Pirates Prospects » Prospect Watch http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham’s Dominating Start Goes Downhill Quick http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-nick-kinghams-dominating-start-goes-downhill-quick.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-nick-kinghams-dominating-start-goes-downhill-quick.html#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:31:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84474 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-4, 2 2B

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 0-for-2, BB, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 0-for-3, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-3, BB

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 - 3-for-5, 2B, SB

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 - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona - 0-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 R

Home Runs: Jaff Decker (5)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 0-for-4

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: After five dominant innings to start the game, Nick Kingham reverted back to some of his control issues from earlier in the campaign. After walking six total hitters in his first 45 Triple-A innings, Kingham walked five in the sixth inning alone. Between these walks and a bases loaded double, Kingham allowed seven earned runs in the frame, which he was not able to survive. Only ten of his 34 pitches in the sixth inning went for strikes.

After going 11 straight appearance without allowing a run, Wirfin Obispo allowed a run for the third consecutive games in relief.

Andrew Lambo added a single, and has six hits in his first seven games since returning from the DL. Tony Sanchez broke a three-game hitless streak with a double. The mini slump for Sanchez came after having a seven-game hitting streak. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, DH – 1-for-3, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Altoona put up huge numbers on offense the last two games against New Britain, but tonight was Bowie’s turn to put up the crooked numbers. Starter Jhonathan Ramos allowed eight runs(three earned) on nine hits in five innings. Dan Gamache had two errors and Willy Garcia committed his tenth error. Elias Diaz had the only RBI, while Gamache scored the only run. Josh Bell went 1-for-3, giving him a .167 average through his first eight games with Altoona. He has five singles and four walks.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP –  7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, CF – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: Shane Carle went seven innings in a loss to Lakeland on Thursday. He allowed three earned runs, with no walks and five strikeouts in his third start since being promoted from West Virginia. It was his longest outing with Bradenton and the third time he went seven innings this year. The Marauders had 11 hits, including two doubles and two triples. Catcher Jin-De Jhang has had a recent hot streak, boosting his average to .230 with a 2-for-3 in this game. He is hitting .324 in his last ten games. It looks like his bat might be finally adjusting to skipping over a level this year. Jhang is still only 21 years old, so it’s too soon  to judge him based on poor early results from an advanced placement this season.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Hickory 4, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Reese McGuire, C – 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Austin Meadows had two doubles on Thursday, one day after collecting his first extra-base hit with West Virginia. In ten games, he has 15 hits, giving him a .349 average. Meadows is 8-for-16 with runners on base for West Virginia, but surprisingly he hasn’t driven in a run yet. JaCoby Jones collected his 16th double and stole his 16th base. Buddy Borden bounced back from a rough start in which he gave up four runs and five walks in three innings. On Thursday, he went five innings, allowing two runs and he picked up seven strikeouts.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Game One Box Score

Result:  Jamestown 3, Batavia 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-3, 2B, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, RF – 1-for-4

Erik Forgione, SS – 1-for-3, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Jamestown won the opener of Thursday’s doubleheader against Batavia behind strong pitching from Alex McRae. The tenth round draft pick threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and hitting one batter. Sam Street threw two innings to pick up the save. He allowed his first run of the season, breaking a string of 13 straight shutout innings to open up his career. Street gave up four hits, equaling the amount of hits/walks he allowed in his first seven appearances. Five different Jamestown players stole a base, including the 12th of the season from Carl Anderson.

Game Two Box Score

Result:  Batavia 10, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP – 2.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: In game two, Jose Regalado made his first start of the season and it was a disaster, giving up five runs on eight hits and two innings. He had pitched 17.1 innings this year over nine appearances, yet he still has a 5-3 record, picking up a decision in all but one of his relief outings. Jamestown had just two hits in the game and their first 12 hitters were retired in order. Michael Suchy had a fifth inning single and Elvis Escobar added a one out triple in the sixth inning.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bristol 5, Pulaski 0

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

John Sever, LHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-4, 2 R

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starter Junior Lopez pitched brilliantly for Bristol, allowing two hits and no walks over five shutout innings. Due to a caught stealing and a double play, he faced the minimum of 15 batters and had a 10/1 GO/AO ratio. Reliever John Sever had an incredible performance, throwing three shutout innings, striking out seven batters. He has started his career with 22 strikeouts over 13.2 innings in which he has yet to allow an earned run. The 8-9 hitters in the lineup, Carlos Ozuna and Candon Myles, combined for five hits and four runs scored. Jerrick Suiter drew three walks, giving him a .449 OPS in his first 20 games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were rained out.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Angels 0

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Victor Fernandez, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, DH – 0-for-1, 3 BB, 2 SB

Luis Perez, 2B – 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB

Eliezer Ramirez, RF – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Edison Lantigua, LF – 0-for-3, 3 BB

Game Notes: The Pirates won 6-0 thanks in part to some wildness from Angels’ pitchers, who allowed 13 walks and hit four batters. Edison Lantigua, Eliezer Ramirez and Raul Siri each had three walks. Luis Perez had two walks, a single and scored two runs. The Pirates had six stolen bases, including two each by Siri and Perez. As bad as the Angels pitchers were with their control, the Pirates pitchers were throwing strikes all game. Starter Nestor Oronel threw five scoreless innings, spreading out five singles and a walk. Three relievers finished off the shutout. Pirates pitchers had just two strikeouts in the game.

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

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Prospect Watch: Jason Creasy Goes Over 43 Innings Without Issuing a Walk http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-jason-creasy-goes-over-43-innings-without-issuing-a-walk.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-jason-creasy-goes-over-43-innings-without-issuing-a-walk.html#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:31:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84419 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 - 1-for-4, 2B

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 1-for-3

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 1-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-5

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 - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 0-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 3-for-5, 2B

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: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Home Runs: Keon Broxton (10), Gift Ngoepe (8), Jose Osuna 2 (5), Eric Wood (3), Erich Weiss (3), Danny Arribas (2), Carlos Paulino (1), Walker Gourley (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 8, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 1-for-5, SB

Robert Andino, SS – 1-for-5

Mel Rojas, RF – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Since coming off the disabled list, Andrew Lambo is hitting for a .462 average with a 1.289 OPS in the month of July, spanning 26 at-bats. On the season he has a .370 average and a 1.062 OPS. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 19th base of the year, with four of them coming in his last nine games. Robert Andino picked up his sixth hit in his last seven games.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, New Britain 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 3-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 3-for-5, HR

Carlos Paulino, C – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Drew Maggi, LF – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson made his first start since last week’s one hitter. He had a good follow up to that start, giving up two runs in six innings of work. Both runs came on solo homers. He has a 2.60 ERA in 128 innings this year, along with an 89:29 K/BB ratio. Altoona’s offense exploded for the second night in a row. Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer, Gift Ngoepe hit his eighth homer, and Carlos Paulino hit his first homer to lead the way. All three homers came in the second inning, giving Altoona a 5-0 lead at the time. Willy Garcia hit his 20th double of the year. Drew Maggi stole his 26th base of the season.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Dunedin 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, 1B – 2-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Walker Gourley, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: All four of Bradenton’s runs came off the solo homer. Jose Osuna hit two homers, giving him five on the year. Walker Gourley hit his first homer of the year, and Eric Wood hit his third. Jason Creasy issued a walk in the seventh inning, snapping a streak of 43.2 innings pitched without a walk. Creasy gas a 3.52 ERA in 110 innings, with a 75:14 K/BB ratio. He has walked just six batters in 84.1 innings since the start of May.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Hickory 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to seven games, and hit his first double of the year with West Virginia. It was also his first extra base hit of the year. Reese McGuire picked up a hit, and now has a hit in each of his last five games, and hits in nine of his last ten games. Erich Weiss hit his third homer of the year, and has a 1.037 OPS in the last ten games. Zack Von Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning in relief, then was pulled from the game after pitching to one batter the next inning. The box score said that the ball was hit back to the pitcher, so you hope it’s nothing serious. No word yet on the specifics.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Auburn 6, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 3-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

David Andriese, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler has had a decent start to his pro career, with a 4.08 ERA in 35.1 innings. He has struggled in his last two outings, although most of tonight’s start was due to his defense. He has a 23:7 K/BB ratio on the season, showing some good control and the ability to get some strikeouts. Michael Suchy picked up three hits, and now has an .819 OPS in 41 at-bats over his last ten games.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pulaski 3, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, C – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Sandfort, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort has a lot of upside, but has struggled this year, entering tonight’s game with an ERA over 11. He’s been pitching in a piggyback role, working as the second pitcher on the mound. Tonight’s game was one of his best of the year, and the best start since July 1st. Sandfort has a good K/BB ratio of 17:4 in 21.1 innings, but needs to limit the hits, as he has given up two per inning this year. Danny Arribas hit his second homer of the year. Jerrick Suiter had two hits, and has an .814 OPs on the season.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were suspended due to rain.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Angels 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Patrick Reyes, 1B – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 4-3 on Wednesday, but the big story from the day was the pitching of Luis Escobar. He threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks. Escobar allowed ten earned runs over 1.2 innings in his second start of the season, which was also his second start as a pro. Since then, he has given up ten earned runs in his last eight starts combined, covering 36.2 innings. Outfielder Eliezer Ramirez had the only RBI for the Pirates and lead-off hitter Victor Fernandez had the only extra-base hit, a seventh inning double that followed the RBI single from Ramirez. Catcher Mikell Granberry drew two walks, while All-Star second baseman Raul Siri had a single, walk and stolen base. - John Dreker

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

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Unreal Stretch With 11 Strikeouts http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-tyler-glasnow-continues-unreal-stretch-with-11-strikeouts.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-tyler-glasnow-continues-unreal-stretch-with-11-strikeouts.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:29:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84297 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 - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 2-for-6

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-4, BB

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (7/7 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, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 2-for-4, 2B

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 - 1-for-5

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

2014FrontCover2014 PROSPECT GUIDE SALE!

The 2014 Prospect Guide is on sale for $5 off, using the code “JULY2ND”. The code can be applied to all regular priced items purchased from the store. You can order your copy on the products page of the site.

 

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 4-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: Dan Gamache (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 4.2 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4

Dean Anna, 2B – 2-for-4

Live Report: Brandon Cumpton had easily his worst outing of the season, allowing eight earned runs and 12 hits. On July 4, Cumpton allowed eight hits, but outside of that start, he has not allowed more than six hits in any Triple-A appearance outside of a May 13 start when he allowed seven.

In relief of Cumpton, John Holdzkom allowed just a single home run, while striking out four in 2.1 innings. Josh Wall also tossed two scoreless frames.

After going 7-for-13 in his first three games, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-5 on Sunday. However, he rebounded well with two hits and a double. Decker also added two hits and a double. Decker is 13-for-39 with five doubles in his last ten games. - Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 10, New Britain 9

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 4-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4, BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-6

Andy Vasquez, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Dan Gamache, DH - 2-for-6, HR

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Altoona had a big night offensively, with six players recording multiple hits. Dan Gamache hit his third homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Gamache now has three homers and six doubles in 13 games with Altoona. Willy Garcia had a four hit night, and added his 19th double of the year. Gift Ngoepe hit his 14th double and stole his 11th base. Elias Diaz has been slumping plately, with a .622 OPS in July. He went 2-for-5 tonight.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Dunedin 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow continued his amazing season, posting six shutout innings, and striking out 11 batters in the process. This is the third time in the last ten starts that Glasnow has struck out 10+ hitters. It’s also the ninth time in the last 11 starts that he has walked two or fewer batters. That number would actually be ten times in 12 starts if you included a game in June that was cancelled mid-game due to rain and wiped off the official stat sheets. Glasnow has a 1.64 ERA in 82.1 innings, with a 97:41 K/BB ratio. In his last ten starts, he has an 0.98 ERA in 55.1 innings, along with an 11.7 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

West Virginia was off tonight.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Forgione, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-5

Game Notes: The Jamestown offense had a lot of walks and singles tonight, with no extra base hits. The Jammers team hasn’t been an exciting one to follow this year from a prospect perspective. There are some interesting pitchers on the team, and a few interesting hitters, including 2014 4th round pick Taylor Gushue and third round pick Jordan Luplow. However, there aren’t any top 20 prospects, and possibly not any top 30 prospects. Some of this has to do with the new draft rules limiting the possible prep players the Pirates can sign out of the draft. Some of it has to do with the multiple short-season teams in the lower levels. And speaking of the lower levels…

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pulaski 7, Bristol 3

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: …just like Jamestown, Bristol has the same problems. There are some interesting pitching prospects, and there are a few wild cards as far as hitters go. But this is another team that lacks any top 20 and possibly top 30 prospects. There’s a ton of talent in West Virginia, and the talent looks good in the GCL. So it could just be a bad year for these two teams, as far as getting top prospects at the level, rather than a few wild cards and a lot of organizational guys.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, LF – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Bealyn Chourio, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Henrry Rosario, CF – 2-for-4

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Cole Tucker, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Cole Tucker got off to a great start at the plate in June, with a .333/.462/.381 line in his first six games. He has struggled in July, with a .188/.328/.208 line in 48 at-bats. The OBP is still good, and is at .369 on the season. However, he’s not hitting for average or power. He just turned 18, so I wouldn’t expect a lot out of him right away. However, he’ll probably be ticketed for short-season ball next year, unless something drastic changes from now until the end of Spring Training. Jake Burnette made his fourth rehab start, and only went two innings, struggling with his control and giving up two runs.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Phillies 0

Starting Pitcher: Jherson Esqueda, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Julian Villamar, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates offense managed to pick up just one hit, but that was all they needed in a 1-0 victory. Pitcher Jherson Esqueda got his first start of the season and threw three shutout innings, giving up one hit and no walks. He was injured during the first month of the season and has been slowly building up his innings since returning. Three relievers followed him with six shutout frames, two innings apiece from Julian Villamar, Eumir Sepulveda and Edgar Santana. The Pirates only run came on a fifth inning sacrifice fly by catcher Ramy Perez, who drove home Luis Perez. It was the ninth RBI of the season for Ramy Perez, who has just nine hits this year. Luis Perez reached on an error to start the inning, moved to second on a bunt from Jeremias Portorreal, then moved to third base on a wild pitch. First baseman Yunelky Adames had the only hit, a one out single in the eighth inning. - John Dreker

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

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Prospect Watch: Big Night For West Virginia Hitters; Horrible Night For Bradenton Hitters http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-big-night-for-west-virginia-hitters-horrible-night-for-bradenton-hitters.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-big-night-for-west-virginia-hitters-horrible-night-for-bradenton-hitters.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:27:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84242 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, BB

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 0-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 0-for-4

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates - 0-for-4

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 - 1-for-5

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - DNP

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 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 - 0-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B - 2-for-3, HR

Home Runs: Danny Collins (4), Dan Gamache (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 8, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Rafael Perez, LHP – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Robert Andino, SS – 1-for-4, 3B

Live Report: After tossing 12.2 scoreless frames, Jay Jackson has had a rough run of it lately. Though his fastball is touching 92, Jackson has allowed 18 runs in his last 16 innings over three outings – a start and seven innings in two relief appearance. Over the span, he has also allowed 27 hits and six walks.

Rafael Perez allowed just one unearned run in 5.1 innings of relief. He struck out four and walked one, but spreading out eight hits. Perez has allowed just one earned run in 12.1 innings since joining Indianapolis, as he work predominantly with a 77-78 mile per hour slider, while sprinkling in an 82-85 mile per hour fastball.

Jaff Decker added his 22nd double of the season. In his past eight games, Decker has had four multi-hit games to go with four doubles. - Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: New Britain 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B - 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dan Gamache hit his second homer in 12 games for Altoona. He also has six doubles in that span, and now has a .302/.362/.581 line in 43 at-bats. It’s way too early to say whether he’s hitting his way to being a prospect, but he’s off to a good start. Joely Rodriguez made his second appearance out of the bullpen, and threw two shutout innings, although he allowed six base runners. He left the game with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and was bailed out by Kenn Kasparek, who got the final two outs of the inning, stranding all three runners. Alen Hanson, who was benched for two games after failing to run out a pop up, returned tonight and went 0-for-4.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF – 1-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Bradenton played a double header at the end of last week, which meant they needed a spot starter for today’s game. Pat Ludwig got that start, and surprisingly went seven innings, despite the fact that he threw 1.2 innings in relief just three days ago. Ludwig has success as a starter this year for Bradenton, with a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings. He moved up to Altoona, where he struggled in the rotation before being demoted back down to A-ball. The Marauders only had three hits on the night. They also struck out 16 times.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 8

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Danny Collins, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Adam Landecker, 3B – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Earlier today I wrote about how Cody Dickson had been turning things around over the last month. That didn’t hold up tonight, as he only lasted 2.2 innings. He didn’t get much help from his defense, getting four unearned runs. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to six games. Reese McGuire hit his eighth double of the year. Erich Weiss had an OPS over .800 in the first two months of the season, but has had an OPS just under .600 since then. He looks like he’s starting to hit again, with a .333 average over his last ten games. Danny Collins hit his fourth homer.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, DH – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Taylor Gushue and Kevin Krause were both drafted as catchers in the early rounds of the 2014 draft. Gushue got off to a great start, with a 1.214 OPS in June. He has since cooled, with a .594 OPS in July. He started off hitting for power, with three doubles and four homers in his first 14 games. In his last 14 games he has just two doubles. Krause started off strong, but has stayed strong. He had a 1.014 OPS in June, and has a .947 OPS in July, with three homers each month. The double tonight was his sixth of the season.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Johnson City 8, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH - 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Enyel Vallejo, LF – 1-for-4, 2B

Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Maximo Rivera has been hitting well lately. He homered last night, also picking up two hits. That was a few days after going 3-for-3. Tonight he went 2-for-3 with a triple, which was his second of the year. Rivera received a decent bonus out of the Dominican Republic, but hasn’t lived up to the hype, and is looking more like an organizational guy. Nick Buckner continued his hot streak, and now has a 1.101 OPS in his last ten games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Braves 12, Pirates 5

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

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

Other Notable Performers:

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 2-for-3, BB

Henrry Rosario, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Luis Benitez, LF – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Carlos Munoz had two doubles, giving him six on the year. He also drew a walk, and now has 18 in 23 games, leading to a .452 OBP. After two doubles and a homer in his last three games, his slugging is now up to .480, with a .160 ISO. John Dreker wrote about Munoz the other day, and his ability to take a walk. Nelson Jorge has been struggling at the plate, with a .503 OPS and 32 strikeouts in 65 at-bats. Cole Tucker went 0-for-4 today, dropping his average to .231. He does have a .367 OBP, which is encouraging, especially with the low average.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Phillies 3

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Johan De Jesus, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Starter Richard Mitchell went five innings without giving an earned run on Monday, allowing him to pick up his team-leading sixth win. In his last four starts combined, he has given up three earned runs and he’s gone three straight starts without allowing a walk. Carlos Bustamante followed Mitchell with two scoreless innings. He has pitched well recently after early season control issues. The Pirates got two hits and an RBI from second baseman Raul Siri, who won the DSL All-Star game MVP on Sunday. He’s now hitting .329 and he collected his 16th double on Monday. Third baseman Johan De Jesus had two doubles and an RBI. Coming into the game, he had five extra-base hits over his first two seasons, all doubles. – John Dreker

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

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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-alen-hanson-returns-to-the-bench.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-alen-hanson-returns-to-the-bench.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:38:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84172 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 - 1-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-4

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 - 1-for-5

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 0-for-5

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 - 1-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Home Runs: Chris McGuiness (7), Jordan Luplow (4), Michael Fransoso (4), Brent Morel (2), Maximo Rivera (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Oliver, LHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Chris McGuiness hit his seventh homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Brent Morel extended his hitting streak to nine games, and hit his second homer of the year. Jose Tabata had a two hit night, although he’s been struggling since going down to Triple-A. He has a .220/.286/.280 line in 50 at-bats since his demotion. Andy Oliver has had just eight walks in 19.1 innings since the start of June, with 20 strikeouts in that span.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Tom Harlan, LHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF - 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson sat for his second straight game after being removed from a game a few days ago for not running out a pop up. Last month, Hanson was benched for a week due to disciplinary reasons. He’s been hitting well, but the combination of his defensive lapses, and the continued benching is starting to raise some questions about his prospect status, and whether he can get the defensive lapses under control. Cory Giger had a quote from Altoona Curve manager Carlos Garcia on the latest benching. Josh Bell got his second hit in four games with Altoona, and walked for the third time in that span. Dan Gamache has 11 games in Altoona since returning from his injury. He has six doubles in that span, and an .841 OPS, continuing to show his gap power. Tom Harlan made his third start for Altoona since moving up from Bradenton. He had a 2.49 ERA in 50.2 innings in relief with the Marauders, and now has a 3.60 ERA in three starts with Altoona.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 11, Dunedin 5

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-5, 2B

Max Moroff, 2B – 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Game Notes: John Kuchno is having a nice season in Bradenton’s rotation. He has a 3.68 ERA in 110 innings over 20 starts. He started off the season struggling with his walks, but has done a better job of that lately, with 18 walks in 66.1 innings over his last ten starts. Kuchno doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts, but has an extreme ground ball rate, including a 12:1 GO/AO ratio tonight. He profiles more as a reliever in the long-term, and could jump to Altoona by the end of the year. Barrett Barnes had three hits, and is now 5-for-17 with two doubles and three walks in five games in Bradenton.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Rome 10, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, RF – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-5

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Michael Fransoso hit his fourth homer of the year. JaCoby Jones is continuing his impressive month of July, with a .387 average and a 1.160 OPS. Austin Meadows has a five game hitting streak, and hits in six of his seven games with West Virginia. He doesn’t have any extra base hits, but has limited his strikeouts so far, which was an issue at times in the GCL last year.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 4

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

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, RF – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Erik Lunde, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Erik Forgione, SS – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Montana DuRapau is a college senior who was taken in the 32nd round this year. He’s been impressive so far, working his way into the rotation and putting up a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings, with a 21:4 K/BB ratio. Tonight was his first start where he went more than four innings. Jordan Luplow, taken in the third round, hit his fourth homer of the year. He has a .315/.413/.500 line in 92 at-bats so far with Jamestown.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bristol 4, Johnson City 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Billy Roth had his second good outing in a row from a runs and hits perspective. He gave up four walks for his second straight outing, showing some big control issues. Roth has 17 walks in 23.1 innings this year, with 22 strikeouts. He’s got a lot of upside, but needs to get his delivery on a consistent level. Maximo Rivera hit his first homer of the year. Nick Buckner had his fourth three-hit game in his last eight games. He also added two doubles, giving him six on the year. Buckner has been hot in July, with a .327 average and a .798 OPS heading into today’s game.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were off today.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

The National League teams won the DSL All-Star game by a 9-7 score on Sunday and a Pirates player was the difference in the game. Second baseman Raul Siri, who was featured this morning in the DSL Report, hit a two-run homer in the third inning and drove in another run with an eighth inning single. His three RBI day won him the All-Star game MVP award. Pitcher Yeudy Garcia was the only other Pirates player in the game and he also played an important role. He came into the game in the eighth inning, with no outs and two men on. Garcia hit a batter, but kept the American League off the board by getting two strikeouts and a fly ball. That was his only inning of work.

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

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers Twice in Indianapolis Rout http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-andrew-lambo-homers-twice-in-indianapolis-rout.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-andrew-lambo-homers-twice-in-indianapolis-rout.html#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:46:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84073 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-4

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 0-for-4

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

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

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 - 0-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 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 - 1-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF – 4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Keon Broxton (9), Chris McGuiness (6), Robert Andino 2 (4), Andrew Lambo 2 (4), Dean Anna (2), Justin Maffei (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 15, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF – 4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Dean Anna, 2B – 4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Robert Andino, SS – 4-for-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Game Notes: After nearly no-hitting Columbus the last time out, Nick Kingham ran into slightly more trouble Saturday night. Despite allowing four runs, three earned, Kingham still went six innings. He allowed six hits, while striking out three. Kingham leads all Pirates minor league pitchers with 87 strikeouts, one ahead of both Tyler Glasnow and Adrian Sampson. Rafael Perez and John Holdzkom each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Andrew Lambo went 4-for-4, with a pair of home runs. Prior to going on the disabled list, Lambo had two home runs in the entire first half of the season. Since being activated from the DL, Lambo is 7-for-12 in his past three games.

Dean Anna also picked up four hits including a home run, while Robert Andino added three hits with a pair of long balls. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B-SS – 4-for-4, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Drew Maggi had four hits in Altoona’s 4-3 win on Saturday. Maggi scored a run, drove in another and stole his 25th base of the year. Josh Bell went 0-for-4 and has started off 1-for-10 in his first three games with Altoona. He picked up an outfield assist in this game. Keon Broxton hit his ninth homer of the year, a solo shot in the second inning. After starter Jhonathan Ramos gave up three runs over 4.2 innings, three relievers combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings. Willy Garcia has been hit or miss in his last three games, going 4-for-12 with eight strikeouts. He has a 13/105 BB/SO ratio this season in 298 at-bats.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 4, Clearwater 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, LF – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl picked up his tenth win of the season by allowing one run over six innings. Kuhl has a 3.34 ERA in 110.1 innings this year. Justin Maffei had three hits, including a double and a two run homer of Clearwater pitcher Aaron Nola, who was drafted seventh overall this year. Jose Osuna hit his 12th double and drove in his 26th run. Max Moroff picked up his 14th stolen base.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Rome 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, R

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a run scored in West Virginia’s 7-2 loss to Rome. In six games since joining the Power, he is 9-for-26, though all nine hits are singles and today’s run was his first run scored or RBI for the Power. After collecting three extra-base hits in four at-bats in the GCL, Meadows has none in 11 games with West Virginia and Bristol. Reese McGuire drove in his 28th run. Since the All-Star break, McGuire is hitting .220(22-for-100) with two doubles and two walks.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-4, RBI

Michael Suchy, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown lost 7-1 on Saturday, showing no life after a 12-7 win in 15 innings on Friday night. Starter Alex McRae gave up five runs on seven hits over five innings. Elvis Escobar rebounded after his horrible game on Thursday(he didn’t play Friday) in which he went 0-for-6 with five strikeouts. In this game, he had two hits, scored the only run, stole a base and picked up an outfield assist. Jordan Luplow had the only RBI for Jamestown. In his first 24 games, the 2014 third round draft pick has 14 RBIs, a 15/13 BB/SO ratio and a .307 average.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Johnson City 5, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 R

Carlos Ozuna, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: After starter Junior Lopez gave up five runs in the first three innings, four Bristol relievers combined for five shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks. Bristol had 12 hits and three walks, but couldn’t comeback from the early deficit. The Pirates also had three runners reach base via catcher interference. Jerrick Suiter, Eduardo Figueroa, Pablo Reyes and Carlos Ozuna all had two hits. Suiter drove in two runs, while Reyes scored twice. Suiter is hitting .327, with an .833 OPS

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Tigers 5, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, LF – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-4, RBI

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: The Pirates lost all six games this week and they have dropped their last eight contests. Starter Gerardo Navarro gave up three runs in the first and the Tigers never looked back in their 5-1 victory. Cole Tucker had the only RBI for the Pirates, driving in Luis Benitez in the first inning after Benitez led off with a triple. Tucker is still having some issues at the plate after a strong start to his pro career. He is batting .125 in his last ten games and he has eight strikeouts in his last four games. Tito Polo singled in four at-bats. He is hitting .314/.410/.500 through 21 games.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

The DSL was off on Saturday due to their All-Star weekend

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

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Prospect Watch: Looking at Adrian Sampson’s Path to the Majors http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-looking-at-adrian-sampsons-path-to-the-majors.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-looking-at-adrian-sampsons-path-to-the-majors.html#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:38:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84010 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 - DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 0-for-3

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-4

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

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

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia - DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona - 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 2-for-4, 2B

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates - 0-for-3

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia - DNP

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

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, SB

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (16), Tony Sanchez (7), Raul Siri (4), Carlos Munoz (2), Jeff Roy (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-4

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, SB

Andrew Lambo, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Tony Sanchez hit his seventh homer of the year tonight. He now has a seven game hitting streak, with four doubles and two homers in that stretch. Andrew Lambo hit his 14th double of the year. Adam Wilk gave up two earned runs in five innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. He has a 4.26 ERA in 117.1 innings. Wilk has been good this year against lefties, with a .224 BAA coming into the game. He probably won’t help the Pirates as a starter, but could provide them with lefty relief depth.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Bowie 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B-2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson came two outs away from pitching a complete game no hitter. I wrote about the outing here. Sampson has easily been the biggest breakout pitcher in the system this season. He’s got the upside to potentially become a middle of the rotation starter in the majors, with a nice three pitch mix. With the way his season has been going, that could come as soon as the middle of the 2015 season. He should start in Indianapolis next year, and if he keeps this up, he’d be a depth option for the rotation by mid-season. The thing is, the Pirates might even have trouble fitting him in the rotation. They currently project to have Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, and Nick Kingham, with the final three expected to join in 2015-2016. Jeff Locke has been pitching well, and could also be a member of this group. Then there’s Charlie Morton, who looks like a solid number three starter, and is under control through the 2017 season. Not everyone in this group will work out, so I wouldn’t call Sampson blocked just yet. He’s probably the fourth best pitching prospect in the system right now, and I don’t think he’d rank in the top five of the above pitchers. That’s some good depth for the Pirates to have in upcoming years.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result:  Clearwater 7, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, 2B – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Shane Carle had a rough outing in his second start for Bradenton. He gave up two runs in six innings during his first outing, but gave up six earned runs in 6.1 innings this time. A lot of the damage came in the seventh inning, when he gave up four runs, including his second homer of the night. Carle had a 3.72 ERA in 82.1 innings with West Virginia this year, along with a 47:9 K/BB ratio. He already has three walks in two starts for Bradenton.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 8

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-5

Danny Collins, DH – 2-for-4, BB

Jeff Roy, CF – 1-for-3, HR

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones went 0-for-5 last night, snapping his 17 game hitting streak. He got back on track tonight, hitting his 15th double of the year, his 16th homer of the year, and stealing his 15th base of the year. Jones is the first Pirates shortstop prospect to hit 16 homers in a season since Alen Hanson did it in 2012 at the same level. One disclaimer is that Hanson is five months younger than Jones, and currently plays two levels higher. That means Hanson was over two years younger than Jones when he was going through low-A. That said, the season Jones is having has been impressive. His bat looks ready for a call up, but it might be a wise move to have him working on his defense in low-A, then make the move to Bradenton next year. At this point he’s probably not looking at a promotion to Altoona until mid-2015 anyway, so there’s no harm keeping him down and letting him work on the area of his game that should be the more important focus at this point.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 12, Brooklyn 7

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Ross, 1B – 3-for-7, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, CF - 1-for-5, 2 BB, 3 SB

Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-6, BB, SB

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-6, 2B

Taylor Gushue, C – 3-for-8

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler had his worst start in seven pro outings, giving up five earned runs in five innings. Prior to this outing, he had a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings, with a 15:5 K/BB ratio. Kevin Ross raised his average to .348, although he still hasn’t drawn a walk this year. He is starting to show some power, with six doubles in his last eight games. Jordan Luplow extended his hitting streak to eight games. Carl Anderson stole three bases, giving him 11 in 14 attempts this year.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Danville 7, Bristol 5

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tomas Morales, C – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 2-for-5

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Nick Buckner, DH – 0-for-3, 2 BB

Jon Sandfort, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort has a lot of promise and upside with his arm, but hasn’t been putting up the results this year. He’s been struggling lately, and has been coming out of the bullpen over his last two appearances. On the season he has an 11.42 ERA in 17.1 innings, with a 15:3 K/BB ratio. He’s not giving up many walks or homers, but is getting hit a ton, with a .452 BAA. Nick Buckner lost his seven game hitting streak, but picked up two walks and has an .855 OPS in his last ten games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Tigers 7, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Trey Supak, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The second round picks for the Pirates went today, continuing to piggyback on the same day. The outings this time weren’t as good as the previous two appearances. Keller gave up two runs in three innings, while Supak gave up three runs in four innings. Both pitchers had good strikeout numbers. Carlos Munoz hit his second homer of the year. He’s a very interesting first base prospect, mostly due to his amazing ability to get on base. He’s got a .447 OBP, thanks to his advanced plate patience and a 6:17 K/BB ratio. He’s a big kid, and if he can get some power out of his frame, he could be a prospect.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Rangers 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, LHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Edison Lantigua, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Luis Perez, SS – 3-for-4

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 5-4 on Friday to drop to 18-24 on the season, as the league takes off the weekend for the DSL All-Star game. The Pirates will have two representatives in the game, second baseman Raul Siri and starting pitcher Yeudy Garcia. Siri gave the Pirates an early lead with a two-run homer in the first inning.His .969 OPS is the fifth best in the league. Shortstop Luis Perez had a strong day, collecting three hits and driving in two runs. Edison Lantigua had two hits, including his tenth double. He received the third highest bonus among international players last year, signing for $275K. Lantigua goes into the All-Star break with a .292 batting average, 14 extra-base hits and 20 walks in 32 games. – John Dreker

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

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Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Makes Altoona Debut, Cumpton and Glasnow With Strong Outings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-josh-bell-makes-altoona-debut-cumpton-and-glasnow-with-strong-outings.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-josh-bell-makes-altoona-debut-cumpton-and-glasnow-with-strong-outings.html#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:20:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83940 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 - 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - 1-for-4

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 3-for-5, 2 RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 0-for-2, 2 BB, R (Promoted to Altoona)

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 0-for-4

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates - DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona - DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 0-for-5

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 1-for-4

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates - 0-for-3, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates - DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia - DNP

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

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF – 2-for-6, HR, 2B, 6 RBI

Home Runs: Keon Broxton (8), Kevin Krause (6), Raul Fortunato (4)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 1, Columbus 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dean Anna, 2B – 0-for-1, RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Andrew Lambo, DH – 1-for-4

Jose Tabata, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton came out of the All-Star break strong, by allowing just two hits over eight innings. While Cumpton walked four hitters, two of them came in the first inning. Cumpton also struck out three. This was Cumpton’s first Triple-A start since July 4, when he allowed four runs on eight hits.

Josh Wall worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season. He allowed one hit, while striking out a pair.

In his first game back in Triple-A since May 4, Andrew Lambo picked up a sharply hit single. Tony Sanchez picked up a double, extending his six-game hit streak. Over the span, he is 9-for-19 with four doubles. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Bowie 8, Altoona 6

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

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF- 0-for-2, 2 BB, R

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Josh Bell made his Altoona debut, and while he didn’t pick up a hit, he drew two walks and scored a run. Alen Hanson was the big man on offense, collecting three hits and driving in two runs. Keon Broxton hit his eighth homer and Stetson Allie drove in two runs.

Orlando Castro had a rough first outing in AA last week and it looked like he was about to repeat that performance in his second game. Castro gave up two first inning runs, with three Bowie hits to open up the game. He ended up allowing just one more run the rest of his five innings and left with a 5-3 lead. Joely Rodriguez followed Castro, making his first relief appearance of the year. He was moved to the bullpen during the All-Star break, with no timetable set for how long he will remain in that role. Rodriguez took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk in 3.2 innings.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Game One Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 7, Clearwater 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF – 1-for-3, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-2, RBI, BB

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, RBI

Live Report: Tyler Glasnow had some trouble in the first inning, throwing 26 pitches and giving up most of his damage on the night. The inning was extended with an error, leading to two unearned runs. He rebounded, getting 15 outs in a row from the first inning until two outs in the sixth inning. That’s when Glasnow gave up a single and a walk, and was pulled for Yhonathan Barrios, who got the final out. Glasnow threw 98 pitches, with 58 strikes. He was 93-96 MPH with his fastball, mostly hitting 94-95 and touching 97. He looked great after the shaky first.

Barrios topped out at 97 MPH with his fastball, pitching the final 1.1 innings to close out the game. Raul Fortunato broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three RBI double off the left field wall. – Tim Williams

 

Game Two Box Score

Result:  Clearwater 7, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Live Report: Jason Creasy entered the outing with 33.2 straight innings without giving up a walk. He continued that streak, adding four more innings to the total. However, the lack of walks was the only thing going for him. Creasy had a long inning in the third, giving up four runs. He returned for the fourth inning, and had another long inning. He was giving up a lot of hits, and while some were grounders through the infield, a few of them were harder hit balls. That’s different than the results in his starts over the last month and a half. He was 88-92 MPH, touching 94, but mostly sitting in the low 90s.

Raul Fortunato continued his strong night on offense, crushing a home run to left field that cleared the bleachers at McKechnie. It was the fourth homer of the year for the outfielder. Fortunato has hits in eight of his last nine games, and has reached base safely in nine straight. The homer brought the Marauders to within three runs, but also was their last scoring of the night. – Tim Williams

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Danny Collins, RF – 3-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 0-for-5

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4

Reese McGuire, DH – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had a strong outing, giving up two runs over six innings. He did that without picking up a single strikeout. Heredia has a 26/22 BB/SO ratio this season in 47.2 innings. This game was the third time he went six innings this year. JaCoby Jones has been playing great as of late, but Thursday definitely wasn’t his night. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and his ninth inning fielding error allowed the walk-off run to score. Reese McGuire had two hits and scored a run. Danny Collins reached base all four times up. Chris Diaz drove in both West Virginia runs.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 8, Brooklyn 6

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Ross, 1B – 4-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, LF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Jordan Luplow, RF – 1-for-4, 2 BB

Game Notes: Starter Marek Minarik put Jamestown in an early 5-0 hole, but they quickly rallied with four runs in the third inning. They ended up winning the game in the tenth inning by an 8-6 score. Four relievers combined to allow one run over 8.1 innings. First baseman Kevin Ross had four hits, including two doubles and he drove in a run. He is hitting .341 through 21 games, though he is doing it without drawing a single walk all year. Carl Anderson had three hits and two doubles. Kevin Krause hit his sixth homer of the season. Elvis Escobar had a forgettable night, going 0-for-6 with five strikeouts. Jamestown had 15 strikeouts in the game, while their pitchers also picked up 11 strikeouts.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bristol 3, Danville 2

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Danny Arribas, 1B – 1-for-4, RBI

Candon Myles, LF – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Bristol got great pitching from two players that have looked good all season. Starter Omar Basulto threw 4.1 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.59 through 22.2 innings. Reliever Luis Paula followed him and picked up his first career win with 2.2 shutout innings of his own. Paula, who was drafted in the 31st round this year, has opened his career with 10.2 shutout innings. Nick Buckner continued his recent hot streak with two hits, a double and an RBI. He has a seven game hit streak in which he has 14 hits and nine RBIs.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Game One Box Score

Result: Yankees2 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 0-for-1, 2 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Eric Thomas Jr, LF – 0-for-1, 2 BB

Cole Tucker, SS – 0-for-4

Michael de la Cruz, CF – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: The Pirates got strong starting pitching from rehabbing Jake Burnette, but reliever Neil Kozikowski got hit around hard in the fourth inning, giving up all six runs to the Yankees2. Kozikowski was drafted in the eighth round last year and signed for a $425k bonus, which was a bit surprising because he was a virtual unknown in high school, unranked by most draft experts. He is struggling in his return to the GCL this year, with a 10.26 ERA and 30 hits allowed in 16.2 innings. Tito Polo walked twice in three plate appearances and scored both runs. While Polo has been the best hitter this year, the top two prospects have both struggled, one only recently, while the other has had problems all year. Michael de la Cruz is still drawing his share of walks, 12 in 15 games, but he’s batting just .111 in 36 at-bats. First round pick Cole Tucker is 2-for-24 in his last eight games and his average has dropped to .245 after starting the year with 12 hits in his first eight games.

Game Two  Box Score

Result: Yankees2 7, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal Jr., RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alexis Bastardo, LF – 2-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Nelson Jorge, 2B – 1-for-3

Game Notes: The Pirates lost both ends of the doubleheader, getting shutout in game two. Starter Dario Agrazal Jr had a decent outing, allowing two runs over five innings. He gave up his first homer and first walks of the season. In 22.2 innings over five starts, he has a 2.78 ERA. Reliever Jesus Paredes came in during the sixth inning and gave up five runs, while recording just one out. The Pirates had just three base runners all game, a single by Nelson Jorge and two hits by Alexis Bastardo, who collected his second double of the year. Bastardo has only played four games(including both today) due to a sore shoulder, but when he’s healthy, he’s a strong hitter, that plays solid defense, with above average speed and a plus arm.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Rangers2 0

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

Top Hitter: Jhoan Herrera, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Eliezer Ramirez, RF – 2-for-3

Edison Lantigua, LF  - 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates shutout a good Rangers2 team, to move within  five games of the .500 mark. Just a few weeks ago, after a loss to the Rangers2, the Pirates dropped to 6-17 on the season, but since then they have run off a 12-6 record. Starter Luis Escobar picked up his first career win with five shutout innings. He also threw five scoreless frames two starts ago and since giving up ten earned runs in his second pro start, he has allowed ten earned runs in his last seven starts combined. The Pirates had help on offense from all nine starters, only All-Star Raul Siri failed to get a hit and he drew a walk, scored a run and laid down a sacrifice bunt. Catcher Mikell Granberry drove in two runs, while third baseman Jhoan Herrera had two doubles and an RBI. Edison Lantigua had two hits, including his fourth triple. Eliezer Ramirez saw his first action this week and had two hits.

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

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Hits 15th Homer of the Year http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-jacoby-jones-hits-15th-homer-of-the-year.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-jacoby-jones-hits-15th-homer-of-the-year.html#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:45:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83884 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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Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Picks Up Three Hits For West Virginia http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-austin-meadows-picks-up-three-hits-for-west-virginia.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-austin-meadows-picks-up-three-hits-for-west-virginia.html#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:28:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83832 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 - 3-for-5

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

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 - 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

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 - 1-for-4, 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: Justin Topa, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, RF – 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB

Home Runs: Michael Fransoso (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Indianapolis was off today.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was off today.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Bradenton was off today.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 8, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, RF – 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 3-for-5

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4

Edwin Espinal, DH - 1-for-4, 2B

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Michael Fransoso hit his third homer of the year, and his second in his last five games. He has hits in all five of those games. Austin Meadows picked up three hits tonight, and is now 4-for-13 in his first three games with West Virginia. Edwin Espinal hit his 19th double of the year. JaCoby Jones picked up a single, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Jamestown was off today.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Bristol was off today.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Astros 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Tito Polo extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s off to a great start this year, with a .339/.425/.548 line in 62 at-bats. Polo doesn’t turn 20 for another month, so seeing him off to such a good start at this age is encouraging. Carlos Munoz went 2-for-4 with a walk. He now has a nine game hitting streak. Munoz is an on-base machine, with 17 walks in 19 games, and just six strikeouts. He has a .462 OBP this season. Cole Tucker has also been good at getting on base. He only has a .265 average, but has a .429 OBP, with a 13:13 K/BB ratio.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Marlins 6

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Victor Fernandez, CF – 4-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 2-for-4, BB

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-5, 2B

PAtrick Reyes, C – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Richard Mitchell didn’t have his best outing on Tuesday, but he was still able to win his fourth straight start, helping the Pirates to an 8-6 victory. Mitchell gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings. He didn’t allow a single walk for the second straight appearance and in his last four appearances he has given up just two walks. Mitchell surpassed his innings from last year when he recorded his last out on Tuesday. In 38.1 innings, he hasn’t allowed a home run. The offense was led by Victor Fernandez, who reached base five times and scored two runs. He had four hits, a walk and drove in a run. Jeremias Portorreal had his second straight two-hit game. The top prospect hit his fourth double of the season. Raul Siri had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Along with Fernandez, Siri, Luis Perez and Patrick Reyes each scored two runs, with the four players accounting for all eight Pirates’ runs. - John Dreker

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

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