Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out 12; Vance Worley Strikes Out 10


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 – 3-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 0 HR

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

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-4

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

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-2, 2 BB

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/7 Update)

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 – 3-for-6, 2B, HR

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-5

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (6)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Buffalo 2

Starting Pitcher: Vance Worley, RHP – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top HitterGregory Polanco, RF – 3-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Jaff Decker, LF-CF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco has been in a bit of a slump lately, going 5-for-35 in his previous nine games, and going 1-for-15 in his last four. He got back on track today, picking up three hits, with his 15th double of the season, and his 11th stolen base. Vance Worley had an outstanding start, striking out ten batters in eight innings of work, and needing just 97 pitches on the day. Worley now has a 3.82 ERA in 33 innings this year with Indianapolis, along with a 27:2 K/BB ratio. Chris Dickerson was removed from the game in the second inning. Ryan Palencer reports that it was due to a hamstring injury.



Altoona’s game was suspended due to rain, tied 1-1 in the fifth inning.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Tampa 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow looked like the 2013 version today, striking out 12 batters in 5.2 innings of shutout ball, and allowing just one hit. So far this season, Glasnow has been going heavy with his fastball, and hasn’t used his curve as often. The report I got on today’s start said that his success was largely due to getting ahead in the count consistently, which hasn’t been the case in previous outings. He had a few strikeouts on his curveball, but mostly his success today was due to being aggressive with the fastball, and getting ahead in the count with the pitch. He had 72 pitches through five innings, which is more efficient than the times I’ve seen him at home. The fact that he had this much success, while still going with an extreme fastball approach, really makes this start look much better.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 11, Rome 6

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-6, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Maffei, LF – 2-for-5, BB

Harold Ramirez, CF – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Elvis Escobar, RF – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Danny Collins, DH – 2-for-5

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones picked up his sixth home run of the season, and his ninth double. He fell a triple shy of the cycle. Jones has an .861 OPS in his last ten games, although he’s got a .776 OPS on the season. He’s getting on base at a good rate, and hitting for good power from the middle infield spot. He’s got a .240 average in the month of May, although his walk rate and his ISO have been up. After getting multiple hits in three straight games, Harold Ramirez went hitless, but did reach twice, both times on walks. He now has a .371 OBP this season, and a .402 OBP in May, since returning from his injury. Elvis Escobar had three hits, and has been on fire lately, with a .902 OPS in his last ten games.

  • Seriously, it would be nice to hear something, anything on Meadows. And what about Heredia- not a word on his shoulder. Why do I have feeling this thing with his shoulder is going to be career killer?

    • Yeah, we need to get some info on these important players. Whomever is covering these games locally, dig around!

      • The rehab guys are on a different schedule. I’ve been there twice this week, and haven’t seen Meadows. And that’s totally normal, since all he would have to do is go to the training room (off limits to media) or end his rehab and leave the locker room. He’s not just sitting around, waiting for people to ask questions, as you implied in your earlier comment.

        Also, the lack of info doesn’t mean there’s info floating around out there. Any update I’d give would just provide the same info we already have on these guys. It hasn’t changed. They’re rehabbing, with no timetable for a return.

        If you’ve noticed, we provide updates when there are updates to provide. When Glasnow returned, we had that update before it was officially announced. We had an update today on Lambo visiting a specialist, because that was new information. The lack of an update just means there’s no new information to give. It doesn’t mean we’re missing the new information.

        I might start posting weekly “updates”, even though it will be the same article each week, with the same information.

  • If you can throw in the mid/upper 90s, the key to success is to throw the FB first-pitch strike. If the batter can catch up to it, good for him. If not, you are now in control and force the hitter to be more aggressive.

  • Nice to seem some of the Pirates top pitching prospects getting it together lately.

  • Maybe an update on Meadows? I don’t think I have ever heard a hamstring taking 8 weeks to heal

    • More than 8 weeks since Feb. …is he or who is the PTBN for Ike Davis…

    • Kevin_Young
      May 29, 2014 10:03 am

      I’m pretty sure Dave Roberts had a hurt hamstring for like 3 years.

      • Barnes has been hurt seemingly forever also, would not mind if he is the guy that the Mets are waiting on.

    • Ian Rothermund
      May 29, 2014 12:32 pm

      It hasn’t been the entire time since spring training. There was mention of a “set back,” sometime around the beginning of the month. It’s concerning, then again, the Pirates may just really be trying to slow down his path to pittsburgh. Haha.

    • Seeing as Tim lives in Bradenton, it shouldn’t be that hard to get some info on a local player who is still chilling in extended spring training

  • Austin Meadows status..

  • Glasnow…this is what we’ve all been waiting for…the upside is something you can dream on like you can for so few prospects. He could be anything from a middle reliever to the righthanded Randy Johnson. I wish I would have driven over to Tampa from St. Pete tonight. I made beer instead…I feel like I broke even.

    • middle reliever????? I really don’t think that’s in the cards. Likely he’ll be a 1,2,3,4, or 5 starter, a flameout, or a closer.

      • Y2JGQ2 – Guys that have great stuff and don’t have the control or third pitch end up middle relievers often.