Prospect Watch: Shaky Debuts For Brault and Sanchez


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 – DNP

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3

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 – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, 2 R, 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 – DNP

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-4, 3B, 2 RBI, BB

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – DNP

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP



Top Pitcher: Jeremy Bleich, LHP – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

Home Runs: Brent Morel (4), Gorkys Hernandez (4)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 6, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R

Keon Broxton, LF – 1-for-4, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: Angel Sanchez made his first start since being promoted to Indianapolis earlier in the week. After seeing a lot of success with Altoona this season, his first Triple-A start did not go quite as well. While he allowed four runs and three home runs, they were all in the first three innings. His final two innings of work were scoreless. He also struck out three and walked four.

Bobby LaFromboise strike out a hitter in his perfect inning of work. John Holdzkom allowed a run on a hit in his inning. Deolis Guerra continued his strong season with another perfect inning of relief. Yhonathan Barrios continued his strong start with Indianapolis since being promoted with two scoreless frames. However, Radhames Liz was not able to match Barrios and allowed the game winning run.
Gorkys Hernandez hit a solo home run in the ninth to take the game to extra innings. Brent Morel, John Bowker, and Elias Diaz all had multi-hit efforts. – Ryan Palencer


Game One Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 4, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, 1B – 1-for-3

Mel Rojas Jr., CF – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Steven Brault made his Double-A debut for the Curve, only going 4.1 innings while allowing four earned runs. He gave up four singles in both the first and third inning. He was not really getting hit for anything deep, but Harrisburg consistently reached base on balls hit in the short gap.

Brault’s breaking pitches were hit pretty hard in the short outing. He had the most success when he was able to work fastballs inside to hitters, but he was not able to consistently do that. It seemed like he tried to elevate his fastball in the zone; however, the movement of his 2-seamer did not fool any of the Harrisburg batters. Overall, he was not able to hit his spots well all game.

You can take away a positive in the fact that Harrisburg didn’t have any extra base hits against Brault in his Double-A debut. Now that the nerves will be settled from this debut, it will be interesting to see how he responds in his next appearance.

The Curve were shut out for the first time in 2015, being one of only three teams in all of professional baseball to not be shut out going into the game today. They were not able to string together any hits all evening. Jacob Stallings is the only Curve batter to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double. The double was hit to deep left-center field, and the single was a hard hit ball that couldn’t be fielded cleanly by the shortstop.

The second game of the doubleheader was rained out, and the Curve will make up the game on Monday. – Sean McCool



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

The North All-Stars won 6-0 on Saturday night. JaCoby Jones pinch-hit in the fifth and had a two-run triple. Reese McGuire added an RBI single. Austin Meadows and Jin-De Jhang didn’t play.



The Power were rained out on Saturday. The game has been canceled, therefore will not be made up in the schedule.



Saturday’s game was postponed. They will play a doubleheader on Sunday.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Yankees2 8

Starting Pitcher: Yerry De Los Santos, RHP – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Mikell Granberry, 1B – 3-for-5, RBI, BB

Gabriel Brito, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-3, 3 BB, RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates seem to only play one-run games lately and Saturday was no different. Trailing 8-6 going into the ninth inning, they put three runs on the board and reliever Ramon Garcia held on for the win. The Pirates had no trouble getting on base, collecting 14 hits and ten walks. Huascar Fuentes had a double, triple and was hit by two pitches. He is hitting .375 this season and already has eight doubles and six triples. Fuentes has driven in a team-leading 19 runs. Mikell Granberry had three hits and a walk, raising his average to .317 through 14 games. Jeremias Portorreal and Melvin Jimenez both drew three walks.

  • Since most of the high end international signings for this year occurred last year at around this time, why not tell us who the Pirates have signed? Is the silence because they are waiting to pick the best of the leftovers or you just don’t have any idea? The pirates need to sign at least one top international player each year. The players they are signing now are players they wish will make it but the reality is that there are not many Martes out there to be found by them. Even Polanco now is being platooned as he is having trouble hitting lefties and everyone thought he would be a superstar. Pirates might be lucky he refused to sign a long term contract or they may have had another tabata on their roster.

    • I’m sure they think that everyone they sign is a potential major leaguer. Players develop at different paces and sometimes Martes evolve. I think if you asked baseball knowledgable people Polanco is still seen as a potential star player. Sometimes we all ask too much too soon. I’m still a believer.

  • Where will the de la Cruz boys be playing this year?