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, Altoona -[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, Pirates – In Majors
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, Morgantown -[insert_php]
12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List
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, West Virginia -[insert_php]
24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[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 – Disabled List
29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php]
30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
Indianapolis won their first round series and now they await the winner of the other International League playoff series to see who they will play in the finals. The finals will begin on Tuesday night and it’s a best-of-five series, with the last three games taking place in Indianapolis.
Altoona was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night.
Bradenton has completed their season.
West Virginia was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night.
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Morgantown was in a must win game on Sunday with Brandon Waddell starting. He was on the mound for the last game of the College World Series this year and led Virginia to a title. After the Black Bears went down in order in the first inning, Waddell gave up a lead-off single, followed one pitch later by a stolen base. He picked up a strikeout for the first out, then got a grounder to first base for the second out, which moved the runner to third base. Waddell stranded the lead-off runner by getting a grounder to shortstop to end the inning.
In the second inning, Morgantown went down in order again. Waddell also retired the side in order, working quickly through the inning. The third was basically a replay of the second, as the two pitchers each retired nine batters in a row to take it into the fourth inning. Waddell had three ground outs in the third inning.
Mitchell Tolman broke through in the hit column to lead-off the fourth inning, collecting a single. Christian Kelley bunted him over to second base, then after a Ty Moore strikeout, Tolman moved to third base on a wild pitch. Danny Arribas walked to put men on the corners, but Logan Hill flew out to center field to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
The fourth was a strong inning for Waddell, as he sandwiched two strikeouts around another ground ball out. That gave him eight straight outs either on the ground or by strikeout. He was at 52 pitches, 34 for strikes at this point.
Casey Hughston drew a two out walk in the fifth, but the other three hitters all grounded out. The first 4 1/2 innings took just under an hour, as both pitchers worked quickly and kept runners off the bases. Waddell continued that with a 1-2-3 fifth, getting him up to 15 straight in a row set down after a lead-off single in the first.
In the sixth, Mitchell Tolman led off the inning with a single for the second time in this game. Christian Kelley grounded out to move Tolman up to second base. Ty Moore and Danny Arribas each drew walks to load the bases and that brought out a new pitcher. Logan Hill put Morgantown on the board first with a sacrifice fly to center field. Carlos Munoz grounded out on the next pitch to end the inning.
Waddell jammed the first hitter of the sixth, but he was able to muscle over the infield for a bloop single. He then picked up his sixth strikeout, though he got a lot of help as the second batter failed to get a bunt down on three straight strikes. Waddell did a good job to pick-off the runner at first, but Carlos Munoz missed the easy tag when the runner went to the outside of the bag and Munoz just tried to reach to tag him instead of moving his feet. According to the announcers, the runner flinched towards second base as the throw came over and should have been out by five feet. Waddell bailed out his first baseman by getting a grounder which resulted in an out at second base. A stolen base put the runner on second with two outs and a walk put two Williamsport runners on for the first time.
Waddell got a grounder to first base to end the sixth inning and end his game. In six shutout innings, he allowed two singles and a walk, with six strikeouts. He threw 92 pitches, 58 going for strikes. Waddell has a 10:1 GO/AO ratio. During the regular season, he never went longer than five innings and his longest shutout performance was four frames.
After Morgantown went down in order in the seventh, Cesilio Pimentel came on to pitch. He gave up a double to the first batter he faced. Pimentel got a grounder that moved the runner to third, followed by a strikeout. He stranded the runner and kept the score 1-0 with a second strikeout.
In the eighth, Mitchell Tolman picked up his third straight single to lead-off the inning. Christian Kelley followed with a walk, but Ty Moore popped up a bunt attempt for the first out. After a fly out, Morgantown scored on a bad hop error(might be changed to a hit later) when the second baseman tried to backhand a ground ball hit by Logan Hill up the middle. It ended up hitting the second baseman in the chest and kicking into the outfield, scoring Tolman from second base. Carlos Munoz followed with a single that made it 3-0. Ke’Bryan Hayes brought home Hill on another questionable error call. He hit a liner over the second baseman’s head and it hit off his glove. Casey Hughston struck out to end the inning.
Williamsport went down in order in the bottom of the eighth and Morgantown did the same in the ninth, bringing the game to the bottom of the ninth with a 4-0 lead for the good guys. Julio Eusebio came out to try to close the game. He got a fly out to center field for the first out, then issued a walk. After a wild pitch, he got a grounder to first base for the second out. Eusebio then walked a second batter before getting a fly ball to center field that Casey Hughston chased down for the final out of the game.
Morgantown advanced to the NYPL finals, which begin tomorrow. They will be at home to host Staten Island for one game, followed by two games in Staten Island. That’s quite a travel schedule for the Yankees, as they were at home awaiting the winner. If Williamsport won, then the first game would have been in Staten Island. Now they have to hop on a bus for a 380+ mile ride to play Monday night, followed immediately by a bus ride home. Morgantown basically has to do the same thing, except they are 160 miles closer to home.
The Bristol Pirates have completed their season. The season recap will be posted soon.
The GCL Pirates have completed their season. Season recap and top ten prospect list can be found here.