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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Homers Again; Allie and McGuire Also Homer


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 – 2-for-3, HR

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, HR

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – 1-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-4

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-5

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

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-4, HR

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-3, HR

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (16), Jarek Cunningham (7), Austin Meadows (2), Reese McGuire (2)



Indianapolis was off today.



Box Score

Result: Trenton 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, DH – 1-for-3, HR

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4

Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit his 16th homer of the year. Jarek Cunningham hit his 7th homer of the year. Josh Bell picked up a hit, and now has a hit in each of his last ten starts. He’d have a hitting streak if it wasn’t for a pinch hit appearance over the weekend. Zack Dodson struggled with control issues tonight, and also had issues with the long ball, giving up two homers and four walks. Joely Rodriguez has a 6.08 ERA in 13.1 innings since moving to the bullpen, with a .362 BAA. Alen Hanson committed his 31st error, and his second one since moving to second base. A lot of his errors at shortstop were on bad throws on routine plays. That was the case tonight, as you can see below.




Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Jupiter 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Maffei, CF – 2-for-2, SB

Game Notes: John Kuchno had another impressive start. Once again, he didn’t strike out a lot of hitters, but he got a ton of ground ball outs, with a 14:4 GO/AO ratio. That has been the case with Kuchno all year. Coming into this game he had a 3.38 ERA in 122.1 innings, with a 56:52 K/BB ratio and a 2.56 GO/AO ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Hagerstown 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Luis Heredia got off to a rough start, giving up four straight singles and a walk to start off the game. He only gave up one run thanks to Kawika Emsley-Pai, who caught two batters stealing. Heredia settled down after that, retiring 12 of his next 13 batters, while hitting the 13th batter. He had some trouble in the sixth inning, but limited the damage to one run thanks to a double play. Austin Meadows hit his second homer of the year and his second in as many days. Meadows had a .321 average coming into tonight, and it looks like his power is starting to pick up, with two homers and a double in his last three games. Reese McGuire also hit his second homer of the year. This was the first game ever that Meadows and McGuire homered in the same game.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Connecticut 4

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 4-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, LF – 2-for-4, BB

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-5, 2B

Kevin Krause, DH – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Austin Coley made his second appearance since missing a month with a shoulder strain. He went two innings in his first appearance, and pitched into the third inning this time, but didn’t complete the frame. Kevin Krause continued his impressive hitting, picking up two singles and a stolen base. He had an .890 OPS heading into this game. Taylor Gushue isn’t hitting for average, but he’s getting on base and hitting for power, with an .823 OPS coming into this game, despite a .257 average.



Bristol was off today.



Box Score

Result: Braves 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Sam Kennelly, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-4, SB

Reggie Cerda, C – 2-for-4

Luis Benitez, LF – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Mitch Keller made his sixth appearance today, and had another good outing, outside of some control problems. Coming into this start, he had just two walks in 12 innings. On the season he has a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings, with a 14:6 K/BB ratio and a .241 BAA. Today was the first time that Keller went into the fourth inning.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Braves 2

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

Top Hitter: Luis Perez, 2B – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Jhoan Herrera, DH – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates won 3-2 on Wednesday behind strong pitching from All-Star starter Yeudy Garcia. He went five innings, allowing one run on two hits and no walks. Garcia gave up both hits in the second inning, when the Braves scored their only run. He did hit three batters over his last two innings, but kept the Braves off the board. The Pirates had seven hits, including doubles by Jeremias Portorreal and Yunelky Adames. Sandy Santos and Luis Perez each had an RBI. Perez had two hits and scored a run. Johan Herrera had a single and walked twice in four plate appearances. All-Star second baseman Raul Siri is out with a right hand injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Before missing Tuesday’s game, he had played every game this season. – John Dreker

You can check out the DSL Pirates week nine 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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Wow, Hanson’s footwork on that routine throw to first was startling. Tim, do you know if footwork is one of his issues?


It looked like he tripped or something. It was so bad


Allie playing really well the last few months although it seems like when he started hitting he started making a bunch of errors. He went from 2 or 3 to about 8 in a month.

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