Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 4/9/13
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 (.278) - 1-for-3, BB, SB 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.208) - 1-for-5, SB 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.182) – 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 Runs 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, 9.82) - DNP 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.211) - 0-for-5, BB, 2 Runs 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.091) - 0-for-3 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.133) – 1-for-6, RBI 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) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR 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: Andy Oliver, LHP (0-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.417) – 4-for-6, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (1), Andrew Lambo (2), Max Moroff (1)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS Box Score Result: Indianapolis 3, Toledo 2 in 10 innings Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (0-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.318) – 3-for-4, HR, RBI Other Notable Performers Brett Carroll, LF (.267) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Andy Oliver had his second straight shutout appearance, following up his six shutout innings on Opening Day. He has been nearly unhittable, but has also showed signs of the control problems that have plagued him these past two years in AAA, by walking three batters in each game. Jordy Mercer hit his first homer of the year and added two singles. Duke Welker threw two shutout innings for the win and Brandon Inge went 0-for-4, his fifth game(out of six) without a hit.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE  Lambo hit the first cycle in Curve history Box Score Result: Altoona 14, Akron 6 Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (0-1, 7.45) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.417) – 4-for-6, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs Other Notable Performers Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.276) – 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI Alex Dickerson, RF (.304) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB Tim Alderson, RHP (0.00) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Matt Curry, 1B (.286) – 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit for the cycle, as Altoona broke out for 14 runs. It was the first ever cycle in the 15 year history of the Altoona Curve. Mel Rojas Jr and Lambo each had four hits, as the Curve pounded out 18 hits in the win. Brandon Cumpton had his second straight poor outing, but he was let off the hook by the Altoona bats. Tim Alderson picked up the win. Gift Ngoepe was finally able to pick up his first hit of the year, going 1-for-4, but he also struck out three times.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result: Charlotte 6, Bradenton 2 Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-2, 4.00) 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.278) – 1-for-3, BB, SB Other Notable Performers: Alen Hanson, SS (.208) – 1-for-5, SB Jose Osuna, 1B (.188) – 1-for-4, 2B Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (0-0, 3.38) 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Bradenton lost their fifth straight game to open up the season. They had 12 strikeouts in the game and made four errors, including Alen Hanson’s 4th of the season. Both Polanco and Hanson each stole their third base of the season. Dan Gamache had the only RBI. Jose Osuna, Gamache and Chris Lashmet had the only extra base hits, all doubles. Eric Avila is 0-for-15 in four games, hasn’t reached base yet and has made three errors.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: Charleston 10, West Virginia 7 in 11 innings Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (0-1, 5.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR Top Hitter:  Stetson Allie, 1B (.346) – 4-for-6, 2 RBI Other Notable Performers Josh Bell, RF (.182) – 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI Dilson Herrera, 2B (.211) – 0-for-5, BB, 2 Runs Eric Wood, 3B (.318) – 4-for-5, 2B Game Notes: The Power lost despite 14 hits by their batters and 14 strikeouts by their pitchers. They were hurt by five errors, including two by Max Moroff, who now has six miscues in five games. Stetson Allie has reached base 12 times in his last four games after opening the year 0-for-8, with five strikeouts. Ryan Hafner allowed two runs in his three innings of work, but also struck out seven batters. Raul Fortunato hit his third triple of the season. Moroff added his first homer of the year, second as a pro.
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