Prospect Watch: Homers From Gregory Polanco, Tony Sanchez and Stetson Allie


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), 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 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (Debut Friday)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4, BB, R

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4, RBI

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, RBI

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

10. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

11. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-5

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Sample, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (6), Gregory Polanco (4), Tony Sanchez (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Toledo 5

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Andrew Lambo, LF – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes:

There doesn’t appear there’s many situations too big for Gregory Polanco at Triple-A right now. With one out and a runner at third in the top of the ninth in a tie game, Polanco doubled in the go-ahead run. Polanco also homered and stole a base for the second time in three games.
Tony Sanchez continued his hot hitting as well, adding a three-run home run of his own. Sanchez is 4-for-10 in his last three games.
Starter Adam Wilk struck out eight Toledo hitters despite not having his best stuff early. Vin Mazzaro threw two more scoreless innings, to run his streak up to eight straight scoreless innings with Indianapolis.- Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Harrisburg 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Sample, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, HBP, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-4, BB, R

Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 R

Willy Garcia, RF – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Tyler Sample had an impressive outing and Stetson Allie homered for the fourth time in three games, as Altoona won 6-1 over Harrisburg.  Sample has had control issues throughout his career and it has been real bad early on this year, but on Thursday, he threw six scoreless innings, walked two and struck out eight batters. He also gave up just two hits, giving him seven hits allowed over 18 innings. Tyler Waldon struck out the side in the eighth inning and Quinton Miller finished up the game, his third shutout appearance since joining Altoona last week.

On offense, Willy Garcia had a double, triple and drove in two runs, plus he had an outfield assist. Stetson Allie hit a three-run homer in the first inning, following walks to Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe. That gave Altoona all the runs they would need. Allie reached base three times for the third straight game(five times yesterday) and Mel Rojas Jr. scored two runs.



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 13, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, DH – 1-for-4, BB, R

Jeff Roy, CF – 1-for-3, 2 BB, R

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton made a couple changes in their bullpen prior to the game and they needed the new arms right away. After using Walker Gourley on the mound two days in a row, the Marauders added Oderman Rocha and Andy Otamendi to the bullpen. They both got into the game quickly after starter Jason Creasy got knocked out of the game after one inning. Otamendi didn’t do much better, allowing five runs(two earned) over 1.2 innings. Rocha threw 2.1 innings and allowed two runs, both unearned. The Bradenton defense was really bad with four errors that led to a total of six unearned runs. Max Moroff led the offense with three RBIs, while Josh Bell had a two hit game and drove in a run. He has been in a slump since a hot start, going 7-for-39 with one extra base hit in his last ten games. All nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit.



Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 7, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B- 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had strong outings in his first and third starts, but was hit hard in his second game. He continued to alternate good/bad on Thursday, giving up six runs(four earned) over 3.2 innings. Clario Perez threw three shutout innings in relief. On offense, West Virginia had 12 hits, but they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen went a combined 0-for-9 in the middle of the order. Mathisen has four hits over his last ten games, with three of those hits coming on Tuesday. West Virginia’s defense committed four errors.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Tim Williams

Two points about Puig and the Dodgers:

1. The Dodgers receive $280 M per year from their local TV deal. They can literally burn $100 M on the field on Opening Day each season, and still have five times as much to spend as half of the teams in baseball. In that scenario, you don’t focus on money.

2. Puig was already under contract, so Super Two wouldn’t impact him at all.

Karl Givens

is it possible to get a slash line on these prospects for these MiL wrap ups?


Could you add each team’s record to the daily summaries?

Douglas Byrd

Call up Polanco yesterday. Have him hit 2nd. Please!


Polanco’s hitting ability is unreal


I’m starting to think Allie’s hitting ability is as good as Polanco’s. Obviously GP brings the other half of the toolshed too, but just hitting, Allie has been awesome.


I was high on him last year even when he was down. I kept telling myself that he had a “full” year of pitching he might be a little behind


Yeah, I’m usually pretty concerned about them being ahead of the age curve, but that changes somewhat with Allie’s lost year. And it’s not like he’s old for AA right now anyway. He’d just be even better age-wise in AAA if he’s up there in a few months.

Nick Rexilius

Gracias arm is unreal!

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