Clay Holmes missed the entire year due to Tommy John surgery.

Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching Dominates Tuesday Night


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 (.275) – 1-for-5

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-2, 2.24) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.000) – 0-for-5

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.274) – 0-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.276) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.96) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-3, 4.45) – DNP

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

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.272) – 2-for-4

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 (.245) – 1-for-4

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.21) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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 (.338) – 2-for-4, 3 RBI, SB

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



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Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (5.53) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.338) – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Scranton/WB 2

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2.45) – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, CF (.248) – 1-for-3, SB, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF (.282) – 0-for-3, RBI

Chase d’Arnaud, 2B (.229) – 1-for-4, SB

Matt Hague, 1B (.286) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel had another solid outing, giving up one earned run over 6.2 innings. In five of his eight starts since joining Indianapolis, Pimentel has allowed one earned run or less. Eric Cordier picked up the win, throwing 1.1 innings and Atahualpa Severino pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save. Indianapolis scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch. Darren Ford pinch-ran for Ali Solis, who drew a lead-off walk. He moved to second base on a bunt, then stole third base and scored on the wild pitch. Andrew Lambo drove in his 40th run in his 47th game since joining Indianapolis. He has a combined 86 RBI’s between Indy and Altoona.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3-3, 2.96) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, LF (.271) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.275) – 1-for-5

Alen Hanson, SS (.000) – 0-for-5

Alex Dickerson, RF (.300) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Kingham only gave up two earned runs, but it wasn’t a pretty outing. He walked a season-high six batters over five innings, picking up his third loss since joining the Curve. Alen Hanson made his Altoona debut and had a rough game, going 0-for-5 in the lead-off spot, with three strikeouts. Alex Dickerson raised his average to .300 with two more hits. He has 11 hits in his last four games. Dickerson hit just .185 in the month of April, then improved to .264 in the month of May. He is hitting .420 in July, with 26 RBI’s. Mel Rojas has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts. The Curve bullpen of Jhonathan Ramos, Jason Townsend and Quinton Miller combined for four no-hit innings.



Box Score

Result: Dunedin 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (5.53) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.250) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, DH (.241) – 1-for-4

Willy Garcia, RF (.264) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: After giving up eight runs on ten hits in 3.2 innings on 7/20 against Clearwater, Adrian Sampson has rattled off two impressive outings. Last time out, he gave up two runs over seven innings, while tonight he did that one better, allowing just one run over seven frames. That wasn’t enough to get Bradenton the win though. Orlando Castro picked up the loss, allowing one run in his two innings of work. Gift Ngoepe was the big bat of the game in his second day back after missing a month due to family matters. Ngoepe had two hits, one double and drove in the team’s only run.



Clay Holmes threw six scoreless innings tonight

Clay Holmes threw six scoreless innings tonight

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Delmarva 2

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4-5, 4.21) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.276) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.272) – 2-for-4

Walker Gourley, 1B (.326) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Clay Holmes kept Delmarva off the board for six innings, allowing just two hits in his fourth win of the season. Holmes has allowed four hits or less in six of his last seven starts. He hasn’t picked up a loss in any of his last nine outings. Josh Bell hit his 30th double and drove in his 62nd run. Dilson Herrera had two hits, giving him two hits in four of his last five games. He is hitting .368 in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Staten Island 3

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (3.18) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.338) – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 3B (.390) – 1-for-3

Jeff Roy, CF (.311) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB

Jin-De Jhang, C (.298) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown got great starting pitching from Isaac Sanchez, who allowed just one unearned run on two hits and two walks,while striking out a season-high eight batters. Three relievers for the Jammers combined to strike out eight more batters over the final four innings, giving them 16 strikeouts on the day. Harold Ramirez drove in three runs, giving him 33 RBI’s on the year in 40 games. He stole his 15th base of the season. Jeff Roy picked up two hits, two RBI’s and two stolen bases from the lead-off spot. He now has 18 stolen bases this year.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 9, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP (0-1, 3.60) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.304) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.274) – 0-for-4

Nick Buckner, RF (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Starter Neil Kozikowski pitched the second game of his career and took his first loss, though he pitched well. After going two innings in his debut last Tuesday, Kozikowski went three today, giving up one run on a solo homer. He struck out four batters. He was the Pirates eighth round draft pick this year, who they signed for well over slot value($425k bonus). Austin Meadows had a nine game hit streak snapped. Reese McGuire didn’t play for the second straight game. Danny Arribas had a big day at the plate, with two doubles and two RBI’s, yet he wasn’t in the starting lineup. Arribas came on to replace Maximo Rivera in the top of the fourth inning, after Rivera grounded out in the bottom of the third.

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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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