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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Lambo Homers Again; The Chase Simpson Marathon


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 – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – Disabled List (8/25 Update)

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 – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – 2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, HR

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 – 0-for-1, 3 BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B – 4-for-6, 2 2B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (11), Andrew Lambo (10), Chase Simpson (6), Michael Suchy (1)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 11, Indianapolis 9

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, DH – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, RF – 1-for-5, HR

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-5, 2B

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, BB

Robert Andino, SS – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Game Notes: Tony Sanchez hit his 11th homer of the year. Andrew Lambo hit his tenth homer of the year, and his fifth in his last five games. Adrian Sampson made his third start for Indianapolis. This outing went a lot like the first outing, with Sampsongiving up five runs in 2.2 innings. He gave up five runs in 3.2 innings in his first start. The middle outing was much better, with Sampson giving up two runs in seven innings. Indianapolis carried a lead into the ninth inning, but Ernesto Frieri blew the save in the ninth.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Angel Sanchez, RHP – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-5, SB

Ramon Cabrera, C – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel made his third rehab appearance for Altoona. The last outing didn’t go well, with three runs on a hit and three walks, with Pimentel getting just one out. Keon Broxton picked up two hits and stole his 21st base of the year. He was just named the Eastern League player of the week after going 9-for-21 last week with a double, triple, and three homers. Alen Hanson was placed on the disabled list today.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Fort Myers 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Fortunato, CF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Max Moroff hit his 29th double of the year. Jose Osuna continued his hot streak, with an .862 OPS during the month of August. Jason Creasy had been struggling lately, giving up 16 earned runs in 24.2 innings during the month of August, prior to this start. He had a much better start tonight, giving up two runs in six innings, with a walk and seven strikeouts.



West Virginia was off today.



Game One Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Trace Tam Sing, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Chase Simpson hit his sixth homer of the year, while also adding his 11th double. He is 10-for-20 with four doubles and a homer, along with a six game hitting streak since the Simpsons Marathon started. His hit streak actually extends to eight games. Simpson has a .270/.366/.465 line in 159 at-bats this season. Michael Suchy hit his first pro home run.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Auburn 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Neumann, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carl Anderson, CF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Chase Simpson, DH – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Simpson extended the hitting streak to six in this game. He also has a double in four straight games.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 4, Elizabethton 2

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Salazar, 3B – 2-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Candon Myles, LF – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Jon Sandfort, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Coming into the year, Jon Sandfort looked like one of the more promising right-handers in the lower levels, with a nice curveball, a changeup that he was getting comfortable with, and a fastball that sat low-90s and has touched mid-90s in the past.  He has struggled this year, giving up over a run per inning, getting demoted to the bullpen, and even carrying his issues to relief. He’s still got a lot of upside, but he’s going to need to do some work to get another opportunity as a starter, especially with all of the other pitching options that will be moving up from short-season ball.



Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Neil Kozikowski, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Henrry Rosario, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Cole Tucker hit his second triple of the season. He’s hitting well this month, with a .278/.337/.418 line in 79 at-bats. It’s not the best line, but it’s good for a kid who just turned 18 in the most pitcher friendly league in the minors. Henrry Rosario has been a surprise this year, and continued doing well, with today’s two-hit game giving him a ten game hitting streak. He doesn’t project as a prospect going forward due to his small size and lack of projectable power going forward.



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.

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I don’t know whether to laugh or cry that Frieri blew a save in Indy. Poor guys down there trying to make the playoffs and this joker gets demoted and blows a game for them too. Can’t they just put him on a bench somewhere and wait until spring training to try to fix him?


Love Creasy’s K/BB rates: 96 Ks to 21 BBs…. He’s had great control with a sparkling 1.32 BB/9; although I’m anxious to see if he can maintain those rates next year at double-A.

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Out of Curiosity, I know a HR is a HR, but the pitchers that Lambo is hitting them off of…..are they any good? or AAAA fodder. I mean if they’re throwing Meatballs Lambo is going to Mash, but so would Polanco, Cutch, Alvarez. Also, right now it seems like feast/famine type of production. HR or nothing else as I’ve noticed the 1 for 4 or 1 for 5.


I don’t know if you can say those pitchers are bad, but every player who comes up to the big leagues notes the difference in pitching… and the much better control. These guys hit their spots and exploit weaknesses a lot better (see Polanco about that, as well). It hasn’t helped that Lambo has been hurt. I noted the same thing you did… the 1-for-5. If he can’t do better than that, we already have a LH hitter at 1B in Pedro that does what he does… and Pedro is better.


No strikeouts though. That’s the more important thing to me.


Good point.

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