Prospect Watch: Dickson Throws Shutout Ball, Garcia Hits First Homer


A look at how the current top 30 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, 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from early season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – Disabled List

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-3, BB, SB

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, RBI

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-3

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – DNP

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, HBP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-5, 2B

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – DNP

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – DNP

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 0-for-5



Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, HBP

Home Runs: Jerrick Suiter (2), Willy Garcia (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Toledo 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-3, RBI

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson did not have his normal sharp stuff, but still worked his way through six-plus innings. The curveball lacked its typical break, but the change up was still strong with an average 89-91 fastball. Sampson also struggled with control early, but it settled late, as he was able to salvage the start. After loading the bases in the first Sampson was able to get a double play and was able to work around base runners most of the night as well.

Colin Balester relieved Sampson and really struggled, allowing two hits and a walk, while recording only one out. A.J. Morris relieved Balester and induced a double play to end the rally. Morris also allowed only his second run in his last four games out of the bullpen. Deolis Guerra came on to nail down the final three outs with a perfect ninth.
Alen Hanson, Tony Sanchez, Elias Diaz, Kelson Brown, Gorkys Hernandez, Jaff Decker, and Brent Morel all had multi-hit games. Hanson, Hernandez, and Sanchez had triples, while Sanchez also had a three-run double to clear the bases. – Ryan Palencer


Box Score

Result: New Britain 9, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Stetson Allie, RF – 1-for-2, RBI, BB, 2 R

Game Notes: Willy Garcia hit his first homer of the season, as Altoona lost 9-5 on Thursday morning. It was back to the old Garcia day, as he struck out twice after the home run. Recently, he has turned into a singles hitter that has been almost impossible to strikeout, which is a complete 180 from where he has been his entire career. Thursday’s performance is what we are used to seeing with him.

Starter Matt Benedict and reliever John Kuchno both got hit around in the game, allowing a combined nine runs on 14 hits in 7.2 innings. Dan Gamache and Max Moroff each had two hits, while Stetson Allie came of the bench and had a hit, walk and scored two runs. Moroff struck out twice, which gives him ten in his last eight games. Despite the increase in strikeouts recently, he is hitting .333 over his last ten games. Josh Bell had the day off, just his third all season.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Daytona 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-3, R

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-3, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had a strong stat line, although the actual results weren’t so good. Dickson was a bit wild, although he was getting opposing hitters to swing and miss a lot, sometimes at bad pitches. He did walk three batters in five innings, but limited the damage by allowing just one hit. He’s got some good velocity, sitting in the low 90s, and good movement on his fastball, so he’ll be able to get away with some mistakes at times, like he did tonight.

Harold Ramirez picked up a hit tonight, extending his hitting streak to 26 games, spanning back to last year. The addition of Ramirez has shaken up the team a bit, moving Jose Osuna to first base, and moving Edwin Espinal to the bench. That will change after tonight, as Osuna was promoted to Altoona after the game. I’d expect Espinal to be back at first base going forward.

Erich Weiss continued his strong hitting tonight, picking up two hits, including his seventh double of the year. Weiss is another talented second base prospect who has a chance to reach the majors, although his profile and upside fits more of a utility role than a potential starter. He’s got some power, but not enough to make it as a starter at either second or third base.

Bradenton got some strong innings from their bullpen tonight, with hard throwers Clario Perez and Brett McKinney giving up one run in four innings of work. McKinney closed it down by striking out the side, getting a lot of swings and misses on his fastball. – Tim Williams



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 6, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP -5 .0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, LF – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Connor Joe, 1B – 1-for-3, RBI

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Austin Coley had his worst outing of the season, giving up five runs over five innings. He walked two batters, which doesn’t sound bad, but it’s actually the first time that has happened this season. He previously had four games with no walks and four games with one walk. Coley also threw a wild pitch and committed a balk. With the addition of Stephen Tarpley to the rotation, John Sever was pushed to the bullpen, where he will see work in long relief. He followed Coley and went the final three innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

Jerrick Suiter provided half the offense with a two-run homer, his second of the year. Connor Joe knocked in Cole Tucker with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Tucker stole his 12th base of the year earlier in Joe’s plate appearance.  Jordan Luplow collected his 11th double. Chase Simpson is in a 4-for-23 slump.

  • Go Joe!
    Since the inexplicable unofficial formation of the “Where in the World is Connor Joe” fan club, Joe has a two game hitting streak and has doubled his RBI output!

    See, all he needed was the fan club!!

  • Sampson only sitting 89-91 MPH? Sounds like he is a soft tosser? Dickson throwing in the low 90s? For a Lefty, that is good?

    I just thought AS threw harder than that.

    • I seem to remember Tim and the guys saying he can top out a few mph higher, but yeah, the 90-92 range is about what you’ll expect. Possibly the biggest reason he doesn’t get a lot of prospect love places other than here, with fair reason. Gotta really have your command tight and secondaries sharp to be more than a back end guy with a fringy fastball.

      That’s why I was so interested in his early-season strikeout spike. Seemed like some of the stuff had to tick up.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 29, 2015 4:01 am

    Is Suiter a legitimate prospect? I noticed he hit well before getting injured, and since he’s returned he has picked up right where he left off. Maybe the best hitter at WV, although that is not saying a lot. 17 RBIs in 70 at bats? That’s being productive.

  • I would love to see an article on Willy Garcia that focuses on this year’s drastic turnaround. Showing some video of him last year and this year to see what the differences are in his stance/swing, approach. and also maybe an interview with him and some open discussion from the writer whom has been watching his games this year