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Friday, December 9, 2022

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer


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 – 0-for-2, 2 BB

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-3, SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 1-for-3

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-3, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-4, HR, SB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (15), Keon Broxton (11), Tony Sanchez (8), Tito Polo (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Rochester 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Robert Andino, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole made the first of two rehab starts with Triple-A Indianapolis. Cole did not disappoint as he struck out seven hitters in five inning. Of his 81 pitches, 50 were strikes, as Cole had the fastball in the high 90’s. He even hit 98 on a few occasions. Check out Will Cleveland’s live report on Cole’s start.

John Holdzkom (1 inning), Josh Wall (1.1 inning) and Andy Oliver (1.2 inning) relieved Cole and completed the remainder of the game scoreless. Oliver struck out four, but also walked a pair.

After going 1-for-21 in his previous seven games coming into Monday night, Tony Sanchez broke out of the slump with a bang with a double and a three-run home run. Jose Tabata added a pair of hits for his fourth multi-hit game in the last seven. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-4, HR

Josh Bell, DH – 1-for-3, BB

Jeff Inman, RHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson had a quality start, wrapping up an impressive month of July. He had a 2.20 ERA in 41 innings over six starts, with a 22:9 K/BB ratio. On the season he has a 2.69 ERA in 134 innings, with a 93:29 K/BB ratio. Stetson Allie hit his 15th homer of the year. He is six homers shy of his 2013 totals, with 174 fewer at-bats. Keon Broxton hit his 11th homer of the year, and third in his last nine games. He’s got a .973 OPS this month. Alen Hanson stole his 19th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Daytona 7, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, LF – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Bradenton’s offense struggled tonight, getting just three hits and two walks. Jason Creasy gave up six runs in two innings, although only two of those runs were earned. He also issued a walk today, which was his second walk since June 11th. Jose Osuna extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s got a .957 OPS over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Rome 5, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, LF – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Felipe Gonzalez made his second start in a row, and his fourth start of the season. He has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings as a starter. On the season he has a 2.55 ERA in 74 innings, with a 70:18 K/BB ratio. Austin Meadows extended his on-base streak to 11 games. He has reached base safely in 12 of 13 games with West Virginia this year.



Jamestown was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Princeton 8, Bristol 1

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jon Sandfort, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Enyel Vallejo, CF – 1-for-5, 2B

Jose Salazar, 1B – 2-for-4

Chris Harvey, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Enyel Vallejo picked up his seventh double of the year. He has hits in seven of his last eight games, and has an .879 OPS during the month of July. Jon Sandfort has had a rough season for Bristol. He has given up at least a run an inning in four of his eight outings, and tonight’s appearance in relief saw three runs in four innings. He’s got an 8.88 ERA in 25.1 innings, with a 19:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Phillies 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-4, 3B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Hayden Hurst, DH – 2-for-4

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-3

Michael De La Cruz, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Tito Polo hit his second homer of the year, and his third triple of the year. He’s got a .326/.406/.535 line in 86 at-bats this year. Cole Tucker went 1-for-3, and now has a .392 OBP. Hayden Hurst has played three games as a position player, and has gone 6-for-13 at the plate in that time. Yoel Gonzalez hit two doubles, giving him seven on the year.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edison Lantigua, LF – 3-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Victor Fernandez, CF – 2-for-4

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Jhoan Herrera, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: The Pirates won 4-2 over the Yankees2 behind some great relief pitching on Monday. After starter Francis Rodriguez got knocked out in the fourth inning, four relievers combined to throw two-hit shutout ball over 5.1 innings. Julian Villamar threw 2.1 scoreless frames, extending his shutout streak to 7.1 innings. He had a 16.20 ERA in eight appearances during the month of June. Left fielder Edison Lantigua continued his impressive rookie season, collecting three hits and driving in two runs. The 17-year-old signed for $275,000 last year and is starting to look like he could be the top prospect on the team. He is hitting .290 in 37 games, with 10 doubles, five triples and 23 walks. Jeremias Portorreal, who can also make a claim for the top prospect spot, went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Infielder Johan De Jesus had a single, walk, scored two runs and stole his eighth base in eight attempts. – John Dreker

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

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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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What happened to Matt Hague? Is he injured?


Who is Felipe Gonzalez and is he as good as his numbers this year/?


Tito going to move up before the end of the year?

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