Prospect Watch: Dodson and the Marauders Flirt With No Hitter, Win on Triple Play


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, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.25) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.264) – 1-for-3, BB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.196) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.315) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – 1-for-3, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.57) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.328) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.269) – 0-for-3, BB

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

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

13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.232) – 0-for-4, BB, 2 K

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – DNP (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.30) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.27) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.308) – 1-for-5

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.32) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.279) – 2-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5-8, 4.67) – 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.336) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Justin Howard (6), Danny Collins (7), Michael Fransoso (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 5

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5-7, 3.82) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.327) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.289) – 2-for-5, 2B

Andrew Lambo, RF (.278) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Vic Black, RHP (2.27) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: One issue with Andrew Lambo’s game was his lack of walks recently. He had six in the entire month of July, leading to a low .304 OBP. I don’t know if the team told him to focus on that aspect of his game, but he has drawn a walk five days in a row now. He is also 11-for-33 in his last nine games, and has reached base safely all nine games. Vic Black came on for a five out save, stranding the tying run in the eighth inning, then closing out the ninth for the win.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4.35) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.336) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.264) – 1-for-3, BB

Alex Dickerson, RF (.294) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Justin Howard homered for his second game in a row. Prior to this game he had a .333/.433/.457 line in 210 at-bats this year, with five homers. This gave him his sixth of the year, matching his career high set in 2011. Alex Dickerson played in his first game since August 7th, after sitting out a few games with tightness in his back. Gregory Polanco is now 5-for-14 with three doubles and two walks in his last four games, after slumping in the first week of August.


Zack Dodson threw seven no hit innings.
Zack Dodson threw seven no hit innings.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5-8, 4.67) – 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.294) – 3-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B (.251) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Orlando Castro, LHP (4.88) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Marauders had an interesting end to their game. Zack Dodson and Orland Castro combined for eight no-hit innings, and Bradenton carried a 5-0 lead and the no hitter into the ninth. Tyler Waldron lost the no hitter, and gave up three runs by allowing the first five runners to reach base. He was replaced by Robbie Kilcrease, who threw a wild pitch to put the two inherited runners in scoring position, and the tying run on second. Then, the Marauders ended the game with a rare triple play. Willy Garcia made a sliding catch for the out, then quickly threw to double pinch runner Hector Guevara off second base. The Marauders then threw to third, where it was ruled that the runner left without tagging up for the final out of the game.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, RHP (1-3, 2.34) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, SS (.269) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.283) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Check out John Dreker’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Tri-City 11, Jamestown 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (3-3, 4.32) – 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, RF (.263) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Fransoso, 2B (.287) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Jin-De Jhang, C (.279) – 2-for-4

Shane Carle, RHP (2.36) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Danny Collins hit his seventh homer of the year for Jamestown. That’s two more than the season high for the Pirates in the NYPL last year. It’s also the most since Matt Curry hit seven homers in the NYPL in 2010. Michael Fransoso hit his second homer of the year. Jin-De Jhang had his second straight two hit game. Dovydas Neverauskas had a great month of July, giving up seven earned runs in the entire month, plus his first start of August. He gave up six earned runs tonight, having a rare bad outing, and raising his ERA over a run. Shane Carle stepped up for six innings, which is his longest outing of the year, and only the second time he’s gone more than four innings. Carle has a 1.89 ERA in 38 innings over his last ten starts, with a 32:4 K/BB ratio.



The GCL Pirates were off today.