Prospect Watch: Jin-De Jhang Homers Twice; Oliver Has a Good Start


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, 4.50) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.279) – 1-for-4

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.40) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.190) – 0-for-2, BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.315) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.42) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.317) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

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 (.229) – DNP

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – DNP (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.09) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-5, 3.30) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.08) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.304) – DNP

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

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.292) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI



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Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (3.99) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.292) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Home Runs: Jin-De Jhang 2 (4, 5)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (3.99) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B-3B (.285) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.287) – 1-for-4, 3B

Jared Goedert, 3B (.234) – 2-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Kris Johnson was originally supposed to start today’s game, but was called up to the majors, which moved Andy Oliver back to the rotation. Oliver has really struggled with his control this year, walking a batter an inning from the start of May. Oliver only walked one batter in five innings tonight, after walking 32 in 25 innings in his previous nine games. Doug Mathis, who was acquired today, threw two innings with one unearned run in his Indianapolis debut. Kyle Farnsworth also made his Indianapolis debut, giving up one run in one inning.



Box Score

Result: Erie 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (10-7, 3.41) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.269) – 1-for-3, 3B

Gregory Polanco, CF (.279) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Mel Rojas hit his ninth triple of the year. Casey Sadler had an unusually high amount of walks tonight, but limited the hits and managed to get through seven innings with three runs allowed. This was the seventh time this year that Sadler has gone 7+ innings, and the first since May 17th. The other six came in a seven start span from April 16th to May 17th.



Bradenton was suspended in the third inning.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Hickory 4

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (3.42) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tom Harlan, LHP (-3, 2.17) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Josh Bell, DH (.288) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Walker Gourley, RF (.321) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Luis Heredia didn’t have the best outing today, giving up three runs in 4.2 innings. He has been doing better with his control lately, with four walks in 14 innings over the last three starts. Tom Harlan came on in relief and got nine strikeouts in three innings. Harlan had 19 in his previous 19 innings, so while he’s a strikeout pitcher, this amount was exceptional. Josh Bell picked up his 37th double of the year. Dilson Herrera added his 24th double of the year.


Jin-De Jhang hit two homers today.
Jin-De Jhang hit two homers today.


Box Score

Result: Jamestown 7, Auburn 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (4-3, 4.02) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.292) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, 2B (.348) – 3-for-4

Elvis Escobar, RF (.250) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Jin-De Jhang hit two home runs tonight, giving him five on the season. Jhang has been hitting well lately, going 11-for-32 in his last eight games. Adam Frazier had his second straight three hit game, and the third in his last eight games. Frazier has 55 hits on the season, but only six of those hits have gone for extra bases. Dovydas Neverauskas bounced back after giving up six runs in one inning in his last outing. Neverauskas had a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings in July, then gave up two runs in four innings in his first start in August before that last outing.



The GCL Pirates were off today.

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What are the Pirates plans for Jhang, McGuire and Matteison next year? You’d think they could put two of them at WV to split time at C and DH but somebody will have to change positions or go to Bradenton?


Elvis Escobar also had a great play from the outfield, gunning down a runner at the plate.

Lee Young

Is Hanson overmatched in Altoona? Only hitting .190????



Way too early to judge. He’s had about 75 AB’s.

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