Prospect Watch: Pimentel and Glasnow Dominant; Polanco Hits 1st Altoona HR


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. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.93) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.313) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-1, 2.60) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.298) – 2-for-4, 2B

5. Austin Meadows, CF, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.293) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.75) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.279) – 1-for-5, 2B

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.306) – In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.253) – 1-for-5, 2B, 3 K

13. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL (UPDATE 6/22)

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 5.26) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.69) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.227) – 1-for-4, 2B

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.69) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.282) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Home Runs: Adalberto Santos (4), Gregory Polanco (1), Willy Garcia (9), Danny Collins (4)




Stolmy Pimentel has been dominant in his first two Triple-A starts. Photo Credit: Mark Olson
Stolmy Pimentel has been dominant in his first two Triple-A starts. Photo Credit: Mark Olson

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.69) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.303) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Goedert, 3B (.246) – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Andrew Lambo, DH (.265) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel is off to a great start with Indianapolis, with an 0.69 ERA in 13 innings over two starts, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio. This is similar to how he started off in Altoona, before struggling for about five starts. He turned things around, and we’ll have to watch to see if he can be a little more consistent. I don’t see him as a number one starter, but more of a number three starter or a number four, depending on how consistent he can be.



Box Score

Result: Bowie 10, Altoona 9

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.93) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.282) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.313) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.242) – 3-for-5, 2B

Alex Dickerson, RF (.242) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had a great start his last time out, but struggled with his control tonight. The right-hander has dealt with some control problems recently, with 18 walks in 38 innings over his last seven starts. That’s almost one every other inning. He’s going to need to improve on that before a promotion to Indianapolis. Adalberto Santos has been hot lately, with a .421/.488/.684 line in his last ten games. He’s 7-for-9 in his last two games. Gregory Polanco hit his first homer in Altoona. He’s off to a good start with Altoona, hitting for a .313/.371/.500 line in 32 at-bats in his first eight games.




Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (1-0, 5.40) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.298) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, DH (.243) – 2-for-4, 2B

Stetson Allie, 1B (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B

Willy Garcia, RF (.234) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Orlando Castro made his high-A debut, and struggled early in the game. He was hit hard the first two innings, and then abandoned his fastball early and leaned more on his off-speed pitches, which made the outing worse. It wasn’t horrible overall, but he could have been better on the night, and he escaped more damage with several hard hit balls going right to fielders, and one pitch being crushed to left field but hooking foul. Alen Hanson made a few nice plays on defense tonight, and also continued his strong hitting. Stetson Allie hit his second double in three games, but also struck out for the fifth time in those three games. Willy Garcia crushed his ninth homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (4-1, 2.60) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH (.333) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.293) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Max Moroff, SS (.231) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Check out Tom Bragg’s live game report on Tyler Glasnow’s start.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 10, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (1.13) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH (.409) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.227) – 1-for-4, 2B

Jeff Roy, LF (.176) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Isaac Sanchez is a sleeper to watch, with some good stuff that is highlighted by a 92-93 MPH fastball with movement. He has had control problems in the past, which will be the thing to watch this year. In his first outing he didn’t walk anyone in five innings, although there were reports that he was a bit wild and got away with it. Tonight he didn’t get away with it, walking four in three innings. Danny Collins, taken in the 13th round out of Troy, has been excellent so far. The first baseman homered in his third game in a row, and now has four homers in six games.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Yankees1 2

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Rosario, RHP (4.50) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, CF (.222) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Candon Myles, LF (.600) – 2-for-3, BB

Andy Otamendi, LHP (1-0, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Check out the GCL Pirates season preview here. Check out my report from today’s game here, along with some updates on the 2013 picks who are in the GCL, and rehab updates on Matt Curry and Wyatt Mathisen.

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I look forward to 2016, with Perdo and Stetson hitting 4th and 5th and combining for 350 K’s, 75 HR, and 240 RBI because Hanson, Polanco, and Cutch make it impossible for them not to drive in at least 100 runs apiece. And all the talk here and at BD will be “They gotta cut down on the K’s.”


Allie also scored and drove in the go-ahead run with a hard hit sac fly. Strikeout came late this time with nobody on. All in all a more solid performance than first two games, which came after a one week hiatus excluding the 2 AB’s in the Allstar game.

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