Prospect Watch: Sever Looks Strong, Richard Has One Poor Inning


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-5, RBI

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-5

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis –  Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-4, RBI, 3 SB

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, 2 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 – DNP

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 – Disabled List

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

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-1, BB

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, SB

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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



Top Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, RF – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Pablo Reyes (5), Jose Osuna (3)



Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 7, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Clayton Richard, LHP – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB

Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Game Notes:  Clayton Richard looked like he was going to have his third straight outing without allowing an earned run, but one pitch in the fifth inning(with two outs) brought home three runs. Richard had occasional control issues in the game, but still ended up throwing 66 of his 100 pitches for strikes. He walked four batters, including one that scored on the three-run triple in the fifth. Richard had two strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio.

Alen Hanson had two hits, including his third double in the last six games. He had no doubles in his first 30 games. Hanson has reached base in each of the last nine games and he is batting .361 during that stretch. Deibinson Romero drove in his 24th run of the season. Gorkys Hernandez hit his ninth double of the year. Tony Sanchez is 9-for-23 in his last six games, raising his average 54 points.


Altoona was off on Monday


Box Score

Result: Ft Myers 11, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, RHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jose Osuna, RF – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-2

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 0-for-1, BB

Jind-De Jhang, C – 3-for-4, R

Game Notes: The Bradenton Marauders had a rough night tonight on and off the field. They were hit hard, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits against Fort Myers. They also saw three players leave the game early with a virus that is going around the clubhouse. This included Frank Duncan, who was tonight’s starting pitcher, but couldn’t make it through his bullpen. Wyatt Mathisen left the game early, ending his eight game hitting streak. Erich Weiss also left in the middle of the game. On top of that, the team was without JaCoby Jones, who left yesterday’s game in the third.

Bradenton manager Michael Ryan said that about 7-8 guys in the clubhouse currently have the virus, which started at the end of last week in Brevard County. The virus is typically lasting around 36-48 hours, so if you see a player removed from a game or out a few days, it’s most likely for that reason.

Ryan also said that Jose Osuna is starting to get the virus right now, which is a surprise based on how he played tonight. He had two very hard hit balls, including a home run that was crushed over the 400 foot sign in center field, almost hitting the batter’s eye. He followed that up later with a line drive off the left field wall, bringing in two runs. Osuna also showed off his cannon on defense, gunning down a runner at second trying to stretch a single into a double.

Jin-De Jhang continued his strong hitting this season, picking up three hits on the night, with a few hard hit line drives that dropped in right in front of fielders. He’s got a .343 average on the season in 114 at-bats. – Tim Williams


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Hickory 1

Starting Pitcher: John Sever, LHP – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-4, RBI, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 1-for-4, SB

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Elvis Escobar, LF – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: John Sever faced 26-9 Hickory on Monday, the team with the best record in the South Atlantic League and the team with the second most runs scored in the league. He worked into the sixth inning for the first time this year and kept Hickory out of the hit column until that last inning. He ended up allowing two hits and one unearned run before being removed. Montana DuRapau retired all eight batters he faced and Junior Lopez retired the side in the ninth for his second save. He has an 0.61 ERA in 14.2 innings.

Cole Tucker had two hits and stole three bases, giving him ten steals this season. Tito Polo picked up his ninth steal. Pablo Reyes hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning. Connor Joe continued to show rust from all his time off. He went 0-for-4 and he is 2-for-19 since joining West Virginia.

  • JoseGuillensArm
    May 19, 2015 9:46 am

    This may have been recently touched on but any update on Tarpley? Some of the other pitchers being built up/conditioned, ie Heredia, have resumed game action. Is he nearing a return to the mound?

    • John Dreker
      May 19, 2015 10:09 am

      Two weeks ago, he pitched his first Extended Spring Training game, so now he is just building up innings and barring any setback, should arrive soon

      • Will he report to Low A?

        • Yes

        • John Dreker
          May 19, 2015 10:54 am

          Yes and he will be in the Power rotation. There might be an update on him later today.

          • Thanks John. A few weeks ago I read an article from someone mercilessly ripping the Snider trade. Hopefully your update will justify why trading a 4th OF with a .700 OPS isn’t the worst idea in history of baseball.

            • And Snider’s OPS is barely over .500 for the past four weeks. If either of the pitchers the Bucs got for him ever make the majors, it will be a good trade.

  • Pirates cornering the market on elite contact catchers.

  • John,

    Noticed Gorkys was batting leadoff tonight instead of bottom of the order…a tip of the hand for the next promotion?

    • John Dreker
      May 19, 2015 12:34 am

      He has batted lead-off before and five other spots in the lineup, so I wouldn’t read into it

    • Actually, I think they all pick it up a little when they know someone is headed to Pittsburgh today. Gorkys is not on the 40 man so my guess
      is that its either Sanchez or Tabata. Yes, I know Tabata is not on the 40 man, but we keep him up for a while and if he does not work out he goes back through waivers to Indy and we keep paying him a small fortune.
      Just my very uneducated guess is that its Sanchez. Not necessary for him to catch, just PH and get on base once and a while. We know he can do that.

  • I was at the West Virginia game in Hickory. Sever looked great, lost his no hitter in the 5th and was sitting 89-91 touching 93 with a low 70s curve that looked decent and a change, definitely has a chance in my eyes.

    • John Dreker
      May 19, 2015 12:36 am

      Thanks for the update. Just a correction though, first hit was to lead-off the sixth inning.

  • Brian Finamore
    May 18, 2015 10:49 pm

    Any updates on getting some stats on the site? Doesn’t need to be anything advanced. Would be an improvement to even just have season slash lines, perhaps monthly splits.

    • It’s going to take some time to set up the database for everything we want, but we’re working on this.

    • Look at the “box score.” It will give you individuals to click on and get the stats you want. And, On the right side of each players stats you will find hyper-links for everyone on the the team. Tim IS giving you a lot of info by giving you the box scores. I would rather Tim have somewhere on the site a key to all the offense and pitching. I’m an old man and keep forgetting what wOBA, wRC+, ect means. This would be a great addition to the yearly book also.

      • Brian Finamore
        May 22, 2015 3:07 pm

        Thanks Chuck. Good point with the Box Score link, I guess I didn’t notice that. The player pages within the site don’t yet have 2015 stats and that’s more what I was referring to. I’m happy to follow links out to the various minor league sites for 2015 player stats, although presenting a season slash line within the page itself would be even better for a quick glance.