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Prospect Watch: Rinku Singh Pitches for the First Time Since 2012

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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Indianapolis lost game one of their doubleheader on Friday night against Toledo by a 5-3 score. A solo homer by Danny Ortiz in the second inning and a two-run shot by Gift Ngoepe in the fifth, accounted for all of the runs. The homer by Ortiz was his ninth of the season, while Ngoepe’s was his fourth. Wilfredo Boscan pitched the complete game and gave up four runs in the third inning and another in the fourth for the loss. He had a nice strike/ball ratio, throwing 60 strikes among his 88 pitches. He also had a 7:2 GO/AO ratio. Alen Hanson and Max Moroff each went 1-for-3, while Josh Bell went 0-for-2 with a walk. Moroff now has a six-game hitting streak and an 18-game on base streak.

GAME TWO: Justin Masterson got the start in game two and didn’t have much success. He lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on six hits, one walk and two hit batters. The opposing pitcher was Dustin Molleken, who was a 15th round draft pick of the Pirates in 2003. Molleken was recently called up by the Tigers for the first time in his career, but get sent down after three days without appearing in a game.

The Indians lost 9-1 and all they could put together was three singles and two walks. Alen Hanson had a single and a walk, stealing two bases. He also stole a base in the first game, giving him 21 on the season. Hanson scored the lone run on an RBI single from Pedro Florimon. Max Moroff lost his hitting streak, but extended his on-base streak to 19 games when he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Austin Meadows didn’t play in either game (no reason given), while Josh Bell took the second game off.

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Altoona lost 10-8 on Friday night as their late rally came up short. Alex McRae made his fifth start, coming off two strong outings after two really bad games to begin his time in Double-A. That left him with an 8.55 ERA coming into this game and that went up slightly on this night. A four-run third inning almost knocked him out of the game, but McRae stuck around for five frames, giving up six runs (five earned), on nine hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. He threw 60 strikes out of 89 pitches, and had a 6:4 GO/AO ratio.

The Curve batters had 13 hits, including four doubles. Erich Weiss went 3-for-5 with his 14th double, driving in two runs. Kevin Newman hit his fourth double for Altoona, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. He also drove in two runs. Newman had ten doubles with Bradenton before being promoted. Barrett Barnes went 2-for-3 with his 12th double. He scored two runs and picked up an RBI. Reese McGuire also picked up his 12th double. His career-high for doubles is 15, which he set last year.

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Bradenton dropped their fourth game in a row on Friday night, losing 6-3 to Charlotte. Stephen Tarpley started and couldn’t continue his recent run of success. In his last 22 innings coming into this game, he had allowed just two earned runs. His defense had a little trouble behind him, but he still gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Two of the hits were homers. He had four strikeouts and a 5:2 GO/AO ratio, but other than that not much went right. Tarpley was taken out with 79 pitches, 48 for strikes.

The bullpen was brilliant the rest of the way, allowing no runs, two hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts in the last 5.2 innings to keep the game from getting out of hand. The offense couldn’t overcome the early deficit despite 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Taylor Gushue had two hits and drove in a run. Tito Polo and Cole Tucker each drove in a run as well, though both of them were thrown out trying to steal. Connor Joe singled to extend his hit streak to seven games, but he also committed his 13th error, which was the start of the four-run third inning against Tarpley.

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gage Hinsz brought his A game tonight, but the Power’s lack of offense doomed the team from the start. The Power didn’t record their first hit until the fourth inning, and only one runner reached third. Ultimately, the team was shutout at home for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Kannapolis on April 20.

Hinsz had shown some lack of control in his first five starts since joining West Virginia. He relies on three pitches with sharp movement: a sinking fastball, a curve, and a circle change. When those pitches are off, they elevate into the strike zone, and hitters feast on them. He then tries to overcompensate and struggles to find the strike zone at all.

Tonight’s version of Hinsz, though, was the player the Pirates drafted two years ago. He commanded his pitches and attacked the bottom of the strike zone. He racked up four strikeouts and walked none. His pitch count rapidly increased, though, as the Columbia batters caught onto the downward movement of Hinsz’s pitches and watched them fall out of the zone instead of giving chase.

Hinsz allowed two runs, one earned, over five innings. For the first time all season, he failed to allow an extra base hit, scattering seven weak singles throughout the frames. The two runs came as a result of good base running by Columbia leadoff man J.C. Rodriguez, who stole bases to move into scoring position both times.

All in all, Hinsz put himself in position to win the game.

The Power batters, though, let their starter down. Their best chance came in the seventh inning when a single, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Tyler Filliben struck out looking on a strike at the knees, and Alfredo Reyes hit a weak grounder back to the pitcher to kill the rally.

I suppose the one bright spot in tonight’s game would be Logan Hill’s performance. He has struggled all season and was demoted from Bradenton in mid-May. Some of his power seems to have returned in the last week, as he has hit four doubles since June 23, including one tonight. He does not seem to be swinging for the fences, but instead, he is keeping his head down and driving the ball. Since June 18, Hill is hitting .281 – hopefully a sign of better times to come. – Abigail Miskowiec

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Morgantown bats broke out late in an 11-5 win over Auburn on Friday night. The game was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the seventh before the Black Bears put up two runs that inning, followed by five in the eighth. Luis Escobar started and had control issues again, needing 72 pitches to get through 3.1 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, picking up four strikeouts. He has now walked nine batters in eight innings over three starts this season.

The offense put 15 hits on the board and drew eight walks. They came through in the clutch as well, going 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Sandy Santos and Matt Diorio each had three hits and drove in two runs. Santos had two doubles to give him six on the season. Diorio hit his second double, walked and scored three runs. Clark Eagan had two doubles and drove in three runs. He has five doubles this year. Hunter Owen came in as a pinch-runner in the seventh and still managed to score two runs and drive in two runs. Albert Baur and Kevin Mahala each scored twice. First round pick Will Craig had the night off.

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Bristol lost 6-4, but got a nice (abbreviated) outing from fifth round draft pick Blake Cederlind. He threw three shutout innings, giving up three hits, no walks and striking out two batters. He lasted only two innings in his debut and allowed two runs on three hits. After he left, Juan Paula allowed a run in his two innings and Nick Hutchings had a lot of issues in his one inning, giving up the other five runs.

Michael de la Cruz had a nice game, with a single, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored. He is hitting .280 (7-for-25) through nine games. Jhoan Herrera drove in two runs. Huascar Fuentes had two hits, including his first homer. Raul Siri had a walk and an RBI, but an 0-for-3 night knocked him down to a .129 average. Sam Kennelly went 0-for-4, dropping him down to 1-for-20 on the season.

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BRADENTON, Fla. – Today’s GCL Pirates game was a strange and eventful matchup that you could only see in the GCL. Last week I saw starting pitcher Miguel Hernandez with a good outing, sitting 91-93 MPH, touching 94, and showing good command, with just one walk in five innings. That ran contrary to our reports from Extended Spring Training, when he had some control issues at the end of camp. Those control problems crept up today, with three walks in the first inning, and only one out recorded before he reached his single inning pitch limit, at 33 total pitches.

That brought on Mister Luciano, who closed out the first inning with just one inherited runner scoring. Luciano pitched the second and third innings, then ran out of steam in the fourth. That’s when the Pirates made an interesting move, bringing in their left fielder, Henrry Rosario, to pitch with no one ready in the bullpen.

Rosario saw the leadoff batter reach on an error by the third baseman, then balked the runner to second. He gave up a run on a triple, but got the final two outs to end the inning. After that, Rosario went back to left field, and that’s when things got more interesting.

Rinku Singh was added to the GCL roster today on rehab, and came on to pitch the fifth inning. It was the first appearance for Singh since September 2nd, 2012. His last appearance in any baseball game was December 30th, 2012 in the Australian Baseball League. He missed the 2013 season with Tommy John surgery, missed the 2014 season after having surgery to remove bone chips, and missed the 2015 season after a broken elbow.

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Singh isn’t really a prospect, but is still a good story due to his background. He was sitting 86-88 MPH today, which was his old velocity, and had some movement on his pitches. He threw 18 pitches total. However, his command wasn’t the best, which you’d expect after over three and a half years away from the game.

The Pirates lost 9-0 and the offense had just four hits, with no walks and 13 strikeouts. – Tim Williams

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The DSL Pirates won 4-1 over the Yankees1 and Leandro Pina continued his impressive start to his career. He threw five shutout innings, giving up five hits (all singles), no walks and he struck out three batters. He has now made five starts and has an 0.00 ERA in 25 innings. Pina is a 17-year-old, 6’3″ righty, who signed for $115,000 last year. His fastball touches low-90s and his changeup is advanced for his age.

Randy Jimenez made his season debut and recorded two outs before leaving the game due to three walks. He just returned from an injury, so his outing was limited. Jimenez is an 18-year-old, 6’3″ lefty, who signed for $100,000 last year. Jose Delgado allowed one unearned run over the last 3.1 innings for his second save.

Rudy Guzman led the offense by going 3-for-3 with two runs and two triples. Kyle Simmons had two hits, a walk and an RBI. Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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emjayinTN

Speaking of prospects, it looks like Alen Hanson is looking better and better as a possible leadoff hitter. After a quick start, Jaso has been struggling – in his last 30 games he has a slash of .207/.305/.283/.588 OPS and 0 SB’s. Hanson started OK, really struggled in May, but his last 30 game slash is .256/.320/.402/.722 OPS with 13 SB’s. His W/K of 11/13 is also very good during that period. John mentioned he has 21 SB’s so far this season which is good for 3rd best in the IL, after putting up 35 SB’s at AAA in 2015. In a season and a half that’s 56 SB’s with only 18 CS – a 76% success percentage.

I know it has probably never been considered, but Jaso only played defense in parts of 8 games in 2015 because he was a dedicated DH. Almost 33, could he be wearing down?

Bill W

I guess the Masterson plan is not something we can look forward to. OK go to plan B.

Dave N

Was in Toledo, and saw Masterson pitch last night … he was throwing all strikes the first time through the Toledo order, and they were missing them, in spite of him being in the low to mid 80s with most pitches (I think i saw one at 89). Second time through the lineup though they started teeing off on the same pitches, and when he started to try to be too fine, he got behind the hitters, hit a couple, threw a wild pitch, and walked a least one.
The Toledo hitters were all taking huge swings against him. Toledo’s three-hole hitter, McGehee, just missed and fouled off a 3-2 “fast” ball, and on the next pitch, as I cringed, he ripped a line drive into the left corner that sounded as it came off the bat like an explosion … if he’d had got under it, it might have reached Detroit.
Masterson had quite a good career in the AL with Cleveland, and it was sad to see him walking off the mound when he was pulled. He was probably, at his peak, better than almost all the young pitchers on either team (except for Glasnow, obviously).
By the way, never spotted Tyler, anywhere, in the dugout or on the field. I assume he was there, but not a sign of him …
Couple of other observations from beautiful Fifth Third Field:
1) Bell looks better than any hitter on either team, with only McGehee remotely “looking” like a fearsome hitter like Josh does. I wish he had played both games, he’s fun to watch. he DHed in game one.
2) Hanson, playing 2B, made an offline throw on a DP pivot that cost Boscan an out at first that would have ended the 3rd inning of the first game with just one run in. That led to Boscan having to pitch to three extra hitters, throw more pitches, and he give up the two hits which ultimately cost him and Indians the game. Hanson made two other wide throws during the same game. He steals bases though; had one in game one and two in game two and it looked easy.
3) Gift Ngoepe is smooth man, real smooth. Loved watching him at short. He crunched his homer pretty good, too.

Edward C

I agree. His stats look awful. I think we are way past plan B maybe down to plan E or F at this point lol.

cfjohnsn

Just a suggestion, would it be possible to list the season total for HRs in parentheses for those that hit one (or more) on a given day?

joe s

Unfortunate that the records are so poorly kept in the DR so that Guzman may never get the chance to come to the US.

leefoo

I guess Tarpley didn’t have it tonight.

Darkstone42

Good to see Singh pitch again. I know he’s a super long shot, but I’ll still be pulling for him.

PikeBishop65

seems like a great kid, but man that is some seriously bad injury karma. 😉 Wonder who he pissed off in a past life or two.

Tim Williams

To add to that, they can prove who he is indirectly.

They have the records for his younger siblings. They also have DNA records that match his DNA to his siblings DNA. And they have school records for him. So they can prove that’s him with unofficial records. They can also prove he is related to his siblings, who have official records.

The problem is the US government will only consider the official records, and won’t go the indirect route.

emjayinTN

An excellent summary of a terrible situation, and at 23, getting to the US may not mean a lot for his baseball career.

Bruce Humbert

Is there any way he can get to the states – some sort of appeal,process?

I have way more sympathy for kids like him than I do for those 22 year old kids whining about overtime and minimum wage

Darkstone42

That is quite a story. Hopefully the team sorts it out.

leefoo

I’d love to see him AND Ngoepe at least be Sept callups.

Even if they only appear in ONE game……

bucsws2014

You’d have to add Mister Luciano to that group. That’s a name that just has to see MLB.

leefoo

Don’t fooget Montana and Dovydas. 🙂

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