Prospect Watch: Elias Diaz Breaks Slump, Weiss and Espinal Key Bradenton Comeback


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 – 0-for-4, BB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-5

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, HR, RBI, 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 – 0-for-4, BB, SB

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 – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2B

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-2, BB, RBI

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-4

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia– 2-for-5, 2B, RBI


Top Pitcher: Henry Hirsch, RHP – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Elias Diaz (1), Erich Weiss (1), Edwin Espinal (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Columbus 6

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 1-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 0-for-5, 3 K

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 2-for-5, 3B

Elias Diaz, DH – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R

Mel Rojas Jr., LF – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Indianapolis had a crazy win over Columbus on Wednesday afternoon. Their bats collected 15 hits, but also struck out 14 times and their pitchers gave up 11 walks. Alen Hanson had the big hit in the game, an eighth inning, three-run triple that gave the Indians a lead that they would barely hold. Elias Diaz, Steve Lombardozzi and Mel Rojas Jr. each had three hits. Diaz hit his first double and first homer of the season. Tony Sanchez was the only player without a hit. In his two games back, he is 0-for-9 with five strikeouts.

Chris Volstad went five innings in his third start and allowed three earned runs, giving him a 3.18 ERA through 17 innings. He had some control issues that led to three walks and 95 pitches in his limited work. Charlie Leesman followed him and labored through 2.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks. He threw 63 pitches, with just 28 going for strikes. Brad Lincoln faced two batters, coming in with the bases loaded and he ended up walking both of them.


Altoona had their game rained out on Wednesday.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Charlotte 6

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Henry Hirsch, RHP – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-2, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Starter Steven Brault had a rough outing, giving up four runs in just 1.2 innings. Andy Otamendi followed him and gave up consecutive homers to the first two batters he faced. He was thrown out of the game, as was manager Michael Ryan. At that point, it looked like the Marauders were on the way to a loss and might need a position player to finish out the night. Then Henry Hirsch stepped in and threw 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out seven batters. Clario Perez threw three no-hit innings, picking up five strikeouts to get the win.

On offense, Edwin Espinal and Erich Weiss both had big games, each collecting three hits and driving in two runs. Both hit their first homers of the season. Junior Sosa drove in two runs. Reese McGuire is in a 2-for-21 slump. JaCoby Jones is 2-for-19 in his last five games.


Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 10, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 2-for-5, 2B

Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: West Virginia pitchers had a tough day on the mound Wednesday morning. Alex McRae gave up four runs in his three innings of work, then Yeudy Garcia replaced him and allowed three runs as well. Garcia did retire the first seven batters he faced and was hitting 94 MPH, so there were some good signs to his fourth extended relief outing. Nick Neumann pitched the last two innings and he gave up three runs as well. The Power did manage to look good at the plate, collecting 12 hits. Jordan Luplow, Michael Suchy, Taylor Gushue and Jeff Roy each had two hits apiece. Chase Simpson saw his 11-game on-base streak end, a streak that began on Opening Day. Catcher Francisco Diaz suffered a concussion in Tuesday night’s game and was replaced on the roster by Kawika Emsley-Pai

  • Robert Levine
    April 23, 2015 11:35 am

    Can I make one suggestion/request for this daily page, which is always my favorite and something I check everyday. Could you include season stats for each player (e.g., slash lines for position players)?

    • Maybe add team record, place and # of games ahead or back of the division leader

  • meatygettingsaucy
    April 22, 2015 10:44 pm

    Glasnow will pitch Friday in Erie? Can anyone confirm? Planning to drive up to see him.

    • Right now Chad Kuhl is schedule to make that start and Glasnow is listed for Saturday. Check the morning report tomorrow morning for any updates