Prospect Watch: Rehab Starts From Gerrit Cole and Ryan Vogelsong

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, 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 2016 prospect guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20160710′);

3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – In the Majors

4. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates – In the Majors

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160710′);

6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160710′);

7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160710′);

8. Elias Diaz, C, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20160710′);

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160710′);

10. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160710′);

11. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160710′);

12. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160710′);

13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160710′);

 14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20160710′);

15.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160710′);

16. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Pirates – In the Majors

17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160710′);

18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160710′);

19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160710′);

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160710′);

21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160710′);

22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160710′);

23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160710′);

24. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160710′);

25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160710′);

26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20160710′);

27. Adam Frazier, INF/OF, Pirates – In the Majors

28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160710′);

29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160710′);

30. JT Brubaker, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160710′);

P2 Top Performers

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Gerrit Cole made his second rehab start for Indianapolis and it looks like he is ready to rejoin the Pirates. Over five shutout innings, he allowed two hits, no walks and struck out six batters. That followed up three shutout innings in his first rehab start on Tuesday. Cole threw 70 pitches in the game, with 45 for strikes. He retired the first nine batters in a row before the lead-off hitter in the fourth reached on a single back to Cole, which he threw away for an error that allowed the runner to move to second base. In the fifth, Cole allowed a line drive single to left field to start the inning, then picked up two strikeouts and a grounded to second base to end his night. Going back to his 2014 rehab starts, he has now thrown 21 straight shutout innings for Indianapolis.

Steven Brault followed Cole, getting his work in before the Triple-A All-Star break. Brault took the loss in this one, allowing two runs over 3.1 innings. He struck out six batters. The ninth ended on a lead-off walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt and a walk-off single. Brault retired the first six batters he faced, striking out the side in the sixth inning.

The offense was fairly quiet and the only run scored in the first inning when Max Moroff collected his 15th double of the season, then Jason Rogers singled him in one batter later. Danny Ortiz had three of the seven hits for Indianapolis. Everyone in the Indians lineup struck out at least once.


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Altoona went down 3-0 in the second inning and scratched their way back for a 7-3 win. Ryan Vogelsong started this game, his first outing since suffering multiple facial fractures back in mid-May when he was hit by a pitch. Vogelsong allowed three runs on six hits and no walks, with all three runs coming in the second frame. He gave up a two-run homer to Corey Jones for most of the damage. Vogelsong had just one strikeout, but he was throwing a lot of strikes. Of his 60 pitches on the day, 43 went for strikes. He isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until July 23rd, so he will have at least two more rehab starts, though it could be more since rehab assignments for pitchers can last up to 30 days.

Kevin Newman had his 17-game hit streak snapped with an 0-for-5 day. It’s just his second hitless game in Double-A. Reese McGuire had three hits and drove in three runs. He hit his 13th double and also drew a walk. McGuire’s career high for doubles is 15, which was set last year. Harold Ramirez had a walk and two hits, including his 15th double. He also scored two runs. Stetson Allie had a single, two walks and scored a run. Barrett Barnes singled to extend his hit streak to six games. Eric Wood hit his 11th home run of the season, which matches what he hit in his last three seasons combined.


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BRADENTON, Fla. – For the second day in a row, the Marauders had a walk-off winner in extra innings. Today’s walk-off came on a hard hit ball from Jordan Luplow, which was booted by the shortstop with a runner going in front of him, allowing Jerrick Suiter to score the winning run from second in the 11th inning. But the Marauders might not have won had it not been for a spectacular play by Pablo Reyes in the top half of the inning.

With one out, and runners at first and second, Reyes ranged deep to his left on a ball that reached the outfield grass. He made the pick, with his momentum carrying him to the outfield, and no chance of getting the runner at first. The runner from second was rounding third and trying to score at the same time. Reyes fielded the ball, spun around to his left, and fired a perfect strike home, preventing the run at the plate and keeping the score tied.

It’s a good thing to see for Reyes, who spent most of the last month on the restricted list, due to a disciplinary reason. Bradenton Manager Michael Ryan didn’t give a specific reason for the placement when it happened, just saying that Reyes wasn’t living up to the organization’s expectations. But things have been much better since Reyes has returned.

“Since he’s been back, he’s been spectacular,” Ryan said. “Attitude, effort, the way he’s going about his work day. He’s been a good teammate. It’s showing on the field. Just to have the awareness of that play, just shows number one, that he’s in the game, number two, how talented he really is. When he wants, he can be the best player on the field.”

Reyes also came up big at the plate on two occasions. Elvis Escobar led off with a single in the fifth, with the Marauders down by two runs. After Escobar stole second, Reyes hit a double to center field, bringing in a run. He later came up with no outs and runners at first and second in the 7th, with the Marauders down 4-2. After a wild pitch let the runners advance to scoring position, Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to bring in a run, in a three run inning for the Marauders.

The seventh inning was almost a four run inning, and would have prevented extra innings had a bad call gone the other way. With the bases loaded and one out, a wild pitch was thrown. Cole Tucker raced in from third and slid, but was blocked by the pitcher’s leg. Tucker’s foot didn’t touch the plate, but it appeared the rest of his leg hit the plate. The pitcher then received the ball and tagged him, getting the out call. That would have made the score 6-4, and might have avoided extras.

Tucker also had a good day at the plate, although it didn’t show up in the stat line. He went 1-for-6 with a double, but had several hard hit balls right to fielders. He came through in the 7th with a double, putting Tito Polo on third base, and setting him up to score the go-ahead run.

Yeudy Garcia got the start today, and began with two efficient innings, throwing a combined 28 pitches and not giving up a hit. Earlier in the season, Garcia was averaging over 20 pitches per inning, so the reduced workload was significant early. He started struggling after some poor fielding in the third, and his command was off in the fourth. That led to an early exit, with 96 pitches after 4.1 innings, and three runs allowed on six hits.

Both Ryan and Pitching Coach Jeff Johnson chalked up his late struggles today to adjusting to the heat and pitching in the afternoon. There have been a lot of positives with Garcia lately, including his fastball getting back up more consistently in the 93-95 MPH range, rather than the 90-92 range earlier in the season. He’s getting stronger now, and is finally in “season shape” after taking the off-season to rest from his big workload last year.

Elias Diaz made another rehab start, going seven innings for the second time. I talked to Diaz after the game, and will have an update on him tomorrow morning. – Tim Williams


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LAKEWOOD, NJ – The Power won the last game of a four-game series in Lakewood by a 4-1 score on Sunday afternoon. Bret Helton started and allowed one run on five hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. He threw 89 pitches on the day, 52 for strikes. Julio Vivas followed him with 1.1 scoreless innings and Julio Eusebio picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Helton was throwing a lot of strikes, working mostly fastballs. He hit 92 once and 91 once, but everything else was 86-90, so the velocity wasn’t impressive. He was throwing inside and did a decent job of keeping the ball down, though the 6:6 GO/AO ratio doesn’t reflect that. He mixed in a few changeups coming in at 80 MPH and he had two different breaking balls, with a loopy curve coming in at 72 MPH that he used for a strikeout once and a couple called strikes early in the count. He also threw a harder curve at 76-77 MPH that didn’t do as well.

Casey Hughston had a good day with a little help from the wind. He went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Hughston hit a high fly ball to deep right that looked like it was coming up just short of the warning track with the outfielder camped under it, but the stiff wind kept the ball going and it just barely cleared the wall for Hughston’s fifth homer. He now has ten steals on the season.

Ke’Bryan Hayes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk. He really didn’t have a great series despite a three-hit game at the start. Two of the hits during that game were infield hits. He did hit the ball well once in Sunday’s game, with a long line drive to left field that was caught.

Carlson Munoz drove in two runs with two line drive hits. Logan Hill created a run in the eighth with a hard hit ball off the second baseman that was ruled an error. Hill then stole second and moved to third base on the errant throw. He scored on a Logan Ratledge single. – John Dreker


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Morgantown lost 5-3 to drop to 10-13 on the season, which includes a 4-13 stretch in their last 17 games. Starter Danny Beddes allowed four runs in his 3.1 innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out three batters. He was followed by Scooter Hightower, who surrendered one run over 3.2 innings. He also had the trifecta of three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Eighth round pick Dylan Prohoroff finished off the game with two shutout innings, striking out four batters.

The offense got on the board in the first inning, as third round pick Stephen Alemais had an infield single to start the inning. He stole second base, then scored on a Jordan George single. In the fourth, a double by Chris Harvey scored Ty Moore from first base. Harvey then scored on a Clark Eagan triple. After the fourth inning, a double and single by Kevin Mahala were the only hits by the Black Bears.

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Bristol was leading Sunday’s game 4-2 through the middle of the fifth inning before starter Nicholas Economos faltered and then reliever Geoff Hartlieb let the game get out of hand, as the Pirates lost 13-4 to Princeton. Economos allowed six runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks, while picking up four strikeouts. He has a 5.94 ERA in four starts this season. Hartlieb came on in the eighth and was charged with six runs while recording just two outs. The Bristol defense committed six errors, with six players contributing to that total.

Adrian Valerio had a nice day on offense, collecting three hits, including his sixth double. He has a .323 average in 16 games. Garrett Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a sacrifice fly. He is now hitting .360 in 13 games. Alexis Bastardo had two hits and his second stolen base. Raul Siri stole his fifth base, but he is just hitting .145 this season after an 0-for-5 in this game.


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The GCL Pirates were off on Sunday


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The DSL Pirates were off on Sunday

  • Two questions for those who’ve seen them:
    How has Newman’s defense been at Altoona? Does he appear to be looking any smoother?
    AND, is Valerio’s .323 average the result of solid contact or has he been a little lucky so far?

  • Change of subject here but I was looking at two under the radar guys in the system that are playing great baseball. Eric Wood has a solid .799 OPS on the season but an .832 OPS since May 1 and .878 OPS since June 1. He is destroying July. Also, improved defense at third. At 23, He seems like he could be entering decent prospect status. He has really learned to hit the longball and has prototype size for 3B. Brett Helton is the other guy. His last 9 starts he is at: 55.1ip/40h/39k/16bb/2.60ERA/1.012WHIP. An excellent last 2 months from him. It’s amazing when you think of all the talent the Pirates have with guys we all talk about and who have been promoted that they have a bunch of lesser guys that are really playing well.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 10, 2016 5:40 pm

    How many more games do the Pirates plan to give away by trotting Niese out there? Is anyone going to be held accountable for the continuing decision to stick with this guy? Today’s loss was a 2 game swing – had we won, we’re 5.5 back – instead 7.5 back. Cut him, give him away, send him down if that is possible, anything – he’s killing us.
    We need to get Cole up and Glasnow back up….just say no to Vogelsong, unless he’s going to the bullpen and will replace Niese or Locke on the roster….
    The Mets are hurting for pitching – maybe they’ll take Niese back? If they just take the contract, I could care less if we get anything back for him – addition by subtraction.

    • NEISE is a complete and utter DISASTER!! Just take his salary ANYBODY!!

      • If we do not want Neise why would anybody else? Should never have been acquired in the first place when you look at the declining stats. I agree also never should be in this starting rotation again. As Wehner said on the telecast not much need for 5th starter much with off days so we should not see much more of him.

        • BuccosFanStuckinMD
          July 10, 2016 6:01 pm

          I didn’t think he was a good return on Walker when the trade was made – and then the team thought he was adequate to be the #3 starter….no other team in MLB would want him as their #3 starter.

  • Dear Lord,
    Hear my prayers for I can not watch another game!
    Send this fool packing back from which he came!
    With every pitch, he makes me want to chug my beer!
    With every pitch, the outfield stands can never be clear!
    Just think 6 Million more could’ve landed us J.A. Happ!
    Now we are forced to pray every game 2 home runs would be Jon Nieses cap!
    By the end of this week, everyone will hope for a trade
    For it is DAMN certain this jabroni doesn’t deserve what he is paid!

    Thank you!

  • Didn’t see the game sounds like they gave one away. To bad as they needed this win to cut into the standings.

  • Should a broadcaster get fired for jinxing his team? Immediately after it was brought up that Watson is 2 for 32 w runners in scoring position, Bryant hits in the game winning run.

    • Darkstone42
      July 10, 2016 4:44 pm

      Well, considering “providing the viewer relevant information” is part of the broadcaster’s job description, and since that was relevant information, and since jinxes aren’t a thing, I’m going with no.

      • So serious mr. Darkstone!

        • Darkstone42
          July 10, 2016 5:32 pm

          That was supposed to be a lead-in to a Pokemon Go joke, but I couldn’t get the actual joke to work, so that’s what you were left with.

          • That sucks! I hate to be joke killer! If I was a pokemon fan, I would’ve nailed it!

            • Darkstone42
              July 10, 2016 6:16 pm

              Oh no, it wasn’t your fault. It was supposed to be in my original comment. Then I couldn’t come up with one. So I just left the cheeky jinxes aren’t real bit there and called it a day.

  • That Kang at-bat takes 1st place for his worst all-time. AWFUL!

    • gosteelers69
      July 10, 2016 4:51 pm

      Kang has been terrible for the past month. Whether it’s the off-the-field issues or whether pitchers have finally figured out how to pitch to him, who knows. But this is very concerning to see.

      • My theory is he’s not getting into a rhythm because he’s not playing everyday

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        July 10, 2016 5:41 pm

        It has to be the legal cloud over his head….his average has been spiraling downward rapidly since mid June….

    • One of best fastball hitters in game and stares at first fastball. SMH on that one. I am not an MLB hitter but I am thinking “Kill the fastball” there.

  • JD….I had to laugh when Joe Block said that “Frazier was showing off his arm”.

    • Black was in magnificent form today. I didn’t like him at all at first, but he’s gotten better and can just drop some of the dryest humor with a deadpan delivery.

      “And here’s yet another Cubs All-Star. Russell is hitting .234. The fans voted him in.”

      Wish I remembered verbatim his “appreciation” for the NL ASG tops, but you can see how Uecker has rubbed off on him.

  • JD almost jinxed Yeudy with his “no more than 3 runs in any game” statement on the Morning Report?

  • Cutch’s 2 misplays and Frazier’s one misplay, did no favors for Niese. How that 1st one to Cutch is not an error is beyond me.

  • Still not sure why Cole couldn’t have pitched in Pgh.

  • GOOD LUCK TRADING HIM NOW!!! Its pretty bad when you can predict when Neise is going to give up a home run. It’s more disturbing when it’s from the bottom of the lineup. From all that though, Neise is very unlucky when our defense doesn’t come through. Freese should’ve caught that 1st inning line drive and Marte should’ve caught that home run ball easily. That was kind of pathetic on Martes part and on the replay. I really hope he never does that again w that lack of effort bc it cost us 2 runs and Neises trade is going to be that much harder now.

    • Then there was Frazier’s misplay.

      But the bottom line is that they were hitting him hard.

      I wonder if we could get some Double Bubble from some team for him?

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      July 10, 2016 5:44 pm

      who care if we even get anything for Niese, if someone will just take him and his contract off our hands….
      No one, with a straight face, ever said this was a good defensive team. But today was particularly bothersome – lost opportunity.

      • It is a decent defensive team when guys are playing in their right positions. J-Hay and Polanco being beat up hurt them today. Joyce too. I think the break came at a perfect time despite the loss. Cutch can go to break feeling better about his hitting, Polanco and J-Hay and the pen can rest, Cole and Cervelli can get ready to come back. Liriano can clear his head. The only glaring issue is who will step up and be the 4th starter going forward because a #5 won’t be needed much…luckily. I actually like the idea of adding a decent reliever to put in there instead of someone…probably nicasio. I just don’t think his control can be trusted down the stretch.

        • BuccosFanStuckinMD
          July 10, 2016 10:28 pm

          Liriano can’t pitch 5 innings without using 100 pitches.
          Decent defensive team? In certain positions I would agree (LF, RF, CF, SS), but overall below average….

          • Harrison is not below average at 2nd, and Kang is not below average at 3rd. Kratz and Fryer are way better defensively than Cervelli and Stewart are…… fact I really think Fryer is better than Stewart


    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      July 10, 2016 5:44 pm

      MLB office will be calling him soon, asking for a urine sample! 🙂

      • Ita a shame to think this way and laugh about it but based on his results so far all I can think about is what is he doing that he didn’t do last year. Hmmmm….

        • The Bautista leg kick. I don’t recall it last season (definitely not as big).

          • I think I recall it, but i could be wrong. I remember his dad saying he has a high maintenance swing……and it could be as simple as starting off well enough to get more AB’s than he would have and keeping his swing and timing sharp,just building on itself, who knows.

      • Think they are limited on number of tests per year – otherwise….