Prospect Watch: Cumpton Bounces Back; Heredia Throws Five Shutout Again


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, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.75) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.271) – 1-for-3, BB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.29) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.229) – 1-for-3, BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.299) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) – 2-for-5

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.98) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (6-3, 2.85) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.331) – 1-for-3

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

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – 60-Day DL

12. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.223) – 1-for-3, BB

13. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.292) – 0-for-4, 3 K

14. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.19) – DNP

15. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-6, 3.33) – DNP

16. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

17. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 2.57) – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.279) – 1-for-3

19. Elvis Escobar, OF, Jamestown (.281) – 1-for-3

20. Phil Irwin, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 0.90) – 60-Day DL



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.32) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B (.247) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (2)


Brandon Cumpton Pirates
Brandon Cumpton threw seven shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 1, Toledo 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.32) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Lucas May, C (.219) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Travis Snider, DH (.261) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Duke Welker, RHP (3.25) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton bounced back from a rough outing last time out. It’s not that he gave up a lot of runs, as he only allowed one earned run in 3.1 innings. The problem last time was that he threw over 90 pitches in those 3.1 innings. Cumpton threw eight innings without an earned run on August 17th, but his previous three outings saw him give up ten earned runs in 17 innings. He’s been hot and cold lately, and tonight he passed his 2012 innings totals. The inconsistent performances could be a result of him slowing down. He could be a starting option for the Pirates in September if they need a spot start, but he might not be good as a full-time starter. Duke Welker threw a shutout inning, and now has a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings over his last ten games, with a 13:4 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 2, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller, RHP (1-5, 4.02) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.284) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.287) – 2-for-4

Alen Hanson, SS (.229) – 1-for-3, BB

Gregory Polanco, LF (.271) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco played his last four games in right field, but moved tonight over to left field. Adalberto Santos picked up two hits and stole his 19th base of the year. Alen Hanson stole his sixth base with Altoona, and his 30th of the season. He is 12-for-39 in his last ten games. Alex Dickerson might be heating back up, going 5-for-10 in his last three games, after going 1-for-19 in his previous seven games. Quinton Miller made his second start in the Altoona rotation this year, and now has combined for three earned runs in nine innings, along with a 7:3 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4.40) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.253) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B (.260) – 2-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B (.223) – 1-for-3, BB

Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (3.68) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson has had some good outings lately. He gave up four runs in five innings on August 16th, but his other three recent starts have combined for one earned run in 18 innings, with seven hits allowed. Zack Von Rosenberg returned to the mound for the first time since June 28th, missing two months with an ankle injury. Gift Ngoepe had his third multi-hit game in his last four games.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Asheville 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (6-3, 2.85) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B (.247) – 3-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.237) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Josh Bell, RF (.281) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: For his second straight start, Luis Heredia threw five shutout innings. This was also the sixth time in his last eight outings where he went five innings with one or fewer runs. On the season Heredia has a 2.85 ERA in 60 innings with a 50:34 K/BB ratio. The only downside with Heredia right now is the high walk rate. Putting that in perspective, Tyler Glasnow had some horrible walk rates at this level for the first few months of the season, and Glasnow is a year older than Heredia. There is plenty of time for Heredia to improve those control issues. Jordan Steranka hit his second homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (4.29) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS (.339) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Jin-De Jhang, C (.279) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas bounced back from a bad outing the last time out. He gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings last time, with five walks. His start tonight is more consistent with what he’s been doing this season. In his last ten starts he has five starts with five innings and one or fewer earned runs. His overall season numbers have been elevated by two bad starts in August where he combined for 11 earned runs in 5.2 innings. Adam Frazier has been hitting well this year with a .339 average, but hasn’t been hitting for much power. Tonight he hit his seventh extra base hit of the year in 65 hits.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 7, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP (2.63) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B (.204) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Enyel Vallejo, LF (.318) – 1-for-4, RBI

Reese McGuire, C (.331) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Neil Kozikowski had a rough start today, giving up four runs in four innings after combining for three earned runs in 20 innings in his first six games. Reese McGuire is hitting for a .361/.425/.389 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games. Enyel Vallejo extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his hit today.

  • CalipariFan506
    August 29, 2013 5:46 pm

    It fits well where you had it Lee. I post to see how many of you guys will say something back.

  • CalipariFan506
    August 29, 2013 11:52 am

    I’m convinced Dejan roots against the Pirates. Smizik IMO just doesn’t know how to run a modern baseball organization.

    • I’ve quit reading DK. I still read Bob. I like Bob. I’ve had emailed with him a few times and he seems like a nice guy who wants the Bucs to win as much as any of us, but the twenty years got to him a little bit, I think.

      DK just writes depending on what will get him the most page hits, imho.

      Not unlike a lot of us.


  • Any update on Heredia’s velocity recently? He has been tough to hit and his K rate is improving. If he can get the fastball into the 93-94 range his ceiling really remains high.

    • I’ve gotten reports that he’s low to mid 90s. Usually 92-94 is about right for him.

    • j: WHERE you been? “Fond memories” of CBSSportsline over the past couple of years …… I’ve seen “emjaytn” around these parts.

      Where’s “daddioman” and “jlesh”? For ole times sake, they could debate us on – – – NO actually, they may NOT be able to disagree disparage the performance of Neal Huntington and company?!

      • NO actually, they may NOT be able to disagree disparage the performance of Neal Huntington and company?!

        I think a Pittsburgh blog writer had a post on this subject and I think you will find that a lot of the people that Hated Huntington and the entire management team still hate them. The past is never forgotten when it comes to sports, if you do decide to forget the past, the media will conveniently remind you, always looking for ways to stir the pot.

      • Hey NorCal, I was posting a ton on the UPPMB for about 3 years which is a pretty good crowd. I just got tired of how pedantic it could get. So now I just occasionally post here and on Fangraphs (PiratesHurdles).

        I still follow everything equally as close, I just don’t waste as much time arguing every little thing with the Smizik/Kovacevic crowd.

      • BTW, Smurph also posts here.

  • Miller deserved a better fate. I was at the game last night. Leadoff hitter for Hbg, who is VERY fast, grounds routinely to Hanson. Hanson does a little crow hop (ie, takes his time) and the guy beats it out. Next guy up walks, then, a double steal.

    Infield in and the batter chops one to Hanson, who had the guy nailed at home. For some reason, he hesitated (runner was about 60% down the line). When he finally decided to throw home, the same FAST runner beat it out.

    Rojas made a nice play on a drive over his head in the 5th inning. My one buddy goes “At least we know Polanco can go back on a ball”. To which my other buddy goes “What game have you been at all night!”

    Polanco got robbed on a shot into the RCF gap. Diving catch by the CF. We all (my buddies and I) thought it was gonna be a double or triple.

    If Miller continues to pitch like he did last night, he could, at worst, be a middle reliever. Very impressed with him.

    Dickerson’s two hits were ropes and the 2bman made a nice play on a 3rd bid for a hit.

    Btw, Polanco is BIGGER than 170. Maybe 190-200 lbs?

    Both Hanson and Greg have quick swings. This was my first time seeing both. Hanson hit a ‘bomb’ foul. Plus, he does have a ‘good enough’ arm to stay at SS, imho.

    All in all, a good night. We’re standing around outside the gate waiting for the rain to quit……….A lady walks up to me (ladies are ALWAYS attracted to me 🙂 ) and gives us 3 free tickets. Out of the blue! Add that to the free parking I always get (used to work with the Parking guy) and it was a nice free evening!


  • Did we ever get a report on what the injuries where to McPherson and Irwin? I don’t think they were TJ, but they both have been out for a while…

    • K-Mac had TJ surgery on 7/10. At his age, I would bet this probably means he will be more of a relief prospect when he returns if he can stay on the 40 man this winter.

      Phil Irwin had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right-elbow on 7/3. He is expected to miss approximately two months of action.