Prospect Watch: Stephen Tarpley Makes Debut, Big Day For Altoona Bats


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 – DNP

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, RBI

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Extended Spring Training

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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 – 1-for-5

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

23. Connor Joe, 1B, 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 – 1-for-4, R, RBI

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 1-for-3, R, SB



Top Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (7), Keon Broxton (2), Dan Gamache (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Buffalo 4

Starting Pitcher: Wilfredo Boscan, RHP – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 1B – 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Deibinson Romero, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-5, RBI

Tony Sanchez, DH – 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis faced some tough pitchers on Monday and walked away with the victory. The first three pitchers that Buffalo sent out were Randy Wolf, Chad Jenkins and Jeff Francis, who have a combined 595 starts and 675 appearances in the big leagues. Wolf ended up allowing all the damage, as the Indians put up two runs in first, two in the second and four in the third, knocking him out early. A rain delay seemed to knock the wind out of both teams, as there was no scoring after the fourth inning. Brent Morel had four hits and drove in two runs. Tony Sanchez also knocked in a pair. Elias Diaz was the only player in the lineup that didn’t contribute at least one run or RBI and he still had a single and a walk.


Box Score

Result:  Altoona 9, New Hampshire 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, DH – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Dan Gamache, 1B – 5-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Stetson Allie, RF – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Adam Frazier, 3B – 3-for-4, RBI

Game Notes:  The Altoona bats had a field day on Monday, collecting nine runs on 18 hits, including three homers. Dan Gamache had five hits, four singles and his second homer of the season. Since going 3-for-38 through May 6th, Gamache has exploded at the plate, raising his average 225 points by going 21-for-41 the last 19 days. Keon Broxton had four hits and a walk today, after collecting three hits and a walk on Sunday. He hit his second homer of the season and stole his 11th base. Stetson Allie hit his seventh homer of the season, though he is still hitting .201 this year with 45 strikeouts. Adam Frazier played third base for the first time in his pro career and collected three hits.

Lost in the big offense was a solid outing from Jason Creasy, who allowed three runs over six innings, with single runs coming in three different frames. He threw 75 pitches in the game, 45 for strikes. Creasy has a 2.82 ERA in 51 innings this year.


Bradenton was off on Monday.




Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, DH – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, CF – 1-for-4, RBI

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-4

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-5, 2 2B, SB

Michael Suchy, RF – 0-for-1, 3 BB

Game Notes: Lefty Stephen Tarpley made his 2015 debut and allowed one run over five innings, helping West Virginia to their fourth straight win. He gave up five hits, walked two batters and the only run scored on a bases loaded wild pitch. Tarpley had three strikeouts and hit 94 MPH in the first inning. All three strikeouts were swinging, one on a curve. Of the five hits, just one was hit hard, a third inning double. Two were bunt hits and another was an infield hit that Pablo Reyes had trouble on and could have been scored an error, but it was slowly hit. The other was a soft liner into center field that fell in front of Tito Polo

Pablo Reyes had two doubles, giving him ten on the season. He also stole his 11th base of the year. Jerrick Suiter played his first game in four weeks and had a two-run single in the sixth inning that gave the Power the lead for good. Michael Suchy drew three walks and scored a run. Tito Polo had an RBI single and scored a run. Elvis Escobar had two hits, including his ninth double. He also drove in a run.

  • John: The write-up about Tarpley sounded very positive. He hit 94 mph in the first inning – did he throw 93 or 94 at any other point in the 5 innings? Thanks for the update.

    • John Dreker
      May 26, 2015 9:22 am

      I’ll get more info on him tonight when I go to the game. I wasn’t able to make it, just listened to the game and briefly talked to two people that were there.

  • Not only is each level prospect-laden, but each level is playing winning baseball. Tarpley, Joe, and Heredia are the latest arrivals. I am looking forward to seeing Taillon, Holmes, Eppler, and Ramirez rejoin their respective levels. Bradenton has been missing 3/5 of their starting rotation in Heredia, Holmes, and Eppler. I wonder if any of these teams could win a league championship while developing prospects like the Lynchburg-Altoona back-to-back championship teams that featured Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, and Jeff Locke.

    • Red: From afar I watched the box scores of that AA team led by SP’s Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, and another SP named Jared Hughes. I remember singing the praises of Manager Matt Walbeck, who was named the Manager of the Year in the EL just before being fired for “developmental differences” (?) by the Pirates.

      • It was probably because Walbeck started non-prospect Jordy Mercer at shortstop over prospect Chase D’Arnaud. In order to make that run, Walbeck moved D’Arnaud to 2B in order to protect the team from constant D’Errors from Chase. I wonder how that turned out.

        • The Pirates did the same thing with d’Arnaud and Mercer the year before, moving them to different positions at various times throughout the year. They fired Walbeck because of the lack of pre-game work that he was doing to develop guys.

          • OK?

            • I remember thinking when Presley and d’Arnaud were batting 1st and 2nd and getting on base with their speed I thought “hey, we’ve got something here.” Um…..not so much. But they were fun to watch for a little.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 25, 2015 9:40 pm

    Good debut by Tarpley – good to see Suiter back as well. He is on WV’s best hitters and run producers. The Pirates have a wealth of talent, much of it producing it high levels, in AA and AAA. The problem is what to do with all these guys and how do you keep promoting and challenging guys who have proven themselves at their current level. Broxton and Bell should both be promoted to Indy by the all star break – and you could argue they both deserve to be there now.

    They could open up room by getting rid of guys like Hunter Morris and Brent Morel who have no future with the organization, are blocking prospects, and aren’t performing very well.

    They could also let go of Hart, which would allow someone to move up from Indy and create another open spot.

    • You could see something like this once they sign their draft class and get everything sorted out from there.

    • Brent Morel has always been an excellent defender at 3B. However, adding Kang and Rodriguez in 2015 has made Morel unnecessary to hold onto in case of an injury. Morris??????

      I think Kerry has a good point about the draft, but there is no need to keep Bell at AA, while having Morel move from 3B to play 1B at AAA. Is there anyone else in the mix? I sure as hell hope not.