Prospect Watch: Angel Sanchez Makes His Debut in Altoona


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/2B, Altoona – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – DNP

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 – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

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-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 3-for-4

Home Runs: Mel Rojas (3), Justin Howard (1), Chris Harvey (1)



Box Score

Result: Toledo 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jay Jackson, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Jaff Decker, DH – 2-for-3

Matt Hague, 3B-1B – 2-for-3, BB

Blake Davis, 2B – 2-for-4

Game Notes: After allowing 17 earned runs in his last four starts, Adam Wilk had a bounce back outing on Sunday. While he allowed five hits and two walks over five innings, Wilk allowed only two runs. Utilizing a fastball in the 88-91 range, Wilk struck out five hitters. The five hits that Wilk allowed were the fewest since a complete game shutout on July 6.

Jay Jackson also had a nice rebound outing in relief of Wilk with four scoreless innings. Jackson had given up 19 earned runs in the five appearances coming into Sunday. Jackson struck out six in the four innings of work.

In his second game in a rehab assignment with Indianapolis, Starling Marte picked up a double. However, Marte has struck out four times in his eight at bats in two games. Mel Rojas, Jr. picked up his third Triple-A home run. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 3

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-4

Carlos Paulino, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Angel Sanchez was recently claimed off waivers by the Pirates. He made his first start in the organization, giving up two runs in five innings. Sanchez has played in three different organizations this year, and has a 6.57 ERA in 89 innings over 19 starts, most of those in Double-A. Alen Hanson played his second game at second base. He extended his hitting streak to five games, and hit his 10th triple of the year. Stetson Allie picked up two hits, and now has a .955 OPS in 38 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Brevard County 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Howard, LF – 1-for-1, HR

Jose Osuna, DH – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Justin Maffei, LF-CF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Justin Howard hit his first homer of the year since being moved back down to Bradenton. It came at a big time, giving the Marauders a walk off win in the ninth inning. Eric Wood picked up three hits, extending his hitting streak to five games. He’s got a .984 OPS in his last ten games. Jose Osuna extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and hit his 17th double of the year. Osuna is starting to show more power, with a slugging percentage over .500 since the start of July. Shane Carle had his best outing since joining the Marauders, giving up one earned run in six innings.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, RF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Erich Weiss stole his 17th base of the year. He’s been on a hot streak lately, with an .872 OPS over his last ten games. Cody Dickson has been doing well lately, with a 3.20 ERA in 50.2 innings, with a 37:22 K/BB ratio. He bounced back from a bad outing the last time out, where he walked five batters in four innings, with four earned runs.



Jamestown had a double header rained out.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 4, Greeneville 2

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

John Sever, LHP – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Chris Harvey, PH-C – 1-for-2, HR

Game Notes: Chris Harvey hit his first homer of the year for Bristol. Trae Arbet had two hits, and hit his eighth double. He’s struggled this year at the plate, with a .505 OPS in 141 at-bats. The Pirates gave him a $425,000 bonus last year out of high school. John Sever has been outstanding in his time in Bristol this year. He has an 0.42 ERA in 21.1 innings, with a 36:6 K/BB ratio. He has struck out 21 batters in 10.2 innings over his last three appearances. Sever was a 20th round pick this year.



The GCL Pirates were off today.



The DSL Pirates were off today.

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

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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Glad people are talking about Sever. Been following his destruction of hitters at Bristol and was wondering what has changed to make him so dominant right now? Guessing some of it is improved control but it has to be more than that. He might be slightly more advanced than the level he is at but still…


Isn’t Osuna a first basemen? He has been DHing a lot this year


Sure that isn’t Tom Sever?

Lee Young

it’s his grandson.

Matt Beam

Per the various draft write-ups, Sever didn’t seem to have overpowering stuff and his control was very iffy; what’s going on? looks like another potential diamond in the rough

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