Prospect Watch: Cumpton Bounces Back; Heredia Throws Five Shutout Again


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 (1-1, 3.75) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.271) – 1-for-3, BB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.29) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.229) – 1-for-3, BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.299) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) – 2-for-5

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.98) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (6-3, 2.85) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.331) – 1-for-3

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

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – 60-Day DL

12. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.223) – 1-for-3, BB

13. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.292) – 0-for-4, 3 K

14. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.19) – DNP

15. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-6, 3.33) – DNP

16. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

17. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 2.57) – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.279) – 1-for-3

19. Elvis Escobar, OF, Jamestown (.281) – 1-for-3

20. Phil Irwin, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 0.90) – 60-Day DL



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.32) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B (.247) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (2)


Brandon Cumpton Pirates

Brandon Cumpton threw seven shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 1, Toledo 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.32) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Lucas May, C (.219) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Travis Snider, DH (.261) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Duke Welker, RHP (3.25) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton bounced back from a rough outing last time out. It’s not that he gave up a lot of runs, as he only allowed one earned run in 3.1 innings. The problem last time was that he threw over 90 pitches in those 3.1 innings. Cumpton threw eight innings without an earned run on August 17th, but his previous three outings saw him give up ten earned runs in 17 innings. He’s been hot and cold lately, and tonight he passed his 2012 innings totals. The inconsistent performances could be a result of him slowing down. He could be a starting option for the Pirates in September if they need a spot start, but he might not be good as a full-time starter. Duke Welker threw a shutout inning, and now has a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings over his last ten games, with a 13:4 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 2, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller, RHP (1-5, 4.02) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.284) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.287) – 2-for-4

Alen Hanson, SS (.229) – 1-for-3, BB

Gregory Polanco, LF (.271) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco played his last four games in right field, but moved tonight over to left field. Adalberto Santos picked up two hits and stole his 19th base of the year. Alen Hanson stole his sixth base with Altoona, and his 30th of the season. He is 12-for-39 in his last ten games. Alex Dickerson might be heating back up, going 5-for-10 in his last three games, after going 1-for-19 in his previous seven games. Quinton Miller made his second start in the Altoona rotation this year, and now has combined for three earned runs in nine innings, along with a 7:3 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4.40) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.253) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B (.260) – 2-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B (.223) – 1-for-3, BB

Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (3.68) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson has had some good outings lately. He gave up four runs in five innings on August 16th, but his other three recent starts have combined for one earned run in 18 innings, with seven hits allowed. Zack Von Rosenberg returned to the mound for the first time since June 28th, missing two months with an ankle injury. Gift Ngoepe had his third multi-hit game in his last four games.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Asheville 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (6-3, 2.85) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B (.247) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.237) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Josh Bell, RF (.281) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: For his second straight start, Luis Heredia threw five shutout innings. This was also the sixth time in his last eight outings where he went five innings with one or fewer runs. On the season Heredia has a 2.85 ERA in 60 innings with a 50:34 K/BB ratio. The only downside with Heredia right now is the high walk rate. Putting that in perspective, Tyler Glasnow had some horrible walk rates at this level for the first few months of the season, and Glasnow is a year older than Heredia. There is plenty of time for Heredia to improve those control issues. Jordan Steranka hit his second homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (4.29) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS (.339) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Jin-De Jhang, C (.279) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas bounced back from a bad outing the last time out. He gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings last time, with five walks. His start tonight is more consistent with what he’s been doing this season. In his last ten starts he has five starts with five innings and one or fewer earned runs. His overall season numbers have been elevated by two bad starts in August where he combined for 11 earned runs in 5.2 innings. Adam Frazier has been hitting well this year with a .339 average, but hasn’t been hitting for much power. Tonight he hit his seventh extra base hit of the year in 65 hits.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 7, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP (2.63) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B (.204) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Enyel Vallejo, LF (.318) – 1-for-4, RBI

Reese McGuire, C (.331) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Neil Kozikowski had a rough start today, giving up four runs in four innings after combining for three earned runs in 20 innings in his first six games. Reese McGuire is hitting for a .361/.425/.389 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games. Enyel Vallejo extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his hit today.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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