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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 (6/28 Update)

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-6, RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 3-for-5, 3B, RBI

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 2-for-4

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-3, 2B

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – Disabled List (6/20 Update)

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (11), Jordan Steranka (5), Kevin Ross (1), Yunelky Adames (1)



Box Score

Result: Louisville 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top HitterMatt Hague, 3B/1B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 1-for-4

Michael Martinez, 2B – 3-for-3

Game Notes: Indianapolis lost a tough one on Saturday, dropping a 2-1 decision to Louisville. They got good starting pitching from Jay Jackson, who threw 5.2 scoreless innings, but the only run they scored came on Matt Hague’s 11th home run of the season. Hague leads the International League with 54 RBIs. Michael Martinez had three singles and Chris McGuiness had two hits, including his 19th double. Both Tony Sanchez and Andy Oliver were thrown out of the game after a hit batter in the eighth inning.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 8, Altoona 7

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI,2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-6, RBI

Elias Diaz, C – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Altoona dropped game three of their series with Binghamton tonight 8-7.

Other than a rough 5th inning, starter Zack Dodson had a decent outing. His final line won’t show it, as he went six innings, giving up five earned runs, but three of those five came off of a Dilson Herrera home run. Dodson gave up seven hits, one walk, and struck out four in his six innings. He generated six groundball outs, throwing 59 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Former Pirate farmhand Herrera had a big night tonight, going 4-for-5, hitting his first Double-A home run with five runs batted in.

The Curve offense came alive in the 7th, plating six in the inning. Elias Diaz, Willy Garcia, Matt Curry, and Jarek Cunningham paced the offense tonight, Diaz and Garcia going 3-for-5, while Curry, and Cunningham each went 2-for-4. Diaz and Garcia each contributed an RBI and a double, Garcia’s 17th of the year, Diaz getting his 11th. Alen Hanson had a miserable night at the plate, going 0-for-6, striking out twice, and leaving six on base, although he did drive in Altoona’s 7th run of the night on a fielder’s choice in the 9th, and stole his 15th of the year. – John Kokales

*Stetson Allie returned to the lineup after missing time due to a concussion suffered in brawl two weeks ago. Allie went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored.


Box Score

Result: St Lucie 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, 1B – 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Bradenton lost 4-3 on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Robby Rowland faced one batter and served up the homer, picking up his seventh loss of the season, all in relief. Josh Bell extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first inning single. He finished the game with three hits. Adam Frazier now has an 11 game hit streak, with base hits in 19 of his last 20 games. Jordan Steranka hit his fifth homer of the season. He had three hits on the night and he has homered in three straight games. John Kuchno started and allowed two runs over six innings. He has gone at least six innings in each of his last six starts.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top HitterHarold Ramirez, RF – 3-for-5, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-4

JaCoby Jones, DH – 2-for-3, 2B

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Harold Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a third inning RBI triple. He finished the game with three hits, as West Virginia won 4-3 over Lakewood. Ramirez is hitting .303 with 57 hits in 46 games this season. JaCoby Jones returned for the lineup after missing a week with a tweaked knee. He was the designated hitter and had two hits before leaving for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. Dovydas Neverauskas gave up three runs(two earned) over six innings, posting his first quality start in a month. Three relievers followed him with three no-hit innings.



Box Score

ResultJamestown 12, Mahoning Valley 5

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, CF – 3-for-6, 2 R

Taylor Gushue, DH – 3-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Kevin Ross, 1B – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Michael Fransoso, 3B – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Jamestown put up a huge night on offense, with 13 hits, including six extra-base hits and five walks in their 12-5 win on Saturday. Starter Frank Duncan had a rough outing, allowing five runs in 4.2 innings, but the bullpen shutdown Mahoning Valley for the final 4.1 innings. Kevin Krause drove in four runs, while Michael Fransoso and Kevin Ross each had three RBIs. Carl Anderson and Taylor Gushue each had three hits. Gushue scored three runs and Fransoso, Ross and Anderson scored two times apiece. Gushue has driven in 15 runs in his first 14 games, while Krause now has 14 RBIs in his first eight games as a pro.



Box Score

Result: Elizabethton 6, Bristol 0

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS – 1-for-2, BB, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, DH – 1-for-3, BB

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Starter Billy Roth didn’t have the best outing, but it was better than his first start of the year. In that game, he gave up five earned runs over four innings. On Saturday, he allowed three runs in 3.1 innings, though two of those runs were unearned. He has ten strikeouts in his first 7.1 innings. The Bristol offense combined for five singles from five different players. Trae Arbet reached base three times.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Astros 3

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal Jr., RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yoel Gonzalez, C – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-4

Carlos Paulino, C – 1-for-4

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes:  Dario Agrazal Jr. pitched well despite some shaky defense behind him. He allowed three runs, all were unearned. Agrazal didn’t walk a batter and had seven ground ball outs. The Pirates committed five errors, two by first round pick Cole Tucker, who had an up and down day. He had two hits, but was also picked off, struck out and had the errors, both of which contributed to unearned runs. Tucker is hitting .333 and has reached base in all five games he’s played. Yoel Gonzalez had three hits and scored two runs. He started the year 0-for-14, but now had six hits in his last three games. Tito Polo had a hit and a walk. He has reached base in all seven games he’s played.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Phillies 6

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edison Lantigua, LF – 2-for-5, 2B, BB

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The Pirates finished the week with two wins after losing nine in a row. They beat the Phillies 9-6, getting five runs batted in from first baseman Yunelky Adames, who hit his first homer of the season and his fourth triple. Adames has driven in 22 runs this year. Sandy Santos had two hits and drove in two runs. Edison Lantigua had two hits, scored two runs and drew his 17th walk in his 19th game. Shortstop Adrian Valerio had his eighth double of the season. Starter Francis Rodriguez allowed two runs over 4.2 innings. In five starts this year, he has a 2.25 ERA.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week three recap here.

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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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Time for Josh Bell to move to Altoona. Then you can just move up Ramirez to Bradenton to take his place there.

Lee Young

Tucker appears to be making a lot of errors early on…..any concerns? Too early to worry?

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