Prospect Watch: Sadler Rebounds, Another Strong Outing By Aquino


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

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

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, RBI, R

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 – 0-for-2, R, 2 BB

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, RBI

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, R

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI



Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson – 2-for-5, SB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Harold Ramirez (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B – 2-for-5, SB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz – 2-for-4, 2B

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 2-for-3, R, RBI

Game Notes: After his worst outing of the season, where he allowed six earned runs last time out, Casey Sadler gave a nice bounce back performance for Indianapolis. Sadler spread six hits in seven innings, as he had the sinker working for 11 ground ball outs to just four fly ball outs.

A.J. Morris, in a rebound effort as well, worked a perfect inning following Sadler. Morris allowed three earned runs two outings ago. Blake Wood continued his strong season in the closer role for Indianapolis, as he worked a scoreless ninth and picked up his 15th save.

Following a slow start to June after a red-hot May, Alen Hanson added a pair of singles for Indianapolis. Hanson also added his 15th stolen base in the contest. Elias Diaz has also built off a strong May, as he collected two more hits himself, with a double.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Erie 3

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, CF – 3-for-4, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Jacob Stallings, C – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Jason Creasy had another good outing, giving up two runs in 6.2 innings. He has gone at least six innings in each of his last five outings, giving up three or fewer runs in each start. Creasy has only given up more than three runs in one start this year, and has gone at least five innings in each start. The only downside is that his control has been off, with 22 walks in 63.2 innings. Jose Osuna continued hitting in Altoona, picking up two more hits. He is now 9-for-19. Willy Garcia extended his hitting streak to ten games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Ft Myers 2

Starting Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, LHP – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Following a tough start in the beginning, after being picked up by the Pirates, Jayson Aquino has put together back-to-back strong starts. After going six innings, allowing five hits and a single run last time out, Aquino went six strong innings this time. In his work on Friday, Aquino allowed just four hits and a pair of unearned runs.

Henry Hirsch relieved Aquino and worked a pair of scoreless innings, striking out a pair. Felipe Gonzalez also struck out one in a perfect inning of relief.

Erich Weiss and Reece McGuire picked up a pair of hit each. Weiss has picked up at least one hit in eight of his last 11 games. Over the span, he has four multi-hit games as well. Harold Ramirez picked up his first home run of the season.



Box Score

Result: Rome 13, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, LHP – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Elvis Escobar, LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes:  For the second time this season starter Alex McRae allowed six earned runs in an outing, while only getting through four innings.

John Sever relieved McRae and had even less success. Sever allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work. Junior Lopez allowed two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings pitched, with a strikeout.

Elvis Escobar picked up a pair of hits, but also picked up his fifth error of the season. Taylor Gushue added an RBI triple in the contest, his second of the season. In addition, the triples came in consecutive games.



Box Score

Result: Red Sox2 14 Pirates 8

Starting Pitcher: Adonis Pichardo, RHP – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Melvin Jimenez, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Yondry Contreras, CF – 3-for-5, HR, RBI, BB

Gabriel Brito, C – 1-for-3, BB, 2 R

Game Notes:  The DSL Pirates lost both games of the series to the Red Sox2, dropping them to 2-4 on the season. Adonis Pichardo made his second pro start and it was much like the first, allowing seven runs(five earned) over 3.2 innings. In 7.2 innings, he has given up 12 hits and four walks, while striking out seven batters. Pichardo was one of five international pitchers to get a six-figure signing bonus last July from the Pirates and he can hit 96 MPH with his fastball.

Yondry Contreras got $400,000 to sign last July, the highest bonus given out by the Pirates. He hit his first pro homer as part of a three-hit game. He is 9-for-24(.375) at the plate through six games. Shortstop Christopher Perez made his pro debut as a pinch-hitter and reached on an error, then scored a run. The 17-year-old got a $150,000 bonus last July, the third highest given out by the Pirates to a position player.


Prospect Watch

  • Is Jin DE Jhang injured?

  • Is this the most runs that Sever has ever given up in one outing?

  • I doubt that I have ever seen a year where at least 3 out of 4 of our highest levels of the system have been at least 10 games over .500 in the first two months of play. A very good situation. I know it is draft day and I wonder how much effort the Pirates made to possibly trade to get one of the competitive balance picks – possibly the one from Colorado?

  • Barrett Barnes has some good numbers since he has started getting real game action. But isn;t he a bit old for where he is playing. Also considering his injury history, does he have a future at the MLB level?