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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Adrian Sampson Continue Breakout Seasons

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Adrian Sampson Continue Breakout Seasons


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-5, 2B

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – 2-for-5, 3B

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 2-for-5

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 4-for-5, 2B, 3B

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-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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Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, DH – 4-for-5, 2B, 3B

Home Runs: Andy Vasquez (9), Henrry Rosario (2), Pablo Reyes (2)



Box Score

Result: Rochester 11, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF – 1-for-3, BB

John Holdzkom, RHP – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Andy Oliver, LHP – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: John Holdzkom continued his impressive run with Indianapolis, and now has a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings in Triple-A, with a 17:5 K/BB ratio. Meanwhile, Andy Oliver went in the opposite direction, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in one inning. Oliver has been doing a much better job with his control, walking 13 in 26.1 innings since the start of June, before issuing three walks tonight.



Box Score

Result: Reading 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-5, 3B

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez hit his ninth homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Alen Hanson had two hits, extending his hitting streak to nine games. His triple was the 11th of the year. Josh Bell also had two hits, and now has a .366 average in 41 at-bats over his last ten games. Adrian Sampson had another good outing, giving up one earned run in seven innings. That was the fourth time he went at least seven innings with one or fewer earned runs over his last six starts.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, RF – 2-for-4, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jose Osuna continued his recent hot streak. He now has a 1.043 OPS in 34 at-bats over his last ten starts, and an OPS over .800 since the start of July. Jason Creasy has done a good job of limiting walks this year, with just two walks in 59 innings over his last ten outings. Lately he has struggled with limiting hits. He has given up eight runs on 21 hits in 12.2 innings over his last two outings.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Asheville 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, DH – 4-for-5, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: One night after hitting his 17th homer of the year, JaCoby Jones came a home run shy of the cycle. He picked up four hits, including his 21st double of the year and his second triple. Jones now has a .288/.349/.479 line in 399 at-bats this season in West Virginia, along with a system-high 17 homers. Austin Meadows continued his recent power surge with a double. He’s got two doubles and two homers in his last four games. Cody Dickson is quietly having a strong second half. After tonight’s outing, he has a 2.61 ERA in 51.2 innings over his last ten starts, with a 40:21 K/BB ratio. Tonight was the second time that he struck out seven batters in a start during that span.



Box Score

Result: Connecticut 5, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Montana DuRapau, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: It wasn’t necessarily a bad outing for Montana DuRapau, but compared to his other starts, this one wasn’t the best. He’s got a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings this year, with a 33:6 K/BB ratio. Taylor Gushue picked up his 12th double of the year. Jordan Luplow hit two doubles, giving him eight on the year, with five in his last six games. Elvis Escobar has a .389/.450/.417 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Kingsport 16, Bristol 10

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, RF – 2-for-5

Nick Buckner, DH – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: The Bristol offense scored a lot of runs thanks to nine walks, with their walk total out-numbering their seven hits on the night. PAblo Reyes hit his second homer of the year, and added two of the walks. Unfortunately, the pitching was worse than the offense. Jon Sandfort gave up six runs in one inning of work, while Jess Amedee also gave up six runs, without pitching a full inning.



Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 3

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Cole Tucker reached base three times in game one. Henrry Rosario hit his second homer of the year, continuing to capitalize on the playing time with Michael De La Cruz out. Most of the stats in this game were completed back in July, before the game was suspended until a later date.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Bealyn Chourio, 3B – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Henrry Rosario, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Sam Kennelly, 2B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Cole Tucker only had a walk in game two, but now has a .282/.349/.487 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games. He’s got a .375 OBP this season. Sam Kennelly has five multi-hit games in his last eight games. Julio Vivas came on in relief of Nick Hutchings, and threw four perfect innings, with three strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Rangers 7, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Jherson Esqueda, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jhoan Herrera, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Victor Fernandez, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost 7-4 to the Rangers2 on Friday, dropping them to 28-31 on the season. Starter Jherson Esqueda allowed three runs over 4.2 innings and Mister Luciano took the loss with two runs allowed over his 1.1 innings. Jhoan Herrera had two hits and drove in two runs. Victor Fernandez had two hits, including his ninth double. Fernandez picked up his 11th stolen base of the year and Sandy Santos stole his ninth base. Santos is hitting .333 in his last nine games. Luis Perez went 1-for-3 with a walk. He is hitting .450 in his last seven games and he has a .326 average this year. With 13 games left in the season, the Pirates are facing playoff elimination, trailing by 10.5 games in the wildcard chase. – John Dreker

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

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