Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco 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 (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 – 3-for-3, 2B, BB

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 – 3-for-5, 2 R, SB, RBI

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

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-3, BB, RBI, SB

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-4, SB

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

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

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 0-for-4

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR



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Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, SB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-3, R, BB, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Chris Dickerson singled in pinch runner Adalberto Santos from second in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walk off victory. Gregory Polanco continued his seven-game hitting streak by going 3-for-3 with a run and a double. Andrew Lambo also contributed a pair of hits, a stolen base, and a RBI. After starting the season 0-for-8, Lambo has gone 7-for-12 over his last four games. Brandon Cumpton threw six innings, allowing three runs with five strikeouts for a no decision. Cumpton threw 85 pitches, 52 for strikes. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-4, R

Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-4, BB

Stetson Allie – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Both Alen Hanson and Stetson Allie collected three hits in Altoona’s 6-1 win over Richmond. Adrian Sampson allowed one run over five innings in his second start of the year. Emmanuel De Leon followed him with two scoreless innings, then Ryan Beckman and Brandon Mann each threw one inning of shutout ball. The Curve put together 11 hits in the game. Allie’s double was their only extra base hit and they were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Willy Garcia and Gift Ngoepe each struck out three times. Garcia is 2-for-21 with 11 strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Fortunato, LF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl suffered a fate that can be common for ground ball pitchers. A lot of the ground balls he produced either found a hole in the infield, or were placed good enough for an infield hit. Kuhl didn’t have the best command of his fastball tonight, and was relying more on his slider in the second inning. Pat Ludwig came on in relief and immediately gave up a two run homer. After that, Ludwig settled down, striking out the side in the third inning, and striking out six batters through four innings. Josh Smith came on with two outs in the sixth and left two batters stranded. Josh Bell had two hard hit balls on the night. The first one was a liner over the second baseman’s head. The second baseman got a glove on it to knock it down, but Bell reached easily for a single. The next hard hit was a line drive which went directly to the right fielder. – Tim Williams



Box Score

Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, RF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Buddy Borden threw five shutout innings against Lexington on Thursday, six days after he gave up three runs over four innings against the same team. For the second time, he was going up against Luis Rico, who was also hit hard in his first start. Rico threw four shutout innings today. He was part of the four player deal with the Kansas City Royals that brought Vin Mazzaro to the Pirates. Justin Topa allowed both runs in the game. Isaac Sanchez threw a scoreless ninth. West Virginia had five hits and four walks, but they went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Reese McGuire was 0-for-4 in the game. He is 5-for-20 through five games.

  • It looks like Lambo is starting to wake up! If he can put 10-15 good games together, we may be able to see him soon as well

    • Why ? Until he shows some power by hitting some home runs,what is the point ? I do totally agree with you regarding Polanco. No organization is going to waste a year and the money involved in Arb years for 30 to 40 days of production from a prospect like Polanco.

  • John…how much longer are we going to have to look at that “JT out for a year”?

    Get him outta there and put in our #21 prospect per Tim’s ‘rules’.

    It is painful to be reminded of that…. 🙂 🙂

    • Yeah Lee, I’m pretty sure Tim is just doing it to spite us at this point since so many have called for JT’s removal 🙂 #FREE#21

    • He covered that yesterday in the comments. Leaving it up for a week so everyone sees it

  • I’m not a Harrison fan, but he provides 10× more than Barmes. Brandon Inge was a better bench option than Barmes. He can’t PH, PR or play multiple positions. He has less value than a backup catcher. NH just needs to take Hurdle’s boy toy away from him.

    • I agree, Barmes isn’t playing late game defense. It is actually the opposite, both times Barmes has started, Mercer came in late in the game with a lead. If Barmes isn’t going to be used in late game defense then why is he on the team? To me that is the only value he has.

    • Actually, Barmes CAN play 2b and 3b.

      And to say JHay can play multiple positions is stretching it. You can put him somewhere, but can he play it well? No.

      • So can anyone with a right handed glove Lee- what’s your point? Barmes last played 3rd base…..when in a major league game?

      • Harrison is actually a better third baseman than Barmes- at 2nd or shortstop, definitely agree Barmes is usually better

    • I hate Clint Barmes- Hate him. So I will not support him in anyway with a bat in his hands. HOWEVER- Brandon Inge was the most washed up baseball player i’ve ever seen with the exception of Brian Bixler or possibly Chad Hermanson. I would be scared to put him on a AAA team. Barmes is better, since Mercer started getting playing time, Barmes hitting ability has reached a point where he wasn’t hurting the team while out there, and Mercer is kind of clueless right now at the plate, I don’t think hitting 8th works well for him, its making him too aggressive knowing he has a pitcher behind him

    • Cato the Elder
      April 11, 2014 11:02 am

      This is one of the more ridiculous comments I have seen in a while.

      • When was the last time Barmes played 3 games in 1 year at 2nd or 3rd. Probably the last time he had a 4 hit game. Which pre dates puberty

  • Ian Rothermund
    April 10, 2014 11:55 pm

    Granted it’s only been a week, but Polanco in AAA is a joke at this point in time correct? Maybe just wait until one of the right field options goes on a slump. This just seems like batting practice for him, and he’s essentially a lock to provide an upgrade on defense and the base paths. I’m normally in complete agreement on the handling of top prospects (handling their service time, super two status, etc.) however, at what point does his marginal production out weight the threat of the additional dollar being earmarked through him attaining the super two?

    To me, it could be as soon as the end of the month. It’s likely there will be some adjustments in regards to the way he’s pitched over the next several weeks, as what’s being done now is simply not working. If he responds well to those adjustments, his being a protege is over

    • I completely agree! If they think they can get an extension done with Polonco similar to Marte’s then June should not matter. They should call him up by early May If he continues to dominate triple A. I know Snider looks solid so far and he will become a nice bench piece or maybe he can learn 1b.

      • Still don’t like Snider, but he isn’t useless. His situational hitting is awful. If they could just get him into the 6 or 7 hole where he belongs, he wouldn’t annoy me nearly as much

        • IDK, yesterday the situation called for a HR to get things started and he delivered one. I know what you mean of course, but would a 22 year old in the bigs for the first time actually be better? Yes Polanco has the plate patience, etc. but it’s not like he won’t make some mistakes when he steps in.

      • Cato the Elder
        April 11, 2014 11:01 am

        “If they think they can get an extension done with Polonco similar to Marte’s then June should not matter.”

        Of course it matters, if Polanco is in line for Super 2 status that would certainly affect your hypothetical contract negotiations. For example, look at the Jose Quintana’s recent contract extension and see the conditional escalator if he reaches gets Super 2. He would get about a %20-25 raise in guaranteed money (or $5.5 mil). For reference, similar conditional raise (%25) applied to a $31 mil contract would increase the price $7.75 mil. That for an extra 1-2 months

    • Let Polanco destroy AAA, give us a good taste of how those tools relate to actual stats instead of projections for once. We’ll see him in 30-45 days. We don’t need him quite yet, but we will……

      • Ian Rothermund
        April 11, 2014 11:11 am

        Yeah, I’m serious when I say I’d like to see him have to make adjustments to AAA fighting back before he comes up to the big club.

  • CalipariFan506
    April 10, 2014 11:22 pm

    Things normally work themselves out but right now Tabata and Snider are producing fairly well in RF. We may need to trade one or the other before Polanco gets the call. Or option Harrison and just play with one less infielder.