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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Prospect Watch: Indy Eliminated; Bell and Meadows Power Their Teams On


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, 3.89) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis (.222) – 1-for-4, 2B

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (9-3, 2.18) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.255) – Season Completed

5. Austin Meadows, CF, Jamestown (.529) – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.279) – 2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.70) – Season Completed

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia (7-3, 3.05) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, Jamestown (.250) – 1-for-4

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 (.229) – Season Completed

13. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.269) – Season Completed

14. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (5-6, 4.08) – DNP

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

16. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.285) – 0-for-3, BB

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

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.277) – 0-for-3, BB

19. Elvis Escobar, OF, Jamestown (.268) – 1-for-5

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



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Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.500) – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Austin Meadows (1)



Box Score

Result: Durham 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (0-1, 3.00) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, RF (.750) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Jameson Taillon, RHP (0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis was swept out of the playoffs. This is the second year in a row that they had one of the best records in the league, then went on to lose quickly in the playoffs. A big reason for that is because all of their impact players from the season have gone to the majors. Wandy Rodriguez made a rehab start, but probably won’t have time for another rehab start with Indianapolis done. He could rejoin the Pirates after this. Jameson Taillon had some walk issues, but only gave up one hit in five shutout innings. Jerry Sands picked up three hits after homering twice yesterday.



Altoona’s season is over.



Bradenton’s season is over.


Josh Bell knocked in the go ahead runs for West Virginia in the 11th. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Josh Bell knocked in the go ahead runs for West Virginia in the 11th. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Hagerstown 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (3.86) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, DH (.333) – 2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, RF (.500) – 4-for-5, 2B

Jordan Steranka, 1B (.182) – 2-for-6, 2B, RBI

Ryan Hafner, RHP (0.00) – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia battled back to tie the series 1-1 with Hagerstown, sending it to a deciding game three. Josh Bell played a big role tonight, with four RBIs. One of those tied the game at 3-3. He then had two RBIs on a double in the 11th inning to give West Virginia their go ahead runs. Ryan Hafner paced the bullpen with 2.1 shutout innings in relief. Tom Harlan, Jhondaniel Medina and Cesar Lopez followed with four more shutout innings to keep West Virginia in the game.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 6, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.500) – 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.750) – 3-for-4

Michael Fransoso, 2B (.500) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown got off to a great start, thanks to a three run homer in the first by Austin Meadows. Meadows followed up with a triple in his next at-bat, and scored on one of Edwin Espinal’s hits. 2013 7th round pick Buddy Borden had a big night, throwing five shutout innings with seven strikeouts. With the win, Jamestown took a 1-0 lead over State College in the best of three NYPL Semi-Finals. One more win and they advance to the finals.



The GCL Pirates’ season is over.

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So where did they find this Jerry Sands??? I’m sure his play the last two games is more indicative of the player they thought was coming over in the trade. I still think he is much better than what he showed this year. wonder if they will be able to hold onto him next season.


C’mon! I can’t believe Bell didn’t get top hitter for the day with an 11th inning clutch double to put the Power ahead by 2?! Big hits from Jamestown but nothing in the clutch like Bell. Great wins for both teams though. The WV Power game was a nail-biter, and I think Bell was definitely the hero of the entire organization tonight.


And some of us thank you Tim, for not catering to the myth that a run produced later in the game somehow has more value than a run produced earlier in a game.


Lee Young

Immortal….I agree…..everyone still gets upset at the Bonds throw in ’92 and Chico Lind’s error never gets mentioned.

The error set up the whole inning.

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