Prospect Watch: Four Hits For Gregory Polanco; Tyler Glasnow Shows Better Control


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (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 – 4-for-5, 2 2B

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, BB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

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

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4, 2 K

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-5, 2 K



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Top Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 4-for-5, 2 2B

Home Runs: Jaff Decker (1)



Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 7, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 5.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 4-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Coming off a hitless performance on Sunday, Gregory Polanco rebounded nicely, by collecting four hits on Monday night. Within those four, two were doubles including one in the ninth that put him at second as the tying run. Polanco has not had back-to-back hitless games this season. Adam Wilk had his toughest start of the season, allowing seven earned runs and 11 hits in just 5.2 innings. Coming in, he had not allowed more than three runs in a game this season. Kenn Kasparek had a solid Indianapolis debut, allowing just three hits in 2.1 scoreless innings. Andrew Lambo sat out the contest, leading to speculation that he may be Pittsburgh-bound soon. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Bowie 1

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 K

Drew Maggi, 3B – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: A.J. Morris pitched a gem, throwing six shutout innings with two hits allowed. Morris has done well filling in for Zack Dodson, combining for 11 shutout innings, with five hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts in his two starts. He’s currently on a run of 18.2 shutout innings, spanning his last six appearances. Alen Hanson continued his hot streak with two more hits. He has a .308/.357/.487 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games. Meanwhile, Stetson Allie has been struggling at the plate, with a .121/.256/.182 line in 33 at-bats over his last ten games, along with 16 strikeouts during that span.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 3, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, DH – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, 1B – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had an interesting stat line. He struck out six and walked just one in five innings, which was much better than his seven walks in two innings last time out. However, he gave up three runs, two earned, on just two hits and a walk. All three of those events occurred in the first inning. Glasnow gave up a single and a walk, then a bases clearing double with two outs. After that, he settled down and cruised the rest of the start. Jonathan Schwind is off to a good start this year, hitting for a .370/.463/.522 line in 46 at-bats. Tonight was his fourth multi-hit game in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterErich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-3

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Cody Dickson has a 4.30 ERA in 29.1 innings this year, along with a 21:9 K/BB ratio. He’s a lefty with a fastball that can touch mid-90s, and a great curveball. He lacks a good changeup, which has led to a .302 BAA versus right-handers, along with all three home runs allowed. He also struggles with his control at times, but has done a decent job in that regard this season. This year will be all about those two things in his development. If he can improve those areas, he would have the upside of a number three starter.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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From box score it looked like Glasnow struck out Byron Buxton twice?


Correct. He struck him out twice – both times he faced him. It is worth noting this was Buxton’s second game back, after missing all of April with an injury (wrist, I think)

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