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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Comes Up Big in His Final Game With Bradenton


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 – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-1

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 3B, BB (Promoted to Altoona)

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 0-for-3, BB

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 – DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Jamestown – 0-for-3, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-1, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

Home Runs: Gift Ngoepe (7), Andy Vasquez (7), Jarek Cunningham (6)



Indianapolis was off today.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Tom Harlan, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Vasquez, RF – 1-for-4, HR

Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Gift Ngoepe hit his seventh homer of the year, along with his sixth triple. The seven homers is more than double what he hit last year, and is two shy of his career high of nine in 2012. He’s not hitting for average this year, but is doing a good job of hitting for power, with a .150 ISO. Jarek Cunningham hit his sixth homer of the year. Andy Vasquez hit his seventh homer of the year. Tom Harlan made his second start for Altoona, giving up two earned runs in five innings.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Tampa 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Maffei, LF – 2-for-6

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-5, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-6, 3B

Game Notes: Josh Bell had two hits tonight, including a single in the top of the 12th inning for the game winning hit. After the game he was promoted to Altoona. Bell had hits in eight of his last nine games in Bradenton, and had a .335/.384/.502 line in 331 at-bats on the season with Bradenton. John Kuchno pitched eight innings, giving up just two runs on four hits. He had an extreme 18:4 GO/AO ratio, and now has a 2.45 GO/AO ratio on the season, which is one of the best marks in the system.



West Virginia was off today.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 6, Vermont 3

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

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-4

Andrew Lambo, RF – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Elvis Escobar, who was recently sent down from West Virginia after a .554 OPS, went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game with Jamestown this season. Escobar was in Jamestown last year, hitting for a .643 OPS. Kevin Krause continued his hitting, with two more hits, giving him his fourth multi-hit game in his last eight games. He now has a .303 average and a 1.043 OPS in his first 18 games. Montana DuRapau has pitched well in seven appearances this year, posting a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings, with a 19:4 K/BB ratio. He was moved to the rotation after his first three appearances, and made his fourth start today.



Bristol was suspended due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Astros 5, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Thomas, LF – 1-for-3

Henrry Rosario, CF – 1-for-2, SB

Game Notes: Gerardo Navarro gave up one run in five innings for his second straight outing. This time he struck out five, which was two more than his previous four starts combined. Navarro is a soft tossing lefty who has good secondary stuff, but the lack of velocity doesn’t make him look very appealing as a prospect. Tito Polo continued to hit well, adding his fifth double of the year, with three of them coming in the last four games. Polo has a .322 average and a .937 OPS on the season.



Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-4, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ramy Perez, C – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Raul Siri, DH – 2-for-5

Adrian Valerio, SS – 3-for-5

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 5-4 on Monday due to some poor fielding early on that allowed three unearned runs to score. Yeudy Garcia went four innings and gave up four runs, though just one was earned. In the second inning, he loaded the bases with two outs before getting a ground ball to first base. Yunelky Adames made the play, but threw the ball away, allowing two runs to score. That put the Pirates behind for good. In the eighth inning, they tried to mount a comeback, which fell one run short. Center fielder Victor Fernandez had a bases loaded single that scored two runs. Shortstop Adrian Valerio grounded out to end the inning and that’s where the scoring ended. Valerio had a good game otherwise, collecting three base hits. Jeremias Portorreal had two hits, including his first career triple. Raul Siri had two hits to raise his average to .336 through 38 games. He extended his hitting streak to ten games. – John Dreker

You can check out the DSL Pirates week six 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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