Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson and Stetson Allie Homer


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 (0-1, 5.25) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.277) – 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.194) – 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.314) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.290) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.18) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.326) – 2-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 0-for-4

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

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

13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.226) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – 2-for-4, 2B (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.30) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.16) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.307) – 1-for-4

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 3.86) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.288) – 2-for-3, RBI



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Top Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (1-2, 4.82) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.277) – 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Gregory Polanco (4), Alen Hanson (1), Stetson Allie (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Columbus 2

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (9-7, 4.10) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, RF (.217) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Robert Andino, SS (.310) – 3-for-4

Darren Ford, LF (.239) – 2-for-4, 2B

Duke Welker, RHP (3.42) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Graham Godfrey has given up two earned runs in 19 innings over the last three outings. He has given up 12 hits and two walks in that span, with ten strikeouts. Jerry Sands hit his second double in as many days. He’s struggling on the year with a .670 OPS, although he has been hitting lefties with a .797 OPS, compared to a .633 OPS against right-handers. Duke Welker has a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings over his last ten appearances, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio.


Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco
Gregory Polanco (left) and Alen Hanson (right) both homered for Altoona.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Portland 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.02) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.277) – 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.194) – 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Alex Dickerson, RF (.299) – 3-for-6, 2B

Justin Howard, 1B (.339) – 3-for-6, SB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham left the game after three innings due to a high single inning pitch count. He threw 34 pitches in the third inning, which leads to an automatic removal from the game in the Pirates’ system. Gregory Polanco hit his fourth homer of the year for Altoona, giving the team a 4-3 lead. Portland took the lead in extra innings in the top of the 11th, but Alen Hanson tied it back up with his first homer for Altoona in the bottom of the inning. Altoona won on a walk off single by Mel Rojas in the bottom of the 12th. Alex Dickerson and Justin Howard both had three hit games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Palm Beach 1

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (1-2, 4.82) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.226) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C (.266) – 2-for-3

Junior Sosa, CF (.250) – 2-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit his third homer of the year for Bradenton. It was also his first extra base hit in his last eight games. Allie has a .226/.352/.350 line in 177 at-bats this year in Bradenton, with a 38.4% strikeout rate. Allie has gone through stretches all year where he slumps, then breaks out of it and goes on a tear offensively with a lot of power. He’s seen more slumping than hot streaks in Bradenton so far. Pat Ludwig gave up 11 earned runs in 8.2 innings over his previous two starts, but bounced back tonight. He has had some decent outings in the rotation this year, although he profiles more as a reliever in the long run.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Greensboro 1

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (8-5, 4.01) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B (.259) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Wood, 3B (.260) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Josh Bell, RF (.290) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Josh Bell picked up two hits on his 21st birthday. He has a .391/.472/.609 line with two homers in 46 at-bats so far in the month of August. Jordan Steranka had two doubles, giving him nine on the season. Eric Wood had a two hit night, and now has a .319/.400/.447 line in 47 at-bats in August, which is his best performance since April. John Kuchno has been great out of the rotation in the last two months. He had a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings in July, with a 21:9 K/BB ratio. This month he has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings, with a 10:3 K/BB ratio. The Pirates signed Kuchno to an over-slot deal last year with the leftover Mark Appel money.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, Batavia 2

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (1.88) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.288) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, LF (.307) – 1-for-4

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.278) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had another great start. In his last five outings he has gone 24 innings without giving up an earned run. He also has a 23:6 K/BB ratio in that span. Dickson was a fourth round pick by the Pirates this year. He has a 1.88 ERA in 38.1 innings, with a 43:15 K/BB ratio in his pro debut. Jin-De Jhang picked up two hits for his third straight game. Harold Ramirez has hits in seven of his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Phillies 0

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP (1.50) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, C (.533) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, DH (.326) – 2-for-4

Austin Meadows, CF (.314) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.273) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: 14th round pick Billy Roth made his fourth start. Roth has combined for a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, with a 7:4 K/BB ratio. Today was his longest outing of his pro career. Wyatt Mathisen is 8-for-15 with a double and five walks in his rehab work in the GCL. Today was the second time he has played a complete game. Austin Meadows continues to hit in August, with a .953 OPS so far this month.

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Have you seen Howard play? What’s his story?


Alex Dickerson, RF (.299) – 3-for-6, 2B

Justin Howard, 1B (.339) – 3-for-6, SB

Big Polanco fan that I am,I still would like to remind folks here that these two guys are going to have to be taken into consideration,and sometime soon !


You look at those results. Incredible pitching at all levels. Pirates have a plethora of pitching talent in their system. Likely the most combined minor league pitching talent of any ML team.


Kinghams start was about as weird as any three innings I have seen. Guys just kept fouling him off and fouling him off. They really didn’t hit him that hard,and he didn’t walk a lot of hitters,but he just couldn’t seem to put guys away quickly,so the pitch count in the third just kept adding up !


I know it’s not real important, but it’s nice to see all of the affiliates with a clean sweep of victories.

On another note, Allie just opened the HR floodgates, so all of the haters can STFU and STFD


Doubt it. Allie looks like he’s going to be a loooong term project for the Pirates. He left his Power bat in West Virginia.

Lee Young

Whatever happened to Jerry Sands? Surely the PCL parks didn’t help him THAT much?



It’s good too see, for sure, and I like the Ks he’s racking up. All positives. But I’m not really going to pay much attention until he starts doing it in Bradenton or Altoona even.

College guys should be able to get outs in that league, especially ones drafted in the top 4 rounds.


Was at the Jammers game with 800 of my closest friends in Batavia last night. He struck out 7 and the only hits he gave up were seeing eye singles -a couple that could have been played. He looked really good – fastball wasn’t just “crafty” but good.


Dickson hasn’t just been doing this with lefty cunning and guile, right? He seems to be working on making a name for himself down there.

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