Prospect Watch: Morton Starts For Indianapolis, Five Hits For Austin Meadows

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 – 5-for-6, 2 R, RBI

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 2-for-6, RBI

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis –  Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-2, BB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-7, 2B, RBI

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

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-5, RBI

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 – 1-for-4

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-5, 2 BB

23. Connor Joe, 1B/3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 2-for-5, 2 R

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

 

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 5-for-6, 2 R, RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (6),

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Norfolk 2

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-2, R, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-3, BB

 Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  Making his second rehab start after a poor Spring Training landed him on the disabled list(hip surgery), Charlie Morton’s stuff was pretty sharp on Thursday, but not nearly as good as his outing in Altoona last week. He spread out 11 hits and was hurt by some suspect defense early. Morton worked around it and struck out eight hitters. The fastball was between 90 and 92, and had nice sink that allowed him to get nine ground ball outs. Morton threw 96 pitches, 68 for strikes.

 Deolis Guerra relieved Morton and tossed a scoreless inning. Blake Wood was strong in the ninth, striking out a pair, and picked up the save.
 
 Alen Hanson picked up a pair of hits in his first two at bats to continue his strong month of May. Jose Tabata also picked up two hits to remain equally as strong. – Ryan Palencer

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Akron 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SB

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit a line drive home run in the bottom of the first to open up the game early. His swing looked like it was mostly arms, and he simply muscled the ball out without much effort. The ball looked like it was still carrying when it hit the grass. An easy comparison to his swing would be Pedro Alvarez when it looked like he doesn’t get all of it but simply uses his upper body to turn on a ball. Allie hit the ball deep and made solid contact through the night. He has hit four home runs in his last eight games.

 
Keon Broxton impressed from the plate going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. He showed a lot of patience and maturity in his at-bats. He began the game with a double down the left field line, which got the Curve’s early rally started.
 
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Curve had an opportunity to take control of the game with runners on second and third with no outs, but Max Moroff and Josh Bell both popped out to short left field very early in their at-bats. Willy Garcia then lined out to the center fielder to strand the runners.
 
Jason Creasy worked six innings in an outing where he threw a lot of pitches and didn’t seem to have the greatest control through the night, but Akron was only able to score three against him. Creasy benefited from two inning ending double plays back to the pitcher in the fourth and fifth. Through the first four innings, his fastball was locating decently well. Once he seemed to tire in the fifth and sixth, the fastball began to elevate and miss the strike zone. He didn’t have good control of the curveball all night, either. In the sixth, he paid for two pitches he left up in the middle of the zone with a line drive home run to left and extremely hard hit single to right. He threw two wild pitches in a row and walked a batter, but then he got another double play to subside the threat.
 
Creasy worked between 89-91mph with his four-seam and around 88mph with his two-seam fastball.
 
John Kuchno came in and threw three innings in relief, and he struggled with control as well, walking three. Kuchno allowed a home run to the leadoff batter in the eighth, but he was able to manage the damage only allowing that one run.
 
Akron definitely wanted to test Sebastian Valle and the Curve pitchers by running a lot throughout the game. There were plenty of times that they ran on a hit-and-run foul ball and had to turn around. Valle threw out two runners on the base path, even though Akron runners were getting some very good jump off of Creasy and Kuchno. – Sean McCool

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 7,  Brevard County 6

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 5-for-6, 2 R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, DH – 2-for-6, RBI

Jose Osuna, RF – 2-for-5

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-5, 2 R

Game Notes: Austin Meadows has had plenty of three-hit games in his first three seasons of pro ball, but before Thursday, he never reached four hits in one game. He not only reached four, he surpassed it with an RBI single in the 12th inning, giving him five hits. He raised his average 25 points in the game to .336, and his 43 hits puts him just outside the top spot in the FSL. Wyatt Mathisen had two hits, which makes this his fifth straight multi-hit game. He is 11-for-21 during this stretch. Despite the good hitting recently, Mathisen is still looking for his first double of the year, now 94 at-bats into the season.

Steven Brault has pitched much better lately after a few tough starts to begin his season. In his last four starts combined, he has allowed five earned runs. He had no walks and five strikeouts on Thursday, which is his best performance in those areas this year. It’s the third time he has struck out five batters this year and the first time he did it without walking a batter. He has seen his strikeout rate go down with the move to the Pirates’ system from the Orioles. Brault topped this year’s single game strikeout total 11 times last year in 24 starts.

The Marauders were facing Wei-Chung Wang, a former prospect for the Pirates, who was taken in the Rule 5 draft in December 2013 by the Milwaukee Brewers. After spending 2014 in the big league bullpen, he is now being stretched out as a starting pitcher. Wang has not pitched well this season and the Marauders scored five runs off him, leaving him with a 5.88 ERA.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Game One Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 3, Hagerstown 0

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-3, BB, SB, 3B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB, RBI

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Yeudy Garcia got his first start of the season and he made it count. He threw five shutout innings, facing one over the minimum. Garcia was a starting pitcher in the DSL last year, then jumped over three levels to get to Low-A this season. He has been working his way up to a five innings by pitching in long relief all season. Garcia threw four shutout innings last time out and that outing followed back-to-back three shutout inning performances. He now has a 2.30 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

Michael Suchy led the offense with two hits, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. Pablo Reyes hit his seventh double and stole his eighth base of the season. Cole Tucker hit his fourth double and drove in a run. Connor Joe played his second pro game and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He batted second and played first base.

 

Game Two Box Score

Result:  Hagerstown 3, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 1B – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 0-for-3

Cole Tucker, DH – 0-for-3

Game Notes: West Virginia lost game two to split the doubleheader, losing by the same 3-0 score from the first game. They had just five base runners in the game, with three singles and two walks. Chase Simpson had two of the hits, while Tyler Filliben had the other. Filliben made two errors, giving him four miscues over his last three games. Jose Regalado took the loss, though he did get five strikeouts without walking a batter. That gives him a 1:20 BB/SO ratio in 25.2 innings.

  • Am I the only one that would like to see team record listed in the write-ups?

    • Personally, I couldn’t care less what the teams’ records are. They’re fairly meaningless.

      • If ya don’t care about winning what’s the point of playing? Winning is’nt everything it’s the only thing. Just sayin lee, so don’t go gettin mad at me. : )

    • They are on the morning report.

    • John Dreker
      May 15, 2015 10:08 am

      As mentioned, they are there every day in the Morning Report and later in the season, we add a section called the Playoff Push, so you not only know the records, you know how they are doing in the standings

  • Obviously’ the beat writer doesn’t know much about the hitting process-the ball comes off Allies bat differently then any other player on the field-period, I have been at the games over the past few days as well as BP for both teams Bowie and Akron and to say it is “mostly ams and muscles balls” is a complete novice baseball writer. You don’t hit the ball with that kind power using all arms-ball comes off his bat like a cannon! His lower body is strong and gets a lot of leverage/torgue against his front leg. You might want to read up on the physics of hitting a baseball, watch the kid on video and then make a more educated statement-you were probably a well educated student in school but, a little uneducated in hitting 101- no disrespect just saying! He as hit the ball hard the last 3 games and has little to show for it. For you baseball fans, baseball is about production and his production is good- he just needs consistency to take hold.looks like he is starting to swing it better and square it more. Outfield play is much much better- tracked a few over the past few days- but not a polished product yet. Love reading the forum but let’s give a prospect his dues when credit is due.

    • He leads his 2014 numbers this year in home runs, doubles, RBI. Batting average would improve greatly if some of the 71 walks from last year were there now but the walks just aren’t there this year yet. Even so, 27 home runs in 500 AA at-bats is not something that can really be ignored forever. Not saying he will be willy mays but those numbers at that level absolutely deserve a chance to show what you can do higher up somewhere if not in this organization. He’s learning 3rd new position in 3 years and has as many errors as a seasoned outfielder in Left and about as many as the ‘second coming of Lou Gehrig ‘ everyone assumes Bell would be while he is learning a new spot. Point being run production matters and a high batting average isn’t necessarily more valuable than a lower average guy who drives in more runs. Somebody somewhere give this kid a chance.

      • Great! Look at Allies path. 2010 late sign- sent to State College but, no innings. Neither he or Tallion! 2011 State College and a pitching guy changing a 20 years old guys mechanics- give him the ball and tell him “show us why we paid you that kind of money” then evaluate- 24 innings with very little success. 2012 had a great spring training with refined mechanical adjustments- given the ball in West Virginia in 32 degree temp- struggles then asked if, would like to be an everyday player. You tell me early trigger or they saw something in spring training- he was hitting that year in spring training, I watched him in games. He would pitch one game 1-2 innings then next day hit- DH. They saw something for sure! He was definitely an improved product on the mound that year with a bat. 2013 sent to WV tore it up and made A all- star then sent to Bradenton. Word on street, he was trying to play thru an injury about 1/2 way thru that season. 2014 a push to AA with respectable production and improved patience at the plate. 2015 only his second full season as a position player- this kid is still not a polished product by no means but, pretty impressive production in second full season as a position player- 1B/OF. He will play in the big leagues whether in a Pirate uniform or not! Continued production and refined consistency will get him there. Outfield is a whole different topic in the Pirates organization- I thought he looked solid at 1B in big league spring training. They are looking at next level versatility or trade with OF move. Long story short, Allie is young in his position player development process- look at production for a power guy. Hopefully, keeps trending upward!

    • LOL. Thanks for the explanation, Coach.

      • Not trying to be a comedian NMR just adding a little baseball IQ to the forum.

        • Do you need binoculars to see us from up on your high horse?

          From Baseball Prospectus:
          “Raw power is plus-plus; brute strength; muscled swings with lift; bat speed is average so all the power is from pure strength; power is massively downgraded to below-average hit tool; might hit for power but will not make enough contact for the power to display in-game.”

          Sounds like the beat writer could teach you a thing or two.

          • Yeah, I thought the initial comment was a little condescending myself.

            • Love talking mechanics and hope Slugger continues, but I felt his tone towards Sean was completely unnecessary; especially given that Sean’s observation completely falls in line with what other scouts/analysts see in Allie.

              If you’re gonna be a dick, you sure as hell better be right.

              • Boy what a harsh tone yourself. Right, we’ll see in the near future. No disrespect to Sean intended- how do you know what my tone was and the use of a male anatomy proves your intellectual thought process- this is a baseball forum not potty mouth forum. And yes, I’ve been on both sides pal- coaching/scouting and very successful I might add even though that doesn’t make me any better then someone else. Had number one picks down to 48 rounders so, I have a little feel for talent evaluation and projections. Scouting is nothing more than educated guessing most of the time- it is hard to project on the future potential of high school kids. College guys give ya a little clearer potential guess because of their three/four years of development.

                • Mercer can't hit RHP
                  May 17, 2015 3:08 pm

                  NMR feels threatened. He’s the resident know-it-all. Now you’ve rocked his world. Keep it up

              • Mercer can't hit RHP
                May 17, 2015 3:06 pm

                What’s your excuse?

          • Not really! His language is not a beat writers language NMR thought you would recognize that- “sounds like you need a lesson or two” on beat writer language and one mans professional opinion. Probably saw all of 1-3 games over a series. I think you missed a key ingredient in my language- needs polish. No, I see very well thank you. I see you take one mans opinion and deem it the gospel. I am very firmiliac with baseball prospectus guys. They are in-out guys with short term eyes. Those guys can’t teach me anything over the long haul- NMR. Nice chatting with ya though

    • Sean McCool
      May 15, 2015 10:55 am

      The comparison to Pedo Alvarez was meant to be a compliment to Allie, meaning that the hit looked so effortless to him. The pitch was down and in on Allie, and the ball launched off of his bat. Recently, he has been driving the ball hard and deep but has unfortunately hit the ball right at an outfield on more than one occasion. He is slugging .677 over the last 8 games, and that number could be a lot higher with a few line drives dropping in.

      • Do you think his ceiling is a platoon option against lefties?

        • Sean McCool
          May 15, 2015 11:26 am

          It’s hard to say. Looking at only where he is this year, his average and OBP are higher against lefties (in a smaller sample size); however, he has hit five of his six home runs against right handed pitchers.

      • Gotcha Sean! I was one that understand what you were intending with the comparison. Keep up the good work!

  • Allie swings like Pedro? Surely some fans will read this and demand he be traded or released at once!

    • Come on Scott, he was comparing Allie to Alvarez in the power department. Surely, not in the athletic department – no comparison to Allie. I get your humor though! Pedro has had his share of struggles but, they have a whole lot of money tied up in Pedro and not a whole lot of organizations willing to take on that contract. His body and questionable work ethic probably makes it even tougher- would you want to pull the trigger on a one dimensional power bat? Not in a “million” years- little humor Scott.

      • I’m at a point now where I feel like Pedro is barely replacement level at this point. This 1B platoon looks worse than last year. I wish the Pirates would just give Josh Bell a chance to win the job out of spring training next year. Slightly off topic but I think by the end of this year, Glasnow and Meadows will be 2 of the top 10 prospects in baseball.

        • I could see that with all the June promotions. Not a great concern to me by any means but Meadows lack of power might keep him out of the top 10. I’ll take a look at Law’s list and see who’s most likely to graduate to the bigs come June.

          • Mike Trout didn’t show a lot of power in the minors either and I recall Keith Law comparing Meadows to Trout last year. Meadows is actually putting up better numbers in A+ than Trout did. Although Meadows is about a year and a half older than Trout was in A+, he still is one of the youngest players in the league. I think Meadows might eventually come with more hype than Cutch, Marte, or Polanco.

      • Pedro doesn’t have a contract which would be difficult to trade, we just have noone else to play first base

      • Scott Kliesen
        May 16, 2015 9:31 am

        My post was more evidence sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.

        Pedro is what he is, an inconsistent hitter who can look like Babe Ruth one minute and some fat dude playing in a fantasy camp the next. The issue is Pirates fans expected him to be the next Babe Ruth all the time.

      • What “questionable work ethic”?

  • pantherfan83
    May 15, 2015 12:48 am

    It’s truly a shame what the brewers did to Wang. Wasting an entire year of a young mans development shows me that franchise has poor class.

    • Lol- that is what the rule 5 does man. We’ve done it many times as well. Just ask Donnie Veal

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