Luis Heredia pitched well against Hagerstown during the regular season (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Prospect Watch: Heredia Throws Five Shutout; Cumpton Slowing Down?


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 (.272) – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.213) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.306) – 1-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) – 0-for-4

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (5-3, 3.11) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.327) – 4-for-5, SB, RBI

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 1-for-4

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 (.226) – 1-for-5, 2B

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.333) – 0-for-5

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 (4-3, 2.17) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.296) – 1-for-4, BB

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

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.280) – 0-for-4, BB



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Top Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (5-3, 3.11) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.211) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Lucas May (3), Jacob Stallings (6), Max Moroff (8)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Rochester 6

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.52) – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Lucas May, C (.205) – 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Vic Black, RHP (4-3, 2.17) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Alex Presley, CF (.297) – 3-for-5, SB

Matt Hague, 1B (.287) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton needed 92 pitches to get through 3.1 innings tonight. He didn’t give up a lot of damage, mostly because Ryan Reid stranded two runners. Cumpton is close to his 2012 innings totals, and could be slowing down lately. In his last start he threw eight shutout innings, but in the three starts before that he combined for ten earned runs in 17 innings. Vic Black threw a shutout inning in relief. Kyle Farnsworth also threw a shutout inning with two strikeouts. Indianapolis was down 6-1 in the ninth inning, but came back to score six runs, with Lucas May tying the game with a grand slam, his third homer of the year.



Altoona was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, RHP (4.61) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.211) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.226) – 1-for-5, 2B

Robby Rowland, RHP (4.94) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Orlando Castro, LHP (4.60) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson had a great start two outings ago, throwing seven no-hit innings. He followed that with four runs in five innings in his next start. Dodson bounced back, looking good in this outing, That gives him five quality starts in his last seven starts. Robby Rowland pitched out of the bullpen, which seems like an excellent way to fool mother nature and avoid a rain delay on days Robby Rowland is supposed to pitch. In all seriousness, he is 10 innings over his 2012 totals, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he finishes in the bullpen due to innings. That’s the same situation as Orlando Castro, who threw two innings in relief tonight. Jacob Stallings hit his sixth homer of the year.


Luis Heredia threw five shutout innings. (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Luis Heredia threw five shutout innings. (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Savannah 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (5-3, 3.11) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.235) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Luis Heredia bounced back from allowing three runs in 4.2 innings in his last start. Even with that start included, the right-hander has a 1.46 ERA in 24.2 innings in the month of August, with a 24:11 K/BB ratio. Five of those 11 walks came in the first start of the month. He’s cut down on the walks since, with six in his last 19.2 innings. Max Moroff hit his eighth homer of the year, and his second in his last seven games.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 5, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (4-4, 4.53) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS (.349) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, LF (.266) – 2-for-4, BB

Danny Collins, RF (.263) – 2-for-4

Harold Ramirez, CF (.296) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Adam Frazier had his fifth straight multi-hit game in his last seven games. He reached base safely in all four plate appearances tonight, raising his OBP, which was .423 coming into the game. Elvis Escobar was slumping early in the season, but is hitting well lately, with an eight game hitting streak where he is 11-for-27 in that span.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Yankees 3

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (4.95) – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Enyel Vallejo, LF (.319) – 3-for-5, 3 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, DH (.327) – 4-for-5, SB, RBI

Danny Arribas, C (.288) – 2-for-4

Nick Buckner, RF (.246) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Enyel Vallejo extended his hitting streak to nine games. In that span he is 16-for-40 with five doubles, a triple, and a homer. Vallejo has a .974 OPS in 53 at-bats in the month of August. Reese McGuire had a four hit night, raising his average to .327. He has been hitting a lot this month, but he’s had very little power, with one of his 21 hits going for extra bases. Nick Buckner is starting to show his power, hitting for his fourth double and fifth extra base hit in his last eight games. He has a five game hitting streak, and three straight multi-hit games.

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  • Monsoon Harvard

    No mention here of Andrew Lambo playing last night so looks like he really is headed to San Francisco to take Starling Marte’s spot.

    The pre-game radio guys broke this last night around 9pm and Greg Brown did not deny the rumor. Speculation was that Marte’s hand is hurt worse than they originally thought and he needs a lot more time to heal. They can still do a retroactive DL and have him back in less than 15 days, long as the hand is not hurt any worse.

    You guys really have nothing on this?

    • Tim Williams

      I’d expect Lambo to be on the taxi squad today, if not called up.

  • NorCal Buc

    I can’t figure out my emotions around Luis Heredia, he’s been in the system so long, it seems. Yet, he’s only in Single A. He’s still several years away. He has the mixed results that are commonplace with every prospect pitcher, including Cole and Taillion.

    Am I excited about his showing in WVA? No. Am I hopeful? Yes. Am I patient? Yes. Also, there are seemingly several more options since early 2012, when Heredia was nearly always mentioned with Cole and Tailiion. Now there’s Pimentel, Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham.

    Ahhh, the problem of having too much of a good thing!

    • rburgh

      Luis just turned 18 a couple of weeks ago. He is still one of the youngest players in the system, except for the DSL guys.

      • Lee Young

        Heredia just turned NINETEEN!
        Born in 84.


    • SteveW

      Not sure if you’re actually serious about Heredia or joking. In any event, if Heredia had been born in the U.S., he might have just graduated from high school. As it is, he is further along than virtually any pitcher his age. Taillon was almost a full year older than Heredia is now before he even threw his FIRST professional pitch. As it is, Heredia is doing at least as well at West Virginia at 18 as Taillon did at 19.

  • Lee Young

    ” Robby Rowland pitched out of the bullpen, which seems like an excellent way to fool mother nature and avoid a rain delay on days Robby Rowland is supposed to pitch.”

    That poor guy!


  • Lee Young

    Btw, don’t look now, but Mark Appel has a 4.18 ERA. Gimme Meadows!!!

    • Lee Young

      my bad…4.09…and that is AFTER a good game!

  • CalipariFan506

    Lee those of us born in 84 would love to be 19 again!

    Anyways the entire rotation at West Virginia looks good. Glasnow, Heredia, Holmes, Kuchno, Creasy and Haynes. They really don’t have much blocking them in the next level up so I’d anticipate seeing a few of those guys finishing next season in Altoona.

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