Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Polanco; Seven Shutout Innings For Cumpton


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 (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-5, 2B

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, 3B

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – -for-4

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

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

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – 1-for-5

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 0-for-2

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (2-for-3 at the plate)

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis –  DNP



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (2-for-3 at the plate)

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (2-for-3 at the plate)

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, LF – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Michael Martinez, SS – 1-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton continued his strong start to the season in Louisville with his strongest and longest outing of the year. In his seven innings of work, Cumpton did not allow more than one base running in any inning, spreading out his five hits allowed. He also did not walk anyone, while striking out five for his third straight quality start to begin the season.

Gregory Polanco continued his strong hitting, two days after his 10 game hitting streak was snapped, going 3-for-5. Polanco drove in a run in each of his three at bats. This was Polanco’s sixth multi-hit game this season.

Chase d’Arnaud, Chris Dickerson, and Cumpton all also add multi-hit games for the Indians, who improve to 11-3 on the season. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Sample, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, 2B

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Wild pitching and defense, both good and bad, was the focus in Altoona tonight. The Curve beat Richmond 2-1. Tyler Sample got the start, going five shutout innings, allowing two hits with four strikeouts, but walking four in the process. Emmanuel De Leon followed Sample, touching 93 MPH with his fastball, with little idea where it was going. De Leon walked two in two innings of work, contributing a wild pitch.

In the 6th, the normally sure-handed Gift Ngoepe committed his second error of the year on a routine Eric Sims ground ball that pushed the Richmond tying run to third. The run would eventually score, however Willy Garcia showed off his impressive throwing arm, tacking on an outfield assist at third.

In the 8th, Alen Hanson tripled on a well hit flyball to right field, followed by Gift Ngoepe bunting him in on a fielder’s choice. Ryan Beckman finished it off in the 9th for his first save of the year, walking one and striking out one. – John Kokales



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Jupiter 3

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Josh Bell, DH – 1-for-4

Jeff Roy, CF – 2-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Jason Creasy had his second strong outing in a row, throwing five shutout innings. He now has 11 shutout innings in his last two starts, giving up seven hits, two walks, and striking out five. Ryan Hafner gave up three earned runs in three innings of work. Prior to this outing, he had three earned runs in 7.2 innings on the year. Adam Frazier picked up two hits, including his first two extra base hits of the season. He also had his ninth error of the season. Jose Osuna picked up two hits, giving him his fifth multi-hit game in his last ten games. Eric Wood played his second game since returning from the DL, picking up a hit and stealing his first base of the season.



West Virginia was postponed due to rain. They will play a double-header tomorrow.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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If Wandy falters is it time for him to hit the DL, and Cumpton fill in?


Hate to be that guy, but John Kokales game recap has a couple typos. Otherwise it was a good overview of game.

Ryan Palencer has chosen a fun year to be the Indians reporter it seems. Team is really playing well and watching Polanco nightly must be fun!

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