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Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Creasy, McRae and Sadler, Hanson on a Hot Streak



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 – 0-for-4

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, 2B, BB, 2 SB

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 – 1-for-3, HBP, 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, Bradenton – 0-for-4

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-5, 2B

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 2-for-5, RBI

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

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 3-for-5, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Pawtucket 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 3-for-5, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Wilkin Castillo, C – 4-for-5

Deibinson Romero, DH – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Game Notes: Casey Sadler battled the Red Sox #2 prospect Henry Owens and had the better performance, but ended up with the no-decision when Blake Wood gave up the tying run in the ninth. The Indians ended up winning in 12 innings when Alen Hanson doubled, moved to third on an infield single and scored on a Steve Lombardozzi hit. Sadler allowed four base runners, with three singles and a walk. He is usually a good ground ball pitcher, but had a 5:8 GO/AO ratio in the game.

Hanson had three hits in the contest, including his fourth double in his last eight games. He drew a walk and stole two bases, giving him 13 steals on the year. Hanson has a .958 OPS in 18 games this month. He has reached base in 11 straight games.

Wilkin Castillo was 0-for-7 in his first four games this season and hadn’t played in over a month, partly due to being carried as an extra not on the roster and also due to the fact Tony Sanchez and Elias Diaz were splitting the catching duties. Neither of those two played on Wednesday, so Castillo got the start and collected four hits. He last got four hits in a minor league game back on April 24,2011.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Portland 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-4, 2 R, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, 1B – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jason Creasy went seven innings for the first time this year, en route to his best outing of the season. He allowed just one run on six hits, a walk and two hit batters. He threw 96 pitches on the night, with a 7:7 GO/AO and three strikeouts. Creasy got some help from Sebastian Valle, who threw out both runners that attempted to steal. John Kuchno pitched a scoreless eighth and Yhonathan Barrios collected his ninth save.

Keon Broxton scored both runs for Altoona. He had two hits and stole his ninth base of the season. Broxton was featured here in an article on Wednesday afternoon. Max Moroff is bouncing back from a 3-for-25 stretch last week. He had two hits and a walk tonight, after two hits and a walk last night. Josh Bell drove in his 25th run with a fifth inning single.


Box Score

Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, LHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3, HBP, SB

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Last time Jayson Aquino pitched, he was making his debut in the Pirates’ system and he threw seven shutout innings. What a difference one start makes. On Wednesday, he gave up seven runs on ten hits, three walks  and a hit batter. He was hurt by two errors from JaCoby Jones and one of his own, which led to two unearned runs. Aquino’s outing had one of the more impressive stats you’ll see from a pitcher this year, which is hard to believe considered how many runners reached base in only five innings. He had a 14:1 GO/AO ratio in the game.

Bradenton hitters had just four hits and a walk all night. Erich Weiss had the only extra-base hit, an RBI double. JaCoby Jones stole his seventh base of the season.


Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 3, Hickory 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Connor Joe, 1B – 2-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Alex McRae matched his best start of the season, going six innings with one run allowed on four hits. He got nine ground ball outs and didn’t walk a batter. The Power pitchers did an impressive job this three-game road series, limiting the best team(and second best offense) in the South Atlantic League to five runs. Two of those runs were unearned. Connor Joe had his first two-hit game and drove in his first career run. Tito Polo had two hits, including his seventh double. Jordan Luplow hit his ninth double of the season. He was in the DH spot for the second straight game after missing three games due to a dislocated finger.

John Dreker
John Dreker
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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