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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Unreal Stretch With 11 Strikeouts


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 – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

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 – 2-for-6

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-4, BB

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

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

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, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 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 – 1-for-5

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 4-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: Dan Gamache (3)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 4.2 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4

Dean Anna, 2B – 2-for-4

Live Report: Brandon Cumpton had easily his worst outing of the season, allowing eight earned runs and 12 hits. On July 4, Cumpton allowed eight hits, but outside of that start, he has not allowed more than six hits in any Triple-A appearance outside of a May 13 start when he allowed seven.

In relief of Cumpton, John Holdzkom allowed just a single home run, while striking out four in 2.1 innings. Josh Wall also tossed two scoreless frames.

After going 7-for-13 in his first three games, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-5 on Sunday. However, he rebounded well with two hits and a double. Decker also added two hits and a double. Decker is 13-for-39 with five doubles in his last ten games. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 10, New Britain 9

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 4-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4, BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-6

Andy Vasquez, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Dan Gamache, DH – 2-for-6, HR

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Altoona had a big night offensively, with six players recording multiple hits. Dan Gamache hit his third homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Gamache now has three homers and six doubles in 13 games with Altoona. Willy Garcia had a four hit night, and added his 19th double of the year. Gift Ngoepe hit his 14th double and stole his 11th base. Elias Diaz has been slumping plately, with a .622 OPS in July. He went 2-for-5 tonight.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Dunedin 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow continued his amazing season, posting six shutout innings, and striking out 11 batters in the process. This is the third time in the last ten starts that Glasnow has struck out 10+ hitters. It’s also the ninth time in the last 11 starts that he has walked two or fewer batters. That number would actually be ten times in 12 starts if you included a game in June that was cancelled mid-game due to rain and wiped off the official stat sheets. Glasnow has a 1.64 ERA in 82.1 innings, with a 97:41 K/BB ratio. In his last ten starts, he has an 0.98 ERA in 55.1 innings, along with an 11.7 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9.



West Virginia was off tonight.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Forgione, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-5

Game Notes: The Jamestown offense had a lot of walks and singles tonight, with no extra base hits. The Jammers team hasn’t been an exciting one to follow this year from a prospect perspective. There are some interesting pitchers on the team, and a few interesting hitters, including 2014 4th round pick Taylor Gushue and third round pick Jordan Luplow. However, there aren’t any top 20 prospects, and possibly not any top 30 prospects. Some of this has to do with the new draft rules limiting the possible prep players the Pirates can sign out of the draft. Some of it has to do with the multiple short-season teams in the lower levels. And speaking of the lower levels…



Box Score

Result: Pulaski 7, Bristol 3

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: …just like Jamestown, Bristol has the same problems. There are some interesting pitching prospects, and there are a few wild cards as far as hitters go. But this is another team that lacks any top 20 and possibly top 30 prospects. There’s a ton of talent in West Virginia, and the talent looks good in the GCL. So it could just be a bad year for these two teams, as far as getting top prospects at the level, rather than a few wild cards and a lot of organizational guys.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, LF – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Bealyn Chourio, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Henrry Rosario, CF – 2-for-4

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Cole Tucker, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Cole Tucker got off to a great start at the plate in June, with a .333/.462/.381 line in his first six games. He has struggled in July, with a .188/.328/.208 line in 48 at-bats. The OBP is still good, and is at .369 on the season. However, he’s not hitting for average or power. He just turned 18, so I wouldn’t expect a lot out of him right away. However, he’ll probably be ticketed for short-season ball next year, unless something drastic changes from now until the end of Spring Training. Jake Burnette made his fourth rehab start, and only went two innings, struggling with his control and giving up two runs.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Phillies 0

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

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Julian Villamar, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates offense managed to pick up just one hit, but that was all they needed in a 1-0 victory. Pitcher Jherson Esqueda got his first start of the season and threw three shutout innings, giving up one hit and no walks. He was injured during the first month of the season and has been slowly building up his innings since returning. Three relievers followed him with six shutout frames, two innings apiece from Julian Villamar, Eumir Sepulveda and Edgar Santana. The Pirates only run came on a fifth inning sacrifice fly by catcher Ramy Perez, who drove home Luis Perez. It was the ninth RBI of the season for Ramy Perez, who has just nine hits this year. Luis Perez reached on an error to start the inning, moved to second on a bunt from Jeremias Portorreal, then moved to third base on a wild pitch. First baseman Yunelky Adames had the only hit, a one out single in the eighth inning. – John Dreker

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

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Tried searching the site for any news on Connor Joe and didn’t find anything since June 27th. Why hasn’t he started playing for Jamestown yet?

Simon Weaver

Cole Tucker is a disciplined hitter and I base that off his number of walks and never have seen him play ever

S Brooks

Tim, what else does the front office need to see to green light a Glasnow promotion to Altoona? Kingam was promoted after 13 starts and about 70 innings, and he wasn’t nearly as dominant as Glasnow has been.


No reason to hold him back. Even if he starts out struggling at AA, that is not a bad thing. Dealing with issues and working with the pitching coach will help him.


Minor league coaches and evaluators see a lot of things different than fans,and I don’t care how observant a fan you are talking about. Kyle Stark told C. Wilmoth they would like Glasnow to get a taste of AA this season,and I am certain they WILL promote him when THEY think he is ready.


Your statement is accurate. I am still going to give my opinion. That is the whole point of this site.


Sorry if that offended you ! But they still will use their judgment.


Not offended at all. I’ll keep posting my opinions.


I was at the game last night. He completely dominated. Those 4 hits were all weak hits. His 2 walks were on 2 strike counts trying for a swing and a miss. A couple outs were squared up plus a foul homerun were the only hard hit balls. He needs to move to AA. He looked like a man pitching to boys.


Kingham had a walk rate of 1.8/9 at A+ last year before promotion, Glasnow is double that. Seems pretty clear that it is fastball command, which is usually tied to repeating his delivery.


Tyler Glasnow is flat out nasty!! He should be untouchable as far as a trade chip and I’ll bet he is. I would like to see him promoted to Altoona.

Josh Bell has moved to #2 for me on the list. He is still ranked 6 here but my personal ranking moved him to #2 with McGuire #3 , Meadows #4 and Kingham #5 .

Simon Weaver

Meadows #3 Kingham #4 McGuire #5 ….. all should be untouchable


Kingham, as much as Tim loves him, is still only an upside of a #3 starter, even by Tim’s estimation. A prospect with a #3 upside is never untouchable. Never


If Kingham was the top prospect in the system even if he was projected as a #3 , he might be untouchable, it all depends on the GM, If I am the GM no one is untouchable for the right price.


I agree, all 5 should be untouchable! Hanson, Sampson and several others in the system could all bring a solid return to help if need be.

I forgot about Taillon with the injury. He should still be untouchable as well!


Aside from his attitude problems at times, why would you ever want to trade a middle infield prospect with the offensive upside of an Alan Hanson ? SMFH at that idea.


I am not saying I want to trade Hanson. I just don’t think he would be untouchable like the others. I would expect something very good to come back if he was traded. The attitude problems are a concern but I am still very high on Hanson. Everyone can’t be untouchable but it would take a lot to get Hanson if it were my decision.


What is his attitude problem other than the same one that most MLB players have?


As NMR mentions ,the organization has called it ” lack of effort “. And I actually think he has been benched 3 times,and one of those was for 5 or 6 games. His errors do not alarm me as much as his lack of arm strength at SS. He appears to me to be a 2nd baseman waiting to happen. He is,however,a really outstanding offensive prospect.


Alen Hanson, the guy with more errors than Pedro Alvarez who has been benched TWICE for lack of effort? This really needs explained?

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