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

Prospect Watch: Heredia Shakes Off Tough First Inning For Another Strong Start

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 (.293) – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

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 (.286) – 0-for-4

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.38) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.93) –  5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 0-for-4

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.299) – 0-for-3, BB

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.250) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.217) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.98) – DNP

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

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.25) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.241) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, BB, SB

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (4.73) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.241) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, BB, SB

Home Runs: Jerry Sands (7), Danny Collins (5)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Louisville 4, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (4.73) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.254) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.319) – 2-for-4, 2B

Tony Sanchez, C (.299) – 0-for-3, BB

Tim Alderson, RHP (2.89) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Graham Godfrey came into today’s game with a 7.85 ERA since joining Indianapolis, but he was able to go six strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and four walks. Tim Alderson followed him with two scoreless innings, giving way to Duke Welker for the save. The big right-hander only got two outs though, before giving up the tying and winnings runs. Felix Pie stole his 30th base of the season. The Indians had seven hits on the day, five of them were doubles. They also struck out 13 times. Andrew Lambo struck out in a pinch-hit AB.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Binghamton 3

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (4-8, 3.38) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.256) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.261) – 1-for-4, BB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.293) – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Altoona had nine hits on the day, all singles, but they were able to manufacture six runs for the 6-3 win over Binghamton. David Bromberg picked up his fourth win of the season and Luis Sanz notched his ninth save, striking out the side in the ninth inning. Bromberg now leads Altoona in strikeouts with 88 this season, surpassing Jameson Taillon for the team lead. Alex Dickerson and Gregory Polanco each had two hits, while the two men at the top of the order, Adalberto Santos and Mel Rojas, each scored two runs.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 11, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (6.00) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.254) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.217) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Jose Osuna, LF (.248) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Carlos Mesa, DH (.230) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The Marauders got beat around by the Ft Myers’ bats, which put up 11 runs and 21 hits. Orlando Castro gave up eight of those hits in his five innings, but he allowed just two runs. Robby Rowland came out of the bullpen for the first time and got hit hard in his 1.2 innings, allowing nine runs on ten hits. Just three of those runs were earned. Jose Osuna was in left field, playing a position in the field other than first base, for the first time since the 2011 season. Bradenton had 11 hits of their own, five were doubles. Willy Garcia had two hits and two RBI’s. He is now hitting .375, with seven extra base hits and eight RBI’s in his last ten games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER 

Heredia has pitched well in all three starts (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Heredia has pitched well in all three starts (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 1.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B (.306) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, DH (.286) – 0-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B (.242) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: The Power were shutout by four Hagerstown pitchers, who combined to allow  just five hits and no walks. Luis Heredia made his third start of the season and had a shaky first inning, then really settled down. He gave up a run on two hits and two walks in the first frame, then allowed just one hit and one walk the rest of the way. Ryan Hafner followed Heredia and gave up two runs over two innings. Jordan Steranka was the only Power player with two hits and he had the only extra base hits. The top three in the order, Walker Gourley, Dilson Herrera and Josh Bell combined to go 0-for-12, with six strikeouts.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Game One Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 5, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (2.70) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH (.288) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.216) – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Elvis Escobar, RF (.293) – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: This game was the continuation of yesterday’s game that got suspended after two innings. Isaac Sanchez started the game, then Cesar Lopez came on when the game picked back up in the third inning. He allowed two runs over three innings and picked up the loss. Danny Collins hit his team-leading fifth homer and he drove in his 11th run. Jamestown got outhit 12-6 in the game.

 

Game Two Box Score

Result: Jamestown 7, Mahoning Valley 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP (5.40) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jimmy Rider, 2B (.207) – 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, DH (.326) – 3-for-3, 2B, RBI

Harold Ramirez, LF (.241) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Shane Carle, the 10th round draft pick of the Pirates in this year’s draft, made his first career start. He had previously pitched three times in relief, a total of six innings. Jared LaKind picked up his first career win with two shutout innings. He spent the first three seasons of his pro career as a first baseman, topping out at State College last year. Prior to tonight, he had thrown two scoreless innings. Roberto Espinosa finished off the seven inning game with a scoreless frame. Danny Collins and Edwin Espinal each scored two runs, while Jimmy Rider drove in three runners.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES  

Box Score

Result: Tigers 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (0-2, 7.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, RF (.250) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Curry, DH (.111) – 0-for-3, BB

Kevin Ross, 1B (.000) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Mervin Del Rosario got the start and allowed three runs over four innings, losing his second straight game. He began the year in the bullpen, throwing 1.2 shutout innings, with three strikeouts in his debut. Since then, he has given up seven runs in 7.1 innings. Jeff Gibbs made his debut in the Pirates organization. He gave up one run on a walk and hit batter. The Pirates signed him as a free agent after the Diamondbacks released him just months after drafting him in the ninth round of the 2012 draft. Jerry Sands homered in his second rehab game in the GCL. Matt Curry, playing in his third game, is now 1-for-9, with a walk. Kevin Ross has yet to record a hit this season.

 

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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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