Prospect Watch: Luis Heredia Pitches Gem, Edwin Espinal Comes Up Big at the Plate

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 - 3-for-5, 3 R

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 1-for-4

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates –  2-for-5

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power -  6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates - DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates - 0-for-4, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates - DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia - DNP

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

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (4), Edwin Espinal (3), Taylor Lewis (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Durham 8, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterChris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 0-for-3, BB, R

Game Notes: Adam Wilk had some mixed success through the first four innings, despite giving up a pair of runs on six hits. However, the wheels fell off in the fifth, as Wilk allowed four runs on four hits, while just getting one out. Prior to this start, Wilk had put together three straight quality starts and allowed just a pair of runs in five innings in the fourth.

Wirfin Obispo and Vin Mazzaro each put together another scoreless frame. Mazzaro has only allowed two runs this season in 17.2 Triple-A innings. Obispo has allowed just one unearned run in his last seven outings.

Chris Dickerson added two hits, including a double. Chris McGuiness also added a double for Indianapolis. Jose Tabata played his first game since being outrighted to AAA and he drew a walk and scored a run in four plate appearances. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Binghamton 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 2B – 1-for-3, HBP

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez pitched great against Binghamton on Thursday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks in seven innings. Rodriguez had a 4.21 ERA this season through 15 starts and he has a 4.22 ERA in the month of June. Willy Garcia, Elias Diaz and Keon Broxton each had one RBI apiece. Garcia hit his 15th double and drove in his 33rd run. Alen Hanson was out for the sixth straight game. There was some disagreement on his status, with people in Altoona saying he’s suspended, and the Pirates saying he’s just working on things.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Jupiter 4

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top HitterJordan Steranka, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Taylor Lewis, CF – 2-for-4

Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Live Report: Bradenton won 6-4 on Thursday behind homers from Jordan Steranka and Taylor Lewis. Josh Bell singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.  Adam Frazier now has a ten game hit streak. Chad Kuhl started and walked three batters in a game for the first time in his career, covering 29 appearances. He left trailing 3-2 in the sixth, but the Marauders came back with four runs in the seventh, three coming on the Steranka homer.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Delmarva 7

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 3-for-5, 3 R

Harold Ramirez, CF – 2-for-5

Game Notes:  Luis Heredia came into Thursday night’s game with a 7.71 ERA on the road this year and he didn’t look good in his last start. He had an outstanding game against Delmarva, throwing six shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk. Heredia lowered his ERA to 3.94 though 29.2 innings. Harold Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a first inning single. West Virginia had 14 hits, with Edwin Espinal leading the way. He had four hits and drove in four runs. Espinal hit his third home run and he now has 42 RBIs on the season. Reese McGuire had three singles and scored three runs.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

ResultJamestown 6, Mahoning Valley 4

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, DH – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Carl Anderson, CF – 1-for-5, SB

Tyler Filliben, SS – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Game Notes: Jamestown won 6-4 in ten innings on Thursday night. Starter Alex McRae didn’t throw shutout ball like he did in his first two outings since being draft in the tenth round this year, but he still had a pretty good outing on Thursday. McRae gave up two runs over five innings and he still hasn’t issued a walk in 11.1 innings. Chase Simpson had two hits and drove in three runs to help lead the offense. Tyler Filliben had two doubles, the first extra-base hits of his career. Reliever Sam Street made his pro debut and threw two shutout innings. He was drafted in the 16th round this year.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Johnson City 7, Bristol 5

Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Sandfort, RHP – 3.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Enyel Vallejo, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-4, RBI

Maximo Rivera, 1B – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jonathan Sandfort had a strong debut this season, giving up one run over five innings of work. The 2012 third round pick is still a couple months short of his 20th birthday and pitching for the first time above the GCL. On Thursday in his second start, he lasted just three innings and got smacked around, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in just three innings. Enyel Vallejo, Maximo Rivera and Trae Arbet each had two hits and drove in a run. Pablo Reyes had a double and scored two runs.

Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-5

Dan Gamache, 2B – 0-for-3

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes:  The GCL Pirates dropped to 1-5 after a 6-2 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. Third baseman Julio de la Cruz drove in both runs. He is 6-for-19 with two doubles this season. Cole Tucker went 2-for-5 with two singles and his first stolen base. Alexis Bastardo, a toolsy outfielder who spent last year in the DSL, went 2-for-3 with a double and stolen base in his season debut. On the bad side, Michael de la Cruz is 1-for-20 this season, with the only upside being five walks in five games. Dan Gamache was assigned to the GCL on rehab and played his first game of the season. He played second base and was hitless in three at-bats.

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Rangers2 8, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edison Lantigua, LF – 1-for-2, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adrian Valerio, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-3, BB, 2 R

Game Notes: The Pirates lost for the ninth straight time on Thursday, dropping them to 6-17 on the season. Starter Yeudy Garcia gave up three runs(two earned) over five innings. He has had two outings in which he threw five shutout innings this year and he has the best fastball among starters for the DSL Pirates, so he is a player to watch if he can have more consistent starts. Edison Lantigua came off the bench in the eighth and had a bases-loaded in the bottom of the ninth to help pull the Pirates within two runs, but their comeback came up short. Shortstop Adrian Valerio had two hits, including his seventh double of the season.

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

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • PitPirates

    Like to see Jamestown win considering half of our draftees are on that team. Taylor Gushue has been pitched around lately drawing a lot of walks lately and our #4 hitter went 0-3 today with a sac bunt.

  • piraddict

    John,

    When and where does Connor Joe show up?

    • PitPirates

      Ya, where is Connor Joe at?

  • PitPirates

    Here is the site where you can follow any teams organization: http://www.milb.com/milb/scoreboard/

  • Dom DiDominic

    I am guessing Bell did not homer. Guy has still been on fire. What are they going to do with Gushue? Smoking the ball in the NY-Penn league, but really can’t move him with all the catchers. He is having a start that reminds me of a guy from a LOOOng time ago. His name was Meadows, I believe …. not sure what ever happened to that guy.

  • BallHeadWonder

    John….Down in Ocean City and had a chance to see W. Va tonight and man, came away extremely impressed with Luis Heredia. On his last strikeout to end the 6th, His high heat touched 90mph!! I know we have to watch his weight, but he has a nice frame if he can get it in shape. We might have something with him.

    I think we will see Reese McGuire in Pittsburgh sooner than later!! This dude is a beast!! I don’t know where we heard he can’t hit, but this dude is SUPER CONFIDENT at the plate. He should have been 4-5 but got robbed down the 1st base line on a hellva play from the O’s first baseman!! But he is well ahead of his years and I hope he continues to do well as he moves through the system!!

    Also got my first look at Harold Ramirez…..He is a quality hitter with gap power!! Besides his 2 hits, had another nice line drive, but it was right to the CF….I like his game. Looks very confident out in CF.

    And I saved Edwin Espinal for last because this dude is a run producer!!! Had a great night at the plate!! His HR……The LF took 3 or 4 steps and didn’t even run to the wall. He SMASHED that pitch!! He is nowhere near Polanco-Marte-McCutchen speed, so 1st Base has to be him. If he can’t stick there, he is a nice trade chip to the American League to DH!! Impressed with his game!! Nice player!!

    All in all….This not a bad ballclub. They have some pitching, they can hit the ball. Enjoyed watching them play tonight!!

    • Leefoo Rug Bug

      Heredia’s high heat touched 90 MPH?? I hope that was a typo.

      • BallHeadWonder

        LOL!!!! Heredia was really good last nite!! But if the Shorebirds gun was wrong, it showed 90mph!!

  • Monsoon Harvard

    What the hell happened Justin Topa tonight?
    Came into the game to relieve Luis Heredia pitching a shutout, faced 8 batters, did not get an out, and gave up 7 earned runs!

    • BallHeadWonder

      He just didn’t have it last nite!! Plus he was a victim of 2 bloop bases loaded singles and a bases loaded bad hop grounder to the SS that scored 2. It was really weird, because they were dominating the Shorebirds!!

  • st1300b

    Did Tony Sanchez hear that Coonelly said he wanted to resign Russ, because his sub .200 ave isn’t doing anything for his chances to make the FO reconsider.