Prospect Watch: Glasnow Picks Up 11 Strikeouts; Elvis Escobar Collects Five Hits

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time (Jose Osuna), or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. 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 more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20170620′);

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170620′);

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170620′);

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170620′);

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170620′);

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170620′);

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170620′);

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170620′);

10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170620′);

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170620′);

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170620′);

13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170620′);

14. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170620′);

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170620′);

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170620′);

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170620′);

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20170620′);

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170620′);

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170620′);

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20170620′);

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20170620′);

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20170620′);

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20170620′);

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Pirates -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170620′);

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170620′);

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20170620′);

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607471,’B’,’20170620′);

29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20170620′);

30. Jin-De Jhang, C, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(618085,’B’,’20170620′);

P2 Top Performers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Glasnow had an auspicious start to his second Triple-A start this season.

And despite putting together a decent looking final line, the remainder of his start was enigmatic in the Indians’ 5-3 win over Toledo.

Glasnow allowed back-to-back home runs to open the game, but limited the damage from that point and struck out 11 batters in five innings. But he walked four batters and needed 96 pitches to get through five innings.

The goal of Glasnow’s outing was simple: throw plus-stuff, plenty of strikes and get in good counts. Some of the time, that was accomplished. Other times, not so much.

“At times he looked really good tonight and at times he was scattered,” Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett said. “He made pitches when he had to. His breaking ball was a weapon. Velo was real good. He kind of burned through too many pitches in five innings, but he showed plus stuff.”

Of the first seven pitches Glasnow threw, five were outside the zone and the other two were hit for a homer. Toledo lead-off hitter Matt den Dekker took Glasnow’s second pitch of the game — a fastball — deep into the right field lawn. Indianapolis right fielder Eury Perez quickly went into a stroll mode as he watched the ball land well into the outfield lawn seating area.

Just three pitches later, former Pirates prospect JaCoby Jones hit a homer to right-center field. There wasn’t much doubt about that shot either.

Both pitches were fastballs elevated, Glasnow said.

Glasnow settled down after those two homers, allowing just two hits the remainder of his outing. But just as he would find momentum, Glasnow would give some of it back.

*Glasnow struck out Argenis Diaz looking at a 99 MPH fastball on the outside corner. But he then walked Steven Moya, the No. 8 hitter with a .169 batting average, on four straight pitches.

*In his next at-bat after hitting a lead-off homer, Matt den Dekker struck out trying to check his swing on a changeup. But Glasnow immediately fell behind Jones 3-0, before working the count full, though he did induce a groundout off a 96 MPH fastball

*In the fifth inning, Glasnow struck out the lead-off batter but followed that with another four-pitch walk to den Dekker. Toledo loaded the bases with one out after a single and a walk, but Glasnow got out of that jam without giving up a run, thanks to a strikeout and a gift from the Mud Hens when den Dekker tried to steal home and was thrown out.

Glasnow’s moments of command issues might have not cost him as much on the scoreboard, but it led him to throwing 96 pitches in five innings. That amount of pitches should get him deeper into games.

“Obviously it’s frustrating from a managerial standpoint when you get two quick outs and then you get a walk,” Barkett said “I think that could have possibly frustrated the big league staff. That’s something he has to get better at. He has to stay in the zone and has to be able to put away the third hitter and not give away free passes.”

There were some bright spots though. Glasnow threw several quality changeups for swinging misses. He had a couple of strikeouts with the pitch and had a good breaking ball.

Glasnow was comfortable with the quality of his pitches, but realizes he needs to put together more efficient innings. He realizes he needs to be more aggressive in the zone and not try to be too fine.

“I just lacked stuff when I was up (with the Pirates),” Glasnow said. “I was trying to be too fine and locate pitches, and knowing I have to be aggressive, be a guy that attacks and I’ll usually hit my spots. I’m just trying to get that aggressive mentality back and get my stuff back.”

Glasnow had a 7.45 earned run average and 1.91 WHIP in 12 starts with the Pirates this season. So, when he was optioned back to Indianapolis, he realized it was a necessary move.

“I don’t really have a choice,” Glasnow said. “When you go up there and do that bad, things are going to happen. I definitely tried to take the positive out of it and come down and I had an idea of what I needed to fix when I was up there and this is a good place to fix it.”

Granted, every aspect of Glasnow’s starts are under a microscope, even more than compared to some of his Triple-A counterparts.

“It is what it is,” Barkett said. “It comes with the job. When you’re a major league that is up and down, and you have a live arm like his, and you’re 6-foot-8, then you’re going to be scrutinized. That’s part of the deal and what we all sign up for.”

Indianapolis scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Jacob Stallings walked with the bases loaded and Eury Perez had an RBI single. Another run scored when Erich Weiss hit into a double play.

Perez had an RBI double in the second inning and Jason Rogers had an RBI single in the seventh inning. Perez was 3-for-3 in the game and is hitting .305 this season. Rogers was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs, while Austin Meadows was 2-for-5.

Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom each pitched an inning as their major league rehab assignments are nearing an end, with roughly about five days remaining.

Bastardo struck out one batter in a clean sixth inning, while Lindblom made one mistake in his inning of work, giving up a solo home run to den Dekker, who entered the game with one home run and a .227 batting average.

Gift Ngoepe took himself out of batting practice prior to the game with some lower hamstring discomfort, suffered while running out an infield single in Monday’s game. Ngoepe had an MRI completed Monday afternoon and no severe damage was discovered. The team is being cautious with Ngoepe and he might end up on the 7-day DL, though nothing is certain yet, Barkett said. – Brian Peloza


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ALTOONA, Pa. – The Curve must have conserved all of their energy during yesterday’s off day, as they brought their best bats to the ballpark tonight in Altoona. The team combined for 19 hits – a season high – as the Altoona Curve defeated the Trenton Thunder, 14-4.

Their previous season high in hits came on May 19th against Erie (14). On that night, Kevin Kramer led the way with three hits, including a home run. Tonight, they were led by their center fielder Elvis Escobar, who totally ten bases with two triples, a double, and two singles. It was the most hits in a game by any Curve batter this season, surpassing four hits by multiple batters. Also, it was the second multi-triple game of the season for the Curve, joining Connor Joe.

“He hits the ball down well,” Manager Michael Ryan said. “We’re trying to get him to continue to zone in down, because when he chases up, the ball goes in the air too much. He has an unbelievable line drive swing. He’s getting pitches to hit, and he’s not missing.”

Over his last 19 games since May 28th, Escobar is hitting .431 (25-for-58).

“Lately, I’ve been swinging a lot better,” Escobar said. “I haven’t tried to do too much. I’m just trying to make a good swing and not think too much.”

Two other Curve hitters had three hits each. Jordan Luplow continued his hot streak with a fourth inning bomb and a couple of line drive singles. It was his 16th home run of the season, which is the most by any Curve hitter before the All-Star break since 2005, when Josh Bonifay had 17 at the break.

“He has a ton of confidence right now,” Ryan said. “He’s not missing. He has some lightning quick hands and the ball is jumping off of his bat. When he muscles up and tries to pull too much, that’s when he gets into trouble. He had a great batting practice today where he was using the whole field.”

Anderson Feliz had three hits, two of them doubles. He played second base for the fourth time since being sent back to Altoona, presumably taking over most of the duties at the position with Kevin Kramer on the disabled list.

“He can hit both sides of the plate,” Ryan said. “He has good leverage off of the bat, and he’s been a spark in the two hole for us.”

Otherwise, every Curve batter had at least one RBI. Kevin Newman, Jin-De Jhang, and Wyatt Mathisen joined the party with two hits apiece.

Alex McRae looked to build upon the momentum of his last start in Portland where he went seven strong innings while allowing just one earned run. Unfortunately, he allowed a combined four runs in the fifth and sixth innings – three of them earned – and was only able to get two outs in the sixth.

He was efficient through the beginning of the game, getting quite a few ground balls; however, you could almost see him tiring late in his outing.

“He got tired,” Ryan said. “He had to throw a lot of pitches. The umpire’s zone was good, but it was a tight, hitters’ zone. He had to throw a lot of pitches and just tired late.”

An error in the fifth inning by Anderson Felix could have easily been a double play that ended the inning with no runs, so things could have very well been different for McRae. From my vantage point, he definitely pitched well early, but sitting for extended periods of time between innings could have easily made things difficult for the pitcher.

The match-up tonight saw two first place divisional teams against each other, with Altoona taking the first of the three game series. Trenton has had a terrific season so far, as they are 46-23 and six games up in the E.L. Eastern Division.

Tonight, the Curve put up a season high in runs thanks to every batter in the lineup.

“We knew we had to play an almost perfect game tonight to be on the same field as Trenton,” Ryan said. “They are really good. The guys stepped up in all three phases tonight. We continue to play like that, we will win a lot of games.” -Sean McCool


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Bradenton won 5-2 on Tuesday night, as Gage Hinsz gave them six solid innings and Logan Hill connected on his 16th home run.

Hinsz has struggled off and on this season, with the worst of it coming after he missed a start due to shoulder soreness last month. This game didn’t start off great for him. In the first inning, Clearwater scored a run on three singles and a walk. For the next five innings, he allowed no runs on four hits and a walk. Hinsz finished out strong with two strikeouts and a ground out in the sixth inning, as his pitch total got up to 93, with 64 going for strikes. Hinsz had four strikeouts and an 8:2 GO/AO ratio.

Logan Hill started the scoring for the Marauders with a solo shot in the second inning. Kevin Krause added a solo shot in the fourth inning, his sixth of the year. In the fifth, Mitchell Tolman walked, then Ke’Bryan Hayes singled. After Will Craig lined out to shortstop, Logan Hill brought home both runners with a double. Bradenton added an insurance run in the ninth. Alfredo Reyes singled, then stole second and third, before scoring on a single by Hayes.

Hill finished the game with three hits. Both Hayes and Craig had two hits. Craig continues to watch his average (.291) and on base percentage (.395) rise. He has added 24 points to his average and 27 points to his OBP since June 2nd and that includes three days off for the All-Star break during that time.

Brandon Cumpton worked around trouble in the seventh inning, giving up three hits, but no runs. He had one strikeouts. Seth McGarry gave up a run in the ninth, watching his ERA skyrocket to 1.32 on the season.


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West Virginia is off until Thursday due to the South Atlantic League All-Star break.


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Morgantown lost 3-1 on Tuesday night in their second game of the season. As we mentioned in their season preview, this isn’t the team to follow this year, so you’re probably going to get some short recaps unless a player starts breaking out. One of the few exceptions to that rule is tonight’s starter Ike Schlabach, who is the youngest player on the team at 20 years old (21 in December). He pitched for Bristol last year and looked good at times, but lacked true consistency and wasn’t getting many strikeouts. The deceptive lefty was piling up ground balls last year, so his 3:4 GO/AO ratio in this contest looks a bit off.

Schlabach went four innings in this game before reaching his 75 pitch limit,with 47 of those pitches going for strikes. He allowed two runs on three hits, with two of those hits being doubles in the second inning, both bringing home runs. He had no walks and five strikeouts, which ties his (brief) career high set last year.

Michael Suchy played his second rehab game in his return from hamate surgery. He went 0-for-3 in this game with a walk and two strikeouts. He was caught stealing after the walk.


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The DSL Pirates came into Tuesday’s game as the worst hitting team in the Dominican and that can no longer be said after an 18-9 victory against the Cubs1. The Pirates had 16 hits, eight walks and two hit batters, giving them 26 base runners in the game. They have been having trouble this season with runner in scoring position (or just hitting in general), but they went 9-for-19 with men in scoring position in this game.

Ronaldo Paulino had the big game, driving in five runs on a two-run homer in the third inning and a three-run homer in the sixth. He also added a single, a walk and scored a third run.

John Lantigua batted lead-off and scored four runs. He had two hits, a walk, two stolen bases and he drove in two runs. Catching prospect Samuel Inoa had two walks, a double and two runs scored. Emison Soto had a single, a walk, his sixth stolen base and two runs scored. Carlos Garcia hit his first triple, scored twice, drove in two runs and walked twice. Ruben Gonzalez raised his average to .333 by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Williams Calderon and Kyle Simmons each had two hits.

The pitchers didn’t need to do well in this game with all of the support. Santiago Florez picked up the win with five runs over five innings, though just three runs were earned. Kleiner Machado allowed two runs in his only inning, while Julio Gonzalez allowed two runs in 1.2 innings. Francis Del Orbe was the only pitcher not to allow any runs for either team, throwing 1.1 shutout innings.

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That game description of Glasnows could almost been used for Kuhl except for the 2 HRs. Command is a word that should NEVER be used about his performances.




Glansnow is only 23. smh.


Glasnow: more of the same. Not counting on him coming back to the PBC this season. Kuhl is not cool….literally, the dude is just too emotional out there. At times he looks like he’s rushing. I appreciate the faster pace, but maybe he’s one guy that needs to slow down just a bit….his demeanor looks more like an intense one inning guy.


Kuhl looked to me like his mind was going a million miles an hour last night. Hyper.


John: Why is Jordan Luplow still in AA? I think he leads the organization in HR at 16, hits for a decent average, and the W/K numbers are good.

Last night we had one OF of value playing at AAA – Austin Meadows. Bostick is a MI, and Eury Perez is 27 and probably somebody we claimed off Waivers just to have some OF depth, and then there is always Danny Ortiz who is also 27 and Barnes who could be on the DL.


Luplow is still just 23 too. He is breaking out in a big way in a league that suppresses hitting a good bit. I’d say he’s gone from fringe prospect with promising sabremetric stats to legit power hitting prospect.

Bobby L

The good news is that the Pirates have 2 relief pitchers only days away from completing their rehabs.
The bad news is it’s Bastardo and Lindblom.


Possible Bastardo might be an upgrade from LeBlanc at this point. Frenchy is not having a good month.


Glasnow’s shine has definitely become muted.

john fluharty

Hearing him admit to trying to be to fine actually makes me feel a little better about his chances to turn it around. Hopefully, he can get that killer instinct back and be more aggressive in the zone.


Did he ever really have “killer instinct”? Seems to me he’s always had these issues and simply got away with them due to quality of competition.


Chad “Bulldog” Kuhl threw less than 60% of his pitches for strikes last night.


As soon as everyone focuses on what does and gets out of Glasnow’s head the better. This narrative is atrocious.


Had the pleasure of listening to the Milwaukee broadcasters last night since the Pirates were on the road. The announcer compared Kuhl to an Orioles version of Jake Arrieta.



Arrieta’s secondaries are far better than Kuhl’s, but I could absolutely see a comparison in their command and think an improvement for Kuhl similar to what Arrieta saw with the Cubs in that category would make CK an easy #3 (3 WAR) starter.


I have to hand it to him. In addition to that he knew his sh%t. A fair amount of the announcers somewhat mail it in but it was clear he did his homework. Take note Thom Brennaman.

Matthew R

You’re probably half right. Glasnow’s more long-term concern is his control, and no amount of killer instinct would solve that.

But if you’re going to be a top-notch starting pitcher in the big leagues, you do really have to be confident and aggressive. You have to go after hitters and not play footsie. Glasnow’s demeanor on the mound reads as self-doubt far too often. A little more A.J. Burnett sneer won’t help him locate his fastball but it might put him in a better frame of mind to focus on that next hitter.


Well said.

jason f (exo)

Hopefully Steve Brault can help get Tyler into that ‘attacking mindset that has led to Brault’s recent success.

Joseph Willis

Not sure where else to post this, but there is a real legitimate chance cutch is player of the month for the NL for June

michael t

Everything about his game screams….”I’m Back!” Watching him dance around the basepaths, the home run routine, the demeanor in the dugout. If this keeps up for another month at anywhere near this pace he will be the hottest target out there before the trade deadline. Locked in and looking like he did in the MVP candidate years.


After watching McCutchen since the end of August 2015 till May 24th, I have to see more than a months worth of MLB performance to scream he’s back.


I understand your point, but I think he has finally come to terms mentally with it all. During that period of time he got married and then got to see his name in trade rumors daily which even went a lot further than just rumors between the end of 2016 and the present day. His total investment in all that is the Pirates and Pittsburgh was going to hell in a handbasket.

He has made the mental change to hitting the ball where it is pitched and now that the outside corner is not working for opposing teams, he is starting to get better pitches inside as a result. And, he is trying to make sure he is a desired player to the haves of the world like the Astro’s, Nationals, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, etc.

I am glad to see the love of the game back in his eyes.

Chuck C

Cutch got married, cut his locks and like Samson, hasn’t been the same. All for the love of a girl. If it wasn’t for sex, there would be a bounty on women. Just kidding, I love women. A bad joke in an earlier time.


Yup, that other guy who was wearing his uniform in 2016 and the first 7-8 weeks of 2017 really hurt us, oh well, such is life….


Sure does, the Bellinger kid from the Dodgers has 11 homers in June, I believe, so assume he will be part of the conversation, he jumps out, certainly others have been hot as well… keep it up Cutch, wake those echoes or however that saying goes 🙂


Rizzo & Goldschmidt right there as well. Bellinger is doing it with HRs, but the other two are just as en feugo as Cutch in BA/OBP/SLG.

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