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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 – 2-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 0-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/7 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 1-for-4, RBI

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates -DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF – 4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Keon Broxton (9), Chris McGuiness (6), Robert Andino 2 (4), Andrew Lambo 2 (4), Dean Anna (2), Justin Maffei (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 15, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF – 4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Dean Anna, 2B – 4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Robert Andino, SS – 4-for-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Game Notes: After nearly no-hitting Columbus the last time out, Nick Kingham ran into slightly more trouble Saturday night. Despite allowing four runs, three earned, Kingham still went six innings. He allowed six hits, while striking out three. Kingham leads all Pirates minor league pitchers with 87 strikeouts, one ahead of both Tyler Glasnow and Adrian Sampson. Rafael Perez and John Holdzkom each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Andrew Lambo went 4-for-4, with a pair of home runs. Prior to going on the disabled list, Lambo had two home runs in the entire first half of the season. Since being activated from the DL, Lambo is 7-for-12 in his past three games.

Dean Anna also picked up four hits including a home run, while Robert Andino added three hits with a pair of long balls. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B-SS – 4-for-4, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Drew Maggi had four hits in Altoona’s 4-3 win on Saturday. Maggi scored a run, drove in another and stole his 25th base of the year. Josh Bell went 0-for-4 and has started off 1-for-10 in his first three games with Altoona. He picked up an outfield assist in this game. Keon Broxton hit his ninth homer of the year, a solo shot in the second inning. After starter Jhonathan Ramos gave up three runs over 4.2 innings, three relievers combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings. Willy Garcia has been hit or miss in his last three games, going 4-for-12 with eight strikeouts. He has a 13/105 BB/SO ratio this season in 298 at-bats.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 4, Clearwater 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, LF – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl picked up his tenth win of the season by allowing one run over six innings. Kuhl has a 3.34 ERA in 110.1 innings this year. Justin Maffei had three hits, including a double and a two run homer of Clearwater pitcher Aaron Nola, who was drafted seventh overall this year. Jose Osuna hit his 12th double and drove in his 26th run. Max Moroff picked up his 14th stolen base.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Rome 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, R

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a run scored in West Virginia’s 7-2 loss to Rome. In six games since joining the Power, he is 9-for-26, though all nine hits are singles and today’s run was his first run scored or RBI for the Power. After collecting three extra-base hits in four at-bats in the GCL, Meadows has none in 11 games with West Virginia and Bristol. Reese McGuire drove in his 28th run. Since the All-Star break, McGuire is hitting .220(22-for-100) with two doubles and two walks.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-4, RBI

Michael Suchy, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown lost 7-1 on Saturday, showing no life after a 12-7 win in 15 innings on Friday night. Starter Alex McRae gave up five runs on seven hits over five innings. Elvis Escobar rebounded after his horrible game on Thursday(he didn’t play Friday) in which he went 0-for-6 with five strikeouts. In this game, he had two hits, scored the only run, stole a base and picked up an outfield assist. Jordan Luplow had the only RBI for Jamestown. In his first 24 games, the 2014 third round draft pick has 14 RBIs, a 15/13 BB/SO ratio and a .307 average.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Johnson City 5, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 R

Carlos Ozuna, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: After starter Junior Lopez gave up five runs in the first three innings, four Bristol relievers combined for five shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks. Bristol had 12 hits and three walks, but couldn’t comeback from the early deficit. The Pirates also had three runners reach base via catcher interference. Jerrick Suiter, Eduardo Figueroa, Pablo Reyes and Carlos Ozuna all had two hits. Suiter drove in two runs, while Reyes scored twice. Suiter is hitting .327, with an .833 OPS

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Tigers 5, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, LF – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-4, RBI

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: The Pirates lost all six games this week and they have dropped their last eight contests. Starter Gerardo Navarro gave up three runs in the first and the Tigers never looked back in their 5-1 victory. Cole Tucker had the only RBI for the Pirates, driving in Luis Benitez in the first inning after Benitez led off with a triple. Tucker is still having some issues at the plate after a strong start to his pro career. He is batting .125 in his last ten games and he has eight strikeouts in his last four games. Tito Polo singled in four at-bats. He is hitting .314/.410/.500 through 21 games.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

The DSL was off on Saturday due to their All-Star weekend

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

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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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  • Dylan Bott

    Have you watched Cole Tucker play recently? Just wondering about his defense.

    • John Dreker

      I don’t think much has changed from his HS scouting report, which some said he would be a decent shortstop and others said he would outgrow the position. I’ve personally only seen a handful of plays, so I can’t tell much from that. He’s made seven errors in 15 games, but three of those errors came in the first game.

      • Dylan Bott

        Alright so if he eventually gets moved from short where would he go? 2nd or 3rd?

        • John Dreker

          Well a couple people said 3B, but I’ve seen some weak throws from him, so second base would seem more likely based on my limited experience seeing him. The thing to remember is, he just turned 18 two weeks ago and he wasn’t a highly rated player like we are used to with first round draft picks, even Tony Sanchez got some first round mentions, but Tucker never did. So you really can’t compare him to a typical first round pick of the Pirates. He’s probably going to be on a slower pace and he definitely needs to fill out. Then you’ll get a better idea. If the Pirates DSL shortstop Adrian Valerio continues to hit, it won’t matter how Tucker’s skills at SS progress, Valerio is an absolute stud on defense and even younger than Tucker. If his bat gets him to the Majors, no one will stand in his way at the position

  • bucsws2014

    And with those two HRs, Lambo’s trade value just exceeded that of Ike Davis :-)

    • lonleylibertarian

      But, but, but…

      Neil told us Davis was a “long term solution” to our first base problems – and many told me how great a trade that was…

      • bucsws2014

        It really wasn’t a horrible idea at the time. And it looked brilliant initially. But Ike has become painful to watch. At least he’ll be sitting for most of this week as Bucs are facing a bunch of lefties. Hopefully he does his August thing, then he could be worth it again.

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