Sadler hasn't been as dominant in July as he was in the first three months of the season

Prospect Watch: Casey Sadler and Chad Kuhl Dominate With Their Sinkers


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 (Clay Holmes #12), 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 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis - 0-for-3, BB, RBI

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (3/22 Update)

4. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4

8. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-8, 2B

11. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

13. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-7, BB

16. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-7, 2B

17. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

18. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 3-for-7, SB

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 2-for-5

20. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 4-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Columbus 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, DH – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Paulino, C – 1-for-3

Zack Thornton, RHP – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Indianapolis won in ten innings. Matt Hague led off the tenth with a double, and scored in the very next at-bat on a single by Brent Morel. Casey Sadler turned in a great start in his second start with Indianapolis. Sadler was promoted to Triple-A at the end of the 2013 season, and gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings that time around, with a walk and five strikeouts. Sadler, who is on the 40-man roster, works heavily with his sinker, and was effective tonight with a 10:1 GO/FO ratio. Zack Thornton, Daniel Schlereth, and Jared Hughes combined for four shutout innings after Sadler came out of the game.



Altoona was postponed due to rain for the second night in a row.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 4-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-5

Game Notes: The Marauders got a great performance on both sides of the ball tonight. Chad Kuhl made his High-A debut, throwing five shutout innings and allowing only two hits. Kuhl was a 9th round pick last year, and is making the jump to Bradenton from Jamestown. He’s a sinkerball pitcher who had an 11:2 GO/FO ratio tonight. The offense got another boost from Jordan Steranka, who is now 6-for-8 in his first two games with the Marauders. Josh Bell had his second straight multi-hit game, and was joined by Jose Osuna, Jin-De Jhang, and Raul Fortunato, who also had multi-hit games.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: West Virginia had their game suspended yesterday, cutting Shane Carle’s outing short. They got six shutout innings combined from Jerry Mulderig and Felipe Gonzalez today in relief. JaCoby Jones picked up his first two hits of the season, and Wyatt Mathisen got his first hit of the year.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Lexington 4

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-3, SB

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Wyatt Mathisen picked up two more hits and a stolen base in a seven inning game. However, he also had two errors in his second game since moving to third base. Harold Ramirez got his first two hits of the season. Buddy Borden struggled with a bad second inning, giving up three runs in the frame. The Power went up against Luis Rico, who was one of two players traded to the Royals in the Vin Mazzaro trade last year.

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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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  • emjayinTN

    Tim: Great stuff – Sadler a 25th Round pick out of JUCO by the Pirates in 2010, and Kuhl a 9th Rounder from that college power Delaware in 2013. Sadler is already at AAA and that grouping from 7 thru 10 in the ’13 draft of Borden, Kozikowski, Kuhl, and Carle are proof positive of the ability of the Pirates to find pitching that fits our system regardless of Round, and then further develop them. Question – why was Andrew Lambo held out against a RHP last night at AAA?

    • Lee Young

      emjay…I still remember all the “ANYONE can pick a stud picking that high in the first round, but when is NH going to draft ANYONE after the first round?” talk.

      I’ve never been an “I’ve told you so kind of guy”, but I couldn’t resist it on a couple of notable Pittsburgh Blogs.

      • emjayinTN

        And, the same folks will look at the K/W of Cole last night and start to wonder. This is an awesome kid who can reach back for more at any time, but the biggest part of his performance last night was the 13/2 GO/FO Ratio. And, that was the first time I had a chance to watch Bryan Morris this season and he has developed a very impressive 2 seam fastball with down and in to a RH or down and out to a LH and he is getting it up there at 94/95 mph. GB’s very rarely leave the park!

        • piratemike

          I watched Morris pitch a couple ST games this season and he looked like another guy, I had given up on him last year but he looks like a closer of the near future. I’ll bet the Mets would give their eye teeth for him .

          • leowalter

            Mike,don’t you think that he might end up the closer`if there are any injuries or struggles similar to the last month of ’13 ?

            • piratemike

              I could see that especially the way that Melancon and Grilli seem to have lost their domination.
              I’m not giving up on them yet but I will say I am more than a little concerned but I’m prone to worry about everything Pirates anyway.

  • LongJohnSilver

    Did anyone else find it curious at best that Lambo didn’t play last night?

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