Prospect Watch: Heredia Throws Five Shutout in Debut; Hanson Homers


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 (.297) – 1-for-4, HR

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.293) – DNP

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.279) – DNP

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

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.250) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.231) – 0-for-4, 2 K

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 5.26) – DNP

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

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.269) – 2-for-4, 2B

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



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Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3-3, 5.15) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, RF (.336) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, SB

Home Runs: Carlos Mesa (6), Alen Hanson (5)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 6, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.282) – 2-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.296) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Brooks Brown, RHP (.16) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Wandy Rodriguez threw 73 pitches in a rehab start, with 43 strikes. Based on previous rehab work by other pitchers, Rodriguez should have 2-3 more rehab starts before he’s ready to return to the majors. Alex Presley went 2-for-4 and is 2-for-7 with two walks in his return to Indianapolis. The Indians were up 2-1 in the 9th inning, but Erik Cordier and Atahualpa Severino combined to give up five runs, giving Charlotte the win.



Box Score

Result: Bowie 1, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3-7, 3.14) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, LF (.266) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.181) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Altoona’s offense was held to one hit on the day. David Bromberg has been striking out a lot of hitters lately. In his last three games he has 26 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. He has also only given up two earned runs in that span. On the season Bromberg has a 3.14 ERA in 71.2 innings, with a 75:29 K/BB ratio. He was a minor league free agent over the off-season, and is 25 years old, so he’s not really a prospect, but more of an organizational arm in the upper levels. He’s been a boost this year to the Altoona rotation, especially after Brandon Cumpton was promoted early in the year to Indianapolis and Tyler Waldron went down with an injury.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, St. Lucie 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3-3, 5.15) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.246) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.297) – 1-for-4, HR

Willy Garcia, RF (.238) – 2-for-4, 2B

Ryan Beckman, RHP (7.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Carlos Mesa hit his sixth homer of the year. Alen Hanson hit his fifth of the year. Both were solo shots in the fifth inning, giving Bradenton a 3-0 lead. Hanson is now hitting for a .436/.463/.692 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games. Adrian Sampson has had a rough season, but lately he’s been turning things around. Sampson has a 2.77 ERA in 26 innings over his last four starts, with a 15:1 K/BB ratio. Ryan Beckman was hit hard in his first few appearances after coming back from Tommy John surgery, but made an adjustment to get more sink on his fastball, and has done better his last few outings. If he starts pitching well, I could see him moved up to Altoona quickly, as he was at that level last year before his elbow injury.




Luis Heredia made his 2013 debut with West Virginia.

Luis Heredia made his 2013 debut with West Virginia.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, RF (.336) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.241) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Barrett Barnes, CF (.250) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K

Game Notes: Luis Heredia made his 2013 debut and had some good overall results, although there were some smaller concerns. Heredia only allowed one hit in five innings, but he walked four, struggling with his control throughout the day. He was bailed out a few times by catcher Francisco Diaz, who picked a runner off first, and threw a runner out trying to steal second. Heredia did strike out five, using his new breaking ball. Walker Gourley picked up three hits, and now has a .336/.366/.442 line in 226 at-bats this year. That’s mostly fueled by a high average, and the fact that Gourley isn’t hitting for power or drawing a lot of walks doesn’t speak to long-term success.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 6, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP (2-0, 2.70) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.269) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jeff Roy, LF (.238) – 2-for-4, SB

Michael Fransoso, SS (.333) – 1-for-2, 3 BB

Game Notes: In two starts, Colten Brewer has a 2.70 ERA and a 5:2 K/BB ratio. Every Jamestown hitter had a hit except for Yhonathan Barrios. Harold Ramirez hit his third double in six games. 2013 13th round pick Danny Collins is 10-for-27 in his first week of the season. Jin-De Jhang has recorded a hit in all five games he’s played in this year.



The GCL Pirates were off today.

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  • Lee Young

    David Bromberg is the type of pitcher who would’ve been brought up in past years had we had this many injuries to our starters.
    (Good) depth is nice! :)

  • Y2JGQ2

    What is going on with barrett Barnes? He seems to be a K machine so far this year.

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