Josh Bell 4

Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Homers, Lots of Poor Pitching in 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 - In Majors

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B

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

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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-4

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

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

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

20. Mel Rojas Jr., CF- Indianapolis – 1-for-4



The 2014 Prospect Guide is now available, and is the perfect resource to follow the minor league system during the 2014 season. You can order your copy on the products page of the site.



Top Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-4, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Josh Bell (7), Chris Dickerson (5), Tony Sanchez (4), Jonathan Schwind (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 3

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top HitterTony Sanchez, C – 1-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Mel Rojas Jr., LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: After giving up four earned runs in a pair of starts to end May, Adam Wilk has recovered nicely in June, by giving up just a pair of earned runs in each of his last two outings. Wilk struck out six hitters, which is the most he has had in a game since April. His season high is eight.

Having pitched the past two days, Andy Oliver was unavailable to close. However, Vin Mazzaro picked up his third save of the season in his first appearance back in Triple-A after being DFA’d.

Tony Sanchez and Chris Dickerson each hit home runs to lead Indianapolis to the victory. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Portland 5, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez had a tough time against the Portland hitters on Tuesday and the Altoona bats  could barely do anything against their pitching. Rodriguez allowed ten hits and five runs in six innings, which was his worst outing in over a month. He’s had some decent starts for Altoona, but at other times he has looked real hittable and his strikeout rate has been low all year. Altoona had just five hits in the game and went 0-for-9 as a team with runners in scoring position. They struck out eight times on Tuesday, giving them 540 K’s on the year, easily the most in the Eastern League



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 9, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Since being named to the Florida State League All-Star team early last week, Orlando Castro has had two horrible outings. Last week he gave up six runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings. Tuesday night, he last just 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks. Castro allowed two homers, equaling his season total from his first 12 outings. Josh Bell and Jonathan Schwind each homered, both solo shots. For Bell, it was his seventh of the season and his second straight off a left-handed pitcher. Bell has never shown much power from the right side, so these last couple homers are a very good sign for him.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal , 1B – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, DH – 1-for-4, 2B

Harold Ramirez, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had some control issues and a couple errors on defense led to five unearned runs in his loss on Tuesday. He only gave up two hits, but five walks came back to hurt him. According to Tom Bragg, Heredia hit 94 MPH at least a couple times during the game. Reese McGuire had two hits, breaking a 1-for-20 slump. He didn’t do so well on defense, committing his seventh error and runners went 3-for-3 on stolen bases against him. Edwin Espinal had the only big hit for the Power, driving in two runs with a third inning single. Harold Ramirez collected his 11th double of the season.



Box Score

Result: Angels 10, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Vinicio – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF- 0-for-3

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost for the seventh time in nine games this season and their pitching allowed double-digit runs  for the fifth time. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal homered in his first game, then has hit just four singles since then, though he has drawn seven walks this year. He went 0-for-3 on Tuesday. Shortstop Adrian Valerio reached base twice and scored a run. The defensive-minded switch-hitter has a .609 OPS early on, with nine RBIs in eight games. Eliezer Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a double and drove in two runs. The Pirates seem to be taking things slow with the young outfielder, who signed a six-figure bonus. He has ten plate appearances in four games. Richard Mitchell got the start and couldn’t follow up his strong season debut in which he threw one-hit ball over five shutout innings. Mitchell lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

You can check out the DSL Pirates season preview here.

Share This Article

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.

The Five Tools of Gregory Polanco

Next Story »

Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start

  • Andy Prough

    Hardly a week has gone by this season without Bell doing some really nice work. Do we have our breakout candidate for the year?

Latest Analysis

  • (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Willy Garcia Has Some of the Best Power in the System, But One Thing Holds Him Back

    4 hours ago

    Almost exactly three years ago today, I wrote an article outlining some of the potential international breakout hitters in the lower levels. The article started out by ...

    Read More
  • Jung-ho Kang signing autographs.

    Q&A: Will Jung-ho Kang’s Presence Create Issues in the Pirates Dugout?

    8 hours ago

    Every Friday we run a Q&A with questions that I’ve received throughout the week. You can submit your questions all week by using the Q&A form on the ...

    Read More
  • Austin Meadows

    Austin Meadows Lowered His Hand Position to Add More Power

    1 day ago

    Ever since he was drafted, Austin Meadows was regarded as a prospect with power that you could dream about. He drew comps to Jay Bruce in the ...

    Read More
  • Tarpley Brault

    Will the Snider Trade Result in the Pirates Finally Having a Left-Handed Starting Prospect?

    2 days ago

    Despite adding plenty of pitching through the draft over the last several years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been short on the amount of quality left-handed pitching in their ...

    Read More
  • Connor Joe 2

    Meet Connor Joe: The First Round Pick You Know Nothing About

    2 days ago

    This site is now in its seventh year of existence. For the last four years, I’ve been doing this full-time, allowing me to see every affiliate throughout the year, along ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What is the Difference Between Mel Rojas and Keon Broxton?

    3 days ago

    Mel Rojas Jr. was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2010 MLB draft. The son of the former big league closer had ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles