Prospect Watch: Dickson and Kuhl Lead a Night of Strong Pitching; Broxton Homers


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 – 1-for-4

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 3-for-5, 2B

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4, SB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

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 – DNP

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 – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-3, 2 2B

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis –  DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia– 1-for-4


Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Keon Broxton (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Wilfredo Boscan, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deibinson Romero, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gustavo Nunez, SS – 1-for-4, SB

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4, 2B

Blake Wood, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Wilfredo Boscan continued his strong start to the season with another quality outing. However, he has faced some bad luck, as the unearned run that he allowed in the first was the sixth unearned run that Boscan has allowed in this early season. For a pitcher who was no guarantee to start in Indianapolis this season, a 1.50 ERA through three starts is solid.

A.J. Morris relieved Boscan and had likely his worst outing so far this season. He allowed three hits and walked another in 1.1 innings. However, he also still struck out three. Bobby LaFromboise came in to clean up a bases loaded mess for Morris and struck out both hitters he faced, atoning for troubles in a similar situation earlier in the season. Earlier in the trip, he entered in the same situation and allowed a grand slam. Blake Wood nailed down his fourth save of the season.

Elias Diaz and Deibinson Romero continued their powerful trips, as they each added another double. Alen Hanson added his fifth stolen base of the season, as well. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 12, Erie 3

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-5, BB

Josh Bell, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B

Willy Garcia, LF – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB

Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Sebastian Valle, C – 3-for-5

Eric Wood, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Altoona had a huge night offensively, led by Keon Broxton, who hit a grand slam for his first home run of the season. Josh Bell also had a big night, picking up three hits, including a double, and stealing his second base of the year. Max Moroff has been on fire at the plate over the last week, and added two more hits and a walk today. Moroff is 11-for-21 in his last five games. It’s way too early to call this a trend, but Willy Garcia has four walks in his last three games, including two tonight. Chad Kuhl continued his strong start to the year. He has gone at least five innings with one or fewer runs in each of his three starts this season.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4

Justin Sellers, SS – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had a rough first outing this season, giving up three earned runs on nine hits in three innings. Since then, he has combined to give up two earned runs in 17 innings, with the most important numbers being a 10:4 K/BB ratio. Last year in the second half he drastically cut down on his walks, while increasing his strikeouts. The strikeouts haven’t been great in Bradenton so far, but his walk rate has remained down. Outside of that first outing, he has also allowed nine hits, which matches the amount he allowed the first time out. Austin Meadows has reached base safely in 13 of 14 games so far. Meanwhile, Jin-De Jhang is off to a hot start, with a hit in nine of his ten games this year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lexington 2

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

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, 3B – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Chase Simpson, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Every member of the West Virginia lineup reached base safely tonight, with eight players picking up hits. Jordan Luplow led the way, hitting two doubles to give him four on the year. Luplow joined the team late, and has played in nine games so far. Chase Simpson continued his hitting with his fourth double of the year, continuing to show some power. That’s encouraging, as it keeps him on the radar as a prospect to watch. That said, he was drafted as a college hitter, so he will need to show the same power in higher levels for it to be seen as legit. Austin Coley, drafted in the eighth round last year, is off to a good start, giving up just three runs in his first 15 innings of work, along with only two walks allowed and 11 strikeouts.

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David McCombie

Tim, Would it be much trouble to add the season lines to the player entries? Something along the lines of triple slash for position players and ERA, K/9, BB/9. Just a suggestion, it would be nice to track that progression throughout the season.

John Dreker

For each starting pitcher, that info is included in the Morning Report on the day they start


I asked that a week ago as well. Don’t think anyone saw it. I’d be happy with era and average. I dont have my guide on hand but where is Kuhl ranked? I though he was in the twenties.


pf83: Kuhl was #24 in the prospect guide. An excellent pick in the 9th Round in 2013, he is a prime example of the hidden depth of the Pirate System – guys like he, Sampson, Sadler, and Cumpton. Not big headline guys, but very efficient. Still only 22.


And one more thing. I’ll be at the curve game and thrilled Glasnow is starting.

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