Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Has a Big Day at the Plate

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 (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 - 1-for-3, BB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona –  2-for-5, 3B

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/27 Update)

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 5 RBI

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-3

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 (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 1-for-4

19. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – In Majors

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4, 2 K

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, DH – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 5 RBI

Home Runs: Josh Bell (2), Gift Ngoepe (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

ResultIndianapolis 2, Syracuse 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top HitterGregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF – 1-for-3

Blake Davis, SS – 2-for-3, SB

Andy Oliver, LHP – 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Vin Mazzaro, RHP – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: It has been quite the week for Tyler Waldron. After his promotion to Altoona from Bradenton, Waldron threw one scoreless inning of relief on April 24. On Sunday, he made the start for Indianapolis after Casey Sadler was promoted to Pittsburgh. Waldron allowed just one run on four hits in four innings, while striking out five.

Andy Oliver struck out five more hitters of his own in 2.2 innings. Oliver has struck out 21 hitters in his last 11.2 innings. Vin Mazzaro went 2.1 innings for the save, extending his scoreless streak with Indianapolis to 10.1 innings.

Gregory Polanco and Andrew Lambo each added RBI infield singles. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result:  Akron 6, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-5, 3B

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson left his start today in the second inning due to a single inning pitch limit. He threw 31 pitches in the second frame. Gift Ngoepe had his first homer of the year. Alen Hanson picked up two hits, including his fourth triple of the season. Hanson and Ngoepe each had errors, with the error for Hanson being his sixth of the season. Stetson Allie had two strikeouts today, giving him five in his last two games.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, St Lucie 6

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, DH – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Josh Bell had a huge day at the plate, picking up his second home run of the season, along with his third triple of the year. Bell knocked in five of the seven Marauders runs in the process. He currently has a six game hitting streak, and is 12-for-42 with two triples and a homer in his last ten games. John Kuchno did better than his last start, when he only lasted 1.2 innings due to a single inning pitch limit. This time, Kuchno gave up three runs in five innings. It wasn’t the best outing, and he still has issues with a lack of strikeouts, currently sporting a 10:10 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings this year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Isaac Sanchez, RHP – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The West Virginia offense had a quiet day, picking up just four hits. That might be due to the fact that several of the top hitters at the level are out with injuries. Reese McGuire became the latest member of the team to go on the disabled list today, and that disabled list now includes their entire outfield, one member of their rotation, plus their starting catcher. Shane Carle had given up four earned runs in 14.2 innings over his last three starts, but allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings this time around.

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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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  • lonleylibertarian

    I have gotten slammed a few time on here about my preference for players who have a bit of fire in the belly…

    Today offers a perfect example of what I mean…

    Volquez- who many have told me was a brilliant add to the dumpster diving Buccos – can’t deal with losing
    an appeal on a call and blows up – in true J. Mac fashion…

    Burnett – who could have been starting instead of this mental midget is into the seventh leading 2-0

    AND don’t tell me AJ would have cost too much – he either accepts the QO for 14.1 or the Pirates get a draft pick…

    Maybe this will go down as the beginning of the end of the Huntington loveliest

    • Kevin_Young

      I’m positive at this point that you’re just trolling… what does this comment have to do with Josh Bell or Alen Hanson

    • marty34156

      First off, I’m pretty certain the fact they blew the call at first, after Walker made a horrifically bad play I may add, did not cause Eddy to go into some mental log jam meltdown. Secondly, this has nothing to do with what this article is about.

      • S Brooks

        And for what it’s worth, Craig hit a flare and Peralta’s dinger came on a good pitch, down in the zone. None of those pitches should have been thrown.

        • marty34156

          Yup, Craig’s hit was very weak. Peralta hit a pitcher’s pitch, and cheats. But, like you said, none of those pitches should’ve been thrown. But Walker decided to screw up that DP.

          • Nickmid13

            Additionally, AJ Burnett has never had a “blow up”. He’s always calm and poised on the mound.

    • https://www.facebook.com/clementewall21 N_Cap

      Pirates could not afford to lock Burnett up on for one year and option

      • lonleylibertarian

        That was not what they would have had to do – he either accepts the QO and plays for $14.1 or signs elsewhere and the Bucs have an additional draft pick.

        I know it is early – but the QO would have gotten AJ to head this rotation for one more year – allowed Cole to slide to #3 until maybe July…

        AND given the low payroll – it would not have ruled out signing EV for a flyer – I would not have done it – but it would not have “broken the bank”

        • https://www.facebook.com/clementewall21 N_Cap

          Except they didn’t want to invest 14.1 mil in an aging player who ran out of gas in September

          • lonleylibertarian

            So when we get to September this year and we have 15,000 empty seats each game imitating fans will you feel the same way?

            The cost of all of the FO moves and non-moves in dollars is going to be pretty high – not in contention and no chance of the playoffs the fans will shift focus first to Steelers and then to Pens.

            BUT that is not what I am hoping for personally – I think they still have time to turn things around and get back in contention. The talent to make the playoffs is there – if they choose to use it…

            Just saw that Lambo is playing RF in Indy – day game – no Polanco in lineup…

            hmmmmm

            Thought they might give Lambo the DH role for the Baltimore series – he hit his first HR for the year in his first at bat today.

    • Joe Nastasi

      Let me get this straight. Your saying you wish AJ would have started today in St Louis instead of Eddie, because Eddie had a melt down & a bad game in St Louis. Yea sounds just like AJ

    • Y2JGQ2

      I usually think you are nuts- but i actually agree with you this time. Calling Edison a mental midget is a little ridiculous, but I think we ALL would have preferred to have AJ as opposed to Edison on the mound today. That’s a ridiculous comparison. Like saying you have a Buick but like that just fine compared to a Lexus. Even if the Buick is a few model years younger, its obvious the lexus is a better car…..better value? maybe not. Anyone below who is arguing with that is just arguing for the sake of arguing

      • lonleylibertarian

        Thx ;-)

  • marty34156

    Nice to see Bell with another big day after slumping a tad. Good to see a two hit effort from Hanson, too. I’m not very high on him, and do not expect him to stick at SS or hit. Hopefully I’ll be wrong on both accounts. Jordy Mercer absolutely sucks, so the Bucs need a SS to come from somewhere and preferably fast. Polanco being Polanco. Getting a hit and a walk. Too bad they’ll leave him in AAA until June 10th, despite the fact that he is ready and that the Big League club desperately needs him, all because of $$$$$$$$.

    • https://www.facebook.com/clementewall21 N_Cap

      You have no clue what your talking about. They have the internal ss just give lambo a middle infield glove. Learn baseball

  • smurph

    Looks like a real downer of a season. All of a sudden, no closer, starting pitching is bad, teams pitching around Cutch, no one else steps up, and 7 of the top 16 minor league prospects are injured (not counting Glasnow, who was just activated). This is not the time to panic. This is when you find out who the real players are – the ones who keep giving it all when things go bad.