Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching From Dickson, Dodson and Johnson


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. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (4-7, 3.76) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.285) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (7-2, 2.27) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.280) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.292) – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.271) – 0-for-2, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.89) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-2, 4.21) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.383) –  1-for-5, 2 RBI

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.265) – 3-for-6, RBI

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.288) – 0-for-4, BB

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

13. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.254) – 1-for-4

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.48) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.31) – In Majors

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.336) – 0-for-4

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.13) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.44) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.229) – 4-for-5, 4 RBI, 2B

Home Runs: Jerry Sand (7), Luis Urena (1)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 7, Indianapolis 5 in 10 innings

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.44) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, RF (.207) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.285) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Andrew Lambo, LF (.278) – 1-for-4, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Kris Johnson was strong through seven innings today, continuing his impressive season. In his previous two starts, Johnson threw a combined 13 scoreless innings. Unfortunately, the bullpen combo of Ryan Reid and Eric Cordier gave up four runs in the last two innings to let Syracuse tie the game up. Cordier stayed on for the tenth and gave up two more runs. Jerry Sands hit his first home run since returning from injury 11 games ago, a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Matt Hague hit his 29th double and drove in his 58th run. He has reached 30 doubles in all three of his full seasons in the minors.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 9, New Hampshire 2

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (3-4, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.229) – 4-for-5, 4 RBI, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.296) – 4-for-4, HBP

Gregory Polanco, CF (.285) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Alex Dickerson drove in eight runs last night, so it would be hard to top that, but he didn’t have a bad game tonight. Dickerson reached base all five times up, with four hits and a HBP. He also scored three runs. Jarek Cunningham had a big game, collecting four hits and four RBI’s. Gregory Polanco and Justin Howard each scored two runs. Carlos Paulino had two RBI’s. Eliecer Navarro got the win, giving up two runs in five innings. Zack Thornton pitched three scoreless innings and Ryan Beckman finished off the win.



Zack Dodson pitched well through 6.1 innings
Zack Dodson pitched well through 6.1 innings

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Brevard County 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4-7, 4.97) – 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.232) – 3-for-4, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.255) – 1-for-4

Alen Hanson, SS (.280) –  2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B (.254) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Zack Dodson has had a rough season after missing the beginning due to his suspension from late last season. He gave up just three hits and one run over 6.1 innings today, giving him his best start of the season. Matt Benedict returned from the disabled list and pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season. The offense was led by Alen Hanson, who hit his 23rd double and drove in his 47th run. Benji Gonzalez had three hits and drove in the other run. He also stole his 21st base of the year.



Box Score Game One

Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (3.27) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.254) – 1-for-3, 2B

Josh Bell, DH (.271) – 0-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Jason Creasy has had some strong outings since making the move to full-time starter last month, but tonight’s outing was the worst one so far. He ran into early trouble, giving up a run in the first and three in the second inning after West Virginia gave him an early 2-0 lead. The Power got those two runs on a single by Dilson Herrera, which followed a lead-off double from Max Moroff. Herrera scored three batters later on an Eric Wood single. Neither team scored over the final five innings.


Box Score Game Two

Result: West Virginia 3, Lexington 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, RHP (2.36) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, LF (.200) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B

Walker Gourley, RF (.325) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Kyle Haynes got a spot start due to the doubleheader and threw 3.2 scoreless innings. Thomas Harlan, who just returned from a stint at Bradenton, followed Haynes on the mound and gave up one run over 2.1 innings. Jhondaniel Medina picked up his fifth save, striking out the side in the ninth. Luis Urena hit his first homer since joining West Virginia, a two-run shot in the second. Raul Fortunato drove in the other run for the Power. Dilson Herrera hit his 19th double. Jordan Steranka had two hits and scored a run.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 3, Williamsport 0

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (3.09) – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.302) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 3B (.404) – 3-for-4

Adam Frazier, 2B (.356) – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Starter Cody Dickson had the best outing of his young career, throwing five no-hit innings and facing the minimum. The only base runner he allowed was a fourth inning walk, which was immediately erased on a double play. Henry Hirsch came on next and threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, while striking out five batters. Brett McKinney pitched the ninth for his fourth save. The win was the first career win for Dickson. Adam Frazier had three hits on the night, giving him a 13 game hit streak. Erich Weiss has been swinging a hot bat lately, picking up 16 hits in his last seven starts. Jin-De Jhang had two doubles, giving him six this month. In June, he had three extra base hits that were all homers, while all of his extra base hits in July have been doubles.



Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.292) – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF (.204) – 1-for-4, 2B

Reese McGuire, C (.383) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI

Jon Sandfort, RHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Billy Roth made his pro debut today and threw two shutout innings, allowing two walks, but no hits. The 16th round pick this year, was an overslot($190,000) signing. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to eight games. He has also drawn walks in six of those games. Reese McGuire had just one hit in the three game series, though he did drive in two runs today.  He now has 12 RBI’s on the year. Jovany Lopez pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit or run. For the second day in a row, a former position player threw a scoreless inning in their pitching debut. Yesterday it was Kirk Singer, while today Yhonathan Barrios made his mound debut. Enyel Vallejo had three hits today, raising his batting average to .303 in 11 games.


  • First time logger here. But I live in New England now and went to see the Curve play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats last night and Polanco was definitely different then everyone else. I hope the Pirates don’t trade him.
    Dickerson can hit and he even played right pretty well. He wasn’t graceful out there but he made all the plays he had to. Narravro was all guts last night but an average pitchers. I also think Santos has got some potential.

  • Any possibility of moving Lambo to 1B? Not for this year — obviously still need to fill glaring hole in RF — but with Polanco a lock for the third OF spot, if Lambo’s bat continues to play, could be a spot for him.

    • Lambo has played 19 games at first base this year and also played the position when he first got started in the minors. He had a little trouble over there, but you’re not going to get better by not playing the position. I think one of them should be there. Matt Hague is a solid AAA player, but he can’t be the reason that neither Dickerson or Lambo is playing first base for Indy right now.

  • That headline sounded like a Law Firm: Dickson, Dodson and Johnson.


  • CalipariFan506
    July 28, 2013 3:21 am

    He has only 17 BB in 350 at bats. Non prospect in very ametuer opinion.

    • Does that mean it is time to DFA Starling Marte who only has 17 walks in 406 at bats? There is more to evaluation than a single statistic.

    • Understand the logic of the statistic, but if everything was based on walks, Clemente wouldn’t have made it out of the minors.

    • Dickerson has hit .357 with 11 homers and 42 RBI’s over his last 49 games(all of June/July). You can’t do that in AA during your second full season of pro ball and not be considered a prospect. He might not be a top prospect, but his bat is ready for AAA now

  • John,
    Is Alex Dickerson legit and someone that could be our everyday first baseman next season or 2015? He started off slowly this season but he has been on fire since May if I recall.

    • I believe he could be an option at some point next year. I saw him the other day crush a homer to straight away center field, then against a lefty pitcher, he hit a hard line drive right at the left fielder. He has hit both lefties and righties well this year. I’m honestly surprised they haven’t moved him back to first base yet.

      • Did you see him (try to) play 1B this Spring?

        • I did, but just one game. Actually caught a foul ball he hit. He needs work at 1B, he was an outfielder in college, the Pirates moved him there after drafting him. He is not a good outfielder either and there likely won’t be a spot for him there in the majors Marte/McCutchen/Polanco. First base seems open, so I think he should be getting time there