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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, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.40) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.263) – 1-for-6

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.143) – 1-for-7, 2B

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.313) – 2-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (3-3, 4.08) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.352) – 0-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.268) – 0-for-3

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

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

13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.238) – DNP

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – DNP (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.20) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.25) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.320) – 1-for-4, HR

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 0.82) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.274) – 1-for-5, 3 K



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Top Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.273) – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo 2 (16, 17), Harold Ramirez (3)


Andrew Lambo now has 31 homers on the 2013 season.

Andrew Lambo now has 31 homers on the 2013 season.


Box Score

Result: Louisville 6, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.65) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.273) – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Goedert, 3B (.239) – 2-for-4, 2B

Felix Pie, CF (.242) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Andy Oliver, LHP (4.10) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo homered twice tonight, giving him 17 on the year with Indianapolis, and 31 on the year between Double-A and Triple-A. He is the first Pirates minor leaguer to hit 31 homers in a season since Steve Pearce hit 31 in 2007. Lambo has five homers in his last nine games, and three doubles. Pretty much the only thing he’s doing lately is hitting for power, as he is hitting .250 in that stretch, and has no walks. He is cutting down on the strikeouts, with a 25% rate in the last ten games, compared to around 30% earlier in the season. Andy Oliver made his third appearance in the bullpen, and now has four earned runs in 5.1 innings, with a 7:7 K/BB ratio.



Game One Box Score

Result: Binghamton 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (3-5, 4.50) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.291) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.156) – 1-for-4, 2B

Gregory Polanco, CF (.268) – 1-for-3


Game Two Box Score

Result: Binghamton 6, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (0-1, 13.50) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.292) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jason Townsend, RHP (6.97) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson made his first start at the Double-A level after getting promoted earlier today. Dodson didn’t have the best outing, getting hit around and struggling with his control. Adalberto Santos went 2-for-5 with two doubles in the double header, giving him 20 doubles on the season.



Bradenton was off today.



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, RHP (1-2, 2.30) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.281) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.242) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Kyle Haynes made his fourth start of the year. He has given up two earned runs in 15.2 innings as a starter, with seven hits allowed, 11 walks, and 23 strikeouts. Haynes has slowly been getting stretched out in the second half, going three innings in his first start, followed by 3.2 innings, four innings, and five today. Josh Bell went 1-for-3 and now has an eight game hitting streak. He is 12-for-31 in that span, with six doubles, five walks, and four strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Vermont 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (3.10) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.320) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.274) – 1-for-5, 3 K

Danny Collins, DH (.261) – 2-for-4

Shane Carle, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas has a 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innings this year, with a 26:11 K/BB ratio. Shane Carle is also having an impressive season, with a 2.25 ERA in 35 innings, along with a 30:2 K/BB ratio and an extreme 2.27 GO/AO ratio. Carle was the tenth round pick in the 2013 draft. Harold Ramirez hit his third homer of the year for Jamestown. The Jammers scored two runs in the top of the 11th after a throwing error scored Ramirez. Erich Weiss followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jin-De Jhang.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Tigers 4

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (4.94) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS (.202) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, DH (.313) – 2-for-4

Carlos Ozuna, 2B (.208) – 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (4.21) – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort has struggled in his last few outings, giving up nine earned runs in 7.2 innings over his last three starts. Austin Meadows picked up two hits, and now has a five game hitting streak, with multiple hits in four of those five games. He has a .313/.394/.531 line in 96 at-bats this year. Trae Arbet has looked great defensively at shortstop, but had questions surrounding his bat this year. He looks like he could be heating up, with a .293/.326/.463 line and five doubles in 41 at-bats over his last ten games.

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  • Joseph Panariello

    I have been thinking about two things for a while now.

    1.) Like everyone else on the #freeLambo train, I am not so sure. I love the power, but hate the strikeouts even at a 25% clip. His power off the bench in September would be great, but having a Pedro #2 may be too many whiffs for one lineup? Just a thought.

    2.) I am curious with all of the pieces down in the minors and youth in the majors when would be an appropriate time to trade some talent in an area of weakness, say 1B? Just an idea.

    • scbucsfan

      So having him be like our HR and RBI leader would be bad. I’d be ok with 50% strike out rate if he leads the NL in HR and is top 10 in RBI’s.

  • CalipariFan506

    IMO Lambo is like Snider with worse defense. Be careful what you ask for.

    • Bryan Graham

      LOL, yeah, you might get the exact same thing the Pirates have been getting from RF all season. Nothing. The guy has earned a chance, it’s not like you’re losing anything by giving him one and you might strike gold.

      • whiteAngus

        Lambo will be up in 3 weeks. I almost guarantee it.

        • Jeremy J Stein

          Lambo up in September is a no-brainer. The question right now is, why give him some at bats now in the Majors prior to the August 31st playoff eligivility cut-off to see if Lambo could provide some extra power in the playoffs.
          The strikeout rate and defense are valid concerns. Regardless, I’d still give him a chance (in place of Presley). Not that I don’t like Presley, but everyone knows what Presley brings to the table. What we don’t know is if Lambo can hit for power in the majors. We can expect that he’ll strike out quite a bit, but if he can hit for power, that would be nice to have in the 7th or 8th spot in the lineup.
          Still, Lambo remains in triple A, and I can only assume it is for a reason. I don’t have a problem with that.
          Then again, who knows, maybe Lambo works on reducing his strikeout rate for the next few weeks in triple A, gets it down to 20% in that timespan and then gets the call up before the end of August.

    • kimbercarry

      The most HR Snider ever hit in one year is 14 in 2010. Lambo hit 22 last year and he’s at 31 this year. IMO not even close to being the same as Snider. They always say Snider projects power, Lambo is showing it. Gotta give the guy a shot. What do we have to loose?

  • sliktracee

    Wow– the system is looking quite deep when Andrew Lambo, Alex Dickerson & Brandon Cumpton don’t even appear in your Top 20. Little late probably to add a vital cog like RF (Rios perhaps?) or 1B with waivers now to clear. There’s talent in the system, but maybe not enough in the big leagues this year to help the Bucs out down the stretch.

    • Jeremy J Stein

      As long as the Pirates are in first, the Cards would likely block any potential signifigant upgrade the Pirates would hope for.
      Although it would have to be scary putting a claim on Rios or Ramirez unless you can actually take on their salary.

  • derekbellstutu

    I went to the Jammers game last night. I left after the 10th inning, so I didn’t see them win the game. Some observations: Harold Ramirez’s homer was just inside the LF foul pole. It wasn’t a bomb but it was clearly out. Jin -De Jhang has a quick throw & strong arm & threw out at least one base runner. His at bats were forgettable unfortunately.

  • Lee Young

    Good mews about Trae Albert. Let’s hope the bat plays.

  • jalcorn

    Tim, Lambo’s K rate has been at 25% all season. 24.3% at AA, 25.9% at AAA. I’m not sure where the striking out a third of the time (that you stated last month) came from. On top of that his walk rate has been steady at 8% all year too, 8.1% at AA, 8.3% at AAA. Its time for a call up.

  • whiteAngus

    Lambo will be a great addition to our lineup. just like our last big bopper Pearce who has been a productive mainstay in the Bucs lineup for years!

    • Jeremy J Stein

      Pearce doesn’t really compare to Lambo. Jeff Clement maybe? Maybe Garrett Jones or Josh Reddick? Reddick started drawing more walks though before he wsa called up (he was pretty much only hitting homers and doubles though with a .230 avg).

      • whiteAngus

        Except Clement was a top prospect.
        Point is this: lots of homers in minors is great but may not translate to the bigs. Pearce, Eldred, Hyzdu… Lambo is not a top prospect any longer so let’s just wait until September for his debut. I don’t think his bat will make a difference in the playoffs. He should be auditioning for next April not this October.

  • Nuke Laloosh

    I didn’t know Lambo and Pearce were the same player. How do you even compare the two?

    • jalcorn

      They arn’t Pearce K’d way less.

      • Jeremy J Stein

        Pearce also didn’t have as much power. The 31 homes he hit were in single A and double A. He never hit for a lot of home runs in triple A.

        • whiteAngus

          For the record, Snider was a much, much better hitter than Lambo in the minors, and at every level.
          I hope Lambo becomes a good major leaguer, don’t get me wrong. Just don’t bet the wad on it.

          • Tim Williams

            Snider played in the PCL and in one of the most hitter friendly parks in that hitter friendly league. In his time in the Eastern League he had an .825 OPS.

            • whiteAngus

              And Lambo has barely hit anything for half a decade. Snider also improved his K/BB as he matured, minor leagues anyway.
              I’m not slamming Lambo here, I’m just saying that he is probably no better than Snider

  • wlenik

    I just don’t understand how some of you are writing Lambo off already when he hasn’t even had a chance. We are getting 0 production from RF so why not give him a chance? Cant hurt. I mean there is no winning with some of u the guy hits 31 HR and drives in 92 runs and that’s not good enough? Come on

    • whiteAngus

      Lambo is going to get a shot, probably in 2014 as Garrett Jones v.2.0
      Nobody is hating on Lambo. I’m just saying he won’t put us over the top in 2013

  • CalipariFan506

    This is where I disagree with the Lambo guys. It CAN get worse than Snider/Tabata/Presley have done whether you guys want to believe it or not.

  • Nuke Laloosh

    PCL stats are always inflated. Why the hate on Lambo? Wait til he fails then hate.

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