Prospect Watch: Heredia Labors Through Another Outing, Ramirez Extends Hit Streak


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-3, 2 BB, R

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 0-for-1

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, SB

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB, SB

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 2-for-3, BB

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-6, 2B, RBI

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-2, 2 BB

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-4, BB

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Home Runs: Jacob Stallings (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Buffalo 1

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-4, BB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Gustavo Nunez, SS – 2-for-3, SB

Steve Lombardozzi, RF – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis won 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon behind strong pitching from starter Chris Volstad and three relievers. Volstad gave up one run over 6.1 innings. Blake Wood picked up his 12th save with a clean ninth inning, needing just eight pitches. Alen Hanson reached base three times, with two single,a walk and a run scored. Steve Lombardozzi and Brent Morel each had an RBI, accounting for the two Indianapolis runs. Gustavo Nunez raised his average to .311 with two hits. He also had two sacrifice bunts. Despite the high average, all 33 of his hits have been singles this year. Mel Rojas Jr. had a tough day at the bottom of the order, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, New Britain 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-4, RBI

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-3, R

Willy Garcia, LF – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Wednesday night’s game provided an interesting pitcher’s duel between Chad Kuhl and New Britain’s Shane Carle. During the 2013 draft, Kuhl was drafted by the Pirates in the ninth round, while Carle was taken one round later. During the off-season, he was dealt to the Rockies for reliever Rob Scahill. The two battled it out for six innings, with Kuhl pitching shutout ball and Carle allowing just one run. The Curve went to Yhonathan Barrios for two innings, while Carle remained in the game. In the eighth, he allowed a two-run homer to Jacob Stallings. Kuhl finished with seven strikeouts, a new season high. Willy Garcia had two hits and a walk. Keon Broxton drove in a run in the third inning, his 26th RBI of the year.



Box Score

Result: Daytona 7, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-2, 2 BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3, 2 RBI, SB

Barrett Barnes, LF – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Luis Heredia made his third start and it was a lot like his second. His pitch count was just short of 70 through four innings, ending his day early. He was erratic at times, but got some help from his defense and some eager Daytona hitters that made outs on multiple 2-0 counts. Heredia has not been sharp in any of his three starts, giving up a total of eight runs on 11 hits and seven walks in 8.2 innings. He threw 71 pitches over four innings in his last start and in his debut, he reached his single inning pitch limit in the first before he could get out of the inning.

Harold Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 25 games. It began last year with West Virginia and was put on pause when he was injured in early July. He returned to the lineup Tuesday night and continued his streak. On Wednesday, he went 2-for-3 with a walk and he drove in two runs. The Marauders got stolen bases from JaCoby Jones(8th of the season), Barrett Barnes(fifth) and the first from both Ramirez and Jose Osuna. Jones drove in two runs.


Box Score

Result:  Lakewood 7, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, LF – 3-for-6, 2 2B, RBI

Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-6, RBI

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 2-for-6, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: After winning in 14 innings on Tuesday night, West Virginia was back at it in the morning and they ended up losing in 11 innings on Wednesday. Colten Brewer pitched and got hit around, allowing five runs on ten hits and two walks. Julio Vivas followed him with one run over three inning in his West Virginia debut. With the “Sunday lineup” going, Elvis Escobar batted lead-off and had three hits, including two doubles. Michael Suchy hit his second homer of the season and Jordan Luplow had two hits, including his tenth double of the year. Kawika Emsley-Pai is hitting .415 this year after a 2-for-4 game. Tito Polo went 1-for-14 with five strikeouts in the three-game series.

  • I wouldn’t mind seeing Heredia moved the pen.

  • Stick a fork in Heredia?

    • Too early to do it from an age perspective, but his mechanics suggest he will never be a difference maker as Pirates had hoped once upon a time.

  • Christopher B
    May 27, 2015 11:06 pm

    Seeing Meadows’s two walks, I decided to check out how he’s doing this year. His walk rate is up and his strikeouts down from last year despite being at a higher level as well as an increase in HR power. Very nice signs, those, even though he hasn’t hit for the gap power he did last season yet.

  • Jacob Stallings nice game.

    • He flies under the radar, but is a steady ballplayer. Whenever a pitcher (Kuhl) has that type of game, a lot of credit should also be reflected on the Catcher. Stallings and the pitchers also control the running game -18 SB’s/11 CS – 38%.