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Josh Bell showed a glimpse of his power in 2013. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Prospect Watch: Bell Hits 12th Homer; Strong Starts For Rodriguez and Creasy

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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, 4.50) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.276) – 0-for-3, BB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.40) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.191) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.309) – 0-for-3, 2 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.284) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.06) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.42) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.307) – 1-for-5

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.262) – 0-for-4, BB

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 (.227) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.667) – DNP

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.09) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-5, 3.03) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (3-3, 2.27) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.298) – 1-for-4, BB

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 3.18) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.288) – 0-for-5

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4-3, 2.83) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Josh Bell (12), Jimmy Rider (1), Nick Buckner (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indianapolis was off today.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Box Score

Result: Reading 8, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Nate Baker, LHP (3-3, 6.59) – 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.217) – 3-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.191) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game NotesCunningham Picks Up Three Hits, But Curve Continue Losing Skid.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4-3, 2.83) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, CF (.233) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C (.283) – 2-for-4, 2B

Stetson Allie, 1B (.227) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez bounced back from some rough outings the last two times out. He combined for seven earned runs in ten innings in those starts, but looked good tonight. On the season with Bradenton he has a 2.83 ERA in 60.1 innings, with a 38:17 K/BB ratio. He also has a 2.17 GO/AO ratio thanks to his two-seamer and sinker. Elias Diaz has been hot at the plate lately, hitting for a .481/.517/.519 line in 27 at-bats in the month of August. In his last ten games he has seven multi-hit games. Stetson Allie has hits in five of his last six games, and has drawn five walks in that span.

 

Josh Bell hit his 12th homer of the year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Josh Bell hit his 12th homer of the year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Charleston 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (2.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.284) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jimmy Rider, 3B (.063) – 1-for-3, HR

Max Moroff, SS (.237) – 2-for-5

Ryan Hafner, RHP (7-0, 2.85) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his 12th homer of the year, and only his second one batting right-handed. Jimmy Rider also hit a homer, his first of the year. Walker Gourley drew two walks and stole two bases, giving him 34 stolen bases on the season. Jason Creasy now has a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings as a starter, with a 53:17 K/BB ratio. Ryan Hafner has a 2.85 ERA in 82 innings out of the bullpen this year, with a 97:39 K/BB ratio.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 3, Mahoning Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP (2.15) – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Landecker, 3B (.286) – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Candon Myles, LF (.200) – 0-for-2, 3 BB, 2 SB

Harold Ramirez, CF (.298) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Shane Carle has a 2.15 ERA in 50.1 innings on the season, with a 43:6 K/BB ratio. Candon Myles and Adam Landecker recently joined Jamestown, being promoted from the GCL. Both players combined for four stolen bases tonight. They’re both lower level organizational guys, but should help the first place Jammers in their playoff push. Myles is a great OBP guy with a lot of speed, while Landecker has excellent defense at third base.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Tigers 1

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (3.53) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.300) – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Enyel Vallejo, LF (.296) – 2-for-5, 4 RBI

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates had a big win over the Tigers, moving into a first place tie with the GCL Phillies. Nick Buckner hit his first pro home run, and also hit his seventh double of the year. Buckner has been showing his power lately, with a .223 ISO in his last ten games, thanks to three doubles, a triple, and a homer. Ulises Montilla picked up four hits tonight, and is 11-for-28 in his last seven games. This was the first four hit game of the season for Montilla, although he has three separate three hit games. Enyel Vallejo extended his hitting streak to seven games, and now has a .326/.341/.512 line in 43 at-bats in August.

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