Prospect Watch: Career Day For Suiter, Four Top Pitchers Take the Mound


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 – 0-for-5

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – Futures Game

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB, SB

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-2, 2B, BB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – Futures Game

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – Pan-Am Tournament

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-5

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis -DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – DNP

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 3-for-4, 2B

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB

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

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

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona  – 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – Pan-Am Tournament

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 2-for-5, HR


Top Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, LF – 5-for-5, 2 2B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jordan Luplow (5), Jerrick Suiter (3), Taylor Gushue (2)


Box Score

Result: Columbus 10, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-2, 2B, BB

Game Notes: With Wilfredo Boscan getting the call to the majors, Brad Lincoln stepped in to start for Indianapolis. Lincoln did well in his three innings, but the Indianapolis bullpen struggled. Josh Wall gave up three runs, and Jeff Inman followed him by giving up five runs in less than an inning of work, while also letting all three of Wall’s runs score. Offensively, only two players really stood out. Alen Hanson picked up two hits and a walk, while hitting his 11th double of the year. Willy Garcia had three hits and his third double since joining Indianapolis.



Box Score

Result: Bowie 8, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-5

Dan Gamache, 1B – 2-for-5

Andy Vasquez, CF – 2-for-4

Mel Rojas, RF – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Steven Brault has been a strong pitcher this year, getting a lot of success with his two-seam fastball, which has a lot of late cutting and sinking action. He didn’t fare well tonight, giving up six runs in less than two innings, with all six coming in his second inning of work. Prior to this outing, Brault had given up 7 runs in 23 innings in Double-A. Adam Frazier continues to hit everything, picking up two more hits and a double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He now has a .378/.433/.494 line on the season in 164 at-bats. Max Moroff is also continuing his strong season, picking up two more hits.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Daytona 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, LF – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Jin-De Jhang, DH – 2-for-4, SB

Michael Fransoso, RF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler got off to a rocky start with the Marauders this year, giving up nine earned runs in 11.2 innings over his first three starts. The last three outings have been much better, with just three earned runs in 16 innings. Eppler looked like a breakout candidate at the level heading into the season, but missed the first two and a half months of the year after being sidelined with elbow soreness. Tonight was easily his best outing of the year, with just two hits and two walks in six innings. Reese McGuire went 1-for-2 in stealing bases, and is now 12-for-16 on the season. As John Dreker noted last night, JaCoby Jones leads the system in strikeouts. He extended that lead tonight with two more, giving him 99 on the season.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 14, Greensboro 5

Starting Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, LF – 5-for-5, 2 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-5, HR

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 3-for-6

Elvis Escobar, CF – 3-for-5

Connor Joe, 1B – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: West Virginia’s offense exploded tonight for 14 runs, led by Jerrick Suiter, who had a career day. Suiter went 5-for-5, picking up two doubles and a home run. It was his third homer of the year, and gave him 12 doubles. He’s having a good season, hitting for a .318/.400/.453 line in 201 at-bats. Suiter’s numbers do come with a disclaimer that he’s a college guy in Low-A ball, but his ability to hit for average, some power, and good plate patience are encouraging signs. Taylor Gushue hit his second homer of the year, while Jordan Luplow added his fifth. Stephen Tarpley followed up on his six inning no hitter the last time out to give up just two runs in five innings.



Box Score

Result: Vermont 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, DH – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Logan Hill, RF – 2-for-4

Casey Hughston, CF – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Cesilio Pimentel got his first start of the year tonight, although he had been pitching well lately in an extended role. In his last four outings prior to this start, Pimentel combined for three earned runs in 13.1 innings of work, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio. He’s got some good velocity on his fastball for a lefty, but is a bit old for the current level, and will need to show a lot of success this year if he wants to get an aggressive push next year. Casey Hughston picked up his first double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Kingsport 7, Bristol 1

Starting Pitcher: Gage Hinsz, RHP – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Lunde, C – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Munoz, 1B – 1-for-4

Game Recap: Gage Hinsz made his second start of the year for Bristol, but only went two innings. Hinsz has combined to give up four earned runs in 3.2 innings over his two outings. He’s got a lot of upside, but is going to need to work on commanding his pitches better. Erik Lunde has been an interesting story this year. He currently gas a .308/.413/.487 line in 39 at-bats, which is a small sample. He’s also 23 years old, so he should be hitting above this level. So nothing says he should continue this production. However, he’s making the transition to catcher this year from the infield, which makes his future offensive production something to watch.




The GCL Pirates were off today.



The DSL Pirates were off today.


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I was curious when the new top 30 was coming out! It has been teased for quite some time


I guess I’ll answer partly myself may as well wait for the trade deadline

Matt Beam

Frazier and Moroff, future MLB pieces for Bucs or trade pieces this year or next?


They need to see what they have. Too much AAAA fodder in AAA right now


 John: what’s your gut feeling on if/when the org starts breaking up the 2014 college bats?

From a developmental perspective, a guy like Connor Joe who has slashed .290/.433/.380 (148 wRC+) with insane plate discipline (17.6%BB/9.2%K) over his last 30 games would seem to benefit more from facing appropriate competition at this point.

It’s remarkable how well the 2014 college bats are playing to their scouting reports in general. These are the type of high floor/low ceiling guys that should be moved up the system as quickly as they show they’re capable. In two years these should be the guys providing the Pirates with bench flexibility instead of trotting out the corpse of Corey Hart, et al.


I went to the Greensboro game and talked for a moment with Tarpley. He was excited that I knew he pitched a no hitter and was very proud of it. He feels very comfortable in the system and seems to be a great guy. Tucker seemed to be a great person as well signing autographs for shy little kids while asking them about their little league teams. He was also super geeked about McCutchens walk off.


I agree about Tucker, I believe it is real. My wife and I ran into him a couple of times in spring training and he is a very nice kid.


Time for Suiter to be promoted to Bradenton…then maybe move either Hill or Moore up to his spot…


He is right tho


We’ll get NH right on that!

Bobby L

With both Tarpley and Brault pitching yesterday I’m curious if anything has ever been said about why one was not named immediately when Snider was traded.

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