Prospect Watch: Five Home Runs in Five Games For JaCoby Jones


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, Bristol – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-6, 2 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/7 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – Injured

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 – 1-for-3, HR, BB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-5 (Rehab Update)

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-0, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-6, 5 K

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL PiratesAgreed to Terms


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Top Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (14)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Robert Andino, SS – 2-for-4, 3B

Dean Anna, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Live Recap: Four out of the last five outings for Casey Sadler at Triple-A have been quality starts, with the latest on Tuesday night. Sadler has a team-high nine quality starts for the season. Despite the small run totals, Tuesday was the third straight game where Sadler has allowed at least seven hits, with eight against the Iron Pigs. Sadler was working pretty heavily on his changeup, which was pretty consistently at 84 miles per hour. The fastball was in the low 90s.

John Holdzkom pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout in his first Triple-A appearance in relief of Sadler. Wirfin Obispo equaled Holdzkom with a perfect inning and a strikeout. This was Obispo’s 11th straight appearance without allowing an earned run. Over the span, he has allowed just seven hits and three walks in 11.1 innings.

Andy Oliver picked up his 10th save of the season in as many opportunities. Oliver has allowed just four hits and a run in his last 12.1 innings, while walking five and striking out nine. The walk totals are inflated by an outing where he walked three earlier in the month.

Jaff Decker added three hits with a double. He has eight hits in his last six games with three doubles and a triple over the span. – Ryan Palencer



Game One Box Score

Result: Erie 8, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Zack Dodson was hammered in his start tonight, and was sent down to Bradenton after the game. It seems like a paper move, and Dodson isn’t likely to leave Altoona, as the corresponding move was adding the game two starter. Alen Hanson picked up a walk and a hit, while Gift Ngoepe had a two hit night.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Erie 11, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Thomas Harlan, LHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-3

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: In his first appearance in Double-A, Tom Harlan gave up one earned run in five innings of work. Carlos Paulino picked up three hits, with a double. Keon Broxton had his fifth triple of the year, and stole his 14th base. Alen Hanson had a walk and a hit for the second game in a row. Hanson had a .937 OPS in the month of July, heading into game two.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, St. Lucie 5

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 3-for-5

Jin-De Jhang, C – 3-for-4

Walker Gourley, LF – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl went seven innings for the third time in his last four starts. The right-hander has a 2.57 ERA in 63 innings in his last ten outings, with a 46:18 K/BB ratio. Jin-De Jhang has struggled at the plate this year, but is starting to heat up. He has a .333/.385/.389 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games. He hit for a .279 average and a .340 OBP in the month of June, and is 6-for-11 so far this month. Adam Frazier had his second three hit game in his last three games.



Box Score

Result: Delmarva 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Fransoso, 2B – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas had one of his best starts of the season, giving up two runs on five hits in seven innings, with a walk and four strikeouts. Neverauskas has struggled this year, especially with his control, walking 35 in 77 innings. He’s got a good fastball, and consistently hits 95, but is more of a project at this point. JaCoby Jones extended his hitting streak to ten games today, and hit his 14th homer of the year. It was his fifth homer in his last five games, and his seventh homer in his last 12 games. Jones has an amazing 1.626 OPS in eight games this month.



Jamestown was postponed due to wet grounds.



Bristol was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Yankees 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Thomas, LF – 3-for-3, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, SB

Andrew Lambo, RF – 1-for-5

Julio De La Cruz, 3B – 2-for-3

Bealyn Chourio, 2B – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo and Barrett Barnes both continued their rehab work today in the GCL. For updates on each player, check out these links: Lambo, Barnes. Cole Tucker is currently out for a few games with a minor thumb injury. Eric Thomas picked up three hits today, and showed off his speed with two stolen bases. Julio De La Cruz had two hits, but didn’t look good defensively at third. From what I’ve seen this year, I don’t think he will be able to stick at third base.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Brewers 2

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edinson Lantigua, LF – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Mikell Granberry, C – 2-for-5, 2B

Yunelky Adames, 1B – 2-for-4, SB

Johan De Jesus, 3B – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates got good pitching from Yeudy Garcia on Tuesday and their bats had a big day in an 11-2 win over the Brewers. We featured Garcia in our weekly DSL Report, highlighting his powerful 95 MPH fastball and his consistency on the mound. He had some command issues early on, causing him to fall just short of his scheduled five innings, but Garcia still ended up throwing 4.2 shutout innings. He had six ground ball outs and five strikeouts. Garcia had a very fastball-heavy approach today, throwing less than ten off-speed pitches all game and just one curve before reaching his 75 pitch limit.

On offense, seven players scored runs and seven players drove in runs, as the Pirates put together 14 hits and six walks in the rout. All three starting outfielders drove in two runs apiece. Left fielder Edison Lantigua had two doubles, right fielder Sandy Santos had a hit and drew two walks and center fielder Victor Fernandez hit his third triple of the season. Catcher Mikell Granberry went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI. He has reached base ten times in his last three games. Yunelky Adames drove in his 26th run of the season. – John Dreker

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

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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Any update on Jacoby Jones’ fielding at SS? His Fld% of .954 looks pretty awful.


I wondered this myself. But I’ll take any infield prospect I can get. Even if he has to move to 2B or 3B.

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