Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Extends Shutout Streak, Bristol Loses Opener on Walk-Off Homer


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 – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

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

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-6, RBI, 2 SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton –  1-for-2, BB, RBI, SF

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

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 – 0-for-2, HBP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edison Lantigua, LF – 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (4)



Indianapolis was off tonight



Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 7, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 1B/LF-  3-for-5, 2 2B, BB, 3 SB

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-6, RBI, 2 SB

Game Notes: Altoona lost 7-6 in 11 innings after taking a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. Pat Ludwig got his first start for Altoona and gave up just one run over five innings. He made his AA debut on Saturday and allowed three runs on six hits in three innings of relief work. Ludwig was pitching in both roles while with Bradenton earlier this year. Now with A.J. Morris and Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis, a spot opened up for him in the Altoona rotation. Yao-Hsun Yang followed Ludwig and gave up two runs over one inning of work. He threw a shutout inning in each of his first three appearances. Altoona had 15 hits in the game, with Elias Diaz and Drew Maggi collecting three hits apiece. Jarek Cunningham hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his fourth homer of the season. Alen Hanson had two hits and stole two bases, giving him 14 steals on the year. Maggi had three steals, giving him 16 this year. Both Justin Howard and Willy Garcia struck out four times in the game.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-2, BB, RBI, SF

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow continued his impressive run of late, making his fourth straight shutout appearance. He gave up just two hits over six innings and struck out seven batters. In his last four starts combined, he has thrown 21.2 scoreless innings, giving up eight hits and striking out 30 batters. Glasnow lowered his season ERA to 1.66 and hasn’t given up a home run in 48.2 innings this year. Josh Bell drove in the only run of the game with a third inning sacrifice fly. Bradenton had plenty of base runners, with nine singles and six walks, but they had just one hit with runners in scoring position. Taylor Lewis and Jordan Steranka each had two hits.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF- 1-for-4

Live Report: The Power won 2-1 on Thursday night in Lakewood, coming back from the All-Star break to end a long losing streak. Buddy Borden had an outing that got better as he went along on Thursday. He gave up one run, which came on a solo homer, allowing a total of six hits and two walks. Borden obviously didn’t give up much damage, but Lakewood was hitting the ball hard off him, with many well-struck foul balls mixed in with three extra-base hits. Borden looked much better the last couple innings, with more efficient pitch counts that allowed him to get through six innings.

Usually, pitchers at this level are fastball-heavy early on, but Borden was mixing in a change-up that was mid-80’s and a curve that was between 76-81, with the slower speeds being a bigger break that really fooled batters. His fastball was 88-91 MPH all game, except on his last pitch of the day, when he hit 92 MPH for the only time. Isaac Sanchez and Henry Hirsch followed Borden and both hit 92 MPH.

This was an ugly game all around from both teams, lots of base running mistakes and mental errors. The Power hitters looked bad against Mark Leiter Jr., who changes speeds well and had excellent control. West Virginia had just four hits against him, all singles, and they struck out nine times. The reliever that followed Leiter retired all six batters he faced. The Power won for the first time this month, opening the second half with a victory after going 20-48 in the first half.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 4, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top HitterChase Simpson, 3B – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jamestown dropped to 2-5 after a 4-2 loss to Williamsport. Marek Minarik made his second start since joining the Pirates organization. He had control issues last year, pitching in the Czech Extraleague and had four walks over four innings on Thursday. Minarik walked three over four innings in his debut, though he threw shutout ball in that game. Four draft picks made their pro debut on Thursday, with the most notable being third round pick Jordan Luplow, who had a hit and a walk. Also playing for the first time was catcher Kevin Krause, first baseman David Andriese and shortstop Erik Forgione. Taylor Gushue had his first hitless game after collecting nine hits in his first six games.

Check out the 2014 Jamestown Jammers preview here.



Box Score

Result: Princeton 5, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Ulises Montilla, DH – 2-for-4

Danny Arribas, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Bristol had a tough loss in their first game as a Pirates affiliate. They lost in the bottom of the ninth on a three-run walk-off homer. Mervin Del Rosario served up the game-winner. Omar Basulto had a nice debut, giving up one run over five innings. The 20-year-old lefty skipped over the GCL after spending the last two years in the DSL. He had ten ground ball outs and no fly ball outs, yet still managed to give up a home run for his only run allowed. Bristol pitchers combined for a 17:0 GO/AO ratio in the game. Pablo Reyes was the big bat for the Pirates with three hits. The 3-6 hitters in the lineup combined to go 9-for-16 in the game, with two hits apiece from Danny Arribas, Ulises Montilla and Nathan Tomaszewski, who was a recent NDFA signing. Bristol had 11 strikeouts and no walks in the game.


Box Score

Result: Cubs 12, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edison Lantigua, LF – 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 12-6 to the Cubs on Thursday for their third straight loss. At one point, they were down 12-0, but their late comeback fell well short. Two of their top signings from last year, had good games on offense. Edison Lantigua had the first three-hit game of his career and topped his season total of two RBIs, by driving in three runs. Jeremias Portorreal had two hits, including his third double of the season and second in two days. Second baseman Raul Siri drove in his 12th run, but also made his eighth error of the season. Eumir Sepulveda, who was one of three players signed out of Mexico last October, had a pro debut he would like to forget. He faced eight batters, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk. Mikell Granberry, who was signed at the same time as Sepulveda, had another forgettable game behind the plate. After allowed nine steals on nine attempts in a game last week, he gave up seven swipes on seven attempts on Thursday.

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

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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John. am I reading Reese is currently throwing out 42% of runners ? I knew he had a great arm because I saw it at Pirate City but if that percentage is right it is impressive ! I don’t care what league your playing in .


Given that they place very little emphasis on holding runners on and more emphasis on pitching I’d have to agree.

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I think Bell has done all he can do at Bradenton. Time to move him up to Altoona. Do you think they get agrressive with Glasnow or does he finish the year at Bradenton?


And you think they keep Bell at RF until the last possible minute in AAA and then move him to 1B if Davis doesn’t work out?


Yeah they haven’t said a word about Bell moving to first. But then again I guess you can’t because you currently have Gabby and Ike playing there and that would be bad form maybe? But I think everyone sees the writing on the wall.

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