Prospect Watch: Sampson Continues Strong Season With Eight Strikeouts


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-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-4

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

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

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 SB

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-3, 2 BB

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-5, 2B

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 1-for-5

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-4

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2B



Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 3-for-3, 3B, BB

Home Runs: Huascar Fuentes (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Buffalo 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF – 1-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Steve Lombardozzi, DH – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Blake Wood, RHP – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson continued his consistent effort this season on Tuesday night. In addition, he also got back into the swing of things with the strikeouts. After only having less than six strikeouts in an outing twice in his first seven starts, Sampson had not more than four in his next three coming into Tuesday. In addition, Sampson spread out seven hits, with the only large blemish as a solo home run to Matt Hague.

Deolis Guerra relieved Sampson and continued his hot streak. With the 1.1 scoreless that he worked on Tuesday, Guerra has only allowed two runs in his past 13 outings. After a rough outing last time out, Blake Wood rebounded to nail down his 14th save of the season, striking out a pair.

Indianapolis was only able to pick up four hits, but timed them well. Brent Morel added a double to continue his strong work at the plate and Alen Hanson went hitless for his second straight game to start June. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, New Britain 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B – 3-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, LF – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Sebastian Valle, C – 3-for-4, 2B

Gift Ngoepe, SS – 1-for-4

Max Moroff, 2B – 0-for-3, 2 BB, SB

John Kuchno, RHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jose Osuna has really been on a tear since his promotion to Double-A Altoona, adding three line drive hits tonight, including a hard hit double off of the center field wall. He is now 6-for-12 with three doubles since his promotion, while he is taking up home in left field, a position he hasn’t played more than just on mop up duty since 2011.

Sebastian Valle and Eric Wood both added three hits for the Curve, with a double and triple respectively. Stetson Allie hit a deep fly ball to left field with the bases loaded to add a sacrifice fly.

Chad Kuhl went 6.1 innings, giving up both of his runs in the first on a fly ball that went over Stetson Allie’s head. The play was interesting because Allie was playing very shallow on the play with two outs. Kuhl could’ve gotten out of the inning on the batter before, but he seemed to try to pinpoint his fastball low in the strike zone and kept missing during that at bat. Kuhl retired eleven hitters in a row between the first and fifth innings, and he ended three innings with strikeouts.

This was Kuhl’s second outing in a row against New Britain and more specifically Shane Carle, who was a prospect brought up in the Pirates system and was dealt in the Rob Scahill trade last fall. Kuhl has gotten the best of his friend in both matchups with two wins. He went 6 innings giving up no runs and striking out seven in the first outing. Interestingly enough, Carle hit Kuhl while he was running to first on a bunt attempt to set up an inning where the Curve picked up four unearned runs. – Sean McCool



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 7, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Harold Ramirez ended his 28 game hitting streak yesterday, but got back on track today, going 2-for-4 with his first double of the season. He also showed off his speed, stealing two bases. Bradenton had a lot of doubles tonight. Barrett Barnes hit his 11th of the season. Edwin Espinal had two, giving him ten on the year. Austin Meadows hit his eighth of the year. The numbers for Barnes are very impressive, since he has a lot less at-bats than the other two, but more doubles in that limited time. He has shown off impressive power so far this season. In his three starts before tonight, Cody Dickson combined for three earned runs in 17.2 innings. However, that followed an outing where he failed to make it out of the first, giving up five runs. He will look for another quick rebound after this outing.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, RF – 2-for-5

Connor Joe, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Elvis Escobar, LF – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Austin Coley got off to a great start this year, with a 2.25 ERA through his first six starts. He has struggled a bit in his last four outings, giving up a combined 14 earned runs in 22.2 innings of work. Tonight wasn’t a horrible outing, but wasn’t as good as his earlier efforts. Connor Joe picked up his second double of the year, and now has hits in five of his last six games, while reaching base safely in nine of his last ten games. Taylor Gushue hit his seventh double of the year. Michael Suchy had his fourth straight multi-hit game.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Mets 6

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Hernandez, RHP – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Huascar Fuentes, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Mikell Granberry, C – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Raul Hernandez, DH – 2-for-3

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates went down 5-0 early to the Mets2, but completed the comeback with two runs in the bottom of the eighth for the 7-6 victory. Starter Miguel Hernandez made his pro debut and allowed six runs over 4.1 innings, though only two runs were earned. Three relievers combined for 4.2 shutout innings, including Raymond Rodriguez, who struck out three and walked two in his only inning of work. Armando Bustamante collected the save by retiring the side in order in the ninth.

First baseman Huascar Fuentes had the big hit for the Pirates, connecting on a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Mikell Granberry continued his strong start with a triple and a walk. In the first three games, he has a single, double, triple and two homers. Catcher Raul Hernandez made his pro debut in the DH spot and collected two hits. He has been unable to play recently due to injury, one of three catchers on the team with an injury to start the year. Top prospect Yondry Contreras went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. – John Dreker

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 3, 2015 1:18 pm

    Nick Buckner question….

    When he was drafted 2 years ago out of HS, he seemed to be an intriguing player given his power potential. He really struggled two years ago – low average, tons of Ks. Last year at Bristol, he still had too many Ks, but his average was respectable and he showed some power and production.

    He hasn’t played at any level yet this year, is he injured? Or, is he ticketed to starts this year at Bristol or Morgantown?

  • ****FREE MATT HAGUE*****

  • What will John Sever have to do to earn prospect status?

    • Dominate in an age appropriate league.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        June 3, 2015 1:16 pm

        I would think that Sever is a candidate to be promoted to Bradenton soon, given his success in WV, his age, and Bradenton’s train wreck of a pitching staff…

        • Bradenton is about to get Clay Holmes and Tyler Eppler. I don’t see Brault, Heredia, or Dickson losing their spots, unless maybe Brault gets promoted. And then I think Austin Coley would be ahead of Sever for a promotion.

  • Sean McCool
    June 3, 2015 12:14 am

    The Hit Collector decided to hit a home run for the wrong team.