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Prospect Watch: Big Night For JaCoby Jones and West Virginia’s Bats


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-6, 2B, RBI

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – DNP

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 2-for-4

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-4

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia  – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Rafael Perez, LHP – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (22), Chris McGuiness (8), Jordan Luplow (5), David Andriese (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Rafael Perez, LHP – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C – 0-for-2, BB

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: Chris McGuiness had a big night in the 8-2 win by Indianapolis. He hit his eighth homer of the year, collected his 29th double and drove in three runs. He leads all Pirates minor league players in doubles this year. Jose Tabata reached base four times with two singles and two walks. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 25th base of the season. Elias Diaz made his AAA debut and went 0-for-2 with a walk and hit-by-pitch. Rafael Perez allowed two runs over 6.1 innings, giving him a 1.59 ERA in 39.2 innings with Indianapolis.



Box Score

Result: Erie 7, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, RF – 2-for-4, HR, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-4

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Altoona lost 7-4 in the return game for A.J. Morris, who has been working his way back up on rehab after an arm injury in June. He lasted four innings, giving up three runs, before giving way to Joely Rodriguez, who put in three innings. Clint Barmes played his second rehab game, going 2-for-3 before leaving in the sixth inning for a defensive replacement. Andy Vasquez hit his tenth homer and stole his 14th base. Alen Hanson had two singles and has now reached base at least once via hit/walk/HBP in 22 straight games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, St Lucie 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, RBI

Raul Fortunato, CF – 2-for-3

Game Notes:  John Kuchno has a solid outing, giving up two runs on three hits over seven innings in Bradenton’s 5-2 victory. He had his typical night, getting 14 ground ball outs and his strikeouts and walks have been about the same all season. Saturday night he had three walks and two strikeouts, while on the season, he has a 59:56 K/BB ratio in 138.2 innings. The Marauders scored all of their runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jordan Steranka drove in three runs with his 18th double of the year. Adam Frazier knocked in his 41st run of the year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 13, Lexington 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Fransoso, RF – 3-for-4, 2 3B, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, 2B

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 4-for-6, 2 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had his best outing earlier this week, throwing seven shutout innings for the first time. We mentioned this morning that he has pitched much better at home during his entire career and his last game was at home, while tonight was on the road. Heredia gave up nine hits over five innings, allowing three runs, though just one was earned. The Power committed four errors and Heredia was done after five innings, trailing 3-1 at the time. The Power bats woke up at that point and scored in each of the last four innings, putting up 13 runs total in the game. JaCoby Jones hit his 22nd homer of the season, a grand slam in the ninth inning to cap off the scoring. Wyatt Mathisen had four hits, including two doubles. Michael Fransoso had two triples and scored four runs.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, Batavia 3

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

David Andriese, 1B – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Elvis Escobar, CF – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Jordan Luplow had two hits and drove in three of Jamestown’s four runs in their victory over Batavia. He belted his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning. Luplow was the Pirates third round draft pick this year and he signed quickly, so he has been able to get in 47 games already. The 20-year-old has a .269 average, with 20 walks and eight stolen bases. David Andriese hit his first homer as a pro. Elvis Escobar had his second straight three hit night. He is batting .326 in 25 games with Jamestown.



Box Score

Result:  Bristol 3, Pulaski 1

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Harvey, DH – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Danny Arribas, C – 1-for-3, BB

Trae Arbet, SS – 2-for-4

Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Jake Burnette had his best outing as he tries to make it back from shoulder surgery. He was at West Virginia last year, so his progress coming back has been very slow, making five starts in the GCL and now three for Bristol. He threw four shutout innings, which is impressive considering he has still allowed more runs than innings pitched this year. Colter Moore made his pro debut after signing as a non-drafted free agent recently. He went one inning, allowing an unearned run on a walk and hit. Luis Paula threw shutout ball over the last 3.2 innings for the save. He has allowed two earned runs in 23.2 innings this year.



Box Score

Result: Astros 4, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal Jr, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Dario Agrazal Jr didn’t have his best outing in the Pirates 4-1 loss to the Astros, but there were strong points to it. He gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings and took the loss. Agrazal had no walks, three strikeouts  and a 9:1 GO/AO ratio in the game. He has a 2.91 ERA this year through 46.1 innings and he has a 4:30 BB/K ratio on the season. He has struck out three batters in each of his last five starts. Carlos Munoz had two hits and drove in the only run. He has an .805 OPS this year, with 23 walks and 13 strikeouts. In 167 minor league games, he has 117 walks and 60 strikeouts. Cole Tucker has two hits and stole his ninth base of the year. Julio Vivas threw a scoreless eighth inning. He has thrown 12.2 shutout innings over his last eight appearances. On the year, he has a 1:25 BB/K ratio in 23 innings.



Box Score

Result: Astros Orange 8, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 1-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost a rain-shortened contest that was marred by six unearned runs. Second baseman Raul Siri went 1-for-3 and hit his league-leading 23rd double. Yunelky Adames hit his sixth triple of the season. He has collected just two doubles all year and isn’t really known for his foot speed, so it is an odd season for him. Jeremias Portorreal had a single, stolen base(his first of the year) and an outfield assist while playing just two innings. He left with a minor leg injury, which shouldn’t cause him to miss any time with an off-day on Sunday.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week ten 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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  • Patrick Ferrell

    John, do you think Heredia goes to Bradenton for 2015? He hasn’t been very good this season but it seems like it is time to for him to move up a level so we can see if he can handle it or not. He has been in low A ball for two years now hasn’t he?

    • John Dreker

      He has been there two years, but he arrived late last year and missed time this year, so he only has 142.2 innings between both seasons. I think he moves up next year because they will have to make a Rule V decision on him after next season and I’m sure a lot of that will depend on his 2015 season

  • mysonisnamedafterRoberto

    I never thought I would see a sentence composed with that meaning behind it. “Clint Barmes removed from a game for a defensive replacement.” He must be on limited innings.

    • John Dreker

      Yes he is, most players on rehab don’t play a full game right away. It depends on how long they have been out and what the injury is, but usually it’s two partial games, then at least one full one

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