Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie and JaCoby Jones Lead a Night of Home Runs


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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. If a player is out for the season (Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – 3-for-7

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Out for the Season (Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/7 Update)

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, BB, SB

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/7 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-6, HR

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-2

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 0-for-2

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B/DH – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, BB, SB

Home Runs: Blake Davis (1), Brent Morel (1), Stetson Allie (1), Jarek Cunningham (1), Willy Garcia (1), Mel Rojas (1), Jordan Steranka (2), JaCoby Jones (1)



Game One Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 3B – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Blake Davis, 2B – 1-for-3, HR

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Chris McGuiness, DH – 1-for-3, 3B

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: The Indians went up early when Brent Morel hit a two run homer in the first inning, leading to a three run inning. Indianapolis added two more in the fifth inning when Blake Davis hit a two run homer. Phil Irwin was cruising through four innings, but gave up four runs in the fifth inning. Jared Hughes and Zack Thornton combined to shut down Toledo in the final 2.1 innings to take the win in game one.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Toledo 8, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Duke Welker, RHP – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4

Nevin Ashley, C – 3-for-3

Chase d’Arnaud, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Indianapolis went down early in this game, with Jay Jackson and Duke Welker combining to give up runs in each of the first five innings. The Indians were hitting well, led by Andrew Lambo, who went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, walk, and a stolen base in the double header. Gregory Polanco combined to go 3-for-7 on the day.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Akron 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR

Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-3, HR

Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-3, HR

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Tyler Sample, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona’s offense came from the solo homer tonight. Stetson Allie started things off in the first inning with his first homer of the year. Jarek Cunningham added a solo homer in the fifth inning, tying the score at 2-2. Mel Rojas added a solo homer in the 7th inning to tie the score at 3-3. Willy Garcia capped off the night with a walk off homer to win it. Joely Rodriguez gave up two runs in the third inning, in large part due to free bases. Rodriguez gave up five stolen bases during the inning, leading to his only runs. Tyler Sample came on and pitched the final three innings, giving up just an unearned run.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 3

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Raul Fortunato, LF – 2-for-4

Ryan Hafner, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Marauders had a comeback victory, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and two more in the bottom of the ninth for the walk off winner. With two outs in the ninth inning, Jordan Steranka came up big with a solo homer, his second of the year, to tie the game. Walker Gourley followed that with a single, and Raul Fortunato followed with his second hit of the game. Gourley scored from first on an error by the right fielder. Jason Creasy and Ryan Hafner, two sinkerball pitchers, combined to give up two earned runs in eight innings, getting a 14:1 combined GO/AO ratio. Josh Bell picked up his third multi-hit game in four games.



Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Asheville 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-2

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 in game one, including a two run homer in the fifth inning. The homer was the first of the year for Jones. This was his third multi-hit game in his first five games. Dovydas Neverauskas made his first start of the year, giving up one run in five innings. Neverauskas can hit 95 MPH consistently with his tall, skinny frame, but has control problems at times, and that showed up tonight with three walks in five innings.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Jerry Mulderig, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, RF – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, DH – 1-for-3

Candon Myles, LF – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: With Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes out, West Virginia had an outfield that included Danny Collins and Candon Myles at the corners. Collins combined to go 3-for-6 with a walk and a double in today’s games. Myles went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, and his second stolen base of the year.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Could JaCoby Jones have the upside of a Troy Tulowitzki ?


I would guess that’s doubtful, since he didn’t play SS full time in college. If half to 2/3 of college SS have to switch to other positions, I’d say the best the Bucs can hope for from Jones is average defense at SS. And he’s got a very long way to go to match Tulo on offense too. But it’s fine if he doesn’t become the best SS in MLB. If he could be a solid ML contributor, that would be a huge boost to the system.


I agree odds are less than 50/50 he could develop into an above average shortstop defensively. But every description describes him as being very athletic, so maybe he can develop the range required. On the downside he apparently was a bit of a wild man, so maybe the grind required to master the position will be more than he can handle. What it’s hard to know is why he didn’t play SS regularly in college. Could be that the alternatives were a good SS other than Jones was available while the alternatives at other positions were substandard so the college team was best if Jones played positions other than SS. The college coaches aren’t interested in developing a kid’s pro career, they just want their team to win now, for the sake of their own job security. What’s exciting is his apparent offensive potential. Love to see power at the SS position!

Nuke Laloosh

Tim, what can you tell us about the Medina kid from Bradenton? Not very big, but racks up the strikeouts.


Tim I’ve been able to watch Polanco who as you well know is batting 400 and OPS well over 1 and done nothing to lend doubt that he should be able to help this year in right field. But have you seen any of Josh Bell? Small sample size but he looks to be off to a terrific start from reading the stat line. Have his at bats looked as good as they do in the box score? If he keeps this up would a mid-summer promotion to Altoona be feasible?

Lee Young

TW…so….by your rules….why is JT still sitting at #2 ? Are you holding out hope for a September callup?

🙂 🙂 🙂


Tim: Tough time of year to see much pitching, but the last I looked, Altoona was anything but a launching pad, and last night 4 solo HR’s by the Pirates? Good to see JaCoby Jones hitting well and he is getting a lot of time at SS. Polanco still above .400 and Andrew Lambo starting to put the ball in play. And Jhondaniel Medina is starting to call a lot of attention to himself – so far 2 IP, 5 K’s. Joely Rodriguez had a good game with plenty of GB’s.

Lee Young

emjay…I think JCJ can hit…I’m more worried about his defense. I saw some LSU posters somewhere who said that he was ‘not a SS’.

But, all in all, I trust the Bucs development staff. Keeping my fingers crossed.


Lee, let’s hope they have a great IF coach working with him every day. If he’s as good an athlete as everyone says, there’s a chance he could make it at SS. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a great asset at 2B or 3B with that bat.


lambo hit the ball call him up


Lambo’s been Ishikawa’ed…you can’t sit big Travis now


Thanks I was being sarcastic.

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