Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Extends Shutout Streak, Bristol Loses Opener on Walk-Off Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). 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 #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-3

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-6, RBI, 2 SB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton –  1-for-2, BB, RBI, SF

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia –  1-for-4

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-2, HBP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edison Lantigua, LF – 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (4)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Indianapolis was off tonight

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 7, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 1B/LF-  3-for-5, 2 2B, BB, 3 SB

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-6, RBI, 2 SB

Game Notes: Altoona lost 7-6 in 11 innings after taking a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. Pat Ludwig got his first start for Altoona and gave up just one run over five innings. He made his AA debut on Saturday and allowed three runs on six hits in three innings of relief work. Ludwig was pitching in both roles while with Bradenton earlier this year. Now with A.J. Morris and Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis, a spot opened up for him in the Altoona rotation. Yao-Hsun Yang followed Ludwig and gave up two runs over one inning of work. He threw a shutout inning in each of his first three appearances. Altoona had 15 hits in the game, with Elias Diaz and Drew Maggi collecting three hits apiece. Jarek Cunningham hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his fourth homer of the season. Alen Hanson had two hits and stole two bases, giving him 14 steals on the year. Maggi had three steals, giving him 16 this year. Both Justin Howard and Willy Garcia struck out four times in the game.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-2, BB, RBI, SF

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow continued his impressive run of late, making his fourth straight shutout appearance. He gave up just two hits over six innings and struck out seven batters. In his last four starts combined, he has thrown 21.2 scoreless innings, giving up eight hits and striking out 30 batters. Glasnow lowered his season ERA to 1.66 and hasn’t given up a home run in 48.2 innings this year. Josh Bell drove in the only run of the game with a third inning sacrifice fly. Bradenton had plenty of base runners, with nine singles and six walks, but they had just one hit with runners in scoring position. Taylor Lewis and Jordan Steranka each had two hits.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF- 1-for-4

Live Report: The Power won 2-1 on Thursday night in Lakewood, coming back from the All-Star break to end a long losing streak. Buddy Borden had an outing that got better as he went along on Thursday. He gave up one run, which came on a solo homer, allowing a total of six hits and two walks. Borden obviously didn’t give up much damage, but Lakewood was hitting the ball hard off him, with many well-struck foul balls mixed in with three extra-base hits. Borden looked much better the last couple innings, with more efficient pitch counts that allowed him to get through six innings.

Usually, pitchers at this level are fastball-heavy early on, but Borden was mixing in a change-up that was mid-80’s and a curve that was between 76-81, with the slower speeds being a bigger break that really fooled batters. His fastball was 88-91 MPH all game, except on his last pitch of the day, when he hit 92 MPH for the only time. Isaac Sanchez and Henry Hirsch followed Borden and both hit 92 MPH.

This was an ugly game all around from both teams, lots of base running mistakes and mental errors. The Power hitters looked bad against Mark Leiter Jr., who changes speeds well and had excellent control. West Virginia had just four hits against him, all singles, and they struck out nine times. The reliever that followed Leiter retired all six batters he faced. The Power won for the first time this month, opening the second half with a victory after going 20-48 in the first half.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Williamsport 4, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top HitterChase Simpson, 3B – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jamestown dropped to 2-5 after a 4-2 loss to Williamsport. Marek Minarik made his second start since joining the Pirates organization. He had control issues last year, pitching in the Czech Extraleague and had four walks over four innings on Thursday. Minarik walked three over four innings in his debut, though he threw shutout ball in that game. Four draft picks made their pro debut on Thursday, with the most notable being third round pick Jordan Luplow, who had a hit and a walk. Also playing for the first time was catcher Kevin Krause, first baseman David Andriese and shortstop Erik Forgione. Taylor Gushue had his first hitless game after collecting nine hits in his first six games.

Check out the 2014 Jamestown Jammers preview here.

 

RK: BRISTOL

Box Score

Result: Princeton 5, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Ulises Montilla, DH – 2-for-4

Danny Arribas, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Bristol had a tough loss in their first game as a Pirates affiliate. They lost in the bottom of the ninth on a three-run walk-off homer. Mervin Del Rosario served up the game-winner. Omar Basulto had a nice debut, giving up one run over five innings. The 20-year-old lefty skipped over the GCL after spending the last two years in the DSL. He had ten ground ball outs and no fly ball outs, yet still managed to give up a home run for his only run allowed. Bristol pitchers combined for a 17:0 GO/AO ratio in the game. Pablo Reyes was the big bat for the Pirates with three hits. The 3-6 hitters in the lineup combined to go 9-for-16 in the game, with two hits apiece from Danny Arribas, Ulises Montilla and Nathan Tomaszewski, who was a recent NDFA signing. Bristol had 11 strikeouts and no walks in the game.

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Cubs 12, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, RHP – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edison Lantigua, LF – 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 12-6 to the Cubs on Thursday for their third straight loss. At one point, they were down 12-0, but their late comeback fell well short. Two of their top signings from last year, had good games on offense. Edison Lantigua had the first three-hit game of his career and topped his season total of two RBIs, by driving in three runs. Jeremias Portorreal had two hits, including his third double of the season and second in two days. Second baseman Raul Siri drove in his 12th run, but also made his eighth error of the season. Eumir Sepulveda, who was one of three players signed out of Mexico last October, had a pro debut he would like to forget. He faced eight batters, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk. Mikell Granberry, who was signed at the same time as Sepulveda, had another forgettable game behind the plate. After allowed nine steals on nine attempts in a game last week, he gave up seven swipes on seven attempts on Thursday.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week two recap here.

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • Sean Epstein

    I think Bell has done all he can do at Bradenton. Time to move him up to Altoona. Do you think they get agrressive with Glasnow or does he finish the year at Bradenton?

    • John Dreker

      I think he moves up at some point. He is still in the learning process with his change-up and fastball command, which can get away from him at times. If he was healthy to start the year and still putting up these same numbers, then I could see him being called up right around now, but I think he gets at least three more starts before he moves. Bell should be called up soon, he seems to be ready now and it’s the halfway point, which is when they usually make moves

      • deacs

        And you think they keep Bell at RF until the last possible minute in AAA and then move him to 1B if Davis doesn’t work out?

        • John Dreker

          If the Pirates think Bell can help in the majors at some point next year, then they will need to move him to 1B soon. From a personal standpoint, I’d send him to the Arizona Fall League as a first baseman, let him learn the spot there, then it won’t be totally new when he comes to Spring Training next year. I know the Pirates said that Davis is someone that can help for the next few years until he hits FA, but I can’t imagine paying him what he will get in arbitration after this year. He is average at best, plus he needs a platoon partner. I don’t think he will be worth whatever his 2015 salary ends up being. The Pirates have never actually said anything about moving Bell to first base, so it’s hard to pinpoint when/if they might do it, but common sense says if he is hitting well in AA this year, he isn’t far from the majors and there obviously isn’t a spot for him in the outfield.

          • deacs

            Yeah they haven’t said a word about Bell moving to first. But then again I guess you can’t because you currently have Gabby and Ike playing there and that would be bad form maybe? But I think everyone sees the writing on the wall.

  • glassers

    John. am I reading Reese is currently throwing out 42% of runners ? I knew he had a great arm because I saw it at Pirate City but if that percentage is right it is impressive ! I don’t care what league your playing in .

    • deacs

      Given that they place very little emphasis on holding runners on and more emphasis on pitching I’d have to agree.

    • John Dreker

      I was very impressed by his throws after the pitcher was done warming up between innings. He threw to all three bases, something I’ve only seen a couple times before. Very quick release. He threw out one runner last night, but it was a catcher running and looked like a hit and run or maybe a delayed steal, I don’t know what the runner was thinking. Basically, I could have thrown him out too. The one thing to point out is that WV must be focusing on holding runners this year, because McGuire actually has the lowest % on the team. Francisco Diaz is 43% and Kawika Emsley-Pai is 50%

  • John Dreker

    The games I listened to, he was his normal 93-96, hitting 97 a few times and even a couple 99’s in there.