Kris Johnson

Prospect Watch: Some Good Performances From Possible September Call-Ups


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) – 1-for-4

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.236) – 1-for-4

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.305) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.277) – 0-for-4, 3 K

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.98) – DNP

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

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.321) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.265) – DNP

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 (.232) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.294) – DNP

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.19) – DNP

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

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 2.51) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.288) – 0-for-3

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 2.57) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.275) – 1-for-3, BB



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Top Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (3.75) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, DH (.287) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (8), Jimmy Rider (2), Elvis Escobar (1)


Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson gave up one run in five innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Rochester 5

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.39) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, DH (.287) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.233) – 2-for-5

Russ Canzler, 1B (.255) – 2-for-5

Vic Black, RHP (5-3, 2.51) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson made his first start since pitching six innings in the majors. He will probably make one more start in Triple-A before rosters expand in September. Matt Hague hit his eighth homer of the year. He also hit two doubles, giving him 37 on the year. That ties with Josh Bell for the system lead. Chase d’Arnaud and Russ Canzler each picked up two hits. Those two, along with Hague, could both be options off the bench in September, as both players have a track record of hitting left-handed pitching.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (6-11, 3.23) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 1B (.250) – 1-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.236) – 1-for-4

Gregory Polanco, RF (.272) – 1-for-4

Game NotesPolanco, Hanson Single as Curve Net Just Four Hits.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Palm Beach 1

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (3.75) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, DH (.232) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Robert Kilcrease, RHP (1.29) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Elias Diaz, C (.284) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Ashley Ponce, 3B (.265) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: In his last three starts, Pat Ludwig has combined to give up one earned run in 20 innings, with an 18:6 K/BB ratio. Stetson Allie hit his 16th double of the year for Bradenton. He now has 31 on the season between two levels. Allie currently has a hit in eight of his last nine games, with three doubles and two homers in that stretch. Elias Diaz hit his second triple of the year. He is 16-for-33 with two doubles and a triple in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Savannah 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (9-5, 4.01) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jimmy Rider, 3B (.227) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Schwind, LF (.227) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jimmy Rider had a four hit day, and hit his second homer of the year with West Virginia in 22 at-bats. John Kuchno struggled with his control tonight, walking five after giving up four walks in his previous five starts. Kuchno still gave up just three runs in six innings, and has a 2.84 ERA in 57 innings over his last ten starts.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, Williamsport 1

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (2.18) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, RF (.262) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.275) – 1-for-3, BB

Michael Fransoso, 2B (.252) – 2-for-3

Candon Myles, LF (.208) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Elvis Escobar hit his first homer of the year. He has been hitting well lately, with a .379/.400/.552 line in 29 at-bats over his last ten games. Candon Myles stole two bases, giving him five in nine games with Jamestown. He also has a .406 OBP in that span, although he’s not hitting for average or power. For the fourth start in a row, Chad Kuhl went five innings giving up two or fewer runs. The 2013 9th round pick has a 2.18 ERA in 45.1 innings this year.



The GCL Pirates were off today.

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  • Rebel

    Robbie Kilcrease!!! Amazing !! Pitcher of the year

  • jburns1090

    i know hague doesnt hit for power but does he deserve a shot at first next year after the season Jones and Sanchez have had? He may not be a long term solution but he seems to be a guy who can put the ball in play which is something the team can use.

  • CalipariFan506

    Gaby is a much better version of Hague.

  • ImmortalStyle

    You imply that Sanchez has had a bad season.

    Sanchez had excelled in his platoon role this year.

    • ImmortalStyle

      Excelled at hitting leftys I meant. ^^^^

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