Prospect Watch: Allie and Tucker Homer, Rodriguez Struggles in Return to Starting Role


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 – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, BB, SB

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – Disabled List (8/19 Update)

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/24 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 3-for-7, HR, 4 RBI

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List (8/20 Update)

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia  – DNP

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

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Rafael Perez, LHP – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, DH – 3-for-7, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (19), Erich Weiss (4), Cole Tucker (2)



Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 5, Toledo 0

Starting Pitcher: Rafael Perez, LHP – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, DH – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr., LF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Tony Sanchez, 1B – 0-for-3, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Rafael Perez threw 6.1 shutout innings, but the big story in this game was Tony Sanchez starting the game at first base. He handled all eight chances in the field cleanly, but went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts at the plate.  Perez has a 1.37 ERA through 46 innings with Indianapolis. Jose Tabata had two doubles and three RBIs. Mel Rojas Jr. had two hits, a walk and stole his 11th base of the season. All nine batters in the starting lineup reached base at least once.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, New Britain 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Alen Hanson, 2B – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez made his return to the starting rotation and it didn’t go so well. He gave up two runs over 3.1 innings and needed 82 pitches to get through his brief outing. Just 44 of his pitches went for strikes. As a starter, Rodriguez has a 4.47 ERA in 19 games. Jeff Inman threw 1.2 scoreless innings. He has an 0.87 ERA through 20.2 innings with Altoona. Alen Hanson had a walk and RBI before suffering a charley horse running out a grounder in the sixth inning. He was taken out and will probably miss some time. Hanson has reached base in 27 straight games. Stetson Allie hit his 19th homer of the season. Keon Broxton and Gift Ngoepe each drove in two runs.



Game One Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 2

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: This game began on July 6th and was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Bradenton leading 3-1 at the time. The original starting pitcher was Orlando Castro, who is currently in AA and on the disabled list. Felipe Gonzalez made his Bradenton debut, and since the stats will count as a game from July 6th, his debut actually came six weeks before he was promoted. Gonzalez allowed one run over 4.1 innings and picked up the win. Max Moroff had two hits and drove in a run. Justin Maffei, Walker Gourley and Raul Fortunato all drove in one run as well. The Marauders were able to use the same nine players that started the game. The win temporarily moved Bradenton into a first place tie with Palm Beach and Fort Myers.


Game Two Box Score

Result:  Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C – 2-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, DH – 1-for-3, 2B

Raul Fortunato, CF – 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: After pulling into a tie for first place in game one, Bradenton couldn’t win the second game of the doubleheader. John Kuchno got hit around, giving up four runs on ten hits and two walks. Raul Fortunato had the only RBI for the Marauders. Jose Osuna hit his 20th double of the season. Jacob Stallings reached base in all three plate appearances.



Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 10, Kannapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Wyatt Mathisen, DH – 2-for-5, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas gave up three runs over five innings in a start that came with some good signs for him. He was coming off a strong outing in which he gave up two earned runs over six innings and had eight strikeouts. On Friday, Neverauskas had five strikeouts with no walks and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. He had issued 50 walks in his first 111.2 innings coming into this game. Austin Meadows hit his first triple for the Power(he had one in the GCL while on rehab). He also stole his first base of the season. Wyatt Mathisen had two hits and scored two runs. Everyone in the Power lineup reached base at least once.



Box Score

Result: State College 8, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – .0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-4

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown had a bad night, with starter Alex McRae and reliever Eric Dorsch giving up eight runs in the first six innings. Their batters didn’t help out, striking out 15 times in the game. Michael Suchy had two singles and a walk, while six other batters reached once with either a single or walk. The game could have been a little worse, as outfielders Elvis Escobar and Jordan Luplow each threw out a runner at home plate.



Box Score

Result: Burlington 5, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tomas Morales, C – 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, DH – 3-for-3, BB, SB, 3B

Game Notes: Bristol had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning and still ended up losing for the 42nd time in 60 games. Despite the loss, this game still had a very positive beginning. Starter Billy Roth has struggled all season with his control and that has led to poor results, which sent him to the bullpen. He threw four shutout innings on Friday, but still had three walks. Jerrick Suiter had three hits and a walk in four plate appearances. He also stole his seventh base of the season. Tomas Morales had three hits and drove in three runs.



Box Score

Result: Yankees1 13, Pirates 12

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal Jr, RHP – 4.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, DH – 3-for-7, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-6, RBI

Sam Kennelly, 2B – 1-for-3, BB, 3 RBI

Eric Thomas Jr, LF – 3-for-5, BB, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost a tough one on Friday. They were down 8-2 at one point, rallying to send the game into extra innings. Both teams scored one run in the 11th inning and the Pirates went up by two runs in the top of the 13th. Reliever Remy De Aza allowed three runs in the bottom of the 13th for the walk-off loss. Cole Tucker had a big day. Yesterday, we mentioned that he had gone 11 games in a row without driving in a run and he was hitting just .136 with runners in scoring position. He had a third inning two-run homer, then drove in two more runs in the ninth inning. Tucker finished with three hits and three runs scored. Sam Kennelly didn’t come into the game until the bottom of the sixth, but he ended up with three RBIs, collecting two in the seventh and one in the ninth. Seven Pirates pitchers combined to allow 22 hits.



The DSL Pirates were rained out on Friday. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday, which is the last day of the season.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week 11 recap here.

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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I don’ like to be negative about any young player/prospect,but after watching Joely pitch numerous times this season, I am just not sure what I am missing about him that the Organization seems to see. He certainly has been given plenty of opportunities in several capacities, and has yet to show anything.


John, every time I have seen him pitch his velocity is anywhere from 87 to 92 mph on the PNG radar, which has been historically 1 to 2 mph slow. As for control, he does have control, but I’ve never seen him exhibit any exceptional command . His movement is slight enough that when he gets behind in the count, and does go into the zone, you might as well count on someone squaring him up. That is just my ” not a professional ” view, and I wondered what the Organizational take on him is. I would put him the ” at best, he might make a strong lefty reliever ” category. I seem him much like Justin Wilson, though I remember Wilson being more consistent than Rodríguez in swing and miss stuff.


I’ve seen Joely twice this year and, if you’re missing something, I am too. I’ve seen an upper-80s FB that he doesn’t command that well. The pitch lacks movement so if it catches much of the plate it gets hammered consistently. His secondary stuff is nothing special, either.


Thank you WTM ! I thought maybe I was the only one who was missing out.

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