Keith Law ranked Tyler Glasnow ahead of Jameson Taillon. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Sets a Record; Kris Johnson Pitches a Gem


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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.40) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.256) – 0-for-4, 2 K

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.189) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.313) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.284) – 2-for-3, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (3-3, 4.08) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.349) – 1-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.265) – 0-for-4

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.245) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – 0-for-2 (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.20) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.25) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.313) – 0-for-4

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.32) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.264) – 0-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (10-4, 2.23) – 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.282) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (10-4, 2.23) – 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.282) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.293) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Russ Canzler, LF (.261) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Duke Welker, RHP (3.59) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: One day after mentioning how Andrew Lambo hasn’t been hitting for average or drawing walks, the right fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. In his last ten games he has five homers and four doubles. Matt Hague picked up three hits tonight. He now has 130 hits on the year, which leads the International League. Kris Johnson has been our Pitcher of the Month in each of the last two months, and he’s off to a great start this month. After tonight’s start he has combined for two earned runs on 13 hits and two walks in 15 innings, with nine strikeouts.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Binghamton 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (10-5, 3.19) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.189) – 2-for-2, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Beckman, RHP (1.13) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Mel Rojas, LF (.266) – 2-for-4, 3B


Game Notes: Casey Sadler has combined to give up four earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts since returning from a knee injury. He has given up eight hits and six walks in that span, with eight strikeouts. Sadler has been strong all year for Altoona, and could be an option to move up to Indianapolis at the end of the year in time for the post season. Mel Rojas was on fire for most of the summer, but has cooled in the last few weeks. He had a .549 OPS in his last 79 at-bats over the last few weeks prior to his two hit game tonight.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, St. Lucie 5

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4-10, 5.37) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.245) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.267) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Jose Osuna, DH (.248) – 2-for-4, 2B

Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton had a one hour and 39 minute rain delay to start the game, which is typical for a Robby Rowland start. Rowland has had ten games postponed or cancelled this season, including three in a row over the weekend. This was the fifth start that was delayed by rain, but not postponed. Rowland did great considering he was supposed to make this start on Saturday, then again on Sunday, then once more on Monday. Dan Gamache hit his 30th double of the year tonight. Stetson Allie has cooled in his time in Bradenton, hitting for a .245/.355/.368 line in 155 at-bats, with just two homers. Willy Garcia picked up two hits, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games.


Tyler Glasnow has 140 strikeouts on the year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Tyler Glasnow has 140 strikeouts on the year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)


Box Score

Result: Delmarva 7, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (8-3, 2.50) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.284) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Fortunato, CF (.246) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had an interesting start. He gave up four runs in the first inning, including a three run homer. After that he settled down, and ended up striking out 12 batters on the night. He also limited his walks to just one. The 12 strikeouts matches a career high, set on May 23rd. Glasnow also set the single season strikeout record for West Virginia, with 140 on the year. The previous record was set by Will Inman, who had 136 in 2006. Last year Justin Wilson had the most strikeouts in the system with 138, not counting his time in the majors. In 2011 it was Kyle McPherson with 142. Prior to that, the last time someone had 140 or more strikeouts was when Todd Redmond had 148 in 2006. Glasnow should pass all of those marks in his next start or two. The real mark will be Tom Gorzelanny’s 167 in 2004, which is obtainable. A bigger challenge would be the 201 strikeouts from Dave Williams in 2000, which would be hard to reach for Glasnow at this point in the season. The right-hander is currently fourth in minor league baseball in strikeouts. In non-Glasnow news, Josh Bell went 2-for-3, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He has a .389/.476/.556 line in 36 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Vermont 3, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP (2.16) – 5.0 IP, 6 K, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH (.263) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.274) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: 2013 4th round pick Cody Dickson has been pitching great this year. The lefty has a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings so far, with a 36:14 K/BB ratio. In his last four starts he has combined for 19 innings without an earned run, with 11 hits, 5 walks, and 16 strikeouts in that span. Harold Ramirez went 0-for-4, and is starting off with a slump in August, going 4-for-21 in his first six games of the month. That follows a month where he hit .384 with a .967 OPS, so it’s not a big concern.



Box Score

Result: Braves 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Blake Taylor, LHP (1.32) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, C (.306) – 1-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.313) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Reese McGuire, DH (.349) – 1-for-4

Angel Sanchez, LHP (3.77) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Blake Taylor has a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings over his first five starts. He also has a 6:5 K/BB ratio in that span, but only four hits allowed. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to six games, and stole his third base of the year. It was also his second stolen base in the last two games. Wyatt Mathisen made another rehab start behind the plate, but only played half the game.

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  • John Dreker

    An added note on Johnson. He has ten straight starts that qualify as quality starts and not one of them was the minimum 6ip/3er, all were better.

    • Lee Young

      Makes you fooget Rudy Owens in a heart beat! lol



  • Bryan Graham

    That has gotta be tough to do, strike out 12 in 5 innings and allow 6 hits and 4 earned runs. No complaints, he had a rough first inning, just odd numbers considering how dominating his stuff must have been.
    Lambo must be really close to coming up as the bought and paid for Pirate TV announcers are talking him up pretty hard.

  • LeandroMejia

    Luis Santos only had 74 strikeouts last year

    • Tim Williams

      That’s weird. Baseball Reference had him at 148 in the Minor League Affiliates page, and that didn’t seem right for a short-season guy.

      • hokies416

        clicking on Santos and seeing his career detail, you can see where the mistake occurred…BaseRef double counted his individual 2012 team totals *AND* the 2012 summed total.

  • derekbellstutu

    I went to the Jammers game last night to check out Cody Dickson. He was hitting 90-92 mph quite a bit on the radar gun, including 94 mph in the 2nd inning. Unfortunately, the 94 mph pitch was chin music for the left handed batter. Dickson settled down after that. His control is definitely a weakness in his game, but he’s very raw. Time will tell if he has the stuff to advance.

  • Roger Huffman II

    Tim, what would you consider a “quality start?” 6 innings-3 runs is a 4.50 ERA and I just don’t see that as “quality” and it just seems like a generic way to label it.

    • Tim Williams

      I only use “quality start” as a reference. John mentioned Kris Johnson had a lot of “quality starts” above, and that they have been better than a 6 IP/3 ER type.

      I think if the worst you are doing is a 4.50 ERA, that’s a good thing. When you talk about quality starts, not every start is going to be 6/3. Also, it’s hard to label one individual start based on ERA. 6 IP/2 ER would be better quality, but that’s also a 3.00 ERA. To say that any start over a 3.00 ERA isn’t quality is a stretch. 7 IP/3 ER might be better, since that’s a 3.85 ERA, but saying a pitcher only had a “quality start”.

      Personally I’m a fan of Game Scores to grade individual starts, rather than just going the simple way of innings and runs. But I do think it’s interesting to point out situations like Johnson where he’s had ten straight quality starts, and none were the 6/3 type. You say that, and everyone knows what you are talking about.

  • rsborelli

    12 strikeouts in 5 innings… and he’s done it TWICE this season! That is ridiculous! 5 innings is 15 outs, folks. Too bad about the first inning, but I’ll give the kid a pass on that! Think he had some extra days there in between starts.

    • rsborelli

      Any idea on a pitch count for Glasnow last night? I recall last time he K’d 12 in a game his pitch count was still very low all things considered (like below 70?). Not to say he was a lock to keep whiffing guys at that frequency, but that is the equivalent to about 17 Ks over 7 innings. Can’t imagine there are many guys that have ever done that twice in one season – let alone at the age of 19.

      • Tim Williams

        He’s been around 75 max this year.

  • Kevin_Young

    Ya know, for a guy that a lot of people seem to be going sour on, Josh Bell has really had quite the quality 1st full season.

  • buster09

    I am not so sure that moving out of the leadoff spot after Alen Hanson’s promotion is the factor that slowed Rojas Jr. down Tim. Up until that time,he looked pretty good to me,enough that I wasn’t too sure why the orginization had seemed to forget about him as a prospect somewhat.

  • john #

    Tim, is there anyway that you could add the team records and place on standings, when you do the box scores. Thanks

    • Tim Williams

      That’s always included in the minor league schedule.

  • Debbie Large

    I’m curious as to why you have Alan Hanson listed as #4 with a batting average of .189 and you don’t have Willy Garcia listed at all? Willy is an extremely talented outfielder for the Maurauders, yet you never mention him.

    • Tim Williams

      Hanson has a .189 average in his first few weeks in Double-A. After tonight he has only played 10 games at the level. He’s rated 4th because he’s a great prospect.

      I also like Willy Garcia, and we’ve had him around the top 30 the past few years. Right now he strikes out too much and doesn’t walk enough to have a shot at the top 20.

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