Prospect Watch: Polanco Collects Three Hits In Altoona Debut


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, 3.65) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.600) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.83) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.282) – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – 1-for-4

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

9. Reese McGuire, C, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.284) – 1-for-4, HR, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.299) – 1-for-4, BB

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.219) – 2-for-6, SB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, West Virginia (.324) – 1-for-5, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.95) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (4-3, 3.61) – DNP

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Extended Spring Training

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, 2013 2nd Round Pick,- Extended Spring Training



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (7-4, 2.98) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.295) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (13), Brett Carroll (12), Matt Hague (6), Dilson Herrera (6), Jerry Sands (6)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Durham 4 in ten innings

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (3.04) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.295) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tim Alderson, RHP (3-0, 2.88) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Andrew Lambo, LF (.222) – 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.299) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Andy Oliver threw five shutout innings tonight, and while he gave up just four hits and struck out seven batters, he did have his normal control issues in the process. His walks were way down from normal, giving up three on the day, but he needed 109 pitches to get through those five innings. In the tenth inning, Brett Carroll hit his 12th homer of the season and one batter later, Jerry Sands hit his sixth. Tim Alderson picked up the win, while Duke Welker picked up the save. Indianapolis had 13 hits in the game, including three doubles and three homers, but they also struck out 16 times. Josh Harrison had four strikeouts and made an error, while his double play partner, Chase d’Arnaud, went 0-for-4, with two errors.

Gregory Polanco had a three hit night in his AA debut

Gregory Polanco had a three hit night in his AA debut



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Trenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (7-4, 2.98) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.600) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.235) – 2-for-3, RBI, BB, 2 SB

Drew Maggi, DH (.242) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Casey Sadler pitched brilliantly, throwing six shutout innings, but his performance was overshadowed by the AA debut of Gregory Polanco. The 21-year-old center fielder had three singles, a stolen base and drove in two runs to help the Curve to an 8-4 win. Drew Maggi drove in two runs, Adalberto Santos had two hits and Jarek Cunningham added a solo homer. Gift Ngoepe drew three walks and scored two runs. Sadler needed just 82 pitches to get through his six innings, 54 of those pitches went for strikes. Quinton Miller and Jhonathan Ramos gave up two runs apiece in their one inning of work. Jason Townsend finished the game with a scoreless ninth. Drew Maggi was thrown out of the game in the seventh inning after grounding into a double play.



Bradenton is currently on their All-Star Break. They will resume play on June 17th.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Greensboro 3 in 12 innings

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (3-1, 2.83) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.284) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.324) – 1-for-5, BB

Josh Bell, DH (.289) – 1-for-4

Ryan Hafner, RHP (4-0, 3.12) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow made his last start before the SAL All-Star Game next Tuesday and he ended up giving up a season high five base hits. Obviously that is an extremely impressive number 13 starts into the season. He gave up one run on a solo homer and the unearned run scored after the 17th error of the season by Eric Wood. Glasnow allowed one hit in each inning. Bryton Trepagnier followed him with two scoreless innings. Kyle Haynes gave up an eighth inning run to give Greensboro the lead, before Dilson Herrera tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the ninth. West Virginia won the game in the 12th inning with a little help from the Greensboro pitcher. They scored three runs on three singles, a throwing error by the pitcher and a wild pitch. Ryan Hafner picked up the win with three scoreless innings. Jhondaniel Medina picked up his first save. Stetson Allie reached base twice, but also struck out four times. There was word from someone in attendance that Josh Bell looked like he tweaked his knee early in the game, he was limping a little, but stayed in at the time. In the ninth inning, DJ Crumlich pinch-hit for him.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    What is wrong with Glasnow???
    He gave up 5 hits tonight!!!!!!!
    5 Hit Foo

    • Lee Young

      pls don’t let Josh Bell be hurt again…


  • Monkshot

    It’s obviously time to move him up. The Pirates don’t need to make any trades with Polanco and Taillon coming up to help us mid season. Yes, I’m being a dickhead.

    Honestly though, any news on Bell yet? Is he injured again?

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