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Prospect Watch: Sanchez and Bell Homer, Rodriguez Throws Six Shutout 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 (4-7, 3.76) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.270) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (6-2, 2.43) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.278) – 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.154) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.282) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.84) – DNP

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

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.460) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.266) – 1-for-4, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.290) – 3-for-3, HR, RBI

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.267) – 2-for-4, BB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.267) – 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, 2.18) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.315) – 0-for-2, HBP

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



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Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (1-3, 2.36) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B (.283) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (10), Josh Bell (9)



Tony Sanchez batting

Tony Sanchez hit his tenth homer of the year (Image Credit: David Hague)

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Gwinnett 1 in 7 innings

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (7-6, 4.54) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.290) – 3-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, RF (.285) – 1-for-3

Neil Walker, 2B (.222) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Graham Godfrey picked up his seventh win of the season by allowing one run over five innings. Duke Welker protected the lead, picking up his fifth save of the season. The game was called after seven innings due to lightning. Tony Sanchez hit his tenth homer of the season to lead off the fifth inning, tying the game. Andrew Lambo threw out a runner at home in the sixth inning to keep the Indianapolis lead at 2-1. Neil Walker played his third rehab game. He is now 2-for-9, with two walks and a double. Indianapolis broke a five game losing streak.



Altoona was rained out.




Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Lakeland 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (1-3, 2.36) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.278) – 1-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.267) – 0-for-3, BB

Jose Osuna, DH (.237) – 0-for-1, 2 BB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez came into today’s game with a 2.86 ERA for Bradenton, but he still had not won a game since being promoted from West Virginia. He took it upon himself to pick up the win today, throwing six shutout innings. Rodriguez threw 84 pitches, 52 for strikes and he struck out six batters, his high with the Marauders. Bradenton scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, the last three coming on a bases loaded triple from Alen Hanson. Robbie Kilcrease threw the last three innings, giving up two runs and picking up the save. The Marauders had just three hits all game.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (2.99) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, DH (.282) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.266) – 1-for-4, BB

Max Moroff, SS (.253) – 2-for-2, 3 BB, SB

Game Notes: Jason Creasy came into today’s game with an 0.44 ERA in his four starts since the All-Star break. He ran into trouble today, allowing four runs(three earned) in five innings. Josh Bell hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his ninth of the year. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Bell drove home the winning run with a bases loaded sacrifice fly. Max Moroff reached base in all five plate appearances, picking up two singles and three walks. He also scored three runs. Barrett Barnes had two hits and a walk. Ryan Hafner moved to 6-0 on the season by coming in during the eighth and pitching two scoreless innings. Luis Urena picked up his first hit since joining West Virginia. Power batters struck out 13 times in the game.



Box Score

Result: Aberdeen 8, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (0-0, 3.93) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B (.283) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS (.369) – 2-for-4

Harold Ramirez, RF (.315) – 0-for-2, HBP

Jin-De Jhang, C (.284) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Cody Dickson threw four shutout innings today, the first time he has done that as a pro. The fourth round pick from this year is on a limited pitch count, so he hasn’t gone long enough to pick up a win, but after six starts he still hasn’t picked up a loss yet either. David Jagoditsh followed Dickson and faced four batters, walking two and hitting the other two hitters. All four runners ended up scoring, giving Jagoditsh a 33.75 ERA through three games. He has now hit six of the 12 batters he has faced. Axel Diaz allowed four runs on seven hits in his three innings of work. JaCoby Jones didn’t play after leaving yesterday’s game following his first AB. Jin-De Jhang is 2-for-18 in his last five games. Jamestown has a 20-13 record.



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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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  • CalipariFan506

    Let’s call Jagodish up next time we face the Reds!

    • Matt Beam

      2 funny, can he hit with RISP?

  • Lee Young

    Bell is hitting .282. I wonder what his splits are? I believe he only has that ‘hitch’ from one side of the plate?


    • John Dreker

      He is hitting .353/.397/.574 in 68 AB’s from the right side and .264/.330/.434 in 265 AB’s from the left side

  • jon6er

    Well McKenry got his two hits for the month so I guess Sanchez could hit .400 and we still won’t see him again till September. And Inge had another nice ab today. If you play Inge on defense to rest someone you are pretty much guaranteed an 0-fer from him.

    • CalipariFan506

      Honestly though do you really think Inge is much worse than a guy like Josh Harrison who has done nothing to ever prove he can hit MLB pitching?

      I am all for upgrading through a minor trade here but internally there really are not any viable options.

      • IC Bob

        Yes I honestly think Inge is worse. He can’t run can’t hit can’t hit for power. I doubt he can bunt so pretty much anybody from single A and up should do as good a job as Inge. All kidding aside I think he goes when Walker comes back tomorrow. At least I hope so.

        • CalipariFan506

          Harrison can run but he can’t hit, can’t get on base, can’t field nearly as well as Inge, has absolutely no power and has botched more sacrifice bunts than anybody else over the past few years. There was a stretch last season where his bunt attempts were comical.

          I’d prefer to keep Inge over Harrison if that is the option. My real answer would be none of the above.

  • Roberto Calvi

    Here are some players that may have been overlooked either because they don’t have many years experience or they are they are only strong against lefty pitchers.

    David Lough Splits KC Royals
    vs. Left .323 .344 .452 .796
    vs. Right .285 .304 .438 .742

    Brandon Barnes Houston Astros
    vs. Left .342 .415 .562 .977
    vs. Right .204 .248 .279 .527

    Marcell Ozuna Splits Miami
    vs. Left .308 .318 .492 .810
    vs. Right .252 .298 .361 .659

    Chris Denorfia SD
    vs. Left .283 .348 .525 .873
    vs. Right .261 .311 .297 .608

    Andres Torres SF
    vs. Left .308 .345 .411 .756
    vs. Right .214 .271 .316 .587

    • Roberto Calvi

      oops this isn’t in reply to your story, this just goes along with your theme of value of available players.

  • jamminjoe66

    Can’t believe no one mentioned the 43 times Harrison has been picked off or caught stealing. I think it’s time to call up De Jesus can’t be worse than those 2

  • CalipariFan506

    I think Inge is one of the best 25 men as long as no trades are made. I’ll take his experience and defense over what Harrison and DeJesus have done in MLB over far more limited appearances.

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