Tyler Glasnow couldn't find the plate in his last start

Prospect Watch: Control Issues Continue For Tyler Glasnow


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (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 (Jameson Taillon #2, 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 - 1-for-5, 3B, BB, SB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/7 Update)

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 BB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Norfolk 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Adam Wilk, LHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Dickerson, CF – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 0-for-5

Gregory Polanco, RF – 1-for-5, 3B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Indianapolis lost 3-2 in 12 innings and they had a real tough time making contact all game. Six Norfolk pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts on the night, with seven Indians players striking out at least twice. Adam Wilk went seven innings tonight and for the sixth time in seven starts, he allowed three runs or less. He left with the game tied after Indianapolis put up two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Josh Kinney took the loss, allowing one run over 2.2 innings. Chris Dickerson reached base four times and collected the only RBI for Indianapolis.



Box Score

Result: Akron 2, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 0-for-1, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-4

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 0-for-4

Drew Maggi, 3B – 1-for-3

Game Notes: While Nick Kingham has had decent overall results this year, he has had some command issues that we rarely saw in the past. He went just five innings tonight due to reaching 94 pitches, 59 for strikes. He tied his season high with six strikeouts, the third time he has reached that mark. In five of his seven starts, Kingham has given up two earned runs or less. The Altoona offense was nearly non-existent. Drew Maggi and Matt Curry each had a single, the only hits of the night. Elias Diaz drew two walks. Maggi has reached base at least once in every game he has started this year.



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4

Eric Wood, 3B – 0-for-4

Game Notes: The theme for Tyler Glasnow tonight was walks and stolen bases. The right-hander walked four batters and gave up six stolen bases in five innings of work. A lot of his damage came in the first inning, when he allowed two hits, walked two, and gave up four stolen bases. The steals led to a big inning, and the only hard hit ball was a two out double that hit the chalk down the right field line. Glasnow threw 30 pitches in the inning, but came back out for the second.

After the first inning, Glasnow recovered. He retired the side in order in the second, ending it with a 98 MPH fastball for a swinging strikeout. He needed just 52 pitches during innings 2-5, giving up one more hit and walking two more batters. Glasnow wasn’t getting a lot of close calls, although that wasn’t the only reason for his control issues tonight. He ranged 93-98 MPH with his fastball, sitting in the mid-90s and hitting 98 twice. He mostly worked with the fastball, throwing the pitch 73 times, and only throwing his curveball four times. – Tim Williams



Box Score

Result: Greenville 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-2, RBI, BB, SF

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Buddy Borden was cruising along through four innings, shutting Greenville out, but the fifth inning was his undoing. He gave up three runs in the fifth frame, allowing four hits, including an RBI double off the bat of former Pirates farmhand, Jimmy Rider. The loss went to Yhonathan Barrios, who allowed three runs over his 1.2 innings of work. The top three hitters in the lineup, Elvis Escobar, JaCoby Jones and Reese McGuire each drove in a run, accounting for all three West Virginia RBIs. Jones had the only West Virginia extra-base hit, his sixth double. Danny Collins, with two singles, had the only multi-hit game for the Power.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • KauaiCoffee

    Has there been any news about when Tyler Glasnow’s Tommy John surgery will be scheduled?

    • Y2JGQ2

      to fix walks? …or is this in response to a 30 pitch inning?

      • KauaiCoffee

        TJ surgery is a rite of passage for pitching prospects. I assume TJ surgery is on the horizon for Glasnow.

        • Y2JGQ2

          Someone forgot to let Cole into the club. Cole and Maholm are the only pitching 1st round picks we’ve had in the last ten years who haven’t blown out their arm

          • Y2JGQ2

            All started with Sean Burnett…..

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