Prospect Watch: Minor League Starters Combine For Impressive 1.45 ERA Tonight


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, 5.40) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.256) – 1-for-4, 2B

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.200) – 1-for-3

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.311) – 1-for-4, 3B

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.285) – 2-for-5

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.339) – 0-for-3, BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) – 2-for-5

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 (.239) – 0-for-4, 3 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, 3.20) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.37) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.313) – DNP

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

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.264) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (4.21) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.252) – 3-for-4

Home Runs: Russ Canzler (12)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Toledo 1

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (4.21) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Russ Canzler, DH (.262) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Darren Ford, CF (.228) – 2-for-5, 2B

Andrew Lambo, RF (.283) – 1-for-3, BB

Vic Black, RHP (2-2, 2.37) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Graham Godfrey has 12 shutout innings in his last two starts. Vic Black blew the save in the ninth inning, but stayed in and pitched a shutout tenth inning for the win. Indianapolis got the win on a Robert Andino walk off single. Andrew Lambo went 1-for-3 with a walk, picking up a hit in his sixth straight game, and walking in his second straight game. Russ Canzler hit his 12th homer of the year in the International League, and his first with Indianapolis.


David Bromberg struck out seven in seven innings.
David Bromberg struck out seven in seven innings.


Box Score

Result: Binghamton 1, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (5-9, 3.56) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.293) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, RF (.267) – 1-for-3, 2B

Gregory Polanco, CF (.256) – 1-for-4, 2B

Alen Hanson, SS (.200) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: David Bromberg returned to Altoona after making his last two starts up in Indianapolis. He has a 3.56 ERA in 111.1 innings this year, with a 107:44 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco hit his eighth double of the year with Altoona, and his 25th total this season. He has struggled lately in Double-A, although that’s not a huge concern. The jump to Double-A is difficult for hitters, and it can take some time to adjust. We saw Alex Dickerson struggle the first two months of the year, only to pick up the pace in June and July. It’s possible that Polanco could start the 2014 season back in Altoona, but there have been plenty of players in the Pirates system who have started a season in Altoona and finished in the majors over the last few years. Polanco could always move up to Indianapolis to start the 2014 season, but he would need to show he can hit Double-A in the next month.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, St. Lucie 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (5.52) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.252) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.240) – 2-for-4, 3B, BB, 2 RBI

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.234) – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Willy Garcia, RF (.267) – 1-for-3, SB

Orlando Castro, LHP (2-2, 5.09) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Willy Garcia extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He also stole his 11th base of the year. Adrian Sampson has given up five earned runs in 19 innings over his last three starts, with a 16:2 K/BB ratio. Orlando Castro had a 6.00 ERA in four starts in Bradenton, then moved to the bullpen. He has given up one earned run in five innings since making the switch. Castro was mostly a reliever last year for West Virginia, then moved to the rotation this year where he had success. He could do the same in Bradenton, although it’s also possible that he could be another lefty with good control who has success in low-A but struggles at a higher level.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (4-3, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, RF (.330) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.267) – 2-for-5

Josh Bell, DH (.285) – 2-for-5

Eric Wood, 3B (.261) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

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



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, Vermont 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (2-3, 2.37) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, 2B (.282) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeff Roy, CF (.293) – 2-for-4, SB

Justin Topa, RHP (0.99) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl, the ninth round pick in this year’s draft, has a 2.37 ERA in 30.1 innings so far this year. Kuhl gave up six earned runs in 3.1 innings in his last start. He has given up two earned runs in 27 innings in his other seven starts. 17th round pick Justin Topa has an 0.99 ERA in 27.1 innings, with a 23:6 K/BB ratio. Jeff Roy stole his 21st base of the season. Michael Fransoso stole his 11th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Braves 4

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP (2.25) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF (.233) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Danny Arribas, 1B (.316) – 2-for-3

Austin Meadows, DH (.311) – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Billy Roth made his third start, and has combined to give up two earned runs on five hits in eight innings, with a 6:3 K/BB ratio. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to seven games. He also hit his fourth triple of the year. Meadows has been showing off his power with 15 extra base hits in 26 games, for a .223 ISO on the season.

  • The jump from A+ to AA is the hardest for batters? Why would that be? How about for pitchers – which jump is the most telling for them?

    • They say the biggest jump for hitters is indeed from A+ to AA. The biggest jump for pitchers is AA to AAA.

    • It’s difficult for batters because Double-A has better quality pitchers with better stuff. Pretty much everyone knows how to throw a changeup. More people have good breaking pitches and better fastball command.

      For pitchers it’s Double-A to Triple-A. This has to do with how many easy outs are in the lineup. You might have 3-4 easy outs in the average Double-A lineup, but in Triple-A you might have one easy out. There’s a lot of hitters who have played in the majors, or who are 4A players. So you can’t really get out of jams as easy in AAA as you can in AA.

  • Pirates’ org fodder on the hill is better than many other orgs’ pitching prospects.

  • Bromberg with almost a K an inning? what’s up with this guy? i thought he was ‘org fodder’.


  • I am going to assume the big league club told Lambo that the plate discipline is the next thing to work on, but I could be totally off base with that.