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 (Nick Kingham, Jacob Taylor), 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 the mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.
1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton -[insert_php]
4. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton -[insert_php]
7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton -[insert_php]
9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List
10. Kevin Newman, SS, West Virginia -[insert_php]
11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, GCL -[insert_php]
12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php]
14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia -[insert_php]
15. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php]
16. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php]
17. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php]
18. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
19. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
20. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona -[insert_php]
21. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
22. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php]
23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown -[insert_php]
24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php]
25. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL -[insert_php]
26. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia -[insert_php]
27. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
28. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php]
29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php]
30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
Indianapolis has off on Wednesday.
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ALTOONA– Erich Weiss has been impressive since his promotion to Double-A Altoona, adding two more hits tonight. In his 13 games with the Curve, Weiss has 14 hits for a .333 batting average. He’s mostly hitting singles and finding holes, but he has handled the promotion well. Weiss has also provided another solid infield glove at second base, only committing one error in nine games at second and showing decent range.
After an 0-for-4 night on Tuesday, Max Moroff turned in a single, double, and triple on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 on the night. Again, he bounced back to get his average to .300. The double was a deep drive to the wall in right field and the stand-up triple hit the traveled 405 feet off of the center field wall. As I wrote yesterday about Moroff, he has continues to drive the ball deeper and for more power even with the lack of hits in August. He drove in two runs while rallying in the ninth on a hard hit single up the middle, but he and Frazier were stranded on second and third to squelch the comeback.
Every player in the lineup had at least one hit tonight except for Frazier, whose batting average has fallen to .320.
After two strong starts for Matt Benedict, he was touched up tonight for six earned runs on ten hits in 4.1 innings. Portland seemed to hit Benedict around to all fields, as he allowed three doubles in his outing.
Max Moroff has been at DH for the past two games. Manager Tom Prince described Moroff as having some typical bumps and bruises, and it is not believed that he is dealing with anything major, even though he has a visible limp and was obviously not running at 100% around the bases.
Also, Prince summoned Jose Osuna, in the 3-hole, to bunt with runners on first and second and no outs in the ninth. Osuna failed to get the bunt down twice, but there was a wild pitch on the third attempt, allowing the runners to move up and calling off the bunt. Osuna then grounded out with two strikes. It is simply interesting to see Prince manage to allow the players to develop in all aspects of the game. – Sean McCool
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Cody Dickson is having a mediocre season this year, but until Wednesday night, he had made 11 straight starts without allowing five earned runs. Dickson ran into a rut in early June, with two straight starts in which he gave up a combined 12 earned runs in 10.1 innings. Over his next 11 games, he was pretty solid the entire time, with one 2.2 inning outing in the middle, where he ran up his pitch count early. Dickson went eight innings in his last start, giving up two runs. In this game, he surrendered five earned runs in five innings, giving up ten base hits. About the only good thing you could say about this game is that it was his second straight start with no walks. Control has been an issue for him off and on, so 13 innings without a walk is a good sign.
The Marauders lost on a walk-off hit in the ninth, putting a damper on the great night at the plate for Wyatt Mathisen. He went 4-for-4 with a double and his third home run of the season. He came into the day with just four hits in his last ten games. Jordan Steranka also homered in this game, his third of the season. Jin-De Jhang collected his 14th double of the season, while Harold Ramirez hit his 11th double. Ramirez has reached base in 11 straight games. Last week, Austin Meadows was named the hitter with the best strike zone judgement in the FSL, but he has now gone ten straight games without a walk. He had one hit(a single) in this game, his 139th hit of the season.
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Austin Coley hasn’t pitched well most of the season after looking good early. He had a 1.80 ERA in April and it’s been over 4.00 every month since. His overall numbers didn’t look bad coming into this game, but two things really hurt him. He has given up 18 homers and hit 12 batters, so while the 1.22 WHIP was low and his 20:95 BB/SO ratio looked very good, a deeper look into his stats uncovers two problems. His Wednesday outing was one of his best this season, allowing one run over seven innings. He has been more of a fly ball pitcher this year, but he had a 10:5 GO/AO ratio in this game.
The bottom of the lineup led the offense for West Virginia. The 6-9 hitters each had two hits, scoring five of the team’s six runs and they drove in four runs. Chase Simpson hit his 11th homer of the year. Jordan Luplow connected on his 36th double and drove in two runs, giving him 67 RBIs. Elvis Escobar raised his average to .299 with two hits and two runs. He has had two hits or more in six of his last 11 games. Escobar also picked up his sixth outfield assist.
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Bret Helton went six innings on Wednesday, giving up one unearned run on two hits and no walks. It was the best career outing for the 2015 ninth round pick, who was coming off a game in which he gave up one run over 5.2 innings. In his two prior starts, he got knocked out early, allowing a total of eight earned runs on 16 hits in 5.1 innings. Despite the success he’s had in his last two outings, Helton began his pro career slowly, so he has a 4.67 ERA through 11 starts. After he left the game with a 2-1 lead, Sean Keselica came in and faced three batters. All three recorded hits and came around to score.
Morgantown scored two runs in the second on a Ryan Nagle triple and then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh with three runs. Christian Kelley capped off the scoring with a two-run double to make it 5-4, which is where the game ended. Cesilio Pimentel threw three scoreless innings for the win. Kevin Kramer had two walks, extending his on base streak to 11 games. The 2015 second round pick has a .665 OPS in his first 41 games.
Bristol has off on Wednesday
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The Pirates sat their regular 1-3 hitters in this game, with Ke’Bryan Hayes and Adrian Valerio getting the day off and Michael de la Cruz is hurt after injuring his hamstring in Tuesday’s game, leaving in the eighth inning. The injury isn’t expected to keep him out long, although the GCL season ends next Friday, so he could miss a significant part of what is left.
Starter Nicholas Economos had his worst pro outing, displaying some uncharacteristic control issues. He had six walks over 25.1 innings coming into this game, then ended up walking four batters in 1.1 innings. He allowed a run in the first, then three in the second, though all three runs scored after he was removed from the game due to his pitch count. Mister Luciano let in all three inherited runs, then gave up three runs of his own in his 2.2 innings of work.
Richard Mitchell came in next and continued his recent string of success. In his last five outings combined, including Wednesday’s performance, he has allowed two earned runs over 11 innings. The Pirates made some changes to his mechanics in Extended Spring Training and it seems like he is finally getting used to the change, as he really struggled early.
The Pirates made this a game late after trailing 7-1 early. The scored four runs in the ninth, but came up short with the 7-6 loss. Victor Fernandez homered and stole his 14th base. Edison Lantigua is showing some late life this season after starting off real slow, partially due to two minor injuries. He went 1-for-3 in this game, walking twice and scoring twice. The walks are significant because he has now drawn a walk in four straight games after walking twice in his first 26 games.
Raul Siri has had an incredibly difficult season after starting off the first week or so on fire. He had 15 hits in his first nine games, and since then he has collected 17 hits in 31 games. Paul Brands has his first career three-hit game, plus he also drew a walk. Yoel Gonzalez had two hits and drove in three runs. The 19-year-old catcher’s last multi-hit game was back on July 7th, which was the only other time all season he had two hits in a game this year. He is hitting .129 in 93 at-bats.
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The DSL Pirates won 3-2 in 14 innings on Wednesday, as they look to finish their season up strong with just three games left. In the 14th inning, Yondry Contreras reached base on a grounder that resulted in a throwing error, getting him to second base on the play. He would score the winning run two batters later on a single from catcher Gabriel Brito.
Mikell Granberry had three hits on his 20th birthday. Williams Calderon also had three hits and scored a run. Yondry Contreras scored that winning run, but he didn’t have much success the rest of the game, striking out four times. His 84 strikeouts are a team record. Shortstop Melvin Jimenez had two hits, two walks and put down two sacrifice bunts.
Starter Yerry De Los Santos threw five innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits. Despite 22 hits in the game, a double allowed by De Los Santos was the only extra-base hit. This was the first time the 17-year-old righty went five innings without allowing an earned run. Relievers Oddy Nunez and Jherson Esqueda each threw three scoreless innings.