Prospect Watch: Locke Has a Great Start; Hanson, Jones, and Rojas Homer


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (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 (Jameson Taillon #2, 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 – 0-for-4

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2 BB

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-5

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/7 Update)

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, HR

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-3, 2 BB

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 3-for-5, 2B



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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (5), Mel Rojas (3), Alen Hanson (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Norfolk 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Martinez, 2B – 2-for-4, SB

Phil Irwin, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Though he struggled a bit early with command, with two walks and a wild pitch resulting in a run, Jeff Locke settled down and had his strongest outing of the season. Phil Irwin had his fourth consecutive scoreless outing to pick up his first save of the season. The mini slump continued for Gregory Polanco. For the third time in four games, Polanco was held hitless. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Akron 4

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-5, HR, SB

Stetson Allie, 1B – 3-for-5

Justin Howard, LF – 2-for-3, BB

Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his second home run of the year, and picked up his fifth multi-hit game in his last ten games. The shortstop has a .293/.326/.463 line in 41 at-bats over his last ten games. Mel Rojas hit his third homer of the year, and his second in his last five games. Rojas is on fire lately, with a .368/.442/.605 line in his last ten games. He has an .813 OPS on the season. Stetson Allie had just three hits in his last 33 at-bats prior to his three hit night tonight.



Bradenton was off today.



Box Score

Result: Greenville 9, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, DH – 1-for-5, HR

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-4, BB

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones hit his fifth home run of the year, with four of them coming in the last ten games. Erich Weiss picked up three more hits tonight, and now has a .323/.392/.417 line in 127 at-bats this season. Wyatt Mathisen continued his recent hot streak with two more hits, giving him five multi-hit games in his last nine games. Edwin Espinal also stayed hot, picking up two more hits, and now has an .831 OPS in his last ten games.