Prospect Watch: Strong Outing For Brault, Bell Picks Up Four Hits


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 – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-4, BB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 4-for-5, 2 RBI

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-5, 3 K

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – 0-for-4

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Extended Spring Training

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 3-for-5

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-2, 2 BB

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis –  DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton –  5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – DNP

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia– DNP



Top Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, 1B – 4-for-5, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 7, Louisville 6

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Steve Lombardozzi, LF – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr., PH – 1-for-1, 2 RBI

Tony Sanchez, C – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Deibinson Romero, 3B – 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Game NotesFor the second straight outing, Chris Volstad had issues with elevating and locating the ball at times. As a result, he allowed solid contact once again. However, he was able to get some timely groundballs by working down in the zone with the breaking ball to avoid some large innings until it caught up with him in the fifth. Volstad allowed eight hits and three walks, so it was inevitable that some would cross the plate.

A.J. Morris relieved Volstad and allowed three hits and a run, while striking out a pair in 1.1 innings of work. In his last couple of outings, Morris has not been near as sharp as in his first handful. Brad Lincoln allowed one hit and strikeout two in his scoreless frame. Bobby LaFromboise also struck out a pair in his perfect frame. Blake Wood came on in the ninth to nail down the save.
Pedro Florimon, Jose Tabata, and Steve Lomardozzi each picked up three hits. Lombardozzi is off to a hot start to the season, as he has hit safety in 13 of his 16 games for the campaign.Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 9, Akron 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, 1B – 4-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Willy Garcia, LF – 3-for-5

Stetson Allie, RF – 1-for-5

Sebastian Valle, C – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Game Notes: The amazing 15-game streak by the Altoona starting pitchers ended on Monday. Jason Creasy became the first Curve starter this season to allow more than one earned run. He ended up allowing four runs over his five innings of work. That didn’t matter as far as the final outcome was concerned, because the Curve bats had a big night. They put up nine runs on 15 hits and five walks. Josh Bell led the way with four hits, raising his average to .333 this season.

Sebastian Valle and Eric Wood each drove in two runs, while Willy Garcia contributed three hits. Valle, Bell, Keon Broxton and Edward Salcedo each scored two runs. Stetson Allie extended his hit streak to eight games, with a single in five trips to the plate. Before the game, Max Moroff was named the Eastern League Hitter of the Week for last week. He went 10-for-23 with six extra-base hits and four walks. He had a single and a sacrifice bunt in the game.



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Diaz, 3B – 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, RF – 1-for-4, 2 R

Wyatt Mathisen, DH – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Steven Brault finally put together a solid outing after being knocked out early in each of his first three games. He threw five shutout innings, struck out five batters and got six ground ball outs. Brault cut his ERA from 8.10 down to 5.40 through 15 innings.

The Marauders offense mainly came courtesy of eight walks, as they put together just four hits. Justin Maffei’s double was the only extra-base hit. Chris Diaz brought home two runs on a bases loaded walk and an RBI ground out. Jin-De Jhang had a single and a walk, extending his hit streak to ten games. He is batting .447 through 46 at-bats and has struck out once all season.

Before the game, reliever Clario Perez was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for last week. He threw six no-hit innings over three appearances. It was a different story on Monday night though. Perez came in during the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead, faced five batters and didn’t record a single out, picking up the loss and blown save.


West Virginia was off on Monday