Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 9/29/14
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, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.25) – DNP 2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.264) – DNP 3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.196) – DNP 5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.331) - 1-for-4, 3 K 6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – DNP 7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP 8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.57) – DNP 9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.313) - 1-for-2, 2B, BB 10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.269) - DNP 11. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) - Low-A DL 12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL 13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.231) - 1-for-5, 4 K 14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) - 0-for-1, 2 BB (GCL Rehab) 15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) - DNP 16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.30) - DNP 17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.27) – DNP 18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.308) – DNP 19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.32) – DNP 20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.279) - 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: Robby Rowland, RHP (5.28) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 2B (.189) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB Home Runs: None   AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS Indianapolis was off today.   AA: ALTOONA CURVE Altoona was off today.   Stetson Allie is striking out 39% of the time. A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS Box Score Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4 Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (5.28) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 2B (.189) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB Other Notable Performers: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.308) – 2-for-5, 3B, BB Ashley Ponce, 3B (.250) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI Stetson Allie, 1B (.231) – 1-for-5, 4 K Game Notes: Stetson Allie struck out four times tonight, which puts him at a 39% strikeout rate in 169 at-bats in his time in high-A. He has been drawing a lot of walks, but he isn’t hitting for a lot of power, and isn’t hitting for average. Usually the high strikeout/high walk combination isn’t a good sign. You’d think that the walks are encouraging, and a sign that the hitter is being selective. However, most guys who have that high strikeout and high walk combo are getting there because they’re being too selective waiting on a pitch to crush. They will see that pitch in low-A, they will see fewer of those pitches in high-A, and once they make the jump to Double-A they’ll face more pitchers who get ahead in the count, which means the strikeouts remain and the walks drop. Allie was streaky in his time in West Virginia. He’s still in his first full year as a hitter, and still developing. He came on rather quickly, and overcame some issues almost as soon as they came up in low-A. He isn’t adjusting as quickly in high-A, which might keep him at the level for the start of the 2014 season.   A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER West Virginia was off today.   A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS Jamestown was off today.   RK: GCL PIRATES Box Score Result: Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1 Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (2-2, 4.88) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, DH (.331) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB Other Notable Performers: Austin Meadows, CF (.313) – 1-for-4, 3 K Wyatt Mathisen, C (.545) – 0-for-1, 2 BB Game Notes: Jon Sandfort got off to a great start in the GCL, but has struggled in his last four outings. The right-hander has combined for 11 earned runs in 11.2 innings in that time, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. That compares to four earned runs in 16 innings over his first four starts, with a 16:3 K/BB ratio. Reese McGuire picked up his tenth double of the year. Wyatt Mathisen is now 6-for-11 with five walks and no strikeouts in five rehab games. The more important thing is that he has now played three games in the last four days, which is a good sign that he’s getting back to being healthy.
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