Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out 11 Over Six Shutout Innings

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. 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, 11 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 1-for-3, BB

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona - 1-for-4, 2B

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-5

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia - Disabled List (7/24 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia - DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates - DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona - DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia - 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - DNP

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - DNP

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

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia - DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona - 0-for-4, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 4-for-7, 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (17), Andy Vasquez (8)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Rochester 7, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Casey Sadler had a rough go of it in his start before it even really started. Sadler was only able to complete one inning, allowing four runs, two earned on three hits. In the frame, Sadler labored to 39 pitches, 21 of which were strikes.

Jake Brigham replaced Sadler, making his first appearance since being activated from the DL on Thursday. Brigham completed five innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Vin Mazzaro relieved Brigham and fanned three hitters in two scoreless innings.

Chase d’Arnaud added a single and has hit just under .320 since July 7. Jaff Decker picked up a single and recorded his 13th outfield assist of the season – Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Trenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, DH – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-5

Dan Gamache, 3B – 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Game Notes: On a night when Tyler Glasnow put up one of the better performances you’ll see this year, Jhonathan Ramos actually out-pitched him. Ramos gave up just one base runner over six shutout innings and he did it while throwing just 68 pitches. The only hit was a soft liner into right field after Ramos retired the first 14 batters of the game. Alen Hanson hit his 20th double of the season, getting him to the 20-10-10-20 mark in doubles/triples/homers/stolen bases.  He is the only Pirates player to reach those marks this year and he and Starling Marte in 2012, are the last Pirates players to reach them.

 

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Jupiter 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, LF – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-2, BB, 2 R

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow struck out 11 batters over six innings, reaching double-digits in strikeouts for the fourth time this year. He has now made 20 starts this season and given up earned runs in just nine of those games. He finished the game with a 1.53 ERA, which gave him the Florida State League lead in that category. On offense, Justin Howard and Jose Osuna had two hits apiece. Osuna scored two runs, while Howard and Eric Wood each drove in two runs. Max Moroff hit his 26th double.

 

Game Two Box Score

Result: Jupiter 9, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Wood, 3B – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Jose Osuna, DH – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Game two of Thursday’s doubleheader didn’t go so well for Bradenton after Tyler Glasnow put on an impressive pitching performance. Using two pitchers that recently were sent down from Altoona, Pat Ludwig and Joan Montero, Bradenton allowed nine runs on 12 hits and three walks. Adam Frazier and Eric Wood each had three hits. Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka each drove in a pair. Osuna is hitting .371 in his last ten games, with a .946 OPS.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-3, BB

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-3

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones hit his 17th home run of the season during West Virginia’s 5-4 loss on Thursday. He leads all Pirates minor league players in homers this year. Jones is hitting .282 and also has 20 doubles and 16 stolen bases. He still has some flaws to his game, as he needs work defensively at shortstop and his 30/118 BB/SO ratio is poor for a 22-year-old in low-A ball, who has experience at the major college program. The tools are hard to overlook though and it will be interesting to see if he could improve on his weak points as he moves up the system.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 3, Connecticut 2

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, C – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Frank Duncan picked up his second win as a pro by throwing five shutout innings. He gave up three hits and a walk, while striking out six batters, which tied his career high. Jerry Mulderig followed him with three no-hit innings and Sam Street finished it off. Street has been effective this year, but in his only inning on Thursday, he gave up two runs on three hits. Prior to tonight, he had allowed just one run over his first 16 innings as a pro.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Game One Box Score

Result: Kingsport 8, Bristol 7

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP -3 .0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Enyel Vallejo, CF – 2-for-3, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Maximo Rivera, RF – 3-for-3, 3 R, SB

Game Notes: This game was the completion of a game started on 7/14, that was suspended due to rain with the score tied 7-7 in the top of the seventh. Billy Roth started for Bristol and threw three no-hit innings, but he also issued four walks. Maximo Rivera had three hits, scored three runs and stole home plate, but didn’t finish the game because he was promoted to West Virginia recently. Enyel Vallejo also didn’t play once the game restarted, but he drove in three runs before it was suspended. Marek Minarik made his Bristol debut and allowed one unearned run over 2.1 innings. He has been starting for Jamestown this season, recently getting demoted after posting a 4.86 ERA over 37 innings. Minarik picked up the loss in this game, giving him a decision three weeks before he actually joined the team.

 

Game Two Box Score

Result:  Kingsport 3, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Danny Arribas, C – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes:  Bristol got swept by Kingsport during their Thursday night doubleheader. Starter Omar Basulto worked out of jams during his 4.1 innings, not allowing a run despite giving up seven hits and two walks. Luis Paula threw a scoreless seventh, giving him a 1.00 ERA through 18 innings, with 16 strikeouts. Nick Buckner had his eighth double and drove in his 19th run. Bristol dropped to 14-32 on the season. Jose Salazar had a hit and RBI. In 40 at-bats since being called up from the GCL, he is hitting .325 and has struck out just two times.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Braves 1

Starting Pitcher: Trey Supak, RHP – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, 3B – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Sam Kennelly, DH – 1-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

Eric Thomas, LF – 2-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R

Game Notes: Trey Supak made his sixth appearances this year and had some control issues, plus allowed a home run, but the bullpen and offense both came through big in the Pirates 10-1 win. The Pirates had won just twice in their last 21 games prior to Thursday’s one-sided victory. Supak walked three batters, hit another and allowed his second homer of the season. He has given up 19 hits and 10 walks in his first 15 innings. A.J. Morris was the big arm out of the pen, making his fourth rehab appearances. He is going further into games each time now, going one inning twice, two innings in his last game and he threw three shutout innings in this game. Everyone on offense had at least one hit, plus scored and/or drove in a run. Julio de la Cruz had three hits and a pair of RBIs. Cole Tucker scored three runs. First baseman Carlos Munoz drove in his 30th run of the season. The Pirates had 15 hits and walked six times.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Richard Mitchell, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Perez, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Johan De Jesus, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates beat the Braves behind excellent pitching from Richard Mitchell, who threw five shutout innings and picked up his team-leading seventh win. Mitchell has allowed just six earned runs in his last eight starts combined. Outfielder Sandy Santos picked up an outfield assist tonight, his third straight game in which he has an assist. Jeremias Portorreal drove in two runs with a first inning single. Luis Perez had two hits, giving him a .325 average this year. He has a 19/10 BB/SO ratio and he is 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts. The Pirates are still without three starters, catcher Mikell Granberry(back), left fielder Edison Lantigua(dehydration) and All-Star second baseman Raul Siri(right hand).

You can check out the DSL Pirates week nine 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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  • Brian K. Rhodes

    Isn’t it about a month past the time Glasnow should have been pitching in Altoona?

    • csnumber23

      Agreed!

    • John Dreker

      Our best guess is they are leaving him in Bradenton for multiple reasons. One being the club is in the playoff race, so the games mean something, aka pressure and that is better than a few late season games for a last place Altoona team. Plus if they actually make the playoffs, its an extra 1-2 starts for him. The second reason is that he will be at Altoona to start next year anyway, so keeping him in Bradenton doesn’t slow his path to the Majors. He’s pretty much a given(assuming things go well) to be called up right after that pesky Super-2 deadline passes in 2016.

      • Bryan Graham

        I just don’t see how it does Glasnow any good to be pitching to guys that have no chance against him. The Pirates are REALLY taking their time with him, it’s almost as if they have forgotten he is in their system. When he makes it to the bigs, he will be the true #1 the Pirates have been hoping for, no offense to Cole or Taillon.

        • SteveW

          He won’t be a true #1 unless he continues to improve his control. It’s certainly not good enough to be an MLB ace at this point.

          • Doug

            Agreed. He kind of reminds me of AJ Burnett at this point. Excellent fastball and breaking ball, but below average changeup and control.

          • Y2JGQ2

            Steve….seriously? Of course he’s not good enough to be an MLB ace, he’s in high A ball. That comment is entirely obvious and serves no purpose and adds nothing to this discussion

  • Leefoo Rug Bug

    John…that W/K ratio for J Jones doesn’t excite me. As he goes higher, well……

    • http://batman-news.com NMR

      Good write-up by John. Scouts didn’t like the swing on draft day, so it would be interesting to hear if he’s shown improvement mechanically. 122 wRC+ with those peripherals for a college sign in low-A isn’t terribly encouraging unless he’s been working with a new swing.

      • Y2JGQ2

        He’s a new shortstop A. He’s missed a ton of time with injury B. He wasn’t very good in college C. You might want to temper your idea vs. an average college kid who was putting up great numbers in college but had average skills, this guy is more like a high school kid, all the tools, but not the proven performance

        • http://batman-news.com NMR

          I’d say that is a relatively fair comparison, and that’s a problem considering he has four years on your typical raw high school bat. I actually think he’s the closest thing the organization has to a 3B of the future, but it’s gonna take a swing change to get there. Really fun prospect to follow in the coming years.

  • st1300b

    I know MDLC was kind of a breakout last year, but I thought that JDLC was initially viewed as the bigger prospect, and was kind of a major disappointment last year and out played by MDLC. So, I’m wondering would the club actually be breathing a bit of a sigh that JDLC seems to be taking that step forward, and less concerned about MDLC’s leveling off from a breakout year? I would.