Prospect Watch: Allie Homers, Lambo Returns, Huge Game Off the Bench From Rojas

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, GCL Pirates – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-5, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

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

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

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

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, BB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-2, 2 BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-2

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr, RF – 3-for-3, 2B, 5 RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (13)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr, RF – 3-for-3, 2B, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Matt Hague, 3B – 3-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Mel Rojas Jr. began Thursday night’s game on the bench, but when Jose Tabata had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch in the third inning, Rojas replaced him on the bases and then led Indianapolis to victory with his bat. He had three hits in three trips to the plate and drove in at least one run each time. Rojas finished with five RBIs and two runs scored. Matt Hague had a big game, collecting three hits and driving in two runs. He has 58 RBIs this year, tops among all Pirates minor league players and he also leads the International League.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4

Carlos Paulino, C – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Altoona won 6-3 thanks to a three-run homer from Stetson Allie. He took over the lead among all Pirates minor league players with his 13th home run of the season. Starter Zack Dodson got hit around and left after four innings, but three relievers combined to throw 5.1 scoreless innings for the win. Alen Hanson had a hit and scored a run. He reached base eight times in the four game series against Bowie. Carlos Paulino returned to Altoona for the first time since he went on the disabled list with right knee inflammation in early May. He had a hit and drove in two runs. Paulino played four games on rehab in the GCL.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: C, RHP – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-5, RBI

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton lost 7-6 on Thursday, staging a comeback that fell just short. They trailed 7-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. The bats were working, but they couldn’t overcome the big lead that John Kuchno and Ryan Hafner supplied to Ft Myers. Kuchno has been pitching well at home this year, posting a sub-3.00 ERA at McKechnie Field prior to tonight. Five Bradenton hitters collected two hits in the game, including Josh Bell, who now leads all Pirates minor league players with 102 hits this year. Jordan Steranka continued his hot hitting of late. For the third game in a row, he drove in at least two runs. Late last week, he homered in three straight games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Hickory 6, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-5, RBI

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: West Virginia lost again to a strong Hickory team, dropping them to 0-7 in the season series. Dovydas Neverauskas had some control issues, giving up five walks in his four innings of work. He allowed just two runs, both were unearned. The Power had seven hits on the night, though six were singles and they went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out ten times. Reese McGuire drove in the only run. After batting .333 in the month of May, McGuire is hitting .214 since the start of June, with only two extra-base hits.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Williamsport 7, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Montana DuRapau, RHP – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B  – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Krause, C – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Jamestown lost 7-3 in 12 innings to Williamsport on Thursday. All of the runs by Jamestown came in the eighth inning. Chase Simpson had the big day at the plate, collecting three hits and driving in two runs. Michael Suchy had the other RBI and scored a run, though he finished the game 0-for-5, giving him a .194 average on the year. Jordan Luplow reached base three times. He is batting .366 with nine walks in 12 games. Sam Street threw three perfect innings in relief.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pulaski 7, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Danny Arribas, C – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Bristol lost an ugly game on Thursday night, dropping a 7-4 decision to Pulaski.  There was another 7-4 of note in this game, the amount of errors the two teams committed, with Bristol losing that battle as well. Trae Arbet, Carlos Ozuna and Danny Arribas each committed two errors, leading to five unearned runs for pitcher Billy Roth. He gave up just two hits in his 4.1 innings, though he did issue five walks. He came into the game with two walks allowed in his first two starts. Arbet had a strong game at the plate, collecting three hits, including his fourth double.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Tigers 11, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Barrett Barnes, CF – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Cole Tucker celebrated his 18th birthday with two hits and an RBI, but the Pirates lost 11-5 to the Tigers. Tucker has reached base at least twice in all eight games he has played. This game marked the return of Andrew Lambo to action. After requiring surgery on a thumb he injured in early May, Lambo played for the first time in two months and went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He was at first base and remained in the game until the top of the eighth inning. Barrett Barnes played his third game since returning from a hamstring injury that happened in early April. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and said he felt fine afterwards, playing consecutive days for the first time. Tito Polo had a double, triple and walk. He has a 1.000 OPS in his first ten games.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Astros Orange 1

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian Valerio, SS – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Sandy Santos, CF – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates are playing good baseball since ending their nine game losing streak last week. They have won three in a row and five of their last six games. Richard Mitchell had a strong outing, throwing five shutout innings. He also threw five shutout innings in his first game of the season. While he has had a couple other decent games in between, he has still allowed 14 earned runs over 18.1 innings in his other four starts. Mitchell threw 63 pitches on the night, 12 below his five inning limit. Adrian Valerio had two hits and drove in two runs. There were questions concerning his bat when he signed, but he seems to be holding his own as a 17-year-old in his first season. He is hitting .242 with 11 doubles in 25 games. Raul Siri hit his 12th double of the season.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week four 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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  • Lee Young

    Montana DuRapau………my new favorite name.

  • Andrew Grigsby

    Boy Tony Sanchez is really in a funk at the dish, he’s 5 for his last 34 AB’s. Not good for a guy that will probably be the starting catcher in Pittsburgh next yr. I know its only a small sample size but still concerning. We all know he can play but I sure would like to see better results.

  • Son Tạ

    I saw the Bristol game. There were a lot of errors and walks as the summary above notes. But the decisive factor was the 7 stolen bases that the catcher Arribas allowed. His release was slow and the throws were inaccurate (the two errors you note) and the Mariners knew it and took full advantage. Osuna looked out of place at 3rd base as well.

  • Monsoon Harvard

    Indianapolis fans are no doubt grateful Tabata got beaned yesterday and had to leave the game. He continues his normal his rally killing ways in consistent fashion down in triple A.
    I don’t understand why Tabata is starting and batting 3rd every day there while Mel Rojas, one of the teams best hitters, languishes on the bench. It won’t be long before that team is below .500 if that keeps up.