Prospect Watch: Four Hit Game For Reese McGuire In Debut


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, 2.97) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.317) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-2, 2.69) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – High-A DL

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.286) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.38) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.93) –  DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.800) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.302) – 2-for-4, 2B

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.244) – 0-for-3, BB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.217) – 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 (1-1, 2.88) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.17) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.246) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

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



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Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, RHP (3.12) – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, DH (.800) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Luis Urena (1), Harold Ramirez (1)



Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 4, Louisville 0

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, RHP (3.12) – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.298) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo (.305) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.302) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Andy Oliver had an impressive start tonight, throwing 6.2 shutout innings, allowing four hits and four walks. Jose Contreras got him out of the seventh inning, after Oliver was removed following a walk to the last batter he faced. Contreras threw a scoreless eighth and Vic Black finished the shutout off with a perfect ninth. Matt Hague had three hits, including his 25th double and he drove in his 52nd run of the season. Tony Sanchez hit his 23rd double of the season and Andrew Lambo now has 22 RBI’s in 24 games with Indianapolis. Combined with his Altoona numbers, he has 68 RBI’s



Box Score

Result: Altoona 15, Erie 7

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1-2, 6.14) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Carlos Paulino, C (.232) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.259) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Mel Rojas, LF (.270) – 3-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI

Gregory Polanco, CF (.317) – 3-for-5, RBI, 2B

Game Notes: Altoona scored 15 runs tonight, with everyone in the starting lineup collecting at least one hit and crossing the plate at least once. Justin Howard scored three times, while Mel Rojas, Gregory Polanco, Alex Dickerson and Carlos Paulino each scored two times. Paulino drove in four runs, connecting for two doubles. Gregory Polanco now has 20 hits and 13 RBI’s in his first 16 games at Altoona. Eliecer Navarro picked up his first win since being promoted from Bradenton.





Bradenton was off today.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (2-1, 3.09) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.267) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF (.244) – 0-for-3, BB

Max Moroff, SS (.249) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Jason Creasy pitched well for five innings tonight, a nice follow up to his five shutout innings from Saturday, when he gave up just one hit. He still picked up his first loss of the season though, as the Power bats were kept quiet all game. They collected just five hits and only Dilson Herrera, with his single and two walks, reached base more than once. Thomas Harlan gave up the other two Lexington runs, one was unearned on the 21st error of the season by Eric Wood. Josh Bell did not play.



Box Score

Result:  Jamestown 5, Auburn 4

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (5.52) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.246) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS (.333) – 1-for-3, BB

JaCoby Jones, CF (.000) – 0-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jamestown had three 2013 draft picks in the starting lineup making their pro debut tonight. Third round pick, JaCoby Jones, sixth round pick Adam Frazier and 37th round pick Andrew Dennis all started today, with Frazier batting lead-off at shortstop, Jones hitting second in center field and Dennis hit eighth and was behind the plate. Jake Johansen started against Jamestown today, throwing four no-hit innings. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 27th round of the 2012 draft. Harold Ramirez hit his first homer of the season, a three-run shot during a four run fourth inning, that put Jamestown up for good. Dovydas Neverauskas picked up his first win of the season and Kevin Kleis got his second save.



Reese McGuire had an impressive debut today
Reese McGuire had an impressive debut today

Box Score

Result: Tigers 11, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Rosario, RHP (2.45) – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, DH (.800) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Candon Myles, LF (.421) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Luis Urena, RF (.262) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Reese McGuire made his pro debut today, batting third and playing DH. The 1st round draft pick of the Pirates this season, singled in his first AB. He then doubled twice, singled again and in the process, drove in three runs. Despite the great debut from McGuire, the Pirates dropped their second straight to the Tigers. Pirates starter Miguel Rosario had quite an impressive game too, throwing four no-hit innings. He allowed one walk and struck out four batters. Christian Santiago followed him and got hit hard, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 1.2 innings. Just three of his runs allowed were earned. Luis Urena hit his first homer of the season. Trae Arbet stole his first base and made his first error. He is hitting .115 through 26 AB’s.

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I thought ranking McGuire ahead of Sanchez was crazy, as they’re both good defensive Cs, and we know Sanhcez can hit in AAA and probably in MLB too, while we don’t know if McGuire can hit in Rookie ball or Low A. But damn was I wrong. Dude’s hitting .800! He’s twice as good as Ted Williams. And I don’t want to hear anything about a small sample size, move him up to Jamestown right now. 🙂


Tim, do you think there is a chance Polanco sees AAA this year?

Mark Fifield

Tim, Thanks for both answers. Nice link on first one. Great site you have here, on it everyday. Thanks again!

Mark Fifield

Tim, how is it decided who gets assigned where? Reese is our number one pick and he goes to GCL. Dennis gets picked in later rounds but gets assigned to Jamestown. Is it because Reese is directly from high school?

Tim Williams

GCL is typically for high school draftees, and Jamestown is for college guys. Dennis was coming out of the JuCo ranks, while Reese was from high school. So that’s probably why they went where they went.

Also, the GCL team is managed by Milver Reyes, who caught for ten years in the minors. So there’s probably some benefit to McGuire working in the GCL directly under Reyes.

Mark Fifield

Tim, anyway we could get a daily graph on all this years (maybe last years also) draft picks stats? It could look like stat page of each affiliate only just showing 2013 players (and possible 2012 etc)? We could go to a certain page and see how they all are doing. Now I have to go to every affiliate page and look up and down to see where the rookies are. Thanks, and great site!

Tim Williams

I haven’t figured out a way to add stats to the site. All of the services that offer stat feeds and that are affordable only offer MLB stats. If you’re looking for something all on one page, I recommend the B-Ref affiliates page:

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