Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson and Josh Bell Homer, Six No-Hit Innings From Buddy Borden


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 – 1-for-4, SB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 5-for-9, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

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

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/7 Update)

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 – 0-for-3, BB, R

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B

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

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP –  6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 5-for-9, HR, 2B, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Alen Hanson (3), Josh Bell (3)



Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 4, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: The Indianapolis bats were cold on Thursday morning, as they got shutout 4-0 by Pawtucket. The Indians had just five hits and one walk, with a double by Blake Davis accounting for the only extra base hit. Gregory Polanco stole his ninth base of the season. He also committed his fourth error of the season. On the mound, starter Adam Wilk allowed all four runs over his 5.1 innings. Jay Jackson, Andy Oliver and Cody Eppley combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson gave up just two runs over seven innings, as Altoona dropped a 3-2 decision to Binghamton. Sampson struck out six batters after picking up just four strikeouts total over his last three outings. Through eight starts and 42.2 innings, he has a 2.32 ERA. Quinton Miller picked up the loss when he allowed a walk-off home run on the second pitch he threw. Alen Hanson reached base three times, including his third home run of the season. Seven other Curve players in the starting lineup contributed one single, with only Sampson in the pitcher’s spot not joining in on the offense. Hanson and Willy Garcia had the only RBIs for Altoona. For both of them, it was their 18th RBI of the season.



Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Lakeland 6

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Jeff Roy, CF – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes:  In the first game of a doubleheader, which was supposed to go seven innings, the Bradenton Marauders won 7-6 in 10 innings. Josh Bell hit his third homer of the season, plus added his ninth double. All nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Robby Rowland pitched three no-hit innings in relief to pick up the win. Jason Creasy had a rough game, his second straight poor start. In each of his last two starts, he has allowed five runs over four innings. Prior to that, he had allowed ten runs in his first seven starts combined, a total of 31.1 innings. Ryan Hafner followed Creasy and allowed one run on three hits and three walks over three innings. In 25.1 innings, Hafner has allowed 17 walks and 33 hits, so this season in not going good for him.


Game Two Box Score

Result: Lakeland 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP –  6.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, LF – 2-for-3, BB, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Orlando Castro retired the first 18 batters he faced before giving up a walk to lead-off the seventh inning. He allowed a hit and recorded an out before leaving the game for Thomas Harlan to close it out. Both runners ended up scoring, putting a damper on an otherwise terrific outing. Harlan ended up giving up three hits and a run of his own before getting his first out. In the eighth inning, Harlan gave up another run and lost the game. Josh Bell, Max Moroff and Taylor Lewis each had two hits. Bradenton had a total of 14 base runners and four hits with runners in scoring position, but they still managed just three runs. Bell finished the day with five hits and four RBIs. Jin-De Jhang went 0-for-4, leaving him 6-for-36 in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Augusta 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP –  6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4

Erich Weiss, 2B – 0-for-2, BB

Game Notes: The start of the game was delayed 80 minutes due to rain, but that didn’t bother starter Buddy Borden. He threw six no-hit innings, striking out seven batters. The only downside to his outing was four walks, tying his season high. Borden lowered his ERA to 2.23 through 36.1 innings. Will Kendall followed Borden and threw a scoreless seventh, but Augusta broke through for two runs in the eighth inning and ended up winning. Wyatt Mathisen led the offense with two hits, while Reese McGuire collected the Power’s only other hit. He extended his hit streak to eight games.

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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Hey John, you do such a good job breaking down the daily numbers along with mini slumps and streaks in the write-ups. I think the bigger picture is missing sometimes, because there isn’t that yearly perspective. Have you ever thought about taking the top 20 list at the top and keeping a running total of their season stats? Nothing crazy but maybe a batter’s AVE./OB/SLG or any stats that is over relevant or important to that prospect. Such as if a prospect is excelling at 2Bs or 3Bs.


I agree too. Every day someone mentions this and it hasn’t been added. Since it is a prospect site.. it would be nice to get the overall picture on how they’re doing throughout the year.

Tim Williams

I’ve mentioned over and over that we’re working on a database to do this automatically.


I agree, I always open the box scores then click on the players for the info.

Leefoo Rug Bug

Hard to get excited right now about any of our 2013 draftees, until we find out which one is the PTBNL.


Can anyone comment on the errors in the outfield from Polanco? The nature of them? Not only did he make his fourth error of the season last night, but that was his third consecutive game with an error. Any sense as to what is going on?


I would guess he is ticked off about not being called up and the offer they made


Neil kezowiski (something to that affect)

Matt Beam

hope Borden (and Jones) are not the PNBTL for Ike

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