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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A Start


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 – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – 1-for-5, SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – Disabled List (8/19 Update)

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 1-for-5, SB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List (8/20 Update)

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-3

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia  – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR


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Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-3, 3B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (18), Keon Broxton (14), Clint Barmes (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Louisville 3

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

Top Hitter: Robert Andino, 2B-SS – 4-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 2-for-5, 3B

Clint Barmes, SS – 1-for-4, HR

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Tommy Field, 3B-2B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Indianapolis had a big night offensively, with five players recording multiple hits. Clint Barmes made another rehab start, once again going seven innings, and this time hitting a home run. This was the second game for Barmes going seven innings. Typically after this point in a rehab start, a player will go on to play two full games. I’m not sure if that is the case with Barmes, but it’s very possible he could be back early next week if that is the case. Adrian Sampson didn’t have his best outing in his Triple-A debut last time out. This time he looked much better, giving up two runs in seven innings of work, with one walk and three strikeouts. Sampson should get 1-2 more starts at the level this year. He could be a depth option for the rotation in the first half next year, with the chance to win a rotation spot for future years.



Box Score

Result: Akron 6, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-3, 3B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR

Ramon Cabrera, C – 1-for-4, 2B

Alen Hanson, 2B – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Keon Broxton hit two homers last night, and followed that up tonight with another one, giving him 14 on the year. Stetson Allie also homered, hitting his 18th of the year. Allie hit 21 last year, although that came in 480 at-bats, for a 22.9 AB/HR ratio. This year he has 18 homers in 370 at-bats, for a slightly better 20.6 AB/HR ratio. Considering he is hitting all of his homers in Double-A this year, and hit most in Low-A last year, that marks a good improvement. Alen Hanson stole his 25th base of the year. This is the third year in a row that he has stolen 25+ bases. He fell one shy of that mark in 2011.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 7, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5, 2B

Justin Howard, LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Jason Creasy has put up some good numbers this year, although he is struggling down the stretch. Creasy has a 5.84 ERA in four starts this month, spanning 24.2 innings. It’s possible that the struggles could be due to an increase in innings. Last year Creasy got on the radar as a starting pitching prospect in the upper levels in the second half, resulting in just 108.1 innings during a full season of work. After tonight, he has 136.2 innings on the year, which is a fairly decent increase. He’s never pitched as a starting pitcher for this long, so this might explain why he’s starting to fade lately.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-4, 3B

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss had very similar nights. They both went 2-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base. It was the fourth triple of the year for McGuire, and the third for Weiss. In the stolen base department, it was the 20th of the year for Weiss, and the sixth for McGuire. Edwin Espinal also went 2-for-4 with a triple. Meanwhile, Austin Meadows hit his 9th double of the year, continuing his recent power surge. Cody Dickson has been fantastic in the second half. He has a 2.42 ERA in 52 innings over his last ten games, along with a 41:24 K/BB ratio. JaCoby Jones was placed on the West Virginia disabled list today with an illness.



Box Score

Result: Batavia 7, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, LF – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jordan Luplow was the Jamestown offense tonight. The Jammers had four hits, with Luplow being responsible for three of them. They also had three walks on the night, but only managed one run. Frank Duncan has looked great this year, but had a rare bad outing, giving up three runs in four innings. He hadn’t given up more than two earned runs in each of his previous eight starts.



Bristol was off today.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Gage Hinsz, RHP – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Julio De La Cruz, 3B – 2-for-4

Nelson Jorge, 2B – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Gage Hinsz made his first pro start, after making his first pro appearance as a reliever last week. Hinsz gave up a run in the first, then made it into the third before being lifted due to his pitch count. Carlos Munoz picked up two more hits and his 14th double of the year.  Munoz has shown some power and a great ability to get on base, with a .297/.381/.448 line in 172 at-bats. Cole Tucker stole his 11th base of the year.



The DSL Pirates were suspended today.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week 11 recap here.

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Does Broxton have any value or potential? Apparently he was highly regarded in the Diamondbacks organization and always had tools, but couldn’t seem to hit consistently. If he continues this hitting, does he have a future?

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