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]
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Indianapolis moved a step closer to a playoff spot with a 3-2 win in 13 innings. Third string catcher Wilkin Castillo has become one of the better relief pitchers on the team, picking up his second win in this game and he hasn’t allowed an earned run in his four appearances. Starter Wilfredo Boscan gave up one run over 5.2 innings. Rob Scahill allowed a run on two hits and two walks, failing to get through an inning of work.
The Indianapolis hitters went 7-for-42 in the game, collecting three doubles and drawing four walks. Alen Hanson had two of the hits, both doubles. He has been in a slump lately, so this is a good sign for him as the September roster expansion is just a week away. The Pirates will likely call him up since he’s a switch-hitter with good speed. That could be a valuable extra player to have on the bench. Since he hasn’t hit well lately, and the fact he wouldn’t be used as a starter, he might not be up until after the season. That could run into mid-September, depending on the International League playoffs.
Keon Broxton had two hits, drove in two runs, walked once and stole his 27th base for Indianapolis. He also had 11 steals earlier this season for Altoona. Josh Bell went 0-for-4 with a walk, breaking a seven-game hit streak. Corey Hart and Travis Snider both came up empty as a pinch-hitter in this game.
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ALTOONA– Jose Osuna has been on a roll lately, going 9-for-24 in his last six games with two home runs. He sent another one well over the left field wall in the first inning for a three-run home run. Two nights ago, Osuna drove in six of the Curve’s 12 runs, and he had three more RBIs on the night tonight. Osuna has raised his average ten points in those six games to make it .295.
Adam Frazier has also been on a short run, picking up another hit tonight on a single in the first inning to right field. Frazier’s average dropped to .320 on August 19th before a two-hit and four-hit night in the last week, and now he back up to .329.
Max Moroff picked up three hits, while Erich Weiss picked up two hits tonight. Moroff played the field tonight for the first time in over a week after injuring his leg during a slide in Richmond. He’s been able to DH, but he has had a noticeable limp. He bumped his average back to .296. Weiss picked up his seventh multi-hit game in 18 games since joining the Curve. His presence at second base has also allowed Moroff to play some third base, which is very important for him to have flexibility moving forward.
Stetson Allie returned to the Curve lineup during the last series, picking up three hits over the weekend. He missed about a week of games after being hit in the elbow by a pitch on August 15th in Richmond. He singled and drove another one to deep centerfield that was tracked down for a flyout. Allie converted his 16th outfield assist on a relay to Erich Weiss to home in the third, which would lead the Eastern League in outfield assists (even in limited play of late).
Matt Benedict has been the definition of inconsistency since he was inserted back into the starting rotation following Tyler Glasnow’s promotion. In his start on July 31st, he allowed 12 earned runs in 4.2 innings. He followed that start with back-to-back seven inning performances, allowing only one run in those 14 innings. Since those starts, he gave up six runs in 4.1 innings last Wednesday followed by nine runs in 5.0 innings tonight. The 14 hits that Benedict gave up tonight ties him for the most hits allowed by a Curve pitcher in a game. – Sean McCool
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In his last outing, Cody Dickson gave up five earned runs on ten hits in 5.2 innings. It was the first time he allowed five runs(or more) since June 8th, when he also gave up five earned runs. Dickson was able to follow up that poor outing with 5.2 strong innings on Monday night. This was the first time since May 28th that he didn’t give up any earned runs.
Dickson now has pitched two more innings than he did last year when he made 27 starts for West Virginia. This was his 25th start this season. He had a 3.90 ERA last year, while he now sits at 3.97 this season. Control was a big issue for Dickson last year and he has made a slight improvement, going from 58 walks in 2014, down to 46 this season. It’s still one of the higher totals in the system, but it also shows he is making progress.
The Marauders won this game 8-6 behind three hits each from Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire. Meadows now has a .308 average this season and he extended his hit streak to ten games. He has six multi-hit games during that streak. McGuire collected his 15th double, which was the only extra-base hit for Bradenton. He came into this game mired in a 4-for-29 slump over his last nine games. Harold Ramirez had two hits and a walk, raising his average to .350 on the season. Jordan Steranka had two hits and drove in three runs. Junior Sosa had two hits and scored two runs.
West Virginia has off on Monday.
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Kevin Kramer has been hitting well lately, but nothing like his game on Monday night, though he got some help from extra innings and a lot of offense. Morgantown put up ten runs on 20 hits and Kramer had five of those hits from the lead-off spot. He saw his batting average go up 15 points to .305 in this game. He has reached base in 15 straight games, seeing his average rise 88 points in that stretch. Kramer hit his third triple and drove in two runs.
The Black Bears won 10-9 in 13 innings, moving to 32-30 on the season. The only player that didn’t reach base at least twice in this game was Logan Hill, and he hit his seventh homer of the season. Danny Arribas was just as good as Kramer in this game, collecting three hits and drawing two walks. He hit his second triple and stole his second base. Ty Moore had two hits and scored three runs. Mitchell Tolman drove in two runs.
Bret Helton came into this game with two straight solid performances in which he allowed one earned run over 11.2 innings. That was a good sign from the 2015 ninth round pick, because he still had a 4.67 ERA through 11 games, even with the strong back-to-back outings. Unfortunately, this game was more like what we have seen from Helton early in his career. He went just two innings, allowing seven runs(four earned) on eight hits and a hit batter. He was hurt by a costly error from Erik Forgione, but Helton still got knocked around for two frames before he was pulled.
Morgantown pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, including four by Tate Scioneaux in his three scoreless innings. Julio Eusebio threw 3.1 scoreless frames and the winning pitcher was Chris Harvey, a catcher. Yes, two different catchers in the same organization picked up wins on the same day.
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Game One: Gage Hinsz was coming off a five inning, no-hit performance last week. It didn’t take long for him to give up a hit in this game, but the big hit came in the fourth inning. Hinsz had a long first inning, throwing a lot of pitches in order to work around a lead-off single and a walk. He gave up singles in the second and third, but worked out of both innings without anything else. After a fly ball out and a single that was erased quickly on a caught stealing, Hinsz issued a two-out walk in the fourth inning. The next batter hit a two-run homer, then Hinsz plunked the next hitter with the first pitch, which didn’t go over well. After another walk, he was removed from the game due to his pitch count.
It wasn’t a good outing due to the amount of base runners he allowed, but Hinsz managed to only allow two runs. In eight of his nine appearances this season, he has given up two earned runs or less. The only one in which he allowed more was three runs over three innings. back on July 25th.
The offense was quiet in this game, with one run on four singles, a walk and a hit batter. Enyel Vallejo drove home Nick Buckner with the only Bristol run, which came in the bottom of the seventh. Bealyn Chourio was the only Bristol hitter to reach base twice, collecting two singles. Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3, leaving him 5-for-37 in his last 11 games.
Game Two: Sandy Santos came up a single short of the cycle in this game, which would have been tough for him to get since he only batted three times. He hit his ninth double, third triple and sixth homer. Santos is a toolsy outfielder, who could be the best prospect on this team, although the club severely lacks prospects on offense, so it’s not saying much. Carlos Munoz came through in his last at-bat of the day, hitting a two-run homer, his 11th of the season. He had a huge lead for the batting title coming into August, but he’s now 31 points behind the league leader, with only a week left in the season.
Neil Kozikowski got the start and went four innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He has been pitching well in relief lately, throwing 10.1 scoreless innings over his last three outings combined. Kozikowski has a 4.07 ERA in 42 innings this year, with ten walks and 35 strikeouts. With the 6-4 win, Bristol was able to keep their small playoff hopes alive.
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The GCL Pirates have been in a huge downward spiral the last two weeks, with their only win coming in a suspended game that was finished as part of a doubleheader. They were in first place not long ago, but got eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday. On Monday, the Pirates’ pitchers did well to hold the first place Blue Jays to one run on four hits, but the offense couldn’t push anything across the plate. The Pirates had eight hits, including two from Raul Siri, who collected his eighth double. They went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Michael de la Cruz had a hit and a walk, while Adrian Valerio and Ke’Bryan Hayes both went 1-for-4 with a single. Hayes committed his fifth error of the season. He has a .333 batting average through 44 games and he’s hitting .219 in his last ten games.
Starter Nestor Oronel took the hard luck loss, giving up one run over five innings. Oderman Rocha threw a scoreless sixth and Stephan Meyer kept the Blue Jays off the board for two innings. The three pitchers combined to walk six batters.