Prospect Watch: McGuire Has a Four Hit Day; Cunningham Ties Career High in HRs

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 (.268) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.279) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.250) – 2-for-5, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – DNP

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 (.431) – 4-for-6, 2B, SB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.291) – DNP

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.252) – 0-for-3, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.69) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.74) – DNP

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.333) – 2-for-4, SB

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.71) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.215) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (15), Carlos Mesa (7), Michael Fransoso (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Indianapolis was postponed due to rain.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.71) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.215) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.268) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Alex Dickerson, RF (.288) – 2-for-4

Kenn Kasparek, RHP (4-2, 4.17) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his 14th double and his 15th homer of the year. The home run matches his career high, set in 2011 with Bradenton. Cunningham hit his 15 in 310 at-bats that year, adding 23 doubles. He has 15 homers and 14 doubles in 335 at-bats this year, up from six homers and 19 doubles in 359 at-bats last year. Gregory Polanco was 5-for-25 with one double in his previous nine games. Alex Dickerson has a .447/.462/.789 line in 38 at-bats in his last ten games.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 8, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3-9, 5.19) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.224) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Junior Sosa, CF (.231) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Carlos Mesa hit his seventh homer of the year for the Marauders. His homer was the only run the Marauders scored, and they only had four hits on the day. Robby Rowland has been struggling with a 7.17 ERA in 21.1 innings this month. He had a decent month of June with a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER  

West Virginia was off today.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 9, Batavia 7

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3.97) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, 2B (.313) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.333) – 2-for-4, SB

Jin-De Jhang, C (.307) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: Jackson Lodge tied for the best start in the system last week, and has been strong in the rotation this season. He struggled today, giving up four runs in three innings. Michael Fransoso hit his first pro homer in the ninth inning. Jamestown scored seven in the ninth inning, capped off by Fransoso’s homer. Harold Ramirez picked up two more hits. He has a .410/.468/.590 line in 83 at-bats this month. He also stole his 13th base of the year.

 

Reese McGuire had four hits today.

Reese McGuire had four hits today.

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Yankees 6

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (4.00) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.280) – 3-for-5, 2 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C (.431) – 4-for-6, 2B, SB

Austin Meadows, CF (.250) – 2-for-5, BB

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.342) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Nick Buckner, RF (.186) – 3-for-6, SB, 3 K

Melvin Del Rosario, LHP (4.09) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Reese McGuire picked up four more hits today. He has a .431/.486/.569 line in 65 at-bats so far, with hits in 14 of his 16 games. He has also reached base safely in every game, and has good plate patience skills with a 6:5 BB/K ratio. Austin Meadows continues to hit. In his last ten games he has a .308/.400/.590 line in 39 at-bats, with four doubles, two triples, and a homer. He went 1-for-13 in his first three games. Ulises Montilla has a .342/.438/.532 line in 79 at-bats, with 13 doubles and a triple. He also has a 14:14 BB/K ratio.

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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