Pirates Prospects » Prospect Watch http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:25:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Prospect Watch: Irwin and Rodriguez Have Bad Starts, Polanco Continues Streak http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-irwin-and-rodriguez-have-bad-starts-polanco-continues-streak.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-irwin-and-rodriguez-have-bad-starts-polanco-continues-streak.html#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:47:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76392 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, 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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 1-for-5, 3B, BB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - DNP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 0-for-4

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 0-for-3

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 2-for-4, 2B, BB

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 0-for-3, 2 BB

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 0-for-2, 2 BB

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

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

Top Hitter: Michael Martinez, SS – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Columbus 10, Indianapolis 9

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Martinez, SS – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-5, 3B, BB

Game Notes: After allowing a lead off double, starter Phil Irwin responded to get out of the first inning unscathed. However, in the second, command issues did in the righty. Irwin allowed seven earned runs in the frame on three hits and three walks, while only retiring one hitter.

Gregory Polanco extended his International League best 10-game hitting streak with his second triple in the fourth inning, driving in Michael Martinez. However, Polanco struck out with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning to end the game.

Andrew Lambo continued his hot hitting as well, going 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Richmond 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez had a rough start in his second outing in Double-A, giving up five runs on seven hits in three innings. The silver lining was that he didn’t allow a walk and struck out three. Last time out, Rodriguez gave up two runs in six innings, but walked three and had no strikeouts. He has struggled with his control at times in the past, and is usually dominant when he’s not giving up free passes. His first two outings are interesting, because he looked a bit lucky in the first game, and looks unlucky this time around, based on the K/BB ratios.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 6, Bradenton 0

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

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 3B – 1-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Hafner, RHP – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jason Creasy had a great start, getting an 8:3 GO/AO ratio in six shutout innings. Creasy now has a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings over his first three starts, with a 1.62 GO/AO ratio and a 5:5 K/BB ratio. Ryan Hafner was hurt by poor defense today. Jordan Steranka had an error on the very first play after Hafner entered the game, which led to one earned run in the seventh inning. A two-out error by Max Moroff led to four more unearned runs in the eighth inning. Bradenton only managed two hits on the day.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Lexington 6

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, DH – 1-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Maffei, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Danny Collins, RF – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas had another strong outing, giving up one run in five innings for the second start in a row. He has a 1.80 ERA in ten innings in those two starts, with a 9:4 K/BB ratio. West Virginia had a huge nine run second inning, highlighted by an inside the park grand slam by Erich Weiss. It was the first homer of Weiss’ professional career. He now has an eight game hitting streak. As a team, West Virginia combined for ten walks today. The rest of the farm system combined for 12 walks today, with eight of those coming from Indianapolis.

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Prospect Watch: Four Hits, Including a Homer For Gregory Polanco, Heredia Hurt http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-four-hits-including-a-homer-for-gregory-polanco-heredia-hurt.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-four-hits-including-a-homer-for-gregory-polanco-heredia-hurt.html#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:23:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76328 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, 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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 1-for-4, SB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 0-for-4

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 1-for-2, BB, HBP, SB

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 2-for-4

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 0-for-4

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - 0-for-3

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

2014FrontCoverORDER YOUR 2014 PROSPECT GUIDE

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Gregory Polanco (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP –  6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-2, BB, SB, HBP

Chris Stewart, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco had another big night, going 4-for-4 to raise his average to .500 through nine games. He has hits in each of his last eight games, five of them being multi-hit games. Adam Wilk pitched six solid innings to pick up his second win. Vin Mazzaro came in to start the seventh inning, making his season debut after going through waivers and accepting an assignment to Indianapolis. He retired all three batters he faced. Jared Hughes picked up his third save. Chris Stewart caught seven innings as his rehab assignment moved from Bradenton to Indianapolis. Chase d’Arnaud had two hits, scored two runs and stole three bases. Adalberto Santos went 0-for-4 tonight and on the year, he is now 0-for-12 with a walk.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Richmond 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Sample, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterGift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B – 0-for-3,  BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Sample made his first start since joining the Pirates system and he got through four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and six walks. In seven innings this season, he has issued nine walks. Prior to joining the Pirates in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft, Sample had control issues throughout his six-year career in the Royals system. Joan Montero followed him and also had control issues, walking four in 1.2 innings. Control issues hurt the Curve in the bottom of the eighth, when Ryan Beckman walked one batter and hit two others, allowing the go ahead run to score. Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-2 with two walks, for the second game in a row. Willy Garcia had an RBI triple. He is hitting .138 with 14 strikeouts in 29 at-bats, but three of his four hits are extra base hits. Alen Hanson stole his fourth base of the year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-4

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Orlando Castro threw six shutout innings tonight, allowing five singles and no walks. He gave up three runs in his debut, but didn’t walk anyone that game either and now has 11 strikeouts on the year. Castro had four strikeouts on Saturday and nine ground ball outs. Robby Rowland followed him with two perfect innings and Jhondaniel Medina closed out the win. Josh Bell went 0-for-4, snapping his seven game hit streak to open the season. He is still hitting .375 with five extra base hits. Jose Osuna is hitting .333 and has hits in six of seven games played. This game was the first shutout of the season for the Marauders.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 0-for-4

JaCoby Jones, DH – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Luis Heredia got the  start for West Virginia, but his day lasted just one pitch. He left with right shoulder discomfort and will be reevaluated. Felipe Gonzalez followed Heredia and allowed two runs over 4.1 innings. He started the year with 3.2 scoreless innings over two appearances, allowing one hit, no walks and he had five strikeouts. Henry Hirsch threw 3.2 scoreless innings and Isaac Sanchez finished the game out with one inning of shutout ball. Erich Weiss had three hits for the second game in a row. He is now hitting .394 and he has a seven game hit streak. JaCoby Jones had two hits to raise his average to .333 through 36 at-bats. Reese McGuire had the day off with a day game following a night game last night. Former Pirates pitcher Luis Santos, picked up the save with four shutout innings. He was dealt to the R0yals in the Vin Mazzaro trade.

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Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-two-more-hits-for-polanco-kingham-with-another-good-start.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-two-more-hits-for-polanco-kingham-with-another-good-start.html#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:47:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76251 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, 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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 2-for-4, 3B

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 0-for-4, BB, SB

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

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 1-for-5

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 2-for-4, BB

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 1-for-4, BB

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

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

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 2-for-3, 2B, BB

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

2014FrontCoverORDER YOUR 2014 PROSPECT GUIDE

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DAILY SUMMARY

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

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4, 3B

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Jake Brigham, RHP – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Martinez, SS – 2-for-5

Andrew Lambo, DH – 1-for-4, BB

Carlos Paulino, C – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Pirates top prospect Gregory Polanco continued to excite, as the he tripled to center in the third inning and had the fans on the edge of their seats and he was preparing to round third before being held up. He also reached on an infield single in the sixth to drive in a run. It is this speed combined with the power that has so many Pirates fans chomping at the bit to see Polanco in Pittsburgh.

For starter Jake Brigham, unlike his first outing, it was a mixed bag. Brigham struck out seven in just 4.1 innings. However, he walked four and allowed four runs, three of which were earned. With a three run fifth inning, Indianapolis did give Brigham a no decision, however.

Former top Tigers prospect Andy Oliver threw two shutout innings for the save, striking out four. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 4

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

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham now has one run allowed on six hits in 12 innings of work over his first two starts of the season. He also has ten strikeouts in that time. The one drawback is that he has six walks in those 12 innings. Kingham normally has excellent fastball control, and was never over a 2.6 BB/9 in A-ball (1.8 BB/9 in High-A last year). In his time in Altoona last year he had a 3.7 BB/9 ratio. His numbers have been excellent across the board, with the exception of the walks so far in Double-A. Willy Garcia hit his second homer of the season in 25 at-bats. Stetson Allie picked up his second double in two days.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 9, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-5, RBI, SB

Raul Fortunato, LF – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Adam Frazier, DH – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Josh Bell now has a hit in all seven of his games this season, including five multi-hit games. He is currently 12-for-28 (.429) with three doubles, a triple, and a homer. Jose Osuna picked up two hits on the night to raise his early season average to .346. He also stole home plate on the back end of a double steal in the first inning. John Kuchno threw five no-hit innings during his last start, but was hit around tonight, giving up seven runs on nine hits.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Lexington 6, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Justin Maffei, CF – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Erich Weiss picked up three hits tonight, and now has a hit in six straight games, after starting the season 0-for-9 in his first three games. Wyatt Mathisen had a two hit night, and picked up his first extra base hit of the season. Cody Dickson had a great start in his debut, throwing five shutout innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. Tonight he was hit around for six runs on ten hits. The one positive here is that he hasn’t issued a walk in 9.2 innings over his two starts. One of the big issues with Dickson when he was drafted was a lack of control.

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco and Stetson Allie http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-three-hits-for-alen-hanson-gregory-polanco-and-stetson-allie.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-three-hits-for-alen-hanson-gregory-polanco-and-stetson-allie.html#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:59:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76172 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 3-for-3, 2B, BB

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Out for the Season (Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

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

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 0-for-4

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 1-for-3, BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 2-for-3, BB, RBI, SB

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 1-for-4, SB

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 0-for-3, BB

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - 0-for-4

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

 

2014FrontCoverORDER YOUR 2014 PROSPECT GUIDE

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-3, R, BB, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Chris Dickerson singled in pinch runner Adalberto Santos from second in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walk off victory. Gregory Polanco continued his seven-game hitting streak by going 3-for-3 with a run and a double. Andrew Lambo also contributed a pair of hits, a stolen base, and a RBI. After starting the season 0-for-8, Lambo has gone 7-for-12 over his last four games. Brandon Cumpton threw six innings, allowing three runs with five strikeouts for a no decision. Cumpton threw 85 pitches, 52 for strikes. – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-4, R

Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-4, BB

Stetson Allie – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Both Alen Hanson and Stetson Allie collected three hits in Altoona’s 6-1 win over Richmond. Adrian Sampson allowed one run over five innings in his second start of the year. Emmanuel De Leon followed him with two scoreless innings, then Ryan Beckman and Brandon Mann each threw one inning of shutout ball. The Curve put together 11 hits in the game. Allie’s double was their only extra base hit and they were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Willy Garcia and Gift Ngoepe each struck out three times. Garcia is 2-for-21 with 11 strikeouts.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Fortunato, LF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl suffered a fate that can be common for ground ball pitchers. A lot of the ground balls he produced either found a hole in the infield, or were placed good enough for an infield hit. Kuhl didn’t have the best command of his fastball tonight, and was relying more on his slider in the second inning. Pat Ludwig came on in relief and immediately gave up a two run homer. After that, Ludwig settled down, striking out the side in the third inning, and striking out six batters through four innings. Josh Smith came on with two outs in the sixth and left two batters stranded. Josh Bell had two hard hit balls on the night. The first one was a liner over the second baseman’s head. The second baseman got a glove on it to knock it down, but Bell reached easily for a single. The next hard hit was a line drive which went directly to the right fielder. – Tim Williams

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, RF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Buddy Borden threw five shutout innings against Lexington on Thursday, six days after he gave up three runs over four innings against the same team. For the second time, he was going up against Luis Rico, who was also hit hard in his first start. Rico threw four shutout innings today. He was part of the four player deal with the Kansas City Royals that brought Vin Mazzaro to the Pirates. Justin Topa allowed both runs in the game. Isaac Sanchez threw a scoreless ninth. West Virginia had five hits and four walks, but they went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Reese McGuire was 0-for-4 in the game. He is 5-for-20 through five games.

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Prospect Watch: Sadler With Another Strong Start; McGuire Picks Up Three Hits http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-sadler-with-another-strong-start-mcguire-picks-up-three-hits.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-sadler-with-another-strong-start-mcguire-picks-up-three-hits.html#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:36:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76095 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 1-for-5

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Out for the Season (Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 1-for-5, 2B

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

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

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 2-for-4, 2B

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis -  2-for-4, 2B, BB

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 1-for-3, 3B

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 0-for-4

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - DNP

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Chris Dickerson (1), Andy Vasquez (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Toledo 6

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Brent Morel, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Matt Hague, 3B – 2-for-5

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Indianapolis got another great start from Casey Sadler. The sinkerball pitcher only needed 81 pitches to get through seven innings, throwing 59 strikes. He had an 8:5 GO/AO ratio, and picked up five strikeouts on the night. Chris Dickerson hit his first homer of the year, giving Indianapolis a 2-0 lead at the time. Andrew Lambo has been hot with the bat the last two days, going 5-for-9 with two doubles and a triple in three games.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Akron 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-5, 3B

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-4

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez hit his first homer of the year, which brought Altoona within one run in the sixth inning. They couldn’t re-take the lead the rest of the game. Stetson Allie went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In his first 13 at-bats he has five strikeouts and one hit, which was a home run. Zack Dodson gave up runs in each of the first four innings during his first start of the season. Jhonathan Ramos, Joan Montero, and Matt Benedict combined for five shutout innings to close out the game.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jeff Locke threw 82 pitches over six innings in his rehab start tonight, then went to the bullpen after his outing to throw some more pitches and get up to 100. Click here to read about Locke’s outing. Josh Bell picked up two hits, including his third double of the year. The double was hit to shallow right field, with the sun directly in the right fielder’s eyes. He slid for the ball, but came up short and the ball got past him. Bell capitalized by hustling to second. The right fielder made a throw that was off the mark, allowing Bell to reach with a double. It probably would have been an out with an accurate throw. Bell got his second hit of the night with a single up the middle in the ninth inning. Max Moroff came close to winning the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk off grand slam, but only reached the warning track in left field. That did bring in the only run of the night for the Marauders, when Jacob Stallings tagged from third base to score. Chris Stewart caught seven innings tonight in a rehab appearance.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top HitterReese McGuire, C – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, DH – 1-for-3, 3B

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Shane Carle was very effective tonight, striking out six with no walks in five innings. Carle threw 59 pitches, with 46 strikes, and got a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Reese McGuire had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and getting a hit in his third game in a row. He also picked up his first extra base hit in the South Atlantic League. JaCoby Jones continued with his hot hitting, getting a triple for his fourth extra base hit in seven games. Erich Weiss picked up a hit for the fourth straight game.

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie and JaCoby Jones Lead a Night of Home Runs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-stetson-allie-and-jacoby-jones-lead-a-night-of-home-runs.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-stetson-allie-and-jacoby-jones-lead-a-night-of-home-runs.html#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:06:09 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76020 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 3-for-7

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Out for the Season (Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 1-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 1-for-4

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, BB, SB

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/7 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 3-for-6, HR

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 1-for-2

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - 0-for-2

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

2014FrontCoverORDER YOUR 2014 PROSPECT GUIDE

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B/DH – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, BB, SB

Home Runs: Blake Davis (1), Brent Morel (1), Stetson Allie (1), Jarek Cunningham (1), Willy Garcia (1), Mel Rojas (1), Jordan Steranka (2), JaCoby Jones (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Game One Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 3B – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Blake Davis, 2B – 1-for-3, HR

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Chris McGuiness, DH – 1-for-3, 3B

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: The Indians went up early when Brent Morel hit a two run homer in the first inning, leading to a three run inning. Indianapolis added two more in the fifth inning when Blake Davis hit a two run homer. Phil Irwin was cruising through four innings, but gave up four runs in the fifth inning. Jared Hughes and Zack Thornton combined to shut down Toledo in the final 2.1 innings to take the win in game one.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Toledo 8, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4

Nevin Ashley, C – 3-for-3

Chase d’Arnaud, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Indianapolis went down early in this game, with Jay Jackson and Duke Welker combining to give up runs in each of the first five innings. The Indians were hitting well, led by Andrew Lambo, who went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, walk, and a stolen base in the double header. Gregory Polanco combined to go 3-for-7 on the day.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Akron 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR

Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-3, HR

Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-3, HR

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Tyler Sample, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona’s offense came from the solo homer tonight. Stetson Allie started things off in the first inning with his first homer of the year. Jarek Cunningham added a solo homer in the fifth inning, tying the score at 2-2. Mel Rojas added a solo homer in the 7th inning to tie the score at 3-3. Willy Garcia capped off the night with a walk off homer to win it. Joely Rodriguez gave up two runs in the third inning, in large part due to free bases. Rodriguez gave up five stolen bases during the inning, leading to his only runs. Tyler Sample came on and pitched the final three innings, giving up just an unearned run.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 3

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Raul Fortunato, LF – 2-for-4

Ryan Hafner, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Marauders had a comeback victory, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and two more in the bottom of the ninth for the walk off winner. With two outs in the ninth inning, Jordan Steranka came up big with a solo homer, his second of the year, to tie the game. Walker Gourley followed that with a single, and Raul Fortunato followed with his second hit of the game. Gourley scored from first on an error by the right fielder. Jason Creasy and Ryan Hafner, two sinkerball pitchers, combined to give up two earned runs in eight innings, getting a 14:1 combined GO/AO ratio. Josh Bell picked up his third multi-hit game in four games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Asheville 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-2

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 in game one, including a two run homer in the fifth inning. The homer was the first of the year for Jones. This was his third multi-hit game in his first five games. Dovydas Neverauskas made his first start of the year, giving up one run in five innings. Neverauskas can hit 95 MPH consistently with his tall, skinny frame, but has control problems at times, and that showed up tonight with three walks in five innings.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Jerry Mulderig, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, DH – 1-for-3

Candon Myles, LF – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: With Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes out, West Virginia had an outfield that included Danny Collins and Candon Myles at the corners. Collins combined to go 3-for-6 with a walk and a double in today’s games. Myles went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, and his second stolen base of the year.

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Homers, Nick Kingham Throws Six Shutout Innings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-gregory-polanco-homers-nick-kingham-throws-six-shutout-innings.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-gregory-polanco-homers-nick-kingham-throws-six-shutout-innings.html#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:44:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75826 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 3-for-5, HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Out for the Season (Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 1-for-4, 3B

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

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - 0-for-3

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 0-for-4, BB, K

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - 1-for-3

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 2-for-4, 2B

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 0-for-4

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - 2-for-5, HR

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

2014FrontCoverORDER YOUR 2014 PROSPECT GUIDE

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DAILY SUMMARY

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

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-5, HR

Home Runs: Gregory Polanco (1), Jin-De Jhang (1), Jonathan Schwind (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Columbus 3

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Brent Morel, 3B – 3-for-5, 2B

Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Michael Martinez, SS – 2-for-5, SB

Blake Davis, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Andy Oliver, LHP – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco had a big day at the plate, picking up three hits in his first three at-bats, including a two run homer in the fourth inning for his third hit of the day. Brent Morel, Chris Dickerson, Michael Martinez, and Blake Davis also had multi-hit games. Adam Wilk made his first start of the year, and had a strong outing. Wilk is deep rotation depth for the Pirates, and would probably need about eight starters to go down before the Pirates would need him in the major league rotation. However, he could be this year’s version of Kris Johnson. Andy Oliver threw 2.1 shutout innings, but still had his usual control problems with two walks.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Erie 1

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

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 0-for-3, BB, K

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham had his first start of the year, and pitched great. He threw six shutout innings, with 86 pitches and 52 strikes. With Jameson Taillon needing Tommy John surgery, Kingham now becomes the top pitching prospect who could make an impact in Pittsburgh this year. I wrote about how Taillon’s injury could impact Kingham, noting that this could open a spot in Triple-A for him sooner, rather than later. Alen Hanson picked up his first hit of the year, hitting a triple in the eighth inning to give Altoona some insurance. Elias Diaz followed up a nice 3-for-3 day yesterday by going 1-for-2 with a walk and a double today.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, LF – 1-for-3, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, DH – 2-for-5, HR

Jeff Roy, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Raul Fortunato, RF – 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: The Marauders got a huge boost in the first inning when Jonathan Schwind hit a grand slam, putting them up 4-0. Orlando Castro gave up three runs in five innings, with most of the damage coming in the fifth inning of work. Castro left with the score 5-3, and Tyler Waldron, Robby Rowland, and Bryton Trepagnier combined for four shutout innings. The Marauders added two runs in the seventh, and four in the eighth, with the highlight of the eighth inning being Jin-De Jhang’s first home run of the season.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Lexington 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJaCoby Jones, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Francisco Diaz, C – 2-for-3, 2B

Isaac Sanchez, RHP – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Luis Heredia made his season debut for West Virginia, giving up four runs in five innings of work, with three of those runs coming in the final two innings. The positive sign for Heredia was that he only walked two batters in his five innings of work. JaCoby Jones picked up two more hits, giving him his second multi-hit game in four games so far. The Power went up against Luis Santos, who was one of two pitchers the Pirates traded for Vin Mazzaro. Santos went 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, with no walks, five hits, and three strikeouts. Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes were both injured in the game.

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Prospect Watch: Six Shutout Innings For Brandon Cumpton, Josh Bell Homers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-six-shutout-innings-for-brandon-cumpton-josh-bell-homers.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-six-shutout-innings-for-brandon-cumpton-josh-bell-homers.html#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 01:40:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75724 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 3-for-7, 2B, RBI

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 0-for-7, BB, SB

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

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

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 1-for-4, HR, RBI

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - 1-for-4, 2B, Run

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - 0-for-4, 3 K

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - 0-for-3, BB

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 1-for-4

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 2-for-3, HBP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - DNP

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-7, 2B, RBI, Run

Home Runs:  Chris McGuiness (1), Jose Osuna (1), Josh Bell (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Columbus 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-3, 2B, Run

Game Notes:  In game one on Saturday, Indianapolis shutout Columbus behind the pitching of Brandon Cumpton. He threw six shutout innings and had 11 ground ball outs. Cumpton gave up six hits, all were singles and Indianapolis turned two double plays behind him. Chris McGuiness provided all the offense they would need with his first homer of the season. Matt Hague and Chris Dickerson drove in the other runs. Duke Welker pitched a scoreless seventh to close the game out. Prior to the game, Robert Andino was placed on the disabled list and infielder Blake Davis took his place on the roster.

 

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Columbus 4

Starting Pitcher: Jake Brigham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Blake Davis, SS – 2-for-2, BB, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Chris McGuiness, DH – 1-for-3, 2 Runs, BB

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 0-for-4

Game Notes:  In game two of the doubleheader, Jake Brigham pitched well for Indianapolis, allowing one run over six innings. He struck out nine batters and didn’t walk anyone. Brigham signed as a minor league free agent in the off-season. Jay Jackson came in to close the game, but could only get two outs before being pulled. Josh Kinney came in for the final out. Gregory Polanco collected two hits. Andrew Lambo played his first game of the year and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Catcher Nevin Ashley had two hits and scored two runs.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Erie 2, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 3-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 0-for-2, BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes:  Adrian Sampson made his AA debut and pitched well over six innings, but got no support from his team. The Curve had six singles, three from Elias Diaz, and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Stetson Allie drew a walk in his AA debut and Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Matt Benedict pitched a scoreless seventh to finish out the pitching line for the Curve.

Box Score

Result: Erie 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, DH – 2-for-2, SB, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS –  0-for-4

Game Notes:  In game two, A.J. Morris got the spot start. He was a Rule V pick last year during the minor league portion of the draft. He went three innings, allowing one run before giving way to Jhonathan Ramos. Erie scored three runs off Ramos, then another off Joan Montero. Ryan Beckman pitched the seventh and retired the side in order on three ground balls. Drew Maggi had two hits, a walk and stole home. The top five hitters in the Altoona lineup went 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Charlotte 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Adam Frazier, SS  - 0-for-4

Game Notes: John Kuchno had an outstanding season debut for the Marauders, throwing five no-hit innings. His control wasn’t the best, with just 32 of his 60 pitches going for strikes. He walked three batters and hit another, but he was able to keep Charlotte off the board. Pat Ludwig followed Kuchno and gave up two unearned runs over three innings. Josh Smith came in to finish the game and threw a scoreless ninth. Josh Bell and Jose Osuna each hit solo homers, their first of the season. Jordan Steranka had two hits and scored a run. He has eight hits in his first three games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Lexington 0

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top HitterWyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, HBP 

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-4, 2B, Run

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-4, RBI

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Cody Dickson, the fourth round pick of the Pirates in 2013, threw five shutout innings in his West Virginia debut and he did it without allowing any walks. Dickson had some control issues in college and during his debut in the pros with Jamestown last season. Justin Topa followed Dickson and picked up the extremely rare four inning save. He allowed one single and didn’t walk anyone. Reese McGuire drove in his first run for West Virginia and Wyatt Mathisen had two hits, giving him five in the first three games. JaCoby Jones committed his third error at shortstop.

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Prospect Watch: Casey Sadler and Chad Kuhl Dominate With Their Sinkers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-casey-sadler-and-chad-kuhl-dominate-with-their-sinkers.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-casey-sadler-and-chad-kuhl-dominate-with-their-sinkers.html#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 03:22:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75635 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 0-for-3, BB, RBI

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 0-for-4

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 2-for-4, 2B

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - 2-for-8, 2B

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - DNP

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - 1-for-7, BB

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 3-for-7, 2B

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - 3-for-7, SB

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - 2-for-5

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 4-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Columbus 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, DH – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Paulino, C – 1-for-3

Zack Thornton, RHP – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Indianapolis won in ten innings. Matt Hague led off the tenth with a double, and scored in the very next at-bat on a single by Brent Morel. Casey Sadler turned in a great start in his second start with Indianapolis. Sadler was promoted to Triple-A at the end of the 2013 season, and gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings that time around, with a walk and five strikeouts. Sadler, who is on the 40-man roster, works heavily with his sinker, and was effective tonight with a 10:1 GO/FO ratio. Zack Thornton, Daniel Schlereth, and Jared Hughes combined for four shutout innings after Sadler came out of the game.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE    

Altoona was postponed due to rain for the second night in a row.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 4-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-5

Game Notes: The Marauders got a great performance on both sides of the ball tonight. Chad Kuhl made his High-A debut, throwing five shutout innings and allowing only two hits. Kuhl was a 9th round pick last year, and is making the jump to Bradenton from Jamestown. He’s a sinkerball pitcher who had an 11:2 GO/FO ratio tonight. The offense got another boost from Jordan Steranka, who is now 6-for-8 in his first two games with the Marauders. Josh Bell had his second straight multi-hit game, and was joined by Jose Osuna, Jin-De Jhang, and Raul Fortunato, who also had multi-hit games.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: West Virginia had their game suspended yesterday, cutting Shane Carle’s outing short. They got six shutout innings combined from Jerry Mulderig and Felipe Gonzalez today in relief. JaCoby Jones picked up his first two hits of the season, and Wyatt Mathisen got his first hit of the year.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Lexington 4

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, SB

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Wyatt Mathisen picked up two more hits and a stolen base in a seven inning game. However, he also had two errors in his second game since moving to third base. Harold Ramirez got his first two hits of the season. Buddy Borden struggled with a bad second inning, giving up three runs in the frame. The Power went up against Luis Rico, who was one of two players traded to the Royals in the Vin Mazzaro trade last year.

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Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Picks Up Two Hits and an RBI in Bradenton Debut http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-josh-bell-picks-up-two-hits-and-an-rbi-in-bradenton-debut.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-josh-bell-picks-up-two-hits-and-an-rbi-in-bradenton-debut.html#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:49:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75535 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 (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (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 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton - Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona - DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - DNP

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton - 2-for-5, RBI

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power - DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - DNP

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis - DNP

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training - DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia - DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia - DNP

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - DNP

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training - DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia - DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton - 2-for-3, 2B, BB

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Indianapolis was rained out

AA: ALTOONA CURVE    

Altoona was rained out

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Hafner, RHP – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 K

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-5, RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes:  Bradenton was the only team to get through their game on Opening Day of the minor league season. Jason Creasy started and pitched well until he ran into trouble in the fifth inning. Ryan Hafner pitched two innings and allowed two runs. He will get extended work with Bradenton this season. Josh Bell had two singles, an RBI and two strikeouts in his High-A debut. Catcher Jin-De Jhang had a single, double and drew a walk. He skipped over low-A ball, after spending last season with Jamestown. Robby Rowland took the loss after Charlotte scored their fifth run of the game in the eighth inning due to a throwing error by shortstop Adam Frazier. All nine hitters in the Bradenton lineup reached base at least once.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

West Virginia’s game was suspended in the top of the third inning with Lexington up 2-1.

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