Mel Rojas has improved his walk rate, and is starting to show his power potential in games.

Prospect Watch: Rojas Collects Three Extra Base Hits, GCL Pirates Face Halladay


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 (.280) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.212) – 2-for-4, SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.309) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.18) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.331) – 2-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.262) – 0-for-3, 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, HR, RBI

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

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

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-5, 3.30) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.16) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.305) – 1-for-4, 2B

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 3.86) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.287) – 1-for-4



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Top Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (6-9, 3.32) – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, LF (.269) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (4), Ulises Montilla (1)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2-5, 3.30) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robert Andino, SS (.348) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Kelly Shoppach, C (.222) – 1-for-4, 2B

Chase d’Arnaud, 2B (.236) – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel had a decent outing and worked his way through eight innings, but he remains winless since the All-Star break. He allowed two runs in the second, another in the third, then threw five shutout innings to finish his outing. Indianapolis picked up solo runs in the third and fifth innings, both on RBI’s from Robert Andino, who had his second straight three hit game. He has ten hits in his last four games and also has an eight game hitting streak. Kelly Shoppach played his first game since being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent. He had a double in four AB’s. Darren Ford stole his 24th base of the season.



Mel Rojas had three extra base hits tonight

Mel Rojas had three extra base hits tonight

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Portland 0

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (6-9, 3.32) – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, LF (.269) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.280) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Alen Hanson, SS (.212) – 2-for-4, SB

Alex Dickerson, RF (.298) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: David Bromberg threw eight shutout innings on Thursday night, giving up just two hits and he had seven strikeouts. His last outing was also strong, allowing just one run over seven innings. Bromberg has 114 strikeouts for Altoona, the ninth highest total in the Eastern League.  Mel Rojas had two doubles and a triple. He has 25 doubles and eight triples this year. Alex Dickerson hit his 34th double. Gregory Polanco stole his 13th base with Altoona, giving him 37 on the year.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 4

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, LF (.212) – 2-for-3, 2 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B (.227) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Willy Garcia, RF (.264) – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez gave up four runs over five innings and left trailing 4-1, giving way to Matt Benedict, who threw three scoreless innings to get the win. For Benedict, it was his second win in a row after beginning his Bradenton career with 17 straight losses. Robbie Kilcrease pitched the ninth for his tenth save of the year. Taylor Lewis drove in two runs and had two triples, giving him 11 on the year, the highest total in the FSL. Stetson Allie hit his fourth homer of the year for Bradenton. He also homered in yesterday’s game.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 1, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (4-4, 2.96) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.235) – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.239) – 1-for-4

Josh Bell, DH (.289) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Yesterday, West Virginia allowed just one run to Greensboro, blowing them out by scoring ten runs, nine of them in the first inning. Tonight, one run was enough for Greensboro to pick up the win. They got a sixth inning solo homer and three pitchers combined to hold the Power to three hits, while they also compiled 15 strikeouts. Jason Creasy had a strong outing, striking out eight batters and giving up just one run on the home run, which came in his last inning of work. Josh Bell drew two walks, giving him walks in four straight games. He was the only Power hitter not to strike out tonight.



Box Score

Result: Batavia 4, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (2-4, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, DH (.176) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.287) – 1-for-4

Harold Ramirez, CF (.305) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl came into tonight’s game with a 0.00 ERA in five road starts. That streak quickly ended with two first inning runs, though one was unearned. He went five innings, ended up giving up another earned run and took his fourth loss of the season. Buddy Borden, the seventh round draft pick, threw two innings in relief. He gave up one run and struck out four batters. Jamestown had ten hits on the night, though they were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Jeff Roy had two hits and stole his 23rd base of the year, the highest total in the NYPL.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 5, Phillies 4

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (3.66) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.272) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C (.331) – 2-for-4

Austin Meadows, CF (.309) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates got a special treat today, facing Roy Halladay for six innings as he tries to work his way back to the majors following arm surgery back in May. The Pirates were able to score three runs off the former Cy Young Award winner over six innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for starter Wei-Chung Wang. Austin Meadows had two walks for the second day in a row. Reese McGuire had two hits for the second day in a row. Ulises Montilla hit his first homer. Trae Arbet hit his third triple of the season, which came off Halladay.

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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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  • CalipariFan506

    Rojas is a plus defender right?

    • Lee Young

      yes, according to Tim’s Prospect Book.

      • John Dreker

        If Polanco wasn’t in Altoona too, Rojas would be in center field daily. I liked what I saw from him defensively. That same scout I mentioned below in the Bromberg comment said he sees him as a 4th outfielder in the majors. He has all the tools, just needs to put it all together, be more consistent

  • BostonsCommon

    What is David Bromberg doing back in AA? He’s 25 years old and has spent parts of 4 seasons and made over 50 starts at that level. Clearly he can get AA hitters out.

    At AAA you’ve got Taillon, and then Cumpton, and Pimental, who should both be making regular starts. But there’s no reason why Bromberg can’t work in with Kris Johnson (28 years old) and Andy Oliver (unlikely to ever start for the Pirates) at the back of the rotation.

    • John Dreker

      Oliver is in the bullpen, Graham Godfrey is the other starter. Talking to a scout about Bromberg, he wasn’t too impressed despite the good season at AA and this scout really liked him years back when he was a hard-throwing prospect in Beloit.

      The reason he is back in AA is that there is a need to for starters there and you wouldn’t send any of the other five back.

      • BostonsCommon

        Graham Godfrey is holding him back? He’s another non-prospect who just turned 29. Not that Bromberg is an uber prospect or anything, he is just not being challenged in AA.

        • John Dreker

          Neither is a prospect, so the experience of Godfrey is keeping Bromberg in AA, overall skill is what is actually holding him back. Godfrey has major league experience and is pitching well, so he is in the AAA rotation. If Bromberg was a prospect, he would be there instead

  • CalipariFan506

    Sounds to me that Rojas could be exactly what we have always wanted Presley to be.

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