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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench

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TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 – 1-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/7 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates -DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

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 – 1-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Home Runs: Chris McGuiness (7), Jordan Luplow (4), Michael Fransoso (4), Brent Morel (2), Maximo Rivera (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Oliver, LHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Chris McGuiness hit his seventh homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Brent Morel extended his hitting streak to nine games, and hit his second homer of the year. Jose Tabata had a two hit night, although he’s been struggling since going down to Triple-A. He has a .220/.286/.280 line in 50 at-bats since his demotion. Andy Oliver has had just eight walks in 19.1 innings since the start of June, with 20 strikeouts in that span.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Tom Harlan, LHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson sat for his second straight game after being removed from a game a few days ago for not running out a pop up. Last month, Hanson was benched for a week due to disciplinary reasons. He’s been hitting well, but the combination of his defensive lapses, and the continued benching is starting to raise some questions about his prospect status, and whether he can get the defensive lapses under control. Cory Giger had a quote from Altoona Curve manager Carlos Garcia on the latest benching. Josh Bell got his second hit in four games with Altoona, and walked for the third time in that span. Dan Gamache has 11 games in Altoona since returning from his injury. He has six doubles in that span, and an .841 OPS, continuing to show his gap power. Tom Harlan made his third start for Altoona since moving up from Bradenton. He had a 2.49 ERA in 50.2 innings in relief with the Marauders, and now has a 3.60 ERA in three starts with Altoona.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 11, Dunedin 5

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-5, 2B

Max Moroff, 2B – 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Game Notes: John Kuchno is having a nice season in Bradenton’s rotation. He has a 3.68 ERA in 110 innings over 20 starts. He started off the season struggling with his walks, but has done a better job of that lately, with 18 walks in 66.1 innings over his last ten starts. Kuchno doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts, but has an extreme ground ball rate, including a 12:1 GO/AO ratio tonight. He profiles more as a reliever in the long-term, and could jump to Altoona by the end of the year. Barrett Barnes had three hits, and is now 5-for-17 with two doubles and three walks in five games in Bradenton.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Rome 10, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, RF – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-5

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Michael Fransoso hit his fourth homer of the year. JaCoby Jones is continuing his impressive month of July, with a .387 average and a 1.160 OPS. Austin Meadows has a five game hitting streak, and hits in six of his seven games with West Virginia. He doesn’t have any extra base hits, but has limited his strikeouts so far, which was an issue at times in the GCL last year.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Montana DuRapau, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, RF – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Erik Lunde, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Erik Forgione, SS – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Montana DuRapau is a college senior who was taken in the 32nd round this year. He’s been impressive so far, working his way into the rotation and putting up a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings, with a 21:4 K/BB ratio. Tonight was his first start where he went more than four innings. Jordan Luplow, taken in the third round, hit his fourth homer of the year. He has a .315/.413/.500 line in 92 at-bats so far with Jamestown.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Bristol 4, Johnson City 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Billy Roth had his second good outing in a row from a runs and hits perspective. He gave up four walks for his second straight outing, showing some big control issues. Roth has 17 walks in 23.1 innings this year, with 22 strikeouts. He’s got a lot of upside, but needs to get his delivery on a consistent level. Maximo Rivera hit his first homer of the year. Nick Buckner had his fourth three-hit game in his last eight games. He also added two doubles, giving him six on the year. Buckner has been hot in July, with a .327 average and a .798 OPS heading into today’s game.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were off today.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

The National League teams won the DSL All-Star game by a 9-7 score on Sunday and a Pirates player was the difference in the game. Second baseman Raul Siri, who was featured this morning in the DSL Report, hit a two-run homer in the third inning and drove in another run with an eighth inning single. His three RBI day won him the All-Star game MVP award. Pitcher Yeudy Garcia was the only other Pirates player in the game and he also played an important role. He came into the game in the eighth inning, with no outs and two men on. Garcia hit a batter, but kept the American League off the board by getting two strikeouts and a fly ball. That was his only inning of work.

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

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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