Prospect Watch: Sadler With Another Strong Start; McGuire Picks Up Three Hits


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, 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 (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 – 1-for-5

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Out for the Season (Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-5, 2B

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 3-for-4, 2B

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/7 Update)

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis –  2-for-4, 2B, BB

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/7 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 3B

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

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Chris Dickerson (1), Andy Vasquez (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Toledo 6

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Brent Morel, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Matt Hague, 3B – 2-for-5

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Indianapolis got another great start from Casey Sadler. The sinkerball pitcher only needed 81 pitches to get through seven innings, throwing 59 strikes. He had an 8:5 GO/AO ratio, and picked up five strikeouts on the night. Chris Dickerson hit his first homer of the year, giving Indianapolis a 2-0 lead at the time. Andrew Lambo has been hot with the bat the last two days, going 5-for-9 with two doubles and a triple in three games.



Box Score

Result: Akron 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-5, 3B

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-4

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Andy Vasquez hit his first homer of the year, which brought Altoona within one run in the sixth inning. They couldn’t re-take the lead the rest of the game. Stetson Allie went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In his first 13 at-bats he has five strikeouts and one hit, which was a home run. Zack Dodson gave up runs in each of the first four innings during his first start of the season. Jhonathan Ramos, Joan Montero, and Matt Benedict combined for five shutout innings to close out the game.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jeff Locke threw 82 pitches over six innings in his rehab start tonight, then went to the bullpen after his outing to throw some more pitches and get up to 100. Click here to read about Locke’s outing. Josh Bell picked up two hits, including his third double of the year. The double was hit to shallow right field, with the sun directly in the right fielder’s eyes. He slid for the ball, but came up short and the ball got past him. Bell capitalized by hustling to second. The right fielder made a throw that was off the mark, allowing Bell to reach with a double. It probably would have been an out with an accurate throw. Bell got his second hit of the night with a single up the middle in the ninth inning. Max Moroff came close to winning the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk off grand slam, but only reached the warning track in left field. That did bring in the only run of the night for the Marauders, when Jacob Stallings tagged from third base to score. Chris Stewart caught seven innings tonight in a rehab appearance.



Box Score

Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top HitterReese McGuire, C – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, DH – 1-for-3, 3B

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Shane Carle was very effective tonight, striking out six with no walks in five innings. Carle threw 59 pitches, with 46 strikes, and got a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Reese McGuire had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and getting a hit in his third game in a row. He also picked up his first extra base hit in the South Atlantic League. JaCoby Jones continued with his hot hitting, getting a triple for his fourth extra base hit in seven games. Erich Weiss picked up a hit for the fourth straight game.

  • Does Morel have any chance of fitting in as a utility man with the Pirates Tim ? I am already tired of watching the PH for the starter taking the first strike then the SO on a waste pitch and two bouncers.

  • I have liked McGuire since the Pirates drafted him . He has a lot of tools the least of which is his arm . Lets hope he continues his progress because he has a lot to offer .

  • How can Polanco be listed as “DNP” up top but show a 1-5 line under the Indians breakdown?

  • Mark Fifield
    April 10, 2014 7:08 am

    Tim, why is Tailion still listed? He is out for the year. You removed Holmes.

    • He’s still listed for a week to show he’s out for the year. Ironically I did this to avoid the “where is Taillon” questions from people who missed the news over the weekend. Now I’m getting “why is Taillon still there” questions.

      • Thanks Tim. Strange for people to ask where is Tailion when you explained it all in the easy to understand opening paragraph. Keep up the great info Tim, I’m a daily reader!

        • A few weeks ago we had an Altoona Opening Day roster that didn’t include Stetson Allie. The reason Allie wasn’t on the roster was explained in the only paragraph in the article. Yet I got about a dozen questions, including a few in the comments of that article, asking why Allie wasn’t on the roster.

          Although I’m keeping Taillon on there more due to the timing of the news (Sunday, one of our lowest traffic days) than the fear of people who don’t read the article, then ask questions about the article. Also, the next prospect on the list is Casey Sadler. He was highlighted well in this article, so it’s not like we’re missing any updates by keeping Taillon on there for a few extra days.

  • Nice to see Lambo starting to square up again.

  • CalipariFan506
    April 9, 2014 11:41 pm

    I really like how lousy the early season weather is in Altoona and that Hansen is starting there. It will be extremely beneficial to him when he eventually starts a season in Pittsburgh hopefully in 2016.

    • As long as the weather here doesn’t wreck his confidence Calipari. I always thought that the same situation played a part in in slowing Andrew McCutchen’s advancement …..somewhat.