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Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Andrew Lambo in Walk-Off Win



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 – 0-for-3, BB, R

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona –  1-for-4

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB, RBI, SB

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 – (In Majors)

11. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

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 (4/14 Update)

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-1

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

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-2, 2 BB

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

ResultIndianapolis 6, Syracuse 5

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top HitterAndrew Lambo, LF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 0-for-3, BB, R

Jaff Decker, CF – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Indianapolis scored three runs in the ninth inning, winning in walk-off fashion on a one out single from Michael Martinez that brought home Jaff Decker with the winning run. Decker had tied the game one batter earlier with a two-run double. Jeff Locke had a start very similar to his last outing. In both games, he allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. While the overall results aren’t great, he has shown strong control and a good strikeout rate, walking five and striking out 26 batters in 23 innings. Cody Eppley came in with the score tied in the seventh and promptly gave up two runs, while recording just one out. Andrew Lambo had a big night, with two doubles and a single. He now has nine doubles on the year, 13 RBIs and he’s hitting .348 through 66 at-bats.



Box Score

Result:  Akron 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Stetson Allie, 1B 0-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: A.J. Morris was making his second start of the season and he looked impressive, throwing five shutout innings. Morris threw 78 pitches, 50 for strikes and he had an 8:1 GO/AO ratio. The Altoona offense was bad all game. They had just four hits, struck out nine times and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Mann took the loss, giving up two runs over three innings. Willy Garcia was pulled from the game after grounding out in the first inning and not hustling down the line.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, St Lucie 3

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Fortunato, LF – 3-for-5, SB

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Game Notes:  Chad Kuhl had a tough first inning, giving up two runs on four hits, but settled down and scattered five hits over five shutout innings. He didn’t walk or strikeout a single batter in the game. Kuhl was able to induce ten ground ball outs. In 18 starts as a pro, the 2013 draft pick has issued eight walks and hasn’t allowed a home run, spanning a total of 78.2 innings. Pat Ludwig followed Kuhl and picked up the save by allowing one run over three innings of work.Coming into this game, Ludwig had given up just one earned run over 18 innings. Jose Osuna led the offense with two double and drove in two runs. Raul Fortunato had three hits, Jordan Steranka added two hits and Eric Wood scored two runs. The top seven hitters in Bradenton’s lineup reached base a total of 14 times.



Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 8, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top HitterWyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Candon Myles, LF – 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas allowed seven runs on 11 hits as the Power dropped Saturday night’s game to Hagerstown by an 8-2 score. The Suns put up four runs in the first and three more in the third inning, putting the game out of reach early. West Virginia pitchers gave up a combined 16 hits. The West Virginia offense had five hits, all singles and they went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The one bright spot was Wyatt Mathisen reaching base three times, with a single and two walks. Reese McGuire didn’t play tonight and hasn’t caught any of the last three games, serving as the DH in the previous two contests. JaCoby Jones left the game after his first at-bat, no word yet on why he left early. West Virginia’s record dropped to 7-14 on the season.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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