Prospect Watch: Multi-Hit Day For JaCoby Jones and Harold Ramirez


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). 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 #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2 SB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, Unsigned – Agreed to terms

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, UnsignedAgreed to terms

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

17. Trey Supak, RHP, Unsigned

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Home Runs: Raul Siri (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Durham 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top HitterChris Dickerson, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B

Mel Rojas, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Tyler Waldron pitched around some trouble to compile another quality start for Indianapolis. Waldron utilized a fastball between 88-89, with as high as 91, to pitch around multiple base runners in three of his six innings. However only one was allowed to cross the plate. Waldron has allowed just five earned runs in four starts this season. He has also pitched eight times in relief.

Andy Oliver picked up his sixth save of the season and his third in the last four games. Though he gave up a rare hit, Oliver also struck out a hitter. He has 48 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. He has allowed just 19 hits over that span. Oliver has walked just one hitter since his out in May 19.

Matt Hague and Chris Dickerson each hit doubles off the very top of the wall. Mel Rojas, Jr. added another hit. He has hits in 11 of his first 12 games with Indianapolis and is hitting .350. – Ryan Palencer



Altoona had their game suspended due to rain.



Bradenton had their game suspended due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4

Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones had two hits, including his 12th double of the season. Harold Ramirez extended his hitting streak to seven games, and stole two bases. He now has nine stolen bases in 11 attempts this year. Buddy Borden had his second straight bad start, giving up four runs in five innings. In the last two starts, he has allowed ten earned runs in 10 innings of work.  In his previous eight starts, he gave up 12 earned runs in 41.2 innings.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Angels 3

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Felix Vinicio, DH – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: The Pirates won for the third time this season in ten games and pitcher Francis Rodriguez threw five shutout innings for the second time. It wasn’t as good as his debut, when he allowed one hit, no walks and had eight strikeouts, but Rodriguez still kept the Angels off the board just one day after they put up ten runs. The 21-year-old righty is one of the few pitchers on the staff that was around last year and early on he is dominating the mostly younger competition. Reliever Edgardo Leon threw 2.2 scoreless innings despite allowing three hits and three walks.

On offense, Raul Siri had a solo homer and three other hitters had one RBI apiece. Felix Vinicio had two hits and two walks for the second straight game. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal went 0-for-4, leaving him with a .161 average through nine days. Shortstop Adrian Valerio took his second game off of the season. Center fielder Victor Fernandez had a hit and a walk, giving him seven games already in which he reached base at least twice. In his only other game played this year, he had one hit. This game was scoreless through six innings. – John Dreker

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Could Andy Oliver be the Pirates closer next season?

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or even help the bullpen before the end of this year

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