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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Joely and Wandy Rodriguez Struggle, Homers For Hanson and Lambo


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-3, 3B, SB, 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-3, HR, RBI

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/27 Update)

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-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 – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 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 – 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-5

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

19. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – In Majors

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona –  2-for-7, 2 2B, BB



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Top Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (4), Andrew Lambo (2), Gift Ngoepe (2), JaCoby Jones (2), Mike Fransoso (1), Alen Hanson (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Pawtucket 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-3, 3B, R, SB

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 1-for-1, 2 BB

Game Notes: After not hitting a home run between September and this week, Andrew Lambo hit his second home run in as many games.
Jeff Locke only threw 46 pitches in two innings, fueling the thoughts that he may be preparing for a spot start in Pittsburgh. Phil Irwin put together a strong outing in relief of Locke, striking out five in four more shutout innings.
Gregory Polanco continued to excite, wowing a national audience on CBS Sports Network by adding a triple and a stolen base before the game was called in the bottom of the seventh due to fog. – Ryan Palencer



Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 9, Erie 4

Starting Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez, LHP – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Mel Rojas Jr., CF – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Wandy Rodriguez made his first rehab start since going on the disabled list on April 21st with right knee inflammation. He gave up four runs over 3.1 innings and issued three walks. Rodriguez needed 74 pitches to get through his limited work, 48 went for strikes. A.J. Morris followed him and picked up the win with 2.2 scoreless, no-hit innings. The Curve put up nine runs on 13 hits, including solo homers from Gift Ngoepe, Alen Hanson and Willy Garcia. Elias Diaz and Stetson Allie each had two doubles. Mel Rojas Jr. and Drew Maggi each had two hits.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Erie 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 2-for-3, RBI, SB

Stetson Allie, 1B – 0-for-3, BB, 3 K

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez had about as much success as Wandy Rodriguez had, giving up five earned runs in five innings. He allowed two homers and had just four ground outs. He has really struggled early with the jump to AA, putting up below average results and a low strikeout rate, with just eight in 24.1 innings and not more than three in any of his five starts. His control has been consistently good, but batters are hitting .320 against him. Drew Maggi and Gift Ngoepe at the top of the lineup had much of the offense for Altoona, collecting four of the team’s six hits. The 3-6 spots in the lineup combined to go 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: St Lucie 11, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-3, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-3, HBP

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl came into tonight’s game with 18 career starts and no homers allowed, so what happened Thursday was a bit shocking. He gave up eight runs over five inning, with all eight runs scoring on home runs. He gave up a three-run shot in the first, a two-run homer in the third and another three-run shot in the fifth inning. The last two homers came off the bat of Jairo Perez. Kuhl’s previous high for runs allowed in a game was seven back on August 2nd of last year. The Bradenton offense could only muster three hits, two from Jin-De Jhang and one from Jose Osuna. They did draw six walks, but the Marauders were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top HitterJaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-5, 2 R, SB

Mike Fransoso, RF – 3-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Game Notes: West Virginia won 5-4 with a run in the top of the ninth inning off the bat of Danny Collins, which scored JaCoby Jones. The Power got three runs in the fourth inning off a solo homer from Mike Fransoso and a two-run shot from Jones. Fransoso had three of the Powers’ nine hits. Justin Topa got his second start and allowed three runs over four innings. Will Kendall came in next and gave up one unearned run in three innings. Brett McKinney finished off the game with the win and two scoreless innings. He has thrown six scoreless innings this year and has given up just two hits.

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Is it too early to get excited about Elias Diaz? He’s got great numbers this year, had decent numbers at Bradenton last year after 2 bad years in WV. High OBP, some power (though mostly doubles) and if I remember correctly, very good defense at C. Has anybody seen him or talked to coaches/scouts about if he made changes last year to turn things around. Could be another reason they moved Mathison to 3B.


Thanks John. Good point about the platoon last year (I hadn’t noticed the limited ABs) and Winter ball. So far he’s crushing LHP and also hitting RHP very well .847 OPS (SSS conceded of course). Let’s just hope he keeps it up.


Per milb.com’s player page, Allie has a 1.248 OPS (23 ABs) vs LHP and a respectable .833 (54 ABs) vs RHP. His HRs are about proportional – 4 vs RHP, 2 vs LHP. But his K’s are much higher (19 of 24) vs RHP. SSS for sure though.

I saw some of the Indy game last night. I saw Polanco’s steal and triple. The triple went to just right of center off a low and away FB(?). It was a smooth, quick swing to reach out and get it. Impressive. Lambo’s HR followed and was well hit to right-center. Irwin also looked good on the mound. His FB was overpowering the PawSox lineup which included guys like Nava with MLB experience and success.


Good stuff CT. I always wondered where we could get splits for minor leaguers. Allie’s player page is worth going to just for the profile pic on it.

His neck takes up half the pic. Classic


bb-ref has MiL splits for prior years on each player’s MiL page. Also has game logs. There are yearly links up above the stats. It looks like they’ve just added all the splits from milb.com as far back as they can (I think about 2008). milb.com only has splits for the most recent year.


Tim, what do Stetson Allie’s platoon splits look like? BBref has him at a 0.958 OPS. I’m sure he faces far more RHP than LHP, but I’m curious to see if there is a difference. Granted he only has 91 plate appearances, but do you see him moving to Indy once he gets around 250 AB if he continues this pace?


Joely’s control really hasn’t been good. He’s not walking many, but that’s because he’s been very hittable. He’s consistently throwing a low percentage of his pitches for strikes. I was at the game in Richmond in which he got hammered. He fell behind in the count with most hitters, then had to get his fastball up. When he did that, it got ripped.

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