Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Has a Monster Day in a Monster Month

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, 2.93) – DNP

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

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.295) – 1-for-5, 2B, BB

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.293) – 1-for-4

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 (.277) – 1-for-5, 2B

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

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.258) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.333) – 3-for-5, BB

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, 2.52) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.241) – 0-for-3

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (4-3, 3.47) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.256) – 6-for-6, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Alex Presley (5), Gift Ngoepe (3), Willy Garcia (10)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Charlotte 5

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (4-2, 3.27) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.308) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.286) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Vic Black, RHP (2.52) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver threw 109 pitches tonight, with 70 strikes. His control was much better than his last starts, considering he was reaching the 100 pitch mark around the fifth inning in the last two outings, and has been walking a batter per inning over the last month. Josh Harrison had a big night at the plate, knocking in six of the ten runs. Alex Presley hit his fifth homer of the year. Vic Black was activated from the disabled list today, and made his first appearance in over a month.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Game One Box Score

Result: New Britain 6, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-1, 5.25) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, LF (.241) – 2-for-4, 2B

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.282) – 2-for-4

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, New Britain 0

Starting Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (4-3, 3.47) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.181) – 1-for-2, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, LF (.243) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Gift Ngoepe hit his third homer of the year in game two of the double header. Drew Maggi went 3-for-7 with a double and a stolen base between the two games. Alex Dickerson also went 3-for-7 with a double and a stolen base. Dickerson had an .881 OPS in the month of June coming into tonight’s games. Eliecer Navarro had a great outing in his first start, but was hit pretty hard tonight in his second outing in the Eastern League. Ethan Hollingsworth stepped in nicely to the rotation to make a spot start in game two of the double header.

 

Willy Garcia has been on fire lately, including six hits tonight.

Willy Garcia has been on fire lately, including six hits tonight.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, St. Lucie 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.04) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.256) – 6-for-6, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.333) – 3-for-5, BB

Jose Osuna, DH (.245) – 2-for-6, RBI

Game Notes: Willy Garcia had a huge night, going 6-for-6 with a double and his tenth homer of the year. Garcia has been on fire in the month of June, hitting for a .353/.405/.706 line in 68 at-bats. He also has six homers in that span. Stetson Allie is 6-for-18 with a walk and eight strikeouts in his first five games in Bradenton.  Zack Dodson got off to a great start with a 3.45 ERA in 28.2 innings in the month of May. So far in the month of June he has a 7.17 ERA in 21.1 innings. Tonight’s start was one of his better outings.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 12, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (3.54) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.258) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH (.375) – 2-for-5, RBI

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.277) – 1-fort-5, 2B

Game Notes: Jason Creasy spent the first half of the season in the bullpen. After the promotions of Joely Rodriguez and Orlando Castro, there were two open rotation spots. One of those went to Luis Heredia, and Creasy took the other. He’s flashed a fastball that has jumped up to 94 at times this year, and is starting to get some results with his new slider, with 26 strikeouts in 21.2 innings in the month of May. Barrett Barnes went 2-for-5 with a stolen base, and is now hitting for a .311 average and an .865 OPS in 45 at-bats over his last ten games. The downside is that he’s striking out over 30% of the time during that stretch, and almost 30% of the time on the season.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: State College 6, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0-1, 4.76) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B (.308) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Shane Carle, RHP (6.75) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: After a good first start, Dovydas Neverauskas failed to make it out of the first inning in his second start of the year. Aside from his two hits and one walk in 0.2 innings, he also hit two batters. Shane Carle struggled in his first outing, but had a better outcome tonight. The only damage from the 10th round pick was a solo homer. Jamestown only had two hits on the night.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES  

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Blue Jays 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF (.667) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Hayden Hurst, RHP (27.00) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adrian Grullon had a great debut, striking out seven in four shutout innings. Chris King of Baseball Prospectus had the following to say on the right-hander.

Grullon is listed as 6′ 0″, 180 pounds on his MILB.com page, but he’s actually 6′ 7″, 197 pounds, having shot up in height since he was signed. He’s also added some good velocity and has the makings of two good pitches. He will be one of the more interesting guys to follow in the GCL this year due to his size and stuff.

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/johan.graybow Johan Graybow

    Why didnt Polanco play today?

    • PirateTom

      Yea he’s obviously not 100% or has needed some time away to deal with a personal matter maybe, he’s been out of the lineup the last couple games… Still waiting on some official info.

  • derekbellstutu

    Should Pirates fans be concerned that Austin Meadows hasn’t signed yet? It was assumed that his signing would merely be a formality, but maybe his commitment to Clemson is stronger than expected.

    • http://www.facebook.com/albert.zangrilli.9 Albert Zangrilli

      My guess is that he – and to a certain extent the Pirates – are waiting to see how much slot savings they accrue while signing the other draft picks. I don’t know for sure, but it’s a good question.

  • Nuke Laloosh

    Is 94 on the gun even fast anymore? Seems like there are a lot more pitchers throwing in 94 mph range than not.

  • danrb10

    Adrian Grullon growing 7 inches? Wow! How on earth did they luck out again with a late teen growth spurt in a pitcher? Heredia, Glassnow, and now Grullon?