.1 innings this year in Triple-A.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE   Box Score Result:  Altoona 3, Erie 1 Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, SS-RF (.354) – 2-for-4, HR Other Notable Performers: Oscar Tejeda, 3B (.500) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI Game Notes: Charlie Morton made his third rehab start, and his second for Altoona. Morton threw 70 pitches in six innings, with 48 of those pitches going for strikes. He was replaced by Jhonathan Ramos, who pitched 1.2 shutout innings. Tim Alderson closed out the game with 1.1 shutout innings. Andy Vasquez hit his second homer of the year. Vasquez is now hitting for a .354/.392/.521 line in 48 at-bats.   Nick Kingham struck out 13 tonight. A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result:  Bradenton 4, Brevard County 1 Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-2, 3.04) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, LF (.208) – 2-for-4, 3B Other Notable Performers: Jose Osuna, 1B (.277) – 2-for-3, BB Willy Garcia, RF (.235) – 2-for-4, 2B Game Notes: Nick Kingham set a Bradenton Marauders record by striking out 13 in six innings. It was also a career high for Kingham. I interviewed Kingham for the Pirates Prospects podcast last week, after his last start and before this start. Kingham talked about his stuff this year and his approach, noting that each game he plays a game to challenge himself. Obviously tonight’s game was “dominate every hitter”. In his last three starts he has given up two earned runs in 17 innings, with a 26:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna is 15 for 36 in his last ten games, with four multi-hit games.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result:  Savannah 3, West Virginia 2 Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (5.14) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.266) – 2-for-4, 2B Other Notable Performers: Josh Bell, RF (.268) – 2-for-4 Stetson Allie, 1B (.348) – 2-for-4 Game Notes: John Kuchno has given up two earned runs in 13.2 innings over his last three starts. He’s dealt with some control problems, with a 7:7 K/BB ratio in that span. On the season he has a 15:15 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. Josh Bell has a .286/.311/.476 line in 42 at-bats over his last ten games. He hasn’t been drawing a lot of walks this year, but is hitting and hitting for some power.
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