Prospect Watch: Sadler and Garcia Pitch Great, Glasnow Off His Game


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 – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

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

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – DNP

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 – 0-for-4, RBI, BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia  – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-2, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jose Osuna (10), Andrew Lambo (8)



Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 9, Columbus 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Andrew Lambo, RF – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Clint Barmes, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-4, BB

Jose Tabata, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had his best game in almost two months, allowing one run over seven innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Prior to this outing, he had a 2.41 ERA before the All-Star break and 4.96 ERA since the break. Andrew Lambo gave the team an early lead with a two-run homer in the first inning, his eighth home run for Indianapolis this year. Jose Tabata scored three runs and Brent Morel drove in three runs. Tony Sanchez was back behind the plate, one day after playing his first game at first base. Clint Barmes continued his rehab, collecting two hits, walking once and scoring two runs.



Box Score

Result: New Britain 6, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Ramon Cabrera, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 0-for-2, SB

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel made his second rehab appearance and it didn’t go well. He retired just one of the six batters he faced, giving up three runs(one earned) on one hit and three walks. He threw 25 pitches, 11 went for strikes. Alen Hanson suffered a charley horse yesterday trying to beat out a ground ball to shortstop. He didn’t play on Saturday. Keon Broxton drew two walks and stole his 20th base of the season. The Curve struck out 13 times in the game. With nine games left, they are 112 strikeouts short of the Eastern League record.



Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 8, Palm Beach 5

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-2, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Adam Frazier, SS – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow has really been dominating all season, coming into this game with the FSL lead in ERA and a 1.25 ERA in his last ten starts. He was off his game on Saturday, though he still pitched well enough to help the Marauders pick up a crucial win for their playoff hopes. Glasnow allowed four earned runs, tying his season-high set against Palm Beach on July 5th. Jin-De Jhang had a big game at the plate, driving in three runs on two hits and a sacrifice fly. Jose Osuna hit his tenth homer of the season. Adam Frazier had three hits and scored two runs. Walkey Gourley had two RBIs.



Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4, RBI

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Luis Heredia has been pitching well at home this year, but two homers on Saturday kept him from having another strong outing. He actually has some strong points to his game. In six innings, he had four strikeouts, no walks and a 10:3 GO/AO ratio. Austin Meadows drove in two runs and collected his tenth double. Erich Weiss had his 21st double. Reese McGuire stole his seventh base. Wyatt Mathisen had two hits and his 40th RBI. He is batting .378 in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: State College 7, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Francisco Aponte, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-4, BB

Chase Simpson, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Jamestown went down early with starter Austin Coley lasting just one inning and giving up two runs. Reliever Jose Regalado followed him and gave up five runs in his three innings of work. They actually got a nice relief effort from Jerry Mulderig, who threw three scoreless innings, but an early 7-0 deficit was too much to overcome. Elvis Escobar had a single and walk in five plate appearances. He is hitting .321 in 30 games with Jamestown after batting .210 in 55 games with West Virginia this year.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 9. Burlington 4

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Jose Salazar, 3B – 3-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Bristol bats broke out late and picked up a 9-4 victory over Burlington. On Saturday morning, I mentioned 18-year-old lefty starter Hector Garcia as a sleeper prospect. He went out and threw one-hit ball over five innings, picking up six strikeouts. In 12 starts, he has a 3.60 ERA, with 46 strikeouts in 45 innings. Nick Buckner had two hits, including his 13th double and he drove in three runs. Jerrick Suiter walked three times and scored twice. He has 41 walks in 49 games.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Yankees1 4

Starting Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 SB

Cole Tucker, SS – 0-for-4, RBI, BB

Michael de la Cruz, CF – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Mitch Keller had some control problems today, giving up four walks in 3.2 innings. Keller was wild at times, and very efficient at times, getting two quick outs on two pitches in the third, then issuing a walk and showing control issues again to the next batter. He didn’t have the best fielding behind him, leading to a few of the runs and hits on the day. Keller was 87-95 MPH today with his fastball, mixing in a low-to-mid 70s curve and a low 80s changeup. Tito Polo had two hits today, including a hard hit double that he ripped down the third base line. He also stole two bases. – Tim Williams



The Pirates had both games of a doubleheader rained out on Saturday. The DSL season is now over. You can read the DSL Pirates week 11 recap here.

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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Sadler looks like a 4AAA pitcher to me, does well in AAA, could also be that he is not a relief pitcher and the Pirates are using him wrong at the MLB level. Cumpton looks a lot more like a MLB pitcher of the two.

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“Alen Hanson suffered a charley horse ” Gotta admit….I hadn’t heard that term in years. I remember getting them as a kid, but its been so long since I’ve been a kid, I fooget what a charley horse is. 😃

I DO remember that we also called them “Chuck Horses” for no special reason.


Press conference scheduled for Monday announcing Jamestown Jammers moving to new baseball field in Morgantown WV


Can you see anyone moving up from WV for the playoffs? Either for the stretch run or if they make the playoffs.

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