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Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Returning Strong From Hamstring Injury


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-2, 2 BB

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 – 2-for-5

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

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

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

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

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 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 – 0-for-5

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, BB

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Pawtucket 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Jake Brigham, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: After allowing 12 in 4.2 innings last time out, Casey Sadler allowed just one hit in six innings Wednesday. Sadler did walk three and allowed one unearned run, but he struck out seven. Jake Brigham toss three scoreless innings for the save in his first relief appearance after being sent to the bullpen this week. Chris Dickerson extended his hit streak to 12 games. He has three consecutive multi-hit games. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, LF – 1-for-3, 2B

Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez had a big night for strikeouts. Coming into this game, Rodriguez had just ten strikeouts in 29.1 innings of work this season. His seven strikeouts tonight matched his total over his previous four starts. Mel Rojas continued his hot hitting, and has a hit in eight of his last nine games, with four doubles in that stretch. Keon Broxton has also been hot lately, with a 1.442 OPS in his last ten games. Alen Hanson had his 12th error of the season.



Bradenton was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Augusta 4

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-5

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Yhonathan Barrios, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Shane Carle has given up two earned runs in 11 innings over his last two starts, with a 4:0 K/BB ratio. On the season he has shown good control, with just three walks and 25 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. Harold Ramirez has a hit in all five games since returning from his hamstring injury, going 8-for-23 with two doubles and two walks. Reese McGuire had his second straight multi-hit game, and now has a seven game hitting streak. He’s been hitting for average lately, and has a good average this season, but hasn’t shown a lot of power. Erich Weiss also extended his hitting streak to seven games.

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Any chance Ramirez can play anywhere in the infield?


Best bet I think is he tears it up and a couple years from now he’s a good trade chip for an IF or SP.

Ian Rothermund

More like trading McCutchen as an absolute haul a couple years before his deal is over.

This will be the next vital phase of the Pirates organization. They’ve built a very respectable farm system, they’re bringing players up from the farm system now, potential impact players at that, they’ve even signed some to long term deals. What comes next is the obvious fact that even with long term deals, they eventually come to an end, and not all players will sign a long term deal. The next phase will be trading these established players for viable prospects. The prospects obtained in this manner will compensate for the Pirates not drafting in the first half of the first round consistently anymore, and their (thus far) successful amateur scouting methods should continue to provide high upside from the middle rounds. Either way, the important part is that they continue to produce valuable assets from what they currently have over the next several years, because a boom like they’ve had the last 5 or so years, can potentially set the team up for another 5-10 years if the situation is handled correctly.


Tim – Thoughts on Gift Ngoepe? It’s a bit early to declare a breakout, but he has a .361 wOBA in AA right now. SSS, of course, but as a glove-first middle infielder, this could be huge.

Ian Rothermund

It seems as though the more time that passes, Alen Hanson’s defensive position will ultimately be dictated by Gift, not by his own development (or lack thereof).


Agreed, if Gift proves he can hit enough to play every day in MLB, SS is his and they can just move Hanson to 2B. BTW, has Hanson been booting the ball around recently? I swear a week or so ago he only had 8 errors.


What actually represents “hitting enough” because that is quite subjective. Hanson is an error machine. Whenever he quits getting his infield coaching from Chad Hermanson (I believe still holds the A record for errors by a shortstop with 53 in 1996), perhaps he will be okay


Alen only made 40 errors at his worst, so maybe we don’t need to move him to CF just yet

Ian Rothermund

I’m thinking 2nd base. I don’t think he requires that kind of move. However, it’s not as if he projects as a guy that’s going to hit for a ton of power. So it seems as though Hanson will likely outproduce Gift on the basis of AVG, however, Gift’s OBP looks like he’ll be able to compensate. It’s possible they could produce at similar rates, however, the tie break comes with Gift’s defensive capabilities. I’m no scout, and haven’t been able to see either of them play personally, so maybe Hanson’s offensive abilities look to play up better in the future than Gift’s. Regardless, I’m still primarily a fan of the classic team defensive model of, “strong up the middle.” I would sacrifice a marginal increase in offense for a marginal increase in defense at those positions, especially at shortstop and catcher. There’s only so much pressure on the Pirates to raise up players that can produce offensively at those positions because there’s generally been a lack of offense at the standard corner positions.

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