Prospect Watch: Sanchez and Kuhl Dominate, Frazier Stays Hot


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-4, BB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 0-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

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

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 0-for-5

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

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

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

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 – DNP

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP


Top Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Florimon, 3B – 2-for-3, HR

Home Runs: Pedro Florimon (2)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Florimon, 3B – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-4

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: Angel Sanchez has been fantastic in his promotion to Indianapolis this year. The right-hander has a 2.88 ERA in 25 innings, with a 21:5 K/BB ratio after tonight’s game. He started out a little rough, with seven runs in 11 innings over his first two starts, along with a 5:3 K/BB ratio. Since then he has given up just one earned run in 14 innings, with a 16:2 K/BB ratio. As I wrote earlier today, he’s working his way into the second half rotation depth picture in the majors. Pedro Florimon hit his second home run of the season. Jaff Decker stole his tenth base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Harrisburg 0

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, CF – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Jose Osuna, LF – 2-for-4

Edward Salcedo, 3B – 2-for-3, 2B

Brett McKinney, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adam Frazier stayed hot, picking up three hits for his fifth multi-hit game in a row. He now has an eight game hitting streak, with multiple hits in six of those games. Max Moroff also picked up two hits, and stole his 12th base of the season. Chad Kuhl was outstanding, throwing six shutout innings. He gave up just one walk, while striking out five. Kuhl now has a 3.07 ERA in 93.2 innings, with a 63:29 K/BB ratio. Brett McKinney added two shutout innings. He has struggled a bit early on in Altoona, but has rebounded well the last two outings, combining for five shutout innings.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Montana DuRapau, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Cody Dickson didn’t give up many hits or runs, but struggled with his control. The lefty walked three batters, continuing a trend this season. He has a 3.70 BB/9 ratio in 87.2 innings on the year. In the games I’ve seen him where he’s been successful, the good results have largely been due to poor plate patience in the lower levels from opponents. He’s been effectively wild, and that’s not an approach that projects to work for him in the upper levels if he doesn’t make a change. Montana DuRapau threw two shutout innings, and now has a 0.71 ERA in 25.1 innings with the Marauders. His success is due largely to an ability to throw four pitches for strikes. JaCoby Jones hit his 11th double of the year, and stole two bases, giving him 14. Erich Weiss added his 15th double of the season.




West Virginia had their game postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Batavia 10, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Kramer, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ty Moore, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Albert Baur, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The 4th of July may have passed, but rockets were still flying in Morgantown on Sunday.  The Batavia Muckdogs jumped on Black Bear starter, Hector Garcia, for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back, cruising to a 10-6 victory.  The Bears, who have been struggling offensively, saw their pitching falter today.

After pushing across a run in the top of the first, the Muckdogs sent 11 men to the plate in the second.  Garcia, who could not command his fastball, walked three of the first four hitters in the second, while also allowing a single, double and triple.  He was relieved by Jonathan Minier. By the time the dust had settled, the Muckdogs had a 7-0 lead.

Garcia went to his fastball almost exclusively and couldn’t throw it for a strike.  His game is predicated on being able to throw his breaking ball and change-up off his fastball.  When he does not have command of his fastball, he is in for a long night.

After the game, Manager Wyatt Toregas said that Garcia was really pumped for this game, but that he might have been “too pumped.”

The Bears were able to score twice in the fourth, when Logan Hill and Daniel Arribas had RBI singles.  They tallied a single run in the fifth when Kevin Kramer lined an opposite field double, down the left field line, with two outs. That scored first baseman Albert Baur, who had led off the inning by roping a double to right.

Kramer, who started at shortstop while Kevin Newman still nurses an injury (fouled a ball off his foot on the preceding road trip), had a good day at the plate going 2-4 with a walk. Kramer, who is a left-handed hitter, went the other way with authority on both of his hits. Baur, who is a big, left-handed hitter, went 2-3 with a single and double.  Both of his hits were line shots that he pulled to right.

Coach Toregas liked what he has been seeing from Baur.

“The kid is showing me that he can hit,” Toregas explained.  “He will be a big part of our offense this year.”

Another highlight was a hustling double by Ty Moore.  With one out, and nobody on in the top of the 9th, and the Bears trailing by seven, Moore ripped what should have been just a single up the middle. However, he flew out of the box and never stopped, sliding safely into second for a double.  Moore goes all out, all the time.

“Coach says to control what you can control,” Moore said about the play. “You can always control your effort level.”

This sparked the Bears as they rallied for three runs in the ninth, but once again, it was too little, too late.

Reliever Jonathan Minier was effective again, striking out six in 3 2/3 innings of work while not allowing a run. Third round pick, Casey Hughston, continued to struggle at the plate going 0-2 with a strike out and hitting into a double play, along with a base on balls. The Bears will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow. – Jamey Conlin



Bristol had a double-header rained out.




The GCL Pirates were off today.



The DSL Pirates were off today.


  • jamminjoe66
    July 6, 2015 11:51 pm

    Any chance Frazier gets bumped up to AAA with a super utility role in mind. His hitting has just been amazingly consistent. While playing a lot of positions.

  • Darkstone42
    July 6, 2015 11:56 am

    Two important points:

    1. John used the Bierbauer last night for Hughston. It looks like it didn’t have a chance to work yet, but hopefully the Bierbauer is with Casey today.

    2. Chad Kuhl may have pitched a great ball game, but I’m most impressed with his bubble-blowing game. As Clint Hurdle has shown, the bubble gum tool is important to success in Major League Baseball.

  • Finally some love for Montana. He should get another promotion. I think his command of 4 pitchers will work anywhere they put him. Give him a chance and he will succeed.

  • West Virginia and Delmarva were suspended on Sunday in the fourth inning. The Power lead 3-1 when play resumes Monday. Chase Simpson singled in a run and Francisco Diaz hit a two-run homer to lead WV to the early advantage.

    You don’t pitch to Frankie on a Sunday. The Power’s backup backstop has five career home runs and four have come on a Sunday.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 6, 2015 8:22 am

    You cannot be human and not feel badly for the Hughston kid – getting off to such a horrendous start. I am sure he is really pressing. He just needs to relax – I hope he experiences some success today.

  • Tim: Chad Kuhl has moved quickly through the system to AA since being drafted in 2013. With the circumstances of Taillon, Kingham, and Cumpton, and the way this kid is pitching, is it possible the Pirates will try to move him to AAA a little earlier than expected? With the 50%+ GB rate, and the ability to hit mid-90’s with command, he may even fit the Pirates better than Taillon or Kingham.

  • BallHeadWonder
    July 6, 2015 3:47 am

    Montana DuRapau threw two shutout innings, and now has a 0.71 ERA in
    25.1 innings with the Marauders. His success is due largely to an
    ability to throw four pitches for strikes.

    As I have said before…..Montana DuRapau is a SLEEPER!!! Forget this dude’s size, he just puts up ZEROS!!! Looking forward to his PROMOTION to Altoona!! For a 32nd Round Pick, NH can get some Kudos for this pick!!!

  • Jamey, have you ever come across a comma that you didn’t like?

  • Two questions: (1) what do we think of Sanchez/would we profile him strictly as a 6th/7th starter, depth type guy? (2) what are we to make of Jones? He’s going to end up with 15 hrs, 20 steals, and a decent batting average but he’s still a college bat hitting at a level below where he should be and strikes out a ton…yall had him at #13 coming into the year…do you see that improving and how are reports on his D?

    (That likely was more than 2 questions)

  • Tim, has anyone in Morgantown offered any insight as to what’s behind Hughston’s poor start?

    • Jamey Conlin
      July 6, 2015 12:38 am

      Hello Stephen. I know the question is for Tim, but I thought I could provide some insight to your question.

      Toregas was specifically asked about this last Monday or Tuesday.

      He became a bit indignant and said it has been bad luck. He said that he had hit 4-5 line drives right at people. Thus, he really did not acknowledge the problem though I think it was more of a case of a manager protecting his player.

      He did hit two balls hard last night but he struggled again tonight.

      This has to be weighing on him tremendously. I think it is more mental than physical at this point.

      Hope this helps.