Prospect Watch: Glasnow Has Control Issues in Return


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 – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis –  Disabled List

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

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

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, RBI

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-0, BB

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis –  6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton –  7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB

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

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-2, BB, R

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Norfolk 5

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Mel Rojas Jr., LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson was looking early like he was headed for his worst outing, but he shut down Norfolk after the second inning and ended up allowing just two earned runs over six innings. He hasn’t given up more than three runs in any of his eight starts this year. Sampson threw 88 pitches, 61 for strikes and he had eight ground ball outs. He has a 2.61 ERA in 48.1 innings.

Alen Hanson had two hits and drove in two runs. He batted .233/.289/.260 in April and he is now hitting .333/.373/.517 in May. Hanson picked up his 11th stolen base of the season. Tony Sanchez had three hits and drove in a run. Deibinson Romero had an RBI, his 23rd of the season.



Box Score

Result: Akron 11, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 0-for-2, RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, DH – 0-for-4,  3 K

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 2-for-4

Game Notes: For the first time in Tyler Glasnow’s professional career, he gave up more than four earned runs, giving up 5 ER, 5 BB, and 1 K in 3.2 IP. He gave up 4 ER twice last year for Brandenton in 6.2 and 5 IP. Velocity on his fastball was significantly down, averaging between 90-93 mph. He was only able to touch 94 mph twice this afternoon. Out of his 72 pitches, only 37 pitches were strikes. It seemed like a culmination of issues that sneaked up on Glasnow today. So far this season, he has only walked six batters in 25.2 IP with four of those being in his first start of the season, yet he walked five today. Only once has Glasnow not struck more than one batter in a start since last season, when he didn’t strike out any and walked seven on 2+ IP last April in Bradenton.

One has to wonder if the sprained ankle played a role in Glasnow’s start. The location of his curveball seemed to be there; however, Akron was able to sit on his fastball that lacked 4-5 mph of velocity that he normally has. Akron batters were able to hit line drives and multiple deep shots to the left center gap off of his fastball, showing that they were able catch up to it easily.

Once again, the bats were asleep for the Curve hitters. Gift Ngoepe and Edward Salcedo were the only ones to have multiple hits as each went 2 for 4. Eric Wood is hitting .292 in the last six games, and he added a hard hit double to left field today. Josh Bell had the day off.- Sean McCool



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Austin Meadows, CF – 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 0-for-2, 2 BB, RBI

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: After a poor outing by Luis Heredia yesterday in a game that was rain delayed and went extra innings, the Marauders needed Cody Dickson to put in some innings and he did. Prior to the game, Bradenton added three fresh arms from Extended Spring Training, Julio Eusebio, Cesilio Pimentel(who picked up the save) and Ryan Hafner. Dickson ended up throwing seven shutout innings, matching the performance by newcomer Jayson Aquino on Friday night. The topping to his outing was the fact he didn’t walk a batter, which has been an issue this year and in the past. He got seven ground ball outs to go along with his three strikeouts.

On the offensive side, Wyatt Mathisen continues his incredible recent run, by picking up two hits and a walk. He has at least two hits in each of his last eight games, leaving him 18-for-32 over that stretch. If there is a possible downside to that, it’s that all 18 hits are singles and he still doesn’t have a double or homer this year. Austin Meadows scored both of Bradenton’s runs. JaCoby Jones left for a pinch-hitter in the third inning. No early word as to why he left the game.


Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 0-for-2, BB, R, SH, SB

Cole Tucker, DH – 1-for-5

Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-3, 3B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Austin Coley had his worst outing of the season, allowing five runs on six hits over 5.2 innings. On the plus side, his impressive control has continued, as he had four strikeouts and no walks. On the year, Coley has three walks and 37 strikeouts. Kawika Emsley-Pai led the offense with three hits and an RBI. Tito Polo stole his eighth base of the season. He missed multiple games recently due to a stomach virus. Chase Simpson hit his first triple and drove in his 17th run. Connor Joe is 2-for-15 in his first four games. Before the game, Jeff Roy was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Jordan Luplow also injured his arm yesterday making a throw and had to leave the game, but he hasn’t been replaced yet, so his injury could be minor.

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Tony Gwynn did just fine hitting for average and no power at 3B. I’ll take it.


Totally achievable comp.

I, for one, will not be worried if Wyatt Mathisen turns out to be the next Tony Gwynn.


With the way Locke has been pitching, what does Sampson have to do to earn a shot in the ML rotation. Or, another way, what has to happen to allow him to get a shot?


More than five weeks of good pitching, for a start.


Can’t wait to get Adrian in the’ Burgh!

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