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 -[insert_php]
10. Kevin Newman, SS, Morgantown -[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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There were certainly ups and downs for right-hander Tyler Glasnow in his Triple-A debut for Indianapolis. The top prospect struck out seven hitters and flashed that dominant fastball in the 94-to-96 range that just overpowered hitters. However, he also allowed nine hits and four runs, only one earned. Glasnow worked very fastball dominant in the first three innings of the game. The first time through the order, it was quite effective, but the second time through, he allowed six hits to the nine batters. Once he started working more with the breaking ball in the fourth inning and beyond, Glasnow regained some of the success. The nine hits are the most he’s ever allowed in a game, two more than his previous high.
Keon Broxton had the similar ups and downs. Broxton earned a walk to reach base in his 25th straight game and he stole his 17th base in 19 attempts with Indianapolis. However, he also struck out four times with a fielder’s choice and a ground out as well. Alen Hanson went 1-for-7 with three strikeouts of his own.
Josh Bell had the same up and down, as he went 1-for-6 in his Triple-A debut. Bell struggled with a change-up, but worked his way back to earn a walk in his first at-bat. In the next two, each resulted in a ground out. This was before being called out on strikes and going down swinging in his next two plate appearances. However, Bell picked up a walk-off single in the 13th inning. Dan Gamache added three hits and a RBI in his second Triple-A game.
Tony Sanchez and Willy Garcia each added their third home runs of the season with Indianapolis. Both were solo shots, while Garcia also added his fifth and sixth doubles as well. Gustavo Nunez picked up his third double of the campaign, while Gorkys Hernandez added his 13th double of the season.
Bobby LaFromboise got Glasnow out of a jam to prevent more runs with a first pitch double play. Brad Lincoln worked 1.2 innings, allowing two walks and a hit batter, but no runs. Jeremy Bleich also had his Indianapolis debut, picking up the final out for Lincoln. Blake Wood pitched around a couple of baserunners for a scoreless ninth inning. Josh Wall worked a perfect 10th, and another scoreless frame in the 11th. A.J. Morris worked a perfect 12th, but allowed the go-ahead run in the 13th. – Ryan Palencer
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Chad Kuhl allowed twice as many runs tonight as he did in all of July, mostly because of three solo shots allowed in the 4th and 5th innings. He began the game strong with a couple groundouts and three strikeouts in the first two innings. In the third, Kuhl got himself in trouble with two singles into the outfield. He was able to get three straight ground balls, but the first two hits could not be converted to outs, scoring one run. The third ground ball was turned into a double play, getting Kuhl out of the jam.
In the 4th and 5th, Kuhl scattered five groundouts, but he left the ball up in the zone on multiple occasions, and the Akron batters took advantage with solo home runs. The three Akron righties were out in front of Kuhl and pulled all three homers to the left field bleachers. Kuhl’s groundball to flyball rate was 10 to 6, which is impressive given the three home runs in those numbers.
Kuhl was named our Pitcher of the Month in July, with a 0.61 ERA and a 23:6 strikeout to walk ratio. What helped him in that month was the control of extra base hits, only allowing four doubles in the whole month with no home runs given up. Obviously, that changed tonight. It just seemed like the stuff was just a little off for Kuhl tonight. He was still able to get groundouts, which is key for Kuhl and has made him successful in his career.
Barrett Barnes hit a line drive home run in the first inning to left-center field for his first Double-A homer. Adam Frazier had his second two-hit night in as many nights after going 1-for-15 in his previous four games. Before that, Frazier had seven two-hit games in a row, raising his batting average to .364 on July 26th. Max Moroff went 2-for-4 after going 0-for-7 in his two previous games. Moroff is in line to take the league lead in batting average, as he is currently T-4 with the top three players already moved to Triple-A without enough plate appearances to qualify for the whole season.
Jose Osuna hasn’t consistently played first base since last year, only playing it sparingly for Bradenton before his promotion. He’s been relegated to mostly left field duties for the Curve; however, I expect to see him take over as the everyday first baseman now that Josh Bell has been promoted. He showed off his glove work early and often, making some smooth plays and leaving his feet to make plays. He also made a terrific play in the third, which may have helped Kuhl get out of the inning, but the ball spun off of his glove after sprawling out for it. Otherwise, Osuna figures to be essential to the Curve’s plan at first base for the rest of the year.
Of note, Adam Frazier recorded the last out of the game on the base paths, getting caught in a rundown between first and second on a steal attempt. Moroff almost tied the game before that with a hit down the right field that barely went foul. In the past week, the Curve have lost Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, and Dan Gamache to promotions and JaCoby Jones to a trade. It will be interesting to see how the team performs as the season continues, with Frazier, Moroff, and Osuna leading the way now. – Sean McCool
Bradenton had their game postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.
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Alex McRae had one of his best starts of the year, throwing five shutout innings, with three hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. But the big story here was what happened in the fifth inning. McRae gave up a single and a double to start the inning. He then followed up with a ground out. The ball deflected off Jordan Luplow’s glove, and right to Tyler Filliben, who held the runners and got the batter at first. From there, he got more help from Elvis Escobar, who caught a fly out in center, then nailed the runner at home for the final out.
This was a big change from McRae’s last outing. The last time out he gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Prior to the fifth inning, he gave up just a walk and a hit, and no runs. Things fell apart for him in the fifth inning of that game when he started with a walk and a hit batter. He wasn’t able to recover, and things spiraled out of control, with two straight singles and a wild pitch to break the game open.
The key tonight was that McRae didn’t let things spiral out of control. He was saved from a run by Escobar’s strong throw to the plate, but he stayed composed and was able to get out of the inning. He was sitting 91-92 MPH with his fastball, and I heard he’s mostly been 90-93 this year. He’s got good stuff, but either leaves the ball up in the zone too often, or ends up having too many big innings. The Pirates have been working on giving him a two seam fastball this year to prevent the first problem, but it’s mostly a situational pitch right now. This was obviously one of his better outings in limiting a big inning, but he’ll need to do that more often going forward.
The offense was led tonight by Escobar and Jerrick Suiter, who each had three hits. Escobar had a triple which brought in a run. The triple was mostly due to a poor play by the left fielder, who couldn’t catch the liner, and let the ball roll past him to the wall. Right before that, Taylor Gushue also tripled, only his was a long fly ball to the deepest part of the park. Suiter also showed some power, hitting a double off the wall to right-center. Michael Suchy has been one of West Virginia’s best hitters this year. He’s built like a linebacker, but has a lot of speed for his size. He also showed good plate patience tonight, and picked up one hit, lining a single to the opposite field.
Tito Polo was out with a leg cramp, after leaving yesterday’s game early with the same issue. His status will be determined by how he feels before tomorrow’s game. Cole Tucker was out tonight, and had his shoulder iced after the game. Neither Tucker, nor manager Brian Esposito said that he was injured, instead just saying that he was sore due to the length of the season, and getting a rest. – Tim Williams
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Bret Helton made seven starts before Saturday night and limited the opposition to three earned runs or less in each game. That streak ended in the second inning, as Connecticut put a six spot up on the board and knocked him out of the game early. He had a 4.61 ERA prior to this game, so he wasn’t exactly dominating, but this was easily his worst game since being drafted in the ninth round this year. Four relievers followed him and combined four 7.2 shutout innings, turning a bad second inning into a nice comeback win.
Tate Scioneaux made his second appearance and threw two of those scoreless frames. He was the 39th round pick and signed for under slot, but he is a better prospect than his draft spot would indicate. Scioneaux threw one shutout inning in his debut.
Albert Baur had four hits in this game, doubling his previous best total. Third round pick Casey Hughston has two hits and an RBI in each of his last three games. Second round pick Kevin Kramer is 7-for-39 in his last ten games, dropping him to a .218 average. He also committed his third error of the season in this game. After hitting .345 through his first 32 games, Ty Moore is in a 2-for-22 slump.
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The final score doesn’t look like it, but Bristol got a strong performance from starting pitcher Neil Kozikowski. He allowed two runs over five innings, which he had accomplished twice this season prior to this outing. Kozikowski came into this game with a 5.96 ERA and 35 hits allowed in 22.2 innings. It was a great start by any stretch, but he did a great job of limiting the damage and he had an 8:2 GO/AO ratio. Kozikowski surrendered six hits, including two doubles, plus issued a walk and hit a batter.
Jonathan Schwind played in his fifth rehab game with Bristol and collected an RBI double. He is now 2-for-18, but likely won’t spend much more time on rehab, as the Altoona Curve played with just 22 players on their roster on Saturday due to three players getting promoted to Indianapolis, plus the JaCoby Jones trade had them one player down already. Trae Arbet has seen his average drop 59 points in the last nine games and he has a 1:20 BB/SO ratio in his last 13 games. He also committed his ninth error of the season.
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The GCL Pirates have had a tough time with weather and they ended up suspending Friday’s game shortly after it started. On Saturday, they finished that game, then attempted to play the regularly scheduled game and got one inning in before rain suspended that one. They will attempt to finish Saturday’s game on August 17th as part of a doubleheader. The Pirates have four straight doubleheaders scheduled starting next Friday, though it’s broken up by an off-day on Sunday.
From Saturday’s one inning, starter Nicholas Economos retired all three batters he faced and Adrian Valerio had a walk and a stolen base. As for Friday’s game, which was a seven inning contest, the Pirates won 6-3, which now puts them in a tie for first place. Victor Fernandez had three hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Luis Perez also drove in two runs, while Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jhoan Herrera each had two hits.
Since being drafted with the 32nd overall pick, Hayes has looked great at the plate and played strong defense in the field. His .893 OPS currently ranks him fifth in the GCL, and his .452 OBP is third in the league. Herrera is 11th in the league with an .843 OPS, but his 4:22 BB/SO ratio will need some work. The next highest OPS among regulars is Michael de la Cruz with a .750 mark, though he does have a grand slam from last week he hasn’t been credited with yet because the game was suspended.
Starter Nestor Oronel got in two shutout innings on Friday before the rain. When they returned Saturday, Jose Batista threw four innings, allowing two unearned runs. Oronel has had three solid outings and three poor outings this season in five starts and a relief appearance. He’s a young lefty that doesn’t throw hard, relying on a sinker that touches high 80’s, with an average curve and a change-up that needs work.
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The DSL Pirates dropped to 21-33 after a 6-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. They managed just four hits all game and failed to draw a walk, while striking out 12 times. An RBI triple by Gabriel Brito that scored Mikell Granberry, accounted for their only run and only extra-base hit. The 17-year-old Brito was considered a very raw hitter when he signed last July for $200,000, but the Pirates obviously loved the upside and his abilities behind the plate. As it turns out, he can actually hit pretty well, with an OPS nearing .800 through 19 games. The problem is his ability to stay on the field. He has already had two minor injuries(hand and shoulder) that have cost him time, which is why he’s only played 19 games.
Starter Yerry De Los Santos had his worst outing since June 20th, when he allowed six runs over four innings. In this contest, he gave up four earned runs on six hits and two walks in four innings. All-Star reliever Ramon Garcia continued to have a fine season, allowing an unearned run in 1.2 innings. He has given up three earned runs over 20.1 innings this year, with 21 strikeouts.