Prospect Watch: Glasnow Strikes Out 12, Bradenton Hitters Stay Hot

P2 Top 30

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 (Nick Kingham), 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 the mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, 2 R, K

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – 2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI

9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia -DNP

10. Kevin Newman, SS, Morgantown – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, GCL – DNP

12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona – 0-for-4, 3 K

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

18. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-3, RBI, 2 K

19. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

20. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

21. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol –  DNP

22. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4

23. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB, R, 3 K

24. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown – 0-for-3, 2 K

26. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

27. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL – DNP

28. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 2-for-4, K

29. Jacob Taylor, RHP, GCL – DNP

30. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

P2 Top Performers

Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Carlos Munoz (7), Keon Broxton (3), Harold Ramirez (3), Edgar Figueroa (1)

Indianapolis Indians Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Keon Broxton has really struggled for the past month to adjust to Triple-A, after having a strong 2015 showing with Altoona. However, he has shown good flashes at times. One such flash occurred on Sunday when Broxton rocked his third home run of the season in the third inning of the contest. After hitting just .171 in June, Broxton has had a solid July, hitting .269 with an .808 OPS. He has now reached base safely in 19 straight games.

Gustavo Nunez added a pair of hits for the second straight night and Andy Vazquez also added a multi-hit effort. Alen Hanson and Elias Diaz each had the day off, but the Indianapolis offense still came through with eight hits and four runs. The offensive power has really been stagnant the past two nights, with all singles, so the two extra base hits were nice as well.

Chris Volstad spread five hits over seven shutout innings, while striking out a pair. The shutout frames on Sunday broke a string of three straight outings with two earned runs allowed, as Volstad has made a nice run toward the middle of the season.

Jeff Inman ran his scoreless inning streak to four after allowing five runs in a game on July 12. Blake Wood nailed it down with a scoreless frame, allowing just one hit.

Altoona Curve Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Tyler Glasnow recorded 18 outs on Sunday, and 12 of those were efficiently via the strikeout. While Glasnow certainly had the ability and the stuff to get ahead of hitters and put them away, he was the victim of a tough luck loss, as he also allowed five hits, two walks, two runs and a home run over six frames. The 12 strikeouts for Glasnow was a season high, and one shy of his career best.

The Altoona offense was only able to muster six singles in the contest, and forced a pair of walks, as baserunners were at a premium. Adam Frazier continued his strong campaign, as he picked up two hits in four at bats on Sunday. In fact, this is Frazier’s seventh straight game with exactly two hits, as he has raised his already impressive batting average 13 points since July 21st. John Kuchno and Jeremy Bleich each worked scoreless innings of relief in the contest.
Bradenton Marauders Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Harold Ramirez collected a pair of hits, including his third home run of the season. Ramirez had a four-game hit streak broken yesterday. In three of the four games, Ramirez picked up three hits. That span includes two doubles and another home run. Austin Meadows also added a pair of hits, and scored twice. This continued a six game hit streak for Meadows and he has at least one knock in 11 of his last 12 games and 17 of his last 19.

Cody Dickson spread out seven hits and a pair of runs over 5.2 innings of work, but he also struck out seven hitters in the contest. Dickson has collected 20 strikeouts in his last four outings, which span 20.2 innings. Junior Lopez finished off an inning for Dickson perfectly and Miguel Rosario worked two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk for the save. Tyler Eppler did not have the same success in relief, as he allowed three hits and two runs in his inning of work.
West Virginia Power Prospect Watch
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P2 Game Notes

Jordan Luplow added a pair of hits for West Virginia, including a double, while also collecting a pair of RBIs. Two of the last four games for Luplow have been multi-hit efforts, as he also added three hits on July 23rd. He has also driven in five runs in the past four games.

It has not been a strong season for last year’s first round pick Connor Joe. However, he did collect a pair of hits on Sunday. Joe hit right on the Mendoza line in both May and so far in July. June was his strongest month this season, as he hit .266 with seven of his nine extra base hits on the campaign. However, he has not shown the ability to build on the strong month thus far in July.

Alex McRae allowed three hits, two walks and four earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. This continued a tough July for the right-hander, as he allowed nine hits and six runs last time out. He has only allowed less than three runs twice in the month.

Jose Regalado had an equally tough time, as he allowed three hits and four runs of his own in relief. Jared Lakind allowed one hit, while striking out two in his scoreless inning of work.

West Virginia Black Bears Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

For only the second time in his pro career, Ty Moore failed to reach base. So far in his career, Moore has reached base in 31 of his 33 pro games, including each of the last 27 games heading into Sunday. First round pick Kevin Newman added a double. Ryan Nagle had his strongest game of his limited pro career so far, as he added his first two doubles of the campaign. Nagle has hits in three of the four games that he has played this season. Mitchell Tolman also added a pair of hits in the game, including a triple.

Bret Helton spread seven hits and two runs over five innings for the win. Nick Hibbing added a pair of perfect innings in the contest, with three strikeouts. Daniel Zamora also picked up a strikeout in his perfect inning of work. Sean Keselica allowed three hits and a run, but nailed it down for the save.


Bristol Pirates Prospect Watch1

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P2 Game Notes

On a night where about anything could go wrong for Bristol, it did. They were only able to muster eight hits for the entire contest and they had three pitchers allow at least four runs.

Billy Roth started the game and was not able to make it out of the first inning, possessing an odd line. He had a serious lack of control and walked four hitters. He also allowed four runs in 2/3 of an inning, but did not allow a single hit. Palmer Betts followed Roth and allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Miguel Ferreras allowed four runs of his own in an inning, allowing three hits and four walks. Infielder Jose Salazar had the only successful appearance of the night, with a scoreless 1.2 innings with just one hit.

Carlos Munoz and Julio De La Cruz each added two hits in the game. Nick Buckner added a double as well. Munoz and Edgar Figueroa each had home runs, but it was not near enough offense to make up for the pitching deficiencies.


GCL Pirates Prospect Watch

The GCL Pirates were scheduled off on Sunday. They will be back in action Monday against the GCL Phillies.


DSL Pirates Prospect Watch

The DSL Pirates were scheduled off on Sunday. They will be back in action on Monday against the DSL Brewers.


  • Darkstone42
    July 27, 2015 3:03 pm

    I looks like Newman is starting to come around with the bat. Good, I figured he would. But the baserunning looks like it came up with him. I know runs isn’t a great stat, but he’s scored 18 in 27 games despite a sub-.300 OBP so far, which implies (not proves, just suggests) he’s maximizing his time on the bases, taking the extra base when it’s there, and not making outs on the base paths.

  • I miss the old format. The new format does not give the team’s won / loss records, the scoring by inning and the opponent’s box score. Please include the attachments to the mlb site as previously presented.

    • We might be able to add the records and the scoring by inning in the future. We’re not licensed to use other team stats, since we’re a Pirates site.

      For now, the team records are still in the Morning Report every single day.

  • Couple interesting notes from other outlets on Josh Bell’s recent swing overhaul…

    Per Baseball Prospectus:

    “Bell has changed his swing since our reports from last year. What was once a wide, balanced stance that produced a swing geared more towards contact now includes a predominant leg kick in the load, generating more torque and thus more power…Even with his barrel and contact skills, Bell will need to hit for more power whether he’s at first base (which he’s still not comfortable at) or the outfield.”

    More interesting, at least to me, per Fangraphs:

    ““Compared to then, I’m maybe a little more narrow,” Bell told me. “I pretty much stand straight up right now, from both sides of the plate. It’s something I talked to my hitting coach about. We made the move about a week ago and I feel I’m in a good spot right now.””

    Notice how Bell states that 3rd sentence; “my” hitting coach. This isn’t a reference to Kevin Riggs. Bell is talking about his personal hitting coach, which he still keeps to this day. I’m not at all blown away with the Pirates ability to develop hitter themselves, but this seems like it’ll be a peculiar relationship to watch once Bell gets to the show.

    This could be something that’s more ubiquitous than I know of, but how many Big Leaguers employ a personal hitting coach?

    • This is random knowledge and a bit dated, but i know Frank Thomas continued consulting white sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak well after Hriniak was done with the Sox. It might be a bit odd in the way Bell does make it sound like he has a guy who is specifically his personal hitting coach, but i’ve heard players tell anecdotal stories of having guys they go to regularly for advice that isnt the team primary coach.

    • mysonisnamedafterRoberto
      July 27, 2015 8:13 pm

      Does Harrison have a personal hitting coach? And isn’t it his brother?

  • To add to this great coverage! From MiLB who did a feature on Glasnow’s game.

    Tyler Glasnow’s changeup was one of the final pieces he needed to fall into place. On Sunday, he provided a look at just how impressive his puzzle can be.

    With his third pitch working, the Pirates’ top prospect recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts over six innings, but Double-A Altoona dropped a 2-0 decision on Sunday at Altoona.

    “He was in the strike zone with all three pitches. Today was probably the best his changeup has been in two seasons. He threw 10 of them and eight out of 10 were really effective,” Curve pitching coach Justin Meccage, who also worked with Glasnow last season in the Florida State League. “He got some swings on them and he got a ground ball or two on them. And then just the ability to put people away was pretty good, too. So, overall, it was a really good outing.”

  • Should bring back links to MiLB box score so we can easily get a players detailed stats too.

  • That Indy lineup was ugly!

  • A couple of observations:

    It certainly could be argued that Volstad was the pitcher of the day. He pitched one more inning, gave up no runs, didn’t commit an error, and, for those who believe in it, had a higher game score. No, I am not saying Volstad is a better pitcher over Glasnow, but lets be fair about things. I also might add that 12 K’s, while impressive, is not the most “efficient” way to get an out.

    Moving on to another subject, and that is Connor Joe. After losing all of last year, and almost the first half of this year, I wish someone would explain to me why he isn’t playing every day trying to make up some lost time on the field. I honestly don’t get it.

    • 1st, exactly right about Glasnow…I love the dominance, but he’s got to be willing to let the ball be put in play. He’s indicated he doesn’t like the change up bc he’s afraid it’s more hittable…it IS ok for people to put balls in play, Tyler.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      July 27, 2015 5:33 am

      My guess it’s because of whatever his mysterious back injury/issue is that no one seems to know any details about.

    • Isn’t the part of putting the ball in play up to the offense also? A pitcher has no control over this sometimes. He threw plenty of pitches in the middle of the plate or just off and they swung right through them. And we are faulting Glasnow for this? And as far as the number of change-ups he threw? Some of that goes on whomever was calling pitches. He only shook Stallings off twice that I saw.

  • What else does Glasnow have to prove? When he is healthy AA barely seems like a challenge. He can work on his change up in AAA.

    • I watched the game tonight…I though he would have been killed by major league pitching today…up in the zone all the time, catches a lot of the plate too. Did t seem to work with a downward plane and around the edges much…he has amazing stuff, but he’s got to improve his approach and get that change up in the action.

      He DID get a major leaguer out tonight….Nick Swisher on rehab. Watched him strike him out…maybe twice can’t remember exactly.

      • I was there and didn’t quite see it that way. The only innings I though he elevated the ball was the 4th and 5th. It also happened to be 2 innings where he threw the fewest amount of breaking pitches. They hit some line drives right at people those 2 innings. He made Swisher look stupid twice. I do agree on the changing speeds. He only threw a few change-ups from what I saw. One was a nasty one to Swisher his first AB. The others were not around the plate enough to force a swing. The curve/slider was nasty to a few hitters but inconsistent. The thing that worries me the most is the separation between his FB and slider. The slider was coming in at 92 or 93 while the FB was 95 or 96. Not enough separation as far as I am concerned. All in all though , I thought Glasnow was impressive. His delivery is much more fluid than I thought it would be.
        As for the hitters? Ugh. Frazier is a pure hitter and he made one hell of a throw to nail a runner at the plate on a single up the middle. Wanted to see Bell , but he never got off the bench. The other thing that impressed me was Moroff’s defense at SS. He made a couple very nice plays. And Stallings has a cannon. He absolutely gunned that baserunner in the 8th. Wow.
        And to top it off , Gamache threw my 11 year old a ball at the end of the first. Absolutely made his day.

        • Glasnow does not throw a slider. What you were probably seeing was a changeup.

    • He will be in Pittsburgh no sooner than next summer. Whether he makes his next start in Indy or Altoona doesn’t alter his timeline.

    • Why does it make sense to have him work on refining a key pitch against better competition? If anything, him being overpowering in AA can let him focus a ton of his change up and not worry about results. Then, he gets at least 2-3 months of work in AAA next year while incorporating his improved change up and continuing to work.

      The jump from AA to AAA isnt so small that its easy to do while trying to focus on improve a single pitch.

  • Man Munoz is on a tear huh?

  • This new format is excellent. The box scores are a GREAT addition.