Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 7/16/13
TOP OF THE SYSTEM 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. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page. 1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-7, 3.75) - DNP 2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.275) - 0-for-2, 2 BB 3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (5-2, 2.48) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.275) - DNP 5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.160) - 1-for-4, 3B, BB 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.281) - DNP 7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.41) - DNP 8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.79) - DNP 9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.457) - 2-for-5, SB 10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.260) - DNP 11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.282) - DNP 12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.256) – DNP 13. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL 14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.241) - DNP 15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) - Low-A DL 16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.59) - DNP 17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-1, 2.77) - DNP 18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.18) - DNP 19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.337) – DNP 20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) - DNP   ORDER YOUR 2013 PROSPECT GUIDE The 2013 Prospect Guide is now available, and is the perfect resource to follow the minor league system during the 2013 season. You can order your copy on the products page of the site. Order together with the 2013 Annual and save $5!   DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4.63) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.285) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI Home Runs: None   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE    Box Score Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 2 Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4.63) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.285) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI Other Notable Performers: Mel Rojas, CF (.275) – 1-for-4, 2B Justin Howard, 1B (.322) – 2-for-4 Gregory Polanco, CF (.275) – 0-for-2, 2 BB Game Notes: Alex Dickerson is 18-for-40 with four doubles and three homers in his last ten games. He has six multi-hit games in his last seven games, going 16-for-29 over that stretch. Mel Rojas picked up his fifth double in his last ten games, and his sixth of the month. Yesterday I wrote about how each player has been performing well since the second week of May. Both guys will be top 30 prospects if they continue this through the end of the year, and candidates for the top 20. Eliecer Navarro has three earned runs in 13 innings over his last two starts, with a 7:1 K/BB ratio.   A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   Bradenton was off today.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   West Virginia was off today.   A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   Jamestown was off today.   Reese McGuire has five multi-hit games in nine pro games so far. RK: GCL PIRATES    Box Score Result: Pirates 6, Astros 3 Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (2.61) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C (.457) – 2-for-5, SB Other Notable Performers: Austin Meadows, DH (.160) – 1-for-4, 3B, BB Ulises Montilla, 2B (.304) – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB Game Notes: Reese McGuire went 0-for-3 yesterday, which was the first game in his pro career he didn’t record a hit. Today he picked up two hits, which was the fifth time in nine games he’s done that. He has reached base safely in all nine games. He also stole his second base of the year today. Austin Meadows is starting to show some positive signs. He has a hit in each of his last three games, and a double and a triple in his last two games. He has struck out in 40% of his at-bats so far, which is concerning, but it’s also a small sample size at the start of his career. I wouldn’t place too much on either player’s numbers right now. Ulises Montilla has been impressive this year, hitting for a .304/.431/.536 line in 56 at-bats. The most impressive thing has been his approach, with a 13:10 BB/K ratio. Wei-Chung Wang had another strong start. On the season he has a 2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings, with a 19:1 K/BB ratio. In his last four outings he has gone at least four innings, giving up one or fewer runs each time out. He gave up four runs in his first start, and all of the runs came in his final inning of work. Outside of that one bad inning, he has been dominant.
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