Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits His 27th Homer; Glasnow Continues His Dominance


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 (.278) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-2, 2.24) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.281) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.290) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.273) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.89) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-3, 4.45) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.383) –  DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.270) – 2-for-5, 2B

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.288) – In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.244) – 0-for-4, 3 K

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.48) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) – DNP

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

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.333) – 1-for-4, BB

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.13) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (8-2, 2.24) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.287) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (13), Jose Osuna (5)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 9, Indianapolis 8

Starting Pitcher: Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP (9.00) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.287) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, 2B (.229) – 2-for-4, BB

Matt Hague, 1B (.286) – 2-for-5, 2B

Lucas May, C (.200) – 3-for-4, 2B

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.45) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (3-4, 3.67) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit his 13th home run of the year for Indianapolis, and his 27th of the season. He also had a clutch two RBI single later in the game that helped lead to a seven run comeback. Lambo was slumping in early July, but is heating back up, going 11-for-34 with two doubles and four homers in his last ten games. Matt Hague picked up his 30th double of the year. He now has 30+ doubles in four of his five full pro seasons.



Altoona was off tonight.



Box Score

Result: Dunedin 6, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3-10, 5.42) – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.263) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, DH (.241) – 1-for-4, HR

Ashley Ponce, 3B (.194) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: Gift Ngoepe has been out of action for the last month with a family issue. He returned tonight and was sent down to Bradenton, probably due to Alen Hanson taking over at shortstop in Altoona. Ngoepe looked over-matched in Double-A this year, and didn’t have the best outing tonight, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Stetson Allie also had a rough night with three strikeouts. He is slumping lately with a .184/.311/.263 line and 14 strikeouts in 38 at-bats in his last ten games. Jose Osuna hit his fifth homer of the year. He has a .333/.425/.576 line in 33 at-bats over his last ten games. Willy Garcia has also been hot lately, with a nine game hitting streak, and a .395/.425/.526 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games.


Tyler Glasnow has 128 strikeouts this year.  (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Tyler Glasnow has 128 strikeouts this year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Delmarva 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (8-2, 2.24) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.270) – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Schwind, DH (.245) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow continues his dominant season. In his last ten games he has a 1.63 ERA in 49.2 innings, with a 64:20 K/BB ratio. Glasnow has given up two earned runs in 22 innings over his last four games, with a 25:8 K/BB ratio. The last time he walked more than three batters in a start was on May 28th. He will probably finish the year with West Virginia, but if he continues to improve his control, he could make the Bradenton/Altoona transition next year, much like we’ve seen from Nick Kingham this year. Dilson Herrera picked up his 20th double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 8, Auburn 4

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3.92) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 3B (.393) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.333) – 1-for-4, BB

Danny Collins, 1B (.276) – 2-for-5, SB

Elvis Escobar, RF (.256) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Jamestown scored seven runs in the ninth inning to come back and win the game. Erich Weiss is off to a good start to his pro career. In 16 games he has a .393/.424/.571 line in 56 at-bats, with six doubles and two triples. The Pirates signed the 11th round pick for $305,000, which was $205,000 over-slot.  Harold Ramirez is finishing off a great month of July where he is hitting for a .394/.453/.548 line in 104 at-bats. If it wasn’t for Alex Dickerson destroying the ball in Double-A, Ramirez would probably have a shot at the Player of the Month award.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 8, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (3.58) – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.290) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.311) – 1-for-4, 2B

Candon Myles, RF (.336) – 2-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Austin Meadows picked up his sixth double and his 11th extra base hit in 18 games. In his last ten games he has a .405/.532/.757 line in 37 at-bats. Ulises Montilla also had a double, and now has 14 on the year. He has a .359/.444/.487 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games, and a .311/.407/.489 line in 90 at-bats this season. Wei-Chung Wang bounced back from a poor outing last week to throw four shutout innings. This was the fifth time in seven starts that he went at least four innings with one or fewer runs allowed. On the season he has a 3.58 ERA in 27.2 innings, with a 23:1 K/BB ratio.

  • Our leadoff guy has struck out over 100 times. Bo more excuses. Lambo would be better than Tabata, Snider, Presley, or Schierholtz. The Nets won’t trade Byrd. Seattle thinks they’re buyers. Alex Rios is overpriced. Our best option is in our back pocket.

    • Not sure how you can say that. Schierhotlz is a proven major league hitter. Tabata and Presley both have had some success at the ML level. Lambo has been mostly a AA player, who may or may not translate the success he is having in the minors to the ML level.

  • Is Willy Garcia’s improving batting average based upon better plate discipline or is he just hot? It doesn’t appear that he is walking very often.

  • I hardly think Neal is worried about his 30% K rate. Sounds like he would fit right in with current players they have right now.

  • CalipariFan506
    July 30, 2013 9:18 am

    The main argument is he has less than 200 AAA at bats and a K rate of 30%.

  • Does Lambo have any first base experience? I feel like he would be a nice stopgap until Dickerson comes up, and it would allow us to move Garrett Jones while he still has value.

  • The main argument to keep Andrew in AAA is a faulty one considering he projects on paper to ride the bench behind Cutch, Marte, and Polanco. Let’s bring him up now and see if he can help us and himself as it happens to his Pirate future.