Bucs Prospects Report 4/19

By Jason Shetler

AAA: Louisville defeated Indianapolis 4-2.

Andrew Lambo was 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run (.302 avg; .865 OPS)

Gregory Polanco went 0-for-3 and walked (.417 avg; 1.095 OPS)

Jaff Decker was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter (.237 avg; .596 OPS)


AA: Richmond wins 7-3 over Altoona.

Mel Rojas went 1-for-3 with a two-run double, drew a pair of walks and came around to score (.265 avg; .701 OPS)

Willy Garcia was 1-for-2 with an RBI and walked twice. (.167 avg; .654 OPS)

Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 along with a free pass (.204 avg; .555 OPS)

Joely Rodriguez goes 4.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked three, struckout a batter and got ten groundouts (83 pitches; 44 strikes) (6.75 ERA; 1.80 WHIP)


High A: Bradenton shutout Jupiter by a final of 4-0.

Adam Frazier was 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored (.263 avg; .649 OPS)

Max Moroff went 1-for-3 (.160 avg; .597 OPS)

Jin-De Jhang was 0-for-3 (.237 avg; .610 OPS)

Jose Osuna went 0-for-4 and scored a run (.319 avg; .786 OPS)

Josh Bell and Eric Wood both did not play

Chad Kuhl pitched six scoreless on three hits, didn’t walk a batter and had seven strikeouts (66 pitches; 45 strikes) (3.12 ERA; 1.10 WHIP)


Low A: West Virginia/Kannapolis game was postponed again because of rain.








Pirates Activate Chris Stewart From DL; Tony Sanchez Optioned to AAA

By Jason Shetler

The Pirates have announced that catcher Chris Stewart has been activated from the disabled list while Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Indianapolis.

Stewart was acquired from the New York Yankees back in December in an effort to give them a better defensive reserve catcher, as opposed to Michael McKenry. In the middle of Spring Training, Stewart suffered a knee injury and had surgery, which caused him to miss the beginning of the season and allowed Tony Sanchez to make the Opening Day roster.

Sanchez meanwhile did a pretty good job at the plate in limited action, posting a .722 OPS, but certainly had some woes defensively, as he committed two errors and threw out just one runner in eight attempts.

Stewart may not have the offensive capabilities Sanchez has, but Stewart is clearly an upgrade on defense. He should get his first start behind the plate tomorrow.



Travis Ishikawa Designated For Assignment

By Jason Shetler

As expected, the Pirates have designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for first baseman Ike Davis, who was acquired from the New York Mets yesterday.

Ishikawa signed with the Pirates in December, and seemed like a long shot to make the club with Andrew Lambo projected to be the left-handed hitting first baseman to go alongside Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa however had a solid Spring Training while Lambo struggled badly, therefore forcing the Pirates to have Ishikawa on the Opening Day roster as a non-roster invite. Ishikawa made 38 plate appearances with the Bucs, as he batted just .206 and posted a .646 OPS.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Pirates outright release Ishikawa since they already have two first baseman down at Indianapolis with Lambo and Chris McGuiness.


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By Jason Shetler

Bucs Prospects Report 4/18

By Jason Shetler

AAA: Indianapolis wins 9-2 over Louisville.

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 including a double, three RBI and a run scored(.439 avg; 1.142 OPS) 

Andrew Lambo was 1-for-5 and drove in a run (.308 avg; .873 OPS) 

Jaff Decker did not play


AA: Altoona defeats Richmond by a final of 2-1. 

Alen Hanson goes 2-for-4 with a triple and scored a run (.220 avg; .584 OPS)

Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with a double and came around to score (.163 avg; .609 OPS) 

Stetson Allie was 0-for-3 and drew a walk (.205 avg; .709 OPS) 

Mel Rojas went 0-for-4 (.261 avg; .654 OPS)


High A: Bradenton over Jupiter by a score of 5-3.

Adam Frazier was 2-for-3 with a triple, a double, two RBI, walked and scored a run (.226 avg; .588 OPS) 

Jose Osuna also went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored (.349 avg; .856 OPS)

Eric Wood was 1-for-4 with an RBI (.250 avg; .625 OPS)

Josh Bell goes 1-for-4 and scored a run (.283 avg; .805 OPS) 

Jin-De Jhang was 0-for-2 with an RBI (.257 avg; .661 OPS) 

Jason Creasy pitched five scoreless on three hits, walked a batter and struckout three (89 pitches; 55 strikes) (1.83 ERA; 1.17 WHIP) 


Low A: West Virginia/Kannapolis game was postponed due to rain. 















Pirates Acquire Ike Davis

By Jason Shetler


Pirates fans can finally exhale now as they got their first baseman by acquiring Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. CBS Sports Jon Heyman was the first to report that a deal was in the works while Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that it was a done deal. 

Davis was involved in trade rumors the entire offseason, most notably being linked to the Pirates. The former first round pick of the Mets in 2008 had a career year in 2012 in which he hit 32 home runs. He struggled last season, posting just a .661 OPS and was even demoted to AAA. Davis however owns a career .828 OPS vs right-handed pitching. 

Thornton joined the Pirates organization prior to last year after being acquired from the Oakland Athletics in a trade for Chris Resop. The 25-year-old reliever had a very good season in 2013, as he posted a 2.63 ERA, an 0.93 WHIP and a 10.8 K/9 in 42 combined appearances with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. Despite the season he came off of, as well as a terrific showing in the Arizona Fall League, Thornton was surprisingly not taken in the Rule 5 Draft. 

It sounds obvious to say, but Ike Davis should be a significant upgrade over Travis Ishikawa, who will most likely be designated for assignment off the 40-man roster to make room for Davis. Clint Hurdle has said recently that he wants his players to get on base more, and Davis does have a good track record of that with a career 12% walk rate. Here in the early part of 2014, he currently has a walk rate of 20%. 

This now marks the second significant trade the Pirates have made with the Mets in a span of eight months with the other being the Marlon Byrd/John Buck deal. 




Bucs Prospects Report 4/17

By Jason Shetler

AAA: Indianapolis defeats Louisville 6-2.

Gregory Polanco was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored (.423 avg; 1.118 OPS)

Jaff Decker goes 0-for-3 with an RBI (.243 avg; .611 OPS)

Andrew Lambo did not play

Casey Sadler pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, walked one, struckout a pair and got ten groundouts (85 pitches; 57 strikes) (2.25 ERA; 0.85 WHIP)


AA: Richmond wins 2-1 over Altoona.

Stetson Allie went 1-for-4 with a home run (2) (.220 avg; .743 OPS)

Alen Hanson was 1-for-3 including a walk (.196 avg; .506 OPS)

Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 (.156 avg; .596 OPS)

Mel Rojas was 0-for-4 and struckout twice (.286 avg; 714 OPS)

Nick Kingham goes five innings, gave up two runs (both unearned) on five hits, walked three and had three strikeouts (0.53 ERA; 1.18 WHIP)


High A: Bradenton defeated Jupiter by a final of 2-1.

Jin-De Jhang was 1-for-3, as he drove in a run and came around to score (.273 avg; .688 OPS)

Eric Wood went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run in his Marauders debut

Max Moroff was 1-for-3 with a walk (.159 avg; 617 OPS)

Adam Frazier goes 0-for-3 and also drew a free pass (.200 avg; .473 OPS)

Josh Bell was 0-for-4 (.286 avg; .829 OPS)

Orlando Castro threw six innings, allowing just one run on five hits, walking two, striking out four and getting eight outs on the ground (2.12 ERA; 0.94 WHIP)


Low A: West Virginia over Kannapolis by a score of 4-3.

Reese McGuire went 1-for-4 (.216 avg; .518 OPS) .(36

Erich Weiss was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored (.367 avg; .957 OPS)

Wyatt Mathisen went 0-for-3  with a walk and scored a run(.209 avg; .527 OPS)

JaCoby Jones was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts (.288 avg; .751 OPS)