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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League Games


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, Bristol – 1-for-2, 2 BB

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

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 – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL PiratesAgreed to Terms


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Top Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian Valerio, SS – 4-for-5, 3B, RBI

Home Runs: Pablo Reyes (1), Barrett Barnes (1), Henrry Rosario (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 1, Lehigh Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Liriano, LHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Francisco Liriano made his first rehab start, throwing 76 pitches, with 53 strikes. Ryan Palencer wrote a recap on the start, detailing how sharp Liriano’s stuff was. Liriano making a rehab appearance tonight was a trend, as each level but Jamestown had a player either making a rehab appearance, or playing their first game after coming off the DL. Tony Sanchez has been in a huge slump at the plate this season. He’s starting to hit better, with hits in five of his last six games, and doubles in four of his last five games.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Erie 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-4, 3B

Nate Baker, LHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alen Hanson had a good day at the plate, hitting his 16th double of the year, and stealing his 17th base. Dan Gamache and Nate Baker were activated off the DL today. Gamache hit his first double of the year, while Baker threw two shutout innings in relief. The Eastern League All-Stars were announced today, with Altoona placing six players on the team. Adrian Sampson had rare control problems, giving up four walks. Sampson has only given up more than two walks in one start this year, and only gave up three walks in that start. He has 11 starts with less than two walks, including his last seven starts.



Bradenton was off today.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Delmarva 0

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones snapped his streak of three games in a row with a home run. He continued his nine game hitting streak, and his two hit night was the sixth time during that streak where he had multiple hits. Jones has a .472 average and a 1.457 OPS in his last ten games. Buddy Borden got back on track, throwing five shutout innings, with two hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. It was his best start since June 19th when he gave up one run in six innings.



Box Score

Result: Batavia 9, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Ross, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-4

Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-4

Taylor Gushue, DH – 1-for-4, 2B

Carl Anderson, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Everyone in the Jamestown lineup had at least one hit tonight. Carl Anderson extended his hitting streak to six games, and has a .333 average and an .806 OPS in his last ten. Kevin Ross also extended his hitting streak to six games. Alex McRae has a 3.10 ERA in 20.1 innings, with a 13:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Greeneville 15, Bristol 3

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP – 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Austin Meadows played seven innings in his latest rehab start, playing seven innings for the second game in a row. Jerrick Suiter has been hitting well, with hits in seven of his first eight games. The interesting thing is that while he was drafted as a right fielder, he was playing first base tonight. That could be due to the fact that Meadows was taking up one of the outfield spots, although that spot would have probably otherwise gone to Enyel Vallejo. Pablo Reyes hit his first homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 7, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, DH – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF – 1-for-3, HR

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Neil Kozikowski, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jake Burnette returned for his first start after missing almost all of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury, which eventually required surgery. Burnett pitched a scoreless first inning, but ran into trouble in the second, giving up all five of his runs. Barrett Barnes homered in a rehab appearance, while only playing seven innings. Andrew Lambo also made a rehab appearance, going 0-for-3 with a walk, and playing the full game. Henrry Rosario hit his first homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Yankees2 13, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian Valerio, SS – 4-for-5, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mikell Granberry, C – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Edison Lantigua, LF – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Jhoan Herrera, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: The Pirates lost to the Yankees2 on Monday, allowing eight runs in the sixth, which accounted for the difference in the 13-5 defeat. A couple key hitters had big games for the Pirates offense. Shortstop Adrian Valerio had four hits, including his first career triple. There were questions about his bat when he signed, but he seems to be doing fine with a .257/.315/.398 line as a 17-year-old rookie.Catcher Mikell Granberry had two hits and drew two walks. He also reached base four times in his last game.Third baseman Jhoan Herrera returned to the DSL after spending the last few months in the States. He was assigned to the Bristol roster, but never played due to an ankle injury. Herrera went 1-for-3 with a double in his first game. He signed for a $300,000 bonus in 2012. First baseman Yunelky Adames drove in his 25th run of the year, tops on the Pirates and tenth highest total in the league. The Pirates lineup included five players that got a bonus of $200,000 or more. – John Dreker

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

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It seems Hanson’s bat is going to force him to the majors – possibly as early as next June. If he keeps making errors will they still give him a shot at SS and hope he gets better as time goes on or is he good enough to force a Walker to 3B/Pedro trade or Hanson to 2B/Walker trade. Probably getting a little ahead of myself but I something has to give I think.


By the way, I’m one of the bigger Pedro supporters out there because he can take over games and he was big in the playoffs last year. But he’s killing the team with runners on 3rd and less then 2 outs. Pisses me off he can’t get a fly ball or grounder to the right side. I get that it’s Wainright last night but still, he’s a big boy too and an AllStar.

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