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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Casey Sadler Goes Seven Strong After Rough Start


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, RBI

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB, R

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB, R

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis –  7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 3B – 3-for-5, RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Brent Morel, 3B – 3-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-5, RBI

Jaff Decker, LF – 0-for-3, RBI

Chris Stewart, C 3-for-4

Game Notes: In the first inning tonight, Casey Sadler took the mound with a 3-0 lead and immediately gave up two runs on a triple and homer. He then threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. Sadler has made three straight quality starts, posting a 2.25 ERA through 20 innings this season. Daniel Schlereth retired the side in the eighth on one walk and a strikeout. It was his fifth straight shutout appearance to open the year. Jared Hughes pitched the ninth and he has also made five straight scoreless appearances, allowing two hits and two walks over six innings.

Gregory Polanco had his ten game hit streak snapped on Wednesday. On Thursday, he had an RBI single in his first at-bat and added a second hit in the third inning on a bunt single. Polanco is hitting .423 with 13 RBIs in 13 games this year. Brent Morel and Chris Stewart each had three singles in the game. Indianapolis had 13 hits total, all singles. Chris Dickerson scored two runs and drove in another.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Kingham didn’t give up any earned runs tonight, but it wasn’t his best outing. The Curve committed four errors in the game, two by Kingham on pick-off throws. He was able to work through five innings and keep the score close, throwing 83 pitches, 48 for strikes. In 17 innings this year, Kingham has given up just one earned run. Joan Montero and Brandon Mann each threw two scoreless innings after Kingham left. The only run for Altoona came off the bat of Stetson Allie, who led off the ninth inning with his second homer of the season. Elias Diaz had two singles, a walk and a stolen base. He is hitting .400 through nine games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, R, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Orlando Castro had his second straight strong outing against Jupiter, giving up one run over six innings. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings. Castro walked two batters in the game, the first free passes he has issued this season. The game was delayed due to weather following the sixth inning. When play resumed, Tyler Waldron took over and threw two scoreless innings. Eric Wood made his season debut on Thursday. He was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day.  He went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Jin-De Jhang drove in one run and scored the other for the Marauders.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP –  4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Justin Maffei, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 0-for-4

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 0-for-3, BB, R

Game Notes: Felipe Gonzalez made his first start of the season tonight. He was taken by the Pirates in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft in December. Gonzalez took Luis Heredia’s place in the Power rotation. He gave up three runs(one earned) on six hits and two walks. Jerry Mulderig took over for Gonzalez and pitched four strong shutout inning, allowing two hits, no walks and he struck out seven batters. Jhonathan Barrios picked up his fourth save. West Virginia scored three runs in the seventh inning, two off the bat of Justin Maffei, who is hitting .343 with seven RBIs in 11 games. Danny Collins had two hits, including his fifth double. He is hitting .326 through 43 at-bats. Erich Weiss had his 11 game hit streak snapped.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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Lee Young

Wow we sure blistered our Rule 5 guy last night. It shows he has a lonnnnnnng way to go?

I still hope we get him back.


Yeah I almost felt sorry for the kid. What was Roenicke thinking putting him up against some of the best hitters vs. LHP in the MLB? I know the Brewers haven’t been losing by 3 runs very often this year, so Wang’s opportunities were pretty limited, but it sure felt like Roenicke conceded the game going into the bottom of the 8th.


We did, the kid was leaving everything up in the zone. Everyone digs the long ball, but we need a more consistent offense. I’m thinking the bats will warm up with the weather, for whatever reason this team doesn’t play up to their potential at the beginning of the year. I do expect a good year from Gabby and Walker, they both seem to be seeing the ball better this year. Also, is it me or has Alvarez hit a lot of balls hard, but they keep finding gloves?


John, Is there a reason Lambo’s not playing 1B every day, or at least 6 out of 7? Off yesterday, DH seemingly half of the other recent games. It really doesn’t seem like they’re grooming him to take over 1B in Pittsburgh any time this year. Or do you think they just want him to get his bat right and worry about everything else later?

Lee Young

sticky…if I may speak for JD…..they also have McBeer down there playing 1b and need to get him reps, also. Those two switch off and on.


Yeah Lee, looking back through their box scores, it looks like it’s a straight every other game at 1B for Lambo. But if they were serious about him coming back up to be the big side of a Bucco 1B platoon, shouldn’t he be getting at least 75% of games there? Especially since McBeer has been a full time 1B recently and Lambo’s just converting now? Or are they already that comfortable with Lambo’s D at 1B? It just seems a little strange and makes me worry he may not be up in a few weeks if his bat starts working, like I was hoping he would be.


Lambo played first in high school and college. He was changed to the outfield when the Dodgers drafted him because of their positional needs. He was considered a very good defensive first baseman in high school and college.

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