Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Picks Up Two Hits and an RBI in Bradenton Debut


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 (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 - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

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

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

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, RBI

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – DNP

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



The 2014 Prospect Guide is now available, and is the perfect resource to follow the minor league system during the 2014 season. You can order your copy on the products page of the site.



Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (1)



Indianapolis was rained out


Altoona was rained out


Box Score

Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Hafner, RHP – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 K

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-5, RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes:  Bradenton was the only team to get through their game on Opening Day of the minor league season. Jason Creasy started and pitched well until he ran into trouble in the fifth inning. Ryan Hafner pitched two innings and allowed two runs. He will get extended work with Bradenton this season. Josh Bell had two singles, an RBI and two strikeouts in his High-A debut. Catcher Jin-De Jhang had a single, double and drew a walk. He skipped over low-A ball, after spending last season with Jamestown. Robby Rowland took the loss after Charlotte scored their fifth run of the game in the eighth inning due to a throwing error by shortstop Adam Frazier. All nine hitters in the Bradenton lineup reached base at least once.



West Virginia’s game was suspended in the top of the third inning with Lexington up 2-1.

Author: 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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  • glassers

    Certainly a nice start for Bell and Jhang . I saw Jhang in Jamestown last year and liked what I saw .

  • stickyweb

    Hate seeing that Disabled List next to #2, 3 & 4. Really puts a damper on the start of the minor league seasons. I guess the rest of the prospects just need to pick up the slack, and they’re off to a pretty good start.

    • mysonisnamedafterRoberto

      That is a little scary. We have been very lucky not to have to many major injuries to major prospect. I hope this is not a turning of the tide.