Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits Fourth Homer in Last Four Days


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 – 1-for-3, 2B

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – DNP

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 – DNP

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, HR

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  – 5.1 IP – 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.1 IP – 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C – 3-for-5, HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (9), Jacob Stallings (3)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Andrew Lambo, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, 3B

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-3, BB

John Holdzkom, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo has been on fire lately. Tonight he hit his fourth homer in his last four games, giving him nine on the year. Lambo had an .877 OPS in the month of August prior to this game. Nick Kingham gave up one run through four innings of work, then allowed two more in the fifth inning. He has a 3.28 ERA in 82.1 innings with Indianapolis, along with a 62:23 K/BB ratio. John Holdzkom pitched a shutout inning, and now has a 2.41 ERA in 18.2 innings with Indianapolis, along with a 24:7 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: New Britain 12, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Altoona had a rough night all around. The offense combined for four hits and two walks, with four of the six walks and hits coming from Keon Broxton and Willy Garcia. On the pitching side, Jhonathan Ramos gave up five runs in 1.1 innings of work. Nate Baker gave up three runs, with one earned. Kenn Kasparek gave up four runs in two innings. Altoona had to use a position player to finish out the game, with Andy Vasquez throwing a perfect inning in relief.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 12, Bradenton 11

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C – 3-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 4-for-5, 3B, BB

Walker Gourley, RF – 3-for-5, 2B, BB

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Bradenton had a back and forth game with Palm Beach. After tying the score in the top of the seventh inning, they gave up five runs in the bottom half of the frame. In the ninth inning, Jacob Stallings hit a grand slam, his third homer of the year, to give the Marauders an 11-10 lead. However, Josh Smith blew the lead with a run in the bottom of the ninth, then gave up the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning. Jose Osuna had a big day at the plate, reaching base in five out of six plate appearances, with four hits and his third triple of the year. Max Moroff stole his 20th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 7, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.1 IP – 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: For his fifth straight start, Buddy Borden went at least five innings, giving up one or fewer earned runs in the process. Over his last ten starts he has a 2.00 ERA in 54 innings, with a 63:15 K/BB ratio. Austin Meadows hit his 11th double of the year. He’s got a five game hitting streak, and now has his OPS up to .960 during the month of August. Edwin Espinal hit his 24th double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, LF – 2-for-4

Chase Simpson, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Tyler Filliben, SS – 2-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler has been fantastic in his pro debut, especially over the last few starts. The tall right-hander has a 2.59 ERA in 62.2 innings this season, with a 44:11 K/BB ratio. In the month of August he has an 0.39 ERA in 23 innings, giving up his first run of the month in the fifth inning today. He also has an 18:3 K/BB ratio in that span. Eppler is a good candidate to skip over low-A ball and go right to Bradenton next year. Jordan Luplow added his tenth double of the year, and now has an .800 OPS in 187 at-bats with Jamestown.



Game One Box Score

Result: Elizabethton 10, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 2-for-2, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Jerrick Suiter reached base safely three times for the third straight game. This was the second time during that span that he had three hits. Yesterday he walked three times. Suiter snapped that streak in game two. Nick Buckner remained on a hot streak, hitting his 14th double of the year. He’s got an OPS over .800 in the month of August.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Elizabethton 1, Bristol 0

Starting Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Enyel Vallejo, CF – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Harvey, C – 2-for-3

Game Notes: John Sever had a strong outing in game two, but didn’t get any help from his offense. Sever gave up a run on two hits and two walks in five innings, with six strikeouts. He’s done a great job with the strikeouts this year, with 57 in 36.2 innings, including 13 in 10 innings since moving to the rotation. His walk rate has gone up since becoming a starter, with eight walks in ten innings, after six walks in 26.2 innings prior to the switch.



The GCL Pirates were off today.



The DSL season is now over. You can read the DSL Pirates week 12 recap here. We will have a season recap later this week.

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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mark adkins

I like many of you out there,share in the frusrtation that this f.o.puts us thru.I am going to start a movement of some sort against MLB.We all know its about the money,and we all know their all raking it in,especially the owners.I have sit back most of my life and watched things happen in total disgust and frustration with the pittsburgh pirates organiation and MLB.Its so unfair to the true fans of baseball that they have to watch year after year as their team sucks,because of the owner of the team is cheap and only cares about the money.But,the bottom line is all that MLB cares about as well.This is the unfair part to the fans,they don’t care who owns the team,they just want their money.We fans,we are the ones that matter,we deserve an owner that cares about the city ,fans,the game.We can stand togther and protest that MLB step in,or we start getting loud about it.We can make sure it gets on the news everyday,their a lot of things we can do.But,it has to start with us.Signed A die hard pirate fan.


Well said. MLB has no incentive to create a level playing field as long as the major markets are satisfied.


The Pirates should do us all a favor and trade Lambo. That way we don’t have to waste our time dreaming about what he could do at the major league level. Lambo is dying on the vine in Indy.


Any chance kingham joins team prior to end of August ala Price, Cole, Wacha, etc?


Andy Vasquez, closer of the future.


His last 680+ AB he is hitting over .290 with 91 XBH including 41 HR. They put themselves in a tough spot having Ike Davis & Gabby Sanchez…basically 2 1B only guys and then moving Pedro they have 3 1B…plus Lambo’s injury. It’s all circumstance. I am sure they can’t wait to get him some AB in Sept.


Sorry to say this but if the pirates considered lambo a viable option he would have been called up when the pirates were dealing with a ton of injuries.


The reason that Lambo was not called up was due to his inability to play SS, 3B, 2B, and CF.


Fourth ofer, freeing up harrison to play third. Either way what I said still holds.


The same front office that assured us that Ike Davis was the long term solution to first base and that Gaby would crush LHP…

That’s the front office you think is smart enough to make a final decision on Lambo after 42 Spring Training at bats.

I feel so much better now


Did’nt say I agreed with the decision. Whether we agree with it or not does not change the fact that the pirates have not called lambo up this year even though he has been hitting very well ( injury time not withstanding) whatever their reasons are it’s obvious lambo is not in the plans at this point. Who knows what tommorow may bring. Like I’ve said before this promises to be an interesting off season.

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