Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Homers, Lots of Poor Pitching in the System


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 – In Majors

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

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

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 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 (5/30 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

20. Mel Rojas Jr., CF- Indianapolis – 1-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-4, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Josh Bell (7), Chris Dickerson (5), Tony Sanchez (4), Jonathan Schwind (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 3

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top HitterTony Sanchez, C – 1-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Mel Rojas Jr., LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: After giving up four earned runs in a pair of starts to end May, Adam Wilk has recovered nicely in June, by giving up just a pair of earned runs in each of his last two outings. Wilk struck out six hitters, which is the most he has had in a game since April. His season high is eight.

Having pitched the past two days, Andy Oliver was unavailable to close. However, Vin Mazzaro picked up his third save of the season in his first appearance back in Triple-A after being DFA’d.

Tony Sanchez and Chris Dickerson each hit home runs to lead Indianapolis to the victory. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Portland 5, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez had a tough time against the Portland hitters on Tuesday and the Altoona bats  could barely do anything against their pitching. Rodriguez allowed ten hits and five runs in six innings, which was his worst outing in over a month. He’s had some decent starts for Altoona, but at other times he has looked real hittable and his strikeout rate has been low all year. Altoona had just five hits in the game and went 0-for-9 as a team with runners in scoring position. They struck out eight times on Tuesday, giving them 540 K’s on the year, easily the most in the Eastern League



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 9, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Since being named to the Florida State League All-Star team early last week, Orlando Castro has had two horrible outings. Last week he gave up six runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings. Tuesday night, he last just 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks. Castro allowed two homers, equaling his season total from his first 12 outings. Josh Bell and Jonathan Schwind each homered, both solo shots. For Bell, it was his seventh of the season and his second straight off a left-handed pitcher. Bell has never shown much power from the right side, so these last couple homers are a very good sign for him.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 5, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal , 1B – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, DH – 1-for-4, 2B

Harold Ramirez, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had some control issues and a couple errors on defense led to five unearned runs in his loss on Tuesday. He only gave up two hits, but five walks came back to hurt him. According to Tom Bragg, Heredia hit 94 MPH at least a couple times during the game. Reese McGuire had two hits, breaking a 1-for-20 slump. He didn’t do so well on defense, committing his seventh error and runners went 3-for-3 on stolen bases against him. Edwin Espinal had the only big hit for the Power, driving in two runs with a third inning single. Harold Ramirez collected his 11th double of the season.



Box Score

Result: Angels 10, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Vinicio – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF- 0-for-3

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost for the seventh time in nine games this season and their pitching allowed double-digit runs  for the fifth time. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal homered in his first game, then has hit just four singles since then, though he has drawn seven walks this year. He went 0-for-3 on Tuesday. Shortstop Adrian Valerio reached base twice and scored a run. The defensive-minded switch-hitter has a .609 OPS early on, with nine RBIs in eight games. Eliezer Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a double and drove in two runs. The Pirates seem to be taking things slow with the young outfielder, who signed a six-figure bonus. He has ten plate appearances in four games. Richard Mitchell got the start and couldn’t follow up his strong season debut in which he threw one-hit ball over five shutout innings. Mitchell lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

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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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Andy Prough

Hardly a week has gone by this season without Bell doing some really nice work. Do we have our breakout candidate for the year?

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