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Prospect Watch: Four Hits For Meadows, Tarpley Looks Strong in Longest Outing



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 – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, SB, 2B

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-for-3

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, RBI

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – DNP

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-2, BB, HBP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona –  DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – DNP

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 2-for-3, RBI


Top Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, LHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Austin Meadows, CF – 4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, SB, 2B

Home Runs: Brent Morel (8), Barrett Barnes (5), Yoel Gonzalez (1), John Bowker (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Syracuse 0

Starting Pitcher: Wilfredo Boscan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, RF – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, BB

 John Bowker, 1B – 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI
Game Notes: Wilfredo Boscan picked up where he left off in his last outing before leaving with an injury in the sixth inning. In the previous start, Boscan allowed four hits and a pair of runs over six innings after being demoted from the rotation. He was added back when Chris Volstad was promoted to the Pirates. Over the past two starts, Boscan has gotten back to working down in the zone and has seen some of the same early season success that he enjoyed.

A.J. Morris entered the game after Boscan was injured and worked four scoreless innings to finish off the game. Over the span he spread out four hits and a walk, while striking out a pair.
Brent Morel picked up two hits, including his eighth home run of the season and his fifth in eight games. It was also his third straight game with a long ball. John Bowker also hit a home run and Jaff Decker added his eighth double of the season. – Ryan Palencer


Altoona was postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader on Sunday.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Brevard County 4

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, SB, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-2, BB, HBP

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler made his third start of the season on Saturday night. In his first game, he threw two shutout innings, then ran into pitch count trouble in the third. In game two, he retired the first ten batters he faced before allowing two runs in the fourth inning. In this game, Eppler’s trouble came in the second inning when he walked the lead-off batter, then gave up three singles than brought home three runs. Miguel Rosario and Henry Hirsch combined for 4.1 shutout innings following Eppler.

On offense, Austin Meadows had a big day, collecting four hits and scoring three runs. He hit his 13th double of the season and stole his tenth base. Even with the big game, Meadows is hitting .222/.282/.306 this month. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Barrett Barnes hit his fifth homer and 13th double. JaCoby Jones had a single and a walk, but also struck out three times, giving him 87 on the year.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Greensboro 1

Starting Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, LHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter- 1-for-4, R

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-4, R, SB

Game Notes: Stephen Tarpley looks like his two poor starts earlier this month were just bumps in the road because he has bounced back nicely since then. He was strong on Saturday night, allowing just one run over six innings, which is his longest outing of the year. Tapley had five strikeouts and nine ground ball outs. In his last game, he gave up two runs over 5.2 innings. Dovydas Neverauskas was activated from the disabled list before the game and he picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. He pitched one rehab game for Morgantown earlier this week.

Michael Suchy and Taylor Gushue each had two hits. Gushue, Chase Simpson and Jeff Roy all drove in one run apiece. For Simpson, it was his 31st RBI of the season. Roy stole his 12th base of the season.


Morgantown was rained out on Saturday. They will play a doubleheader on July 18th


Bristol was rained out on Saturday. They will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

You can view the Bristol season preview here.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Astros 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Siri, 3B – 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-5, SB

Michael de la Cruz, CF – 1-for-4, RBI

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates won 4-3 in 11 innings to take both games this week from the Astros and keep them winless(0-6) on the season. The Pirates got great starting pitcher from 19-year-old Luis Escobar, who retired the first 12 batters and 15 of the 16 hitters he faced in the game. He had six strikeouts and six ground ball outs. In his first start this season, he recorded just two outs and allowed three earned runs before being pulled due to his pitch count.

Raul Siri had a big game on offense and he has been the best player early on, at least with the bat. He had two hits, walked twice and scored two runs. He has also played third base a few times early this year after spending his time at second base last year. On Saturday, he committed two errors, giving him three on the season. Siri has a 1.227 OPS.

Yoel Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and drove in a run in the ninth to help send the game to extra innings. Richard Mitchell got the win by throwing a scoreless 11th and Mister Luciano kept the Astros off the board in the tenth inning. After a big game Friday, Wes Freeman had three strikeouts and an error on Saturday.

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Box Score

Result: Rangers2 8, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Adonis Pichardo, RHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Melvin Jimenez, SS – 2-for-5, R, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Yondry Contreras, CF – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Eddy Vizcaino, LF – 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-4, R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost 8-6 to the Rangers2 on Saturday, dropping them to 12-13 on the season. Adonis Pichardo had a decent outing, giving up two runs over four innings, while striking out five batters. He lowered his ERA slightly to 4.88 through his first six starts as a pro. Pichardo signed for a six-figure bonus last July, but he was a late-bloomer, turn 19 earlier this year. He was followed by another pitcher that got a six-figure bonus last July, Roger Santana. He gave up five runs on seven hits in two innings and took the loss, raising his ERA to 6.75 in the process.

On offense, the Pirates had 11 hits, five walks and three hit batters. They didn’t do so well with runners in scoring position, going 4-for-16, with most of the damage coming in the ninth inning when they were trailing by five runs. Yondry Contreras broke a 3-for-39 slump, with his first multi-hit game since June 12th. Shortstop Melvin Jimenez began his career with a 12-game hit streak, but he was in a 4-for-30 funk before getting two hits. Catcher Raul Hernandez had a miserable game behind the plate, with his sixth error in nine games and the Rangers2 were 6-for-6 in stolen bases. The strange part about that stat is that he was 11-for-20 in throwing out runners coming into this game.

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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