Prospect Watch: Dickerson and McGuire Keep Putting Up Multi-Hit Games

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 (3-7, 3.75) - DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.275) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (5-2, 2.48) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.275) - DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.160) - 1-for-4, 3B, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) - DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.41) - DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.79) - DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.457) - 2-for-5, SB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.260) - DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.282) - DNP

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.256) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.241) - DNP

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.59) - DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-1, 2.77) - DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.18) - DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.337) – DNP

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4.63) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.285) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4.63) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.285) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF (.275) – 1-for-4, 2B

Justin Howard, 1B (.322) – 2-for-4

Gregory Polanco, CF (.275) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson is 18-for-40 with four doubles and three homers in his last ten games. He has six multi-hit games in his last seven games, going 16-for-29 over that stretch. Mel Rojas picked up his fifth double in his last ten games, and his sixth of the month. Yesterday I wrote about how each player has been performing well since the second week of May. Both guys will be top 30 prospects if they continue this through the end of the year, and candidates for the top 20. Eliecer Navarro has three earned runs in 13 innings over his last two starts, with a 7:1 K/BB ratio.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Bradenton was off today.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER  

West Virginia was off today.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Jamestown was off today.

 

Reese McGuire has five multi-hit games in nine pro games so far.

Reese McGuire has five multi-hit games in nine pro games so far.

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Astros 3

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (2.61) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C (.457) – 2-for-5, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, DH (.160) – 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.304) – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB

Game Notes: Reese McGuire went 0-for-3 yesterday, which was the first game in his pro career he didn’t record a hit. Today he picked up two hits, which was the fifth time in nine games he’s done that. He has reached base safely in all nine games. He also stole his second base of the year today. Austin Meadows is starting to show some positive signs. He has a hit in each of his last three games, and a double and a triple in his last two games. He has struck out in 40% of his at-bats so far, which is concerning, but it’s also a small sample size at the start of his career. I wouldn’t place too much on either player’s numbers right now. Ulises Montilla has been impressive this year, hitting for a .304/.431/.536 line in 56 at-bats. The most impressive thing has been his approach, with a 13:10 BB/K ratio. Wei-Chung Wang had another strong start. On the season he has a 2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings, with a 19:1 K/BB ratio. In his last four outings he has gone at least four innings, giving up one or fewer runs each time out. He gave up four runs in his first start, and all of the runs came in his final inning of work. Outside of that one bad inning, he has been dominant.

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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  • PirateTom

    I love seeing that even when Polanco doesn’t collect any hits he’s still getting on base with walks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

      It’s like the guy never strikes out. Could Polanco end up being the Pirates’ best option at lead off when he comes up? Maybe go Polanco, Marte, McCutchen, Alvarez at the top? Aside from looking at the pure numbers, K/BB ratio, and speed, I’m not really sure where he profiles best. Where in the line up has he been hitting with Altoona?

      • buster09

        The order since Lambo left has been : 1. Rojas,2. Santos,3. Polanco and Dickerson cleanup.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

      I guess I didn’t intend to make it seem I was directly asking you those questions, PirateTom, but if you see this, your input would also be appreciated.

      • stickyweb

        Polanco’s OBP looks good enough for the leadoff spot, though his bat and potential are also good enough for 2 – 5 in the order. Marte’s doing well leading off, so why not keep him there and hit Polanco 2nd? That would also make it R / L / R / L 1 – 4 when Pedro’s cleaning up.

        I think eventually they’d like to see both Marte and Polanco in the middle of the order, but only if they get a true leadoff option. And since all of the OF spots are taken, that would pretty much mean a SS or 2B leadoff option. Or does it make sense to move Cutch to leadoff if Marte and Polanco both develop more as middle of the order? That would be tougher than moving Cutch from CF, even if it’s warranted, because of the respect he commands.

      • smurph

        I am pretty sure C(l)utch will remain the #3 hitter. As you said keeping Marte leading off also makes sense. #2 would be a good spot for Polanco when he gets up. With his compact swing and playing in PNC, i don’t foresee Marte being a 30 HR hitter down the road. I would say 20-22 HR would be more likely.

      • stickyweb

        It might seem unconventional to move Cutch, but there may be stats to justify it. Such as Cutch’s OPB is better (.376 vs. Marte’s .344) and their SLG is identical (.471 vs. .470) . While it may be hard to predict Marte hitting 30 HRs, I don’t think anyone predicted Cutch would hit 30 until we saw him do it last year. It may be that was his high water mark and he’ll be at 20 – 25 the rest of his career. Marte’s bigger and (probably) stronger, so he could certainly develop into more power than Cutch. And strangely Cutch is the better base stealer this year, though Marte has more attempts and seems more willing to run. He could also improve his SB% as he adapts to the majors.

        Obviously I’m not arguing for the move right now, but the question was for when Polanco gets here. So it should be a consideration, depending on what Polanco does when he arrives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    “Both guys will be top 30 prospects if they continue this through the end of the year, and candidates for the top 20.”
    .
    BIG IF on AlexD and Rojas.
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    jmho
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    Foo

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    I am still looking forward to the Wang/De Jhang battery.

    • http://wkkortas.wordpress.com wkkortas

      The Pirates desperately need to sign a catcher named Chung.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

        What? You don’t like to ‘Wang/Jhang’ tonight?

        :)

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    In my humble opinion, Dickerson is already easily top 30, and possibly top 20 now. Some guys on that list are there largely based on either reputation or last year’s performance – or, they’ve been mostly injured all of this season (like McPherson and Matheson for example).

    If guys like Willy Garcia, Sampson, and Holmes are still on the top 20 of some people’ lists, they should be dropped – have not earned being on there based on this year so far. Maybe one or more of them will turn it around in the second half.

    I’d like to see Dickerson get at least a 9/1 call-up this year, and a shot at 1B next Spring.

    • stickyweb

      1B really have to mash to get top prospect staus because they can’t help out too much with defense. Dickerson’s been above .800 OPS each year (barely last year with the strong finish), which is nice and I love seeing the power increasing as he goes, but as Tim says, see if he does it for a full year at AA before getting him into the top 20.

      And while you should slide an injured player (i.e. McPherson) down a few notches because he loses a year of development and there may be concerns about coming back, it’s short sighted to drop him from the top 10 to outside the top 20 or 30.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD

        Do we put the same disclaimer and standard on all prospects – wait until we see if he does it for a full season in AA or not – now, we don’t. If they do really well for a half season, we applaud when they get promoted and say it was deserving.

        So, why is a different standard placed on Dickerson?? Tim has never been a fan of Dickerson and has always kind of downgraded his performance, saying it was expected, or not enough HRs, etc. Its like he needs to stay true to his stance on Dickerson and not admit that maybe he was wrong???

        I just do not get why the pessimistic attitude toward him by some of the writers and readers on here. He did very well in A+ – in a league that is dominated by pitching for the most part – and he is now up to almost .290 with 11 HRs in half a season of AA. He was also a third round draft choice, so its not like he was a lowly regarded prospects coming in.

        As for comparisons to Hague, I guess there could be some that would make that comparison because they both play the same position and they both have been minor league hitters to date. Other than that, what are the similarities?? Was Hague a high draft choice like Dickerson?

        Hague had a shot in the bigs and proved to be lacking – Dickerson has not yet had that chance. Since we are very lacking at 1B in the system overall, I hope he makes it and can be a contributor at the MLB level.

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

          Actually I like Dickerson. I just rate 1B prospects lower until they have success in Double-A.

    • buster09

      I don’t want to be negative,but watching Dickerson the last couple of months isn’t much different than watching Hague when he was here. However,if he does continue his power ( HR ) trend of the past 2 weeks,he would deserve more consideration.

      • stickyweb

        Ouch, a Hague comp! I’d hate to see what you write if you go negative on someone :-)
        But that’s exactly why I wouldn’t move him up at this point, right now he’s similar to Hague but if the power surge continues, or even if the multi-hit games continue and he ends hitting .310 or higher, then you consider bumping him up. And just because Hague stalled at AAA doesn’t mean Dickerson will. At the very least he has the advantage of hitting lefty in PNC!

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD

        What was Hague’s high for HRs in a season in AA??

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

        I think Dickerson has more power than Hague. The only comparison I’d make is that Hague had a huge two month stretch in July-August 2010, and was average in the other months.

        Hopefully that’s not the case with Dickerson and he continues what he’s been doing lately.