Prospect Watch: Pat Ludwig Throws Five Shutout Innings


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/2 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-4, BB, R

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

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4, RBI

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



The 2014 Prospect Guide is now available, and is the perfect resource to follow the minor league system during the 2014 season. You can order your copy on the products page of the site.



Top Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB

Home Runs: None



Indianapolis was postponed due to weather.



Altoona was postponed due to weather



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jonathan Schwind, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton was the only Pirates affiliate that got their game in on Tuesday. Pat Ludwig made his first start and went five shutout innings, with four strikeouts and eight ground ball outs. He has now pitched 11 innings this season and given up just one earned run, which came on a solo homer. Josh Smith followed Ludwig with three shutout innings and Jhondaniel Medina finished off the game. Jose Osuna raised his average to .342 with two hits and he drew his first walk of the season.

Adam Frazier has had trouble in the field and at the plate this year. He is batting .186 and he has already committed six errors, including two tonight. Josh Bell has hit a rough streak going 0-for-14 in his last four games and he is just 2-for-14 against LHP this season. Jonathan Schwind stole home plate in the second inning, his first steal of the season. He had two hits, scored a run and also added a second stolen base. Bradenton was facing Marco Gonzales, a first round pick of the St Louis Cardinals in 2013, who shutout the Marauders for five innings in his debut.


West Virginia was postponed due to weather.

  • Leefoo Rug Bug
    April 16, 2014 8:32 am

    Was going to go to Curve/Hbg game this morn at 1030. It is 28 degrees right now. I think I’m gonna pass….lol.

  • Bell is 0-14 pitchers making adjustments?

    • I would just say it’s a small sample size right now because he was hitting .429 in the seven previous games. He may be 0-for-14 in four games, but he only struck out three times, so he is putting the ball in play and it’s not finding any holes