Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Extends Hit Streak to 19 Games

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. 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 #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-5

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-5

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – 6.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List(6/23 Update)

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-3

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – Disabled List (6/20 Update)

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 4-for-5, 3 2B

Home Runs: Edwin Espinal (4)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Durham 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJaff Decker, LF – 4-for-5, 3 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 4-for-6, 3B

Matt Hague, DH – 2-for-4, 2 BB

Robert Andino, SS – 3-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had a great start, throwing seven shutout innings. In his three starts since returning to Triple-A, he has combined for an 0.50 ERA in 18 innings, giving up just one run in that span. He only has seven strikeouts, but also only has five walks, and a 3.1:1 GO/AO ratio. Jaff Decker had three doubles tonight, giving him 17 on the year. He also had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at third base. Chris Dickerson hit his second triple of the year. He has a .351/.405/.514 line in 37 at-bats over his last ten games.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Binghamton 8, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson had his worst start of the season, and one of his only bad starts this year. Sampson still posted a good K/BB ratio, but gave up a lot of hits tonight, which hasn’t been the case in the past. Prior to this, his worst start of the year was four runs in 6.1 innings on May 8th. Willy Garcia had a double and a multi-hit game for his third game in the last four. Alen Hanson played for the first time in a week, and picked up his 14th double of the year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Bradenton was postponed due to rain.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Jeff Roy, CF – 2-for-4, BB, 2 SB

Harold Ramirez, DH – 2-for-5, SB

Buddy Borden, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Harold Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 19 games. While he is hitting consistently, he’s not hitting for much power. He has a .319 average in the month of June, and a .367 OBP, but a .407 slugging percentage. Ramirez is young, and the power should come as he gets older. He might never be a big home run hitter, but he makes good contact, has a lot of speed, and drives the ball to the gaps, which should give him a lot of doubles power. Buddy Borden moved to the bullpen tonight, after struggling in his last few outings. He had a 7.41 ERA in 17 innings as a starter this month, after putting up a 1.37 ERA in April and a 3.41 ERA in May. Wyatt Mathisen left the game after a collision at third base. There were no specifics on his injury, but it was believed to be his left ankle or calf.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

ResultJamestown 4, Mahoning Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Montana DuRapau, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Filliben, SS – 2-for-2, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, CF – 2-for-5, 2B

Taylor Gushue, C – 0-for-1, 4 BB

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-5

Michael Fransoso, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Montana DuRapau made his first start in the Jamestown rotation. He has a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings this year, with a 12:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Regalado and Jared LaKind combined to pitch five shutout innings to close out the game. Tyler Filliben had his second straight multi-hit game, and stole his first base of the year. Taylor Gushue has been an OBP machine, drawing nine walks in his last three games. He has a .441 OBP this season, with a .289 average. Carl Anderson extended his hitting streak to six games. He has a hit in 12 of his 14 games this year.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Bristol was postponed due to rain.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Astros 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nelson Jorge, SS – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-3, 2B

Dan Gamache, DH – 2-for-4

Luis Benitez, LF – 2-for-3

Game Notes:  Carlos Paulino and Nate Baker both made rehab appearances. Paulino played a complete game, which means he should be close to a return to Altoona. Baker pitched an inning in relief. Dan Gamache played his second straight rehab game. He’s returning from a broken foot suffered in Spring Training, and should be going to Altoona soon. Nelson Jorge got his first triple of the year, and Tito Polo had his first double.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Rangers 2

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Sandy Santos, CF – 3-for-4, 2 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Felix Vinicio, LF – 2-for-4

Adrian Valerio, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates broke a nine game losing streak in a big way on Friday. They beat the Rangers2 by an 8-2 score, getting strong outings from three pitchers and 11 hits from the offense. Starter Richard Mitchell went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. He was followed by Carlos Bustamante and Eumir Sepulveda, who combined for four no-hit innings. Bustamante has pitched twice this week in extended relief outings, retiring 14 of the batters he faced, with the only blemish being a hit batter.

On offense, center fielder Sandy Santos led the way with three hits, a walk and three runs scored. He hit two triples and drove in two runs.Shortstop Adrian Valerio had two hits for the second straight game and third time in his last four contests. He stole his second base of the season. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. His batting average has been hovering around the Mendoza line, but he has drawn eight walks in his last seven games. – John Dreker

You can check out the DSL Pirates week three recap here.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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  • Lee Young

    Ramirez is young, and the power should come as he gets older.

    You mean like it did for Tabata, right?

    :) :) :)

  • Lee Young

    Montana DuRapau

    With that name this kid HAS to make the majors!!!!!!

  • R Edwards

    What do you guys think of Espinal – the first baseman at WV? He seems to really be coming on with the bat, although the lack of HRs is a little disappointing. But, he is hitting around .300 now with a lot of doubles. A big kid, plays first base – heaven knows that is a position of need! Still very young. Is he a promising 1B prospect?

    Along with possibly Rojas and Diaz (catcher at Altoona), may be the closest things we have to “breakout” candidates so far this year. I also think two players who are trending up and possibly could have very strong second halves this year – Willy Garcia and McGuire.

    I still find it shocking that hamstrings has kept Meadows and Barnes out now for 3 months! If they don’t return soon, its a lost season for both of them.

    • Matt Beam

      saw tweet from Meadows saying he’s back on the field Monday after 4 months and he’s learned a lot during that time