Prospect Watch: Glasnow Impresses With Great Command, Sadler Pitches Well in Return to Indy


A look at how the current top 30 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, 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from early season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-5

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona -0-for-4, 3 K

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, SB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2B

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 1-for-1, RBI

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Extended Spring Training

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Extended Spring Training

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – DNP

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

23. Connor Joe, 1B/3B – Extended Spring Training

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-5

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis –  6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-3

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia– 1-for-4


Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Steve Lombardozzi, RF – 2-for-3 2B, 3 BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Steve Lombardozzi, RF – 2-for-3 2B, 3 BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 2-for-5, CS
Pedro Florimon, SS – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Casey Sadler was strong in his first start of the season for Indianapolis. While he was getting a lot of the plate in the first few inning with his 89-91 fastball, Sadler settled down nicely and was pounding the zone with that sinker after the first couple. This showed in the results, as he had seven groundball outs and only a pair of flyball outs. The control was also there, as Sadler threw 49 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

A.J. Morris relieved Sadler with a perfect seventh and eighth innings, where he had nice downward movement on his pitches. Blake Wood worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to retire the side. Brad Lincoln loaded the bases in the 10th, but got out of the jam with a double play. Adam Miller then worked a scoreless 11th and 12th. Charlie Leesman allowed the go-ahead run in the 13th, before Indianapolis came back in the bottom of the frame.
Steve Lombardozzi started at his sixth position already this season and added a pair of RBI singles for his seventh straight game to pick up at least one. Gorkys Hernandez added a pair of hits and has reached base in eight of the nine games this season. Elias Diaz picked up an RBI walk-off single. Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Akron 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, RF- 0-for-5

Josh Bell, 1B – 0-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: I saw Tyler Glasnow a lot last year in his time with Bradenton. He put up some fantastic numbers, but those numbers would hide some struggles with control that he would have in each game. He’d look dominant for 3-4 innings, and then would fall apart. Sometimes the struggles were limited to a few batters. Sometimes it was a bad inning. Then there were times where he couldn’t bounce back. So when he started off with a few dominant innings tonight, I was waiting for things to fall apart, and it never came.

Akron’s lone run against him was due to a poor fielding play on a ball hit between Max Moroff and Stetson Allie. Neither player committed to the ball, and I’d have to think a more experienced right fielder (Allie is new to the position) would call off the second baseman and take command of the play. Other than that, Akron had maybe one hard hit ball off Glasnow tonight, who struck out seven. What was better was that he didn’t give up any walks, and didn’t even see any control problems creep up.

Glasnow was working mostly with his fastball, which sat 93-96 MPH. He didn’t use the changeup often tonight, but mixed in a lot of curveballs, sitting in the 85-88 range. He got two strikeouts looking on the curve to end the third and fourth innings. The impressive thing about the curve was that he was throwing it for strikes early in the count to throw off hitters who were sitting on the fastball. He also got a few strikeouts in pitchers counts on fastballs that he elevated with a little more effort than normal, something that will be an intentional focus for him this year. Overall, this was a dominant outing from Glasnow from start to finish.

The offense didn’t have a good night, with a lot of strikeouts once again (12 in 28 at-bats). Josh Bell was going up against a lefty for the first half, which led to a few awkward and off-balanced swings from the right side on his three strikeout night. The left-hander was a benefit to Stetson Allie, who ripped a line drive single in his first at-bat. The two runs came later in the inning when Gift Ngoepe crushed a pitch to the wall in left field, scoring Allie and Eric Wood. – Tim Williams


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, Jupiter 6

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-5, RBI

Erich Weiss, 2B- 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Jose Osuna, RF – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  In his previous game, Steven Brault looked great through four innings, picking up strikeouts and keeping runs off the board. He ran into trouble in the fifth and ended up with an outing that didn’t look so great on the stat line. On Friday night, he was out after four innings and didn’t pick up a single strikeout. Brault gave up five hits, two walks and hit two batters, allowing two runs. The Marauders were still able to win thanks to offense throughout the lineup, leading to 11 runs on the night. Michael Fransoso was the only player without a hit and he added a walk, sacrifice bunt and threw out two runners at home. It was the second time Fransoso picked up two outfield assists in the same game, all thrown out at the plate.

Austin Meadows, JaCoby Jones, Erich Weiss, Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka all had two hits apiece. Steranka hit his second homer of the season. Jones drove in two runs, giving him a team-leading nine RBIs this season. Jose Osuna is now hitting .303 after starting the season 2-for-15 in his first four games. Barrett Barnes didn’t play for the second straight game. Reese McGuire had the night off.


Box Score

Result: Lexington 6, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 0-for-3, SH

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-4

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Dovydas Neverauskas made his second start and while he pitched better than his first outing(5 ER in 1.2IP), he still didn’t pitch well. Neverauskas has walked seven batters in his 5.1 innings and he threw three wild pitches of Friday. Yeudy Garcia picked up the loss after allowing two runs in his third inning of work. Cole Tucker had two hits, including his first extra-base hit of the season, a third inning double. Jordan Luplow made his second start at third base and committed his second error. He’s had just three chances in two games. Luplow picked up his first hit(double) and drove in a run. Lexington runners were 6-for-7 in stolen bases against Taylor Gushue.

  • Pardon my ignorance, but what is SH an abbreviation for?

  • Dovydas may soon be following Sandfort out the door?

    • Unlike Sandfort, Neverauskas has shown he has above average stuff, while Sandfort just had the potential for it. Neverauskas obviously still hasn’t translated that into success, but side-by-side, there isn’t much comparison between the two. Sandfort last hit 94 in HS and really dropped off since, while Neverauskas can still hit 93-94 and has touched 95. The scouting reports from Bristol last year had nothing good to say about Sandfort besides youth/frame. He was sitting 87-89 and his secondary pitches were below average.

  • It seems like Jones and Meadows have 2 hits every game any more. How’s Jones doing with the K’s?

    • Kozy….here is my go to site for any and all stats.

      For instance, here is the answer to you JJ Q.

    • Jones leads the team with nine strikeouts in nine games. It’s really too early to make judgement, but that is a little less than his average from last year and the walks(three) are above average from last year. We are still at the point in the season where a two strikeout game tonight would put him back on average, while two games without a walk would bring him back to average for walks, so while it’s something to watch, you can’t make too much from the numbers yet.

  • Barnes hurt again? Shocking.

    • All he said is: “Barrett Barnes didn’t play for the second straight game.”

      Is that due to injury?

      • I answered in the morning report, but in short form, if it was something serious, he would probably be on the DL by now, because the minor league DL is 7 days and they could just grab a player from Pirates City in Extended Spring Training. Makes me think it is something minor, but if there are any updates, we wouldn’t keep it to ourselves, it would be in the article.