Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Clinches Playoff Spot, Meadows and Herrera Homer

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 (1-1, 3.75) - DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.273) – 2-for-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.235) – 4-for-8, 3B, 2 RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.305) - 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.280) – 0-for-3, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.98) - 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (5-3, 3.11) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.321) – 0-for-3, BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.265) - 2-for-6, HR, RBI, 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-4

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.294) - 0-for-2, BB

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.19) - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (4-3, 2.17) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.292) – 0-for-3

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 2.57) - 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.274) - 0-for-3

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (11-7, 3.31) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.235) – 4-for-8, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Dilson Herrera (11), Austin Meadows (5), Francisco Diaz (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Rochester 4

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (4.20) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelly Shoppach, C (.200) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.299) – 2-for-4

Travis Snider, DH (.250) – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Andy Oliver had been pitching out of the bullpen until getting a start in place of Kris Johnson on Sunday. He had fought through control issues all season, but in that return to the starting role, he walked just one batter over five innings. That improved control didn’t last long as he walked three batters in three innings today and 30 of his 57 pitches were balls. After Oliver left, it was Graham Godfrey to the rescue. He threw 4.2 shutout innings to stop the Rochester attack and then the offense took care of the rest. Five runs in the third inning were all that Indianapolis needed for a victory that put them into the International League playoffs. Kelly Shoppach led the way with two RBI’s. Darren Ford scored two runs and Travis Snider reached base three times and drove in a run.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Hanson had four hits in tonight's doubleheader

Hanson had four hits in tonight’s doubleheader

Box Score Game One

Result: Altoona 3, Richmond 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2.98) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.216) – 1-for-3, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.223) – 2-for-3

Mel Rojas, CF (.272) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Game Notes: In game one of a doubleheader, Nick Kingham gave up just one earned run, but his start was limited by a high pitch count. Through 4.2 innings, he threw 103 pitches, due in part to five walks and eight strikeouts. Jhonathan Ramos followed Kingham and picked up the win by retiring all four batters he faced, three by strikeouts. Luis Sanz pitched a scoreless seventh and got his 16th save of the season. The Curve got their runs on an RBI triple from Alen Hanson, RBI double from Carlos Paulino and a squeeze bunt from Nick Kingham. Drew Maggi scored two runs and stole his 15th base. Check out Chris Bennett’s Game Recap.

 

Box Score Game Two

Result: Altoona 13, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (11-7, 3.31) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.249) – 2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.235) – 3-for-5, RBI

Gregory Polanco RF (.273) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2RBI, BB

Justin Howard, 1B (.331) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Game Notes:  The Altoona Curve got great pitching from Casey Sadler today, who allowed one run over 6.1 innings. The more impressive thing however, was the display put on by the bats. Every player in the starting lineup, except for Sadler, drove in at least one run in their 13-1 one-sided romp. They had 22 base runners in the seven inning contest, with 16 hits, five walks and a HBP. The Curve had six extra base hits, including two doubles from Gregory Polanco. Alen Hanson and Justin Howard had three hits apiece and everyone except Mel Rojas scored at least one run. Rojas did hit his 27th double and he drove in two runs. Check out the recap of game two from Chris Bennett.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (4-8, 5.36) – 7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, LF (.212) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.227) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: For seven innings tonight, Adrian Sampson kept Palm Beach off the board, holding on to a 1-0 lead from the first inning on. Unfortunately, he strong outing turned into a loss when he gave up two eighth inning runs. The Marauders had seven hits on the night, including the 32nd double of the season by Dan Gamache. They weren’t able to get the hits when it counted though, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. That has been a season long problem for Bradenton, who had no one in the lineup tonight batting above Gamache’s .262 average.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score Game One

Result: West Virginia 6, Savannah 3

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.19) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Francisco Diaz, C (.259) – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Chris Diaz, 3B (.263) – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Clay Holmes was knocked out of the game early, as he gave up four hits, two walks, a HBP, plus there was two errors in his 1.2 innings. Those three runs off Holmes were the only runs Savannah scored, as Bryton Trepagnier threw 4.1 shutout innings and Cesar Lopez added another three to get the victory. Lopez retired all nine batters he faced. The game was scheduled for seven innings, but took nine to complete. Dilson Herrera and Francisco Diaz each homered in a three run second inning. Diaz drove in another two runs in the ninth inning, giving the Power the lead. The home run and triple were each the first of the season for Diaz, who has 197 AB’s on the year.

 

Box Score Game Two

Result: Savannah 6, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, RHP (2.21) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.244) – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.265) – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Savannah earned the split in game two as they were the one that put up six runs this time, scoring three off starter Kyle Haynes and another three off Ryan Hafner in the sixth inning. Haynes actually lowered his season ERA to 2.21 due to two of the three runs being unearned. The only West Virginia run came on an RBI double in the sixth inning by Raul Fortunato that scored Walker Gourley.

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 2, Williamsport 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (2.49) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Landecker, 2B (.294) – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.291) – 1-for-3

Harold Ramirez, CF (.292) – 0-for-3

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had a tough outing his last time out, ending a string of five straight starts in which he didn’t allow an earned run. Tonight he returned to form, throwing five shutout innings. The Jamestown offense was held without a hit until they had two outs in the eighth inning, then they put two runs on the board to take a 2-1 lead. Edwin Espinal broke the no-hitter with a single, then after a walk to Erich Weiss, Adam Landecker singled home Justin Maffei, who pinch ran for Espinal. Weiss scored on the same play after a throwing error by the catcher. Andy Otamendi got the win by throwing a scoreless eighth inning in which he struck out all three batters he faced. Brett McKinney finished out the game for his ninth save.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Yankees 3

Starting Pitcher: Blake Taylor, LHP (2.57) – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.299) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, DH (.321) – 0-for-3, BB

Austin Meadows, CF (.305) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Nick Buckner, DH (.248) – 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Blake Taylor went four innings for the first time as a pro and he did it in impressive fashion. The 2013 second round pick threw four perfect inning, striking out four batters. Reliever Yhonathan Barrios pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two batters. The former infielder now has pitched ten innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine batters. On the offensive side, Austin Meadows hit his fifth homer and it came off fellow first round draft pick Ian Clarkin. Nick Buckner added his 28th RBI of the season and Ulises Montilla drove in his 30th run. Enyel Vallejo extended his hitting streak to ten games.

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/102528271117676652475 Joseph Panariello

    I’ll leave this question open to anyone. After looking at the game recaps at Altoona, I am wondering how much we should be analyzing the recent move of Polanco to RF? Is that a move for next year or this year? Just a thought.

  • Mike

    Two months ago, I thought Allie was going to be the next Paul Konerko. Now he’s starting to look like the next Brad Eldred. Man..

    Also, Polanco batting .279 in AA? Come on bro. Compete. I remember no .279 when Marte was in Altoona.

    • SteveW

      The main reason Marte put up bigger numbers while at Altoona is that he was a full year older. In baseball, the difference between being 21 (Polanco) or 22 (Marte) at the same level is huge.

      Marte, btw, was also a full year older than Polanco when both were at Bradenton and Polanco actually was slightly better despite being younger.

      There has never been any realistic chance of Allie becoming the next Paul Konerko, since Konerko for the bulk of his career didn’t strike out a lot for a power hitter and compiled a .285 batting average. The Bucs hope Allie could be the next Mark Reynolds. More than that is unlikely.

    • ImmortalStyle

      “Two months ago, I thought Allie was going to be the next Paul Konerko.”

      You were overreacting.

      “Now he’s starting to look like the next Brad Eldred.”

      You are overreacting.

      “Also, Polanco batting .279 in AA? Come on bro. Compete.”

      Quit overreacting.

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

        Immortal…….LOL

      • dave1231959

        That’s perfect.

  • John Dreker

    While the FSL scouting reports on Allie I heard weren’t too good, you have to remember where he was exactly a year ago, struggling three levels lower. He has made great strides in one season, his first full season as a batter. He has as much power as anyone, but also as little experience as any hitter. If someone told you a year ago that he would be in High-A right now, it is unlikely anyone would believe them. I wouldn’t give up him just yet, his bat speed is great, he has a short swing and the power is off the charts. He’s seeing advanced breaking balls with some consistency for the first time in his life