Prospect Watch: Holdzkom Strong in Return, Barnes Homers Twice

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 – Disabled List

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-6, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

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

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, R

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, R

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-2, BB

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 – 2-for-6, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 2-for-5, RBI

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-5, BB

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

 

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI

Home Runs: Pablo Reyes (6), Stetson Allie (8), Brent Morel (3), Barrett Barnes, 2 (3)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Rochester 4

Starting Pitcher: Wilfredo Boscan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brent Morel, 1B – 3-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Mel Rojas, Jr., RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: It has been predominately struggles since Wilfredo Boscan has returned to Indianapolis from a brief stint with the Pirates. This trend continued on Tuesday, as he allowed five hits in a row and six out of seven batters to get knocks. However, Boscan continued to battle and made it through five innings for Indianapolis.

Collin Balester allowed a run in his inning of work, before John Holdzkom made his first appearance in a month, returning from the DL with a strong performance. The control was improved and the progress was clear as Holdzkom stuck out the side in his inning of work. Bobby LaFromboise worked a perfect inning as well. Blake Wood worked the ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.

Brent Morel continued his hot streak with three hits, including a home run. Elias Diaz also continued a strong June start with two more hits, while Mel Rojas, Jr. also picked up a pair of knocks.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Reading 2

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, RF – 3-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 3-for-5, R, RBI

Willy Garcia, CF – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: For the fourth straight outing, Angel Sanchez went at least six innings. While he worked around eight hits and a pair of runs, Sanchez did not walk a hitter for the first time in his last five starts. In addition, his five strikeouts fell just one short of a season high.

Jeremy Bleich worked a scoreless inning, allowing just a walk in relief. Jeff Inman allowed a hit and picked up a strikeout, in also getting through his inning scoreless. Jhondaniel Medina finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

Gift Ngoepe, Stetson Allie, and Willy Garcia all picked up multi-hit efforts for Altoona. Allie hit his eighth homer of the season. He also collected two doubles, giving him nine on the year. Jose Osuna struck out four times.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Clearwater 2

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, LHP – 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, DH – 2-for-6, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-6, 2B, R, RBI

Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-5, R

Game Notes: Coming off a start where he allowed 11 hits in 5.2 innings, Frank Duncan bounced back nicely on Tuesday night. While he still allowed seven knocks in the contest, Duncan spread them around and only allowed one runner to cross the plate. He also tied a season high with eight strikeouts in the game.

Felipe Gonzalez worked a pair of scoreless innings, allowing just a walk. Clario Perez allowed three hits and a run in three innings of work. Miguel Rosario threw three innings, allowing three hits, while picking up three strike outs.

Barrett Barnes smacked a pair of solo home runs in the contest. Erich Weiss, Harold Ramirez, and Reese McGuire joined Barnes with two hits each. Austin Meadows is hitting .200 in June after an 0-for-6 night. Ramirez had two outfield assists.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Savannah 9, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chase Simpson, 3B – 2-for-4

Elvis Escobar, LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes:  For the first time in his last four outings, Yeudy Garcia failed to go through five innings. In his four innings of work on Tuesday, Garcia allowed six hits, which fell just one short of his season high, and gave up a season high of four runs.

Jake Burnette relieved Garcia and allowed five runs on five hits an a pair of walks in two innings. However, four of Burnette’s outs were via the strikeout. Sam Street worked three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out a pair.

West Virginia was only able to muster six hits. Two came from Pablo Reyes, including his sixth home run, which accounted for the only run of the game. Three Power players were selected to the SAL All-Star game prior to tonight’s contest. Yeudy Garcia, Junior Lopez and Elvis Escobar all made the team.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Braves 2

Starting Pitcher: Yerry De Los Santos, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yondry Contreras, CF – 1-for-3, 2 RBI, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Gabriel Brito, DH – 0-for-3, 2 RBI, BB

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-4, RBI, HBP

Mikell Granberry, C – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes:  The Pirates broke a five game losing streak behind some strong pitching from Yerry De Los Santos. He signed for $100,000 last July and gave up two runs over five innings for a second straight start. This game was ugly, with seven errors and six hit batters. The Pirates got six runs on eight hits and six walks, but they went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Top prospect Yondry Contreras has driven in nine runs in his first eight games. William Calderon is hitting .222 this season with six errors already. Catcher Mikell Granberry is hitting well, but in eight games, runners have gone 27-for-30 in stolen bases.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 10, 2015 11:20 am

    With Hernandez, Broxton, Decker, Garcia, Osuna, Meadows, Ramirez, and Barnes all playing and hitting well this year, the Pirates have an embarrassing wealth of OF talent in AAA and AA – and you could add Rojas to that list as well.

    The problem is that they have no where to go right now. The easy thing, to create one spot, is to release Hart – that’s a no brainer. Beyond that, however, we still have a logjam. We could use another quality LH reliever – to replace Bastardo – so maybe we could convert 1-2 of these guys into a package for a LH reliever?

    • 3 of those you mentioned are in A ball. Years away from patrolling any ML outfield. And the others aren’t exactly difference makers for any ML team.

      The best two of those mentioned, Meadows and Ramirez should be untouchable at this point.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 10, 2015 11:17 am

    The Pirates could really use last year’s version of Holdzkom – hope he is back. Too bad he wasn’t a lefty, because Bastardo needs replaced as well. Holdzkom would be an upgrade over Worley.

  • Hopefully, Barnes is making up for lost time? Good to read about those 2 HRs.

  • Good news for no when to holdzkom, looks like the pirates could use some pen help as well as a swift kick in the butt to get them out of the doldrums.

    • Yes I agree. I think Hurdle needs to settle into keeping his 3b,ss and 2b the same for a number of games. These guys are not producing and maybe need multiple starts.The last two games have been bad to watch.

    • Wabbit_Season
      June 10, 2015 8:06 am

      Agree. Pirates – Bastardo + Holdzkom = better bullpen.

      -Wabbit

    • Yes, good news about Holdzkom being healthy. He will need to show much more than one good outing to earn a place in Pittsburgh. As for the swift kick in pants, let’s not overreact to a couple bad days. This is the same team who had the best record over the last month in NL prior to these two stinkers vs Brewers.

      • Not overreacting scott, I realize it’s only two games. What I’m reacting to is how out of it they looked against one of the worst teams in baseball who just happen to be in the same division. So no panic just a dose of c’mon you guys these are games you should be winning so don’t waste them.

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