Prospect Watch: Big Night For Josh Bell, Garcia Continues to Dominate


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 – Disabled List

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – 2-for-4

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis –  DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – DNP

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 0-for-5

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, 1B – 4-for-5, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Deibinson Romero (6), Jordan Luplow (1)



Box Score

Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Clayton Richard, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Deibinson Romero, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gustavo Nunez, SS – 2-for-4, R

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-4, R

Game Notes: Clayton Richard didn’t allow an earned run over 11.2 innings in his first two starts this year. Since then, he has given up seven earned runs over 10.2 innings. Today’s damage was from an unexpected source, with the opposing pitcher hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Richard threw 85 pitches in the game, 57 for strikes. He had a 7:5 GO/AO ratio and picked up just one strikeout.

Deibinson Romero hit his sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth inning that brought Indianapolis within two runs. Gustavo Nunez and Jaff Decker each had two hits and scored a run. Nunez is hitting .309 in 94 at-bats with a .309 slugging percentage. You get that number by collecting 29 hits and having all of them be singles. Alen Hanson had his second straight hitless night, breaking his terrific streak over the previous 25 days that saw him put up a .994 OPS. Tony Sanchez allowed two stolen bases in two tries, leaving him 2-for-28 on the year in throwing out runners.


Box Score

Result:  Altoona 11, New Hampshire 3

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, 1B – 4-for-5, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R

Keon Broxton, CF – 3-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 R, SB

Sebastian Valle, C – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes:  Josh Bell drove in four runs on Sunday and raised his average to .338 with four singles in Altoona’s 11-3 rout of New Hampshire. The Curve had 16 hits(14 singles) and managed to do that despite two guys near the top of the order, Max Moroff and Willy Garcia, going 0-for-10. Gift Ngoepe continued his hot month of May, collecting three hits and scoring two runs. Keon Broxton had three hits, scored two runs, walked once and stole his tenth base of the season.

Angel Sanchez pitched a great game, working efficiently with his pitches, which allowed him to go eight innings. He gave up two runs and had an amazing 17 ground ball outs, with just one fly ball out. I can’t recall another Pirates’ minor league pitcher getting this many ground ball outs in one game. His GO/AO ratio now stands at 1.34  for the season.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Lakeland 1

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-3, BB, R

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-4

Reese McGuire, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Steven Brault put up a strong line on Sunday, but he was actually better than it looks. He tried to go seven for the first time this season and after six shutout innings, the first three batters reached in the seventh before he was removed. He has pitched much better after posting a 5.40 ERA in four April starts. Brault has a 2.60 ERA in 27.2 innings this month.

On offense, the Marauders scored just two runs, but that was all they needed. They had six singles, four walks and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows scored the runs, while Jose Osuna had the only RBI, his 27th of the season. Meadows’ .804 OPS is eighth in the league, one point behind Osuna for the team lead.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Delmarva 2

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

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Connor Joe, 1B – 0-for-4

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Game Notes: Yeudy Garcia continued his incredible recent run, extended his streak to 24.2 innings without an earned run over his last six outings. His last three games have been as a starter. He has allowed 11 hits over that stretch. Garcia had six strikeouts on Sunday, giving him 36 in 37 innings. He has a 1.70 ERA, which is the best on West Virginia and sixth best in the league. Garcia had a 5:2 GO/AO ratio in the game, giving him a 1.43 GO/AO on the season. Jose Regalado picked up the save by pitching the last four innings.

Jordan Luplow hit his first homer of the season. He also returned to third base for the first time since dislocating a finger last week. He has been in the DH since returning to the lineup. Luplow is hitting .230 this year, but he still has a .701 OPS thanks to 11 extra-base hits and 19 walks. Tito Polo had two hits, including his eighth double and first triple. Connor Joe continued his struggles, going 0-for-4, which makes him 4-for-34 on the season. Michael Suchy had a single, walk, scored two runs and stole his fourth base.

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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Go Joe!

I have appointed myself the unofficial leader of the “Where in the World is Conner Joe” fan club. 🙂

Seriously, he needs something to get him going so maybe some tongue in cheek humor might do it.


John/LJS: Connor Joe is struggling with a .118 batting average, and I have never seen him play, but with 4 Walks and only 5 K’s, he must be making contact of some sort. Maybe some hits will come.


Seriously, think it’s time to call Keon Broxton a top prospect….

Chris Hale

He’s AA 3peat . depth outfielders usually dont become top prospects


First, Happy Memorial Day to all of my fellow veterans. My day to sip my coffee from my “all gave some, some gave all” cup, and remember the latter.

Keon Broxton is interesting, but at age 25 is only a year younger than Marte, the same age as Jaff Decker and Mel Rojas, Jr. who are both ahead of him at AAA, and a year older than Gregory Polanco. IMO, not a Top Prospect.


It’s you and all Vets that allow us the privilege of speaking openly and having the great game baseball. I tell my kids to always thank a veteran for serving for us. Thank you.

Scott K

Thanks to you and all other Vets for your service. My family and I are very grateful.

As for Broxton, he looks more like a trade bait candidate than a future Pirate to me at this point.


I don’t believe he’s a TOP prospect, but has nothing left to prove at AA and I would like to see him move up. Rojas is struggling and Hernandez is organizational filler. I think we need to find out if he’s a prospect at all.

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