Prospect Watch: Sever and Brewer Combine For 18 Strikeouts


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 – 1-for-5

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – DNP

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-2, 3 BB

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 – DNP

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-2, BB

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-4, 3 K

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – DNP

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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



Top Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mikell Granberry, C – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Chase Simpson (5) Mikell Granberry 2(2)



Box Score

Result: Buffalo 12, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Steve Lombardozzi, 3B – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-3, BB

Brent Morel, 1B – 2-for-3, BB

Tony Sanchez, DH – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Pedro Florimon, SS – 2-for-4, 3B

Game NotesChris Volstad had issues with elevating the sinker too much from the beginning, and solid contact followed. Volstad also struggled with control outright with only 57 of his 100 pitches crossing the plate for a strike. The fastball was in the low 90s, allowing Volstad to labor through five innings.

Collin Balester retired the first five hitters he faced, before allowing three runs on a pair of hits and three walks. Brad Lincoln relieved Balester and allowed one run on one hit and one walk. Hunter Morris also worked the final inning out of the bullpen, working the for the second straight day.
International League Player of the Month Alen Hanson went hitless for the first game in the last eight. He was named the Pirates Prospects hitter of the month for May. Steve Lombardozzi picked up three knocks, while Jaff Decker and Brent Morel added two each.Ryan Palencer



Altoona was off on Monday


Box Score

Result: Jupiter 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-4

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Luis Heredia had a better stat line tonight than in his previous outings, although he was fortunate that his numbers weren’t worse. He escaped a long inning in the second when Jin-De Jhang threw out a runner at third base who was trying to advance on a ball in the dirt with two outs. Prior to that, Heredia gave up a two-out single to bring in his only run. He got out of another jam in the fourth, giving up two singles to start the inning, before getting a strikeout and two fly outs.

Heredia was missing up in the zone a lot with his pitches early, although he was showing better downward movement with his fastball later in the outing. He didn’t have good command of his curveball. At one point he failed to break one off that went behind the head of a right-handed hitter. He benefitted in the fourth on a bad swing on one that landed in the dirt well in front of the plate, resulting in a strikeout. His other two strikeouts came on fastballs. The fastball was sitting 90-93 MPH.

Jin-De Jhang’s only hit of the night was on an infield single, showing off his impressive speed for his size. Harold Ramirez didn’t get a hit tonight, ending his hitting streak at 28 games, spanning back to last season. Clairo Perez continued his strong pitching this year, throwing three shutout innings. He has been working with a mid-90s fastball, and a tight breaking slider that can get a good amount of swings and misses. – Tim Williams


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Greensboro 0

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, RBI

Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

John Sever, LHP – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Colten Brewer(pictured above) was drafted by the Pirates four years ago in the fourth round. Between injuries and personal issues, he made just 13 starts before Monday night. His career best in strikeouts was four prior to this game and he nearly tripled that total with 11 on the night. He had a career game, throwing six shutout innings, while allowing just three singles and no walks. Once Brewer left the game, John Sever came on and didn’t miss a beat. The only base runner he allowed was a walk in his three innings. He struck out the side in the seventh, then picked up two more in the eighth and ninth, collecting his first save of the season.

On offense, Michael Suchy had two hits, including his tenth double. He drove in two runs. Chase Simpson hit a solo homer, his fifth of the season. Elvis Escobar continued his recent hot streak with two hits and an RBI. He is 17-for-42 in his last ten games.


Box Score

Result: Yankees2 8, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Domingo Robles, LHP – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Mikell Granberry, C – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Yondry Contreras, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Eddy Vizcaino, LF – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Domingo Robles made his debut for the Pirates today, after signing for $175,000 last July. The 17-year-old lefty has a fastball that hits 92 MPH, already five MPH higher than when he signed. He had a rough first outing, allowing five runs in the first inning and seven runs over his three innings. Argenis Romano, a 19-year-old righty who was just recently signed after a tryout, pitched four solid innings in relief, giving up one run.

On offense, catcher Mikell Granberry supplied all the power. He hit two homers and drove in three runs. Granberry homered twice all of last season. Yondry Contreras hit his second double in as many games. He was the top signing from this current July 2nd signing period, getting a $400,000 bonus. Felix Vinicio scored two runs.

  • BallHeadWonder
    June 2, 2015 10:06 pm

    2-34!!!! Tough Nite for the Top 30!!!

  • What will it take for John Sever to become a prospect?

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 2, 2015 9:31 am

    Regarding Brewer, is he a soft tosser or is he a power pitcher? I have not heard much about him, for obvious reasons, and was curious about whether he has the kind of stuff to still be considered a prospect going forward? He is a little old for his level, but given his missed time, that is understandable.

    • John Dreker
      June 2, 2015 9:48 am

      He hit 95 MPH in 2013 before being injured and was hitting 95-96 MPH this year, so he definitely qualifies as a power pitcher

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        June 2, 2015 10:52 am

        Although velocity isn’t everything, that sounds encouraging – as he will likely need that as he moves up through the system. How are his secondary pitches – curve, change, slider? 11 k’s in 6 innings is impressive, at any level.

        • John Dreker
          June 2, 2015 11:15 am

          There are very limited reports on Brewer because he has missed so much time. Didn’t pitch in 2011 due to a back injury, was in the GCL in 2012 and missed a month, then injured his leg very early on in 2013 and wasn’t around at all last year. That means he is still in the early stages of development even though he is 22 years old. Even this year was a late start to his season. He’s working on fastball command and his secondary pitches are a side note for now. Last report was that his change needed a lot of work, but that’s something he will concentrate on heavily next year assuming he makes it to Bradenton

  • ” Hanson was named the Pirates Prospects hitter of the month for May.”

    Way to jinx him, Tim. Now if “Yay-oody” gets bombed…………………….. 🙂

  • Colten Brewer has been limited due to injuries and then in 2014 on the restricted list – not sure what that means, but it probably got him deleted from the P2 2015 Prospect Guide. If he can stay healthy and keep his head together, he can be a nice prospect still only in his age 22 season. Last night was his best professional outing and he obviously has swing & miss stuff.

    Has John Sever been moved back to relief or are they just trying to spread some limited pitching opportunities? He continues to be very impressive. Can he develop the velocity to be a possible Tony Watson clone?

    • emjay….hah…I never noticed that Brewer was not in the guide.

      Did our P2 crack crew miss him?

      • John Dreker
        June 2, 2015 9:36 am

        He was on the restricted list the whole season and not invited to the Fall Instructional League, so he was left off on purpose. It was actually a surprise to see him back this spring, because it sounded like that wasn’t possible. Without getting into Brewer’s personal details and answering emjay’s question, the restricted list is used for players serving drug suspensions, players that violate contract terms or players that don’t show up to camp voluntarily, or involuntarily due to visa issues. Brewer was in one of the latter two categories, meaning it wasn’t drug suspension related.

    • John Dreker
      June 2, 2015 9:42 am

      Sever is pitching in long relief, so he will get his innings in, just not as a starter.