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Prospect Watch: Another Gem From Sampson; Hanson and Garcia Homer



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 – DNP

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, HR

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, 2B

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, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 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, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB

Home Runs: Alen Hanson (4), Willy Garcia (4), Dan Gamache (4), Jaff Decker (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 2

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

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 1-for-5, HR

Gustavo Nunez, SS – 2-for-5, 2B

Steve Lombardozzi, 3B – 2-for-4

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his fourth homer of the year, while extending his hitting streak to a modest four games. Jaff Decker also homered, getting his first of the year. He had a .333/.407/.423 line in 78 at-bats with Indianapolis this year. Elias Diaz has been hitting well lately, going 11-for-35 in his last ten games. Adrian Sampson had one of his best starts of the year, throwing seven shutout innings. He’s got a 2.69 ERA in 73.2 innings this year, along with a 67:19 K/BB ratio. In his last two outings, Sampson has given up one earned run in 13.2 innings, with a 14:2 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Erie 6, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, LF – 1-for-4, HR

Adam Frazier, CF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Willy Garcia continued his recent power surge, hitting his fourth homer of the year. All four homers came during his last nine games. He’s been on a hot streak, with a 12 game hitting streak after tonight. In that span, he has gone 19-for-48 with two doubles, a triple, and the four homers. The downside here is that his high strikeout rate has returned during this stretch, with a 29% strikeout rate. The walks have also been low, with just two during this span. Dan Gamache has also been on a hot streak lately, with three homers in his last nine games. Chad Kuhl was hit around today. Sean McCool wrote an article today on how he’s working on the command of his slider and changeup this year.




Bradenton was off today.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Rome 3

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, LF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Connor Joe, 1B – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Austin Coley continues to put up impressive numbers with West Virginia. He now has a 3.56 ERA in 60.2 innings, with a 57:8 K/BB ratio. That’s a bit inflated, due to some poor infield defense this season. I wrote an article earlier this week noting how Coley probably belongs in Bradenton right now. However, there isn’t really a spot for him, due to the logjam of pitching prospects throughout the system. Connor Joe might be seeing his bat heating up. After going 4-for-34 to start the year, he has gone 11-for-35 in his last nine games.



The DSL Pirates were off today.


Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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