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Prospect Watch: Four Hits, Including a Homer For Gregory Polanco, Heredia Hurt

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (3/22 Update)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4, SB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/7 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – 1-for-2, BB, HBP, SB

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/7 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-4

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 0-for-3

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Gregory Polanco (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP –  6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-2, BB, SB, HBP

Chris Stewart, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco had another big night, going 4-for-4 to raise his average to .500 through nine games. He has hits in each of his last eight games, five of them being multi-hit games. Adam Wilk pitched six solid innings to pick up his second win. Vin Mazzaro came in to start the seventh inning, making his season debut after going through waivers and accepting an assignment to Indianapolis. He retired all three batters he faced. Jared Hughes picked up his third save. Chris Stewart caught seven innings as his rehab assignment moved from Bradenton to Indianapolis. Chase d’Arnaud had two hits, scored two runs and stole three bases. Adalberto Santos went 0-for-4 tonight and on the year, he is now 0-for-12 with a walk.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Richmond 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Sample, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterGift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B – 0-for-3,  BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Sample made his first start since joining the Pirates system and he got through four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and six walks. In seven innings this season, he has issued nine walks. Prior to joining the Pirates in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft, Sample had control issues throughout his six-year career in the Royals system. Joan Montero followed him and also had control issues, walking four in 1.2 innings. Control issues hurt the Curve in the bottom of the eighth, when Ryan Beckman walked one batter and hit two others, allowing the go ahead run to score. Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-2 with two walks, for the second game in a row. Willy Garcia had an RBI triple. He is hitting .138 with 14 strikeouts in 29 at-bats, but three of his four hits are extra base hits. Alen Hanson stole his fourth base of the year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-4

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Orlando Castro threw six shutout innings tonight, allowing five singles and no walks. He gave up three runs in his debut, but didn’t walk anyone that game either and now has 11 strikeouts on the year. Castro had four strikeouts on Saturday and nine ground ball outs. Robby Rowland followed him with two perfect innings and Jhondaniel Medina closed out the win. Josh Bell went 0-for-4, snapping his seven game hit streak to open the season. He is still hitting .375 with five extra base hits. Jose Osuna is hitting .333 and has hits in six of seven games played. This game was the first shutout of the season for the Marauders.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 0-for-4

JaCoby Jones, DH – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Luis Heredia got the  start for West Virginia, but his day lasted just one pitch. He left with right shoulder discomfort and will be reevaluated. Felipe Gonzalez followed Heredia and allowed two runs over 4.1 innings. He started the year with 3.2 scoreless innings over two appearances, allowing one hit, no walks and he had five strikeouts. Henry Hirsch threw 3.2 scoreless innings and Isaac Sanchez finished the game out with one inning of shutout ball. Erich Weiss had three hits for the second game in a row. He is now hitting .394 and he has a seven game hit streak. JaCoby Jones had two hits to raise his average to .333 through 36 at-bats. Reese McGuire had the day off with a day game following a night game last night. Former Pirates pitcher Luis Santos, picked up the save with four shutout innings. He was dealt to the R0yals in the Vin Mazzaro trade.

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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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