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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits Sixth Homer in Last Seven Games


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 – 1-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – Disabled List (8/25 Update)

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – Disabled List (8/19 Update)

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/24 Update)

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

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List (8/20 Update)

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

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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Top Pitcher: Tyler Sample, RHP – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (11), Ramon Cabrera (6), Dan Gamache (5), Trae Arbet (1)



Box Score

Result: Louisville 8, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Rafael Perez, LHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Brent Morel, 3B – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit another homer, giving him 11 on the season. Six of those home runs have come in his last seven games. He’s got an eight game hitting streak, and a .950 OPS during the month of August. Brent Morel has been on a hot streak lately, extending his hitting streak to 11 games tonight. That streak started before his latest call-up to the majors. Morel has a .922 OPS since the All-Star break with Indianapolis, although based on his time in the majors this year, it doesn’t seem that will translate over to the big leagues.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Richmond 7

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-4, HR

Drew Maggi, SS-3B – 2-for-5, 2B

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Ramon Cabrera hit his sixth homer of the year at the Double-A level, and his first since returning to the Pirates. Dan Gamache hit his fifth homer of the year. Keon Broxton stole two bases, giving him 23 on the season. He’s also got an .836 OPS this year, and a 1.023 OPS in the month of August. Joely Rodriguez made his second start since returning to the rotation after spending some time in the bullpen. Neither start has gone well, with Rodriguez combining for seven earned runs in 9.1 innings, along with a 6:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Fort Myers 1

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Tyler Sample, RHP – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Jhondaniel Medina, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Walker Gourley, RF – 2-for-5, SB

Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-4, BB

Jordan Steranka, 1B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Eric Wood hit his 27th double of the year, and his sixth triple. The third baseman has a .742 OPS this season, although he’s got an .843 OPS in 208 at-bats in the second half. Tyler Sample had a great outing tonight, throwing four perfect innings, and striking out nine in the process. That helped lead Bradenton to a win, which put them in a tie for first place. Jhondaniel Medina threw two shutout innings. The last time he gave up an earned run was on April 30th. Medina has an 0.72 ERA in 50 innings this year, with a 47:29 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Maximo Rivera, RF – 1-for-1, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Erich Weiss hit his fourth triple of the year, and stole his 21st base. He was also thrown out for the 12th time, which isn’t an efficient rate. Wyatt Mathisen picked up a walk and a hit, extending his hitting streak to six games. Dovydas Neverauskas struggled with his control tonight, walking five batters. It was the third time in his last seven starts that he walked four or more batters in a game.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 8, Jamestown 7

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Forgione, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-5, 3B

Tyler Filliben, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Chase Simpson extended his hitting streak to ten games. Michael Suchy hit his sixth triple of the year. Alex McRae has been struggling lately, giving up an 8.75 ERA in 23.2 innings during the month of August, with a 14:8 K/BB ratio. That’s a big drop from his 3.35 ERA in 40.1 innings coming into the month.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 11, Danville 1

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Enyel Vallejo, CF – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Billy Roth has struggled a lot this year, but is finishing strong. He has given up one earned run in eight innings over his last two starts, with an 8:5 K/BB ratio and five hits allowed. Roth has a 6.00 ERA in 45 innings this season, while dealing with control issues that have led to 33 walks. Trae Arbet hit his first professional home run. After an OPS of .443 in June and .510 in July, he has an improved .706 OPS in August. Enyel Vallejo hit his fourth triple of the year for Bristol, and his fifth on the season.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 0

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

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, CF – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Nelson Jorge, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: In the past when I’ve seen Nick Hutchings, he has worked in the mid-to-upper 80s. Today he had a slightly higher velocity, topping out at 91, and even hitting that in the fifth inning. However, he was also as low as 84, so the velocity range is still low. Julio De La Cruz was signed for $700,000 as a third baseman in 2012. Every time I’ve seen him this year, he has looked poor at third base. Whether it was Spring Training, extended Spring Training, or the GCL, he has always made one poor play that a third baseman should have no problems with. I don’t see him sticking at third base, and wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the switch to first base next year.



The DSL season is now over. You can read the DSL Pirates week 12 recap here. We will have a season recap on Thursday.

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  • Lee Young

    Two questions:
    1) Why was Joely Rodriguez selected to go to the AFL?
    2) Do Neverauskas’ team mates call him ‘Dovy” (and his girlfriends call him “Lovy Dovy”?)Just curious.😆😆😆

    • Doug

      Because Joely isn’t good.

  • leowalter

    I watched Joely Rodríguez again ( for the last time this season at least ) and I would LOVE for someone in the organization to explain to me just exactly what are his projectable qualities.

  • 79Mag

    I do believe that you meant to say Nick Hutchings and not Nick Buckner was topping out at 91 :)

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