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Prospect Watch: Cunningham Hits 14th Homer; Strong Pro Debut For Dickson

Prospect Watch: Cunningham Hits 14th Homer; Strong Pro Debut For Dickson


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, 2.89) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.348) – 1-for-5

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.83) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.291) – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) – DNP

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

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

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.283) – 1-for-3, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.306) – 1-for-4

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.234) – 2-for-5, 2B

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.000) – DNP

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 5.26) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.308) – DNP

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



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Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (6-3, 2.82) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.237) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (14), Danny Collins (2), Jin-De Jhang (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Norfolk 1

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (6-3, 2.82) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.293) – 1-for-1, 2B, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Harrison, 2B (.305) – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Kris Johnson pitched six shutout innings. On the season he has a 2.82 ERA in 73.1 innings, with a 54:27 K/BB ratio. As a starter he has a 2.44 ERA in 62.2 innings, with a 44:23 K/BB ratio. If the Pirates need a backup lefty reliever, Johnson would be a good choice. He’s not on the 40-man roster, but the Pirates could find a spot for him if needed. Matt Hague hit his 21st double of the year. Hague’s career high is 37, which came in 2011 with Indianapolis.





Jarek Cunningham hit his 14th homer of the year. Photo Credit: David Hague

Jarek Cunningham hit his 14th homer of the year. Photo Credit: David Hague

Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, New Hampshire 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.06) – 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.237) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.262) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.177) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his 14th homer of the year for Altoona. He is one shy of his career high of 15 in a season, set in half a season in 2011. That came in 310 at-bats, and he currently has 228 at-bats. Mel Rojas went 3-for-5 with a double. I talked to a scout tonight who had seen Rojas and said that lately he’s looked the best he has ever looked. Rojas has been on a hot streak since the second week of May, hitting for a .292/.358/.446 line in 130 at-bats. The scout noted that Rojas looks like he’d be a good fourth outfielder, and that every other part of the game has always been there except for his hitting.



Bradenton was postponed due to poor field conditions.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 9, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (5.26) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.234) – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, 1B (.326) – 3-for-5

Max Moroff, SS (.225) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Clay Holmes had a rough first half, and didn’t get off to a good start in the second half tonight. On the season he has a 5.26 ERA in 63.1 innings, with a 41:43 K/BB ratio. His season is going very much like Ryan Hafner’s season last year. Hafner is having much better results this time around as a multi-inning reliever. Holmes has better stuff than Hafner, so he probably won’t make the move to the bullpen that quickly.




Box Score

Result: Jamestown 12, Williamsport 6

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH (.333) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.364) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Elvis Escobar, LF (.353) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.333) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Check out the 2013 Jamestown Jammers preview for information on all of the players on the roster. 2013 4th round pick Cody Dickson made his pro debut tonight, striking out six in three hitless innings. Dickson is a lefty who can touch 95 MPH with his fastball and has a good curve, with the potential for a good changeup. He’s dealt with control problems in the past, but didn’t see that tonight with just one walk. Danny Collins, who was taken in the 13th round, hit his second homer of the year. Jin-De Jhang also hit his second homer, and for Jhang they came in back-to-back games. Elvis Escobar has recorded a hit in all four games, going 6-for-17 with a double, a triple, and three stolen bases.

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  • buccotime57

    Why was Dickson pulled? Three innings no hits…they let brewer and sanchez both go five to start the season.

    • Tim Williams

      He’s probably not stretched out.

  • Guins86

    Dickson left a lot of fastballs up, also got some swings at fastballs well out of the zone, appeared to have good zip and worked quick. He’ll need to get that fastball down in the zone though. Jhang also had another well hit ball that went as a sack fly but he drove it hard to right field. He impressed me. Wind was blowing in from right as well

  • Alex Henry

    Is there a chance Cunningham could be promoted within the next few weeks?

  • buc em all

    Wonder if the pirates few jarek as walker replacement at 2nd kids got some pop just needs to raise that avg a bit

  • buster09

    When I saw Rojas Jr. called ” not a prospect ” a couple of weeks ago,I wondered ” why ” ? He has been playing very well since the beginning of May in my opinion,and can show some good line drive power also. He has some really stiff competition in the orginization to get to Pittdburgh,but might make a good trade piece at some point at the very least.

  • Stephen Searle

    The homer by Jhang was his third of the year. He has homered in three straight. I caught the first game against mv scrappers and was really impressed with the hammers. Rameriz looks like a man amongst boys and so does Jhang. He not only squared the ball up on most his at bats he has a cannon to second. He could really develop into a nice catching prospect.

    • Tim Williams

      This was last night’s Prospect Watch. We haven’t uploaded tonight’s where Jhang homered again.

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