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]
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INDIANAPOLIS – In taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five first round playoff series, Indianapolis looked to some common fixtures on Thursday night: Josh Bell and Vance Worley.
Worley worked eight strong innings, allowing just six hits and an unearned run. Worley threw downhill and had strong life on his two-seam fastball to limit any solid contact. He also did a nice job getting ahead in the count, which just played into his strong stuff even more.
Bell drove in a pair of runs, while picking up another knock to extend a great stretch for the Triple-A rookie. For the strong start to the series, Bell credits finally starting the playoffs after stressful baseball for a length of time.
“[The playoffs are] awesome,” Bell said. “We have been playing playoff baseball here for the last couple of weeks, down the stretch. Finally being here is great and we hope to continue our successes.”
In the top of the first inning, Worley allowed the second hitter of the game to reach on a base hit. However, Tony Sanchez threw a strike down to second base to catch an attempted base stealer. Sanchez allowed 72 stolen bases with Indianapolis this season and caught only 18 percent of attempted stealers, but he made a perfect throw on this occasion.
After scoring six runs in the first inning Wednesday night, it took Indianapolis a little longer to get started Thursday night. It took all the way until the second inning, as Bell continued his tear. Willy Garcia led off with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, and third on a throwing error. With his hot stretch, Bell got a 3-0 green light and knocked an RBI single back up the middle on a center pitch. Unlike Wednesday night against a right-handed pitcher, Bell was turned around to the right side on Thursday night against a lefty.
“[The approach against a lefty] is generally the same thing,” Bell said. “I work on my timing and getting it down in the cage. When it comes to the game, I try not to think about anything with the approach and just competing out there. That is what it boils down to.”
Indianapolis struck again in the third, as singles by Dan Gamache and Gorkys Hernandez and a walk by Alen Hanson loaded the bases with just one out. Steve Lombardozzi coaxed a six-pitch walk to push across another run. However, Garcia grounded into a tailor-made double play to end the threat for more insurance runs. Hernandez picked up two hits, while making several rangy plays in the outfield to save runs as well.
While it was the first inning Wednesday night that Indianapolis put on multiple runs, on Thursday night, it was the sixth inning. After a Hanson ground out, Hernandez walked and Lombardozzi singled, before Garcia loaded the bases with another single. While it was not flashy, Bell struck again with a RBI ground out. Keon Broxton then broke the game open when he hammed a two-run single to left. Sanchez then singled in Broxton for the fourth run of the frame.
Worley ran into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth, as three singles loaded the bases with just one out. After a double play, Worley was able to wiggle out of the jam by forcing one of his nine ground outs of the night. Worley also forced a double play to end the eighth.
Indianapolis will look to close out the series when it travels to Scranton on Friday with Tyler Glasnow on the mound. – Ryan Palencer
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ALTOONA – The Curve were unable to get anything going tonight, as they lost to the Bowie Baysox by a score of 7 – 0. For the second time in two nights, the Curve had a seven-run deficit, but the magic of Wednesday night ran out.
Tyler Eppler made his home debut for the Altoona Curve in an important Game 2 of the Eastern League Division Series. His night finished after six innings, allowing three earned runs – one of which a first inning home run to Bowie’s Mike Yastrzemski. He struck out two and walked one to close his line.
After a first inning where Eppler allowed three straight hard hit fly balls (including the home run), he got six ground balls compared to one fly ball in the second and third innings. He followed that with a 1-2-3 fourth inning.
The fifth inning is where Eppler found himself in trouble, allowing two runs on a few dink and dunk hits and a sacrifice fly. Bowie really didn’t hit anything too hard other than the Yastrezemski sacrifice fly. On the plus side, the Curve limited the damage to only two runs in the inning rather than the seven they gave up in the second inning last night.
Eppler looked a little nervous in the first inning but settled down nicely. He ended up pitching a nice game and didn’t look too overwhelmed with the additional pressure of a playoff game (after just being promoted last week).
Felipe Gonzalez made his Double-A debut as a relief pitcher for the Curve, going two innings and allowing one run in the eighth. The run was manufactured by a lead off single, a sacrifice bunt, and a single to left field that Barrett Barnes did not field cleanly.
The storyline for the Curve tonight would be their inability to get a key hit with runners in scoring position. They finished 0-for-9 with RISP and stranded eight runners on base. Austin Meadows began the sixth with a lead-off double and was stranded at second, while Eric Wood and Stetson Allie began the seventh with back-to-back singles and were stranded, as well.
*Adam Frazier made his second error in as many nights at shortstop, and he continues to look shaky at the position. He finished as one of the worst statistical shortstops in the Eastern League at the end of the season, and the troubles continued into the playoffs. Tonight, he couldn’t handle a ground ball in the second inning following the lead-off error in the second last night. He shows quickness and an ability to hit, but he may need to solidify a defensive position before moving forward. – Sean McCool
Bradenton has completed their season.
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West Virginia has off for a travel day today. They lead their best-of-three series 1-0.
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Morgantown had to wait an extra day to play their playoff opener due to rain on Wednesday, but that didn’t affect starter Dario Agrazal Jr. in the Black Bears’ 2-1 victory. He had amazing control all game, throwing 62 of his 84 pitches for strikes. He was never really in trouble this game until the seventh inning, when it was obvious he started to tire. He allowed a triple, that turned into a run on a sacrifice fly, which accounted for the only run for Williamsport. Agrazal walked the last batter before being replaced by Tate Scioneaux, who did a terrific job closing out the game.
The final line on Agrazal was one run over 6.2 innings, allowing four singles and a triple. He walked two, struck out five, and recorded nine ground ball outs. During the regular season, he made 14 starts without allowing more than three runs. Scioneaux allowed one hit in an otherwise perfect outing. He had five strikeouts in 2.1 innings, including the last three batters in the eighth after he allowed a lead-off single. Scioneaux doesn’t throw hard, but he relies on deception in his delivery and batters were late on 87-88 mph fastballs.
Morgantown got on the board early, scoring a run in the second on a Danny Arribas solo homer. He ended the regular season with a 14-game hit streak. They scored their second run in the fifth inning and again it was Arribas driving the run in, this time on a bases loaded sacrifice fly. The Black Bears got singles from Mitchell Tolman and Christian Kelley with one out. Ty Moore then reached on an error, bringing up Arribas. He lifted a fly ball to right field and the throw home was cut-off. Kelley tried to go to third on the play and he was thrown out to end the inning, but Tolman crossed the plate first.
Casey Hughston had a tough game at the plate, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. However, he made a terrific diving catch in center field to end the fifth inning, which the Williamsport announcer said was the best catch he has seen all season.
Carlos Munoz hit under .200 during the last month of the season, but he started the playoffs strong with a 3-for-4 night. His only issue was on his third hit when he tried to go for his second double and was out by at least 15 feet according to the announcer.
Ke’Bryan Hayes batted four times, striking out twice and walking twice. The 18-year-old first round pick put up a .564 OPS in 12 games with Morgantown, with six walks and seven strikeouts.
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.