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-5, 2B

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, BB

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-5, SB

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-5, K

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-5

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, R

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

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-3, K

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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


Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, RF – 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Home Runs: Chase Simpson (6), Willy Garcia (5), Josh Bell (3), Elias Diaz (2), Keon Broxton (2)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Rochester 3

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Steve Lombardozzi, 3B – 3-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

Keon Broxton, RF – 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Game Notes: While Casey Sadler did not have his sharpest stuff of the season, he was still strong through six innings. At 9:5, the ground out to fly out ratio was not necessarily where the the sinkerballer wants it, and he walked three hitters again. Sadler has walked nine hitters in his last three starts, matching his totals of his other eight starts combined.

A.J. Morris continued his strong season out of the Indianapolis bullpen with two scoreless innings of relief, where he allowed one hit but also struck out three. Deolis Guerra picked up his fourth save of the season, giving up a hit and picking up a strikeout in the ninth.

Elias Diaz and Keon Broxton each added a two-run home run in the contest. Brent Morel and Steve Lombardozzi each had a multi-hit effort.


Box Score

Result: Reading 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Sebastian Valle, C – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Game Notes: While Jason Creasy had some successes in his six innings of work, he was done in by the long ball, allowing a pair of home runs. He also worked with several runners on base, as he spread around eight hits and two walks. The four runs allowed tied a season high for Creasy, which he also agave up on April 27 at Akron.

Yhonathan Barrios followed Creasy and also allowed a home run, this a solo shot. In addition, he allowed two hits, while striking out another.

Gift Ngoepe and Sebastian Valle each had multi-hit games for the Curve. Willy Garcia knocked his fifth home run of the season, while Josh Bell hit his third of the campaign.


Box Score

Result: Clearwater 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows – 1-for-5, 2B

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-5, SB

Game Notes: After allowing six hits for three outing in a row, Steven Brault gave up a season-low two hits on Wednesday night. However, working deep counts allowed him to only work five innings while throwing 92 pitches. While he walked three, he still threw 60 of the pitches for strikes, but had a difficult time putting hitters away, leading to the inflated pitch count.

Henry Hirsch relieved Brault and struck out a pair in his two innings of work, allowing one hit. Isaac Sanchez tossed three innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. He also struck out a pair. Ryan Hafner allowed a hit, a walk and a run in his inning of work, as his season of struggles continues.

Jordan Steranka added three hits and Austin Meadows added a double. However, Meadows is in a bit of a recent rut, as he is 2-for-15 in his last three games.


Box Score

Result: Savannah 8, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, LHP – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, DH – 1-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Connor Joe, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Jerrick Suiter, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 R, 3B

Game Notes:  While Stephen Tarpley allowed eight runs in the contest, some questionable defense behind him allowed just one to be earned. However, Tarpley also did not do himself any favors by allowing eight hits and walking three more. This was the first start since joining the Pirates organization where Tarpley has allowed more than two runs.

John Sever working in relief of Tarpley and spread four hits over 4.1 shutout innings, while striking out three. Julio Vivas tossed a pair of innings, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out another.

Chase Simpson hit his sixth home run of the season. Connor Joe added a double, he is 3-for-17 in his last four games.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Braves 8

Starting Pitcher: Brian Sousa, RHP – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: William Calderon, 2B – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Yondry Contreras, CF – 1-for-5

Eddy Vizcaino, LF – 1-for-3, RBI, BB 2 R

Game Notes:  The Pirates won both games of a two-game series against the Braves, taking Wednesday’s game by an 11-8 score. Prior to that they lost five in a row. The Pirates had 13 hits, including three doubles and three triples, plus they drew ten walks. Jeremias Portorreal went just 1-for-5 in the game, but he drove in three runs with a triple. Melvin Jimenez has a nine-game hit streak to start his career. He is hitting .359 with an .858 OPS. Pitcher Brian Sousa made his second pro start and gave up four runs, though only two were earned. He had six strikeouts and a 6:0 GO/AO ratio in 4.1 innings.

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  1. Gift Ngoepe – everyone says this kid is arguably the best fielding SS in the system, but has no bat. But, he is now hitting .270 in AA in June with some pop….is he improving at the plate, doing something differently? Does this indicate he may still have a shot of getting to the majors as a SS, even if its as backup?

    • Gift isn’t striking out as much as he was earlier, but while he does occasionally square one up and drill the ball, most of his contact is of the slap hit type. Outfield defenses against him generally look like Little League. But he sure can pick it ! I’ve never seen hands any faster in the recent past, maybe Andrelton Simmons’, but that’s it in my opinion. Lindor doesn’t, or at least I never saw it.

  2. Jerrick Suiter….based on performance and stats, he’s been the best hitter on a poor hitting WV team – although he did miss some time to injury. Looks like he has good size, but only 4 extra base hits so far this season.

    Is he a prospect, or just a college player doing what is expected in low A?

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