Pirates Prospects http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 First Pitch: MLB is NOT As Good As It Has Ever Been http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/first-pitch-mlb-is-not-as-good-as-it-has-ever-been.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/first-pitch-mlb-is-not-as-good-as-it-has-ever-been.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:26:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84286 Bud Selig was in Pittsburgh today, and as you could have guessed, he attributed the Pirates’ success to MLB having a fair landscape. This isn’t unexpected, as it happens every time a small market team surprises everyone by contending.

The Pirates have become contenders again, but they haven’t done it because MLB is fair. They did it by finding talent avenues that were under-valued. They did it through the draft, international market, trading established players for prospects, and focusing on advanced metrics, rather than the traditional stats that land big free agent deals. It’s not a new concept. It’s the way any successful small market team has managed to win in this unbalanced league. The fact that the feel good success stories are only small market teams, and never big market teams, should be a big indicator that MLB isn’t fair.

You could say that MLB is fair in the sense that every team has a chance to compete. You’d just have to add the disclaimer that it’s much easier for some teams to compete than it is for others, and that’s not a system that is fair at all.

We’re right in the middle of trade deadline season, which is probably the biggest time period that illustrates the difference between MLB teams. A team like the Pirates has to contemplate making moves, balancing their current chances to succeed with their future chances of success. They can’t make prospect-for-rental trades because those prospects are their only shot at landing impact talent in the future. Meanwhile, the Angels can trade away a top 100 prospect, and further deplete their farm system, all to get a relief pitcher. The Angels can do this, because they can just go spend money to fill any future needs. The Pirates make a trade like this, and they’re stuck with a hole to fill in the future.

Obviously this doesn’t restrict small market teams from making these types of trades, as we’ve seen with the Oakland Athletics. They traded Addison Russell to the Cubs for 1.5 years of Jeff Samardzija. But the last time Oakland made a deal like this, it didn’t really work out well for them. They traded Carlos Gonzalez to the Rockies for Matt Holliday, then finished under .500 the year they had Holliday, trading him by the deadline. They were .500 or worse the next two years, before getting back to the playoffs in 2012. Their corner outfielders in those two years included Gabe Gross, Ryan Sweeney, and David DeJesus. You’d have to think CarGo and his 5 WAR per year would have given them a much bigger boost. And that’s the difference between small and big market teams. The A’s traded Gonzalez to get Holliday, and only kept him for half a season. Their outfield the next two years had guys who weren’t better than bench players. Do you think that would happen with a big market team that trades away a top prospect?

The Pirates have found ways to win, all while setting themselves up to be contenders for the next several years. Unfortunately, MLB has been taking away a lot of their advantages with rule changes that hurt small market teams more than big market teams.

The biggest change came in the draft. The Pirates went over-slot on a lot of players from 2008-2011. A lot of those over-slot guys are getting close to reaching the majors, and will be a big part of the Pirates contending in the future. Nick Kingham was a fourth round pick that signed for $480,000 in 2010. Tyler Glasnow was a fifth round pick who signed for $600,000 in 2011. Josh Bell broke the draft with his $5 M bonus as a second rounder in 2011, and he’s starting to hit his way to becoming a key member of a future Pirates lineup.

The new system would have probably allowed the Pirates to draft and sign Pedro Alvarez and Gerrit Cole. It’s hard to say whether they would have also landed Jordy Mercer, Justin Wilson, Brandon Cumpton, and other middle round guys who have helped in the majors. None of those guys were over-slot guys, but they were also drafted at a time where the bonuses in the top ten rounds weren’t linked together, which has definitely complicated matters, especially if you’re taking over-slot players and trying to find bonus pool money from other rounds.

The new CBA also restricted international spending, which doesn’t hurt the Pirates as much, since they’ve been successful without spending big on international players. However, the fact that they now have less to spend as contenders will hurt them, since part of their approach is finding a large quantity of talented prospects, and hoping a few of them work out. If you’ve got less money to spend, it means you’ll get fewer prospects, which lowers your chances of having a Starling Marte or a Gregory Polanco.

There was also the change to draft compensation picks. The Rays were famous for loading up on Type A and Type B players before they would reach free agency, all for the purposes of landing extra draft picks. The Rays did a horrible job of drafting with those picks, but that doesn’t ignore that it was an advantage to have so many first and second round picks. MLB changed the compensation rule to a system where you have to make a qualifying offer ($14.1 M for the 2014 season) to get any compensation if a player signs elsewhere. As we saw with A.J. Burnett, that’s a big percentage of team salary for a small market team to give to one player. The old system wouldn’t have helped the Burnett situation much, since the Pirates would have had to offer him arbitration over his $16.5 M salary in 2012. But looking at the league as a whole, the old system at least allowed small market teams a great chance to get draft picks. The new system makes it easy for big market teams to get compensation picks, while leaving a tougher decision for small market teams, and possibly no compensation.

The changes to the new CBA hurt small market teams more than it hurt big market teams. Those changes could impact the Pirates going forward. Their success to get to this point has been through the draft, but also due to focusing on advanced and under-valued metrics. They’ve gotten a lot of under-valued pitchers by focusing on FIP rather than ERA, and thanks to adjustments made by their pitching coaches. They landed Russell Martin thanks to the values placed on catcher defense and pitch framing, the latter of which has become a much bigger focus around the league since the Martin signing.

The fear with that, going forward, is that big market teams will catch on. They’ll start paying guys like Martin for their defense. They’ll pay for FIP, and not ERA, thus removing the potential value of guys like A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, and even Edinson Volquez. As a result, the Pirates will have to find new ways of finding under-valued talent. That’s the way it always goes. Small market team finds an under-valued stat. That stat becomes big, and large market teams start paying for it. Small market teams are forced to find the next inefficiency.

This is not a system that is fair. This is not a representation that MLB is better than ever. Teams like the Pirates are winning, and it’s not because of the current setup. They’ve basically found a loophole, if you will. MLB is set up so that large markets win year-after-year, and the loophole is that small market teams can exploit inefficiencies in order to compete for a small number of years. Most of the changes MLB makes are changes that make it harder for small market teams to win. And the biggest change that MLB should make is the change that would allow every team an equal shot at every player, with the same financial risks for each team.

To do this, MLB needs a salary cap, a salary floor, and total revenue sharing. That would make MLB fair. That would make the league better than ever. It would allow teams to win based on how smart they have been, and not based on market size and local media contracts.

Unfortunately, that will probably never happen. So we’re left with the current system, where the Pirates beating the odds and finding a way to succeed (for just one year following a 20 year losing streak) is held up as evidence that the league is fair. Meanwhile, teams like the Dodgers can sign Clayton Kershaw to a $215 M deal, while Pirates fans have to envision a day when Andrew McCutchen will leave for free agency, all while wondering if that will lead to another long rebuild. That makes it hard to justify that the game is as good as it has ever been.

Links and Notes

**Pirates Prospects Job Openings

**Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Unreal Stretch With 11 Strikeouts

**Pirates Approach to the Trade Deadline Probably Won’t Change From Previous Years

**A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred

**Prospect Highlights: Starter Doing Well in GCL Relief Role

**Minor League Schedule: What Will Adrian Sampson Do For an Encore?

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Unreal Stretch With 11 Strikeouts http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-tyler-glasnow-continues-unreal-stretch-with-11-strikeouts.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-tyler-glasnow-continues-unreal-stretch-with-11-strikeouts.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:29:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84297 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, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 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, Altoona - 2-for-6

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 1-for-4, BB

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates - 1-for-4

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 - DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - 2-for-4, 2B

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 - 1-for-5

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 4-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: Dan Gamache (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP – 4.2 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4

Dean Anna, 2B – 2-for-4

Live Report: Brandon Cumpton had easily his worst outing of the season, allowing eight earned runs and 12 hits. On July 4, Cumpton allowed eight hits, but outside of that start, he has not allowed more than six hits in any Triple-A appearance outside of a May 13 start when he allowed seven.

In relief of Cumpton, John Holdzkom allowed just a single home run, while striking out four in 2.1 innings. Josh Wall also tossed two scoreless frames.

After going 7-for-13 in his first three games, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-5 on Sunday. However, he rebounded well with two hits and a double. Decker also added two hits and a double. Decker is 13-for-39 with five doubles in his last ten games. - Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 10, New Britain 9

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF – 4-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4, BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-6

Andy Vasquez, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Dan Gamache, DH - 2-for-6, HR

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Altoona had a big night offensively, with six players recording multiple hits. Dan Gamache hit his third homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Gamache now has three homers and six doubles in 13 games with Altoona. Willy Garcia had a four hit night, and added his 19th double of the year. Gift Ngoepe hit his 14th double and stole his 11th base. Elias Diaz has been slumping plately, with a .622 OPS in July. He went 2-for-5 tonight.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 1, Dunedin 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-4, SB

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow continued his amazing season, posting six shutout innings, and striking out 11 batters in the process. This is the third time in the last ten starts that Glasnow has struck out 10+ hitters. It’s also the ninth time in the last 11 starts that he has walked two or fewer batters. That number would actually be ten times in 12 starts if you included a game in June that was cancelled mid-game due to rain and wiped off the official stat sheets. Glasnow has a 1.64 ERA in 82.1 innings, with a 97:41 K/BB ratio. In his last ten starts, he has an 0.98 ERA in 55.1 innings, along with an 11.7 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

West Virginia was off tonight.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Forgione, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-5

Game Notes: The Jamestown offense had a lot of walks and singles tonight, with no extra base hits. The Jammers team hasn’t been an exciting one to follow this year from a prospect perspective. There are some interesting pitchers on the team, and a few interesting hitters, including 2014 4th round pick Taylor Gushue and third round pick Jordan Luplow. However, there aren’t any top 20 prospects, and possibly not any top 30 prospects. Some of this has to do with the new draft rules limiting the possible prep players the Pirates can sign out of the draft. Some of it has to do with the multiple short-season teams in the lower levels. And speaking of the lower levels…

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pulaski 7, Bristol 3

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: …just like Jamestown, Bristol has the same problems. There are some interesting pitching prospects, and there are a few wild cards as far as hitters go. But this is another team that lacks any top 20 and possibly top 30 prospects. There’s a ton of talent in West Virginia, and the talent looks good in the GCL. So it could just be a bad year for these two teams, as far as getting top prospects at the level, rather than a few wild cards and a lot of organizational guys.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, LF – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Bealyn Chourio, SS – 2-for-4, BB

Henrry Rosario, CF – 2-for-4

Alexis Bastardo, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Cole Tucker, DH – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Cole Tucker got off to a great start at the plate in June, with a .333/.462/.381 line in his first six games. He has struggled in July, with a .188/.328/.208 line in 48 at-bats. The OBP is still good, and is at .369 on the season. However, he’s not hitting for average or power. He just turned 18, so I wouldn’t expect a lot out of him right away. However, he’ll probably be ticketed for short-season ball next year, unless something drastic changes from now until the end of Spring Training. Jake Burnette made his fourth rehab start, and only went two innings, struggling with his control and giving up two runs.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Phillies 0

Starting Pitcher: Jherson Esqueda, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Julian Villamar, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates offense managed to pick up just one hit, but that was all they needed in a 1-0 victory. Pitcher Jherson Esqueda got his first start of the season and threw three shutout innings, giving up one hit and no walks. He was injured during the first month of the season and has been slowly building up his innings since returning. Three relievers followed him with six shutout frames, two innings apiece from Julian Villamar, Eumir Sepulveda and Edgar Santana. The Pirates only run came on a fifth inning sacrifice fly by catcher Ramy Perez, who drove home Luis Perez. It was the ninth RBI of the season for Ramy Perez, who has just nine hits this year. Luis Perez reached on an error to start the inning, moved to second on a bunt from Jeremias Portorreal, then moved to third base on a wild pitch. First baseman Yunelky Adames had the only hit, a one out single in the eighth inning. - John Dreker

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

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Minor League Schedule: What Will Adrian Sampson Do For an Encore? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-league-schedule-what-will-adrian-sampson-do-for-an-encore.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-league-schedule-what-will-adrian-sampson-do-for-an-encore.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:30:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84293 All eight teams on the schedule today, with some early start times. Altoona and Indianapolis have early afternoon start times, while Bradenton gets going in the morning. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.     

Adrian Sampson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last outing

Adrian Sampson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last outing

 

AAA: Indianapolis (56-49) vs Charlotte (45-59) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (7-8, 4.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 3

Adam Wilk will get his 20th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Wilk has thrown a total of 118.1 innings, giving up 128 hits, 12 homers and 28 walks. He has 86 strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .279 BAA. In his last start, Wilk gave up three runs(two earned) on eight hits and no walks in six innings.

AA: Altoona (40-64) @ New Britain (50-51) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (8-5, 2.58)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 10, New Britain 9

Adrian Sampson will make his 21st start of the season today. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last outing, giving up a one out double before finishing off the one-hit shutout. You can read more about that start here, and/or check out video highlights from the ninth inning here. Sampson has thrown 122 innings this year, allowing 103 hits, five homers and 28 walks. He has 86 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .230 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (54-45, 19-11 2nd half) vs Dunedin (61-40) 10:30am
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (5-5, 3.78)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1, Dunedin 0

Jason Creasy will get his 21st start of the season this morning. He has thrown 102.1 innings, surrendering 110 hits, six homers and just 13 walks. He has 72 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .276 BAA. In his last start, Creasy allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings. He has gone six straight starts without allowing a walk, pitching a total of 36.2 innings over that span.

Low-A: West Virginia (35-65, 15-17 2nd half) @ Hickory (58-43) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-3, 4.72)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday

Luis Heredia will get his 12th start today. He has thrown a total of 47.2 innings, allowing 45 hits and six homers. He has a 26/22 BB/SO ratio, with a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .247 BAA.  Heredia has faced Hickory twice this season already. In his first start against them on 6/5, he gave up six runs(five earned) on five hits and three walks in four innings. In his second outing on 7/1, Heredia allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-22) vs Auburn (17-20) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-1, 4.06)
Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 5, Jamestown 3

Tyler Eppler will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 31 innings, allowing 28 hits, three homers and six walks. He has 19 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .235 BAA. Eppler has a 2.25 ERA in four home starts and 6.00 on the road. He gave up six runs in his last start, twice as many as any previous start.

RK: Bristol (9-20) vs Pulaski (17-14) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Mervin Del Rosario (1-1, 4.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Pulaski 7, Bristol 3 in 11 innings

Mervin Del Rosario will make his second start of the season today. He threw four innings in his only start, allowing three runs on five hits, one walk and he had four strikeouts. De Rosario has pitched six times in relief, including 2.2 innings without an earned run against Pulaski earlier this month. Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (11-17) vs Yankees1 (21-7) 12:00pm
Probable Starter:  TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Braves 3

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (20-24) vs Angels (18-26) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1, Phillies 0

Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.

Recent Transactions

7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.

7/18: Pirates release Jason Townsend.

7/17: Josh Bell promoted to Altoona. Ralph Henriquez placed on DL.

7/17: Andrew Lambo activated from DL. Matt Curry placed on DL. Jhonathan Ramos assigned to Altoona.

7/14: Pirates release Duke Welker.

7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.

7/11: Pirates release Jorge Mendoza.

7/11: Pat Ludwig assigned to Bradenton. Zack Dodson assigned to Altoona.

7/11: Austin Meadows assigned to West Virginia. Elvis Escobar assigned to Jamestown.

7/11: Barrett Barnes promoted to Bradenton.

7/11: Orlando Castro promoted to Altoona. Pirates release Yao-Hsun Yang.

7/11: Jarek Cunningham activated from disabled list. Quinton Miller placed on disabled list.

7/10: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios promoted to Bradenton. Robby Rowland and Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/10: Matt Curry promoted to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/9: Andrew Lambo assigned to Jamestown on rehab assignment.

7/8: Thomas Harlan promoted to Altoona

7/7: Francisco Liriano assigned to Indianapolis on rehab. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.

7/7: Chris Dickerson traded to Cleveland Indians.

7/7: Justin Howard placed on disabled list. Dan Gamache and Nate Baker assigned to Altoona.

7/7: Mike Fransoso assigned to West Virginia Power. Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list.

7/7: Collin Balester has his rehab assignment transferred from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/7: Cristian Mota promoted from DSL Pirates to GCL Pirates. Jhoan Herrera reassigned to DSL Pirates.

7/7: Jake Burnette sent to GCL Pirates on rehab.

7/7: Edgardo Munoz promoted from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/5: Tyler Waldron placed on disabled list. John Holdzkom assigned to Indianapolis.

7/5: Dean Anna assigned to Indianapolis.

7/4: Jarek Cunningham placed on DL. Jeff Inman sent to Altoona.

7/3: Justin Maffei and Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton.

7/3: Bradenton placed Jonathan Schwind and Taylor Lewis on the disabled list.

7/3: Danny Collins and Francisco Diaz activated from disabled list.

7/3: Clario Perez promoted to West Virginia. Andy Otamendi assigned to Jamestown.

7/3: Austin Meadows assigned to Bristol.

7/1: Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/1: Connor Joe placed on temporary inactive list.

6/30: Austin Meadows, Barrett Barnes and Collin Balester assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.

6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.

6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.

6/27: Jandy Vasquez played on 60-day disabled list.

6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.

6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.

6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.

6/25: Walker Gourley activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.

6/24: Nate Baker added to GCL roster on rehab assignment.

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Pirates Prospects Job Openings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-prospects-job-openings-722.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-prospects-job-openings-722.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:32:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84287 We’re adding some new writers for the second half of the 2014 season, and hopefully beyond the 2014 season. The details for each position are below, along with qualifications.

Major League Coverage

We’re always looking for MLB writers to provide analysis on the Major League team, as well as regular updates on some of the bigger topics, such as trade deadline content, injury updates, and what specific players are working on. In the past we’ve done game stories and notebooks. We decided to eliminate that this year, and based on the traffic, it hasn’t been missed. The MLB focus is less on the day-to-day outcomes, and more focused on the bigger picture.

If you’re interested, e-mail me with the title “MLB Analyst”, along with why you feel you would be a good fit for the site.

Minor League Coverage

Our focus in the minor leagues is on scouting and analysis, rather than what the individual teams are doing, or what happens on a day-to-day basis. The requirement for each article will be to have at least three of the following sources of information: live coverage, statistical analysis, information from opposing scouts, information from the player, and information from team officials. This will be an analyst position, with scouting involved via watching the players, and researching them through the previously mentioned sources of information.

We are looking for more coverage for the following teams:

Altoona

West Virginia

Jamestown

Bristol

Ad Sales Representative

Pirates Prospects is seeking a part-time advertising sales representative. Experience in online ad sales is preferred. The job will start as commission only, and could grow to full-time based on performance. If you are interested, please send an email to tim@piratesprospects.com with your qualifications.

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Pirates Approach to the Trade Deadline Probably Won’t Change From Previous Years http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-approach-to-the-trade-deadline-probably-wont-change-from-previous-years.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-approach-to-the-trade-deadline-probably-wont-change-from-previous-years.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:31:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84271 Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington spoke to the media on Sunday, and with a little over a week to go until the trade deadline, it’s no surprise that a lot of the discussion was about possible trades the Pirates could make.

“We feel good about this group,” Huntington said. “We feel good that we’re in the middle of the division race, that we’re in the middle of the Wild Card race and we’ve got some guys that still have room to grow. We don’t have a ton of guys having career years, we’ve got some guys that we think are on the rebound, that we think are ready to take some steps forward. But there are some players out there, whether it is starting pitching or relievers, position players, role players that can help us, that can be upgrades over what we have. And we wouldn’t be doing our jobs to take a look at that. The challenge becomes what cost are projected current wins versus projected future wins. And that’s always going to be a balance we’re going to walk, but overall we do like this club.”

So far, the Pirates have been connected to pitching more than any other position. They had some glaring needs last year at first base and right field. The right field spot doesn’t seem to be a need anymore. Gregory Polanco is struggling, but that’s to be expected from a rookie just making the jump to the majors. First base has seen some struggles, but it doesn’t seem like the Pirates will be making a deal at that position, based on Huntington’s comments on Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez.

“The positive sign is Ike probably has one of the better on base percentages of our group,” Huntington said. “It’s just the power hasn’t been there that we expected. You see it in batting practice, you see him drive balls. Just not doing it in a consistent basis in a game for the last six or so weeks. Gaby has shown some positive signs, he can still do damage against left-handers pitching, you don’t want to overexpose him against right handers. That is one of the areas where if those guys get going and doing what they are capable of, we’re going to get quality production from that spot. We’ve got a handful of other spots that if they can step up a little bit, we’ll have an even better offense.”

The interesting thing about Davis is that he has a career .698 OPS in the first half, and an .866 OPS in the second half. This year he had a .698 OPS in the first half. If he can repeat his second half success, then that would be a huge boost for the offense, and an upgrade wouldn’t be needed.

The pitching seems to be the focus, and specifically relief pitching. Relief pitching seems to be a focus for every contending team this year, as we can see by Ken Rosenthal’s update on teams looking for relievers.

I wrote last week about how the deadline should be moved back, and how the second Wild Card has created a situation where you have so many teams who still believe they’re in the hunt, and very few teams who are sellers. That has created an extreme seller’s market, which Huntington talked about.

“It’s the basic law of supply and demand,” Huntington said. “There are not a lot of teams looking to sell. There are a lot of teams that are looking to buy. There’s not a ton of players out there that are significant upgrades. There are some guys that you think can be. So, as a result the asking prices are higher than you’d like them to be…it’s that balance between what you give up for a projected current wins at the cost of the future.”

Even though the Pirates have been linked to a lot of relievers, I can’t seem them making a big splash for a reliever. That has never been their style, and the current market for relievers will only drive the prices up, making it more likely that a Huston Street return will be needed for any future deals. As for the starting pitching market, that’s also a market that has seen some high prices, especially with the Jeff Samardzija trade that sent Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs. The Street and Samardzija trades are examples of big prices that will probably be used by other selling teams as the market for future trades.

“It’s like a free agent contract,” Huntington said on the impact of the Samardzija trade. “It seems to be the outlier. Then that becomes the standard that everyone asks for. Teams are aggressive. To make a move in the early part of July or the end part of July, you’ve got to preempt the market. You’ve got to be aggressive in order to do that. It’s not necessarily the wrong thing to do. In some situations it’s absolutely the right thing to do. We just haven’t found that right fit yet.”

Last year the Pirates didn’t make any trades in July, and then added Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau, and John Buck in late August. Based on the current market, and the situation with so many buyers and not enough sellers, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do that again.

“It’d be disingenuous of me to say that we passed in July to wait for August,” Huntington said. “We worked hard in July. We just didn’t find what we thought was the right fit. We stayed with it in August. We’ll do the exact same thing this year. We’ll work hard in July to find the right fit and if we don’t, then we’ll continue to work hard in August. And, if we find the right fit in August, great. And, if we don’t than that means we didn’t find the right balance and we didn’t think it was the right fit for us.”

I have a hard time believing the Pirates won’t make a move. Whether it’s July or August when they make a trade, Huntington has been active in each of the last few deadlines. They added Byrd and Morneau last year. In 2012 it was Wandy Rodriguez, Travis Snider, and Gaby Sanchez. In 2011 they traded for Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick. The common trend here is that the Pirates didn’t give up any impact guys. They gave up good prospects like Robbie Grossman and Dilson Herrera, but we didn’t see a top of the system guy traded. I don’t expect that to change this year.

The Pirates are in a good situation this year. Their pitching has been good, but they don’t have anyone looking like a top of the rotation guy. Their hitting has been good, and that’s with a few players under-performing. They don’t really have a glaring need like previous years. They also have depth options in the system, like Brandon Cumpton and Nick Kingham for the rotation in the second half. But based on Huntington’s comments on Sunday, I don’t expect them to be content with the current set up.

“As we sit here right now, we’ve got some internal options that if they step forward we’re going to get some quality production from them,” Huntington said. “But, we’ll still look for a way to get better if there is the right opportunity.”

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A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/a-j-burnett-prefers-the-pirates-but-his-salary-is-not-preferred.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/a-j-burnett-prefers-the-pirates-but-his-salary-is-not-preferred.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:05:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84272 Ken Rosenthal has some interesting updates on A.J. Burnett:

There’s a lot to break down here, so some quick thoughts.

1. It’s interesting that Burnett is now saying he prefers the Pirates, since his whole off-season decision was about preferring to play for the Phillies. Of course, the Phillies aspect could have been due to the fact that he was guaranteed $23 M in the deal, due to his player option (which I’ll get to in a second).

2. I don’t put much stock in what the players are looking for. Every year we hear a bit about what the players want, and it’s always the same trend. Players tend to focus on names, and not on numbers. Right now Burnett is a big name, but the numbers aren’t really an upgrade over what the Pirates currently have in their rotation.

3. Burnett’s option will go up to $8.5 M after three more starts. With the pace he’s on, he’ll probably reach 32 starts this year, making his 2015 player option a $12.75 M salary. He’s currently pitching through a sports hernia, and the last I read out of Philadelphia is that he was going to have surgery in the off-season. He could definitely return for a full season next year if that was the case. But you’d have to worry about how he returns. Cole Hamels had the same surgery after his age 27 season, and was fine the next year. But Burnett is in his age 37 season.

4. As for Burnett’s salary, Cot’s lists him with several performance bonuses coming up. He’ll get $500,000 for 24 and 27 games started, plus $750,000 for 30 games started. He should reach those, which means he’ll be owed an extra $1.75 M on top of the remainder of his $7.5 M salary this year. There’s also about $6.5 M remaining in signing bonuses. Overall, if Burnett was dealt on July 31st, he would be owed about $2.5 M this year, plus the extra $1.75 M in bonuses, plus $6.5 M in signing bonuses, plus $12.75 M next year, with the chance to earn the same $1.75 M in bonuses. That’s upwards of $25.25 M over a 14 month span for a player who wouldn’t really be an upgrade to the current Pirates rotation.

As I’ve said before on this topic, Burnett did great things while he was with the Pirates. He’s not doing that anymore. He’s also set to make a ridiculous amount of money over a 14 month span, which is an amount that wouldn’t have been worth it even at his old numbers.

The Phillies could eat some of this salary, but the flip side to eating salary is that you have to pay prospects to get a discount. Burnett isn’t going to bring an upgrade that’s worth giving up anything of value.

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Prospect Highlights: Starter Doing Well in GCL Relief Role http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-highlights-starter-doing-well-in-gcl-relief-role.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-highlights-starter-doing-well-in-gcl-relief-role.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84266 Last year, pitcher Julio Vivas had a strong season in the Dominican Summer League and that got him a promotion to the United States this year. There is a lot to like about Vivas, his size at 6’2″, 227 pounds gives him the look of a workhorse starter. He has allowed just one homer during his four seasons in pro ball. That obviously comes with a strong ground ball rate, though this season he has been more of a fly ball pitcher, while also collecting more strikeouts. In the DSL the last two years, Vivas displayed excellent control and picked up his share of strikeouts.

Knowing what we know about Vivas, it’s a bit surprising that he is being used in a relief role in the GCL this year. At 20 years old, he is still at a decent age for the league/level, so it’s too early to write him off as a future bullpen arm, which usually is a bad sign at the lower levels. It could be that he saw more innings during Extended Spring Training, or will see more time during the Fall Instructional League. At his age, there are a lot of innings that go undocumented, because all we see are stats for regular season games and that tells half the story.

Vivas was also on a Winter League roster in Venezuela all off-season, but never pitched a game. The thing is, the VWL would be a very advanced league for someone with his experience, but they have their own minor leagues where the lesser players get in playing time in case the big club needs them. So just because we don’t see Winter League stats for Vivas, it doesn’t mean he didn’t pitch.

Back to what we do know about him. He is young, has good size, excellent control, keeps the ball on the ground and in the park. He can pick up strikeouts and he has been frugal with hits allowed, holding batters to a .194 and .238 BAA in his last two seasons of the DSL. This year, he has made eight appearances out of the bullpen, throwing a total of 10.2 innings. He has a 1/13 BB/SO ratio and he’s allowed just three runs. The GCL Pirates seem to have a few interesting arms in their bullpen and Vivas is one of the better ones.

Below are three recent videos of him, courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page.

Video #2 Last pitch of a strikeout looking

Video #3

 

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First Pitch: Bringing Back Russell Martin Needs to Be a Top Priority http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/first-pitch-bringing-back-russell-martin-needs-to-be-a-top-priority.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/first-pitch-bringing-back-russell-martin-needs-to-be-a-top-priority.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:33:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84256 Last off-season was filled with a lot of drama surrounding A.J. Burnett, qualifying offers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates approach with free agency and the percentage that individual players take up on the team payroll.

Prepare for act two this coming off-season.

The Pirates will go through the same situation again with Russell Martin. To be accurate, it won’t be the exact situation. There won’t be a chance of Martin saying that he’s either going to play for the Pirates or retire, then debate his future for months, then decide he will play for a team other than the Pirates. This will be a pretty straight forward situation — the Pirates have a good player leaving for free agency, and he’ll be looking for his final big payday.

Burnett wasn’t signed last year, and I was fine with that. The Pirates had some good pitching depth, and they’ve shown a good ability to find value when it comes to pitchers. As it turns out, not signing Burnett hasn’t hurt them at all. He would currently be the sixth best starter on the team, based on xFIP. The Pirates have seen their depth step up, but Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole haven’t pitched like aces. If Burnett was on the team, he’d be joining those two as a guy who has disappointed by pitching below his previous levels.

It won’t be the same situation with Martin. The Pirates don’t have a track record of landing catchers at a big value. Martin was the first big success story, and that happened because they paid him for his defense, when no one else would pay more than $8.5 M a year because of his declining offense. The offense has picked up this year, but even without the offense, Martin is worth every penny for his defensive skills.

We might be reaching a point where the defense for a guy like Martin starts to get appreciated. There are already some teams who are putting a lot of stock into pitch framing, and the Pirates are one of them. Baseball Prospectus has been following that trend very closely, to the point where they’ve put a number on the value of each catcher’s skills. Based on that study, Martin’s pitch framing and blocking skills are worth at least two extra wins alone each year.

The upcoming off-season will give us a great idea about how the league values defense behind the plate just two years after the Pirates signed Martin. Brian McCann got $17 M per year this past off-season, although he had offensive skills that Martin hasn’t shown on a consistent basis the last few years. If McCann is worth that much, then Martin should be worth at least the qualifying offer amount — if teams are valuing his defense correctly. If not, then he might be a bigger value at a lower price. He wanted $9-10 M for four years before taking two years and $17 M from the Pirates. He’s probably going to get that $9-10 M figure this time around, if not more.

The Pirates need to bring back Martin. That has to be priority number one. You can justify them passing on a guy like Burnett, and not spending big on pitching because of the success Ray Searage and Jim Benedict have had working with reclamation projects. But Martin has so much value to this team. Every time I’m editing an article on this site that features a quote from a Pirates’ pitcher, it includes a comment about Martin that only illustrates his value. These aren’t your standard quotes to give the catcher praise, but offering up specifics on how Martin makes them more comfortable throwing their stuff, and how he makes his game plan specific to the pitcher and not the batter.

If you look at the upcoming list of free agent catchers (via MLBTR), you’ll see a pretty bleak list outside of Martin.

John Buck (34)
Ryan Doumit (34)
Nick Hundley (31) – $5MM club option
Gerald Laird (35)
Russell Martin (32)
Jeff Mathis (32) – $1.5MM club option
Wil Nieves (36)
Miguel Olivo (36)
A.J. Pierzynski (38)
David Ross (38)
Geovany Soto (32)
Kurt Suzuki (31)

There’s not really much available, especially when you look at the pitch framing skills and see that no one can touch Martin’s value.

Then you look at the internal situation. Tony Sanchez isn’t looking like a starting catcher. His defense, and specifically his throwing, has been too inconsistent. This was supposed to be a year where he showed he would be able to take over for Martin. He hasn’t done that, and we’re now seeing the importance of bringing Martin back. It’s possible that Sanchez could be a starter in a year or two. It’s possible that Elias Diaz could be a sleeper starter in a few years. The Pirates need someone before these things possibly happen, and that someone should be Martin.

The benefit here is that so much of Martin’s value comes from his defense, and that’s not a skill that projects to decline in the next few years. The Pirates could bring him back on a three-year deal, and hopefully bridge the gap until Reese McGuire is ready to arrive.

I don’t put much stock in the public comments that were made about the A.J. Burnett situation, whether it was the resistance to make a qualifying offer, or the comments about one player taking up X percentage of the payroll. I think the Pirates just felt they didn’t have to pay that much for Burnett. When it comes to Martin, all of that should be thrown out the window. Martin can take up a large chunk of the payroll, because he plays such a large part on the team. If needed, he should receive a qualifying offer, because the Pirates either need to be aggressive in bringing him back, or need to get some sort of compensation if he leaves. This past year they missed out on James Loney because they didn’t want to give him a three-year contract. If that’s what it takes with Martin, then sign him up for three years.

The Pirates have often looked for value on the open market. But a lot of that comes from the pitching side. When it comes to hitters, they’ve paid prices that were considered above the market rate. That includes Martin, as the Pirates out-bid the Yankees by a few million to get him. This usually happens when they value something about the player much more than other teams, as they did with Martin’s defense last time around. We’ll see how the rest of the league has adjusted this time around. They’ve acted fast with offensive signings, making an aggressive offer early, before other teams can get heavily involved. That needs to be the case again this off-season with Martin, or preferably sooner.

Links and Notes

**Prospect Watch: Big Night For West Virginia Hitters; Horrible Night For Bradenton Hitters

**Top 10 Pitchers: Sampson, Cumpton, Glasnow, and a Pitcher You Should Learn About

**Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start

**Prospect Highlights: Amazing Catch By Center Fielder Chase d’Arnaud

**Minor League Schedule: Tyler Glasnow Takes His Show on the Road

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Prospect Watch: Big Night For West Virginia Hitters; Horrible Night For Bradenton Hitters http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-big-night-for-west-virginia-hitters-horrible-night-for-bradenton-hitters.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/prospect-watch-big-night-for-west-virginia-hitters-horrible-night-for-bradenton-hitters.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:27:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84242 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 - DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia - 2-for-5, BB

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia - 3-for-5

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona - 0-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona - 0-for-4

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates - 0-for-4

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-5

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis - DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis - DNP

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B - 2-for-3, HR

Home Runs: Danny Collins (4), Dan Gamache (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 8, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Jay Jackson, RHP – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Rafael Perez, LHP – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Robert Andino, SS – 1-for-4, 3B

Live Report: After tossing 12.2 scoreless frames, Jay Jackson has had a rough run of it lately. Though his fastball is touching 92, Jackson has allowed 18 runs in his last 16 innings over three outings – a start and seven innings in two relief appearance. Over the span, he has also allowed 27 hits and six walks.

Rafael Perez allowed just one unearned run in 5.1 innings of relief. He struck out four and walked one, but spreading out eight hits. Perez has allowed just one earned run in 12.1 innings since joining Indianapolis, as he work predominantly with a 77-78 mile per hour slider, while sprinkling in an 82-85 mile per hour fastball.

Jaff Decker added his 22nd double of the season. In his past eight games, Decker has had four multi-hit games to go with four doubles. - Ryan Palencer

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: New Britain 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B - 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Joely Rodriguez, LHP – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dan Gamache hit his second homer in 12 games for Altoona. He also has six doubles in that span, and now has a .302/.362/.581 line in 43 at-bats. It’s way too early to say whether he’s hitting his way to being a prospect, but he’s off to a good start. Joely Rodriguez made his second appearance out of the bullpen, and threw two shutout innings, although he allowed six base runners. He left the game with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and was bailed out by Kenn Kasparek, who got the final two outs of the inning, stranding all three runners. Alen Hanson, who was benched for two games after failing to run out a pop up, returned tonight and went 0-for-4.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, RF – 1-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Bradenton played a double header at the end of last week, which meant they needed a spot starter for today’s game. Pat Ludwig got that start, and surprisingly went seven innings, despite the fact that he threw 1.2 innings in relief just three days ago. Ludwig has success as a starter this year for Bradenton, with a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings. He moved up to Altoona, where he struggled in the rotation before being demoted back down to A-ball. The Marauders only had three hits on the night. They also struck out 16 times.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 8

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Danny Collins, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Adam Landecker, 3B – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Earlier today I wrote about how Cody Dickson had been turning things around over the last month. That didn’t hold up tonight, as he only lasted 2.2 innings. He didn’t get much help from his defense, getting four unearned runs. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to six games. Reese McGuire hit his eighth double of the year. Erich Weiss had an OPS over .800 in the first two months of the season, but has had an OPS just under .600 since then. He looks like he’s starting to hit again, with a .333 average over his last ten games. Danny Collins hit his fourth homer.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS   

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, DH – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Taylor Gushue and Kevin Krause were both drafted as catchers in the early rounds of the 2014 draft. Gushue got off to a great start, with a 1.214 OPS in June. He has since cooled, with a .594 OPS in July. He started off hitting for power, with three doubles and four homers in his first 14 games. In his last 14 games he has just two doubles. Krause started off strong, but has stayed strong. He had a 1.014 OPS in June, and has a .947 OPS in July, with three homers each month. The double tonight was his sixth of the season.

 

RK: BRISTOL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Johnson City 8, Bristol 4

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH - 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Enyel Vallejo, LF – 1-for-4, 2B

Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Maximo Rivera has been hitting well lately. He homered last night, also picking up two hits. That was a few days after going 3-for-3. Tonight he went 2-for-3 with a triple, which was his second of the year. Rivera received a decent bonus out of the Dominican Republic, but hasn’t lived up to the hype, and is looking more like an organizational guy. Nick Buckner continued his hot streak, and now has a 1.101 OPS in his last ten games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Braves 12, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hutchings, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 2-for-3, BB

Henrry Rosario, CF – 2-for-4, 2B

Luis Benitez, LF – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Carlos Munoz had two doubles, giving him six on the year. He also drew a walk, and now has 18 in 23 games, leading to a .452 OBP. After two doubles and a homer in his last three games, his slugging is now up to .480, with a .160 ISO. John Dreker wrote about Munoz the other day, and his ability to take a walk. Nelson Jorge has been struggling at the plate, with a .503 OPS and 32 strikeouts in 65 at-bats. Cole Tucker went 0-for-4 today, dropping his average to .231. He does have a .367 OBP, which is encouraging, especially with the low average.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Phillies 3

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

Top Hitter: Johan De Jesus, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Starter Richard Mitchell went five innings without giving an earned run on Monday, allowing him to pick up his team-leading sixth win. In his last four starts combined, he has given up three earned runs and he’s gone three straight starts without allowing a walk. Carlos Bustamante followed Mitchell with two scoreless innings. He has pitched well recently after early season control issues. The Pirates got two hits and an RBI from second baseman Raul Siri, who won the DSL All-Star game MVP on Sunday. He’s now hitting .329 and he collected his 16th double on Monday. Third baseman Johan De Jesus had two doubles and an RBI. Coming into the game, he had five extra-base hits over his first two seasons, all doubles. – John Dreker

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

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Minor League Schedule: Tyler Glasnow Gets the Start Tonight http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-league-schedule-tyler-glasnow-takes-his-show-on-the-road.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-league-schedule-tyler-glasnow-takes-his-show-on-the-road.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:28:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84235 Seven teams on the schedule today, with West Virginia taking the day off. Tyler Glasnow goes for Bradenton tonight. As you can see below with his recent results, he has been giving up more hits than usual, but his control is much improved. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.     

Glasnow has shown excellent control recently

Glasnow has shown excellent control recently

 

AAA: Indianapolis (56-48) vs Charlotte (44-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (5-1, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 8, Indianapolis 3

Brandon Cumpton will make his ninth start of the season for Indianapolis. He has also made ten starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his last start, Cumpton threw eight shutout innings, giving up two hits and four walks. He has pitched much better on the road this year, posting a 4.00 ERA at home in three starts. He has given up just one earned run over 36 innings on the road.

AA: Altoona (39-64) @ New Britain (50-50) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joan Montero (3-4, 5.09)
Yesterday’s Result: New Britain 4, Altoona 3

Joan Montero will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 21 times in relief. Montero has thrown 58.1 innings, allowing 71 hits, no homers and 32 walks. He has 27 strikeouts, a 1.34 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, Montero lasted just two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. No pitcher in the Pirates minor league system has thrown more innings without allowing a homer

High-A: Bradenton (53-45, 18-11 2nd half) vs Dunedin (61-39) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (6-4, 1.77)
Yesterday’s Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 0

Tyler Glasnow will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 76.1 innings, allowing 46 hits, one homer and 39 walks. He has 86 strikeouts, an 0.79 GO/AO ratio and a .177 BAA. In his last start, Glasnow went 5.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and one walk, with four strikeouts. In each of his two previous starts, he allowed seven base hits, setting and then tying his career high for hits allowed. After averaging three walks per start in his first 12 games, he has given up one walk in each of his last three starts. Glasnow has a 2.13 ERA on the road and 1.41 at home.

Low-A: West Virginia (35-65, 15-17 2nd half) @ Hickory (58-43) 7:05pm 7/23
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-3, 4.72)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 8 in 10 innings

West Virginia is off today.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-21) vs Auburn (16-19) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (1-2, 4.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Staten Island 2, Jamestown 1

Marek Minarik will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 28.1 innings, giving up 27 hits, no homers and 19 walks. He has 13 strikeouts, a 1.68 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. In his last start, Minarik gave up five runs in 1.2 innings, his shortest outing this season. In his two home starts, he has allowed just one run on three hits in nine innings.

RK: Bristol (9-19) vs Pulaski (16-14) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Johnson City 8, Bristol 4

Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (10-17) vs Braves (12-15) 12:00pm
Probable Starter:  TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Braves 12, Pirates 5

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (19-24) vs Phillies (16-27) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Phillies 3

Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.

Recent Transactions

7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.

7/18: Pirates release Jason Townsend.

7/17: Josh Bell promoted to Altoona. Ralph Henriquez placed on DL.

7/17: Andrew Lambo activated from DL. Matt Curry placed on DL. Jhonathan Ramos assigned to Altoona.

7/14: Pirates release Duke Welker.

7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.

7/11: Pirates release Jorge Mendoza.

7/11: Pat Ludwig assigned to Bradenton. Zack Dodson assigned to Altoona.

7/11: Austin Meadows assigned to West Virginia. Elvis Escobar assigned to Jamestown.

7/11: Barrett Barnes promoted to Bradenton.

7/11: Orlando Castro promoted to Altoona. Pirates release Yao-Hsun Yang.

7/11: Jarek Cunningham activated from disabled list. Quinton Miller placed on disabled list.

7/10: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios promoted to Bradenton. Robby Rowland and Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/10: Matt Curry promoted to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/9: Andrew Lambo assigned to Jamestown on rehab assignment.

7/8: Thomas Harlan promoted to Altoona

7/7: Francisco Liriano assigned to Indianapolis on rehab. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.

7/7: Chris Dickerson traded to Cleveland Indians.

7/7: Justin Howard placed on disabled list. Dan Gamache and Nate Baker assigned to Altoona.

7/7: Mike Fransoso assigned to West Virginia Power. Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list.

7/7: Collin Balester has his rehab assignment transferred from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/7: Cristian Mota promoted from DSL Pirates to GCL Pirates. Jhoan Herrera reassigned to DSL Pirates.

7/7: Jake Burnette sent to GCL Pirates on rehab.

7/7: Edgardo Munoz promoted from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/5: Tyler Waldron placed on disabled list. John Holdzkom assigned to Indianapolis.

7/5: Dean Anna assigned to Indianapolis.

7/4: Jarek Cunningham placed on DL. Jeff Inman sent to Altoona.

7/3: Justin Maffei and Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton.

7/3: Bradenton placed Jonathan Schwind and Taylor Lewis on the disabled list.

7/3: Danny Collins and Francisco Diaz activated from disabled list.

7/3: Clario Perez promoted to West Virginia. Andy Otamendi assigned to Jamestown.

7/3: Austin Meadows assigned to Bristol.

7/1: Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/1: Connor Joe placed on temporary inactive list.

6/30: Austin Meadows, Barrett Barnes and Collin Balester assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.

6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.

6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.

6/27: Jandy Vasquez played on 60-day disabled list.

6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.

6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.

6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.

6/25: Walker Gourley activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.

6/24: Nate Baker added to GCL roster on rehab assignment.

6/23: JaCoby Jones and Justin Topa placed on West Virginia disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.

6/23: Jeff Roy and Ashley Ponce sent to West Virginia. Candon Myles sent to Jamestown.

6/23: Ulises Montilla added to 60-day disabled list.

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