Prospect Watch: Oliver Really Struggling With Control; Dickerson Homers

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

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.90) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.304) – 3-for-7, BB, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-1, 2.44) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.286) – 1-for-4

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.50) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-0, 2.00) – DNP

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

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.300) – 1-for-3, 2B

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.264) – 2-for-5

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.206) – 0-for-3, 2 K

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 5.08) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.50) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.33) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.220) – 0-for-3, SB

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (3.21) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, LF (.260) – 3-for-7, 2 2B, HR

Home Runs: Chase d’Arnaud (4), Alex Dickerson (7), Drew Maggi (1)

 

Andy Oliver has walked over a batter an inning since the end of April.

Andy Oliver has walked over a batter an inning since the end of April.

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (3.35) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.238) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C (.300) – 1-for-3, 2B

Vic Black, RHP (2.33) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver’s control has been horrible lately. In his last ten games he has 54 walks in 50.1 innings, and on the season he has 77 in 88.2 innings. In April he walked 19 in 32.1 innings, but in May and June he has walked a batter an inning or more. Jose Contreras pitched two shutout innings, and now has given up just one earned run in 7.1 innings since his return to Indianapolis, with an 8:4 K/BB ratio. Chase d’Arnaud hit his fourth homer of the year. Tony Sanchez hit his 21st double.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Game One Box Score

Result: Akron 7, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-2, 6.35) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, LF (.252) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.302) – 2-for-4, SB, 2 RBI

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.233) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro has given up 12 earned runs in 17 innings in his first three starts at the Double-A level, with a 14:8 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco picked up two hits and stole his fourth base in Double-A. Drew Maggi hit his first homer of the year, and his first in Double-A since the middle of last April.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Akron 0

Starting Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (5-3, 3.13) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.244) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, LF (.260) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Gregory Polanco, CF (.304) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Polanco went 1-for-3 in the second game, combining to go 3-for-7 with a walk and a stolen base in the double header. Drew Maggi combined to go 3-for-7 with two doubles and a homer. Alex Dickerson picked up his seventh homer of the year. He has been hitting well in June, with a .272 average and a .799 OPS.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 5, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (3-4, 5.35) – 5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH (.246) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Beckman, RHP (4.97) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson was hit hard in the second and third innings, giving up all five of his runs in those frames. Prior to this outing he had given up eight earned runs in 26 innings over his previous four starts. Ryan Beckman came in and threw two shutout innings. Beckman is returning from Tommy John surgery, and showed some good movement on his pitches. He throws sidearm and featured a good sinking fastball, along with a slider that had good horizontal movement. The Marauders offense only had two hits. Alen Hanson was out with a leg cramp.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (3.21) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.264) – 2-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Check out John Dreker’s live game report.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Auburn 8, Jamestown 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0-2, 6.52) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, SS (.344) – 2-for-5, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeff Roy, LF (.226) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Jared Lakind, LHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas had a great debut, throwing five innings with no walks and one earned run. In his last two starts he has given up six earned runs in 4.2 innings, with four walks and one strikeout. Neverauskas has good stuff, but he’s got inconsistent command. Jared Lakind made his second appearance as a pitcher, throwing another shutout inning. The Jammers were 4-for-4 in stolen bases tonight, with Michael Fransoso and Harold Ramirez each stealing their fourth base of the season.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES  

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Astros 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (2.45) – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, SS (.211) – 2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jon Sandfort, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Luis Urena, RF (.281) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Adrian Grullon looked good through three innings, but struggled in the fourth. In two starts this year he has given up two runs in 7.1 innings, with a 9:2 K/BB ratio. Grullon flashed a 90-92 MPH fastball and a nice low-80s curveball to pick up a few swings and misses. Jon Sandfort made his season debut, throwing three shutout innings with two hits and three strikeouts. Sandfort was 89-91 MPH, and also had a nice curveball to get his strikeouts.

Tim Williams

Author: 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 AccuScore.com, 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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