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Friday, December 9, 2022

Prospect Watch: Allie and Hanson Lead a Night of Home Runs; Glasnow Strikes Out Ten


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 – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 3-for-5, HR, SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 3-for-4

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 1-for-4

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 5-for-7, SB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Jamestown – 1-for-4, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-6, HR, SB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 4-for-4, 3 2B

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (14), Alen Hanson (9), Keon Broxton (7), Andy Vasquez (6), Jarek Cunningham (5), Drew Maggi (3), Raul Siri (3), Michael Fransoso (2), Francisco Aponte (1)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 4-for-4, 3 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 3-for-5

Robert Andino, SS – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Coming off the complete game shutout earlier in the week, Adam Wilk struck out eight Friday. However, he also labored, allowing eight hits and five earned runs. This was the second start in the last three where Wilk compiled eight strikeouts. While Friday fell short, Wilk has five quality starts in his last seven appearances.

After homering in his final at bat in Thursday night’s double header, Tony Sanchez continued to build on the momentum. He went 4-for-4 and picked up three doubles.

Robert Andino picked up a pair of singles and now has multi-hit games in four of his past five affairs. Chris McGuiness picked up three singles. McGuiness added two hits in the final game of the double-header last night to break a 0-for-9, four-game slump. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 13, Harrisburg 12

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, LF – 4-for-6, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 3-for-5, HR, SB

Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-6, HR, SB

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-6, 2B, HR

Andy Vasquez, RF – 2-for-6, HR

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 3-for-5, BB, SB

Jarek Cunningham, PH-3B – 1-for-1, HR

Game Notes: Altoona had a huge night on offense. Six different players hit home runs, including Jarek Cunningham, who hit his fifth homer of the year for a game winner in the 11th inning. Stetson Allie hit his 14th homer of the year, which ties JaCoby Jones for the system lead. Alen Hanson hit his ninth homer of the year, and stole his 18th base of the season. Hanson’s career high in homers is 16 in 2012 with West Virginia. His career high in stolen bases came in the same year, with 35. Keon Broxton hit his seventh homer of the year. Drew Maggi had four hits, with his third homer of the year. Andy Vasquez hit his sixth homer of the year. On the flip side, Orlando Castro was hit hard in his debut, giving up seven runs on seven hits in three innings.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Tampa 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, DH – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, RF – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow struggled a bit in his last two outings. He only gave up one run in 2.2 innings in the first start, but walked four. He didn’t have a bad K/BB ratio the last time out, but gave up four runs in seven innings. Today he got back on track, throwing 5.2 shutout innings, with seven hits, one walk, and ten strikeouts. He did this against Tampa, which was the same team he dominated at the end of May for 12 strikeouts in 5.2 shutout innings. Josh Bell saw a six game hitting streak snapped last night, but rebounded tonight with three hits. He has reached base safely in his last eight games.



Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Greensboro 3

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 4-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Fransoso, RF – 2-for-4, HR, BB, SB

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4, 2B

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Game Notes: West Virginia continued yesterday’s suspended game. JaCoby Jones had four hits and his 14th stolen base of the season. Michael Fransoso hit his second homer in West Virginia. Reese McGuire, who has been slumping in the last two months, went 2-for-4 with a double. It was only his second double since the start of June.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, RF – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Luis Heredia has been struggling lately. In his three starts in July he has combined for a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings, with a 3:8 K/BB ratio. On the season, Heredia has a 4.97 ERA in 41.2 innings, with a 22:24 K/BB ratio. JaCoby Jones extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He has a 1.486 OPS in the month of July.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 8, Tri-City 6

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Francisco Aponte, LF – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, CF – 2-for-5, SB

Kevin Krause, DH – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

Kevin Ross, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Andrew Lambo, RF – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo continued his rehab with Jamestown, going 1-for-4 with a walk. Francisco Aponte hit his first homer of the year. Every member of the Jamestown offense had at least one hit. Marek Minarik now has a 3.38 ERA in 26.2 innings, but is struggling with his control, posting a 12:18 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 10, Bluefield 5

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF – 3-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-5, BB

Enyel Vallejo, LF – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Omar Basulto continued his impressive season with four more shutout innings. Basulto has a 1.96 ERA in 18.1 innings, with a 16:3 K/BB ratio. Jerrick Suiter continued to hit in pro ball, going 1-for-5. He has a .302/.354/.395 line in his first 11 games. Enyel Vallejo has been impressive this year, with a .333/.360/.500 line in 48 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Trey Supak, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Bealyn Chourio, SS – 2-for-4

Julio De La Cruz, 3B – 2-for-3, BB

Cole Tucker, DH – 1-for-4

Mitch Keller, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Trey Supak and Mitch Keller made their second appearances in pro ball. Supak didn’t have his best command today, and was getting hit pretty hard. A lot of the hard hit balls went right to fielders, limiting the damage. His fastball command looked better in the third inning, as he was locating better down in the zone. Supak was 88-92 MPH today, mostly sitting 90-91. Mitch Keller looked much better, with good command of his pitches, and a nice curveball. The one hit he allowed should have been ruled an error on Julio De La Cruz, as it was a routine grounder that De La Cruz threw wild. His curveball looked good, with a lot of late break. The impressive thing about this outing is that these two pitchers went up against two players who have played in the Majors (Freddy Galvis, Clete Thomas) and one upper level player on rehab (Tommy Joseph). That’s not your typical GCL lineup, and definitely not what a high school pitcher is used to facing. Cole Tucker played his first game after missing a few days with a minor thumb injury.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Cubs 4

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mikell Granberry, C – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Edinson Lantigua, LF – 2-for-5, 3B

Sandy Santos, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-4, HR, BB

Game Notes: The Pirates won 5-4 in ten innings on Friday. In the top of the tenth inning, Edison Lantigua led off with a triple. After a strikeout, catcher Mikell Granberry drove home Lantigua with a single. Starting pitcher Luis Escobar ran into trouble in the fifth inning, allowing the first three batters to reach base before he was pulled. In the first four innings, he gave up just one run and at one point, he retired eight batters in a row. Three relievers followed Escobar and gave up a combined one run over six innings. Mister Luciano picked up the win with two no-hit innings On offense, Raul Siri hit his third homer of the season. Mikell Granberry had three hits, making him 8-for-18 in his last five games. Sandy Santos, Edison Lantigua and Yunelky Adames each had two hits. Adames drove in two runs, but was also caught stealing both times he reached base. The Pirates are 9-4 since losing nine straight games at the end of June. – John Dreker

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

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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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Check the box score for Wilk:

He had a 2B (Andino) playing SS, a SS in CF (D’Arnaud) and a 1B in RF (Curry).

I bet all 8 of those “hits” weren’t exactly hits..the 4 doubles weren’t true doubles either. There were zero double plays, two errors which didn’t directly lead to runs but prolonged innings and Columbus stole two bases.

I bet Wilk was dealing. Need to comb the box score or watch the game. Runs don’t mean much in determining how a pitcher truly does.

Lee Young

McGuire with only a .605 OPS…hadn’t realized he had sunk that low.

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Lee Young

Will Heredia even be IN the top 20 after this year? He’s looking more and more like another ZVR?

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