Prospect Watch: Heredia Overcomes Control Issues, Dickerson Homers

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, Altoona (4-7, 3.67) -DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.167) – 1-for-5

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.291) –  1-for-5, 2B, RBI

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

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.96) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (3-3, 4.08) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.368) –  0-for-4, BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.269) – 0-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 (.238) – DNP

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.21) – DNP

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 (.324) – 0-for-3, BB

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (3-3, 4.08) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Alex Dickerson, RF (.297) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (15), Oscar Tejeda (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (0-1, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.267) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.236) – 1-for-4

Matt Hague, 3B (.290) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis got strong starting pitching from Ethan Hollingsworth, who allowed two runs that were both unearned. The offense was able to score just one run, an RBI double from Andrew Lambo in the first inning. Andy Oliver relieved Hollingsworth and had control issues in his 2.1 innings, which led to three runs allowed. Since moving to relief, he has walked six batters in 4.1 innings and now leads the International League with 97 walks in 104.1 innings. Lambo now has 54 extra base hits this season(21 doubles, five triples and 28 homers). He also has 88 RBI’s, 42 have come since he joined Indianapolis.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE    

Alex Dickerson hit his 15th homer tonight

Alex Dickerson hit his 15th homer tonight

Box Score

Result: Akron 6, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Nate Baker, LHP (6.14) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.297) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.167) – 1-for-5, SB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Altoona had a big seventh inning, scoring four runs, but Luis Sanz couldn’t hold a one run lead and the Curve dropped their Saturday night contest by a 6-5 score to Akron. Both Oscar Tejeda and Alex Dickerson hit seventh inning homers, the latter coming with a runner on base. That gave Nate Baker a lead in his second start of the season. He was able to go 6.1 innings, using just 83 pitches to get through his outing. In his first outing, Baker allowed one run over five innings. Dickerson now has 62 RBI’s, the most on the team. Justin Howard had two hits, giving him a .335 average. He has an .886 OPS in 191 AB’s.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Bradenton was rained out.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (3-3, 4.08) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, 3B (.327) – 2-for-2, 2 BB, RBI

Jordan Steranka, 1B (.270) – 3-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had control issues today, walking five batters in his five innings. Despite that, he was able to pick up his third win of the season, limiting Lakewood to one run, which came on a solo home run. Heredia has allowed three runs over his three starts against Lakewood. The Power hitters combined for 16 hits, with everyone except Dilson Herrera picking up at least one hit. Seven players had multi-hit games. Josh Bell continued an impressive streak of hitting doubles. He had two today, giving him 35 on the season and it was his fifth straight game with a double. Bell also drove in his 63rd run of the season. He ranks eighth in the SAL in RBI’s and he is first in doubles.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 7, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3-2, 4.50) – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS (.358) – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.324) – 0-for-3, BB

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.275) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jamestown starter Jackson Lodge has been getting by this season despite a low strikeout rate, due to good control and a decent ground ball rate. He got hit hard tonight, picking up his second loss, by allowing four runs over three innings. Lodge has struck out three(once) or less batters in all of his appearances this season. Jared Lakind had a tough inning in relief, though he was able to pick up three strikeouts. He gave up three runs on four hits in the seventh inning. Jamestown scored twice in the eighth, but the offense had just five hits on the day and the Jammers fell to 28-17 on the season. Jamestown is in first place in their division, two games ahead of State College. They have the best record in the entire NYPL.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Yankees2 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (3.23) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, SS (.194) – 2-for-5, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.291) – 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

Reese McGuire, C (.368) – 0-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Starter Wei-Chung Wang threw three scoreless innings, his second shutout performance this week. On Monday, he threw four no-hit innings. Wang walked a batter today, just his second walk of the season. The Pirates had a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Yankees2 staged a rally against Christian Santiago, scoring two runs and loading the bases, before he was replaced by Luis Campos. With two outs, the first batter that Campos faced cleared the bases with a walk-off triple. The Pirates are 18-20 on the season, though they are still in second place in their division, just a half game out.

Author: 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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