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Prospect Watch: Shutout Pitching All Around, Lambo, Barnes and Dickerson Homer

Prospect Watch: Shutout Pitching All Around, Lambo, Barnes and Dickerson Homer


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 (.277) – 0-for-5

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (5-2, 2.48) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.284) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.222) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.282) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.59) –  3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.522) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.260) –  0-for-3, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.289) – 0-for-4

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.241) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.243) – 1-for-2, BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.59) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 1.97) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.322) – 4-for-5, RBI

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



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Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.66) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.297) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (10), Andrew Lambo (8), Barrett Barnes (4)



Kris Johnson threw seven shutout innings tonight

Kris Johnson threw seven shutout innings tonight

Box Score

Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.66) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.297) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B (.276) – 2-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson was brilliant through seven innings and left with a two run lead, but Eric Cordier allowed two runs in the eighth and Louisville walked off in the ninth, with four straight runners reaching against Tim Alderson, who picked up his first loss with Indianapolis. Andrew Lambo provided the only offense for the Indians, a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He now has eight homers and 26 RBI’s since being promoted from Altoona. Combined with his AA stats, he has 22 homers and 72 RBI’s.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Akron 0

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2-2, 4.82) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.266) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.268) – 2-for-5, 2B

Drew Maggi, SS (.276) – 3-for-4, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro threw six shutout innings for his second win since joining Altoona. Nate Baker, Quinton Miller and Jason Townsend each threw a scoreless inning in relief to nail down the victory. Navarro had just one win in 13 games for Bradenton, despite putting up a 2.86 ERA. Alex Dickerson hit his tenth homer of the season. Since the beginning of June, he has seven homers and 26 RBI’s. Drew Maggi had three hits, Charles Cutler had three walks. Altoona hitters reached base a total of 21 times, with everyone except Gregory Polanco reaching at least twice. Polanco was 0-for-5 on the night and he is in a 1-for-17 slump.


Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 5, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-7, 5.54) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.243) – 1-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.284) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Stetson Allie had the only hit on the night for Bradenton, an eighth inning single. Allie also reached via walk, while Alen Hanson also reached twice, drawing two walks. Zack Dodson had a rough outing, giving up five earned runs. He hasn’t pitched well since the month of May, which he finished with a 3.45 ERA in five starts. Dodson had a 6.84 June ERA and he has allowed nine runs in ten innings this month.



Box Score Game One

Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1.59) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.282) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.260) – 0-for-3, BB

Walker Gourley, LF (.326) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 SB

Clay Holmes, RHP (3-5, 4.59) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Luis Heredia got the start yesterday and pitched three scoreless innings before rained forced the game to be suspended and finished today. Clay Holmes was the scheduled starter for today, so he came in to finish this game and threw five scoreless innings. Holmes won for just the third time all season. Combined, they gave up three hits, three walks and struck out five batters. Josh Bell had a double and drove in two runs, giving him 24 doubles and 53 RBI’s on the season. West Virginia batters struck out 11 times in the game, including three each from Jordan Steranka and Eric Wood. Jimmy Rider drove in his first run since joining the Power.


Box Score Game Two

Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Thomas Harlan, RHP (2.20) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.241) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Schwind, LF (.244) – 3-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: This was the regularly scheduled game, started by Thomas Harlan in a spot role. Due to the doubleheader, this game was seven innings long. Harlan went four innings, giving way to Jhondaniel Medina, who picked up the win with one run over two innings. Kyle Haynes pitched a scoreless seventh for the save. Barrett Barnes led the offense with a two-out, three run homer in the top of the seventh to put the Power in the lead. Jonathan Schwind had three hits and Walker Gourley stole his 27th base of the year. Gourley stole two bases in the opening game. Neither Dilson Herrera, nor Josh Bell played this game.


Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Hudson Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.322) – 4-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, 2B (.407) – 2-for-3, BB, 2B

Erich Weiss, 3B (.000) – 0-for-3

JaCoby Jones, SS (.371) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Justin Topa, RHP (2-1, 2.08) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl has now opened his career with ten straight shutout innings. In his first two starts, he went three innings each time, but he stretched it out to four frames today. Justin Topa followed Kuhl and threw three shutout innings of his own. Recently signed 11th round draft pick Erich Weiss made his pro debut tonight. Harold Ramirez had four hits tonight, giving him 18 hits and a .529 average in his last ten games. JaCoby Jones drove in his ninth run of the season. He has played just eight games. Roberto Espinosa picked up his second save.



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  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Other than bringing up Lambo soon and try him in a platoon with Tabata…..

    Balancing his production this year at the plate, power, play in RF, salary, and what he would likely command in a trade, I think Marlon Byrd is the best option and best value potentially available to the Pirates. They would not have to trade any of their top prospects to get him – a combo of something like Morton, Snider, and Hughes might get him – and I would make that trade in a nanosecond.

    • Jeremy J Stein

      Isn’t Lambo mashing righties? Tabata meanwhile is doing well against righties and is just okay against lefties. The Pirates need someone who can hit well against left handed pitchers.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    What is the record for most HRs with Altoona? I know that ballpark is not HR friendly, so I was curious what that number was.

    • John Dreker

      Adam Hyzdu 31 in 2000

      • Lee Young

        Hyzdu was a god in Altoona!


        • BurghFan-Stuckin-NJ

          I LOVED watching Hyzdu play! I would plan my trips back home to Bedford around Altoona games while he was there.

        • BuccosFanStuckinMD

          I remember Hyzdu having one of the most best hitting performances in recent years, in a doubleheader against the Cardinals – I do not remember his detailed stats or what the year was, but I think he 3-4 HRs and a few other hits in that doubleheader. That was probably 8-10 years ago? Anyone remember the details?

        • John Dreker

          Lee, don’t forget that your favorite Pirates pitcher was born on this date

  • Bryan Graham

    #freeAndrewLambo what’s the worse that could happen? He “might” do as poorly as Snider?

  • Esquire

    Is Maggi a legitimate prospect or just another organizational guy?

    And Lambo needs to provide ‘veteran leadership’ to get a shot at the big leagues

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD

      You cannot judge any player from just one performance, but when I saw Maggi in Bowie last month, he looked bad – especially in LF – which, for some reason, that is where he was playing. I thought he was an infielder?

      He has raised his average up substantially, but does not appear to have much power. Kind of reminded me of a slightly bigger Brock Holt type of player.

      • John Dreker

        I liked what I saw from Maggi when he was with West Virginia, got to see him play seven times. They have been using him everywhere, he’s played 6 different positions this year. I think he could make the majors eventually as a bench player due to his versatility. He has good speed, plays the game right and can hit a little. I wouldn’t call him a prospect really, but I like what he brings to the table, so I could see him getting a cup of coffee, maybe sticking around a couple years for someone who likes the fact he can play multiple positions(shortstop being one of them helps too)

        • Esquire

          Thanks for the insight gentleman!

  • TonyC17

    BuccofaninMD, 2 things… 1. That list of players for Byrd is way to much for him. 2. Cubs are going to want actual prospects. They won’t contend for a few years still.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD

      Tony C – 2 things….1. Byrd plays for Mets, and not the Cubs. 2. I would give Morton for a six pack of beer – and including Snider or Presley, along with maybe Hughes – I think that’s a pretty low price to get a guy who’s having the season like Byrd. The Mets are not going to give him away – and I’d much rather give them 3 low value spare parts than actual prospects.

  • TonyC17

    Sorry meant mets, not cubs

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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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