Prospect Watch: Hanson Finishes Strong Month, Ramirez Continues 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-3, BB

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 0-for-2, BB

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, 2B

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, BB

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 3-for-4

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-5

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 – DNP

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-4

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-5, 3 K

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Dan Gamache (3)



Box Score

Result: Toledo 11, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Steve Lombardozzi, 3B – 2-for-5

Brent Morel, 1B – 2-for-5, 2B

Tony Sanchez, DH – 2-for-4, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: After a strong start to the outing, Casey Sadler got unusually wild and walked a season-high five hitters. The wildness also caused him to get too much plate at times, leading to solid contact as well. Sadler was working primarily down in the zone with his fastball in the low 90s. He forced eight ground outs to one fly out.

Charlie Leesman faced two hitters before being removed due to injury on the first day since returning from the DL. A.J. Morris tossed a pair of innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, as he was unusually wild as well. Hunter Morris and Wilkin Castillo worked back to back scoreless innings to finish off the day.

Alen Hanson and Elias Diaz each added a pair of hits for Indianapolis. Hanson had a two-run double, but it was a ball that was lost in the sun by the shortstop in shallow left field off Justin Verlander. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4

Jacob Stallings, C – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Zack Dodson had a very efficient outing, throwing 84 pitches, with 53 of them being strikes in 6.2 innings. Dodson only gave up two runs with both of them being home runs to left field. He looked to be in great control of the game, only getting in trouble in the third inning with a couple seeing eye singles and walk, but he was able to induce a bases loaded ground out to end the inning.

Yhonathan Barrios didn’t help his own cause in the eighth with a throwing error to first base on a ball back to the pitcher. He then allowed a triple, followed by an unlikely error by Gift Ngoepe right after Gift made a terrific leaping catch on a line drive. Barrios then balked in a run to total three runs scored in the inning. Barrios came into the game with nine saves and only being scored upon twice in 15 appearances.

Dan Gamache provided instant offense for the Curve with a two run home run in the fourth inning. It has been the story of two separate seasons for Gamache. In his last 17 games, Dan Gamache is hitting .446 with five doubles and three home runs. In the 16 games to begin the season, Gamache was batting .079 with three singles in 38 at bats. Stetson Allie and Jacob Stallings were the only other Curve hitters to get hits tonight, with Allie going 3 for 4 with three singles. One of his singles was a blast to the wall that took a hard bounce back to the center fielder that did not allow Allie to move up. – Sean McCool



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Maffei, LF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: The Bradenton offense didn’t do much tonight, with only two players getting hits. Harold Ramirez was one of those two players, and continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4. This extended his hitting streak to 28 games, spanning back to last season. Jayson Aquino has had some up and down performances since joining the Pirates system. In some outings, he has looked good, getting a lot of ground ball outs, limiting walks, and posting strong overall results. In other starts, he has been hit hard and often, with poor results. With two starters joining the Marauders in the next few weeks (Tyler Eppler and Clay Holmes), Aquino will need to have more of the good in order to stick around in the rotation.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Delmarva 3

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Connor Joe, 1B – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Connor Joe got off to a slow start with West Virginia, but has been heating up recently. He has gone 6-for-16 in his last four games, and picked up his first extra-base hit of the night. So far this season he is struggling, but showing positive signs with more walks (8) than strikeouts (6). Michael Suchy has been performing well, going 7-for-21 in his last five games. He is 4-for-8 in the last two games, with two doubles and a walk. Alex McRae is also on a stretch of good outings, giving up three runs in 18 innings over his last three starts, with a 15:2 K/BB ratio.



The DSL Pirates were off today.

  • Some good outings by LHSP’s Zack Dodson and Jayson Aquino. RHSP Alex McRae was also impressive.

    Alen Hanson continues to impress raising his season average to .311 after a very strong May. For the present roster at AAA he leads the team in 4 categories – Runs Scored (30), Total Bases (89), Triples (6), Stolen Bases (14), is tied for the team lead in HR’s (3), and is second in RBI’s (25). He has always hit well against both RHP’s and LHP’s and is above .300 against each so far in 2015. On defense the move back to 2B this year has been very positive with only 4 Errors in 48 games. At 22 and almost 5 years younger than the average position player in AAA, he will be moving this year – either up or out (trade).

    • Not necessarily this year. I could see him being promoted in mid 2016 to maximize his service time before free agency. Realistically there is no necessity to move him, and he won’t be hurt by additional AB at AAA.

  • BallHeadWonder
    June 1, 2015 12:45 am

    Tough Day for the Organization!!! Thank you West Va.!!!!