Prospect Watch: Rodriguez and Sanchez Pitch Well, Indianapolis Wins In Extras

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 (3-6, 2.94) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.295) – 1-for-5

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-2, 2.69) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.288) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.282) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 3.86) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.93) –  DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.533) – 1-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.295) – 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.239) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.210) – 0-for-4

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.89) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.48) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 1.97) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.280) – 1-for-6, BB, SB

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (0-3, 2.42) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.298) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Columbus 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.69) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Andrew Lambo, RF (.298) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Harrison, SS (.317) – 2-for-6, 2B

Jerry Sands, RF (.199) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Tony Sanchez, C (.295) – 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI

Alex Presley, DH (.293) – 3-for-5, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton got the start today, coming off his third start for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He threw five scoreless inning, before leaving with the bases loaded in the sixth. Ryan Reid, also making his first appearance since being sent down from the Pirates, followed Cumpton and allowed two of the runs to score. He also gave up a run of his own in the seventh inning. Jose Contreras followed with two scoreless innings, sending the game into extra innings. Vic Black picked up the win with two scoreless innings, striking out three batters. Indianapolis scored five runs in the 12th inning, though it comes with the caveat that they all came off catcher Omir Santos. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Indianapolis had a total of 16 hits, seven of them were doubles. Josh Harrison hit his 29th double, Tony Sanchez hit his 25th double. Jerry Sands returned from the disabled list, while both Chase d’Arnaud and Brett Carroll were placed on the DL.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Erie 7, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.63) – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.263) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.295) – 1-for-5

Mel Rojas, LF (.266) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: David Bromberg came into today’s game averaging more than a strikeout per inning, but in 6.2 innings, he failed to record a single strikeout. He left the game with the score tied 3-3, giving way to Zack Thornton, who allowed both inherited runners to score. Altoona scored three runs in the eighth inning to tie the game, only to lose the lead in the top of the ninth with Luis Sanz on the mound. Kelson Brown and Drew Maggi each had two RBI’s at the bottom of the lineup. Mel Rojas reached base three times. In his last ten games, he is hitting .351, with a .918 OPS. Alex Dickerson had three hits and an RBI. In his last nine games, he is hitting .417, with nine RBI’s. Altoona now goes on their All-Star break, resuming play on Thursday. They currently have a 39-50 record, the worst record in their division.

Joely Rodriguez had a strong seven inning outing tonight

Joely Rodriguez had a strong seven inning outing tonight

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (0-3, 2.42) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.243) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.288) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Willy Garcia, RF (.252) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez pitched a great today, but took the loss as Bradenton was unable to put a single run on the board. The only run Rodriguez allowed, came on a third inning home run. It was his longest outing since joining Bradenton and the first time he struck out more than two batters in a game since joining the Marauders three weeks ago. Zac Fuesser finished off the game with two scoreless innings. The Bradenton offense had four hits, two doubles, four walks and they stole three bases. Alen Hanson picked up his 21st stolen base and Benji Gonzalez swiped his 18th bag. The Marauders went 0-for-7 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER 

West Virginia was off today.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score Game One

Result: Batavia 5, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (3.50) – 8.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Francisco Aponte (.250) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.216) – 0-for-4

Elvis Escobar, RF (.282) – 2-for-5, RBI, SB

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.300) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: This game was the completion of a June 27th suspended game. Both teams ended up restarting the game with the same pitchers that originally started the game. Isaac Sanchez gave up four first inning runs 11 days ago. He followed that up with seven shutout innings split over the two days. Kevin Kleis threw the ninth and took the loss. Francisco Aponte had the best day at the plate for Jamestown, reaching base all three times and scoring two runs. He wasn’t in the original starting lineup though, replacing Jimmy Rider, who was promoted to West Virginia recently. The averages above for each player reflect their records through games played up to and including June 27th.

 

 Box Score Game Two

Result: Batavia 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP (3.60) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Edwin Espinal, 1B (.318) – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, RF (.280) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

JaCoby Jones, CF (.435) – 1-for-3

Jin-De Jhang, C (.333) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: This game was the regularly scheduled game for today, cut down to seven innings due to the doubleheader. Shane Carle, the tenth round draft pick from this year, went five innings for the first time. He allowed four singles, no walks and the run was unearned. The Jammers went to Axel Diaz for the sixth inning and he gave up the eventual game-winning run. Jamestown had six hits on the night, and just like Batavia, all their hits were singles. JaCoby Jones is 10-for-19 in his last four games, after going hitless in his debut. He broke a string of four straight games with an RBI.

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Yankees1 7, Pirates 5 in 10 innings

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (1.86) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.296) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C (.533) – 1-for-4

Trae Arbet, SS (.121) – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 7-5 in ten innings, with reliever Luis Campos picking up his first loss of the season. The defense hurt the Pirates, with five errors leading to three unearned runs. Reese McGuire caught his second pro game and made two throwing errors. He had a single in four trips to the plate and was replaced on defense in the top of the eighth inning. Luis Urena drove in two runs and stole his first base of the year. Trae Arbet hit his first career triple. He had gone three straight games without a hit prior to today. Arbet also committed his fifth error of the season. Henry Hirsch pitched the fourth inning for the Pirates, allowing one hit and picking up a strikeout. It was the pro debut for the 22nd round draft pick from this year.

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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  • danrb10

    Tim, when can we expect Meadows to make his debut?

    • John Dreker

      Today

  • BurghFan-Stuckin-NJ

    Any concern about the McGuire throwing errors? Was it mechanical or mental? Thanks for covering these lower level leagues. This Prospect Watch segment is almost as fun as watching the big league club, I feel like each one of these guys could be my winning powerball ticket and I’m just waiting for Wednesday or Saturday to check the numbers!

    • John Dreker

      No one was there at the game today, so no word on the errors. I wouldn’t worry too much about his defense at this point, he is an advanced catcher with a good arm. You worry if they continue over an extended time.

  • http://www.smalawgroup.com Esquire

    What are the chances we see Lambo get a shot? I’m assuming that the Pirates want to ride Tabata as long as possible with his guaranteed contract. It would be nice to see what we have in Lambo before the deadline. He may be another Brock Holt who got hot at the right time and then the following year came back to reality.