Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson Rebounds, Tyler Glasnow Returns


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 – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – DNP

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – Disabled List

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – DNP

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – DNP

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

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, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, CS

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4, R, 2 K



Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (10), Michael Suchy (4),



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 3, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Steve Lombardozzi, DH – 1-for-3

Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-3, CS

Game Notes: After allowing 12 hits and eight runs last time out, it could only improve for Adrian Sampson. However, Sampson did more than just improved as he tossed seven strong innings on Friday night. The only mistake cost him the decision as he got elevated with a fastball and allowed a solo home run. Sampson was consistently between 91 to 93 on the fastball and picked up four of his five strikeouts with the breaking ball.

Blake Wood relieved Sampson and had a rare tough outing. Wood allowed three hits and a pair of insurance runs against Indianapolis, while striking out a pair. Indianapolis was only able to muster four hits for the contest and they were spread around, as there was only one real scoring threat.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Harrisburg 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB

Jose Ozuna, LF – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB

Game Notes: Matt Benedict went seven innings tonight for the first time above Single-A baseball, allowing one earned run for what was most likely his best start for the Curve this season. Benedict got hit hard in the first inning, making the Curve’s bullpen get active early in the game, but he was able to escape with only allowing two runs in the inning.

One run was a result of an error by Josh Bell, who misjudged a grounder to the second baseman and found himself in no man’s land about twenty feet off of the bag. After Moroff fielded the ball, Bell got turned around and the throw ended up hitting him in the glove, but he couldn’t hang onto it. Benedict failed to get to the base to cover.

Benedict shut things down after the first inning, only allowing four hits, three of them singles and one double, the rest of the way. He had ten groundouts compared to only three flyouts. He came into the game with a 1.23 GO/AO rate, but it has steadily increased from when he was first promoted. He continues to strike out very few, but I have seen him make a lot of progress from when he was first promoted. Benedict located his fastball well tonight, especially inside to right-handed hitters.

Stetson Allie hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, a ball that came off of the bat looking like it could’ve been a deep fly out, but it continued sailing well over the left field bleachers. Allie ended up going 3-for-4 on the night, adding two singles to the home run. He raised his batting average to .223 and his slugging percentage to .417 on the year.

Jose Osuna went 3-for-4 with a double, and he came up big with an RBI single in the 10th inning to score Mel Rojas Jr. The hit was a line drive to center field with one out in the frame. Rojas Jr. hustled hard to get to second before Osuna, after a pop up to left field split two defenders.

Adam Frazier came up with the bases loaded in the 10th for his only at bat of the night, getting hit by the pitch for the walk off win. – Sean McCool



Bradenton was off on Friday for the All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Hickory 5

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, LF – 3-for-4, 1 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jake Burnette, RHP – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Cole Tucker, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Connor Joe, 1B – 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-4, RBI, 1 BB, SB

Game Notes: Starter Austin Coley was touched up for ten hits in his five innings pitched, but was able to minimize the damage with two runs by inducing two double plays. Coley pounded the strike zone all night, issuing no walks, but wasn’t able to miss many bats. Jake Burnette piggy-backed Coley, and struggled with his command in three innings. Burnette walked three batters in his first inning of work, giving up one run, and then gave up back-to-back solo home runs in the 8th. He struck out four batters. Burnette has now walked 30 batters in 35.2 IP.  Nick Neumann pitched an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn the save.

The Power offense was not able to muster much off of Hickory’s starter, scattering four hits through four innings. The Power were able to score one run in the first inning after a lead off double to the right-center field gap by Cole Tucker. He was then moved over to third base nicely by ground out to second by Jordan Luplow, and later scored on a wild pitch. The offense was able to put together a two-out rally in the 5th inning with an RBI single by Jordan Luplow, who then scored after Hickory’s pitcher issued three straight walks. Michael Suchy blasted a solo shot to left field in the seventh inning, his fourth of the season. In the eighth inning the Power were able to take advantage of some sloppy defense by Hickory beginning with a dropped flyball hit by Taylor Gushue, who was then singled in by Elvis Escobar. After a base hit by Tucker and an intentional walk to Luplow,  Hickory failed to turn a double play with the bases loaded and one out. Connor Joe tapped a come-backer to the pitcher and Hickory’s catcher failed to position his foot on home plate and was only given the out at first base. Joe was credited with the game-winning RBI on the play.

Tucker and Escobar finished with three hits each and Joe got on-base three times with a hit and two walks. – Pete Ellis



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 15, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ty Moore, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Newman, SS – 1-for-5, R

Kevin Kramer, 2B – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow made his first rehab assignment since suffering an injured ankle with Altoona in the season opener for West Virginia. While Glasnow was not overly sharp in the outing, the start is encouraging for his return and getting back on track, as new West Virginia writer Jamey Conlin noted.

Cesilio Pimentel, Jonathan Minier, and Jerry Mulderig all three allowed four runs in relief of Glasnow. Both Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer picked up their first professional hit in their debuts after being selected in the first and second round of the recent draft in the contest.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Marlins 2

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Hernandez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Huascar Fuentes, 1B – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Felix Vinicio, LF – 1-for-4, R

Mikell Granberry, C – 1-for-3, R

Game Notes: The Pirates have already played a lot of close games this year and they won Friday on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Huascar Fuentes had a big game and he ended up scoring the winning run. He reached on an infield single to start the ninth and moved to second base on a throwing error. Then after a sacrifice bunt, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Gabriel Brito. Fuentes had three hits in the game and drove in the other two runs for the Pirates. Mikell Granberry caught for the first time in ten days and played part in the offense. He missed time last week after getting hurt during catching drills, returning this week at DH and a couple games at first base. Granberry had a single, HBP, stolen base and scored a run.

Pitcher Miguel Hernandez gave up one earned run over five innings in his fourth pro start. He went five innings without an earned run last time out. The 19-year-old righty allowed 14 hits and four walks in 7.1 innings during his first two starts. Reliever Angel Vasquez threw three shutout innings to pick up the win. Reliever Edgardo Leon threw a scoreless inning in his season debut. As a 17-year-old rookie last year, he had a 7.68 ERA in 23 appearances out of the bullpen. – John Dreker

  • One run was a result of an error by Josh Bell, who misjudged a grounder to the second baseman and found himself in no man’s land about twenty feet off of the bag.

    Am I reading the Curve’s recap or the parent Club’s?

    • Wabbit_Season
      June 20, 2015 11:02 am

      Andrew. Nope. It’s the Curve alright. I was at the game. Bell looked a bit Alvarezie on that play to the right. The way I saw it was it was a routine grounder to 2nd baseman Moroff, who DOES look every bit as solid as our P2 writers have been intimating. He looks a keeper and went 2-4. I thought his OBP on the stadium board was something around .400, but I could be wrong on that one.

      On another instance, in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game, the Curve had the bases loaded after Bell had drawn a walk with Steston Allie (who had homered earlier) at the plate and the Harrisburg catcher caught him wandering too far off the bag to send the game to extra innings.

      I was entertained by Gift Ngoepe, and maybe this is because I really pull for this guy, but he is as smooth as an entire bottle of ex-lax. His glove work alone is worth the price of admission. At one point he robbed a single up the middle behind the second base bag that I was surprised he got to and threw the guy out easily.

      Osuna had a really good game in left field. Not only did he go 3-4 with a run a double and a walk, but for me, the play of the game was in the 7th when he caught a fly ball off the bat of the pitcher, Bleier, in middle deep left and nailed Christopher Bostick at the plate on a nice throw.

      Matt Benedict had a rough first inning but buckled down and got through 7, giving up seven hits and a walk, striking out 2. Nothing flashy here, but the Blair County Ballpark (I won’t call it “People’s Natural Gas Park” because, well, it fills my head with a baseball version of the Blazing Saddles baked beans scene.) radar gun is goofy. So I went and sat behind a couple guys with radar guns and found Benedict was sitting at maybe 90 with the fastball? To my eye, though, his ball didn’t seem to be that fast. Maybe it was because his delivery was not labored or anything, but – well – he doesn’t have K stuff, but as the night went on it seemed like he got the ball down better.

      Adam Frazier got the game winning RBI when he got drilled in the middle of the back in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded. Fun game. Double header today. I wonder if Mrs. Wabbit will let me go to BOTH!
      “What’s the score, boys? What did Bugs Bunny do? What’s with the Carrot League Baseball today?”

  • Yo, Adrian…nice rebound (I hate it when I get corny….shucks)