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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Sets a Record; Kris Johnson Pitches a Gem

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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, 5.40) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.256) – 0-for-4, 2 K

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.189) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.313) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.284) – 2-for-3, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (3-3, 4.08) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.349) – 1-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.265) – 0-for-4

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 (.245) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – 0-for-2 (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.20) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.25) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.313) – 0-for-4

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.32) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.264) – 0-for-4

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (10-4, 2.23) – 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.282) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (10-4, 2.23) – 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.282) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.293) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Russ Canzler, LF (.261) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Duke Welker, RHP (3.59) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: One day after mentioning how Andrew Lambo hasn’t been hitting for average or drawing walks, the right fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. In his last ten games he has five homers and four doubles. Matt Hague picked up three hits tonight. He now has 130 hits on the year, which leads the International League. Kris Johnson has been our Pitcher of the Month in each of the last two months, and he’s off to a great start this month. After tonight’s start he has combined for two earned runs on 13 hits and two walks in 15 innings, with nine strikeouts.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE    

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Binghamton 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (10-5, 3.19) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.189) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Beckman, RHP (1.13) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Mel Rojas, LF (.266) – 2-for-4, 3B

 

Game Notes: Casey Sadler has combined to give up four earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts since returning from a knee injury. He has given up eight hits and six walks in that span, with eight strikeouts. Sadler has been strong all year for Altoona, and could be an option to move up to Indianapolis at the end of the year in time for the post season. Mel Rojas was on fire for most of the summer, but has cooled in the last few weeks. He had a .549 OPS in his last 79 at-bats over the last few weeks prior to his two hit game tonight.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, St. Lucie 5

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4-10, 5.37) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.245) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.267) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Jose Osuna, DH (.248) – 2-for-4, 2B

Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton had a one hour and 39 minute rain delay to start the game, which is typical for a Robby Rowland start. Rowland has had ten games postponed or cancelled this season, including three in a row over the weekend. This was the fifth start that was delayed by rain, but not postponed. Rowland did great considering he was supposed to make this start on Saturday, then again on Sunday, then once more on Monday. Dan Gamache hit his 30th double of the year tonight. Stetson Allie has cooled in his time in Bradenton, hitting for a .245/.355/.368 line in 155 at-bats, with just two homers. Willy Garcia picked up two hits, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games.

 

Tyler Glasnow has 140 strikeouts on the year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Tyler Glasnow has 140 strikeouts on the year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Delmarva 7, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (8-3, 2.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.284) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Fortunato, CF (.246) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had an interesting start. He gave up four runs in the first inning, including a three run homer. After that he settled down, and ended up striking out 12 batters on the night. He also limited his walks to just one. The 12 strikeouts matches a career high, set on May 23rd. Glasnow also set the single season strikeout record for West Virginia, with 140 on the year. The previous record was set by Will Inman, who had 136 in 2006. Last year Justin Wilson had the most strikeouts in the system with 138, not counting his time in the majors. In 2011 it was Kyle McPherson with 142. Prior to that, the last time someone had 140 or more strikeouts was when Todd Redmond had 148 in 2006. Glasnow should pass all of those marks in his next start or two. The real mark will be Tom Gorzelanny’s 167 in 2004, which is obtainable. A bigger challenge would be the 201 strikeouts from Dave Williams in 2000, which would be hard to reach for Glasnow at this point in the season. The right-hander is currently fourth in minor league baseball in strikeouts. In non-Glasnow news, Josh Bell went 2-for-3, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He has a .389/.476/.556 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Vermont 3, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (2.16) – 5.0 IP, 6 K, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH (.263) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.274) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: 2013 4th round pick Cody Dickson has been pitching great this year. The lefty has a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings so far, with a 36:14 K/BB ratio. In his last four starts he has combined for 19 innings without an earned run, with 11 hits, 5 walks, and 16 strikeouts in that span. Harold Ramirez went 0-for-4, and is starting off with a slump in August, going 4-for-21 in his first six games of the month. That follows a month where he hit .384 with a .967 OPS, so it’s not a big concern.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Braves 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Blake Taylor, LHP (1.32) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, C (.306) – 1-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.313) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Reese McGuire, DH (.349) – 1-for-4

Angel Sanchez, LHP (3.77) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Blake Taylor has a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings over his first five starts. He also has a 6:5 K/BB ratio in that span, but only four hits allowed. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to six games, and stole his third base of the year. It was also his second stolen base in the last two games. Wyatt Mathisen made another rehab start behind the plate, but only played half the game.

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Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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