Prospect Watch: Another No-Hitter, Dickerson Drives In Eight Runs

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 (4-7, 3.76) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.280) – 0-for-2, 4 BB

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.278) – 1-for-5, 3B, RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.286) – 3-for-6, 2 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.273) – 0-for-4, RBI, 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 (.395) – 0-for-6, BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.260) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.293) – DNP

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 (.254) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.48) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) – DNP

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.345) – 3-for-5, 2B

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.13) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-3, 2.01) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.287) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (14), Andrew Lambo (12), Dilson Herrera (8), Dan Gamache (3), Enyel Vallejo (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (7-7, 4.80) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.279) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.284) – 1-for-3, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.232) – 1-for-5

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.47) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis lost for the fourth time in a row and ninth time in their last 11 games. They still have a 9.5 game lead in their division. Andrew Lambo hit his 12th homer since joining Indianapolis, driving in the team’s only two runs. Lambo hit 14 homers for Altoona before being promoted. Jared Hughes threw two scoreless innings in his sixth game since returning to action. Between 16 games with Indianapolis and one outing for Altoona, Hughes has allowed one run in 21 innings. Indianapolis hitters were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Alex Dickerson drove in eight runs tonight

Alex Dickerson drove in eight runs tonight

Box Score

Result: Altoona 13, New Hampshire 6

Starting Pitcher: Nate Baker, LHP (3-1, 6.55) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.287) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.280) – 0-for-2, 4 BB

Mel Rojas, LF (.271) – 1-for-5, RBI, 2B

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson drove in eight runs, helping Altoona to a 13-6 win. He had a three-run double in the fifth, a three-run homer in the seventh inning and a two-run double in the eight inning. Nate Baker made his first start of the season and had an impressive outing. Coming into the game, he had issued 31 walks in 39 innings, but he was able to get through five innings without a walk. He threw 79 pitches, 47 for strikes. Altoona had 14 hits and seven walks. Gregory Polanco went 0-for-2 with four walks, scoring three runs.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Brevard County 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2-3, 2.01) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:Junior Sosa, CF (.252) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.255) – 2-for-6, RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.243) –  2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Stetson Allie, DH (.254) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez won his second straight game by throwing six shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, no walks and had ten outs on ground balls. Orlando Castro returned from two weeks on the disabled list and pitched one inning, allowing two runs(one earned) on three hits. The Marauders offense exploded for 16 hits and ten runs. Seven players in the Bradenton lineup had multi-hit games, led by three hits from Junior Sosa. Dan Gamache hit his 27th double and third homer of the year. Stetson Allie hit his 12th double while with Bradenton. He had 16 while with West Virginia.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lexington 1

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (6-5, 4.20) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.260) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Urena, LF (.136) – 2-for-4, 2B

Josh Bell, DH (.273) – 0-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: John Kuchno picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing one run over six innings. In his last three starts combined, Kuchno has allowed two runs over 19 innings. Bryton Trepagnier followed him with two scoreless innings and Jhondaniel Medina pitched to ninth to pick up his fourth save. Dilson Herrera led the offense with a solo homer and two runs scored. Herrera hit his eighth homer and drove in his 42nd run. Josh Bell drove in his 61st run. Max Moroff, Luis Urena and Walker Gourley each had two hits. The double by Urena was his first extra-base hit since joining West Virginia.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, Williamsport 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (3.21) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.345) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 3B (.372) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.291) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Justin Topa followed starter Dovydas Neverauskas with three scoreless innings, giving up no hits and one walk. He picked up the win, improving his record to 3-1, 1.33 in ten relief appearances. Roberto Espinosa finished the game with two shutout innings to pick up his fourth save. Harold Ramirez had three hits, giving him four straight multi-hit games. Adam Frazier singled in five AB’s, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. First place Jamestown moved to four games ahead of Williamsport in the standings with the win.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score Game One

Result: Blue Jays 1, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Blake Taylor, LHP (1.13) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, DH (.271) – 1-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF (.200) – 0-for-3

Reese McGuire, C (.411) – 0-for-3

Oderman Rocha, RHP (1.53) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Three Pirates pitchers combined on a no-hitter, but still ended up losing the first game of a doubleheader to the Blue Jays. It was the third no-hitter in the organization in two days, with Indianapolis getting no-hit and four Altoona pitchers combining for a no-hitter last night. The lone run was unearned, charged to pitcher Jerry Mulderig, who took the loss. Second round draft pick Blake Taylor made his third start and went three innings without allowing a hit. He has given up two hits and one run in his eight innings of work this year. Austin Meadows has been hitting well recently after a slow start. He reached base twice in this game and has been on 14 times in his last five games. Reese McGuire didn’t reach base for the first time in his career. In his first 17 games, he had at least one hit in 15 games and drew walks in the other two games.

Box Score Game Two

Result: Pirates 2, Blue Jays 1

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (5.12) – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Enyel Vallejo, LF (.250) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, BB

Reese McGuire, C (.395) – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: After throwing a no-hitter in game one, three Pirates pitchers combined to keep the Blue Jays out of the hit column for another 5 2/3 innings before Cameron Griffin allowed a sixth inning single. Cesilio Pimentel started and nearly threw four perfect innings, with the lone exception being a fourth inning error by shortstop Trae Arbet. That runner was erased on a double play. Kirk Singer pitched the fifth inning and retired the side in order. It was the first pitching appearances from the former shortstop, who converted to the mound recently. The Blue Jays tied the score in the seventh, sending it to extra innings. Austin Meadows reached base another three times, giving him 12 hits and five walks in his last six games. After getting on base in 17 straight games to start his career, Reese McGuire failed to collect a hit in either game of the doubleheader. He finally drew a walk in his last AB. The Pirates won the game in the ninth inning on a home run from Enyel Vallejo, his first extra-base hit as a pro.

John Dreker

Author: 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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