Prospect Watch: Glasnow Continues to Strike Everyone Out; Karstens Rehabs


A look at how the current top 20 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. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.55) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 2.82) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.309) – 1-for-4, 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.261) – 0-for-3, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.278) – 0-for-6, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.12) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (4-2, 3.79) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 5.50) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.304) – 0-for-7, 4 K

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.305) – 1-for-4, 2B

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.184) – 1-for-1

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-1, 6.94) – 4.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.66) – DNP

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.61) – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 2.89) – DNP

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.12) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.304) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB

Home Runs: Brett Carroll (8), Josh Harrison (1), Jerry Sands (1), Andrew Lambo (8), Gift Ngoepe (2), Stetson Allie (9)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Pawtucket 3

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (4-3, 3.80) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.304) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Reid, RHP (0.33) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Brett Carroll, LF (.283) – 1-for-4, HR

Jerry Sands, RF (.171) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis won thanks to three homers on the night. Josh Harrison hit his first of the year. Brett Carroll hit his eighth of the year. Jerry Sands hit his first of the year. In his last ten games, Sands is hitting for a .257 average and an .852 OPS. He’s been hitting lefties this year, going 6-for-27 with two doubles and tonight’s homer. Tony Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a double, giving him seven doubles in his last eight games. He has a .305 average and a .932 OPS on the year. Ryan Reid has given up just one earned run in 27 innings this year, with a 26:7 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.207) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF (.293) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.148) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Jeff Karstens made his second rehab start, throwing 62 pitches and 40 strikes over four innings. Karstens gave up two unearned runs in the first inning after an error by Alex Dickerson extended the inning. Karstens went on to give up two singles and two walks in the inning, leading to the two runs. From there he was perfect over the next three innings. Gift Ngoepe hit his second homer of the year. Andrew Lambo hit his eighth homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 10, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (1-1, 6.94) – 4.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.309) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jacob Stallings, C (.237) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: The Marauders only had three hits on the night. This was the third time Adrian Sampson faced St. Lucie this season. In his previous two starts he combined for three earned runs in nine innings. Kurt Yacko made his debut in the Pirates’ organization, giving up three runs in three innings. Gregory Polanco is hitting for a .319/.396/.638 line in 47 at-bats in May.


Tyler Glasnow has 34 strikeouts in 19 innings over his last four starts.

Tyler Glasnow has 34 strikeouts in 19 innings over his last four starts.


Game One Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.12) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.306) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Pat Ludwig, RHP (3-0, 1.64) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow now has a 2.12 ERA in 34 innings this year, with a 50:21 K/BB ratio. In his last four starts he has a 34:10 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. He’s also only given up 14 hits on the entire season. Stetson Allie hit his ninth homer of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Lexington 6, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (1-3, 5.06) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.310) – 2-for-2, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, DH (.305) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: John Kuchno had his worst start since his second outing of the season. Between those outings he went 25 innings, giving up just five earned runs. His last start was seven days ago, so the extra time off might have played a part in him having an off night. Stetson Allie added another extra base hit in game two, giving him three total in his last ten games.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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    Why did Glasnow only go 4 innings? Pitch count?

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