Andrew Lambo was the top hitter in the system a week before his promotion to the majors.

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits His 19th Homer of the Year


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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.93) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.313) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-1, 2.60) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.293) – 1-for-5

5. Austin Meadows, CF, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – 0-for-3, RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.75) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-0, 0.00) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.281) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.306) – In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.257) – 1-for-4, BB

13. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.286) – 0-for-3, 2 BB

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL (UPDATE 6/22)

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 5.08) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.69) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.52) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.241) – DNP

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (7-3, 2.80) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF-RF (.255) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (5), Josh Harrison (4), Chase d’Arnaud (3)


Andrew Lambo hit his 19th homer of the year.

Andrew Lambo hit his 19th homer of the year.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Rochester 3

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (7-3, 2.80) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF-RF (.255) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.229) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Josh Harrison, 2B (.306) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Indianapolis won thanks to another great start from Kris Johnson, and home runs from Andrew Lambo, Chase d’Arnaud, and Josh Harrison. Lambo hit his fifth homer of the year with Indianapolis, and his 19th of the season between Double-A and Triple-A. Harrison hit his fourth of the year, while d’Arnaud hit his third. Johnson has given up three earned runs in 19 innings over his last three starts. Coming into tonight he had a 2.44 ERA in 62.2 innings as a starter this year.



Altoona was suspended due to rain.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-8, 4.98) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.226) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.293) – 1-for-5

Stetson Allie, DH (.286) – 0-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: The Marauders picked up six walks and six hits on the night, but also struck out 11 times and didn’t have any extra base hits. Matt Benedict didn’t have a bad start, but was hurt with two runs coming off of errors. Eric Avila was great last year in West Virginia after the SAL All-Star break. This year he looks like he could be heating up at the plate, with a .996 OPS in 41 at-bats in June, after a .923 OPS in 16 at-bats in May. Both are small sample sizes, but Avila is hitting well after a horrible April (.194 OPS in 36 at-bats).



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Hagerstown 1

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (5.08) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, DH (.342) – 3-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.281) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Francisco Diaz, C (.265) – 2-for-4, 2B

Ryan Hafner, RHP (5-0, 2.72) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Clay Holmes continued struggling with his control this year. He now has a 44:47 K/BB ratio in 67.1 innings on the season. In his last ten games he has a 30:26 K/BB ratio in 44.1 innings. There might be hope for Holmes though. Ryan Hafner had similar control issues last year. He has returned to West Virginia this year and has been dominant. There are still some control problems, with 21 walks in 46.1 innings. However, he has a 59:21 K/BB ratio in those 46.1 innings, and has been much more dominant this time around, which could be due to a new slider that he added over the off-season.



Jamestown was suspended due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Blue Jays 1

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (3.38) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, CF (.278) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Oderman Rocha, RHP (1-0, 3.38) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Luis Urena, RF (.250) – 2-for-4, 3B

Candon Myles, LF (.615) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Cesilio Pimentel and Oderman Rocha combined for six strong innings for the GCL Pirates today. Pimentel was working in the 87-90 MPH range from the left side, while Rocha came in throwing 88-91 MPH from the right side, with an effective back door slider. Luis Urena, Justin Maffei, and Candon Myles all picked up two hits. The Pirates took the lead when Maffei led off the fifth inning with a triple, and scored when Chris Diaz grounded out to second.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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