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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Tyler Glasnow has had some issues with command in each of his first four outings in AAA, but he put up strong stats in those games despite the control problems. On Saturday afternoon, he went 6.1 shutout innings and looked dominating for most of the day. The opposition had four hits, and three were hit fairly hard, but they all went for singles. Glasnow walked two, though his command looked great except for those two hitters. One of the walks came one pitch after a hanging curve got crushed a long way foul. Glasnow had nine strikeouts, with a lot of hitters chasing curves and coming up empty. He was mainly 93-95 MPH with his fastball, throwing it about 75% of the time. He threw a total of 85 pitches, with 59 going for strikes.
One of his main issues besides command is that his change-up needs work. I saw about 75 pitches from this outing and only noticed one change-up, which went for a called strike. He has shown that he can dominate with two pitches, but you want to see him go to that third pitch more often, even if he doesn’t have success with it, because it’s better to learn in the minors than the majors. Other than the lack of change-ups, this was a terrific outing for Glasnow and much better than he’s looked in his first four games.
On offense, Alen Hanson, Keon Broxton, Travis Snider and Josh Bell each had two hits. Bell drove in two runs, scored once and also drew a walk. He has hits in six straight games, giving him a .329 average through 19 games with Indianapolis. Broxton hit his fifth AAA homer, and his eighth on the season. Hanson stole his 31st base of the year. Snider is 3-for-7 with a double and a walk in two games. Jordy Mercer played the entire game at shortstop, going 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. He is 6-for-25 in seven rehab games.
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The Altoona bats broke out in this game, with some big days for a couple players. The Curve scored 12 runs on 13 hits and nine walks. Jose Osuna had the best day, driving in a career-best six runs, giving him 70 RBIs on the year. He hit his 11th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. Adam Frazier went 4-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. He now has a .330 average, which leads the Eastern League. Eric Wood also had a pretty good game, going 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Andy Vasquez and Erich Weiss both drove in two runs. The boxscore looked good for Weiss, but he had a strikeout, error and a caught stealing in this game, a trifecta you don’t see too often. Max Moroff and Stetson Allie both drew two walks. Allie also picked up 15th outfield assist.
Jason Creasy was the beneficiary of all those runs, and he had a decent start that got lost with all the offense. Creasy has struggled this year with command and while he gave up just one run over five innings, it took 95 pitches(58 strikes) to get through the outing. He still limited the damage, which is something that he has had trouble doing since May. Creasy had made eight straight starts in which allowed at least two earned runs before his performance in this game. Bowie made this a game with seven runs in the last two innings, but the Curve pulled out a 12-8 victory.
Live Report- ALTOONA– Altoona survived a late-inning walkathon by two of its relievers to outlast Bowie, 12-8. Adam Frazier reached base six times and Jose Osuna drove in six runs. The Curve built a 10-1 lead against a string of Bowie pitchers, hitting most everybody hard and piling up nine walks. Osuna started the scoring with a two-run, opposite field HR in the 1st, his seventh longball with the Curve. He drove in two more with a 4th-inning single, and two later on with a sacrifice fly and a groundout.
Frazier and #9 hitter Eric Wood ensured there were generally runners on the bases, as Frazier went 4-for-4 and Wood 2-for-3, with each drawing two walks. Max Moroff, still DHing due to a minor injury, also walked twice. Five separate two-run innings gave Altoona ten runs through the 8th.
Jason Creasy wasn’t dominant, but managed to allow just one run through five innings, on six hits and two walks, and Josh Smith followed with two scoreless innings. Then the walks started. Robert Stock, signed a couple months ago out of independent ball, most likely to eat innings, made his AA debut and threw only 5 of 21 pitches for strikes. He walked four of the five batters he faced.
Clario Perez followed and didn’t do much better at locating the plate, throwing only 16 of 40 pitches for strikes over the final inning and two-thirds. Perez walked three, hit one and gave up two hits on flares that fell in. The duo gave up five runs in the 8th to make the score 10-6. Andy Vasquez restored part of the lead with a massive, two-run blast in the 9th, far over the outer wall in right. Perez started the bottom of the 9th with two walks and a hit batsman, but managed to survive with only two more runs scoring.
Creasy threw his fastball 91-93, hitting 94 once, but the pitch doesn’t miss many bats. He throws straight over the top and is not a sinkerball pitcher, producing a below-average rate of groundball outs. His main secondary pitch was a slow curve that didn’t have much bite. He was helped out by his outfield, as Mel Rojas made two diving catches on liners and Stetson Allie threw out a runner trying to tag up from second on a fly ball to the track in right.
Smith mostly threw fastballs, varying his speeds quite a bit, from 84 to 90. He also threw a few changeups, one of which fooled the rehabbing Steve Pearce. Stock threw 93-95, but was extremely wild, not just missing consistently but missing by a lot. He also failed to cover home promptly when a wild pitch got just a few feet away from catcher Jacob Stallings with the bases loaded. Stallings recovered the ball in time to get the runner coming home, but he had nobody to throw to.
Perez, who could be a candidate for the 40-man roster, also couldn’t throw many strikes. He throws across his body from a 3/4 angle and most everything comes in low. He hits 91-94 with his fastball. His out pitch is a tight, late-breaking curve, but he was behind in the count so much he couldn’t use it effectively. Neither pitch missed many bats, but nothing was hit hard.
Frazier didn’t take a big cut and just tried to put enough wood on the ball to line it into the outfield. He did that three times for singles. He also walked twice and beat out a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt. Moroff, in contrast to Frazier, looked to drive the ball. He lined out to deep center his first time up, then later walked twice. He finished 0-for-3.
Erich Weiss hasn’t generally shown a lot of power, but he lined a ball that short-hopped the wall in left-center. He made a couple diving stops playing second, but didn’t show more than adequate range. He let a routine pop fly drop in, as he seemed to get distracted by Jose Osuna, with neither taking charge adequately.
Osuna’s HR was an opposite-field shot. He made several good plays on grounders to his right, although Creasy wasted one of them by being slow to cover first. – Wilbur Miller
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Tyler Eppler has been pitching great recently and he continued that trend on Saturday night. Tim Williams wrote about Eppler’s season prior to the start and mentioned that he had 12.2 scoreless innings in his last two outings. He extended that with seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out five batters. Eppler threw 59 of his 83 pitches for strikes and had an 8:4 GO/AO ratio. He lowered his season ERA to 2.88 through 59.1 innings.
Harold Ramirez had three hits in this game, including his sixth triple. He scored twice, drove in a run and stole his 21st base. Ramirez is now batting .351 in 68 games. The highest season average for Bradenton(with at least 300 at-bats) is .343 by Ramon Cabrera in 2011. Ramirez is 41 at-bats short of that mark, so he should reach it before the season ends in two weeks. Austin Meadows picked up his 143rd hit, which was also his 20th double. He now has an eight-game hit streak. Bradenton’s record for hits is 146 in 2011 by Elevys Gonzalez.
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Alex McRae hasn’t had a good first full season. The tenth round pick from last year has a 4.97 ERA through 121.1 innings. His ERA was at 5.20 before Saturday, then he went out and threw seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits and no walks. McRae had four strikeouts and nine ground ball outs. West Virginia is now running away with the second half title, as they defeated the only team that could catch them for that second playoff spot.
Tyler Filliben had the big hit, a two-run homer in the sixth inning. It was just the second homer of his pro career. Filliben got the start at second base in place of Pablo Reyes, who was injured while running the bases on Friday. Tito Polo hit his 17th double and also scored a run. Elvis Escobar went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He now has a .301 batting average. He is 15-for-38 in his last ten games. Kevin Newman went 1-for-4 and he now has 49 hits in his first 49 games, though that only gives him a .234 season average.
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Jonathan Brubaker started the game and only got through four innings. He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks, throwing 63 pitches. It took five shutout innings from the bullpen to pick up the win for Morgantown. Jerry Mulderig got the win with two scoreless, while Daniel Zamora threw three shutout innings, picking up his first career save.
Morgantown had seven hits and seven walks, putting three runs on the board. David Andriese and Erik Forgione both had two hits, an RBI and a walk. Casey Hughston went 1-for-4 in this game. The third round pick is proving to be a very streaky hitter. He started off his career 1-for-43, then went on a huge streak to raise his average over 200 points. Recently, Hughston has been slumping again, going 5-for-42 in his last 11 games, with one walk and 20 strikeouts. He has struck out in 13 straight games. Second round pick Kevin Kramer has been hitting well recently. He didn’t get any hits in this game, but he drew two walks and scored a run. Ryan Nagle extended his hit streak to eight games and his on base streak to 12 games.
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Bristol won 2-0 behind six shutout innings from 2015 tenth round pick Logan Sendelbach. He started off his pro career real slow despite being a college pitcher in rookie ball. Sendelbach has a 5.68 ERA, but in his last three starts combined, he has allowed two earned runs over 17 innings. He had 11 ground ball outs in this game. Nick Buckner was the hitting star, driving in both runs with a second inning single. He had two hits and a walk in this game. He has picked up at least two hits in five of his last 11 games. Julio de la Cruz hit his 11th double, though he also struck out in his other three at-bats. Carlos Munoz was the Appalachian League Player of the Month in July, but after an 0-for-4 in this game, he’s now hitting .224 in August and he’s just 4-for-31 in his last nine games.
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Ike Schlabach made his third pro start and looked good through the first three innings. He ran into trouble in the fourth, but he only had 4.1 innings coming into the game, so it’s not surprising that he couldn’t finish strong. He is still getting stretched out, which means he should go four innings in his last start, then he can carry that over into the Fall Instructional League. Schlabach gave up two runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter in 3.1 innings. Both runs scored after he left the game. He had four ground ball outs and three strikeouts.
The Pirates lost again, dropping to 2-12 in the last two weeks. This was originally supposed to be a doubleheader, but they moved the second game to next weekend. Sam Kennelly and Yoel Gonzalez had two hits in the game. Kennelly and Raul Siri drove in the only runs. Siri picked up his tenth stolen base and scored on an RBI single from Kennelly. Ke’Bryan Hayes came into the day leading the league with a .343 batting average and a .442 OBP. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. All seven hits for the Pirates were singles, one day after collecting six hits(all singles) in a doubleheader.
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The DSL Pirates wrapped up their season with a 4-3 win in 10 innings. They finished with a 30-42 record. The Pirates scored the winning run on a bases loaded walk-off wild pitch. Jeremias Portorreal didn’t have a real good season, but he finished strong in this one, collecting three hits, including his 18th double. He also drew a walk and drove in a run. Huascar Fuentes had two doubles, giving him 16 on the season. Gabriel Brito finished with a .306 average after going 1-for-3 in this game. He had a walk and scored two runs. Brito reached base in each of his last 18 games. The Pirates went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and the 5-9 hitters went 0-for-16 in the game.
The Pirates got some great relief pitching from Roger Santana and Carlos Bustamante. Santana has good stuff, but really struggled until the calendar turned to August. He finished with two earned runs over his last 14.1 innings. Bustamante picked up the win by retiring all six batters he faced. Starter Domingo Robles allowed two earned runs over 4.2 innings to finish with a 3.95 ERA in 15 starts. The 17-year-old lefty led the team with 68.1 innings pitched.