Luis Heredia will pitch winter ball in Mexico this year. (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Prospect Watch: Heredia Hit Hard, Bradenton Goes 19 Innings


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 (.281) – 0-for-2, BB, RBI

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.275) – 1-for-8, 2B, BB, RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.143) – 1-for-4, 2B

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.79) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.467) – 0-for-3, BB

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

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

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.256) – 3-for-7, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.241) – 1-for-8

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) – 1-for-5, SB

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



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Top Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, RHP (2.72) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.256) – 3-for-7, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Barrett Barnes (5), Walker Gourley (4)



Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.



Box Score

Result: Bowie 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (6-4, 3.19) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.278) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF (.276) – 1-for-4

Gregory Polanco, CF (.281) – 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco returned to the team after playing in the Futures Game on Sunday. He didn’t have a hit, but drew a walk and drove in a run. Polanco also made his first fielding error with Altoona. Alex Dickerson had two hits and is now batting .417 in 12 July games. Ethan Hollingsworth took the loss, giving up four runs over his seven innings. Nate Baker followed him with two scoreless innings. He has dropped his ERA each month this season. Altoona fell to 42-52 on the season.



Box Score

Result: Tampa 3, Bradenton 2 in 19 innings

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (5.51) – 5.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.247) – 2-for-7, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.275) – 1-for-8, 2B, BB, RBI

Stetson Allie, DH (.241) – 1-for-8

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson came into today’s game with the most hits allowed among Pirates pitchers. That trend continued today with ten hits allowed, but he limited the damage to just two runs over 5.2 innings. Thomas Harlan followed him, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings in his Bradenton debut. Joan Montero threw three scoreless innings after Harlan left and Zac Fuesser added another four shutout innings. It took the game to go 19 innings before the Marauders had to go to infielder DJ Crumlich and that is when Tampa was able to win the game with three hits and a run. The Marauders had 12 hits in the game, with just two extra base hits, both doubles. Their batters combined to strike out 21 times, including five by Dan Gamache and four by Stetson Allie.



Heredia had his first poor outing of the year (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Heredia had his first poor outing of the year (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Game One Box Score

Result: Asheville 10, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.25) – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.259) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, DH (.281) – 1-for-4, RBI, 2B, BB

Chris Diaz, 2B (.353) – 3-for-3, RBI, 2B, BB

Luis Heredia, RHP (4.79) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Game Notes: This game was suspended due to rain on Sunday. They resumed play with the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning. Tyler Glasnow was originally scheduled to start this game, but he was pushed back to Wednesday and Ryan Hafner made the spot start. Luis Heredia took over when the game picked back up and he did not take well to the relief role. In just 3.2 innings, he allowed eight earned runs, five more than he gave up in his first four starts combined. Barrett Barnes had three hits, including his fifth homer of the season. Chris Diaz reached base all four times he came to the plate and drove in his first run with the Power. Josh Bell hit his 27th double and drove in his 55th run.


Game Two Box Score

Result: Asheville 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, RHP (2.72) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 1B (.325) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF (.256) – 0-for-2, BB

Cesar Lopez, RHP (10.80) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kyle Haynes got a spot start due to the suspended game yesterday and he made the most of it for three innings, striking out seven batters. The only run he gave up was unearned. He has pitched 31 times in relief this year without making a start. Cesar Lopez made his West Virginia debut and took the loss, giving up two runs in 1.2 innings. The Power had just four hits and Walker Gourley’s double was their only extra base hit. Josh Bell did not play in game two.



Box Score

Result: Lowell 4, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (5.02) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.333) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, RF (.337) – 1-for-5, SB

Adam Frazier, SS (.356) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had control issues in college, but until tonight, they did not show up in the boxscore. He went three innings today, allowing two runs on two hits and four walks. He had five walks combined in his first four starts. Two other 2013 draft picks made their debut for Jamestown tonight. Will Kendall and Henry Hirsch each threw a shutout inning. Roberto Espinosa blew the save in the ninth inning, then lost the game, allowing two runs in the last frame. Jeff Roy had three hits and stole his 12th base of the year. Harold Ramirez also stole his 12th base. Jin De-Jhang had two doubles, the only extra base hits for the Jammers. JaCoby Jones had a rough game, going 0-for-5, with four strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Astros 9, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, RHP (0-1, 4.97) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, 1B (.222) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.143) – 1-for-4, 2B

Reese McGuire, DH (.467) – 0-for-3, BB

Andy Otamendi, LHP (1.50) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Cesilio Pimentel came into this game having allowed just two earned runs over his three starts this season. He got hit hard today, allowing three first inning runs and two runs in the third inning. Austin Meadows hit a double today, his first career extra base hit. He is now 3-for-21 in his first five games. Reese McGuire had his first game without a hit, but he still reached base with a walk. In his first eight games, he has reached base 18 times. Evan Chambers played his third game of rehab, going 0-for-3 before leaving the game. He played the field for the first time after DH’ing in the first two games. Nick Buckner replaced him and went 0-for-2.


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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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  • ThisIsTheYear

    I think it is about time we recognize the hot streak Barrett Barnes is on, or is that just my imagination?

    • John Dreker

      Barnes seems to be a streaky hitter with some big games. He had hits in five straight games up until going hitless in the second game of the doubleheader, but he is also hitting .235 in July

  • Esquire

    Bad day on the farm.

  • FitnessExtreme Finney

    Gourley is playing the best of the crop. He is a solid player

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