Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Shows Electric Stuff in Latest Start

P2 Top 30

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] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20150816′);
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4. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20150816′);
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5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20150816′);
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6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20150816′);
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7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20150816′);
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8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20150816′);
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9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List

10. Kevin Newman, SS, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20150816′);
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11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, GCL -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20150816′);
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12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20150816′);
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13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20150816′);
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14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20150816′);
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15. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20150816′);
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16. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20150816′);
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17. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20150816′);
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18. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(657022,’P’,’20150816′);
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19. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20150816′);
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20. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20150816′);
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21. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20150816′);
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22. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20150816′);
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23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20150816′);
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24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20150816′);
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25. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL -[insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20150816′);
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26. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20150816′);
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27. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

28. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20150816′);
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29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(641713,’B’,’20150816′);
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30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(624517,’P’,’20150816′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Indianapolis Indians Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

INDIANAPOLIS — While Tyler Glasnow struggled with control at times in the outing, his stuff was much more electric than it has been in the past few starts since being promoted to Indianapolis. Glasnow also had some of the velocity back as well, hitting 94 to 95 consistently on the fastball. The breaking ball had much more sharp break, which Glasnow used for his put away pitch on several occasions to get to the seven strikeouts that he racked up on five innings. The issue for Glasnow on Sunday was finding the plate, as only 48 of his 89 pitches were strikes, leading to a lot of baserunners and long innings.

Josh Harrison went 0-for-4 on Sunday as well and is now 1-for-16 in his rehab assignment. Jordy Mercer also went 0-for-3 in the contest with a pair of ground outs and a strikeout.

Coming into Sunday, Willy Garcia boasted of a .571 slugging percentage in his previous 31 games. He did not do anything to harm this, as he picked up an RBI double as one of his two hits. Josh Bell also picked up three hits including a double of his own in the game. Alen Hanson took a 0-for-4 in the game and is just 4-for-22 in his last seven games.

Rob Scahill relieved Glasnow and allowed a run on a hit and a walk in his inning of work in a rehab appearance of his own. Josh Wall worked the final three innings scoreless to wrap up the victory. – Ryan Palencer

Altoona Curve Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Jason Creasy looked great last year in Bradenton, putting up solid numbers across the board, highlighted by strong control that saw him walk just 22 batters in 148.2 innings. In fact, Creasy had walked just 46 batters in 257 innings the previous two years. But coming into tonight’s game, he didn’t see the same control, walking 45 batters on the season in Double-A over 119.2 innings.

Creasy’s outing tonight was a lot closer to what he showed in Bradenton and West Virginia the last two years. He pounded the strike zone, throwing 64 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He didn’t allow a walk, and only allowed five hits. The result was that he held Richmond to two runs, and completed the seventh inning for the first time since June 26th, when he gave up one run in seven innings of work.

The Altoona offense was quiet today, getting just five hits and only one extra base hit. However, they managed four runs out of that limited production, mostly due to a big sixth inning where they led off the frame with two walks, and capitalized on three errors in the inning. Max Moroff picked up a hit, then was replaced in the seventh inning. His last at-bat came in the top of the fifth, and he made a fielding play in the bottom half of the inning, which was his last play before being replaced. No word on why he was pulled.

Bradenton Marauders Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 tonight, picking up his fourth triple of the year. Meadows is having a good season, with a .302/.356/.406 line, which is strong for the pitching friendly Florida State League. He’s been much stronger in the second half, with a .340/.367/.471 line in 206 at-bats. Meadows has a lot of raw power, and a quick line drive stroke. Some of his power has started showing up in the second half, with a .131 ISO and five home runs, compared to a .088 ISO in the first half and two homers in 239 at-bats.

Harold Ramirez only reached base with a walk tonight, and stole his 20th base of the year. Chris Diaz picked up three hits from the shortstop position. He has been getting a lot of playing time recently since JaCoby Jones was promoted to Altoona and then traded. That might be due to a lack of options, since no one else profiles as a good shortstop option at the level, and no one from West Virginia is ready to move up to Bradenton.

West Virginia Power Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Yeudy Garcia continued his breakout season by bouncing back from bad outings the last two times out, throwing five shutout innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. This was the fifth time that Garcia went five shutout innings since the start of July, spanning nine starts. He is now up to 103.2 innings on the season, so expect him to remain on this five inning schedule going forward.

John Sever piggybacked with Garcia, and continued his strong season by allowing one run in four innings. Sever now has a 2.96 ERA in 85 innings, with an 82:29 K/BB ratio. The lefty usually sits in the low 90s with his fastball, and can touch 94. The Pirates have been using him in long relief most of the year, envisioning him as a power lefty.

Tito Polo hit his second triple of the year while picking up two hits on the day. Polo also stole his 41st base of the year. Polo had a rough start to the year, with a .559 OPS in the first half of the season. Since the All-Star Break, he has an .888 OPS in 95 at-bats, with an amazing 22 stolen bases in 27 games. Polo looked like a potential breakout guy heading into the season, and got an aggressive push to West Virginia from the GCL last year. It’s good to see him improving lately after struggling early in the year.

West Virginia Black Bears Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Morgantown got another great outing from JT Brubaker, who went six shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out four. Brubaker gave up four earned runs in four innings the last time out, but combined for 21 shutout innings over his previous four starts. He has gone at least five shutout innings in six of his last eight outings, while giving up two or fewer hits in four of those starts.

Brubaker would have gotten the win, but Daniel Zamora loaded the bases in the ninth, and Nick Hibbing let the tying runs score. Hibbing went on to pitch four shutout innings, allowing Morgantown to get the winning run in the 14th inning. The offense had a big night, with six players getting multiple hits. Kevin Kramer picked up his first triple of the year, and had three stolen bases. Kramer got off to a slow start in his pro career, but has a 1.075 OPS in the month of August so far.

Bristol Pirates Prospect Watch1

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P2 Game Notes

Bristol’s offense had a big night, led by Zach George, who had three doubles, giving him nine on the season. George has been hitting well for Bristol this year, with an .889 OPS heading into the game. All of that was expected, since George is a college guy in the lower levels. He is lower on the depth chart, and could head to West Virginia next year to challenge for playing time at first base, although it might be difficult to steal time away from Carlos Munoz if the organization considers him a legit prospect.

Logan Sendelbach has struggled this year, but put up his second strong outing in a row. He’s got two earned runs in 11 innings over the last two starts, after combining for 13 runs in 7.1 innings in his previous three outings. Julio De La Cruz extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 23 games.

GCL Pirates Prospect Watch
The GCL Pirates are off on Sunday.

DSL Pirates Prospect Watch

The DSL Pirates are off on Sunday.

  • Connor Joe with another OH-fer. Please tell me why he is in the top 30 prospect rankings and Keon Broxton isn’t. What, because Broxton strikes out a lot? Sure he does, but he’s got speed and some power. Joe’s got neither. It just seems to me that Joe is only ranked because of where he was drafted. Just sayin’…

    • The top 30 doesn’t get updated regularly. Look where Broxton was just over a month ago when we last updated it. He was hitting under .200 at the time. And yes, his very high strikeout rate hurts him still, even if he has been great the last month.

      Joe isn’t putting up great stats and his draft spot didn’t help him, otherwise he would be higher. He was 29th before we took Kingham off the list and they traded Jones and Sampson away. That’s pretty low 14 months removed from being the 39th overall pick. We have never been high on him, he was #29 in our prospect guide last year.

      That being said, he has 42 walks and 27 strikeouts, which is a pretty rare combo together and a low strikeout rate on it’s own. That’s a good sign of plate patience and pitch recognition, as well as contact skills. That usually leads to future success, or it’s a least a good start towards success.

      • I think what you just mentioned is why no one panicked about Polanco. His K and BB rates were still extremely solid so you felt like it was only a matter of time. Now he seems to do something with the bat every game.

  • The Durham broadcasters couldn’t have been more impressed with the number of great prospects the Pirates have in Indy.

  • Two players who seem to be doing well at Bristol and haven’t received much comment are SS Trae Arbet and P Scooter Hightower. What sort of potential do they possess?

    • Arbet has hit well this year, but he has a lot of flaws. He’s at second base now, not shortstop and he hasn’t played well there. He has no speed. He doesn’t take walks and he strikes out too much, plus he is 21 years old in rookie ball. He’s showing power, but that won’t work at the higher levels with his BB/SO rates. Without good defense or speed, that won’t give him much value.

      Hightower is a couple months shy of his 22nd birthday and he came from college ball, so you really can’t take anything from his performance. If he starts pitching well in long relief or as a starter next year in WV, then you might have something. Otherwise right now you just have an older player getting his innings in at a low level, so there isn’t much to talk about.

  • Bell and Garcia seem to be developing quite the 1-2 punch.

    • I’m starting to think Garcia is going be a nice bat on the bench if they hang on to him. Feels like they are going to get a lot of internal help next year.

  • Joseph Willis
    August 16, 2015 6:03 pm

    Can schilling stay on rehab assignment until rosters expand, or will they be faced with a call up or lose him before that

    • I think 30 days, not including the dl stint.

    • I watched the game. Bell works well with the glove. Glasnow threw several pick-off attempts looking good on those attempts even though the runners got back safe each time. Bell will do well at first base in 2016.

    • I assume you mean Scahill? Pitchers have 30 days, so he can stay down until they need him or September 1st. He also has an option, which they wouldn’t use, but there was never danger of losing him

  • Seems like Bells bat is doing well, John. How’s the glove been lately?

    • Ryan is the one that sees him the most. I’ve watched a few games, no tough plays, made the routine ones

  • Bell seems to adjusting and improving daily after a slow start. Still see him as a mid summer 2016 guy to get more ABs though. As for Glasnow, obviously the control needs to improve but he seems to be on track for mid-summer as well.

    • reps at first, not AB’s- you arent going to see him next summer unless he looks like at least kevin young by then

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