Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones With Four Hits, Adam Frazier Stays Hot


A look at how the current top 30 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from early season update, 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, HR, R, RBI

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4, RBI

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-3, K

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis -DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, R, K

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-3

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-3

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-4, K

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona  – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-1

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton -DNP

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 0-for-2


Top Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (9), Austin Meadows (3)


Box Score

Result: Toledo 4, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-3, BB

Brent Morel, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: After replacing Clayton Richard, who was a late scratch due to a trade, Chris Volstad threw a lot of pitches in a short amount of time. In just 3.2 innings of work, Volstad managed to throw 91 pitches, and only 54 for strikes. The short outing broke a string of three straight outings of going at least seven innings for Indianapolis.

In relief of Volstad, Jeff Inman allowed his first run since being promoted to Indianapolis. In 1.1 innings of work, Inman allowed two hits, and a run, while striking out two more. Josh Wall worked two scoreless innings, striking out three. Bobby LaFromboise pitched a perfect inning, while striking out two of his own.

Alen Hanson continued his strong work since returning from the DL with a pair of knocks. Tony Sanchez also picked up a pair of hits, as he looks to break out of a long slump.



Box Score

Result: Trenton 10, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-2, 2 2B, 2 R, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Ozuna, SS – 1-for-4, RBI, 2B

Dan Gamache, 3B – 3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI

Game Notes: While Zack Dodson allowed ten hits in the contest, he did a decent job of spreading them around in six innings of work. However, Trenton plated four combined runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings that proved to be the difference in the contest. After allowing just three hits last time out, Dodson has allowed 8, 12 and 10 hits in his other outings in the last few times out.

Matt Benedict relieved Dodson and really struggled, allowing four hits, two walks and five earned runs while getting just two outs. Tom Harlan allowed three hits an a run in 1.1 innings of work.

Adam Frazier continued his hot run, with a pair of doubles. Frazier has a six game hitting streak after Friday and four of those have been multi-hit affairs.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Charlotte 8

Starting Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, RHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5, HR, R, RBI

Barrett Barnes, LF – 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI

Game Notes: Since being acquired from the Toronto system, it has been a mixed bag when it comes to success for Jayson Aquino. Unfortunately for him, Friday night was the bad version of this. The six earned runs that he allowed on Friday night broke a string of three straight starts in which he allowed two earned runs. The nine hits that he allowed was just one shy of his season high as well.

Henry Hirsch relieved Aquino and allowed a pair of runs on three hits in two innings of work. Junior Lopez also worked a pair of scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk.

JaCoby Jones picked up four hits, including his ninth home run of the season. Austin Meadows also added his third home run of the campaign.



Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Chase Simpson – 1-for-3

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alex McRae ran into some tough luck for West Virginia, as he allowed only three hits and a walk, yet still allowed three runs to cross the plate to take the loss. McRae has seen a similar result most of the season, in fact. He has allowed more than seven hits only twice this season, but has a season ERA of 4.06.

Dovydas Neverauskas tossed a perfect inning in relief, aiding his season of mixed results. West Virginia was only able to muster a pair of hits in the seven-inning, rain shortened contest.



Box Score

Result: State College 6, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Brubaker, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ty Moore, LF – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Danny Arribas, DH – 1-for-4

Deybi Garcia, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: After a pair of tough starts to begin the season in West Virginia, Jonathan Brubaker bounced back on Friday night to go five innings, allowing six hits and three runs. In his two prior outings, Brubaker had also allowed six hits, but he also allowed five and four runs to go along with them.

Jerry Mulderig relieved Brubaker and allowed two hits and a run in his inning of work. Sean Keselica also worked an inning, allowing two hits and two runs, while walking three. Julio Eusebio worked a scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

West Virginia was only able to pick up four hits and two belonged to Ty Moore. Moore now has hits in six of his last seven contests, including four multi-hit efforts.



Friday’s Bristol game was rained out. They will be back in action with a doubleheader on Saturday.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Tigers 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Thomas Jr., LF – 2-for-3, R

Other Notable Performers:

Victor Fernandez, RF – 1-for-2, 2B, R, BB, SB

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B – 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Notes: For the second straight outing, 19-year-old Luis Escobar was dominant for the GCL Pirates. In fact, it was the second consecutive time that Escobar, who is a converted third baseman, allowed just one hit in five innings. In addition, Escobar has a 10:1 K/BB ratio.

Eric Thomas picked up a pair of hits and scored a run. This marked the third game in the last four where Thomas has picked up two hits in a contest.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 13, Pirates 12

Starting Pitcher: Adonis Pichardo, RHP – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Huascar Fuentes, 1B – 2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Melvin Jimenez, 2B – 1-for-4, 3B. 2 R, 3 RBI, BB

Eddy Vizcaino, RF – 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

Raul Hernandez, C – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost for the eighth straight time on Friday, dropping a high-scoring decision to the Tigers. The Pirates had a 5-0 lead at one point and also led 12-9 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Starter Adonis Pichardo threw three scoreless innings before getting knocked out in the fourth frame. Five errors by the Pirates led to four unearned runs being scored. Pichardo now has a 5.53 ERA through seven starts, though he still has 25 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.

Melvin Jimenez and Huascar Fuentes drove in three runs apiece, while Mikell Granberry and Eddy Vizcaino each added a pair of RBIs. Catcher Raul Hernandez didn’t come into the game until the sixth inning, but he still managed to hit two doubles and score two runs. Vizcaino, Jimenez and Felix Vinicio also scored twice. The Pirates have five catchers on the roster and all of them ended up playing in this game, with two of them splitting the game behind the plate, two playing third base and Granberry played the whole game at first base. – John Dreker

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 4, 2015 10:31 am

    Jones got 2-3 games off and that seemed to help last night – he’s been in a month long slump. Good to see him have a good night, while Meadows has been red hot this past week – after slumping badly as well.

  • All in all not a bad year here at the mid-point of the season, other than taillon the injuries have been of the mild variety for the most part throughout the system. Minor leaguers are proggresing the pirates win more than they lose, although they are still a frustrating team to watch, I guess the mistakes are magnified when you watch every game. I’ll still complain where needed and praise when neccesary and hopefully it all ends with a big trophy coming to the burgh for the first time since 79.

    • I wouldn’t say mild at all…Losing Cumpton and Kingham to TJ, especially when they were counted on as the top depth for the rotation.

      • I meant mainly at the big league level, taillon was supposed to be in the rotation sometime this year while cumpton and kingham should have been spot starters and injury depth.

  • SS’s take one step forward. Frazier and JaCoby…and possibly even Cole Tucker…seem deserving of midseason promotions. I know the team doesn’t like to rush…but the clock is ticking on two of these three.