Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Extends Hit Streak, Neil Walker Joins Bradenton on Rehab


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. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-5, RBI

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – Disabled List (6/20 Update)

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Lunde, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (5), Justin Howard (2), Ralph Henriquez (1), Kevin Krause (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Norfolk 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robert Andino, SS – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Mel Rojas Jr., – 1-for-3, BB, 2 R

Game Notes: In his second start since being optioned back to Indianapolis, Casey Sadler’s only blemish was a windblown home run. The sinker was working for Sadler, as he picked up 11 ground ball outs, to just three fly ball outs. While stretching back out into a starter, Sadler went six innings and threw 76 pitches. Over these frames, he allowed two hits, while walking one and striking out another.

Vin Mazzaro allowed only his second Triple-A run of the season and picked up his second blown save. Robert Andino picked up a pair of hits and RBI, while Tony Sanchez added his fifth home run of the season. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Portland 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4

Matt Curry, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday, but he went seven innings and Altoona was still able to squeeze out a 5-4 victory. The four runs allowed by Sampson ties his season high, just the second time he’s given up more than three runs in a game. He has allowed homers in three straight games after giving up two home runs in his first 12 starts combined. Justin Howard and Ralph Henriquez each had solo homers. Howard also drove in another run with a fifth inning single. Drew Maggi had an RBI and Junior Sosa had two hits and scored a run.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-5, RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Neil Walker, 2B – 1-for-4, BB

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-5, RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Neil Walker made his first rehab appearance and went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and run scored. He played nine innings at second base, leaving in the bottom of the ninth for a pinch-runner. Bradenton suffered their first loss of the second half, losing 6-3 to Palm Beach. It broke a string of three straight shutouts by Marauders’ pitchers, which set a team record for consecutive shutouts. John Kuchno gave up six runs over seven inning, four of those runs were earned. Ryan Hafner followed him and  threw two no-hit scoreless innings, striking out four batters. Josh Bell drove in his 45th run of the season. He had a single in the game, extending his hit streak to ten games. Bell is 17-for-35 during the streak.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top HitterHarold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Live Report: West Virginia moved to 3-1 in the second half by taking the four game series with the Lakewood BlueClaws. Shane Carle got his first start since May and pitched well, giving up one run over six innings. He allowed eight hits, but limited the damage by bearing down when men were on base. Carle was throwing a lot of sinkers in the 90-92 MPH range, working quick and filling up the strike zone. He had four strikeouts and eight ground ball outs. Out of the four Power starters in this series against Lakewood, he looked the best and probably had as many swing and misses as Buddy Borden, Cody Dickson and Luis Heredia combined. Despite all those swings that came up empty, Carle pitches to contact and by throwing a lot of strikes, he gives up his share of hits, but also kept his pitch count down and worked late into the game.

Harold Ramirez had two base hits, extending his hit streak to 14 games. JaCoby Jones missed his second straight game with a tweaked knee. He is listed as day-to-day. Reese McGuire had the night off after catching three straight night games, including ten innings on Saturday. Wyatt Mathisen had two hits and drove in a run, while Edwin Espinal picked up his 37th RBI. West Virginia had nine hits in the game, all singles. Jusr four of the 15 runs scored by the Power in the series were earned runs. Kawika Emsley-Pai threw out all three runners that attempted to steal against him. For the Power this season, he has thrown out 13 out of 23 runners.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 9, Williamsport 3

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Lunde, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Kevin Krause, C – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jamestown won for the third time this season, beating Williamsport by a 9-3 score. Kevin Krause, the Pirates ninth round pick this year, hit his first homer as a pro. Jordan Luplow, the third round pick, hit his first career triple.  Erik Lunde drove in three runs, giving him seven RBIs on the season. Kevin Ross and Chase Simpson each had two hits. Starter Austin Coley did much better than his first start as a pro, which was also against Williamsport. In that game, he went 1.1 IP, allowing six earned runs. On Sunday, he allowed just one run over three innings.



Box Score

Result: Burlington 12, Bristol 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Enyel Vallejo, LF – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Trae Arbet, SS – 1-for-4, 2B

Pablo Reyes, DH – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Billy Roth didn’t have a strong debut, allowing five runs in his four innings of work. He did post an 0/6 BB/K ratio and 2.00 GO/AO ratio, so there was some good that came from his poor outing. The Pirates took Roth in the 16th round last year and paid him an over-slot $190,000 bonus to sign. Pablo Reyes went 1-for-3 with a walk. He is now hitting .400(6-for-15). Trae Arbet hit a double in four at-bats, his first hit of the season. Danny Arribas, Carlos Ozuna and Enyel Vallejo each drove in a run.

Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.



The GCL Pirates were off on Sunday. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.



The DSL Pirates were off Sunday. You can check out the DSL Pirates week three recap here.

  • Harold Ramirez – quality defensive outfielder with speed. Cannot draw walks. No power. He is very small for a ball player (5’10”, 170) But at age 19 he is performing reasonably well at high A. He seems like a reasonably good prospect who should wind up as a 4th outfielder. But he does not seem like a star in the making. Every team has players with his skill set.

    • Ramirez definitely looks bigger than 170 pounds and that weight is probably just his signing weight. For some reason, weights in the minor leagues almost never get updated. I’d say he is closer to 200 than he is to 170. His defense in the four game series in Lakewood was decent. He made some good plays coming in on balls, but he also didn’t get to a couple balls it looked like he had a beat on, plus he made a horrendous throw at one point. He is 19, so you have to expect some mistakes like that. The arm should be decent, defense should be at least average overall and probably above average. He probably won’t hit for much power, but he should hit for average and steal some bases. No one on offense really impressed me during the series, it was rather disappointing for a team loaded with prospects. Espinal looked like the best hitter in the group, but he isn’t in great baseball shape and painfully slow.

      • CalipariFan506
        June 23, 2014 11:35 pm

        What did you think of Jones? Just looking at his numbers I’d expect a higher OPS with the power he has flashed. Leads me to believe he won’t make it much past High A with any success.

        • John Dreker
          June 24, 2014 2:04 am

          I only saw him twice because he was injured Saturday during warm-ups, the put on the DL Monday. The whole team looked awful against Mark Leiter Jr. on Thursday, he worked them, so it was just one huge poor showing. On Friday he went 1-for-3 with a nice RBI single and made a highlight reel catch leaning into the stands for a foul ball, He should definitely be doing better than he is. The power numbers are fine, but the 22/76 BB/K ratio and the strikeout ratio itself are both bad. He is struggling in June and has no success against lefties, so there is a lot not to like, especially considering he came from a major college.and he’s 22 in low-A ball

  • I was looking at the box score on Sundays game, and I noticed that Sanchez is batting .224 at Indy. During that game, he allowed 5 SB and had one error (throwing). The pitchers were Sadler and Mazzaro, both who should know how to hold runners on. Given this albeit “snapshot” look, are we in serious trouble depending on Sanchez to be the primary catcher next year?