Andrew Lambo could be an option for the Pirates at first base in 2014. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Misses Second Game With Bruised Thumb


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-4, SB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4, SB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

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 – 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 – DNP

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

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

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, 3 K



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Top Pitcher: Vance Worley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, PH-DH – 2-for-2, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Andy Vasquez (3)



Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Vance Worley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Vance Worley made his regular season debut with the Pittsburgh organization and he did not disappoint. The right-handed hurler tossed six innings and allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts. Josh Kinney allowed an unearned run in relief, but struck out five in two innings of work.

Coming off a four-hit performance on Monday, Gregory Polanco added an RBI single and a stolen base in the ninth. For the second straight night, he was stranded in scoring position as the tying run.

Also, for the second straight game, Andrew Lambo sat out. It was reported on the team radio broadcast that Lambo is sitting due to a bruised right thumb. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Bowie 11, Altoona 7

Starting Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez, LHP – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, PH-DH – 2-for-2, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Keon Broxton, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Wandy Rodriguez started his rehab outing with three shutout innings, before giving up seven earned runs in the fourth frame. Rodriguez threw 93 pitches, with 57 strikes. The Pirates don’t need a fifth starter until May 24th, and they have until the beginning of June until Rodriguez has to be activated. When he does return, he shouldn’t be the fifth starter. Brandon Cumpton would be a much better option. Andy Vasquez hit his third homer of the year. Stetson Allie continued his issues with strikeouts. He struck out three times tonight, and now has 16 strikeouts in 33 at-bats in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 4, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl has been struggling with the long ball lately. In his first five starts of the year, he combined for a 3.09 ERA in 23.1 innings of work, and didn’t allow a home run. In his last two starts, he has given up five home runs, which has led to 12 earned runs in 11 innings. Kuhl didn’t give up any homers last year in 55.1 innings of work in Jamestown. He’s a sinkerball pitcher who usually keeps the ball on the ground, getting an 8:4 GO/AO ratio this year. Coming into tonight, he had a 58.2% ground ball rate.



West Virginia was off today.

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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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  • LongJohnSilver

    I hate to say it, but I think Wandy is done. Its a lot of money to have to eat as well.

  • johndw28

    I’m actually very intrigued by Vance Worley and will be watching him closely to see how he progresses. Have a gut feeling he may work himself into the 2nd half rotation and do pretty good.

    • leowalter

      Weirder things have happened in MLB john.

  • CalipariFan506

    I think it’s time to pull a Matt Morris with Wandy.

    • S Brooks

      What, trade him to David Littlefield?

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