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Friday, December 9, 2022

Prospect Watch: Reese McGuire Hits First Career Homer, Taylor Gushue Homers Again


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 – 2-for-3, HR, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona –  2-for-4, RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-7

8. Cole Tucker, SS, Signed – Agreed to terms

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, SignedAgreed to terms

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-7

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

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

17. Trey Supak, RHP, Signed – Agreed to terms

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 4-for-6, 3B, 3 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Andy Vasquez (4), Taylor Gushue (2), Kawika Emsley-Pai (1), Reese McGuire (1)



Box Score

Result: Durham 9, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B– 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr, CF – 1-for-3

Chase d’Arnaud, LF – 1-for-4, 2 SB

Game Notes: Jay Jackson has been pitching well recently, but Saturday definitely wasn’t his day. He couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up five runs(three earned) on five hits and a walk in 0.2 IP. The game got so out of hand, Matt Hague pitched the ninth inning for Indianapolis. He walked the first batter he faced, the retired the next three for a scoreless inning. Hague was also the leader on offense, driving in both runs, giving him 46 RBIs this season. Robert Andino had two doubles and Chase d’Arnaud stole two bases, giving him 13 steals on the year.



Box Score

Result: Reading 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterAndy Vasquez, LF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Joan Montero got the spot start for Altoona on Saturday night after making 20 relief appearances this year without a start. He allowed just one run over four innings, topping his previous season high of 2.1 innings pitched. Pat Ludwig made his AA debut and had a tough time, allowing three runs over three innings. Yao-Hsun Yang threw a scoreless eighth inning, his third straight scoreless appearance. Andy Vasquez hit his fourth homer of the year and Alen Hanson had two hits and an RBI. Hanson now has an 11 game hit streak in which he is hitting .372 with ten RBIs. Stetson Allie went 0-for-3 to break his seven game hit streak. He did draw a walk and has now reached base in nine straight games.



Bradenton was off today.



Game One Box Score

Result: Delmarva 6, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: In game one of a doubleheader, West Virginia dropped a 6-4 decision to Delmarva. They trailed 6-0 going into the final inning. Cody Dickson has struggled all season, but after giving up two first innings runs on Saturday, he allowed just one run over the next four frames. He surrendered four or more runs in each of his last four starts and he came into the game with the highest ERA for any Pirates minor league pitcher with at least 35 innings pitched. Kawika Emsley-Pai hit a two-run homer and Wyatt Mathisen had two hits and drove in two runs. Harold Ramirez went 1-for-3, extending his hit streak eight games.


Game Two Box Score

Result: Delmarva 14, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Wyatt Mathisen, DH – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: West Virginia got blown out in game two, losing 14-5 and getting swept by Delmarva in the doubleheader. Reese McGuire had two hits, scored two runs and hit his first homer as a pro. Wyatt Mathisen completed a big day, reaching base three times in game two after driving in three runs in the opener. Edwin Espinal had three hits, including his 12th double of the season. Dovydas Neverauskas allowed eight earned runs and three relievers each allowed two runs apiece. Harold Ramirez extended his hit streak to nine games with an infield single in the third inning.



Box Score

ResultJamestown 4, Mahoning Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Kevin Ross, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Marek Miranik made his debut in the Pirates system and threw four shutout innings. The 20-year-old right-hander from the Czech Republic pitched in the Czech Extraleague last year. Before that, he spent two seasons in the GCL with the Philadelphia Phillies. Miranik gave up just one hit and three walks in his 2014 debut. The first six batters in the lineup for Jamestown were all drafted this year. Fifth round pick Michael Suchy made his pro debut and had a triple, single and a walk, plus scored a run. Fourth round pick Taylor Gushue hit his second homer in two days. It was a two-run shot in the first inning, giving Jamestown a lead they would never relinquish.

Check out the 2014 Jamestown Jammers preview here.



Box Score

Result: Yankees2 13, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Sandy Santos, DH – 2-for-4

Adrian Valerio, SS – 2-for-3

Game Notes: The Pirates had their three game winning streak snapped and their pitchers allowed double-digits in runs for the seventh time in 13 games. Yeudy Garcia threw five shutout innings in his last game. On Saturday, he gave up four runs over four innings of work. He is a 21-year-old rookie, which usually isn’t a good sign, but Garcia can hit 95 MPH with his fastball, so he may have some potential. The offense had a total of six hits, with two apiece from Adrian Valerio, Sandy Santos and Jeremias Portorreal. They drew eight walks as well, though they couldn’t come through with runners on base. The Pirates went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

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

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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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I know its only two games but I really liked the pick of gushue

Lee Young

are you gushing over Gushue?

🙂 🙂



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