Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Crushes Two Home Runs

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-5, 2 K

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 2-for-4, BB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - DNP

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

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - 2-for-4

10. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis - DNP

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - Disabled List (5/7 Update)

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 - 0-for-3, BB

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 0-for-3

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-3, 2 HR, BB

Home Runs: Stetson Allie 2 (10), Brent Morel (2), Raul Fortunato (2), Elvis Escobar (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Charlotte 6

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top HitterBrent Morel, 3B – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B – 2-for-4, BB

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-5, 2 K

Chris Dickerson, CF – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler gave up three of his four runs today off the long ball. Sadler gave up one home run in 37.2 innings to start the year in Triple-A, before giving up three in 13 innings over his last two starts. He currently has a 2.66 ERA in 50.2 innings, with a 36:9 K/BB ratio. Brent Morel had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and his second homer of the year. Morel’s bat has been quiet this season, with a .204 average and a .601 OPS in 137 at-bats in Triple-A. Gregory Polanco has been in a mini-slump, going 3-for-21 over his last five games. Chris Dickerson extended his hitting streak to five games. He has a hit in his last 21 starts. The only reason that isn’t a 21 game hitting streak is because he struck out in a pinch hit situation on May 19th.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Erie 6, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-3, 2 HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4

Drew Maggi, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Stetson Allie crushed two home runs today, giving him ten on the season. His power has been very impressive this year, with a home run every 15.4 at-bats. By comparison, Pedro Alvarez homered once every 17.1 at-bats in Double-A. A key difference is that Allie has a 28% strikeout rate, while Alvarez had a 23% strikeout rate. That’s not a huge difference, but Allie does need to work on cutting down those strikeouts, and hitting for average. Alen Hanson stayed hot with two hits and a walk. He has an .898 OPS in the month of May, along with five home runs this month. Mel Rojas has also been hot lately, and is hitting for a .337 average and a .909 OPS in the month of May. Adrian Sampson has gone at least six innings with two or fewer runs in each of his last three starts. He has done the same in six of his ten starts this year. Sampson has a 2.26 ERA in 55.2 innings, with a 43:16 K/BB ratio.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Charlotte 5

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, RF – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeff Roy, CF – 2-for-4, BB

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Raul Fortunato, LF – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Bradenton was down 5-2 in the eighth inning, but ended up coming back to win 6-5. Raul Fortunato hit a solo homer to lead off the eighth inning, narrowing the Charlotte lead to two runs. Max Moroff and Jonathan Schwind both reached base in the bottom of the ninth inning, then a pair of errors brought in two runs. Jeff Roy ended the game with a walk off single, scoring Jacob Stallings from third. Orlando Castro had another good start, and has been on fire lately. In his last three starts he has given up four runs in 19 innings, with a 16:1 K/BB ratio. On the season he has a 2.91 ERA in 55.2 innings, with a 41:7 K/BB ratio.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-4

Erich Weiss, DH – 2-for-3

Game Notes: West Virginia had a big blowout win, but that was all due to a six run eighth inning. The go ahead run came when Erich Weiss was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded. Chris Diaz followed with a bases loaded walk. Elvis Escobar broke the game open with a grand slam, his second homer of the year. Harold Ramirez added two more hits, and has an .845 OPS in 37 at-bats over his last ten games. Shane Carle has been great in his last four starts. He has combined for five runs in 24 innings, with a 9:2 K/BB ratio. On the season, he has a 3.25 ERA in 52.2 innings, with a 30:5 K/BB ratio and a 1.74 GO/AO ratio.

Tim Williams

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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  • Y2JGQ2

    Its been a month now since the last Austin Meadows or Luis Heredia injury update: So what’s the inside scoop, is Austin close to coming back? How bad is Heredia’s arm injury???

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com/ Tim Williams

      If there was a date for Meadows to return, or specific details on Heredia’s injury outside of what we know, then there would be an update.

  • Denny Flynn

    I know you said previously that its difficult to give a nightly update of the prospect stats, but is there anyway to do a weekly prospect review with a prospect trends type theme that shows the prospect’s stats to this point and how prospects are progressing?

    • emjayinTN

      Denny: There are a couple of special reports one for starting pitchers called Game Score, and one for hitters called Runs Created. I know that Game Score is a Bill James developed stat and I think the RC is also his. I think they come on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com/ Tim Williams

      We have a few different articles that cover prospects on a larger scale. The “Top Performers” series takes a weekly look at the best players from the previous week. We have one article for hitters, and one for pitchers, including write-ups on their season numbers, and things they’re working on. That goes up every Monday (the two articles today will be going up soon).

      • Denny Flynn

        Thanks for getting back to me Tim. I realize that you do discuss the prospects from a number of different angles, I’ve frequented Pirates Prospects on a near daily basis for the last couple of years. I just know that previously the prospect watch incuded season stats for each player in the top 20 prospects. You had mentioned that it got difficult to populate becasue you had to recalculate the updated stats after each day. I guess what I was asking was if there was a way to show the prospects in their rankings with their season stats listed. Essentially, so that we can evaluate how the prospects are performing and how the rankings may be shifting other than waiting for the mid-season prospect ranking updates.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com/ Tim Williams

          We don’t really adjust the rankings at all until the mid-season update. And that’s not officially. I spend almost zero thought considering how a player’s performance is moving him up or down the charts. If you do that, then you run the risk of putting too much weight on a very small sample size, and losing focus of the bigger picture with a prospect. Rather than a constantly changing evaluation, we start with a clean slate every six months.

  • glassers

    I was checking Altoona’s stats yesterday and was a little disappointed that Allie was batting around .225 . I assume his contact rate is low based on his strike out rate . Long way to go here but his home run numbers are impressive .

  • impliedi

    For those that have seen him play, how is Allie looking as a first baseman? Is he looking like a legit future MLB first baseman (I’m sure he’s still a work in progress) or is he more likely to turn into a Craig Wilson-type where you try to hide him in the field to get his bat in the lineup?

    • BD

      He was a legit prospect as a 3rd baseman before being drafted as a pitcher so he has a good corner glove, soft hands to a degree. Watched him 2 nights ago make a nice 1B stretch on a close play. I don’t think he will hurt a team there and could be above average ultimately.

  • R Edwards

    How about Barnes as well? Also, is Nick Buckner hurt or just in extended Spring Training waiting to play for Jamestown?