Prospect Watch: McGuire Has a Four Hit Day; Cunningham Ties Career High in HRs


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 (.268) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (7-2, 2.27) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.279) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.250) – 2-for-5, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – DNP

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-2, 4.21) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.431) – 4-for-6, 2B, SB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – DNP

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

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.252) – 0-for-3, BB

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 (.333) – 2-for-4, SB

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



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Top Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.71) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.215) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (15), Carlos Mesa (7), Michael Fransoso (1)



Indianapolis was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (3.71) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.215) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.268) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Alex Dickerson, RF (.288) – 2-for-4

Kenn Kasparek, RHP (4-2, 4.17) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his 14th double and his 15th homer of the year. The home run matches his career high, set in 2011 with Bradenton. Cunningham hit his 15 in 310 at-bats that year, adding 23 doubles. He has 15 homers and 14 doubles in 335 at-bats this year, up from six homers and 19 doubles in 359 at-bats last year. Gregory Polanco was 5-for-25 with one double in his previous nine games. Alex Dickerson has a .447/.462/.789 line in 38 at-bats in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Lakeland 8, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (3-9, 5.19) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.224) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Junior Sosa, CF (.231) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Carlos Mesa hit his seventh homer of the year for the Marauders. His homer was the only run the Marauders scored, and they only had four hits on the day. Robby Rowland has been struggling with a 7.17 ERA in 21.1 innings this month. He had a decent month of June with a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings.



West Virginia was off today.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 9, Batavia 7

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3.97) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, 2B (.313) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.333) – 2-for-4, SB

Jin-De Jhang, C (.307) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: Jackson Lodge tied for the best start in the system last week, and has been strong in the rotation this season. He struggled today, giving up four runs in three innings. Michael Fransoso hit his first pro homer in the ninth inning. Jamestown scored seven in the ninth inning, capped off by Fransoso’s homer. Harold Ramirez picked up two more hits. He has a .410/.468/.590 line in 83 at-bats this month. He also stole his 13th base of the year.


Reese McGuire had four hits today.
Reese McGuire had four hits today.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Yankees 6

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (4.00) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.280) – 3-for-5, 2 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C (.431) – 4-for-6, 2B, SB

Austin Meadows, CF (.250) – 2-for-5, BB

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.342) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Nick Buckner, RF (.186) – 3-for-6, SB, 3 K

Melvin Del Rosario, LHP (4.09) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Reese McGuire picked up four more hits today. He has a .431/.486/.569 line in 65 at-bats so far, with hits in 14 of his 16 games. He has also reached base safely in every game, and has good plate patience skills with a 6:5 BB/K ratio. Austin Meadows continues to hit. In his last ten games he has a .308/.400/.590 line in 39 at-bats, with four doubles, two triples, and a homer. He went 1-for-13 in his first three games. Ulises Montilla has a .342/.438/.532 line in 79 at-bats, with 13 doubles and a triple. He also has a 14:14 BB/K ratio.

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Chris Hale

During the draft I saw Braden Shipley falling. I wanted him badly at 9 until I saw Austin Meadows still there at 9. I new they would choose Meadows, IMO he had the highest upside of any bat in the draft Seriously this guy could turn into the next young phenom. Then at 14 Shipley was still there. I couldn’t stand the idea of passing over a third huge upside power along with Cole and Taillon, Shipley could have been in our rotation shortly after Taillon. Also I though the Pirates wanted yet another top of the rotation starter because they wanted to sign Appel last year. I thought it was a mistake taking McGuire, 1st because I believe heavily in Wyatt Mathesin and 2 because the scouts I talked to said they weren’t sure he was the best prep catcher in the draft. but I think If Reese McGuire is as good as advertised the might move Mathesin to 3B or corner OF. I was wrong on McGuire and i’m glad they got him

Jeremy J Stein

I think it’s great that the Pirates have 4 legit catching prospects (Sanchez, Mathisen, Jhang and McGuire) now since catcher is such a key premium position. We’ve seen the Pirates struggle to find their franchise catcher (or even a solid catcher year to year) after Kendall left (or Pirates let him go depending on your perspective). Paulino had issues, Santiago was too old, Doumit could hit but not catch, Walker changed positions, J.R. House was a bust, Snyder was always hurt and Barajas couldn’t do anything.
Hopefully one of these guys develop and solidify the position for several years.


Well Meadows was ranked higher on their board so he was a guy they wanted more than the guy they really wanted. I’m just glad NH stuck with his board and didn’t mind taking a second high school position player.

Dom DiDominic

Can’t say how glad I am that no one took McGuire at 10, 11, 12 or 13.
This is not a shot at Meadows, glad to have them both. However, McGuire was the guy the Pirates wanted & glad they have him!


Really looking forward to the Cole/Fernandez match up this Sunday. Should be a good one.

joe g.

Meadows heating up.

Jeremy J Stein

Nice, Meadows has another good day at the plate.
McGuire has been really impressive. He’s seeing the ball really well, has great plate patience, and he seems to be solid behind the plate too with throwing out runners. Didn’t I read here (at PiratesProspects) that McGuire’s game calling ability is slightly more advanced than a typical high school draft pick?
Maybe McGuire doesn’t like that he’s only ranked 9th in your top prospects list Tim? He’s making a case to be #1 heh.


Do they ever promote from short season for guys like McGuire who seems to be above that level? And would it be a Jamestown or a WV


just looked at Cunningham’s splits. 11 for 90 against lefties, 6 homers, 6 rbi.

Pretty unusual stats. Hopefully he can put it together on offense. He has good power for second baseman.

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