Prospect Watch: Barnes Hits His First Homer, Sampson Isn’t as Sharp as Usual


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 – Disabled List

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-5, SB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4, RBI

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, SB

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 2B, 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 – 1-for-5

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis –  5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-4, BB

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-2, SB, 2 BB

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 3-for-5, 2 R, SB, RBI



Top Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, LF – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Barrett Barnes (1), Eric Wood (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Syracuse 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz – 2-for-4, RBI, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr., LF – 1-for-4, R

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 3-for-4, R

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

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson had his worst outing of the season, yet still kept his season-long streak intact by allowing three earned runs or less in every start. He cruised through the first four inning, then ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up two runs, following by another in the sixth. Sampson walked three batters, though one was intentional. He had three strikeouts(which matches his season-low) and got ten ground ball outs. Prior to tonight, he had pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts.

Indianapolis scored three runs in the top of the ninth off former Pirates pitcher Evan Meek. That gave them a 5-3 lead the would hold on to, as A.J. Morris picked up his first save. Gorkys Hernandez had three hits and scored a run. Elias Diaz had two hits, scored once and drove in a run. Alen Hanson and Deibinson Romero each drove in a run. For Romero, it was his 25th RBI of the season.


Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, 1B – 1-for-4

Willy Garcia, LF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Altoona had no life on offense on Saturday night, dropping a 4-1 game to New Hampshire. Eric Wood had the only extra-base hit, his first home run of the season. Josh Bell had a single, Willy Garcia had a walk and a single and Gift Ngoepe was hit by a pitch, but was quickly erased when he was picked off. That was it for base runners in the game. The Curve batters struck out 11 times on the night, including three by Stetson Allie.

Starter Matt Benedict lasted just three innings before being replaced by Thomas Harlan. Benedict allowed three runs, all coming in the third inning. Harlan gave up one run over four innings and Jeff Inman pitched a scoreless eighth.


Box Score

Result: Lakeland 7, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, LF – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-5

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-4

Jose Osuna, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Frank Duncan pitched well, especially after missing his last start due to a virus that was going around the team. He gave up two earned runs over his six innings, but three Marauder errors led to two unearned runs. Andy Otamendi gave up three runs in the seventh and that put Bradenton behind for good.

Barrett Barnes hit his first home run of the season and also had a single and his fourth stolen base. Everyone except Justin Maffei had at least one hit. Jose Osuna had two hits and a walk, giving him a .366 average over his last ten games. Edwin Espinal had his third straight multi-hit game, which follows a 3-for-26 slump. Reese McGuire had two hits, giving him a 12-game on base streak. JaCoby Jones is 2-for-15 in his last three games, with six strikeouts. He committed his ninth error of the season on Saturday.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Delmarva 1

Starting Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 3-for-5, RBI, SB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-5, SB

Jordan Luplow, DH – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Tito Polo, CF – 1-for-2, RBI, SB, 2 BB

Game Notes: John Sever had a decent line on Saturday, highlighted by one run over 4.2 innings, but control issues and a high pitch count limited his game. He walked three batters and hit two others. Sever’s longest outing this year has been 5.1 innings, though he still has some good stats, including a 2.43 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 innings. Montana DuRapau followed him and retired all ten batters he faced, picking up the win.

West Virginia created a lot of their offense on the bases, with six players picking up one stolen base, including a steal of home by Jordan Luplow. Cole Tucker stole his 11th base, while both Tito Polo and Pablo Reyes stole their tenth base. Polo had two walks and an RBI single. Taylor Gushue had three hits in a game for the first time all season. Connor Joe continued to struggle, going 0-for-4 with a walk. He is 4-for-30 on the season and all of his hits are singles.

  • John,
    DuRapau is putting up good numbers. But he is a college guy and is already 23 and in low A ball. Looking at his profile he isn’t a big guy. Does he project as an organizational guy or could he be a reliever in MLB?

    • John Dreker
      May 24, 2015 12:19 am

      Usually when a guy is a reliever at Low-A, he doesn’t have much of a shot at a big league career and plenty of players have put up good stats in Low-A and not made it to AA. It’s too early to write him off, because we heard/saw better velocity from him than when he was a starter, so I’d say he has a shot. His biggest drawback as a starter was that he was sitting 86-88 MPH, but as a reliever, he’s in the low-90’s and that gives him at least three average pitches to work with.