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Friday, December 9, 2022

Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Stays Hot; Two Draft Picks Off to Good Starts


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). 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 #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

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

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Gwinnett 0

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Dickerson, CF – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: In his first start back in Triple-A after being optioned from Pittsburgh, Casey Sadler struggled with command early, but settled down. Of his first 30 pitches in two innings, Sadler threw 12 balls and walked a pair of hitters. However, he settled down nicely to throw five scoreless innings, tossing 68 pitches as he is getting stretched back into starting.

Tyler Waldron pitched two scoreless frames, striking out a pair in his return to the bullpen. Andy Oliver picked up his seventh save in as many opportunities. This was a 1.2 inning save. For only the second time since May 19, he walked a hitter. – Ryan Palencer



Altoona was off today.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Wood, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: After being named the Florida State League player of the week last week, Josh Bell returned for his third straight multi-hit game. Bell has a hit in seven of his last eight games. He was also the top hitter in the system last week, and looks like he could be deserving of a promotion to Altoona soon. Eric Wood has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Chad Kuhl has had some good ratios lately, although the overall numbers have been poor. Tonight was a tough luck outing, as he gave up seven base runners in six innings, with six strikeouts, and that led to four runs. In his last three starts he has a 19:5 K/BB ratio in 17.2 innings.



West Virginia was off today.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carl Anderson, CF – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Taylor Gushue has a hit in each of his first four games, going 6-for-17 with two homers and a triple. Carl Anderson also has a hit in his first four games, and is 8-for-17 with a triple. Tenth round pick Alex McRae made his debut tonight, throwing 2.1 shutout innings, with two hits and three strikeouts. 2014 draft picks Nick Neumann and Montana DuRapau also made their debuts, combining for one run in 5.2 innings, with one hit, one walk, and five strikeouts.

Check out the 2014 Jamestown Jammers preview here.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 13, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 3-for-4, 2 BB, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Patrick Reyes, C – 2-for-2, BB

Game Notes: The Pirates moved to 6-8 on the season by defeating the Yankees2 by a 13-2 score. Some major control issues by the Yankees pitchers helped the Pirates pile on 13 runs with just nine hits. The Pirates had 13 walks, including four by second baseman Luis Perez and they also had four hit batters, with outfielder Sandy Santos getting plunked three times total by three different pitchers. Richard Mitchell got his third start of the season and had a strong performance, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in five innings. In our DSL report from Sunday, Mitchell told us that he wanted to throw strikes, pitch to contact and get quick outs. He seemed to stick to that game plan and got the desired results despite not striking out a single batter. He needed just 63 pitches to get through his five innings of work. Reliever Edgardo Leon followed Mitchell with three shutout innings.

Yunelky Adames was the leader on offense, driving in five runs and reaching base five times. He leads the team with 16 RBIs. Edison Lantigua drew three walks and scored three runs. The 17-year-old outfielder now has 11 walks in his first 12 games. Raul Siri had two hits, including his eighth double and he drove in two runs. The Pirates had a total of 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game. – John Dreker

You can check out the DSL Pirates week two recap here.

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R Edwards

Regarding the revised top 20 prospects list, here are my comments/opinions:

(1) Surpised to see Stetson Allie in the top 20, but not Mel Rojas, Jr. Especially given Rojas’ performance this year and promotion to Indy. Its not like Rojas is 28 years old.

(2) Heredia is too high IMHO – has been hurt and not very effective – especially compared to a guy like Sampson.

(3) Hard to see a guy like Keller being in top 10, when Taylor was what #16 prior to trade?

(4) How do you have guy in the top 20 who has not yet even signed with the team, unless you know that he has signed but hasn’t been announced??

Question……..is the catcher at Altoona – Elias Diaz – 23 years old having a nice year – is he a legitimate prospect?


You look at the 17 year olds coming from the DSL and you wonder if there is another Polanco or Marte stashed away.

Zoltan McBurgher

At what point does Josh Bell get a first baseman’s mitt in his locker?


Tomorrow if I had something to say about it, I don’t particularly care about value between outfield and 1st base, care more about Bell learning a position that he will be able to step into, the Pirates are set for many years in the outfield, Rameriz and Meadows are still highly rated talents, not to mention what they picked up in the draft this year. I see no reason to wait to move Bell.


Either after this season in winter ball or after next season in winterball, IF he isn’t traded. If we make the playoffs this year, i’ll say we’ll make the change this year, if we miss…….he’ll either be gone or they will wait another year. The only reason we are keeping him at outfield for now is trade value, once we committ to him staying here, and comfortable with his hitting progress (from both sides) they will make the move


This is just a friendly disagreement Y2. I am pretty sure if they are planning to switch Bell’s position,they will wait till he has enough time to get his hitting mechanics down as well as one can. A switch would be pretty distracting to a prospect in most cases, and he has already missed a good bit of development time. Whatever the organization’s reasoning, I am looking forward to see him in AA, possibly after the AA ASG ( In Altoona by the way )


Late next year or in 2016, after he proves he can hit AA and AAA pitching. He remains more valuable as an OF prospect, so no hurry. Though I guess it wouldn’t hurt to experiment in the AZ Fall League or winter ball.

Lee Young

I wonder what adjustments Andy Oliver made to get his walks down? Or is this a mirage?


But seriously Lee, my guess is the ability to focus on 1 or 2 pitches in relief versus trying to command 3+ pitches as a starter, has allowed him to really be more aggressive with his fastball and lower the walk totals.

Lee Young

Y2J…magic beans work for me, also. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Whatever worked….I just hope they don’t produce ‘magic farts’. Who knows the damage THOSE would do! 🙂 🙂


magic beans- they are everywhere.

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