Prospect Watch: Second Solid Start From Clayton Richard


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 – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis –  Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-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 – 1-for-2, RBI, SF, HBP

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 – 1-for-4, RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

23. Connor Joe, 1B/3B, West Virginia – DNP

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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: Frank Duncan, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Pawtucket 0

Starting Pitcher: Clayton Richard, LHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deibinson Romero, 3B – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Game Notes:  Clayton Richard made his season debut last week with Bradenton, which wasn’t a huge test for someone with Major League experience, but he has been in Extended Spring Training working on new mechanics and it was his first real test.  He went six innings that day, allowing just an unearned run on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts, so it was a successful outing.

On Wednesday afternoon, he made his Indianapolis debut and threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits, two walks and he had four strikeouts. The downside to the outing was his pitch count, which reached 93 and shortened his day. He threw 55 pitches for strikes and had a 4:5 GO/AO ratio. Chris Volstad was originally scheduled to start and he followed Richard with three shutout innings.

Alen Hanson hit his first double of the season, while also collecting his fourth triple of the year. Deibinson Romero drove in his 20th run of the year, while Gorkys Hernandez hit his second triple. Tony Sanchez allowed four stolen bases on four tries and he is 2-for-22 in throwing out runners since being sent to AAA.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Bowie 2

Starting Pitcher: Thomas Harlan, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Eric Wood, 3B – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Thomas Harlan got the spot start for the injured Tyler Glasnow and ended up throwing six solid innings. Jhondaniel Medina got the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Since April 30,2014, Medina has made 38 relief appearances and he has thrown a total of 55 innings. In 37 of those appearances, he didn’t allow an earned run, with the lone exception being a three-run game early this season. He also hasn’t allowed a regular season home run since June 28,2013. That covers 66 appearances and 89 innings.

Dan Gamache led the offense with two runs driven in on a pair of hits. He got off to a terrible start this season, batting .079 through his first 16 games. This was actually his first multi-hit game of the season. Willy Garcia had a single, double and two walks. While he still hasn’t homered yet this year in 119 plate appearances, he has gone six straight starts(and one PH appearance) without striking out, which is an incredible run based on his history.

Max Moroff got the day off after seeing his 11-game hit streak snapped yesterday. He still has a 28-game on base streak that is active. Adam Frazier started in center field for the first time in his career. It was his first outfield start ever and his pro experience in the outfield before Wednesday consisted of one inning last week.


Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 5,  Brevard County 0

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones – 1-for-2, RBI, SF, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Barrett Barnes, LF – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Frank Duncan had one of the top pitching performances we have seen this season, throwing seven shutout innings, while allowing four hits, no walks and he had eight strikeouts. He was not having a good season up to this point, allowing 44 hits in his first 31 innings. The walks and strikeouts are his best totals this season.

With the “Sunday lineup” going during Wednesday morning, Bradenton put together a four-run fourth inning, which accounted for almost all their offense. They had six hits, with Austin Meadow’s seventh double being the only extra-base hit. Jin-De Jhang went 0-for-4 and he is now hitting .231 this month after batting .426 during April.


West Virginia was off on Wednesday

  • I was just looking a baseball reference on my lunch break checking out that 2012 draft and then started bouncing around to other drafts. Everyone is harping on Josh Bell and his power. The dude is 22 in AA hitting .342 with 16 walks and only 10 K’s. Dude may not hit as many homers as we’d like but he’s got a pretty high floor with that bat. Even if he ends up being a switch-hitting Olerud, that’s a lot better than what we have now. He may never hit 30 homers but I think it’s very possible that he’s a future NL batting champion with that batting eye. If Bell and Glasnow pan out, that 2011 draft is looking pretty sick. If Clay Holmes and Jason Creasy amount to anything that’ll just be icing on the cake.

  • Two – TWO – walks from Willy Garcia?

    • Garcia appears to be working overtime on his K/BB ratio at the complete expense of power. Hopefully he can figure how to combine the two at some point this decade. He may be the historic first hispanic Mayor of Altoona at this rate.

  • Morton may be starting in Pittsburgh 5 days from now if all goes well today for him. Worley to the pen.

    • Agreed. Easy call on this one.

      The tough decision will be whether or not Worley, right now, is any better than the AAA starter depth the club has built up. He certainly will not be improving the bullpen, after all.

      • He will be better than Liz.

      • Scott Kliesen
        May 14, 2015 12:27 pm

        You don’t think he adds value as long man out of pen? I see him upgrading this part of team significantly.

        • Last year’s version? Absolutely.

          But he’s simply not the same pitcher this year. Not nearly the same command and movement. The club recognized that as far back as Spring Training, and he’s done nothing so far to change that opinion.

          Only three Major League starters have given up a higher percentage of contact, and each of them have thrown *at least* 5% more strikes than Worley.

          That’s not a profile that works as a starter, or reliever.

          • Scott Kliesen
            May 14, 2015 7:42 pm

            I’m beginning to think neither Worley or Liz will be long for Pirates.

  • Is it time to get Tony some more time in the OF? His bat plays at MLB, but he’s getting worse than McKenry in throwing out runners. It might still be a little early to pull the plug on Hart, but he’s really showing nothing since those first three PHs. And no range in RF either. Can’t see how Tony would do markedly worse at this point.

    • I disagree about moving Sanchez now. He may be needed in Pittsburgh at any moment, and they need to continue to work with him in AAA on his throwing mechanics. After all, the minors is where players are supposed to work on their craft.

      • Scott: 2 for 22 is less than 10% and, IMO, is an indication of a lot more than just mechanics. His bat has gone missing also. Diaz, OTOH, has thrown out 6 and allowed 10 SB’s in the same league – 6 for 16 is around 37%. I was hoping Sanchez would improve his trade value, but that ship may have already sailed.

        • I’m a guy who typically doesn’t like to move a guy from a key position like Catcher or SS until it’s proven over and over that you can’t play there or unless it makes complete sense. For example, Bell would never see the OF in Pittsburgh and there’s a gapping hole at first coming up. Hanson just couldn’t play SS because of the lapses I guess. But sooner rather than later I’d really like to see Sanchez used in 1B, RF role because I think his bat would play in the big leagues. Plus he’s 4th in the depth chart in catchers right now and I really think he would’ve figured out the throwing by now. Get his bat up here and get rid of Hart soon.

        • Scott Kliesen
          May 14, 2015 12:25 pm

          I hear what you guys are saying, but all I’m saying is it’s only May. Sanchez looked like he may actually be a Major League Catcher in Spring Training. I think Pirates are smart for giving him time behind the dish as long as it’s not hurting Diaz development.

          • I just think he would’ve figured it out by now. People smarter than me make these decisions but at some point I think he’ll get squeezed out of the catching mix due to lack of progress, the fact that they have 2 capable options above and below him and need on the right side. The good news is if he doesn’t, I really think he’d work out well as a 1B/RF platoon option.

    • Deibinson Romero is actually an infielder, and is actually hitting baseballs right now. Can he really be any worse than Corey Hart? Guy is toast.

  • Looks at this point as if the pirates have another solid reclamation project that can contribute at the big league level.

  • BallHeadWonder
    May 13, 2015 6:18 pm

    How many times has A,AA,AAA sweeped the Day this season?? I’ve counted at least 4 times!!! Please correct me if I’m wrong!!

  • Still a surprising amount of pitching depth even with Kingham and Cumpton gone – Morton, Richard, Sadler and Sampson. None of them aces but I think those guys could hold down a #5 spot when someone goes on the 15 Day DL. I’m in the minority but I’m a big fan of Morton if he’s right so to speak.

    • deacs: The opinion you have of Charlie Morton is pretty much the same as many of us have of him.

      • Yes the wildness and inning implosions drive me nuts. But when he’s getting the ground balls and the movement is there on the pitches he’s very, very tough. If you like him it’s because of his potential and what he can do, not his career numbers.

        • A lot of times I think he’s just unlucky it seems. He’ll have a 4-run inning that involves 2 errors and a few bloop hits. I like Ground Chuck alot myself but, similar to Jeff Locke, I’m always a little nervous when he’s pitching. It’s funny where we’re at now with depth. Sampson and Sadler are way better prospects than guys like Rudy Owens/Sean Burnett/Zach Duke and yet they’re practically afterthoughts. I remember when Zach Duke was the most exciting pitching prospect we had. Now we have multiple guys that look like they’ll have pretty solid pro careers who will probably never crack the Pirates rotation.