Prospect Watch: Jason Creasy Goes Over 43 Innings Without Issuing a Walk


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, 2B

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-5

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 – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, 2B

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, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Home Runs: Keon Broxton (10), Gift Ngoepe (8), Jose Osuna 2 (5), Eric Wood (3), Erich Weiss (3), Danny Arribas (2), Carlos Paulino (1), Walker Gourley (1)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 8, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 1-for-5, SB

Robert Andino, SS – 1-for-5

Mel Rojas, RF – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Since coming off the disabled list, Andrew Lambo is hitting for a .462 average with a 1.289 OPS in the month of July, spanning 26 at-bats. On the season he has a .370 average and a 1.062 OPS. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 19th base of the year, with four of them coming in his last nine games. Robert Andino picked up his sixth hit in his last seven games.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, New Britain 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 3-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 3-for-5, HR

Carlos Paulino, C – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Drew Maggi, LF – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson made his first start since last week’s one hitter. He had a good follow up to that start, giving up two runs in six innings of work. Both runs came on solo homers. He has a 2.60 ERA in 128 innings this year, along with an 89:29 K/BB ratio. Altoona’s offense exploded for the second night in a row. Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer, Gift Ngoepe hit his eighth homer, and Carlos Paulino hit his first homer to lead the way. All three homers came in the second inning, giving Altoona a 5-0 lead at the time. Willy Garcia hit his 20th double of the year. Drew Maggi stole his 26th base of the season.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Dunedin 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-4, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, 1B – 2-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Walker Gourley, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: All four of Bradenton’s runs came off the solo homer. Jose Osuna hit two homers, giving him five on the year. Walker Gourley hit his first homer of the year, and Eric Wood hit his third. Jason Creasy issued a walk in the seventh inning, snapping a streak of 43.2 innings pitched without a walk. Creasy gas a 3.52 ERA in 110 innings, with a 75:14 K/BB ratio. He has walked just six batters in 84.1 innings since the start of May.



Box Score

Result: Hickory 3, West Virginia 2

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

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to seven games, and hit his first double of the year with West Virginia. It was also his first extra base hit of the year. Reese McGuire picked up a hit, and now has a hit in each of his last five games, and hits in nine of his last ten games. Erich Weiss hit his third homer of the year, and has a 1.037 OPS in the last ten games. Zack Von Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning in relief, then was pulled from the game after pitching to one batter the next inning. The box score said that the ball was hit back to the pitcher, so you hope it’s nothing serious. No word yet on the specifics.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 6, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 3-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

David Andriese, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler has had a decent start to his pro career, with a 4.08 ERA in 35.1 innings. He has struggled in his last two outings, although most of tonight’s start was due to his defense. He has a 23:7 K/BB ratio on the season, showing some good control and the ability to get some strikeouts. Michael Suchy picked up three hits, and now has an .819 OPS in 41 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Pulaski 3, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, C – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Sandfort, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort has a lot of upside, but has struggled this year, entering tonight’s game with an ERA over 11. He’s been pitching in a piggyback role, working as the second pitcher on the mound. Tonight’s game was one of his best of the year, and the best start since July 1st. Sandfort has a good K/BB ratio of 17:4 in 21.1 innings, but needs to limit the hits, as he has given up two per inning this year. Danny Arribas hit his second homer of the year. Jerrick Suiter had two hits, and has an .814 OPs on the season.



The GCL Pirates were suspended due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Angels 4, Pirates 3

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

Top Hitter: Patrick Reyes, 1B – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 4-3 on Wednesday, but the big story from the day was the pitching of Luis Escobar. He threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks. Escobar allowed ten earned runs over 1.2 innings in his second start of the season, which was also his second start as a pro. Since then, he has given up ten earned runs in his last eight starts combined, covering 36.2 innings. Outfielder Eliezer Ramirez had the only RBI for the Pirates and lead-off hitter Victor Fernandez had the only extra-base hit, a seventh inning double that followed the RBI single from Ramirez. Catcher Mikell Granberry drew two walks, while All-Star second baseman Raul Siri had a single, walk and stolen base. – John Dreker

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

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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Tim, what are your thoughts on Drew Maggi? I loved him when we drafted him, especially with his speed and the numbers he put up on a very good Arizona State team. He seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle a bit, mostly due to the fact that he really struggled to hit much before this year. However, now in AA you’re seeing a good/decent hit tool (he’s hitting for average) and getting on base at a good clip (although with a real lack of power) and you’re seeing his speed with 26 stolen bases (although he’s been caught 16 times). Any chance he becomes a bench-utility player in the majors? He’s a little older already being 25 and not seeing AAA and repeating AA, but you would have to figure he could potentially have more value than someone like Michael Martinez as a bench/utility player.

Lee Young

Jared…not speaking for Tim, but I’ve seen a few things written where he is being thought of as a MLB Utility player (at best).

Btw, Martinez has value defensively. Just not offensively. He is what he is.


So why was D’arnaud moved to center field? With all the outfielders this team has and the lack of infielders, I would really think they would give him all the chances to play shortstop. Even if Jordy Mercer stayed the every day guy, he would have more trade value as a shortstop


They’ve given him pretty much every opportunity for success at SS and he’s shown to be not exactly great at the position, might as well see if he can show something at another position or, at least, prep him for a potential super utility job. It’s doubtful management are thinking what a 27 year old AAAA type player can bring back in a trade.

Lee Young

See: Bixler, Brian.


Looks like grooming as super utility maybe???


Where was Heredia tonight?


Looks like the Bradenton rotation is full of all sorts of prospects. Glasnow potential ace, Creasy back of the rotation, Kuchno middle reliever and Kuhl has been solid too.

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