Prospect Watch: Bell Picks Up Two Doubles; Sanchez Continues Triple-A Hitting


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, 2.90) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.280) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-1, 2.44) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.290) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.50) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-0, 2.00) – DNP

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

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.274) – 1-for-4

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.304) – 2-for-4, RBI

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.258) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.205) – DNP

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.98) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.50) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.33) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.204) – 0-for-4

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



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Top Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (4.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.290) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (5-3, 5.37) – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.284) – 2-for-5, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP (2.56) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Ivan De Jesus, SS (.318) – 2-for-5, 2B

Matt Hague, 1B (.296) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Tony Sanchez, C (.304) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton was originally scheduled to start tonight, but was pulled at the last minute. That could be to bring him up to Pittsburgh tomorrow as a starter, since Jeff Locke and Jeanmar Gomez can’t make the start. Brooks Brown took his place, and was hit hard for five runs in 2.1 innings. Alex Presley, Ivan De Jesus, Matt Hague, and Tony Sanchez all picked up multiple hits. De Jesus had a .316 average and an .829 OPS on the year prior to this game. Sanchez improved on the season to a .304 average and a .934 OPS in Triple-A.



Altoona was suspended in the first inning due to rain.



Bradenton was rained out.


Josh Bell picked up two doubles tonight. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Josh Bell picked up two doubles tonight. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)


Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (3-4, 5.10) – 6.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.290) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF (.258) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.274) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: John Kuchno has struggled in his last three starts, combining to give up 12 earned runs in 14 innings. Prior to that he had a 4.10 ERA in 37.1 innings over his previous seven starts, with a 31:9 K/BB ratio. Josh Bell picked up two doubles, giving him 23 on the year. Bell had an .810 OPS in May and an .808 OPS in June. Max Moroff has been hot lately, hitting for a .304/.429/.507 line in 69 at-bats in the month of June. He went 1-for-4 with a double tonight.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 1, Mahoning Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (4.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, SS (.366) – 2-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.324) – 2-for-3, BB

Danny Collins, 1B (.286) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Jackson Lodge made his second start for Jamestown, filling in for the injured Chad Kuhl. Axel Diaz and Kevin Kleis each pitched two scoreless innings to complete the shutout. Michael Fransoso picked up his fifth stolen base of the year. He has a .366 average and is reaching base in over half of his plate appearances so far in Jamestown, but hasn’t hit for much power. Jin-De Jhang picked up two more hits, and is now 12-for-37 with three homers in ten games this year. He has a hit in nine of those ten games.



The Pirates were rained out.

  • I wouldn’t mind seeing De Jesus get a chance. He looks like a true utility player. Not too mention, anyone with a last name that includes “Jesus” has to help break the curse!

  • Pretty Much agree with Y2. Can’t believe one of those guys wouldn’t be available with 3 off days in just over a week. If they knew Locke wouldn’t be available for Tuesday, why didn’t they have Gomez throw an “aggressive bullpen session” on Sunday evening instead of Monday? I would be more worried about these guys losing their sharpness by sitting for a week than I would that they threw or didn’t throw a bullpen session.

    • I don’t think Gomez threw after the fact. I think Gomez threw before the game.

      Also, they’re not sitting for a week. These guys throw everyday. That’s the issue here. It’s not like they do nothing for five days then throw again when their next start comes up.

      • Tim you have mentioned the routine and I get that but instead of one pitchers routine being off we are now going to change 5 pitchers routines. Anyway you shape this looks it looks stupid. Heck if we want to be careful start Gomez or Locke and have Compton ready in case they struggle.

        • If you’re going to adjust someone’s routine, it’s better to move them back a day and give them more rest, rather than moving a guy up a day with less rest.

          • Wasn’t it AJ Burnett who stated he hates pitching on more then 4 days rest. I believe he felt like he was to strong which made him overthrow.

  • “That could be to bring him up to Pittsburgh tomorrow as a starter, since Jeff Locke and Jeanmar Gomez can’t make the start.”

    I’m confused. Gomez last pitched on Wednesday, so if he went tomorrow he would have five days of rest. How come he’s unavailable?

    • Gomez pitched an aggressive bullpen session yesterday, in preparation for starting Wednesday. He’s basically in the same situation as Locke. Both got warmed up, and now neither are options for this game.

      • Wow! An aggressive bullpen? As much as the Bucs baby their staff I can’t imagine any problems down the road. Here is a question though, did Locke throw an aggressive bullpen Saturday before he was ready to go in on Sunday? Seems to me that we have more excuses why players can’t do something that ballplayers have been doing since the game was invented then any other team in baseball.

        • Every starter has a routine before his next start. That routine usually involves throwing everyday. Sometimes the players throw before the game and sometimes they throw after the game. In this case I’m assuming Jeff Locke hadn’t thrown yet, and that was why he was available. Gomez had thrown, and it would have thrown off his routine to have him move up a day.

          It’s something where, if you have enough notice you can adjust a guy’s routine and move him up a day to account for the off day. But starting isn’t just about waiting five days until you throw again. There’s a whole schedule of things you do between starts that you also need to adjust.

          • Yeah- sorry I don’t buy it. A routine is a routine, not a holy grail 1. Gomez doesn’t throw that many pitches even when he does start, and with him being a bullpen pitcher anyways, he can throw. 2. Morton just threw 1 inning, which isn’t more than a side session, so he could pitch today having basically just made one additional side session in between starts 3. Locke warmed up, and has now had another day off, so in effect, a side session like if he was pitching on 3 days rest. He can also throw. I know we are being careful with pitchers because of injuries but there’s a point where it becomes ridiculous. We’ve now reached that point.