Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Hits 11th Homer; Kris Johnson Injured

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 (0-1, 5.25) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.275) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.179) – 0-for-5

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.311) – 1-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.18) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.320) – 0-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) – 0-for-3

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 (.224) – 0-for-5, BB, 2 K

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – DNP (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.30) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.16) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.308) – DNP

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 3.86) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.279) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (3.18) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

Home Runs: Josh Bell (11)

 

Kris Johnson left the game in the second inning with an arm injury. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Kris Johnson left the game in the second inning with an arm injury. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.41) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie CF (.249) – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Oliver, LHP (4.10) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Vic Black, RHP (3-2, 2.16) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson left the game in the second inning with an arm injury. No word on his status. Andy Oliver continued his control problems out of the bullpen. Johnson and Oliver are the two options for a third lefty out of the bullpen, and you’d rather go with Johnson due to the control issues from Oliver. Indianapolis came back to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth and send the game to extra innings. Vic Black threw two shutout innings in extras, and Ali Solis came on to win it with a walk off single.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Portland 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (10-6, 3.46) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.275) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.296) – 2-for-4, 2B

Justin Howard, 1B (.335) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco has hits in each of his last five games, including three doubles and now one triple. Polanco also stole his 11th base with Altoona, and has 35 on the season. Alex Dickerson picked up his 32nd double of the year. Justin Howard is now 15-for-38 in the month of August, getting hits in nine of his 11 games. He’s been hitting well since June, and currently has a modest three game hitting streak.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game One Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (4-7, 5.53) – 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.333) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C (.266) – 2-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson had a rare night where he gave up three walks. That was only the second time this season that he has walked more than two batters in a start, and only the fourth time he has walked more than one batter in a start. Gift Ngoepe is hitting for a .333/.451/.500 line in 42 at-bats so far in his second run through high-A ball.

 

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP (3-5, 3.36) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.266) – 3-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.326) – 0-for-1, 2 BB, SB

Dan Gamache, 2B (.267) – 2-for-3, RBI

Jacob Stallings, C (.204) – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Joan Montero made the spot start for the Marauders in game two, and had a great outing. So far this season Montero has a 3.68 ERA in 51.1 innings as a reliever, with a 43:27 K/BB ratio. Willy Garcia hit his sixth triple of the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 5, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (3.18) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Francisco Diaz, C (.238) – 2-for-3, BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (2.96) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his 11th home run of the year, and his second in his last three games. John Dreker wrote about Bell and the West Virginia hitters in detail today, noting Bell’s continued improvements throughout the year. Luis Heredia threw five shutout innings, and more importantly he didn’t allow a walk. In his last five starts, Heredia has a 1.82 ERA in 24.2 innings, with an 18:13 K/BB ratio. The walks have been the biggest issue this year, as his overall numbers have looked good considering he just turned 19 years old and is already pitching in low-A.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS

Jamestown was off today.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 6, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Blake Taylor, LHP (0-2, 3.86) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF (.292) – 1-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, DH (.311) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Blake Taylor had some control problems today, walking three and giving up one hit before being removed for a single inning pitch limit. Cameron Griffin allowed all three inherited runners to score with the only hit he gave up in 2.2 innings. Taylor’s ERA went up two and a half runs with the outing. Austin Meadows has a .370/.383/.543 line in 46 at-bats so far in August.

Tim Williams

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 AccuScore.com, 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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