Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Heredia Make Final Starts, Morton Rehabs and Espinal’s Career Night


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, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – Disabled List (8/25 Update)

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-3, BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 2-for-5, HR, RBI

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-6, HR, 7 RBI

Home Runs: Edwin Espinal (6), Jacob Stallings (4), Austin Meadows (3), Michael de la Cruz (1), Tyler Filliben (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Columbus 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had a great final outing, giving up just one run on two hits over six innings. He needed 73 pitches to get through his night, 50 went for strikes. He ended the minor league season with a 3.03 ERA in 124.2 innings. Tony Sanchez had a big night as well, collecting three hits and driving in a run. Jaff Decker collected his 27th double and drove in his 37th run.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Richmond 2

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-4, RBI

Drew Maggi, SS-3B – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Charlie Morton made a rehab start, returning from a sports hernia. He gave up two runs over four innings, with six strikeouts. Morton needed a lot of pitches for his short outing, throwing 73 total, 49 for strikes. Morton talked about the start and how he felt after the game. Drew Maggi picked up his 36th stolen base of the year, tops in the Pirates minor league system. Keon Broxton and Dan Gamache each had two hits and drove in a run. Broxton hit his ninth triple.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, LF – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-3, BB, 2B, SB

Jacob Stallings, C – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had a strong outing out Thursday, striking out nine batters without allowing a walk. He gave up three runs(two earned) on seven hits. The seven hits allowed by Glasnow ties his career-high, which happened twice this season. He finished his year with a 1.74 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 124.1 innings. Glasnow allowed his third homer of the season, and second in his last two games. He put the Marauders down 3-0 early, but they bounced back with solo runs in the fifth and sixth and three runs in the top of the ninth. Jacob Stallings homered in the ninth, his fourth of the season. Jose Osuna had two hits, a walk and a stolen base. The double was his 21st of the season. He has reached base 16 times in his last five games.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 12, Lexington 7

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-6, HR, 7 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 3-for-5, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Luis Heredia has struggled on the road during his career and it continued tonight, allowing five runs on six hits, a walk and hit batter in 5.1 innings. He came into the game with a 2.40 ERA in five August starts. Heredia finished the year with a 3.33 home ERA in nine starts and a 5.02 ERA on the road, also in nine starts. This game went 10 innings, with the Power scoring five runs in the top of the tenth for the win. Austin Meadows hit his third homer and Edwin Espinal hit his sixth.  Espinal drove in seven runs, giving him 69 RBIs on the season. His homer was a three-run shot in the sixth inning and he drove in two runs in the tenth. The homer by Meadows tied the game in the ninth. Wyatt Mathisen had three hits, a walk and scored three runs.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 2, Mahoning Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Filliben, SS – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Filliben hit his first pro homer and Jordan Luplow drove in his 28th run in Jamestown’s 2-1 victory. Luplow had a single and stole his tenth base of the year. Starter Austin Coley threw 3.2 scoreless innings, in what ended up being his best start of the year. The 2014 eighth round draft pick finished with a 5.23 ERA in eight starts.



Box Score

Result: Danville 8, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, DH – 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, RF – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Game Notes: Hector Garcia finished his season with no earned runs over three innings. In his previous start, he allowed just one hit over five innings. Garcia is a sleeper prospect, who was featured here last week. The 18-year-old lefty finished the season with a 3.38 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 48 innings. Jon Sandfort gave up one run in his only inning pitched. He is likely done for the year, finishing with a 10.85 ERA and 67 hits allowed in 37.1 innings. Mervin Del Rosario allowed six earned runs in his 1.1 innings. Colter Moore, an NDFA signing who was featured on Thursday morning, threw two shutout innings, picking up two strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal Jr, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael de la Cruz, CF – 2-for-5, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: The GCL season wrapped up on Thursday with a 5-3 loss to the Phillies. The Pirates finished with a 20-40 record after starting the season off with a 10-8 record in the first three weeks. Michael de la Cruz hit his first homer of the year to lead off the game. He had a tough season, with multiple minor injuries and a .485 OPS over 32 games. The season may have ended too soon for him because he reached base twice in each of his last three games. Alexis Bastardo injured his shoulder early in the year and missed most of the first half. He ended up hitting .344 in 19 games, collecting hits in each of his last nine starts. He hit .417 in those games.



The DSL season is now over. You can read the DSL Pirates season recap here, complete with scouting reports every player.

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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9 K’s, no walks, for Glasnow.

Scott Kliesen

Love reading “game tying Homer in 9th” by Austin Meadows!

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