Prospect Watch: Tucker Homers, Another Strong Outing From Tarpley


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

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

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

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB, 3 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 – 3-for-5, 2 R, SB

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-3, RBI, SB

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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



Top Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Cole Tucker (2)



Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 8, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Wilfredo Boscan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, RF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, 2B – 1-for-4

Mel Rojas Jr., PH – 1-for-1

Game Notes: Wilfredo Boscan get hit hard in his five innings and the Indians scraped together just four singles on offense. Boscan has not pitched well since his brief stay in the Majors, in which he didn’t even appear in a game. Since then, he has allowed 24 hits, seven walks and 12 earned runs in 13 innings. Jaff Decker had two hits, raising his season average to .333 in 19 games. Alen Hanson is 1-for-13 in June, after putting up the best stats among all players in the system in May. Keon Broxton is 4-for-25 since being promoted to Indianapolis.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, New Britain 1

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B

Dan Gamache, 3B – 2-for-3, 2B


Game Notes: Angel Sanchez went six innings without giving up an earned run for another extremely good start for both him and Curve starters recently. He is now 3-0 in his last three starts, going 21 innings while only giving up three runs for a 1.29 ERA. He lowered his season earned run average to 2.54 with this start tonight.

Sanchez did a great job during his first time through the order pitching inside while using the fastball. Later in his outing, he began overusing his off-speed stuff, which in turn resulted in three walks. The walks inflated his pitch count so he was pulled after six innings.
Jeff Inman came in for two innings and struck out three. In nine outings so far this year, Inman has yet to let up a run while only giving up seven hits. Yhonathan Barrios came in to collect his tenth save of the season.
Josh Bell and Willy Garcia both had two hits on the night and doubled in the bottom of the first inning to push two runs across for the Curve. Both were different types of hits but showed great things. Bell hustled hard around first base to stretch a typical hard hit single to a hard running double, and Garcia hit a line drive shot the other way down the right field line. Garcia added a second double on the night to left field, adding to his hot current hot stretch. Dan Gamache added two more hits for the Curve, with a deep line drive over the center fielder’s head in the fourth inning.- Sean McCool



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Ft Myers 3

Starting Pitcher: Steven Brault, LHP – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Barrett Barnes, LF – 3-for-5, 2 R, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4

Harold Ramirez, RF – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Steven Brault continued his run of strong starts that started back in late April. After allowing four runs over 1.2 innings on April 22nd, Brault has gone at least five innings in each of his last eight starts and he’s allowed three earned runs or less in every game. In five of those games, he has allowed either one earned run or thrown shutout ball.

The Marauders beat up on Kohl Stewart, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft. They had a total of 15 hits, with every starter picking up at least one hit. Barrett Barnes had three hits and scored two runs, plus he stole his sixth base. JaCoby Jones stole his ninth base of the season and drove in his 32nd run. Harold Ramirez drove in two runs. He is hitting .419 in nine games this year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Rome 5

Starting Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, LHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, 3B – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  Stephen Tarpley made his third start of the season and it was much like the first two starts. He gave up one earned run over five innings and has allowed two earned runs in 15 innings this year. Tarpley attacked the strike zone and worked quickly, throwing 43 of his 67 pitches for strikes. He got a lot of swing and misses, just like his first two games. Five of his six strikeouts came on batters that went down swinging.

Jake Burnette followed Tarpley and walked the first three batters he faced, then gave up a sacrifice fly to deep left field. He then walked two more batters before being pulled. Just eight of his 30 pitches were strikes.

Cole Tucker hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his second of the year. Tucker, Connor Joe and Jordan Luplow each had two hits at the top of the lineup. Michael Suchy had a hit and two walks in the clean-up spot and Taylor Gushue followed him with two hits and two RBIs. Both Tucker and Tito Polo picked up their 15th stolen base of the season. Luplow hit his 14th double. Tyler Filliben extended his on-base streak to 18 games. Elvis Escobar was the only Power player not to get a hit, which broke his seven game hit streak and 13 game on-base streak.


Box Score

Result: Red Sox2 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Brian Sousa, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yondry Contreras, CF – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Melvin Jimenez, 2B – 1-for-4, BB

Huascar Fuentes, 1B – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Eddy Vizcaino, LF – 2-for-3, BB

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-3, BB


Game Notes: The DSL Pirates lost in ten innings on Thursday. A wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth, that took a strange bounce off the plate, ended up scoring the winning run. Brian Sousa made his pro debut and gave up one earned run over four innings. The 17-year-old righty signed for $160,000 last July and has pitched winter ball the last two years in Panama, so he has faced much tougher opposition than he will see in the DSL, yet he is still one of the younger players on the team.

The Pirates scored just four runs despite collecting 11 hits and six walks, plus they went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Yondry Contreras, Huascar Fuentes, Eddy Vizcaino and Raul Hernandez all had two hits. Contreras drove in two runs and hit his third double of the season. First baseman Huascar Fuentes has driven in five runs in five games.

  • who is the player to be named letter in the morris trade? For someone who at one time looked like a future major league player, now he looks totally lost. Hope we don’t give up allot for him.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 5, 2015 10:56 am

    Question….regarding Jerrick Suiter….is he hurt? He was hitting very well, but hasn’t been in the lineup the last 2-3 games…

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 5, 2015 10:04 am

    Brault and Tarpley continue to pitch well….good to see that Joe and Luplow are finally starting to hit….lets hope that continues. Ramirez and Garcia have both been on fire.

    Bell needs to be moved up to Indy – release Hunter and replace him with Bell.

  • Outside of Boscan and Burnette, a pretty solid all around day in the minors. I never get sick of reading about all the depth in the minors, keep up the great work on this site!

  • Rob Neyer had an interesting look at the Snider/Tarpley deal.

    It sounds like we pulled one over on the O’s, getting two prospects for a league average hitter.

    Go NH go.

    • Joe Starkey had a different take in his May 4th article. I’d post the link but it’s a pointless read seeing as how it’s outdated and the man gets under my skin to begin with.

  • Nice to see Barrett Barnes healthy and playing well.

  • Thanks john, da….da……da…da…dadadadaahhh! It’s the tucker monster! Look out he’s comin’ ta getcha!