JaCoby Jones has huge upside, but still has much to prove (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Extends Hitting Streak to 15 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 – 0-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

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 – 1-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Jamestown – 0-for-3, 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 – 0-for-3, 2 BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, RF – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Home Runs: Kevin Krause 2 (5), Edgardo Munoz (2), Dan Gamache (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Columbus 9, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Blake Davis, DH – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had his second start this week where he gave up two runs in six innings. This time around he didn’t have his best stuff, with no strikeouts and three walks. Sadler has a 2.41 ERA in 86 innings this year, with a 52:18 K/BB ratio. Tony Sanchez struggled throughout the month of June, but has been back on track lately with his hitting. He has hits in five straight games, with three doubles, three walks, and a homer. Sanchez has a .349 average and a 1.032 OPS in 14 games this month.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 9, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-5, 2B

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Dan Gamache hit his first homer of the year. The third baseman was added to the roster this week, and has picked up hits in six of his first seven games in Altoona, with four doubles and a homer. Alen Hanson stayed hot with the bat, picking up his sixth multi-hit game in his last ten games. Coming into the game, he had a .984 OPS in the month of July. Keon Broxton hit a double in his fourth straight game. He had a 1.105 OPS in July coming into this game. Zack Dodson was hit hard in his second straight outing. He has combined for 13 earned runs in 6.2 innings during those starts.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Tampa 4, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, 2B – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-3

Matt Benedict, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl got the start today, but after an hour and a half delay, he was pulled for Matt Benedict. Kuhl was coming off two straight starts where he went seven innings per start. He had gone seven innings in three of his four previous starts. Benedict threw five innings, giving up one run with two strikeouts. This was Benedict’s third outing since being sent back down from Altoona.

 

JaCoby Jones extended his hitting streak to 15 games. (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

JaCoby Jones extended his hitting streak to 15 games. (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, DH – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones went 1-for-4 today, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Edwin Espinal hit two doubles, giving him 18 on the season. Dovydas Neverauskas has a great arm, but has struggled on the mound this year. He was coming off a good start earlier in the week, when he gave up two runs in seven innings of work. The one consolation is that his walk rate has been dropping. After walking 15 batters in 28.1 innings in May, Neverauskas has combined for 13 walks in 36.2 innings since the start of June, with five of those walks coming in one start. He has one or fewer walks in four of his last five starts.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 6, Vermont 2

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, RF – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, CF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

David Andriese, DH – 2-for-4

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Alex McRae now has a 3.20 ERA in 25.1 innings for Jamestown, with a 15:5 K/BB ratio. He’s made six starts, and hasn’t given up more than three runs in any outing. Kevin Krause hit two homers, giving him five on the season. This was his second multi-homer game of the year. He came into the game with a .949 OPS in his first 58 at-bats. Krause was drafted as a catcher, but got the start in right field today. Michael Suchy extended his hitting streak to six games. He got the start today in center field, which is surprising considering that he’s built like a linebacker.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bristol 8, Kingsport 2

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgardo Munoz, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, BB

Nick Buckner, DH – 3-for-4, 2B

Enyel Vallejo, CF – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Edgardo Munoz hit his second homer of the year. Nick Buckner had his third straight three hit game. He also picked up his second double of the year. Enyel Vallejo hit his second triple of the year. He had a .327 average and an .844 OPS on the season coming into tonight’s game, and an OPS over 1.000 in July. Junior Lopez made his second start of the year. He’s been working as a piggyback starter, and now has a 3.93 ERA in 18.1 innings, with a 14:2 K/BB ratio to start his pro career.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were off today.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

The DSL Pirates were off today.

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

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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