Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Shows Off Power and Speed, John Sever Looks Strong in First Start


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, 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 2015 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-5, RBI

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 3-for-5

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, BB

8. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, SB

10. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Extended Spring Training

12. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

18. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 1-for-5

19. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, HBP

20Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training


Top Pitcher: Charlie Leesman, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, HBP

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (2), Taylor Gushue (1), Gift Ngoepe (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Toledo 0

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Leesman, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 SB, R
Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-4, BB, 2 1B, 2 R

Game Notes:

After a rocky first outing in relief, Charlie Leesman was consistently enduring weak groundballs by pounding the bottom of the zone on Monday in his first start of the season. The only baserunner that he allowed was a swinging bunt in the second. Leesman was in the high 80s with the fastball and the high 70s and low 80s with the breaking ball, as he recorded eight ground ball outs.
A.J. Morris entered in relief of Leesman and was just as strong, allowing no hits and striking out a pair in two innings. Collin Balester allowed a hit, while striking out one in the eighth before Bobby LaFromboise nailed it down. It was not the cleanest inning for LaFromboise, as he allowed three hits by ended it with the bases loaded, but he did pick up a pair of strikeouts.
After starting the season by going 1-for-11 at the plate, Alen Hanson put some better swings on the ball Monday night and picked up a couple of hits. Gorkys Hernandez reached base four more times in five plate appearances and Jose Tabata continued his hot start to the season with two more knocks.Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Richmond 10, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Sebastian Valle, C – 2-for-4

Josh Bell,  1B – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Zack Dodson threw five shutout innings for Altoona, capping off a strong first time through the rotation.  Between Dodson, Angel Sanchez, Tyler Glasnow, Jason Creasy and Chad Kuhl, they allowed one earned run in 26 total innings. This game looked like a pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning, then things got ugly. Richmond scored seven runs in the seventh, then three more in the eighth to break things open. Jhondaniel Medina had his streak of 42.2 innings without an earned run broken. It dated back to last April. Outfielder Jonathan Schwind came off the bench to get the last out on the mound, retiring the only batter he faced. Josh Bell had two hits and an RBI, his first of the season. Gift Ngoepe hit a solo homer in the ninth inning. Willy Garcia struck out twice, giving him three singles, no walks and nine strikeouts in 19 at-bats.


Box Score

Result: Dunedin 9, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Reese McGuire, DH – 3-for-5

Barrett Barnes, LF – 1-for-3, SB, HBP, RBI

Game Notes:  The Marauders lost on Monday, but got some nice games from their top hitting prospects. Austin Meadows had two hits, including a double and an RBI. Reese McGuire collected three hits and JaCoby Jones was the big bat, hitting a double and a three-run homer, plus he stole two bases. The homer was the second this season for Jones. Matt Benedict got the start for Bradenton after beginning the season with Altoona. He pitched decent considering the spot he was put in, allowing two runs over four innings. Andy Otamendi and Isaac Sanchez combined to give up seven runs over four innings.


Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 3, Hagerstown 1

Starting Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-2, HR, RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 1-for-4, SB

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: John Sever(pictured above) has picked up where he left off last year. Including his relief outing earlier this year, he has thrown six shutout innings, picking up eight strikeouts. Last year for Bristol, he had a 1.33 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 40.2 innings. Sever struck out the side in the first inning. He was followed by Yeudy Garcia, who made the jump right from the DSL this year, skipping three levels. Garcia allowed a one run over three innings, after throwing two shutout frames in his season debut. Taylor Gushue hit his first homer of the season. The 2014 fourth round draft pick hit five homers last season for Jamestown. Tito Polo and Cole Tucker each stole their third base of the season.

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Some nice days for our top Batting Prospects

Scott K

Looks like the new hand position for Meadows is paying early dividends.


What do the Pirates see in Sample? He was awful last year and he’s off to a horrible start again this year. There has to be someone walking the streets who is better than him.


6’7″ 3rd Round draft pick by KC who cannot seem to find the strike zone? The Pirates love these type of challenges with tall kids they get for next to nothing, and sometimes they pay off – John Holdzkom another 6’7″ guy is a good example. Sample needs to find an out pitch he can throw for a strike, sort of like Jared Hughes, another 6’7″ RP.

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