Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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 (2-1, 2.45) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.26) - 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR 3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.322) - 1-for-4 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.239) - 1-for-3, BB, SB 5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.280) - 2-for-5 7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) - Low-A DL 8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (2-0, 1.80) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL 10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (3-2, 2.76) - DNP 11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) –  DNP 12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) – DNP 13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.274) - 1-for-4, 2B 14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.181) - 1-for-3 16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.26) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 3.18) - DNP 18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.34) - DNP 19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training 20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.74) - 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: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 3.38) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.202) – 3-for-5, 3 SB Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (6), Benji Gonzalez (1)   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS   Box Score Result: Scranton W/B 3, Indianapolis 1 Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 3.38) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.202) – 3-for-5, 3 SB Other Notable Performers: Tony Sanchez, C (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton had a 7.45 ERA in 9.2 innings over two starts with Altoona before going up to Indianapolis. He had a rough first start, but has since settled down, and now has a 3.38 ERA in 29.1 innings, with a 25:8 K/BB ratio and a high ground ball rate. That’s similar to his 2012 numbers with Altoona, when he had a 3.84 ERA in 152/1 innings, along with an 88:46 K/BB ratio and a 2.04 GO/AO ratio. So far his strikeouts are up, which is an encouraging sign. Felix Pie has gone 4-for-10 with a homer and three stolen bases in the last two games. I still think Andrew Lambo should take his place. Tony Sanchez hit his seventh double of the year.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE   Box Score Result: Altoona 3, Harrisburg 1 Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-4, 3.26) – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B (.281) – 1-for-3, HR Other Notable Performers: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.122) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB Game Notes: Jameson Taillon left the game in the fourth inning after taking a line drive off his leg. He walked off the field under his own power, and was replaced by Nate Baker. Baker allowed both inherited runners to score, giving Taillon two more runs. Taillon gave up two in the first inning, which were both unearned. Baker and Jhonathan Ramos combined to give up nine more runs. Andrew Lambo hit his sixth homer of the year, but more importantly was playing first base with Matt Curry on the DL. That could open another path for Lambo to eventually move up to Triple-A.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 1 Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-6, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.272) – 1-for-4, HR Other Notable Performers: Alen Hanson, SS (.239) – 1-for-3, BB, SB Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro might be 0-6, but he’s having a pretty good season. In 35.1 innings he has a 3.57 ERA and a 33:7 K/BB ratio. In his last two starts he has struck out 15 in 11 innings. Benji Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year. Alen Hanson stole his eighth base of the year, but is only hitting for a .239 average on the season.   Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 10 batters. A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER Box Score Result: West Virginia 4, Greenville 2 Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, LF (.262) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI Other Notable Performers: Josh Bell, RF (.280) – 2-for-5 Stetson Allie, DH (.345) – 0-for-3, BB Jason Creasy, RHP (4.05) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 10 batters, which came one start after setting a career high of seven strikeouts in a game. He’s the first West Virginia pitcher to strike out ten since Kyle McPherson in on May 9th, 2010. On the season Glasnow has a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings, with a 33:17 K/BB ratio. Control is his main problem, but he has only given up 11 hits on the year. Showing how it’s still early in the season, Stetson Allie saw his average drop ten points with an 0-for-3 night. In his last five games, Jason Creasy has combined for seven shutout innings, with four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.
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