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 Monday
Altoona has off on Monday.
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The Marauders had an early 2-0 lead that they couldn’t hold, as they drop a 4-2 decision to Jupiter. Frank Duncan pitched great through six innings, throwing shutout ball. In the seventh, he ended up allowing three runs to put Bradenton down. Duncan had no walks, five strikeouts and a 10:4 GO/AO ratio. On the season, he has 14 walks and 92 strikeouts in 121 innings.
Harold Ramirez had a single and a walk, but he was also caught stealing for the 13th time in 30 attempts. He is hitting .352 through 56 games. Reese McGuire had two hits, including his 13th double. Jin-De Jhang had a single and his 31st RBI. He’s now one point ahead of Austin Meadows in the batting race(.304 to .303), after Meadows went 0-for-4 on the night.
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CHARLESTON, WV — From day one of this road trip, I was hoping to see Yeudy Garcia. He has been one of the biggest breakout guys in the system this year, and while I saw him early in the season, I wanted to get an updated look. The last time I saw him, he was hitting 93-96 MPH easily, and I got reports that he was consistently sitting there, and touching 97.
Tonight his velocity was down, sitting in the 91-94 MPH range, and his focus seemed off early in the start. He struggled in the second inning, giving up two runs after a single and a home run to start the inning. It could have been worse, as he followed that by hitting a batter and issuing a walk. He got a double play started by Kevin Newman, and then after loading the bases with another hit batter and another walk, he got a ground out to end the inning.
Garcia settled from there, and was able to pitch the next three innings, making his overall stat line look good. He’s up to 98.2 innings this year, after going 59.2 innings last year in the DSL. The Pirates are slowing him down, limiting him to five innings per start. It’s possible that the drop in velocity is due to the long season, and not being built up enough to carry that velocity all year. I talked to scouts tonight who seemed unconcerned about the lower velocity. He did show an improved changeup and slider tonight, although early in the outing it looked like he was having trouble putting guys away without his fastball.
The West Virginia offense exploded tonight for seven runs in the sixth inning, leading to an 11-2 victory. Michael Suchy was hitting the ball hard tonight, picking up a double and a home run. The encouraging thing was that he pulled the ball both times, after showing a tendency to mostly go opposite field during the first half. Jordan Luplow only had one hit, but it was a well hit double, for his 34th of the year. Taylor Gushue hasn’t had the best numbers, but does have some power potential in his bat, and showed that off tonight by crushing a home run over the right field wall.
Kevin Newman made his debut with West Virginia and went 1-for-4 with a walk. He made two errors, but showed excellent range and a strong and accurate arm. As I wrote over the weekend, Newman has been playing on the turf field in Morgantown all year, which is difficult for fielding grounders. Adding to this, it rained all day in Charleston, so he wasn’t able to take fielding practice, and had his first experience on the field at Appalachian Power Park during the game. It was also raining throughout the game. Both errors were fielding errors where Newman got to the ball, but mis-handled it. I wouldn’t read much into it, considering he just came from a long homestand on a very fast field, got his first ground balls on this field during the game, and dealt with rain throughout the outing. Overall, there were a lot of factors that made this a difficult game on defense. – Tim Williams
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Morgantown lost 3-2 in 11 innings and their offense barely showed up this game. The Black Bears had three hits total in the extra inning game. They also had four walks and two hit batters, but also made some extra outs on the bases. Logan Hill was 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI, which was the good part. He was caught stealing and grounded into two double plays, so he contributed to the lack of offense as well. Erik Forgione had the other two hits and ended up scoring both runs. Catcher Christian Kelley was 0-for-6 in throwing out runners and the team committed three errors. Two of the errors were by Mitchell Tolman at second base, which isn’t his normal position.
Seth McGarry had a strong start, allowing one run over 4.2 innings, with six strikeouts. He has had some trouble with control, with 13 walks in 26.1 innings since joining Morgantown. He threw 86 pitches in this game, 49 for strikes. McGarry has a 4.78 ERA, but he’s really just getting stretched out and used to starting after throwing 61.1 innings during his three years of college, so you shouldn’t be too critical of his stats in a new role.
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Trey Supak last pitched on July 11th, his fourth start of the season. After that game, he was shutdown with shoulder tightness. He returned on Monday night, but his start was limited due to rain. He got a ground out to start the first, then it started to get windy and began to rain. Supak walked the next batter, then gave up back-to-back hits. The last hit came as it began to downpour and that was the end of his night. Seems to be the day for pitchers to return(see below). This game was suspended and game two will likely be canceled, since these teams already have a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday is the last time they meet this season.
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Game One: The Pirates lost game one of a doubleheader by a 7-5 score. This game was the season debut of 19-year-old righty Nick Hutchings, who injured his shoulder during the Fall Instructional League last year. He couldn’t get out of the first inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. While the results don’t matter as much as being healthy and pitching for the first time in almost a year, it was still a tough outing for him. Two of the hits he gave up were infield hits.
The starting pitcher was Luis Escobar, who held the opponents scoreless for four innings, before loading the bases in the fifth. Richard Mitchell came in to relieve and he allowed all three inherited runners to score. Escobar’s outing last week was the opposite, with three runs allowed in the first before he shutdown the scoring.
On offense, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Sam Kennelly each had two hits. Jhoan Herrera hit a double in the first that scored both Hayes and Kennelly, giving the Pirates an early 3-0 lead. Hayes had brought home Michael de la Cruz with a single earlier in the inning. In the sixth, Raul Siri drove in Kennelly with a sacrifice fly and two batters later, Yoel Gonzalez singled in Herrera with the Pirates’ last run. Hayes has reached base in nine straight games. Adrian Valerio had a single, walk and stolen base, his fifth of the year.
Game Two: Chris Plitt got the start in the second game, coming off an outing in which he threw a two-hit shutout over five innings. He lost the shutout bid early in this one, giving up a second inning homer. It’s the fifth home run he has allowed already, which is quite high for his innings and the league he is in, where many teams in the league have less than ten homers this season. Plitt quickly settled down and gave up just one hit over his final three innings, finishing with a 9:1 GO/AO ratio. In 28.2 innings, he has 21 strikeouts and has yet to walk a batter.
Ke’Bryan Hayes reached base in this game on a second inning RBI single, which extended his on base streak to ten games. He also stole his fifth base of the season. His .379 batting average is tops in the GCL. Adrian Valerio has had hits in four straight games, though one of the games was the resumption of an earlier game, so the stats count towards his July totals. Raul Siri was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and had to leave for a pinch runner. He picked up a single and stole his eighth base earlier in the game. Edison Lantigua hit his second double, walked and scored two runs. He has had a tough time in his first years in the States, struggling at the plate and dealing with two minor injuries that caused him to miss time.
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This was another tough game from the DSL Pirates, although two good things did happen. They lost 7-0 and had just six hits(all singles) and no walks, so the offense never really threatened in this game. They were keeping pace early though, because starter Ronny Agustin threw five shutout innings, giving up a hit and two walks, with three strikeouts. He had a 5.88 ERA and .300 BAA coming into this game. The other good news is that reliever Eumir Sepulveda returned to the mound for the first time since last August. He gave up a run in his only inning, but just the fact he was on the mound for the first time in almost an entire year is a good sign for the 19-year-old righty from Mexico.
Unfortunately, things got out of hand when pitcher Adonis Pichardo came into the game and he allowed six runs(four earned) in 1.1 innings. Pichardo was a six-figure signing last year, armed with a fastball that can touch 96 MPH, but he’s had some injury issues in his first season. He was moved to relief after missing three weeks with arm fatigue and struggled badly in his first outing last week. This has been a lost rookie season for the high upside righty, who looked like he could be one of the best prospects on the team back in the spring.
Rookie catcher Gabriel Brito went 1-for-3, extending his on base streak to ten games. He is the lone six-figure signing from last year that is having a good season, though he’s also missed time twice with injuries.