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.

John Dreker

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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  • https://profiles.google.com/112402176672885120423 Alex Henry

    Have they gave up on Walker Gourley and just seem him as a org. guy because as a 22 year old who has done very well this year he should atleast have been in Bradenton by now i just dont understand their philosophy. Also its not as if Bradenton’s OF is loaded with prspect to wear he would be riding the bench.

    • John Dreker

      Gourley has had an impressive season, but three things knock it down a little bit, his age/experience, lack of power and lack of walks. He is 3rd in the SAL in batting average, but 16th in OPS. Being 16th in OPS isn’t bad obviously, but it just shows how empty his high average is

  • https://profiles.google.com/103768864712934644893 iverar@yahoo.com

    Yeah, I have heard the same about Gourley. He is seen as an organizational guy and not much more. But you can’t argue with what he has done this year. Though I have heard one big knock on him is very little power.

  • https://profiles.google.com/103768864712934644893 iverar@yahoo.com

    Why is Alex Dickerson not playing first base in Altoona? That is where we have a need with the Pirates. Justin Howard is having a nice year but has no power. Dickerson is younger, hitting well and showing good power. He has no chance to play RF for the Pirates since that is reserved for Polanco. Seems like we would want to have Alex getting reps at first.

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

      The Pirates already know Dickerson can play 1B. They can always move him back there if he is truly needed, but lets be honest, theres still a very good chance that he doesn’t dent the Pirates 25man roster anytime soon. Yes, his season is looking very promising, but if the Pirates need 1B help now or even in 2014 how is moving Dickerson to 1B right NOW going to help ease your fears?

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrishale525 Chris Hale

        Actually no they don’t know he can play 1B. OF is his natural position. He played there in college. He hasn’t played 1B much at all. He was drafted as 1Bmen. The only thing I can figure is they are developing him as an OF/1B men which is even better, it provides versatility, but He knows OF way more so I don’t understand such a small amount of work at 1st. That’s the position he needs the most work on between the two. I would like an exclamation on this too

        • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

          Dickerson was honored as best defensive 1Bman last season in the Florida State League. In fact, he ONLY played 1B in 2012. How’s that for an exclamation?
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          Yet you’re right about versatility. Couldn’t hurt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    From the P2 Prospect Book (which EVERY Bucco fan should own, imho), Gourley’s lack of hitting makes him an org guy. I don’t think he had hit above .253 until this year. Maybe he’s a late bloomer like Presley, but I don’t see much footure for him.

    Foo

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Thirty Five doubles is a LOT of doubles in a minor league season!!! Go Bell, Go!

    Foo

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    On another note (and it might have gotten mentioned here), former Pirate farmhands Rogelio Noris and Josh Poytress were released by their Independent Teams this weekend.

    But, at least they got to play in the minors. I was third team BENCH on my teams. I was better at basketball…I was only SECOND team bench. :)

    Flailing Foo

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  • BostonsCommon

    Really pleased with Josh Bell this year in what is basically his first year as a pro. Already 46 extra base hits, including 9 HRs and the 35 2B, an .807 OPS, and a more than respectable 77:39 K:BB ratio. Even with his flawed swing mechanics, I think he’s regained every bit the prospect status he had before injury. Does he get to move up for a taste of High A this year, or will he start fresh in Bradenton next summer?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ej6687 Erik Johnson

    FYI, Tejada’s HR in Altoona was a solo shot. And Dickerson’s HR was a bomb. Couldn’t see where it landed but it looked like it was headed mid-roller coaster.

    Hanson had a nice game defensively. Handled a number of GBs well and his throws were right on target. Struggled on offense. His single was a little slap single that landed in front of the RFer. He did hit a shot to the warning track in RF though.

    • John Dreker

      Thanks for that info on Tejeda, part of the hazard of trusting a milb boxscore before they have had time to correct it. Last week they had a DSL pitcher starting at third base and a reliever in the GCL throwing five innings when he really went two IP. Also had Jon Sandfort pitching two innings in relief a couple days after his start and turns out they fixed it a couple days later and he didn’t even pitch. Then the Altoona disaster from last weekend where they had them giving up seven runs in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings. I was waiting for it to end in the 11th after Altoona “made it” 13-9 and about a half hour later I found out they won 9-2 and didn’t give up any 9th inning runs