Prospect Watch: Connor Joe Reaches Base Four Times, Altoona Plays 18 Innings


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-4, 2B

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-7, BB

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 0-for-3, BB

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, SB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-3, BB, 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 – 2-for-7, 2B, HBP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 2-for-2, HBP, BB

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-4

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, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4


Top Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B – 3-for-8, 3B, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Jacob Stallings (2)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 2

Starting Pitcher: Chris Volstad, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 3B – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 2-for-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB

 Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Riding some of his best stuff of the campaign, Chris Volstad had his second straight strong outing for Indianapolis. With the fastball around 92 consistently for the game, and a strong downward breaking ball, Volstad had 12 ground outs to only two fly outs. After a season-high seven strikeouts last time out, Volstad bounced back with five on Thursday night.

Brad Lincoln relieved Volstad, and allowed an unearned run in his inning of work with a pair of strikeouts. Blake Wood worked the ninth for his 17th save of the season.
Brent Morel and Jaff Decker each added a pair of doubles, while Tony Sanchez added another. Alen Hanson stole his 17th base of the season. John Bowker was picked up in a trade before the game and replaced the injured Hunter Morris on the roster. Bowker went 0-for-4 in his debut. He played for Indianapolis during the 2010-11 season. – Ryan Palencer


Box Score

Result: Reading 8, Altoona 7

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B – 3-for-8, 3B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jacob Stallings, C – 3-for-8, HR, 2 RBI

Max Moroff, 2B – 1-for-8

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 0-for-7, BB

Game Notes: Altoona lost to Reading in 18 innings on Tuesday, in a game that included three positions players taking the mound. The Curve struck out 21 times in the game. Jacob Stalling homered and drove in two runs, while Dan Gamache had three hits and drove in four runs. Josh Bell committed his eighth error of the season. Max Moroff had one hit and is now batting .167 in ten games this month.

Zack Dodson had a decent start, allowing two earned runs over six innings. A miscue behind him led to two unearned runs. He threw 54 of his 88 pitches for strikes. John Kuchno tried to close out the game, but gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, sending them into extra innings. The Curve went to utility player Andy Vasquez in the 15th inning and he threw three scoreless innings. That led to Edward Salcedo and things didn’t go well in the 18th. He gave up a hit and walked three batters, taking the loss.


Box Score

Result: Clearwater 4, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, LHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, DH – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows – 1-for-4, 2B

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jayson Aquino threw a ton of strikes on Thursday, but he also allowed four earned runs on seven hits. Aquino had four strikeouts, 11 ground ball outs and 70 of his 96 pitches were strikes. He recovered well from allowing three runs in the second inning, by hanging on for another five frames.

On offense, JaCoby Jones drove in his 36th run of the season and Erich Weiss, despite going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, drove in his 30th run on a sacrifice fly. Austin Meadows hit his tenth double of the season. He is 9-for-44 in his last ten games and has scored just one run during that stretch, which obviously isn’t good to see from your lead-off hitter.


Box Score

Result: Savannah 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Filliben, SS – 1-for-3, BB, 2 R, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Connor Joe, 1B – 2-for-2, BB, HBP

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes:  Connor Joe reached base all four times he came to the plate, collecting two singles, a walk and he was hit by a pitch. Tyler Filliben had a single and a walk, stole two bases and he scored twice. Pablo Reyes drove in his 23rd run of the year. Elvis Escobar has been playing well recently, which got him selected to the SAL All-Star game, but one part of his game has been very poor this season. He has fairly good speed on the bases, yet after getting thrown out trying to steal in this game, he is now 4-for-13 in stolen base attempts this year.

Alex McRae had a solid start, giving up one run over five innings. He had three strikeouts and seven ground ball outs. McRae has either been real bad or real good this season in his starts. In his last ten outings, he has four games in which he has surrendered four or more earned runs. In his other six games, he has allowed a total of five earned runs over 33 innings.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Tigers 4

Starting Pitcher: Adonis Pichardo, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Melvin Jimenez, SS – 2-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Felix Vinicio, LF – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Huascar Fuentes, 1B – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Adonis Pichardo pitched the best game we have seen 11 games into the DSL season. He allowed one run over five inning, giving up three hits, no walks, and he struck out six batters. Pichardo received one of the highest bonuses during this current international signing period, and he was one of the first to sign back on July 2nd. In his first two starts combined, he gave up ten runs over 7.2 innings.

Melvin Jimenez continued the strong start to his career, driving in three runs. He is batting .391 and has hits in all 11 games this season. On the other hand, second baseman William Calderon has struggled. The two infielders signed on the same day and in this game, Calderon committed two errors, giving him eight already. His average also dropped to .212 after a hitless game. The difference between the two players is that Jimenez turns 20 in September, while Calderon is two years and three months younger.


  • John, just for curiosities sake, how has Brad Lincoln actually performed ?

    • not well- horrid strikeout to walk ratio. Nothing like what we saw 4 years ago

    • John Dreker
      June 12, 2015 4:55 pm

      Way too many walks. Strikeouts are fine, getting grounders at a decent rate, no homers, ERA is good, BAA is average, just not throwing enough strikes. He is being used in a limited bullpen role, so he’s well out of the picture right now

  • Bowker being 31……it makes you wonder why these guys keep playing. His chances of going to the majors are very slim at this point.

    • He’s getting paid ok money to play baseball, a game that he most likely loves.

      • trying to get more service time—-its still out there for september calls ups and injury replacements. Not necessarily with pittsburgh, he probably wasn’t real “stocked” about the trade, but he can just move to another team next year. At 31 years old I would have quit my job to play minor league baseball, so lets not lose track of that.

    • I had a friend who played in various leagues in Blair and Centre Counties (Pa.) till he was in his late ’60’s. Even now he umpires games regularly in his mid ’70’s. He just loves the game.

    • John Dreker
      June 12, 2015 5:06 pm

      Love of the game I’d say. Minor league veterans with MLB time get a better salary than they could working a normal job(some get over $100K), then many of them play winter ball and get more money, with teams paying MLB players $5K a month in some places.

      Unless Bowker was unwise with his spending, he’s probably living comfortably with two years of MLB experience(aka paychecks) plus he was a member of a WS winning team. He wasn’t around for the WS for the Giants, but he still got that player’s share and a ring, then got a playoff share with the Phillies the next year.

      He spent three years in Japan and got a $405,000 signing bonus when he signed back in 2004. Basically he has made good money playing baseball and should be at the point where he doesn’t have to worry about his future and can play for fun. He will get a pension once he retires as well. The question he probably has isn’t why still play, it’s how much longer can I keep up with the game and that’s when I’ll retire.

  • Just one question, where in the world is Andrew Lambo?

  • I say we convert Andy Vasquez to a pitcher, he made things look easy when he pitched. So did their position player.
    This was a joke but if things don’t work out batting let him take the mound. The worse that could happen is he stinks and then gets released.

    • Andy Vasquez has pitched 10 innings over the past 4 years. There’s really nothing to do lose by making Vasquez a pitcher or even the ultimate 3B/OF/RP utility guy. He’s not a prospect.

      • Exactly what I am saying, send him to the GCL. Let him throw in 2 games and he isn’t worth working with than let him go. Its really a long shot but its better than nothing.