Heredia has struggled against Hickory this year(Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Prospect Watch: Shaky Outing For Heredia, Dickerson Continues Hot Streak


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 (.278) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.281) – 1-for-3, RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.292) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.273) – 2-for-5

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.89) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-3, 4.45) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.383) –  DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.268) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.288) – In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.252) – 1-for-5

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.48) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) – DNP

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.336) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.13) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (8-5, 3.39) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.268) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Dilson Herrera (9), Carlos Mesa (8), Walker Gourley (5), Charlie Cutler (3), Luis Urena (2)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (0-1, 3.60) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.284) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jerry Sands, RF (.212) – 2-for-4, 2B

Ivan De Jesus, SS (.336) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: David Bromberg made his first start for Indianapolis today and picked up the loss, though he was solid through five innings, allowing just one run. He ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing the first two batters to reach before being pulled. Brooks Brown followed him and allowed one inherited run to score. Brown ended his day with three scoreless innings. Andrew Lambo and Jerry Sands each went 2-for-4, with a double and an outfield assist. Lambo ended up scoring the only run for Indianapolis on a ninth inning sacrifice fly by Jared Goedert.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, New Hampshire 3

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (8-5, 3.39) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.298) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.229) – 1-for-3, RBI, BB, SB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.278) – 0-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Casey Sadler picked up the win in his return to the mound after missing four weeks due to a right knee contusion, the result of a comebacker from the first batter he faced in his last start. Sadler went five innings, thanks in part to a low pitch count, throwing 68 total pitches, 35 for strikes. Drew Maggi led off the game with a triple and scored two batters later on a sac fly from Gregory Polanco. Charlie Cutler added a solo homer in the fourth. Alex Dickerson continued his hot streak, driving in two runs with a pair of doubles. He now has 30 doubles and 59 RBI’s on the year. In his last 50 games, he is hitting .360 with 44 RBI’s.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, Brevard County 9

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (4.21) – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, CF (.256) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.258) – 2-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Alen Hanson, SS (.281) –  1-for-3, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B (.252) – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Bradenton had an 8-2 game going into the sixth inning, then things fell apart for starter Pat Ludwig and reliever Zac Fuesser. Ludwig left after getting two outs and allowing one run in the sixth. Fuesser came on and gave up three straight hits, letting two inherited runners score, plus another two runs credited to his line. Tyler Waldron came on next, making his second rehab appearance. He threw a scoreless seventh, but gave up two runs in the eighth to tie the score. Bradenton had extended their lead to 9-7 in the top of the inning. In the ninth, DJ Crumlich drove home Willy Garcia on a sacrifice fly for the winning run. Waldron picked up the win and Robbie Kilcrease pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Jacob Stallings walked three times and scored three runs. Carlos Mesa hit his 8th homer of the year.



Heredia had his worst start of the season (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Heredia had his worst start of the season (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Box Score

Result: Lexington 9, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (2-3, 4.45) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.268) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, CF (.329) – 3-for-5, HR, RBI

Josh Bell, DH (.273) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Luis Heredia got the start today and gave up solo runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, picking up his third loss of the season. Going into the eighth inning, Lexington was leading 5-0, then both teams combined for ten runs in the last two innings. The Power got back-to-back homers in the eighth from Walker Gourley and Luis Urena, who hit his second in two days. In the ninth inning, Dilson Herrera connected for a three-run homer, but that is where the West Virginia rally would end. Herrera is hitting .351 in his last ten games. Gourley had three hits in the game, giving him 108 on the season, the fourth highest total in the SAL.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (1-2, 0.82) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.336) – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.300) – 1-for-4

Adam Frazier, 2B (.359) – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Starter Chad Kuhl lasted just two innings due to some poor fielding behind him, which led to three unearned runs in the second frame. On three straight batters, Jamestown players made fielding errors. Shane Carle came in to pitch in relief of Kuhl and he threw three scoreless innings. Andy Otamendi made his Jamestown debut in the ninth and kept Auburn off the board. The 20-year-old lefty had a 1.62 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 16.2 innings in the GCL this year. Jamestown had their five game win streak snapped. Adam Frazier extended his hitting streak to 14 games with two singles on the day. Frazier and Harold Ramirez had the two RBI’s for Jamestown, scoring Edwin Espinal and Francisco Aponte on back-to-back singles in the third inning. Danny Collins has a nine game hitting streak.



The GCL Pirates were off today.

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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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  • Andrew Grigsby

    Dickerson had a great weekend at the plate. 9-14 with 10 RBI is crazy hot. But he is a man without a position in my mind. He is very average as a outfielder at best. Doesn’t get real good jumps or have much range. Maybe a move to 1B will be a option at some point? Not that he is going to be in Pittsburgh anytime soon but its a problem.

    • whiteAngus

      Please remember Dickerson played 1B at Bradenton and was voted best defender at 1B in that league. He plays RF because Altoona also had Curry on the roster.

      • Lee Young

        They must’ve had a lot of lousy 1bmen in that league.


        • Susanne Klich Langford

          Hope this season can be a valuable learning experience for Heredia to amp up his offseason program. He still has plenty of season left and low A is a big task for an 18 year old…but he is definitely not his past self so far.

          – Fred Langford

        • buster09

          Lee,when I saw Dickerson at 1st base last season he was not that bad. Much better than Andrew Lambo or Charlie Cutler,and certainly not as bad a corner outfielder as Curry was when he attempted tp play there before his injury.

      • buster09

        Curry was playing left field almost exclusively before his injury early this season. They were attemptin to get some bats in the lineup so were playing Lambo and Cutler at 1st,which wasn’t all that successful in my opinion.

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