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Friday, December 2, 2022

Prospect Watch: Glasnow Continues Hot Streak; Pimentel Starts Rehab


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 – 2-for-4, 2B

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

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

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/30 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 (5/30 Update)

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

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

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

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 – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Matt Hague (8), Victor Fernandez (1), Huascar Fuentes (1), Mikell Granberry (1)



Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 7, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Vance Worley, RHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Indianapolis had a two hour delay before starting their game tonight. Vance Worley had a great K/BB ratio, but was hit around with six runs on ten hits. He’s got a 36:3 K/BB ratio in 38 innings this year. Gregory Polanco had two more hits, giving him his third straight multi-hit game. Matt Hague homered for the fourth time in his last seven games. It was his eighth homer of the year.



Altoona was off tonight.



Box Score

ResultBradenton 5, Clearwater 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Stolmy Pimentel, RHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Taylor Lewis, CF – 2-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: The control is still an issue for Tyler Glasnow, but he’s starting to look like the 2013 version that had a huge breakout year in West Virginia. Over his last four starts, Glasnow has given up two earned runs on 13 hits in 20.2 innings, with a 26:11 K/BB ratio. He’s been primarily working on his fastball command and his changeup this year. The fact that he’s getting these results without relying heavily on his curveball is very impressive. If he can eventually improve his control, he could develop into a top of the rotation pitcher. Stolmy Pimentel started his rehab work with Bradenton tonight, throwing two innings in relief. Pimentel walked one and struck out two batters, giving up no hits and no runs. Josh Bell picked up three hits, with his 12th double of the year. He now has an .821 OPS this season, along with an .880 OPS against right-handers.



Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 7, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Reese McGuire went 0-for-4, snapping his 19-game hitting streak. Tonight was also just the fifth game this season where he failed to reach base safely. JaCoby Jones stayed hot, picking up two hits and his 11th double of the season. Jones has a .295 average and an .877 OPS in 44 at-bats over his last ten games. Justin Topa has not done well as a starter, with a 5.21 ERA in 38 innings, along with a 32:7 K/BB ratio. His K/BB ratio is good, but he’s got a .318 BAA and five home runs allowed. Erich Weiss hit his 14th double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Rangers 7, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, LHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Victor Fernandez, DH – 3-for-4, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Mikell Granberry, C – 3-for-4, HR

Adrian Valerio, SS – 2-for-5, 2B

Huascar Fuentes, 1B – 1-for-5, HR

Raul Siri, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B

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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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Glasnow has a 2.15 ERA and he is working on different pitches, wonder what he would be like if he just went with his most reliable pitches and tried to impress rather than develop.

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