Prospect Watch: Bradenton Collects 19 Hits, Sadler and Sanchez Lead Indianapolis to Victory


A look at how the current top 30 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, 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from early season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 0-for-6

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, RBI

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Extended Spring Training

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Extended Spring Training

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 3-for-6, 2 R

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Extended Spring Training

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-7, RBI

23. Connor Joe, 1B/3B – Extended Spring Training

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis –  7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, SB

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia– 1-for-3, 2B, BB


Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Home Runs: Deibinson Romero (4), Chase Simpson (2), Pablo Reyes (2), Tony Sanchez (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Deibinson Romero, 3B – 2-for-4, HR, 3 R, RBI, BB
Pedro Florimon, SS – 2-for-4, 3B, R, RBI, BB

Game Notes:  After pitching around trouble early, Casey Sadler settled in and put together a nice outing, lasting seven innings. Sadler moved the ball around nicely and mixed in a two-seam fastball in more often with his typical sinker. After struggling with command early, Sadler settled down with the fastball well and went at least six innings in his second straight outing.

Bobby LaFromboise relieved Sadler and tossed a perfect eighth inning with a strikeout. John Holdzkom continued to struggle with command in the ninth. He threw 34 pitches, with just 16 strikes. He has walked eight batters in 5.2 innings this season.
Deibinson Romero added his third long ball of the road trip and scored all three times on base. Tony Sanchez picked up his first three hits since being option to Indianapolis last week, including a home run. – Ryan Palencer


Altoona had off on Thursday


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Jupiter 3

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

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, RF – 4-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-5, RBI

Jin-De Jhang, DH – 2-for-5

JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-6, 2 R

Game Notes: Bradenton had a big day at the plate, collecting 19 hits in a 6-3 win over Jupiter. Austin Meadows and Jose Osuna each had two doubles. Osuna reached base in all five of his plate appearances. Meadows drove in two runs, giving him seven RBIs on the year. Edwin Espinal had three hits and drove in his tenth run. Justin Sellers played his third rehab game, going 2-for-6 at the plate and he played the entire game(for the first time) at second base.  Jin-De Jhang went 2-for-5, which actually dropped his average to .500 this year. Bradenton now has a .304 team average on the season. Despite the 19 hits, the Marauders went 6-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Reese McGuire is in a 2-for-27 slump.


Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3 Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-4

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-4, RBI

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: West Virginia won game one of the doubleheader on Thursday in extra innings. Dovydas Neverauskas lasted just 5.1 innings in his first two starts combined, yet he almost got through five scoreless innings on Thursday. Neverauskas gave up a two-run homer in the fifth inning, taking some luster off an otherwise strong start. He walked four and gave up three hits, with three batters reaching in the second inning. He needed just seven pitches to get through the first inning. Neverauskas was replaced by Jake Burnette, who didn’t give up any runs over three innings to pick up the win. Burnette had a rough first inning, loading the bases, but he settled down in the last two innings.

Jerrick Suiter won the game with a two-out infield single. He also drove in a run in the fourth inning to give the Power a 1-0 lead. Cole Tucker extended his hit streak to six games with an infield single in the third inning. Jordan Luplow drove in his fifth run of the year. Tito Polo picked up his fourth stolen base.


Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Rosario, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 1-for-3, RH, RBI

Jordan Luplow, DH – 0-for-3

Game Notes: West Virginia sat most of the regulars in game two and went with reliever Miguel Rosario for the start. He ended up allowing just one run over five inning for the win. In just six innings of at-bats, the Power struck out 11 times, yet still managed to put five runs on the board and sweep the doubleheader. Chase Simpson and Pablo Reyes each hit solo homers, the second of the season for both of them. Jordan Luplow went 1-for-7 in the doubleheader and he is now hitting .214 through eight games. Elvis Escobar is 12-for-33 in his last ten games and he’s reach base in all ten games.

  • I think Jin De Jhang was docked too many prospect “points” for his aggressive promotion and somewhat lackluster year last year. He is really raking this year and has always been high on my interest list since seeing him at Jamestown.

    • Part of the problem was the defense too. He has caught just five games this year with McGuire seeing most of the action and he’s thrown out one of ten runners. Part of that is on the pitchers, as McGuire is 2-for-9 throwing them out. Jhang will get himself back in the top 30 if he shows this is more than just an incredible streak. We still had him in the top 50 even with a really bad year

      • If there is no room for him to catch – where would they put him? Would they keep behind in High A next year if Reese graduates so to speak?

  • Has Holdzcom forgot his grip from last year or was it a flash in the pan type situation. He is walking as many as he is striking out. Seems to be going back to his old ways. I know this season is a SSS but last year was also compared from his past. Hoping he figures things out because he has a strong arm.

    • I know it’s early, and I don ‘t want to overreact, but if Holdzkom can’t get it together this season, it’s a little sad to think that there’s a possibility he may never make it back to the bigs after last year’s amazing success story.

  • Meadows just keeps raking. Keep it up young man.