Josh Bell has the numbers for a promotion, but a weakness against left-handers.

Prospect Watch: Five Hits For Josh Bell, Luis Heredia Makes Return


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 - 2-for-5, R, SB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-5, 2B

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-5

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/30 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 (5/30 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, 2 RBI

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2 BB

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Casey Sadler, RHP, In Majors

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-3, 2B, BB



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Top Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 5-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Matt Hague (9)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 7, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, CF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-5, R, SB

Matt Hague, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  Matt Hague has been red hot for Indianapolis and Thursday night he hit his ninth home run of the season, surpassing his 2013 totals with eight. Hague is 13-for-36 with five long balls in his past 10 games.

It was the bullpen that did Indianapolis in. Daniel Schlereth took the loss, as he tossed 0.1 inning and allowed three earned runs. Schlereth departed with the bases loaded and Wirfin Obispo allowed a grand slam to bust the game open.

Gregory Polanco had a multi-hit game for the 26th time this season. He also added a stolen base. – Ryan Palencer




Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Binghamton  5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, LF – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-5, 2B

Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson continued his impressive season by allowing two runs over six innings on Thursday night. He has given up more than two runs in a game just once this season in 12 starts. Yao-Hsun Yang made his debut in the United States. The 31-year-old lefty from Taiwan has been pitching in Japan since 2006. He threw a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one.  Drew Maggi led the offense, reaching base three times and driving in three runs. Keon Broxton had two RBIs and Jarek Cunningham scored two runs. Alen Hanson made two errors, giving him 18 on the year. Everyone in the Altoona starting lineup had a base hit, including Adrian Sampson



Box Score

Result: Brevard County 10 , Bradenton  7

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP –  4.2 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 5-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Max Moroff, 2B – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Josh Bell had a huge night in Bradenton’s 10-7 loss to Brevard County. He went 5-for-5 with four singles, a double, a stolen base, scored twice and he drove in two runs. He raised his season average to .315 and he now has 36 RBIs. Orlando Castro was just named to the FSL All-Star game this week, then had one of the worst outings of his career. He gave up 12 hits and six runs over 4.2 innings before giving way to Ryan Hafner, who allowed the last four runs over 3.1 innings. He gave up five hits and three walks. Bradenton had a 5-1 lead after two innings.



Box Score

Result: Hickory 7, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 0-for-2, 4 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 0-for-3, BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Luis Heredia returned to action, pitching for the first time since he felt shoulder soreness one pitch into his second start on April 12th. Heredia struggled through three innings, then threw a scoreless fourth before leaving. Shane Carle pitched in relief for the first time this year and threw three scoreless innings. West Virginia made a strong comeback with three runs in the eighth and a run in the ninth to tie the score, but they lost on a walk-off hit in the 12th inning. Candon Myles was the only Power player to collect two hits in the game, but Erich Weiss reached base four times via walk. Harold Ramirez, Edwin Espinal and Weiss each scored two runs. JaCoby Jones and Danny Collins had two RBIs apiece. West Virginia batters were hit-by-pitch five times in the game.



Box Score

Result: Rangers2 6, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Siri, 2B – 3-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Johan De Jesus, SS – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, 2B

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates have been hurt by their pitching in the first five games of the season, causing them to lose four games. Despite the losses piling up, they have had two great starts in a row. Yesterday, Richard Mitchell threw one-hit ball over five innings. Francis Rodriguez was even better tonight, matching Mitchell, though he did it with no walks and eight strikeouts. The downside with Rodriguez is his age, already 21 years old in a league filled with teenagers, but it was still an outstanding outing. Raul Siri had three hits and he is now hitting .500 through five games, with 12 hits. Center fielder Victor Fernandez had a triple, RBI and an outfield assist. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal had a single and walk in four plate appearances.

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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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  • freddylang

    How poorly Heredia pitched doesn’t bother me…it’s just good to get a pitching prospect back instead of losing another one. 3 Wild pitches though. I am sure people will start to write him off, forgetting he is still 19.

  • mlash

    Any word on when Josh Bell will move on to AA? I wouldn’t mind an article devoted to him about what you guys project for his minor league progression and potential MLB debut… is late 2015 too aggressive for him? The 1B platoon is working (so far) this season (thankfully) but it’d be great if Bell or Allie could turn into the long-term solution.

  • mlash

    Any word on when Bell might move up to AA? I wouldn’t mind an article from you guys focusing on Bell’s projected progression and when he might find his way to MLB? Davis and Sanchez have been fine at 1B so far but I’d like to see Bell or Allie as the long-term solution.

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