Prospect Watch: Pimentel Struggles in Latest Start; Dickerson Hits 16th 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 (1-1, 3.75) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.271) – 1-for-5

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.225) – 0-for-5

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.297) – 0-for-4, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.277) – DNP

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (5-3, 3.11) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.329) – 3-for-5, RBI

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.265) – DNP

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 (.225) – 0-for-6, 2 RBI

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, Jamestown (.294) – DNP

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

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-6, 3.33) – 6.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 2.51) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.288) – DNP

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

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.275) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP (4-6, 3.27) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.253) – 4-for-6, 2B, 3B, 2 BB, SB

Home Runs: Jared Goedert (11), Jarek Cunningham (17), Alex Dickerson (16)



Box Score

Result: Toledo 7, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2-6, 3.33) – 6.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Goedert, 3B (.244) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Travis Snider, RF (.313) – 2-for-4, BB

Alex Presley, CF (.301) – 2-for-5, 2B

Matt Hague, 1B (.290) – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Jared Goedert hit his 11th homer of the year. Travis Snider went 2-for-4 with a walk, and also played a complete game. For most of his time rehabbing, Snider would play three-quarters of the game. It’s possible that he could return before rosters expand later in the week, but it would be better for the playoff roster if Snider is on the disabled list on August 31st, since that gives the Pirates an extra spot. Stolmy Pimentel had a rough outing, after throwing a gem last week. Pimentel has now thrown 169 innings this season.


Alex Dickerson hit his 16th homer of the year.
Alex Dickerson hit his 16th homer of the year.


Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 12, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Nate Baker, LHP (3-4, 6.30) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, LF (.285) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.280) – 2-for-5

Mel Rojas, CF (.273) – 3-for-4

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.222) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson hit his 16th homer of the year. That ties his career total of 16 in 638 at-bats from his first two seasons prior to this year. Dickerson had been slumping lately, going hitless in his last six games, and going 2-for-26 in his previous nine games. Jarek Cunningham hit his 17th homer of the year. Last year he only hit six homers in Altoona in an injury shortened season, but the previous two years he had double-digit homers in A-ball. Gregory Polanco got his third straight start in right field. Altoona had some defensive troubles. Alen Hanson had his fifth error with the club, while Adalberto Santos added two and Cunningham had one.



Game One Box Score

Result: Jupiter 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4-11, 4.88) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.236) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Orlando Castro, LHP (4.31) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Robby Rowland made an appearance in relief over the weekend. I thought he was going to be moving to the bullpen the rest of the year due to his innings on the season. However, he moved back to the rotation tonight. He’ll have one more start this year after tonight’s outing. In his last four starts, Rowland has gone five or more innings with three or fewer runs. Orlando Castro has a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings since moving to the bullpen in Bradenton.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP (4-6, 3.27) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.253) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.151) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.11) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Joan Montero picked up the spot start in game two of the double header. This was the second time he’s made a spot start this month, and overall he has allowed one run on six hits in ten innings, with a walk and four strikeouts. Gift Ngoepe combined to go 4-for-6 today with a double, a triple, and two walks. Stetson Allie combined to go 0-for-6 with two RBIs in the double header.



West Virginia was off today.



Jamestown was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Blue Jays 6

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP (3.26) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B (.311) – 3-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Beau Wallace, 3B (.145) – 3-for-4

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.299) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Reese McGuire, C (.329) – 3-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Danny Arribas had his fourth straight multi-hit game, and his second straight three hit game. Reese McGuire had his third multi-hit game in his last four games. Ulises Montilla has a .368/.400/.553 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games. Enyel Vallejo picked up a hit, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

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I will be surprise if Garret Jones is with the team next year, his salary v performance imo does not warranted. Hopefully Lambo is able to take over by then (good finish and strong spring) But the team should really look to upgrade, the offense is the ovious weak link.


Agreed if the decision was today, no way you bring Jones back. But if he gets hot for the last month+ and/or the playoffs, he becomes a possibility.


I think it’s time to consider Dickerson as an option at either 1B or RF next year. Not from the start, but like Polanco, as a June or July call up. I know he’s a little old for AA, but he’s put up better numbers than Polanco and done it over a full season. His first 2 years in minors were also very solid though not spectactular.

Maybe start the year with Lambo, Gabby, Jones (if he shows anything the rest of this year) or a cheap veteran free agent, with an option of trying Dickerson mid-season if the production is as bad as it has been this year.


Looks like we could go full circle and be back at Snider in RF. Maybe he’s healthy now. He played okay until he got hurt after the trade and then okay before he was injured in what they said was May this year. You could definitely tell his defense went down the drain after April. I actually thought he looked strong defensively for a few weeks.


Thanks Tim- do you think they would have any interest in Michael morse even though he has struggled since coming off dl?


Tim I read hunter pence and lincecum as well as Javier Lopez put on waivers and claimed but rumor is none will end up leaving San Francisco… Any chance, even slim pirates would try to get pence at this late stage?

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