Prospect Watch: Osuna Goes Deep Twice, Sadler Goes Six Shutout Innings


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 (4-7, 3.67) -DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.275) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-2, 2.24) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.158) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.296) –  2-for-4, 2 2B

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.279) – 2-for-4, 2B

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.96) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-3, 4.45) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.385) –  2-for-4, RBI

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.272) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.288) – In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

13. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.238) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.21) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.31) – In Majors

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.329) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 0.82) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.20) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jose Osuna, DH (.242) – 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Dilson Herrera (10), Jose Osuna 2(7), Justin Howard (4), Mel Rojas (4)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Scranton/WB 2

Starting Pitcher: David Bromberg, RHP (1-1, 3.38) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Darren Ford, DH (.226) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, RF (.268) – 0-for-4

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.235) – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 SB

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.337) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Indianapolis won 3-2 with the top of the lineup providing all the punch. Darren Ford in the lead-off spot drove home two runs and Chase d’Arnaud drove in the other run from the second spot. The last two spots provided the runs with Ivan De Jesus scoring twice and Ali Solis scoring the other run. David Bromberg picked up his first win since joining Indianapolis and Ryan Reid got the two-inning save, his second of the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Akron 0

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.20) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.332) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.158) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Alex Dickerson, RF (.296) – 1-for-4, SB

Mel Rojas, LF (.268) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB, SB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler was making his second start after missing a month with a right knee contusion, a result of being hit by a ball from the first batter of his June 30th start against this same Akron team. He pitched well in his first game back, allowing one run in five innings, then topped that performance today. Sadler threw six shutout innings, needing just 71 pitches to get through his outing. Altoona took the lead in the fifth inning with a pair of home runs from Justin Howard and Mel Rojas Jr. In the seventh inning, Alen Hanson collected his first RBI since joining Altoona.



Box Score

Result:  Daytona 9, Bradenton 7

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (5.65) – 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH (.242) – 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe (.235) – 0-for-2, 2 BB, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B (.238) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Jose Osuna had a big game, hitting two homers and driving in four runs. He now has seven homers this season after hitting 16 last year for West Virginia. Osuna also drew two walks and stole his 15th base of the season. Pat Ludwig gave up one run through the first three innings, then things fell apart in the fourth inning. The first five batters reached against him, with Daytona batters hitting three doubles, a single and drawing a walk. All five runs ended up scoring, two after Ludwig left the game. Daytona ended up scoring seven runs in that fourth inning.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (3-3, 3.14) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Eric Wood, 3B (.258) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.279) – 2-for-4, 2B

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.272) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Jason Creasy was strong through six innings and the West Virginia bats broke out, beating up on Lakewood by a 10-1 score.  Creasy was coming off two outings in a row that were subpar. Prior to that, he had allowed just one earned run over a 21.2 inning stretch. The Power collected 12 hits in the game, including six doubles and five players had at least two hits. Eric Wood had two of those doubles and drove in three runs. Dilson Herrera hit his tenth home run of the season and drove in two runs, giving him 49 RBI’s. Josh Bell collected his 33rd double, his fourth game in a row with a double.



Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 8, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (1-3, 2.84) – 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.329) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS (.358) – 0-for-3

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.276) – 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Jamestown starter Chad Kuhl had his worst career outing, giving up nine hits and seven runs over 3.1 innings. Coming into the game, he had allowed just two earned runs in his first 22 innings. Oderman Rocha had an impressive relief outing, retiring all nine batters he faced, five by strikeout. Harold Ramirez reached base twice and stole his 17th base of the season. Jamestown had just three hits in the game, all singles. Edwin Espinal drove in Ramirez for the only run, his 22nd RBI.



Box Score

Result: Yankees2 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP (0-1, 1.80) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF (.296) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C (.385) – 2-for-4, RBI

Nick Buckner, RF (.217) – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Starter Billy Roth made his second career start, going three innings in the loss. He gave up just one run, but the early deficit held up as the Pirates lost 5-3 to the Yankees2 team. Roth threw two no-hit innings in his debut last week. Austin Meadows had two doubles and scored a run. He now has eight doubles, three triples and two homers in 21 games. Reese McGuire had two hits and drove in a run. Earlier today, he was named the GCL Player of the Month for July.

  • Who are your top 5 international prospects that are not already ranked in the top 150?

  • I sure hope so. I read a less than stellar review from one scout about Bell’s lack of bat speed. I understand it’s one scout, but that’s never good to hear about one of your top prospects.

    It’s way too early to make blanket judgments on a player in his first full year of baseball. Hoping for the best!

    • Bell actually has real good bat speed, I’ve seen him play eight games and talked to scouts about it. It is his batting stance/swing(which has a lot of movement) and pitch selection that is keeping him from really hitting the ball well, but 33 doubles is still impressive

  • Bell has 33 doubles. Does that old axiom “doubles become HRs” still hold true?

    True Foo

  • Gonna be curious where ADick, er ah, Alex Dickerson and ALam (that one’s a ‘little’ better….lol) in the top 20.

    Also wondering if Glasnow is gonna get ‘bumped’ up a level.

  • Elvis Escobar has struggled more than expected this season. Is he having injury issues?

    Wyatt Mathisen looked great in the spring but struggled big-time in West Virginia due to injuries. I’m wondering if the same things are going on with Escobar.

    • I think Escobar is actually holding his own for an 18-year-old going up against a league full of recent college players. If you compare what he is doing to Harold Ramirez, then it looks bad, but Ramirez was the higher rated player and his stats last year were hurt by his injury issues

  • Austin Meadows is showing some impressive power so far. Rather interesting since he didn’t hit as many home runs during his senior year as expected.

    Pirates are developing a nice mix of pitchers and hitters now compared to a couple of years ago.

    Looking at the performances so far, I suspect a fair number of Pirate prospects will make BA’s top 20 prospects in each league at the end of the year.