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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Hits 15th Homer of the Year

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-5

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-5

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – DNP (Promoted to Altoona)

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 – 2-for-3, HR, BB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Jamestown – DNP

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 – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (15)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Indianapolis was off today for the Triple-A All-Star game.

Casey Sadler pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the International League squad. After picking up back to back ground outs to start the inning, Sadler allowed a single to left field. He responded with a strikeout, but the runner was able to reach on a wild pitch. However, Sadler was able to complete the frame with a line out to the second baseman.

Andy Oliver allowed one run, while getting two outs in the eighth. He allowed a sharp single to left, before walking a hitter. Oliver was then able to induce a double play to third base. He was removed from the game and the runner that he left a second scored. Oliver was wild, as only three of his 11 pitches crossed the plate for strikes.

While Matt Hague was not entered into the game itself, he did participate in the Home Run Derby at the event. Hague advanced to the second round with six long balls, but was eliminated there.

Chris Dickerson was named to the roster, but was not on the final roster, as he was traded to Cleveland on July 7. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was off today.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Bradenton was postponed due to rain.

 

(photo credit: Robin Black)

JaCoby Jones hit his 15th homer. (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Hagerstown 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-5, 2B

Danny Collins, DH – 2-for-4

Chris Diaz, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Michael Fransoso, RF – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones extended his hitting streak to 17 games in a big way tonight, hitting his 15th homer of the year. Jones joins Alen Hanson and Jordy Mercer as Pirates shortstop prospects who have hit 15+ homers over the last few years. Hanson hit 16 in West Virginia in 2012, and Mercer had 19 in Altoona and Indianapolis in 2011. Edwin Espinal hit his 20th double of the year. He’s got four doubles in the last three games. After struggling for most of the first half, Cody Dickson has been on a roll lately. He has a 1.89 ERA in 33.1 innings over his last six starts, with a 25:11 K/BB ratio. Dickson has given up one or fewer runs in his last four starts.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Brooklyn 2

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tyler Filliben, SS – 2-for-4

Erik Lunde, 2B – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Michael Suchy picked up two hits tonight, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He also had a double in his third straight game, giving him four on the year. Frank Duncan struggled in his first three starts with the organization, posting a 6.94 ERA in 11.2 innings of work, along with a 3:4 K/BB ratio. He has since posted a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings over his last three starts, with a 7:0 K/BB ratio.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Danville 4, Bristol 0

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Palmer Betts, RHP – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bristol only had one hit tonight. That came from Nick Buckner, who doubled in the fourth inning. Buckner has hits in his last six games, with two doubles in his last three games. Hector Garcia made his fifth start in Bristol, after getting an aggressive push from the DSL last year. He has a 3.31 ERA in 16.1 innings, with a 17:9 K/BB ratio.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were postponed due to rain.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: VFelix Vinicio, LF – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Perez, 2B – 2-for-3, BB

Adrian Valerio, SS – 3-for-5

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates got shutout 4-0 on Wednesday by the Marlins. The Pirates had nine hits and three walks, but couldn’t come up with any key hits in the defeat. Shortstop prospect Adrian Valerio had three hits, his second three hit game this week. Outfielder Felix Vinicio also had three hits and Johan De Jesus had the only extra-base hit, a double. The Pirates went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Starter Francis Rodriguez took the tough loss, giving up one run in five innings. He has an 0-2 record despite a 2.83 ERA in eight starts.Rodriguez has a 9/29 BB/SO ratio in 35 innings this year. Four Pirates pitchers combined to allow no walks in the game. - John Dreker

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

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  • Lee Young

    Good to see Dickson on a roll, esp since we traded Blake Taylor.

    Watched that AAA game last night. Oliver looked like a wild Justin Wilson (if you can imagine that….lol)

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