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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 – 0-for-5

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 3B

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-3, 3B

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 3-for-5, RBI, SB

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/24 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

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

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 – 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2 R

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (15), Jose Osuna 2(7), Jerrick Suiter (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, 3B – 2-for-5, 2B

Mel Rojas Jr, CF – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler went seven innings on Thursday afternoon to pick up his ninth win. He’s had some rough outings recently and had not gone seven innings in over a month, allowing at least seven hits in each of his last six starts. Sadler has a 2.91 ERA through 17 starts, which places him sixth in the International League. Andrew Lambo had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double. He came into this game on a 3-for-24 slide. Lambo has a .338 average and the double today was his 17th of the season.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Richmond 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 3B – 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, 2 SB

Josh Bell, RF – 3-for-5, RBI, SB

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Zack Dodson had a no-hitter through four innings, but some poor defense by Altoona resulted in four errors and three unearned runs. Dodson was coming off seven shutout innings in his last outing. Alen Hanson came out of the game in the sixth inning, as Gift Ngoepe pinch-hit for him. He had a slight hand injury from earlier in the game. Stetson Allie drove in three runs, giving him 51 RBI’s on the year, tied with Willy Garcia, who belted a solo homer in the second inning. Josh Bell had three hits and scored two runs. Drew Maggi extended his organizational lead in stolen bases by reaching 33 tonight with two steals. He drew two walks and scored three runs.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Daytona 0

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B – 3-for-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-4, BB

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Walker Gourley, RF – 2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: John Kuchno had a pretty strong pitching line on Thursday until you get to the walk column. He threw 5.1 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, but control issues popped up in a major way with eight walks. Three Bradenton pitchers ended up issuing a total of 12 walks. Reliever Jhondaniel Medina threw two scoreless innings and hasn’t allowed an earned run since April 30th, a total of 30 innings. While the pitchers somehow kept Daytona off the board, Jose Osuna helped lead the offense to eight runs, blasting two solo homers. He has a ten game hitting streak, which includes four doubles and four homers. Walker Gourley and Adam Frazier each drove in two runs. Frazier committed two errors in the game, giving him 28 on the year.



Box Score

Result:  Lexington 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP –  6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: West Virginia lost 5-4 to Lexington despite solid starting pitching from Dovydas Neverauskas, and 12 base hits from the offense. Neverauskas left with a 4-2 lead, but that was quickly erased in the seventh inning when Robby Rowland allowed two runs in his only inning of work.  Edwin Espinal had three hits and Resse McGuire hit his second triple, plus he scored two runs. Wyatt Mathisen had two hits and drove in a run. West Virginia had some trouble making contact, despite all those hits. They struck out 15 times on the night, including four times by Austin Meadows.



Game One Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, Hudson Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-3, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Lunde, 2B – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 RBI

Michael Suchy, DH – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: In the first game of a doubleheader, eighth round draft pick Austin Coley made his return after missing five weeks with a right shoulder strain. He was on a limited pitch count and threw two scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Montana DuRapau followed him in relief and went the rest of the way, giving up one run over five innings. He has been starting in Coley’s absence and pitching well, posting a 2.68 ERA in 37 innings. Michael Suchy and Eric Lunde each collected a triple in the game. For Suchy, it was his fourth of the season. Lunde drove in two runs with his third triple of the year.


Game Two Box Score

Result:  Jamestown 4, Hudson Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: David Andriese, 1B – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-2, 2 2B, RBI, HBP

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-3, BB

Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Jamestown swept the doubleheader over Hudson Valley with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap. All of the runs by both teams in this game were scored in the first inning. Jamestown had ten hits, including three from David Andriese and 2014 third round pick Jordan Luplow reached base all three times, with two doubles and an RBI. Center fielder Elvis Escobar had two hits in each game of the doubleheader and reached base a fifth time in game two via a walk. Hudson Valley had just four hits in the game, two of them infield singles.


Box Score

Result:  Bristol 12, Bluefield 2

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Enyel Vallejo, RF – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Bristol had one of their best games of the year, beating Bluefield 12-2 for just their 11th victory in 39 games. Starter Hector Garcia picked up his first victory of the season in his eighth start, though he’s pitched better than the 1-5 record suggests. The 18-year-old lefty has a 3.68 ERA, a .245 BAA and an 11/31 BB/SO ratio in 29.1 innings. Bristol had 23 base runners in the game, with 13 hits, nine walks and a hit batter. Jerrick Suiter hit his first home run as a pro, which is significant because he failed to hit a single home run in three seasons at TCU. That’s a surprising statistic considering that he is listed at 6’4″, 235 pounds. Candon Myles reached base four times and drove in three runs.



Box Score

Result: Astros 6, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Sam Kennelly, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Julio de la Cruz, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Mitch Keller threw three no-hit innings, allowing just one unearned run, which scored on a two-base error, sacrifice bunt and an RBI ground out. So far through five appearances, the 2014 second round draft pick has thrown 12 innings, allowing 11 hits, no homers and just two walks. He has 12 strikeouts and a 2.14 GO/AO ratio. First baseman Carlos Munoz had two hits and drove in three of the four Pirates runs. He is hitting .295 and leads the team with 25 RBIs. He has an .843 OPS and a very impressive 18/9 BB/SO ratio in 105 at-bats.



Box Score

Result:  Pirates 5, Mets2 4

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 2-for-2, RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Sandy Santos, CF – 0-for-3, 2 BB, R

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates got great pitching from All-Star starter Yeudy Garcia, but it still took ten innings to pull off a 5-4 victory over the Mets2. Garcia allowed just one hit and one walk, while also hitting a batter, during his five shutout innings. He has thrown shutout ball in five of his ten starts and has a 2.08 ERA through 47.2 innings. The offense was rather quiet in this game, with both teams collecting five hits apiece. Edison Lantigua managed to pick up an RBI and a run scored without help from a hit/walk/HBP. First baseman Yunelky Adames had two hits, a walk and drove in a run. He was replaced late in the game by Ramy Perez, who also collected a hit in his only at-bat. Both of them stole a base as well. Outfielder Sandy Santos played for the first time in three weeks and drew two walks and scored a run.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week eight 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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Garcia’s HR was even more impressive than usual as it was to the opposite field and nearly got into the roller coaster. He also had a line drive single in a later AB. He is going to have start being considered some kind of power prospect, strike outs or not.


Pirates have some nice 1B options at lower levels with Osuna, Munoz, and Espinal at W. Va. I doubt they do it, especially with Osuna in front of him but Espinal could be a candidate to skip High A ball. He will only be 21 next year but he has hit .310 since the break and increased his walk and XBH numbers while keeping his K numbers about the same. He will also have over 1000 career plate appearances in the minors after this season. He also has really low error totals at first and played a little 3B in the past so I am assuming he is at least close to average at 1B. Regardless, he looks like a really nice prospect and I think at most he will only be at Bradenton a half year. He could be a break out candidate. Then again if he has a big August, he might be a breakout this year.

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Jerrick Suiter may be one of those guys who is still learning how to incorporate his whole frame into his swing. He’s hit good the whole time since his signing. Once he learns to use his body for power, he could be a real gem. He seems to DH a lot though so I hope his fielding isn’t too poor.

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