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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Buddy Borden Strikes Out Ten, Huge Offensive Numbers Around the System


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-4, RBI, BB

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-5

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

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 – 2-for-3, SB

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-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 4-for-6, 3B, 2 RBI

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-4, RBI

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia  – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-2, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr, CF – 3-for-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (18), Matt Hague (14), Mike Fransoso (5), Mel Rojas Jr (4), Jacob Stallings (2), Alexis Bastardo (1), Julio de la Cruz (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 14, Rochester 5

Starting Pitcher: Rafael Perez, LHP – 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr, CF – 3-for-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF – 4-for-6, 3B, 2 RBI

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-4, 3 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis bats broke out in a big way Saturday, putting 18 hits, eight walks and 14 runs on the board. Andrew Lambo had four hits and drove in two runs. Mel Rojas Jr. had three hits and three RBIs. Jose Tabata and Matt Hague each drove in three runs. Hague hit his 14th homer of the year. Chris McGuiness hit his 26th double. Rafael Perez had a poor outing overshadowed by the offense. He gave up four runs on ten hits in 5.2 innings. Coming into the game, he had allowed just one earned run over 27.2 innings.  Despite those numbers, he picked up his first win with Indianapolis tonight.



Box Score

Result: Reading 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 2-for-2, 2 BB, 2 SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes:  Angel Sanchez made his second start since the Pirates picked him up off waivers and he allowed two runs over six innings. Sanchez allowed eight hits, but no walks and he had nine ground ball outs. Joely Rodriguez blew the save, giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. In his seven relief appearances, he has allowed 11 runs on 24 hits in 14.1 innings. Alen Hanson extended his hitting streak to ten games with his single to lead-off the game. He also drew a walk and stole his 21st base of the season. Stetson Allie reached base all four plate appearances.



Box Score

Result: St Lucie 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C – 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Howard, LF – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Shane Carle allowed just one earned run over seven innings in Bradenton’s 4-3 loss on Saturday night. He had six strikeouts, no walks and a 9:1 GO/AO ratio. Bradenton tied the game in the top of the ninth inning on Jacob Stallings’ second home run of the season. Bryton Trepagnier relieved Carle and threw a scoreless eighth before giving up the walk-off winner with two outs in the ninth. The winning run scored on a walk that was followed by a sacrifice bunt, ground out and wild pitch.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Asheville 2

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mike Fransoso, RF – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Buddy Borden pitched a gem on Saturday, striking out ten batters, while allowing just two hits and no walks over six shutout innings. The strikeout total is a career-high, topping the eight he had in early July. Borden has allowed two hits or less in eight of his starts. Zack Von Rosenberg and Isaac Sanchez finished the game off with three perfect innings, picking up another five strikeouts. JaCoby Jones hit his 18th home run of the season, tops in the Pirates farm system. Mike Fransoso had three hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 2, Aberdeen 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 2-for-4

Trace Tam Sing, SS – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler threw six shutout innings, his longest performance as a pro. He allowed six hits and lowered his ERA to 3.02 through 50.2 innings. Jamestown didn’t get on the board until the ninth inning, so Eppler remains winless as a pro. Kevin Krause collected his eighth double, fourth triple and he drove in his 32nd run. Shortstop Trace Tam Sing had three hits, one more than he had in his first eight games as a pro. Prior to the game, first baseman Kevin Ross, outfielder Carl Anderson and reliever Sam Street were named to the NYPL All-Star game.



Box Score

Result: Kingsport 5, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 0-for-2, 3 BB, 2 R

Edgardo Munoz – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: This game featured a pitching match-up of two 2013 Pirates draft picks, with Billy Roth taking on Blake Taylor, the second round pick who was dealt to the Mets for Ike Davis. Roth last just five batters before he was knocked out of the game, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks. He has a 7.09 ERA in 33 innings, with 28 walks, so control has been a major issue. Taylor was better but not very good, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. John Sever ended up going 5.1 shutout innings in this game for Bristol and struck out eight batters. He has an 0.34 ERA in 26.2 innings, with 44 strikeouts.



Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Yankees1 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, RF – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-3, SB

Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Julio de la Cruz, 3B – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates beat the Yankees1 in game one of a doubleheader, picking up their fourth straight win, which followed a 2-19 stretch. Gerardo Navarro did the bulk of the pitching work, allowing one run over five innings and the Pirates hitters put together 12 hits and eight runs over the seven inning contest. Cole Tucker had two hits, scored two runs and stole his seventh base. Michael de la Cruz played for the first time in two weeks and drove in a run on a fifth inning single. He has been out with an ankle injury and the Pirates are taking it easy with his return. Julio de la Cruz hit his first homer of the season. Tito Polo scored two runs and had two hits, including his fifth triple of the season.


Game Two Box Score

Result: Yankees1 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-3, HR, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Benitez, LF – 2-for-3

Sam Kennelly, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes:  In game two, the Pirates had a 2-0 lead through the middle of the fifth, but when starter Neil Kozikowski came out and he was replaced by Yunior Montero, things fell apart quickly. Montero didn’t retire any of the six batters he faced and all six eventually scored. He allowed three hits, walked a batter and hit two others. Alexis Bastardo hit his first homer or the season and stole his fourth base. He is a toolsy outfielder that came over from the DSL this year, though he has missed a lot of time with a shoulder injury, so his playing time has been limited. Sam Kennelly hit his fifth double of the season. He has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 21 of this first 22 games as a pro. In the only other game, he got on base on a fielder’s choice and scored a run.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 15, Rangers2 10

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jhoan Herrera, DH – 3-for-5, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Victor Fernandez, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Adrian Valerio, SS – 4-for-6

Luis Perez, 2B-  2-for-5, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Johan De Jesus, 3B – 2-for-3, RBI, 2 BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates exploded on offense for 15 runs, which is a total they surpassed only once this season back on June 12th. Luis Escobar picked up the win, though it was his worst outing in quite some time. The four earned runs is the most he has allowed since his second start of the season, 11 starts ago. Shortstop prospect Adrian Valerio had a very unusual stat line, collecting four hits, but he didn’t score or drive in any of the 15 Pirates runs. Luis Perez scored twice and drove in three runs. Jhoan Herrera had two RBIs, scored twice and collected three hits. All-Star second baseman Raul Siri made his first appearance since Monday, when he hurt his right hand. He pinch-ran for Herrera in the ninth.

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

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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Dylan Bott

What do you think Joely Rodriguez’ future is?

Lee Young

Good performances from Borden and Kozikowski. So glad the Mets didn’t want Mr K (or we just wanted to keep him?).

Patrick Ferrell

John, it is encouraging to see Allie drawing plenty of walks and with a good OBP in spite of all the strike outs. Do you think he gets pushed to AAA ball for 2015? His batting average still isn’t great but it would seem like the power and OBP make up for that at least some. First base continues to be a huge problem for this club at the MLB level. So it would be great if Allie eventually works out.

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