Prospect Watch: Allie Hits a Walk Off HR; Jamestown Scores 29 Runs in a DH

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, 2.97) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.319) - 0-for-3

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-2, 2.69) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – High-A DL

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.282) - DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 3.86) - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.93) –  DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.636) - 2-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) - DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.295) - 0-for-1

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.239) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.236) - 2-for-4, HR, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.89) - DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 2.88) - DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.10) - DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.277) – 4-for-8, 2 2B, BB, 6 RBI

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, CF (.467) – 7-for-11, 2 2B

Home Runs: Felix Pie (6), Willy Garcia (13), Stetson Allie (1), Jerry Sands (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Toledo 3, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Atahualpa Severino, RHP (3.26) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.255) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tim Alderson, RHP (2.66) – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Josh Harrison, SS (.315) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton was originally in line to make this start, but was called up to start for the Pirates earlier in the week. Because of that, Atahualpa Severino made his first start since 2007. He went 3.2 innings, and Tim Alderson followed with 3.1 shutout innings of his own. Felix Pie homered for the second game in a row, hitting his sixth of the year.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Erie 6, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 3.86) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.316) – 1-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.269) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Kingham had his second bad start in four outings in Altoona. Overall he’s been good, with a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 innings, along with 21 hits and a 24:6 K/BB ratio. Mel Rojas continues his hitting, and is now 6-for-16 in July. He has been hitting well since the second week of May, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down since missing two weeks with an injury in June. In his last ten games he has a .324 average and an .813 OPS.

 

Stetson Allie hit a walk off homer for the Marauders.

Stetson Allie hit a walk off homer for the Marauders.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.19) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, DH (.236) – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.256) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Dan Gamache, 2B (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Zack Dodson was cruising through five innings before giving up four runs in the sixth. Willy Garcia hit his 13th homer earlier in the game to help lead Bradenton to three runs by that point. They tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the ninth inning, Stetson Allie hit a walk off homer. It was his first homer since being promoted to the Florida State League.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER 

West Virginia was postponed due to rain.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Game One Box Score

Result: Jamestown 15, Auburn 5

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (4.91) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B (.309) – 2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, CF (.300) – 3-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C (.333) – 2-for-5, BB, 2 RBI

Harold Ramirez, RF (.262) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Michael Fransoso, 2B (.340) – 3-for-4, BB, 3 RBI

Cesar Lopez, RHP (1-1, 3.46) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jamestown had their game suspended yesterday in the third inning. They came back today and scored 15 runs, including 14 n the 6th-8th innings. Every hitter in the lineup had a hit, and five hitters recorded multiple hits. The Jamestown offense also had a huge game two of the double header. Cody Dickson threw two innings without an earned run before the game was suspended. Dickson has an impressive 14:3 K/BB ratio in 7.1 innings.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Jamestown 14, Auburn 1

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, 1B (.303) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS (.333) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

JaCoby Jones, CF (.467) – 4-for-5, 2B

Harold Ramirez, LF-RF (.277) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Michael Fransoso, 2B (.379) – 4-for-5, 2 RBI

Elvis Escobar, RF (.318) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones went 7-for-11 with two doubles on the day. Michael Fransoso went 7-for-9 with all of his hits going for singles. Harold Ramirez went 4-for-8 with two doubles. Chad Kuhl made his first appearance since his debut on June 21st. In two outings he has combined for six shutout innings, giving up two hits, two walks, and striking out five.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (2.38) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, 1B (.364) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Candon Myles, LF (.413) – 2-for-4, BB

Reese McGuire, DH (.636) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Jerry Sands hit his second home run in his rehab assignment with the GCL Pirates. Sands was also playing first base today. He has played first a few times in the past, including four times this year for Indianapolis. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him getting time at first when he returns to Indianapolis, especially with Andrew Lambo playing so well in the outfield. Reese McGuire is 7-for-11 in his first three games. Adrian Grullon has a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings over his first three starts, with a 12:3 K/BB ratio.

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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  • rsborelli

    “Bad start” for Kingham? I know 4 ER allowed is not a great or probably even good start, but he did give his team 7 innings. And did not allow a hit after the second inning. All his hits and runs in first two innings, then tosses five no-hit innings to give his team a chance. I would not call that a bad start.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      If Kingham gave up 4 ER in 7 IP every time, he’d have a 5.14 ERA. It’s OK to say that this wasn’t his best stuff and that he had a bad outing. The fact that he settled down after the damage doesn’t erase the fact that he allowed the damage in the first two innings.

      I don’t know what you would call this start, because it wasn’t a good start. And really it doesn’t matter at all. It doesn’t change anyone’s opinion on Kingham, myself included. Even top prospects can have a bad day. The Prospect Watch is only about looking at what a guy did that day. It has little impact on how to view a player for the long-term.

      • rsborelli

        Tim, I’m not sure what my point was in pointing that out, to be honest! For whatever reason, the word “bad” jumped out at me, and I expected to see different numbers in front of me. Always easy to misinterpret words on a screen, but seems like I touched a nerve, and that was certainly not my intention! Love the site. Keep up the good work.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          I’m just trying to stress that my thoughts on these individual starts don’t carry a lot of weight. So when I say a guy has a bad start, it’s not like I thought for hours over it, and it’s not like it changes the opinion on that player over the long run.

          I spent more time discussing Kingham’s start in the comments than I did thinking about how to classify it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.smalley.35 Andrew Smalley

      Agreed – it wasn’t a ‘bad start’. In MiLB, the focus is one K/BB ratios, not allowing XBH’s, and working on command/control.

      Kingham K’d 5 in 7 IP; only walked 1; only gave up one XBH; kept the ball in the park; and, went deep into the game for 7 innings.

      Tim’s right: No one should be troubled by one outing, bad or not, in this point of Kingham’s progress. With that being said, I agree – this wasn’t a bad start and should be looked at as another solid start in his development.

      • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

        I almost want to never classify starts just because of the pointless nitpicking. I’ve had situations where I’ve made arguments like the one you just made about starts that were similar to Kingham’s. In fact, I think Taillon had the exact same outing earlier in the year. I called it a decent start, and someone said it wasn’t a good one and pointed out the earned runs.

        Pretty much any time I classify a start, people nitpick one way or the other. But really it doesn’t matter at all. The individual starts are pointless to the big picture. It’s all of the starts combined that matter. And the classifications of the individual starts is subjective to what people are looking at.

        For me, I saw Kingham get hit hard his first two innings, then settle down for the next five and end up with a good K/BB ratio. The good part of the start was that he settled down, and had a good K/BB ratio. But I don’t think you can discount what happened in the first two innings.

        Once again, this discussion is pointless. Call it what you want, because it doesn’t matter. For me, it was a bad start with some positive signs, and doesn’t change my high opinion of Kingham.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.smalley.35 Andrew Smalley

          Fair enough, as that all seems reasonable to me.

          FWIW, I think some are determined to counter the negative perception/tilt that another ‘recapper’ (and contributor to this site) provides on minor league games on another site. His commentary probably makes people a little more sensitive as they read MiLB recaps.

          In any event, I’m more interested in the numbers than some dude’s interpretation of them, anyways. I presume most are of a similar mind.

  • rburgh

    Looking like Rojas and Oliver would be an adequate price for a RF upgrade, especially considering the scrap that got traded for Nolasco. That would be nice.