Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Sampson Pitch Gems, Bradenton Avenges Loss


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 – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 3-for-6

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4, BB

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 4-for-5

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

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

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

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 – 0-for-4

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

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-3, 2 BB

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 4-for-5

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 4-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

John Holdzkom, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Hustavo Nunez, SS – 3-for-3, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson continued his improved strikeout numbers on Friday night with seven more. However, he also was strong in all other aspects as well. Sampson moved the ball around the plate and consistently kept the ball down around the knees. When contact came, it was when he got too much plate, but it wasn’t often.

John Holdzkom continued to struggle with control, but has his second straight fairly clean inning. Blake Wood allowed some solid contact in the ninth, but got out of it scoreless.

Indianapolis continued to show the lack of power present in the organization with all 11 hits of the night being singles. However, Alen Hanson picked up four hits, working all fields. Elias Diaz added a pair and Gustavo Nunez got on base all four times at the plate. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Erie 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, 1B – 3-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Sebastian Valle, C – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had an extremely efficient outing tonight, needing only 70 pitches to get through six shutout innings. Glasnow didn’t issue a walk, and threw 46 of his 70 pitches for strikes, continuing his recent trend of good control. The right-hander has an 0.79 ERA in 22.2 innings this year, with a 24:6 K/BB ratio. That’s even more impressive when you consider that he gave up four of those walks in his first outing. His last three starts have seen two walks in 17.2 innings, with no walks in two of those starts. Josh Bell not only has a five game hitting streak, but he has multiple hits in all five of those games, going 14-for-25 in that stretch. On the season he has a .373/.434/.467 line in 75 at-bats, with a 7:8 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 12, St. Lucie 1

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 3-for-6

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4, BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Bradenton had a Super Hero night, wearing Captain America themed super hero jerseys on the day that The Avengers: Age of Ultron was released.

The jerseys seemed to work, since the team exploded for 12 runs, and held St. Lucie to one run. Felipe Gonzalez was very much like Hawkeye, commanding the strike zone and showing some good off-speed stuff to get six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. After the game, Bradenton manager Michael Ryan said that Gonzalez has shown some better off-speed stuff this year compared to last year in West Virginia. Austin Meadows took the Captain America role, leading the offense with three hits. Jin-De Jhang had the power of Thor, with a double to center field to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Erich Weiss smashed a double in the eighth inning like The Hulk, bringing in two of his four runs on his two hit night. JaCoby Jones had two hits and a few nice fielding plays at shortstop, including one play where he ranged to the second base side of the bag to field the ball cleanly, and throw to first for the out, wielding the magic powers of Dr. Strange.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 2-for-3, SB

Chase Simpson, 1B – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Austin Coley had a great month of April, and was our pitcher of the month in West Virginia. He gave up three runs tonight, although his secondary numbers were dominant, with eight strikeouts and no walks. Jordan Luplow had a big night at the plate, picking up two hits, including a double. Tito Polo stole his fifth base of the year, and went 2-for-3.

  • “… but his walks were more a function of deep counts due to swing-and-miss stuff than trouble throwing strikes. As you can see in the above video, I saw him pitch a number of times in 2014 and never wrote once in my notes that I was worried about him throwing strikes, wondering how his walks rates even made it appear that this was the case.”

    Kiley McDaniel looking quite correct with this pre-season scouting report.

  • jamminjoe66
    May 2, 2015 5:11 pm

    I drove to Altoona just to watch him pitch for the 1st time. Erie didn’t look like they belonged on the field. It’s still early but if he keeps this up for another 6 – 7 starts they have to promote him just to keep challenging him. Because last night with the new pitch clock going into effect he was starting his pitch before 5 seconds could tick off. Erie looked like they facing prime Nolan Ryan.

  • Don’t count on seeing Glasnow in Indy until late in season no matter how well he pitches for Altoona. And mid-June of next year is when he will be in Pirates rotation.

    As fans we want to see the best players playing for Pirates ASAP, but management rightly takes the long view and says it’s better to have best players playing for team when they’re 27-29, rather than 21.

    Just remember, all good things to those who wait.

    • I wouldn’t argue your main point either, though I don’t think it will be as late in the season as your comment would seem to indicate. If he keeps performing at the level he has early on, they would make their move after the MiLB All Star games.

  • What is really impressive about Glasnow’s numbers is the fact that his lone earned run never should have happened. You have to actually watch the pitchers in Altoona to truly understand the level they are working on.

  • I know everyone is assuming that Glasnow will stay in Altoona the whole season but if he keeps dominating AA like this?

    • Kozy: The Pirates have 3 guys in the Rotation looking like 1, 1a, and 1b, and 2 guys looking like 4/5. Lots of room for a dynamic arm. Glasnow will be promoted to AAA in June and they will nurse his innings so that he will be very ready to join the Pirates in September when the Rosters are allowed to expand.

      • Jim Schmitt
        May 2, 2015 8:03 am

        No, he won’t. I seriously doubt he’s coming up this year. They’ll go with Sampson (or, Kingham if he gains consistency) before Glasnow this year.

      • emjay, I would totally agree with part of your idea there, but I’m not so sure about the September call up. But, I wouldn’t argue that point either. Glasnow is going to force them to make some hard decisions. They are also going to have a real logjam with a number of pitchers and several position players currently in Altoona.

      • Won’t happen. I’d bet dollars to donuts.

    • scrappy2499
      May 2, 2015 10:13 am

      I have a feeling that you are going to see a former 1st round, #2 overall, tall hard throwing RH Pitcher pitch with the pirates before you see Glasnow.