Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching Leads to a Strong Night


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 – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-5

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2K

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – Disabled List

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

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

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-5, R, K

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, R, RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 0-for-4, R, BB, 2 K

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, BB

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

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona –  DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-2, 2 BB, R

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K


Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, 1B – 2-for-2, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Home Runs: Brent Morel (7), Ty Moore (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Syracuse 1

Starting Pitcher: Radhames Liz, RHP – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Steve Lombardozzi, 2B – 3-for-4, R, RBI

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-4, R, BB
Game Notes: In his first start of the season, Radhames Liz did not miss a beat. After hitting as high as 99 in the first inning, with a nasty curve ball at 84, Liz was efficient through his four innings of work. Liz struck out half of the hitters that he faced, while still working on getting stretched back out.
Brad Lincoln tossed a pair of innings, while allowed three hits and an unearned run in relief of Liz. Josh Wall struck out two in a perfect inning, his first since returning from the DL. Bobby LaFromboise allowed a single hit in a scoreless frame. Yhonathan Barrios finished the game after loading the bases and retiring the final two hitters of the game.
Brent Morel hit his seventh home run of the season and his fourth in seven games. Steve Lombardozzi also picked up three hits for Indianapolis.


Box Score

Result: Erie 2, Altoona  1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, 1B – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr., RF – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Jacob Stallings – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Game Notes: For the second straight start, Jason Creasy tossed seven innings of one-run baseball and for the second straight start he received a no decision. While having a fairly consistent season, Creasy has only allowed more than three runs in a start twice this season and more than two in seven of his 14 starts.

John Kuchno worked two innings of relief and allowed two hits, while walking two more. He allowed a run and struck out another.

Mel Rojas, Jr. added a double and now has hits in eight of his 12 games since being send from Indianapolis to Altoona. Josh Bell added a pair of hits and now has knocks in 11 of his past 12 games and 19 of his last 21.



Box Score

Result: St Lucie 9, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF – 2-for-4, RBI, R

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: After three straight outings of allowing just one run, Frank Duncan struggled on Friday night for Bradenton. Duncan spread out his 10 hits and seven runs over five innings. He allowed three runs in the second and two in both the third and the fifth innings.

Felipe Gonzalez relieved Duncan and allowed two hits and a run, while striking out a pair in his two innings of work. Robert Stock allowed four hits in his inning of work, but only one crossed the plate.

Edwin Espinal picked up his 13th double of the season, while Barrett Barnes joined him by picking up two hits in the contest.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Greensboro 5

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Suchy, 1B – 2-for-2, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Connor Joe, 1B – 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI

Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: After allowing 10 hits last time out, Austin Coley struggled in his attempted rebound performance by allowed eight more knocks on Friday night. While he spread them out to only allow two runs in his past start, he was not as fortunate on Friday, as he allowed five earned runs.

John Sever relieved Coley and picked up a three-inning save. Sever walked a pair, but did not allow a hit or run over the stretch, while striking out four.

Michael Suchy picked up a pair of doubles in the contest, to go along with two runs and two RBIs.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Auburn 5

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal, RHP – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Ty Moore, LF – 1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Albert Baur, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R

Kevin Kramer, RF – 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K

Game Notes:  After laboring through five innings in his first start with West Virginia this season, Dario Agrazal was much more sharp in his second go around of the campaign. Agrazal was also very pitch efficient, as 44 of his 69 pitches crossed the plate for strikes.

Sean Keselica relieved Agrazal and walked two, allowing a run in an inning of work. Julio Eusebio was strong in his first inning of work, but struggled in the second and had to be pulled in the ninth, as he allowed three hits and three runs over his 1.1 innings. Andy Otamendi finished off the game with the final 0.2 innings.

Ty Moore continued his hot stretch with his first home run of the season, while Albert Baur picked up two hits with a double.



Box Score

Result: Princeton 6, Bristol 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Logan Ratledge, SS – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan George, DH – 1-for-4, R

Tomas Morales, C – 1-for-4, R

Game Notes: Bristol lost 6-3 on Friday night. Billy Roth struck out six hitters in his five innings of work, but allowed a home run. He also had some bad luck as he gave up four hits and three runs in his effort.

Bristol picked up seven hits, but were only able to plate three of those. Marvin Del Rosario allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out a pair in three innings of work. Palmer Betts allowed a hit and a walk in his scoreless inning of work.

You can view the Bristol season preview here.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Astros 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, DH – 3-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-5

Michael de la Cruz, CF – 1-for-4

Victor Fernandez, RF – 2-for-4, RBI, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates won 4-2 behind some strong hitting from Wes Freeman. He was assigned to the GCL on rehab as he returns from a knee injury. He’s also making a comeback after retiring in 2012, so this game was a nice step in the right direction. He had three hits, including two doubles, plus he drew a walk. He was 2-for-9, with two walks in his first three games.

The outfield for the Pirates in this game consisted of Michael de la Cruz, Eric Thomas Jr and Victor Fernandez, which could be one of the fastest outfields you can put together in the organization. Fernandez could be the fastest player in the entire organization, while Thomas was called one of the fastest players in the 2014 draft and de la Cruz has plus speed and played center field on Friday.

Gerardo Navarro allowed two runs over five innings. He was starter for most of last season in the GCL. Jose Batista threw 2.2 scoreless innings and Jen-Lei Liao retired the last four batters in order for the save, picking up three strikeouts. Raul Siri drove in his seventh run in just five games. Catcher Garrett Russini, who signed as a non-drafted free agent last week, played his first game and lined an RBI single in the sixth inning for his first pro hit. – John Dreker

You can view the GCL season preview here.



Box Score

Result: Red Sox2 7, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Yerry De Los Santos, RHP – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mikell Granberry, 1B – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-4, 3B

Carlos Bustamante, RHP – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost both games to the Red Sox2 this week, dropping Friday’s contest by a 7-4 score. Mikell Granberry continued his hot streak, hitting his team-leading third homer of the season. He is batting .346 and has driven in 18 runs in 19 games. Jeremias Portorreal hit his third triple of the season. Shortstop Christopher Perez signed for $150,000 last July. He missed some time with an arm injury at the beginning of the season, but hasn’t looked good since he started playing. In 11 games, the 17-year-old has gone 2-for-32 at the plate, with no walks and nine strikeouts.

Yerry De Los Santos also signed a six-figure deal last July and he hasn’t looked good in five starts. He has a 6.04 ERA and a .333 BAA. There are some good signs with him though. In 22.1 innings, he has issued just four walks, and he has a 1.65 GO/AO ratio. Reliever Carlos Bustamante allowed one run over 3.1 innings. He came in with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and stranded three runners. – John Dreker

  • I realize that forming a top 20 – 30 prospect list is an inexact science, but. Austin Meadows over Josh Bell??, Alan Hanson in the 7 hole, Harold Ramirez in the 11 hole, and Holdzkom in the 21 hole and he was bypassed in a promotion to someone I never heard of. My top 5 would be Glasnow, Taillon, Bell, Ramirez, and Hanson. Just wondering what I am not seeing???

  • Darkstone42
    June 27, 2015 4:04 pm

    Morton vs. Teheran, a matchup of pitchers who are typically either amazing or terrible with not much in between.

    This one could go a lot of different ways. Hopefully it’s good Morton vs. bad Teheran today.

  • finally some love for Granberry.

  • I sure am rooting for Wes Freeman. I doubt he ever makes it, but I was wondering why he decided to make a comeback?

    Wouldn’t that make a nice human interest story? 🙂

    • It is a game that never gets old, and I would never second guess any kid that left it behind and then decided to give it one last try.

  • Mikell Granberry has been getting a lot of ink.

    • John Dreker
      June 27, 2015 9:58 am

      Yeah, I think they kept him down there to work on his catching, because the bat seemed ready for the States last year from what I heard. Now he’s playing as much 1B as catching, and not surprisingly, he is hitting to cover off the ball

    • I see Granberry is playing 1st base. That might be his position, because he’s not very good behind the plate.

  • Thanks ryan.