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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 – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – 1-for-3

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – DNP

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-5

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  – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB, SB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, DH – 5-for-8, 3 2B, 3B

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (10), Jose Osuna (9), Jarek Cunningham (8), Justin Howard (2), Chris Harvey (2), Elvis Escobar (1)



Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-3, 2B

Ernesto Frieri, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Through the first five innings, Casey Sadler looked to have remedied a recent slide. However, three crossed the plate in the sixth – two on a double from the opposing pitcher. In his four previous starts prior to Sunday, Sadler had allowed 17 runs on 25 hits in 20 innings. His previous time out, he was only able to go one inning, allowing four runs on three hits.

Josh Wall followed Sadler, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out a pair. Ernesto Frieri made his Indianapolis debut after clearing waivers on Sunday. Frieri worked a perfect eighth inning and picked up a strikeout. Adam Wilk worked three scoreless innings with three strikeouts, but allowed two hits and a run in the 12th inning.

Tony Sanchez hit his 10th home run of the season, and just missed a second of the day by inches, as it blew foul. Sanchez has six hits in his last three games with a pair of long balls. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Erie 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his eighth homer of the year. Zack Dodson gave up on earned run in 6.1 innings, which came one start after he gave up one earned run in six innings. Dodson has a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings over his last five starts, with a 23:11 K/BB ratio. Josh Bell hasn’t played in a game since Tuesday. He has been missing time with a bruised knee.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, St Lucie 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, LF – 1-for-2, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 1-for-4, HR

Jordan Steranka, DH – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes:  Tyler Glasnow continued his recent stretch of dominant performances. Tonight he threw 83 pitches, with 57 going for strikes. He did an outstanding job of getting ahead of hitters, with 16 of 22 first pitch strikes. Of his eight strikeouts, five of them came on fastballs. Glasnow was just unhittable, blowing his fastball by a lot of batters, including one at-bat where he threw three in a row and got three swings and misses. The fastball was in the normal velocity range, sitting in the 93-95 MPH range, and touching 97-98. He had a few command issues with the curveball, but used the plus offering to get a few strikeouts. Justin Howard got the Marauders on the board by crushing a homer to right field in the second inning. It was his second homer since being sent back to Bradenton. Jose Osuna added an insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo shot. That was his ninth of the year, and second in his last three games.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 8, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, CF – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Diaz, SS – 2-for-4

JaCoby Jones, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: West Virginia had a bad night all around, with Felipe Gonzalez giving up four runs, fueled by two homers. The bullpen struggled with four more runs. The offense didn’t do much, getting just one run. Erich Weiss hit his 20th double of the year. JaCoby Jones went 1-for-4. He’s got a 1.031 OPS this month, and a .998 OPS in 186 at-bats in the second half.



Box Score

Result: Batavia 4, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Chase Simpson, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Austin Coley has been returning from a shoulder strain that had him out for over a month. He has slowly been building up his innings since returning. Today was the first start in his four since returning that he has pitched into the fourth inning. This was also the first start of his career where he has gone into the fourth inning. Coley gave up six runs in 1.2 innings in his first start of the season, but has a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings since that point. Elvis Escobar hit his first homer of the year.



Game One Box Score

Result:  Bristol 14, Johnson City 6

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Buckner, DH – 5-for-5, 3 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Jerrick Suiter, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Danny Arribas, C – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Game Notes: Bristol had a huge night on offense in game one. Every member of the lineup had at least one hit, and seven batters had multiple hits. Nick Buckner led the way, getting five hits, with three doubles, a triple, and knocking in six runs. Buckner now has 12 doubles and two triples this season. Danny Arribas and Eduardo Figueroa each hit two doubles.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Johnson City 8, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Harvey, C – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Billy Roth, RHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Chris Harvey hit his second homer of the year. Billy Roth has struggled this year in his second season in pro ball. The 2013 16th round pick has a 7.05 ERA in 37 innings, with a 28:28 K/BB ratio.



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