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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Homers Again, Jason Creasy Pitches a Gem

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 - 0-for-4, 2 K

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-5

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 2-for-4

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-3

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 – 0-for-3, BB

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, HR

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

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

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 0-for-4

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (4), Keon Broxton (1), Drew Maggi (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Martinez, 2B – 2-for-4

Gregory Polanco, RF – 0-for-4, 2 K

Game Notes: In a rare occurrence, the middle of the Indianapolis line up with Andrew Lambo and Gregory Polanco was held hitless, going a combined 0-for-7 with a walk and three strikeouts. Jay Jackson put together his best start of the season, going six innings and allowing one earned run while striking out four. Daniel Schlereth rebounded from a tough outing last time out by striking out three in 1.2 hitless innings. Chris Dickerson got on base all four times at the plate from the leadoff position. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Akron 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 3B – 2-for-4, HR

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4

Justin Howard, DH – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Kingham rebounded well from his last outing, where he gave up six earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. Kingham gave up just two earned runs this time around, along with two more unearned runs. In his first three starts of the year, Kingham walked nine batters in 17 innings (4.8 BB/9). In his last three starts, he has five walks in 15 innings (3.0 BB/9). The walk rate could still use some improvement, but he’s heading in the right direction. Keon Broxton and Drew Maggi each hit their first home runs of the year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Fort Myers 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, CF – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, 1B – 2-for-5

Eric Wood, 3B – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Jason Creasy had an excellent start, throwing 5.2 shutout innings, with just two hits allowed and six strikeouts. Two of those strikeouts came against top prospect Byron Buxton, who was just activated by the Twins today for rehab in High-A. The most encouraging sign was that Creasy had a 10:3 GO/AO ratio. In his previous three starts, he has had a GO/AO ratio below 1.0, which is not his usual game of getting ground balls. In his last two starts, Creasy has given up one earned run in 10.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts, no walks, and six hits allowed.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-4

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4

Chris Diaz, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Buddy Borden had a quality start, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk for the second straight outing. The latter number is important, as a big issue with Borden’s game is his lack of control at times. Prior to this start, he had gone four starts without allowing an earned run, spanning 15.2 innings. On the season he has a 2.10 ERA in 25.2 innings, with a 24:9 K/BB ratio. JaCoby Jones hit his third home run in the last four days, and extended his hitting streak to six games.

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  • R Edwards

    I don’t know how is doing in fielding his position, but JaCoby Jones is a strong hitting SS – with some power potential given his size. Hopefully, the Pirates did not foolishly include him as the PTBNL is the infamous Davis trade.

    • Lee Young

      The way Ike is hitting, I hope that PTBNL is based on performance.

      • Gallatin

        This is where I’am at too Lee. Very much hoping the PTBNL is a sliding scale based on Davis’ performance. Otherwise you just know it’s going to be Jones, who is continuing to develop nicely, with the exception of his BB rate.

        • R Edwards

          One would hope that NH would have been that smart – since a guy like Davis was such a long shot gamble anyway – anything short of such a deal was just short-sighted and impulsive.

    • Nickmid13

      This isn’t to knock Jones because he’s hit well early on. However, he was drafted out of college so he should be hitting Lo A pitching.

      • R Edwards

        True, good point….and I suspect he will be moved to Bradenton by June 15, if he is continuing to hit as well as he is – plus playing reasonably well at SS. The problem is…either Moroff or Frazier will need to be moved up to Altoona to make room for Jones in Bradenton.

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