Prospect Watch: Big Game For Stetson Allie, Garcia 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 – DNP

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 0-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, 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-2, 2 BB

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

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 – 0-for-3, BB, 2B

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

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 – DNP


Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (9), Gift Ngoepe (3), Jaff Decker (2)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 3

Starting Pitcher: Clayton Richard, LHP – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, PH – 1-for-1, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, Jr. – 1-for-4, 2B

 Steve Lombardozzi, 3B – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game NotesFor his past few starts, Clayton Richard has had success and spread out the hits throughout the outing. On Saturday, it caught up with him. After five scoreless frames, Richard allowed three runners to cross the plate in the sixth and was not able to finish the frame. Another thing that Richard has not been doing is walking hitters, as he had four in his previous four starts. In the sixth innings, he also walked a pair.

While he walked a hitter, A.J. Morris also picked up a strikeout to polish off the sixth inning. Radhames Liz was between 95 and 98 with the fastball and worked two scoreless innings, while walking a hitter and striking out another in his Indianapolis debut. Yhonathan Barrios also made his Indianapolis debut, and made it through a scoreless ninth inning and stranding a pair of runners.
Jaff Decker added a pinch-hit solo home run, while Steve Lombardozzi plated a pair with an eighth inning single. Indianapolis had only one hit coming into the eighth inning. – Ryan Palencer


Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, New Hampshire 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, LF – 2-for-5

Max Moroff, 2B – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Stetson Allie had himself a night, going 3-for-4 from the plate and collecting eight total bases with a home run and two doubles. The home run was a blast to left center field that got out quickly and was estimated (non-scientifically by media and myself in the press box) to be at least 430 feet. His two doubles were both ripped down the left field line, one off of the bottom of the wall. It was a great hitting night for Allie; however, he was not able to get the ball in play, striking out, with the bases loaded and one out in the 7th.

As for the 7th, Jacob Stallings came to the plate after Allie and worked the pitcher to a full count before lining a bases clearing double to the left center gap. It’s been a roller coaster few days for Stallings, catching 18 innings on Thursday, pitching to one batter and recording the last out yesterday, and hitting a game changing double tonight. He currently is riding an 18 game on-base streak.

Max Moroff had a notable night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a hard hit single, and another hit that the center fielder caught up to which could have easily been a double. Moroff’s batting average dipped below .300 for the first time since May 1st on Thursday, and it was great to see him recover with a strong night at the plate.

Gift Ngoepe homered and collected two hits for the Curve, raising his batting average back to .273 on the season. Willy Garcia had two hits, extending his hit streak to 18 games, three shy of the Altoona Curve team record.

Matt Benedict struggled in the fourth inning, allowing three singles, a walk, and a homer to give up five runs. Otherwise, Benedict threw 60 strikes on 98 pitches, had two walks, and was able to finish six innings for a Curve team with a taxed bullpen.

Jeff Inman continues to be on a roll, pitching two innings in relief, striking out five and facing the minimum six in those two innings. He has yet to give up a run in 13.1 innings pitched. He looks dominant on the mound, with opposing teams not able to make good contact at all against him. – Sean McCool


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Ft Myers 2

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Barrett Barnes, LF – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had a solid outing, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing two runs. He had six strikeouts, which is his season best. Last year, he had six or more strikeouts in seven of his starts. Dickson now has a 4.39 ERA in 65.2 innings this season.

Harold Ramirez reached base in all four plate appearances, collecting two singles and walking twice. Wyatt Mathisen had the big hit on offense, a two-run single in the sixth inning. Barrett Barnes stole his eighth base of the year. Jordan Steranka’s double was the only extra-base hit of the game for Bradenton.


West Virginia was postponed on Saturday. They will play a Sunday doubleheader.



Box Score

Result: Brewers 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Hernandez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Vinicio, DH – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Eddy Vizcaino, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI

Yondry Contreras, CF – 1-for-5

Game Notes: The Pirates have got some great pitching from their starters the last three days. Miguel Hernandez gave up just one unearned run on Saturday, following Adonis Pichardo and Domingo Robles, who combined for one run over ten innings. This game was lost late by the bullpen, with the Brewers putting up two runs in the bottom of the seventh and three runs in the eight.

Left fielder Eddy Vizcaino had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run. He is hitting .308 in his rookie season. Shortstop Melvin Jimenez had his 12-game hit streak snapped, though he did reach base with a walk. Catcher Ramy Perez is the only healthy catcher on the roster this week after starting catcher Mikell Granberry injured his arm during catching drills(he will be back Monday). Perez took the extra playing time and made the most of it, collecting eight hits, scoring six runs and driving in seven runs in four games.

  • What is the nature of Tyler Glasnow’s injury and how is he progressing?

    • Sprained his ankle sliding, was in a walking boot until June 4th at which point he began throwing again on the 5th, so he has to get back to full strength before he goes out there again

      • Looks like its going to be hard to get Tyler the innings increase this year they’d be looking to get him to. That could affect whether or not he’d actually have any value to us later in the year in 2016. I hate when pitchers come up to the majors into a starting rotation when they’ve never even hit 160 innings in the minors…..most teams just don’t do a good enough job of getting these kids prepared for a full major league season from a durability standpoint- too busy babying them and worrying about hurting their arms

        • John Dreker
          June 14, 2015 9:08 pm

          He will be lucky to reach last year’s total and that’s not counting the innings he put in during the Arizona Fall Lg. Glasnow will probably get some extended work in the Fall Instructional League and maybe some playoff action with Altoona, but he is about six starts behind everyone else right now

  • I hope Gift’s offensive improvement isn’t a mirage. I would love to see him make it to MLB. Ideally as a Pirate.

    • His hitting has improved dramatically ! When I saw him in 2013 I thought there was no way he would ever see a MLB clubhouse. Now, I will disappointed of he doesn’t get a good opportunity. His glove and arm are on another level completely.

      • I think his defense and ability to play both SS/2B will get him to the majors some day, probably not for long, but he should get there. I can’t see him ever hitting enough to start regularly and his speed seems to have dropped off a little with that 3-for-8 in stolen bases. I thought his ability to steal bases would help get him a job sometime. He is doing better this year, but you should expect that from a third year player in AA, so you really want to see it over a full season this time. It will be interesting to see if the Pirates re-sign him because he hits minor league free agency this year.

  • Time to push Harold Ramirez…this guy has it too easy.

    • I hope, I want to see him in Altoona SOON!

      • John Dreker
        June 14, 2015 2:19 am

        Ramirez is 20 years old and has played 66 games in A-Ball(between both levels). I’d be shocked if he is moved up, unless it’s right before the season ends and Altoona is in the playoffs.

        • Even if he continues to hit like he is?

          • John Dreker
            June 14, 2015 8:56 pm

            He has missed a lot of time the last two years and he is young. I don’t think there is any reason to move him at this point. He needs to show he can stay healthy over an extended time. He’s missed time all four seasons and even in winter ball he got hurt. He’s not only 20 years old, he is inexperienced due to his missed time.

        • I’d be shocked as well, but honestly……he’s ready for it. Unlike someone like Bell whom needs work on something in AA before he goes to AAA, Ramirez doesn’t have any part of his game that should keep him in A+ other than an irrelevant time schedule the Pirates want to hold to

          • John Dreker
            June 14, 2015 9:03 pm

            He’s been caught stealing six times in 18 games, not exactly great for someone with his speed. His defense could use work since he has barely played the last two years. He hasn’t yet hit for power. There is a lot for him to improve on and he is still young, so no reason to rush him just because he’s good at hitting singles. High-A to AA is a big jump. He’s not facing minor league veterans or a handful of guys with MLB experience in High-A and I can’t imagine 18 games has proven anything more than he is on the right path. A month ago, he was still working on conditioning, so at this point it would be crazy to assume he has mastered this level he wasn’t ready for four weeks ago. That is why they won’t move him. If he put in a full year last year and a half year this year with success, then he could be moving up at any time now