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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Cumpton With a Strong Return; Rojas and Mathisen Homer


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 – 2-for-4, 2B

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 2-for-4

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-3, BB

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

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

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

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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 – 2-for-3, BB

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

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

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4, 3 K



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF – 3-for-4, HR, SB

Home Runs: Wyatt Mathisen (3), Mel Rojas (2)



Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 3, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, CF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton returned to Indianapolis, and had a great outing. He went seven innings, without an earned run. Cumpton now has a 1.04 ERA in 26 innings of work with Indianapolis this year, along with a 14:4 K/BB ratio and a 1.50 GO/AO ratio. Jaff Decker picked up two hits, and is 5-for-9 in his last three games, with two doubles and a home run. Gregory Polanco continued his impressive season, picking up two more hits, including his ninth double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Bowie 5

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF – 3-for-4, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 2B – 0-for-1, 4 BB, SB

Keon Broxton, LF – 2-for-4, 3B

Andy Vasquez, DH – 2-for-4, 3 SB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez has been a mixed bag this year in Altoona. In three of his starts, he has given up four earned runs in 17 innings. In the other three, he has given up 13 earned runs in 12.1 innings. Overall he has a 5.22 ERA in 29.1 innings, with a 10:8 K/BB ratio. Mel Rojas picked up his second homer of the year. He now has a .310/.381/.425 line in 113 at-bats in Altoona this year. He’s on fire lately, with a .405 average and a 1.004 OPS in 37 at-bats over his last ten games. Stetson Allie struck out three more times, and has 17 strikeouts in 33 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Charlotte 5

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Pat Ludwig moved back to the rotation for his third start of the year. Prior to tonight, he had given up five earned runs in 27 innings. Tonight he gave up five earned runs in 5.1 innings. Josh Bell had two hits tonight. He’s been struggling lately, with a .242/.306/.273 line in 33 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Savannah 9, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Jacoby Jones, SS – 2-for-3, BB

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Justin Topa made his third straight start in the rotation. He has a fastball that can hit mid-90s, but hasn’t had success so far in the rotation. If he has a future in the majors, it would be as a reliever. Yhonathan Barrios closed out the game with two shutout innings. He has a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings this year, with a 10:7 K/BB ratio. The former shortstop consistently hits 99 MPH with his fastball as a reliever. Wyatt Mathisen homered for the third time in the last five games. He is hitting for a .342/.359/.605 line in 38 at-bats in his last ten games. JaCoby Jones added two more hits, and has a 1.032 OPS in his last ten games.

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I was at the game. Polanco badly misplayed a ball letting it letting it get under his glove for an error. Perhaps there is truth to the fact he needs to work on adjusting to rightfield. Other than that Polanco had good plate discipline and even his foul ball had that solid contact ring to them. Cumpton looked outstanding and was in control errors including his own did him in for the runs. There were very few hard balls hit off him. He needs to be in the Bucs rotation as soon as the 5th spot comes up again.
Andy Oliver’s control was horrendous in relief but his ball sure does have a lot of movement.


And I was at the game last year when Marte dropped an easy fly ball – he should have been IMMEDIATELY DEMOTED TO AAA


lol- you were at that game? Why didnt you shoot him


You missed the word “perhaps”. There have always been questions about the routes Polanco takes to the ball and rightfield is a new position for him.


3 years from now when Jacoby Jones is starting for the Mets and batting over .300 the Ike Davis trade will look even worse…


Lonely, you left out JaCoby’s Gold Glove and batting title. But since he’s a college hitter that’s old for low A, let’s see if he can even hit at AA before making him a .300 hitter and starting SS in MLB, even for a franchise as pathetic as the Mets. Of course since he’s most likely not the PTBNL, we’re all just wasting keystrokes here anyway. Good post otherwise though.


West VA isn’t considered “low a” jamestown would be. This is just regular A. This is his first full professional season, where else would he be?


And I’m not saying he should be anywhere else right now. Just that when he looks like an all-star compared to McGuire, Mathison, Ramirez and some of the other prospects on the same roster, we need to remember he’s 2 or 3 years older than them. Also that it’s a little early to project him as a .300 hitting starting MLB SS due to this success. I still love what he’s doing, just need to keep perspective.


My bad, you’re right Y2J. He’s still a little old for that level.


He stayed in college – this is his first full year – you are simply repeating some one else’s trite cliche on age – it needs to be combined with years as a pro.


Hope you r right – I got to see jones a couple times at pirate city – looks can be deceiving – but he definitely looked Ike a player. I have seen him mentioned a couple of times as possible BTBNL – would be a huge over pay


I’ve seen him mentioned as PTBNL too, but nobody has any clue who it actually is, other than probably a 2013 draft pick, but even that’s not a certainty. I saw NYM blogs that had Meadows and McGuire as probable PTBNL, and I think we can all agree I have a better chance of being the PTBNL than either of them. Glad to hear Jones looks like the real deal in person, but he still has a long way to go. Hope he makes it. And I don’t think NH would deal from one position of weakness to (temporarily) fill another, so I agree with Y2J that it will be either a P or OF (I’d say not a C)


I typically like to argue with you…but yea if Jones is the PTBNL I’d take some real issue with that as well.


As impossible as it is for us to TRADE for a short stop, and since we are unwilling to ever draft one in the first round, trading one would be enough to engage me quite honestly. We would likely be trading from a position of depth, outfield, catcher, right handed starting pitcher. I would be shocked if the PTBN was from any position outside of that…..


Problem is, it’s almost certainly a draft pick from last year and the only guy I could see fitting in with your criteria is Buddy Borden. Outside of that it’s SS’s and LH pitching.


Could be Borden and Weiss or frazier. no reason to think it would be Jacoby

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