Austin Meadows had a strong debut in the GCL this year, being named Baseball America's top prospect in the league.

Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Homers in First Game With Jamestown

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, Indianapolis (.000) – Gregory Polanco Promoted to Indianapolis

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (9-3, 2.18) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.250) – 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, Jamestown (.250) – 1-for-4, HR, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.279) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.70) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia (6-3, 2.85) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, Jamestown (.000) – DNP

10. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – 60-Day DL

12. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.228) – 1-for-3, 2B

13. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.269) – DNP

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

15. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-6, 3.33) – DNP

16. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.296) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 SB

17. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 2.57) – Season Completed

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.275) – DNP

19. Elvis Escobar, OF, Jamestown (.276) – 1-for-5

20. Phil Irwin, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 0.90) – 60-Day DL

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4.82) – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.258) – 3-for-4, 2B

Home Runs: Austin Meadows (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Louisville 8, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Doug Mathis, RHP (0-1, 7.50) – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, LF (.209) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Robert Andino, SS (.302) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Duke Welker, RHP (3.48) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Matt Hague, 1B (.286) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Duke Welker is reportedly the PTBNL in the Justin Morneau trade. He threw tonight, which isn’t unusual for a PTBNL in a deal like this. Last year Rubby de la Rosa was the PTBNL in a trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers. De La Rosa pitched twice with the Dodgers in the minors after the trade. It’s possible that Welker was previously claimed on waivers and pulled back, which means he can’t be officially traded until after the season. If that’s not the case, he would need two days to clear waivers. Either way, he’s still part of the Pirates’ system and can pitch for Indianapolis until he’s officially dealt to the Twins.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Box Score

Result: Akron 9, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Grilli, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 1B (.253) – 1-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.250) – 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Tony Sanchez, C (.250) – 1-for-4

David Bromberg, RHP (6-12, 3.51) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

Game Notes: Jason Grilli made his first rehab appearance, pitching a shutout inning for Altoona. He could return next week to Pittsburgh after rosters expand. After the game it was announced that Gregory Polanco was promoted to Indianapolis, where he will help the Indians in their playoff run. Alen Hanson stole his sixth base of the year for Altoona, giving him 30 on the season between two levels. Tony Sanchez played his second game with Altoona. He will rejoin the Pirates on Tuesday after Altoona’s season ends.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Fort Myers 2

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4.82) – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.258) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Benedict, RHP (3-9, 4.17) – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.292) – 2-for-3

Stetson Allie, 1B (.228) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Robby Rowland struggled for most of the year, but had a strong finish to his season. Prior to tonight’s start, he had a 2.66 ERA in 23.2 innings in August, with a 15:7 K/BB ratio. Tonight he had another good start, complete with an 8:4 GO/AO ratio. Willy Garcia hit his 21st double of the year in his three hit night. He was tearing the cover off the ball in June and July, but has slumped for most of August. Stetson Allie hit his 17th double of the year in Bradenton, giving him 33 on the season between two levels.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia had their game suspended due to rain.

 

Austin Meadows homered in his first game with Jamestown.

Austin Meadows homered in his first game with Jamestown.

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 8, Williamsport 6

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (3.45) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Dennis, C (.214) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.250) – 1-for-4, HR, BB

Harold Ramirez, RF (.296) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 SB

Adam Frazier, SS (.338) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Austin Meadows hit his first home run with Jamestown in his first game since being promoted to the level. Meadows hit five homers in the pitcher friendly GCL, with a .519 slugging percentage. Harold Ramirez stole two bases on the night, giving him 23 this season. Andrew Dennis hasn’t gotten much playing time with Wyatt Mathisen and Jin-De Jhang on the roster. He figured to get less time with Reese McGuire joining the group. But Dennis got the start behind the plate tonight and came up big with two doubles and three RBIs. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of Mathisen or Jhang moves up to West Virginia for the playoffs now that McGuire is on the team.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates season is over.

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