Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/2/14
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The top five short season pitchers are also highlighted in a separate group, since most of those guys only go 4-5 innings max, and don’t have a good chance of being highlighted in the top ten. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for game score is simple: Start with 50 points, add one point for every out recorded, add two for each inning completed after the fourth, add one point for each strikeout. Subtract two points for each hit, four points for each earned run, two points for each unearned run and one point for each walk. There tends to be an advantage for pitchers who can go longer in the game, as they have more time to pile up strikeouts, while getting bonus points for extra innings beyond the fourth frame. The Top Ten Joely Rodriguez was tied for the top game score this week. Joely Rodriguez has put up some impressive numbers this year. The lefty had a 2.72 ERA in 72.2 innings in West Virginia to start the year, before being promoted to Bradenton. He moved up to high-A, and has a 2.36 ERA in 34.1 innings at the next level, with an 18:10 K/BB ratio. This week Rodriguez went six shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out six. That tied for the top game score of the week. Rodriguez hasn’t been striking out a lot of hitters, but isn’t allowing a lot of hits, is keeping the walks down, and he is also getting a lot of ground balls, with a 2.3 GO/AO ratio. He’s also consistently sitting 91-94 MPH with his fastball and commanding the pitch despite having a lot of movement. That makes him one of the most interesting left-handed pitchers to watch in the system. Jackson Lodge tied with Rodriguez for the top start. Lodge went six shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. On the season the left-hander has a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings, with a 12:1 K/BB ratio. Of the two lefties, Rodriguez is more of a prospect, while Lodge is a soft tossing lefty with great control. Jon Sandfort continued his impressive numbers in the GCL. He threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out six for the third best score this week. On the season Sandfort has a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings, with a 16:3 K/BB ratio. All of his runs and walks came in one start on July 12th. His start last week was the first one since that bad outing, and he bounced back well. Eliecer Navarro and Dovydas Neverauskas tied for the fourth best game score in the system last week. Navarro gave up three earned runs on three hits in seven innings, with a walk and six strikeouts. Navarro has given up six earned runs in 18 innings over his last three starts in Altoona, with a 9:4 K/BB ratio. Neverauskas has a 3.03 ERA in 29.2 innings this year, with a 16:7 K/BB ratio. In the month of July he has a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings, with a 12:3 K/BB ratio. Nick Kingham had another good start in Altoona, throwing 6.1 shutout innings and giving up six hits and three walks. Kingham came on in relief for the rehabbing Jared Hughes, and almost pitched the rest of the game. So far with Altoona he has a 2.84 ERA in 38 innings, with a 32:11 K/BB ratio. Stolmy Pimentel was the top pitcher in the system in each of the last two weeks. He finished tied for seventh this week, giving up two earned runs on five hits in seven innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Jameson Taillon was also tied for seventh, bouncing back from his horrible start the last time out. He went seven innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Cody Dickson was the third person to tie with a 60 game score. He threw four shutout innings for Jamestown, giving up a walk and two hits, and striking out three. Kyle Haynes made a spot start for West Virginia this week, and rounded out the top ten. Haynes threw three innings, giving up just an unearned run on one hit, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Haynes is a hard throwing reliever from the 2012 draft, but won’t profile as a prospect unless he has success in the upper levels. Short-Season Top Five Sandfort, Lodge, Neverauskas, and Dickson all finished in the top ten, and were the top four short-season guys. The fifth best short-season pitcher was Wei-Chung Wang, who is on this list every week. Wang went four innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. The Bottom Five Last week Jameson Taillon had the worst start in the history of this feature. This week Andy Oliver had the second worst start. Oliver went 1.2 innings, allowing eight earned runs on five hits and five walks. Adrian Sampson had two starts this week, giving up ten hits in each outing. The second start saw him also give up eight earned runs in 3.2 innings, for the second worst start of the week. Luis Heredia made his start as a continuation of a rain suspended game. He went 3.2 innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits for the third worst start of the week, and his worst of the year. Adrian Grullon and Cesilio Pimentel both had rough starts in the GCL this week. Grullon went two innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Pimentel went three innings, giving up five runs on five hits.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

Vikings GM: Team has spoken with Adrian Peterson

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Who received franchise tags at the deadline and who did not

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Curt Schilling unloads on Twitter trolls again

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter, jabs Clemson

Michael Jordan makes his first Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young rips ESPN anchor over Iggy Azalea insult

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.