Clay Holmes missed the entire year due to Tommy John surgery.

Prospect Watch: Altoona Throws No-Hitter, Indianapolis Gets No-Hit


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 (4-7, 3.76) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.284) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, HR, RBI

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (7-2, 2.27) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.279) – 1-for-4, RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.263) – 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.276) – 0-for-8, 2 BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.89) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-2, 4.21) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.429) – 2-for-5

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.293) – 1-for-2, BB

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.246) – 0-for-3, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.48) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.31) – In Majors

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.336) – 2-for-5, SB

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.80) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.48) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.251) – 2-for-4, BB, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (11), Max Moroff (6), Gregory Polanco (3), Austin Meadows (2)



Box Score Game One

Result: Charlotte 1, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2-3, 2.60) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.286) – 0-for-1, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.283) – 0-for-2, BB

Chase d’Arnuad (.233) – 0-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel pitched a complete game(six innings) and gave up just one run, but Charlotte pitcher Andre Rienzo threw a no-hitter to pick up the win in game one of a doubleheader. Rienzo struck out 11 batters. The Indians reached base four times via walks, with Matt Hague drawing two and Alex Presley and Chase d’Arnaud getting the others. D’Arnaud also reached on an error. Pimentel threw 75 pitches on the night, 54 for strikes.


Box Score Game Two

Result: Charlotte 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4-7, 3.69) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.336) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.287) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Andrew Lambo, LF (.278) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Indianapolis got swept in a doubleheader, losing by one run in each game. They got complete game performances in each game, though Brandon Cumpton had a rough outing, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. After getting no-hit in the first game, the offense was able to put together four runs on eight hits and three walks. Andrew Lambo hit his 11th homer since joining Indianapolis. He hit 14 with Altoona. Ivan De Jesus had two doubles and scored two runs.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, New Hampshire 0

Starting Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (3.20) – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.284) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.221) – 3-for-5, 2B

Drew Maggi, SS (.262) – 3-for-5, RBI, SB

Jason Townsend, RHP (2-3, 8.15) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Four Altoona pitchers combined for a no-hitter tonight in the Curve’s 5-0 win. Ethan Hollingsworth started the game and was nearly perfect for four innings, hitting one batter. Jason Townsend was up next and held New Hampshire without a hit for the next three innings. Jhonathan Ramos threw the eighth inning and Ryan Beckman finished the no-hitter off in the ninth. It was just the second no-hitter in Altoona history. The Altoona bats were also on during the game, collecting 14 hits. Drew Maggi, Gregory Polanco and Jarek Cunningham all had three hits each. Polanco connected for his third homer since joining Altoona. He hit six homers while with Bradenton. Adalberto Santos drove in three runs.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Brevard County 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (4-6, 5.81) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:Junior Sosa, CF (.231) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.254) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson has had a tough season, giving up more hits and homers than any other pitcher in the Pirates system. Tonight he still allowed seven hits and a homer, but he gave up just two runs over seven innings. It’s the third time in his last ten starts than he allowed two or less runs over seven innings. Tyler Waldron joined Bradenton on rehab and picked up the save by throwing a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out two batters. Bradenton had six hits, including the fifth triple of the season by Willy Garcia, who also had an outfield assist. Alen Hanson drove in his 45th run of the season.



Clay Holmes has pitched well since the All-Star break

Clay Holmes has pitched well since the All-Star break

Box Score Game One

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (3-5, 5.00) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.248) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Josh Bell, RF (.280) – 0-for-3, 2 BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (2.82) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: This game was a completion of a suspended game from early July. It was called due to rain with West Virginia batting in the bottom of the fifth,with the score 3-1 Lexington and it was just one out away from it being an official game. Barrett Barnes was in the original lineup, but he went on the DL today. Luis Urena took the place of Barnes and Ryan Hafner replaced Kuchno on the mound. Hafner threw four scoreless innings to keep the Power in the game, but they were able to score just one run over the last 4+ innings. The second run was scored by Jordan Steranka, who doubled, moved to third on a single and scored on a wild pitch.


Box Score Game Two

Result: West Virginia 4, Lexington 3 in 10 innings

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.48) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.251) – 2-for-4, BB, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Francisco Diaz, C (.245) – 2-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, DH (.276) – 0-for-5

Cesar Lopez, RHP (1-1, 3.00) – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Clay Holmes struck out a career high ten batters, giving up just one run over six innings. He got a no-decision, as each team scored two runs in the seventh inning. West Virginia won the game three innings later on a single by Jordan Steranka, followed by two errors and a sacrifice bunt. Max Moroff gave the Power the lead in the seventh with a two-run homer, his sixth of the season. Cesar Lopez picked up his first win with West Virginia by throwing 3.1 scoreless innings.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 6, Batavia 3

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (3.72) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 3B (.359) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, LF (.336) – 2-for-5, SB

Edwin Espinal, DH (.283) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starter Isaac Sanchez gave up just one hit(solo homer) over his four innings of work. Axel Diaz followed him and allowed one unearned run over two innings to pick up the win. Will Kendall threw two scoreless innings, his fourth shutout appearance to open up his career. Brett McKinney picked up his third save. The Jammers collected 14 hits, getting multi-hit games from six different players. The offense wasn’t great though, they had just one extra base hit, one walk and went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Harold Ramirez went 7-for-13 in the series against Batavia.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 3 in 10 innings

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (4.86) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.263) – 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF (.213) – 2-for-4, 2B

Reese McGuire, C (.429) – 2-for-5

Miguel Rosario, RHP (5.09) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Austin Meadows gave the Pirates an early 2-0 lead with his second home run as a pro. Later in the game, he hit his third triple. He now has an .888 OPS in 14 games. Reese McGuire had two hits today, giving him 30 hits in his first 17 games. He has reached base at least once in every game he has played. Adrian Grullon was strong through three innings, allowing no runs or walks and he recorded five strikeouts.  Miguel Rosario threw the next four innings and gave up just one unearned run. Luis Campos threw the last three innings and picked up the win. He blew the save, giving up solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings. The Pirates won the game on a walk-off, bases loaded single from Maximo Rivera.

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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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  • CalipariFan506

    Maybe it’s time to give Pimentel a spot start Tuesday. He has been pitching well lately and the Cardinals won’t know much about him.

    • skliesen

      I read they’re going with Jeanmar Gomez even though he’s not stretched out. Gomez has certainly been solid in this role earlier this season, thus I would be surprised if they go with an untested AAA pitcher to face the Cardinals.

  • Y2JGQ2

    um…..what? Spot start for whom?

  • johnj618

    Its a double header, someone outside of the rotation will likely start one of the games. And since I’ll be there I would love for it to be Pimentel.

  • jamminjoe66

    I would like to see him also but no way it happens. He’s not on 40 man roster

    • Sean Matthews

      Scroll up, tap on rosters, tap on 40 man roster/payroll and enjoy

  • Jeremy J Stein

    Yeah Pimentel would be in line to start one of the Tuesday games.

    Great start from Holmes last night.

    • jalcorn

      Cumpton is also in line and he has shown he can handle the job. I would bet he gets the shot.

      • Jeremy J Stein

        Yep, Brandon Cumpton was a nice surprise this year.
        I think Tim mentioned that the Pirates are planning to have Gomez start the other double header game on Tuesday, which makes sense.
        I do think it would be nice to get Pimentel a start in the Majors sooner rather than later. I believe he is out of options after this year so it would be nice if the Pirates could give him a look to see if he can be a part of the team next year.

  • Jeremy J Stein

    Just noticed that Lambo had another Home run in the Indians game 2.
    Also a nice game from Polanco, double ,home run and a walk. Awesome.

  • CalipariFan506

    Polanco has more BB than K in his first month at Altoona. Finally a leadoff hitter!

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