Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona


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 - DNP

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-5, SB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-2, BB

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-3

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

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

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – 1-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-4

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (3)



Indianapolis was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-2, SB

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Altoona fell to Harrisburg in extras today on a controversial call at home in the bottom of the 10th. Zack Dodson put together a decent start, despite falling one out shy of a quality start. Over his 5 2/3 shutout innings, Dodson allowed 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. He was pretty reliant on his fastball in the early innings, eventually getting to a more even mix as the start progressed. Dodson was followed by Matt Benedict, who allowed 3 over his 2 innings. Brandon Mann wore the blown save and loss with his 1 run given up in 2 innings.

Elias Diaz and Willy Garcia were the 2 bright spots on the offensive side of the ball. Garcia stroked his 3rd homer of the year in the 7th to RF. Diaz added 2 doubles to a solid day behind the plate, as well as an ejection in the 9th after being called out at home. The entire team continued their free swinging ways, striking out 13 times, 7 to starter Blake Schwartz alone. – John Kokales



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Schwind, LF – 2-for-4

Jeff Roy, CF – 0-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Kuhl rebounded from a poor start his last time out, in which he only lasted 1.2 innings and gave up six runs. This time he gave up one run in 4.2 innings, striking out five. The strikeouts were nice, as he only struck out four batters in his first two starts. Kuhl had a lot of success with his sinker the first start of the season, getting a 5.50 GO/AO ratio. Since then he has a ratio below 1.00. Jose Osuna picked up his second double of the season.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Asheville 2

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-3, BB

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-2, BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Erich Weiss picked up another hit, and now has a nine game hitting streak. The second baseman has a .368 average and a .981 OPS in 38 at-bats on the season. JaCoby Jones, making the transition to being a shortstop, picked up a hit but also recorded his fifth error of the season. Shane Carle had a good start, giving up one run in 4.2 innings, with six strikeouts and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. Carle now has given up four earned runs in 11.2 innings over his first three starts, with a 12:1 K/BB ratio and a GO/AO ratio of 2.83.

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, 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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  • DarkPhenix

    Hey Tim, could you add season stats underneath each of the top 20 prospects listing at the top of the page? I know it’s early in the year and that stats don’t mean that much for prospects, but it does provide some context for how they are doing.

    Thanks for all the hard work. This has quickly become one of my favorite sites on the net.

    • ajones1139

      Exactly what I was thinking. Even if its just batting averages that would be great

  • glassers

    Willie Garcia is the player that Hurdle said to watch this year . Looks like he may be right !!

    • Lee Young

      Willy is en fuego

      • jalcorn427

        If en fuego means striking out 47.4% of the time and only walking once in 38 plate appearances. Willy has 5 hits, 3 are HRs.

        • stickyweb

          As soon as he gets en fuego, he puts the flames out with all of the swings and misses. No harm of actual combustion.

  • Lee Young

    “JaCoby Jones, making the transition to being a shortstop, picked up a hit but also recorded his fifth error of the season. ”

    That projects to 55 errors (approx) over a season. Ouch

    • jalcorn427

      Good time to pull out the 56 errors Jeter made in A ball in 1993, of course he was 19.

      • stickyweb

        Jeter may have been 19, but presumably played SS the year before, no?

        • jalcorn427

          Yep, Jacoby played mainly 2B all 3 years at LSU.