Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/22

The Pirates continue to get more good hitting and less good pitching than expected in their farm system.


Brock Holt, SS (AA):  Holt continues to hit, and continues to be marooned in Altoona.  In the past week he went 9-23 (.391), leaving him at 319/384/440 on the season.

Robbie Grossman, OF (AA):  Grossman’s turnaround continues.  In the last week he went 12-28 (.429), leaving him at 265/376/408 on the season.

Gregory Polanco, OF (Low A):  Polanco has even been out-hitting Alen Hanson lately.  In the last week he went 9-19 (.474) with two doubles.

Jacob Stallings, C (Short Season A):  Stallings started off slowly, hitting just .175 in June, but he’s been hot lately, hitting  361/400/500 in his last ten games.  His catching and his ability to control the running game are both outstanding, so any offense at all will give him a chance to get established as a real prospect.

Clay Holmes, RHP (Short Season A):  Holmes has been uncanny in his last three games, going five shutout innings and allowing exactly one hit in each one.  He’s not fanning many batters, only 19 in 28.2 IP, but opponents are hitting only .133 against him.

Dalton Friend, LHP (Short Season A):  A 12th round pick, Friend was one of the Pirates’ more interesting later round picks as a big LHP with erratic, but sometimes very good, stuff.  His first pro outing was a disaster:  six earned runs allowed without recording an out.  Since then, he has a 1.84 ERA and 15 strikeouts with a 1.02 WHIP in 14.2 IP.

Harold Ramirez, OF (Rookie):  Ramirez missed the early part of the GCL season due to a leg infection, but he’s done very well since being activated, especially considering that he’s only 17 and didn’t play in the Dominican Summer League before coming to the US.  In 13 games he’s hitting 333/373/375.


Rudy Owens, LHP (AAA):  Owens has run into his first rough stretch of the year in his last three starts.  He had a 7.98 ERA in those three starts.  He even walked seven in 14.2 IP, which for him is a lot.

Justin Wilson, LHP (AAA):  Wilson also has had a rough three-start stretch.  In 12 innings he walked 11 and had an ERA of 11.25.  The stuff is still there, though, as he fanned 15.

Mel Rojas, Jr., OF (High A):  Since a strong May, Rojas has steadily gone downhill.  He hit 226/287/290 in June and, so far, has hit 194/266/361 in July.  In his last five games he’s gone 0-17.

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Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.

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  • salempirate

    Interesting that 2/3 of what is considered ML-ready Indy starters have struggled recently. Add to that the fact that Locke didn’t exactly set the world on fire in his brief call-up last season and it might be best to temper enthusiam for a while. Realize it’s small sample sizes, but if it works against Marte, shouldn’t it also work against pitchers?

  • Kirk Lee

    I’m getting a little tired of Rojas. Every now and then he goes 5-5 and jumps his average up enough that he can spend another month going 1-4 and 1-5 with no walks or power. He can have all the tools in the world, but so far he hasn’t shown anything at all. Way too early to give up or rule out something clicking and his game really taking off, but he’s fallen very far down on my prospect list.
    I’m also surprised Hanson wasn’t on your trending down list. You mentioned him in the Polanco blurb, but he’s not just getting “outhit” by a guy who’s mashing the ball, Hanson himself is in a slump. He’s got something like a .528 OPS (just an estimate, but it’s around that Barmesesque territory) in his last 10 games. Which is of course only 10 games, but that’s enough to say he’s “trending down.”

    • Kirk Lee

      Correction: Hanson has a .194/.310/.222 line in his last ten, good for a .532 OPS. VERY Barmesesque, even if I sold him 4 OPS points short.

    • Lee Young

      He faded last year….I hope he isn’t fading again. Would be extremely troublesome to do it two years in a row.


      • Lee Young

        To clarify HANSON faded.

  • Lee Young

    As a Pirate fan, I’m rooting for ANY of our Minor Leaguers with a last name of Friend.


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