Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Stetson Allie, Jordan Luplow Homers

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, Bristol – 0-for-3

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, RBI

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – Injured

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP (Rehab Update)

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB, RBI

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL PiratesAgreed to Terms

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jordan Luplow (3), Edgardo Munoz (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 7, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr, RF – 1-for-4

Brent Morel, 3B – 3-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jay Jackson has been pitching well recently, but that didn’t carry over into Wednesday afternoon. He gave up multiple runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings as Indianapolis lost 7-4 to Lehigh Valley.  Three relievers followed Jackson and combined for 3.2 scoreless innings. The top four hitters in the Indianapolis lineup combined for nine of their ten hits and scored all four runs. Brent Morel had a three-hit game, while Chase d’Arnaud, Jaff Decker and Robert Andino each had two hits. Decker drove in two runs and also drew a walk.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Erie 6, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Curry, DH – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Dan Gamache, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Altoona had 12 hits in 6+ innings against Erie starter Jeff Ferrell, then reliever Guido Knudson came in and threw three perfect innings and did it while facing just seven batters. He came in to face Elias Diaz in the seventh inning with no outs and two men on and Diaz ended up lining into a triple play. Knudson then retired the final six hitters in order. Willy Garcia struck out twice, giving him 97 on the year. Pat Ludwig couldn’t follow up his strong outing from last week, when he gave up just one run over six innings. His Altoona ERA now stands at 6.43 through 28 innings.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, St. Lucie 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: John Kuchno has pitched better at home this season and he continued that trend with another quality start on Wednesday, allowing two earned runs over 6.2 innings. He had a 9:2 GO/AO ratio in the game, improving on his 2.49 rate coming into the day. His ERA is almost a run lower at home this season and all of his stats across the board are better. Jordan Steranka led the offense, hitting two doubles and driving home three runs. He has 11 RBIs in his last seven games. Josh Bell had two hits to raise his average to .331 on the season. He scored twice and drove in his 51st run of the year, tops on Bradenton.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Delmarva 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: West Virginia lost for a second day in a row to Delmarva by the same 3-2 score each game. Justin Topa started and allowed all three runs in 3.2 innings. Zack Von Rosenberg followed him with 3.1 shutout innings and Isaac Sanchez kept Delmarva off the board in the eighth inning. The Power offense had seven hits, but they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. JaCoby Jones had a first inning single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. West Virginia’s record dropped to 30-59 on the season.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Tri-City 6, Jamestown 5

Starting Pitcher: Montana DuRapau, RHP – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Ross, 1B – 2-for-4, RBI

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Jamestown lost for the ninth time in a row on Wednesday, dropping a 6-5 decision to Tri-City.  Third round draft pick Jordan Luplow hit his third homer of the season. He is hitting .322 with 11 walks and seven extra-base hits through his first 17 games. In the ninth inning, third baseman Chase Simpson hit a two-run homer to pull the Jammers within one run. It was his fourth homer of the season, tying Taylor Gushue for the team lead.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bluefield 7, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Edgardo Munoz, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-4

Austin Meadows, CF – 0-for-3

Game Notes: Austin Meadows isn’t have the same success in Bristol as he did with the GCL Pirates. In two games down in Bradenton with the rookie league club, he reached base in every plate appearance and collected three extra-base hits. In four games now with Bristol, he is 1-for-10 with a single. Meadows still isn’t on the full schedule yet, playing seven innings again tonight. Bristol lost badly again, a common theme from them in this young season. They are last in runs scored in the Appalachian League and they are being outscored by nearly three runs per game. The homer by Edgardo Munoz was the fourth of the season for the Pirates, the lowest team total in the league.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Blue Jays 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Michael de la Cruz, CF – 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB, SF, RBI

Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Sam Kennelly, 2B – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Nick Hutchings picked up his first win as a pro, allowing two runs over five innings in the 7-2 victory. The 18-year-old righty from Australia went five innings in his second start of the year, allowing two unearned runs in the no-decision. He has a 3.78 ERA in 16.2 innings. Eduardo Vera followed Hutchings with two scoreless innings, then Cristian Mota and Remy De Aza finished it off with a shutout frame each. Mota is a hard-throwing lefty that just joined the team, while De Aza has had some control issues in the past, but he has pitched well so far in limited time.

On offense, Carlos Munoz led the way, driving in three runs, giving him 11 RBIs on the year. Tito Polo had two hits, drew a walk, scored two runs and stole a base. Michael de la Cruz got a rare start, drawing two walks, driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and he stole his fourth base of the season. He got off to a slow start this year, then played sparingly as Barrett Barnes, Austin Meadows and Andrew Lambo all saw rehab time in the outfield. MDLC is hitting .125(4-for-32) with all singles, but he has ten walks already and has contributed with speed and strong defense. He turns 18 on Thursday. Bealyn Chourio had two hits and drove in two runs. The 20-year-old switch-hitting shortstop is batting .345 with a .989 OPS.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Brewers 4

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

Top Hitter: Victor Fernandez, CF – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Perez, SS – 2-for-3

Jhoan Herrera, 3B – 1-for-2, RBI

Game Notes: Richard Mitchell had his second straight appearance in which he went five innings without allowing an earned run.  For the first time this year, he didn’t walk a batter. Mitchell hasn’t allowed a home run in 33.1 innings. The lineup was missing some star power on Wednesday as the top three signings from last year’s July 2nd class were all on the bench. Catcher Ramy Perez drove in two runs without collecting a hit. The Pirates scored six runs, but they did it without an extra-base hit(seven singles) and they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Victor Fernandez stole his tenth base of the season.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week five 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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  • Kevin Anstrom

    Elias Diaz probably belongs in the top 10-15 at this point. He’s not far from the majors.

    • leowalter

      Agreed Kevin. I am not sure why he is only projected as a back up at best,but he has an arm like a gun,( I saw him throw a would be base stealer out at 2nd while on his knees ) and he is a much better hitter than he is given credit for.

  • mysonisnamedafterRoberto

    3 innings only facing 7 batters, you don’t see that everyday.

    • John Dreker

      Definitely. Rarely do we post what someone on the other team did unless it’s a former Pirates player or tonight for example, Bradenton is facing John Lannan, so he will probably get mentioned. That tidbit on Knudson was too good not to share though.

  • Lee Young

    What is a Guido Knudson????

    lol