Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Returns, Control Issues Pop Up For Tyler Glasnow


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 – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates –  2-for-2, 2 2B, RBI, BB

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-7, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 3-for-7, 2B

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

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 – 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 – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 5-for-9, 2 2B

Home Runs: Willy Garcia 2(12), Elias Diaz (5), Mel Rojas Jr (1)



Box Score

Result: Toledo Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Jake Brigham, RHP – 2.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr, LF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: It was a tough night for Jake Brigham from the beginning. Two of his first four pitches found their ways to the seats. Overall, the mid to high 80s that Brigham was hitting did not fool the Toledo hitters, as he allowed six earned runs and nine hits over two-plus innings. It was only the second time that Brigham has allowed over three earned runs this season in 13 starts.

Tyler Waldron replaced Brigham and limited the damage. He allowed just a pair of earned runs, while spreading out seven hits over 5.1 innings. It was Waldron’s longest outing since a start on June 11. It was a nice bounce back for the righty after allowing three earned runs on four hits in two innings June 25.

Mel Rojas, Jr. added his first Triple-A home run to straightaway center field and picked up an outfield assist – his fifth with Indianapolis already. Jose Tabata added a pair of hits to extend his four-game hit streak in five Triple-A games. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Bowie 7, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, BB, SB, RBI

Game Notes: Altoona’s bats were working on Monday, but the pitching and defense had their issues in a 7-6 loss to Bowie. Willy Garcia clubbed two homers, giving him 12 on the season. He drove in three runs. Elias Diaz hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. Altoona had 12 hits and six walks on the night. Alen Hanson had two hits, a walk, drove in a run and stole his 16th base of the season. He also committed his 23rd error. Garcia committed his eighth error of the year. The two miscues led to three unearned runs.



Box Score

Result: St Lucie 5, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-4

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had an amazing month of June leading up to his start on Monday. That stretch came to a screeching halt, as a high pitch count in the third inning knocked him out of the game early. Glasnow walked four batters in his 2.2 innings and gave up his first home run of the season. Despite the poor outing, he still has 1.70 ERA this year, with 66 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. Adam Frazier extended his hitting streak to 13 games, collecting two singles. Eric Wood drove in both Bradenton runs. Max Moroff collected his 17th double.



Box Score

Result: Lakewood 8, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, 3B – 3-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-7, RBI

Harold Ramirez, RF – 3-for-7, 2B

Game Notes: The big news from this game was the fact that Harold Ramirez had three hits tonight, extending his hitting streak to 22 games. He also picked up three outfield assists. West Virginia had a 7-0 lead in this game after three innings. They still managed to lose in extra innings. Infielder Adam Landecker pitched the 15th innings and served up the game-winning home run. Erich Weiss had a game he would love to forget. He went 0-for-7, struck out three times, made an error and was caught stealing. Chris Diaz and Ashley Ponce each drove in two runs.



Jamestown was off on Monday.



Game One Box Score

Result: Elizabethton 8, Bristol 5

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-2, RBI, BB, SF

Other Notable Performers:

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 3-for-5, 2B

Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: This was the completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended in the first inning. Dan Urbina took the mound for starter Hector Garcia, who faced just one batter yesterday. Urbina allowed six runs over 3.2 innings. Reliever Luis Paula followed him with 2.1 scoreless innings. The 31st round draft pick has thrown four shutout innings over three relief appearances. Jerrick Suiter made his pro debut and reached base three times, plus drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. As of right now, the 26th round pick is the last Pirates draft pick to sign.


Game Two Box Score

Result: Elizabethton 12, Bristol 1

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Candon Myles, LF – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Starter Omar Basulto allowed just one run over ten innings in his first two starts combined. On Monday, he got just one before being lifted for a reliever. He allowed four runs on four hits in his brief outing. After one inning, Bristol was down 9-0. They ended up losing 12-1, dropping both games of the doubleheader. This game was seven innings long and Bristol struck out 11 times. Eduardo Figueroa had two hits, capping off a five hit night. On the flip side, Trae Arbet ended the day going 0-for-8. Reliever John Sever threw 2.1 scoreless innings. Bristol fell to 2-9 on the season.



Box Score

Result: Yankees2 6, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF- 2-for-2, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, LF – 0-for-0, 2 BB, HBP

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Nelson Jorge, 2B – 1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 R

Game Notes: Today was the game of returns. Austin Meadows was the big name returning. He played his first game of the year after missing  nearly three full months of the season with hamstring issues. Meadows walked in his first plate appearance, then collected two straight doubles. Barrett Barnes has also been out with hamstring issues, though he played a few games for West Virginia before getting hurt. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch. Both players left in the sixth inning. Pitcher Collin Balester pitched his first game of the season. He didn’t fare well at all, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks in 0.2 IP. Cole Tucker had a single and walk. He has reached base twice in each of his first six games.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Eliezer Ramirez, RF – 2-for-2, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edison Lantigua, LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Starter Luis Escobar had his second straight outing in which he gave up two runs over five innings. After a rough start to his season, he has show improvements of late, showing why he was named the top pitching prospect on the DSL Pirates(see link below). Eliezer Ramirez came on in the sixth inning on defense for top prospect Jeremias Portorreal, who went 0-for-2 on the day. Ramirez ended up with two hits and an RBI.  Edison Lantigua had two hits and scored a run. First baseman Yunelky Adames drove in his 23rd run.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week four 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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3 outfield assists for Ramirez…that is a rare feat but a 22 game hitting streak for a low level minor leaguer is incredible. Great that a 19 year old has stayed that focused and consistent for nearly an entire month. He could be a fast mover next year.


He could, but we don’t have anywhere to rush him to. Might be our #1 trade piece this time next year though.


I agree KY. I see Ramirez and he is not that big…but I guess neither is Cutch but Ramirez reminds me of Tabata but with a little more speed from what I have read. He could fill out a little and end up being another 4th OF type if he doesn’t develop a lot of power. He seems like he plays with more drive and energy than Tabata though.


Yea he’d be a nice guy to have on the roster, but he’d do us more good probably by getting us a nice return. I think if I were to give him a upside it would be Denard Span, and that is certainly enough to get teams interested in acquiring him.


Meadows and Barnes Back is good to see. Maybe Barnes can possibly stay healthy for more than a week.

Lee Young

I’m keeping my fingers crossed with Austin’s hammies, also

S Brooks

Brutal day for pitching!

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