Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Heredia Have Great Outings; Meadows Heating Up


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 (4-7, 3.76) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.259) – 0-for-4, 3 BB, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (7-2, 2.27) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.279) – 1-for-5, HR

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.234) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – 1-for-3

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.89) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-2, 4.21) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.407) – 1-for-5, BB, 4 RBI

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 1-for-6

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.291) – DNP

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – 0-for-4

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.259) – 0-for-4

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.69) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.74) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.31) – In Majors

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.328) – 3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.80) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (7-2, 2.27) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.328) – 3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (13), Alen Hanson (7), Jonathan Schwind (2)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Atahualpa Severino, RHP (0-2, 4.00) – 1.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Goedert, 3B (.243) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, RF (.283) – 1-for-3, 2B

Andy Oliver, LHP (3.97) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.53) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver was originally scheduled to be the starting pitcher tonight, but was moved to the bullpen. That is probably due to his struggles with control since the end of April. The control problems didn’t disappear in relief tonight. Oliver walked two in two innings. The one consolation is that he had a good first inning, giving up just one walk and striking out one. The run came in the second inning on a walk and three hits, but he limited the damage with two more strikeouts. Jared Hughes pitched for the second day in a row. Back to back rehab appearances is usually the last step for relievers. Vic Black was called up to the majors today, so it’s unknown whether Black will remain in Pittsburgh, or go down when Hughes is ready to return. Hughes does have options, so it’s no guarantee he will be back in Pittsburgh when his rehab is up.



Game One Box Score

Result: Trenton 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2.89) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.288) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.267) – 0-for-1, 3 BB, SB


Game Two Box Score

Result: Trenton 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2-4, 4.62) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.325) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.271) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Check out John Dreker’s recap of Nick Kingham’s start.



Box Score

Result: Lakeland 6, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (0-1, 3.15) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.253) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.279) – 1-for-5, HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson homered for the second day in a row, hitting his seventh of the year. He also recorded his 24th error of the year. It was only his third error since June 21st, spanning 25 games. Jose Osuna went 1-for-2 with a double. It was his 18th of the year, and his fourth in the last two days. In his last ten games he has a .324/.477/.471 line in 34 at-bats.


Tyler Glasnow threw six shutout innings. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Tyler Glasnow threw six shutout innings. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)


Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 1, Kannapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (7-2, 2.27) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, DH (.329) – 2-for-2, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.266) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow was dominant tonight, going six shutout innings for the second time in his last three starts. On the season Glasnow has a 2.27 ERA in 87.1 innings, with a 122:48 K/BB ratio. He has a 3.6 BB/9 ratio in his last nine starts, which is good when you consider that it is paired with an 11.7 K/9 ratio in that same amount of time. Walker Gourley stole his 28th base of the year. He and Dilson Herrera combined for the only three West Virginia hits.


Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (2-2, 4.21) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, LF (.243) – 1-for-3, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.283) – 1-for-3

Eric Wood, 3B (.245) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Jonathan Schwind hit his second homer of the year, which was a grand slam that made the difference in this game. The homer led to a five run third inning for West Virginia. Luis Heredia bounced back from a bad outing the last time out. Heredia has been good in five of his six starts this year, although his control has struggled. In 25.2 innings he has an 18:17 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 7, Batavia 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (1-1, 0.90) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, LF (.328) – 3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, DH (.306) – 3-for-4, 2B

Erich Weiss, 3B (.313) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: 2013 9th round pick Chad Kuhl is off to a great start in his career. He has an 0.90 ERA in 20 innings, with a 17:3 K/BB ratio. He also has just a .194 BAA, and has only given up runs in one of his five starts. Jin-De Jhang was struggling recently, going 0-for-9 in his last three games, and 6-for-33 in his last nine games before tonight. He got back on track tonight with three hits and his fourth double of the year. Harold Ramirez hasn’t stopped hitting, and has a .341/.364/.488 line in 41 at-bats over his last ten games. He also has a .405/.467/.595 line in 79 at-bats in the month of July.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 17, Braves 7

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP (4.50) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.234) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Ozuna, SS (.206) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Candon Myles, LF (.344) – 3-for-6, 2B

Reese McGuire, DH (.407) – 1-for-5, BB, 4 RBI

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.320) – 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI

Danny Arribas, C (.257) – 3-for-5, 2B

Nick Buckner, RF (.135) – 2-for-5

Angel Sanchez, LHP (2-1, 3.18) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates scored a run in every inning, taking batting practice against the GCL Braves pitchers. Austin Meadows is starting to see his bat heat up. In his last nine games he has gone 10-for-34 (.294) with four doubles, two triples, and a homer. He’s 6-for-12 with three doubles and a homer in his last three games. Reese McGuire continues to hit the ball hard. He only had one hit today, but had two other hard hit balls that went for outs. 8th round pick Neil Kozikowski made his debut today. He had trouble in the first due to two errors, but overall had a good outing, limiting the damage and working efficiently.

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Up on top you have Gregory Polanco 0-4 but in the Altoona recap you have him 0-1?


Was at the Jamestown game last night. Box score doesn’t show that Ramirez made a great catch in LF last night going up against the scoreboard to rob extra bases. He hit the ball hard (all line drives) all night


Gates,besides Sanchez, Polanco and Taillon,and possibly Kingham,who are not very far away at all,who do you want to see ” ready to contribute ” ? The goal of all MLB orginizations is to have their prospects come ” in waves “, not all at the same time. In other words,I don’t quite understand your point really !


Part of it is the fact that quite a few top prospects from AAA have been moved up to the big club in the last year and a half. Marte, Cole, Locke, Wilson and Morris were all top-20 prospects as recently as 2 years ago. So there is a smaller number at the top 2 levels.
AA 3
A+ 2
A 7
Below A 4
That is a pretty good distribution. Expect a couple of guys to be promoted bEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

Jeremy J Stein

So next year we might see the following players at the following levels:

AAA Indianapolis – Taillon, Polanco, Kingham, Rojas, Dickerson, Adalberto Santos, Sadler, McPherson and Irwin.
AA Altoona – Hanson, Dan Gamache, Zac Fuesser (maybe promoted during the year to Altoona), Joely Rodriguez (also maybe promoted during the year) and maybe Allie?
A+ Bradenton – Glasnow, Bell, Barnes, Herrera, Orlando Castro, Jason Creasy, Ryan Hafner and maybe Holmes?
I know not all of the players I listed are top 20 prospects but they are all at least interesting prospects who are playing well and probably will be promoted next year.


I just noticed that 16 of our 20 top prospects from your list are in AA ball or lower and 13 of those 16 are even lower than AA. Does that take a little of the luster away from what we really have and turn it more into wishful thinking? It would be nice to see more of our highly touted prospects in high A ball and close to being ready to contribute. It just has that normal Pirate feel of, hang in there cause the future looks bright. Don’t get me wrong, I’m LUVIN our Bucs this year and I’m on your site 6-8 times a day looking for updates, so I’m all in, but it just seems like there might be more hope than reality with these prospects.

Jeremy J Stein

Mike and Tim already have a good response.
I’ll just add that we’ll be seeing a yearly influx of the talent moving up the system.
Here is what prospects (top or mid level) we could see make it to the majors over the next few years:
2014 – Polanco, Taillon and Kingham. Also, Lambo and Pimentel if they aren’t Septemeber call ups in 2013. Maybe Sanchez becomes the backup catcher?
2015 – Glasnow, Dickerson and Hanson. Maybe we see someone like Sadler as a reliever? We might also see Allie if he is for real.
The future is closer than you think.


since day one, NH has stated that he would like an annual wave of talent to hit the shores of the Alleghany. With the arrival of Marte and Cole, we can possibly see Taillon and Polanco with the next phase, followed by a Kingham/Glasnow/Hanson, etc…
I think NH has done a great job as GM even though most of his early trades didnt pan out. He knew he was going to build up from within and knew there would be some lean years. IMO, one of the front runners for FO Exec of the year.

Mike Rosati

Marte, Cole, Locke, Wilson, Morris, Black, Mercer….Those are all guys that were in the minor leagues last year, or earlier this season, that are now in with the big league club, that’s why most of the big prospects are in the lower minors. You’re not always going to have a stocked AAA team.


Harold Ramirez looks like the next in line of the Marte, Polanco Latin American outfield crop. Fantastic season. Can’t wait to see him in West Virginia next year.

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