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 – DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – DNP
4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4
5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-5
6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP
7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, BB, 2B, SB
8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – DNP
9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP
10. Kevin Newman, SS, Morgantown – DNP
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 – 1-for-3, BB
17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona – DNP
18. JaCoby Jones, SS, Altoona – 3-for-4, R, SB, RBI
19. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP
20. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP
21. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP
22. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4
23. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – 2-for-5
24. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona – DNP
25. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown – DNP
26. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP
27. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL – DNP
28. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-2, RBI, BB
29. Jacob Taylor, RHP, GCL – DNP
30. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP
Top Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, 2B – 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, HR
Home Runs: Sandy Santos (4), Trae Arbet (3), Gabriel Brito (1)
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Adrian Sampson had a solid, yet unspectacular outing out Monday, allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings. He didn’t walk any batters and threw a ton of strikes, with 68 of his 91 pitches going for strikes. All nine of the hits he allowed were singles and he had an 8:5 GO/AO ratio. Sampson now has a 3.98 ERA in 124.1 innings, with 95 strikeouts.
Alen Hanson has been in a slump lately, going 0-for-5 in this game and he’s 7-for-39 in his last ten games. Steve Lombardozzi was sent outright to Indianapolis by the Pirates after he cleared waivers. He had two hits in his return to the lineup. Gorkys Hernandez is now 3-for-14 after four rehab games. Elias Diaz had two hits to extend his hit streak to six games. He is 11-for-24 during the streak.
Chad Kuhl went 6.0 strong innings of shutout ball for the Altoona Curve tonight, striking out six and walking none. Going back to June 30th, Kuhl has only allowed two earned runs in his last 31.1 innings. In July, Kuhl has posted an ERA of 0.61 with a SO:BB ratio of 23:6.
Kuhl had a very good mix of all three pitches tonight – fastball, changeup, and slider. One of his goals tonight was to throw a lot of changeups, and he successful threw the pitch with efficiency. The changeup worked well late in the count, and it combined with great command of the fastball, which Kuhl kept down in the zone. He threw the slider early in the count for strikes, as well. As Pitching Coach Justin Meccage said after the game, “he’s starting to put together the whole package”.
JaCoby Jones arrived in Altoona earlier this afternoon and started at shortstop for his Double-A debut, going 3-for-4 with an RBI line drive single in the 4th to score the Curve’s first run of the night. He singled again in the 6th and the 7th, the latter to continue an inning where the Curve were able to take a late lead in the game.
Jacob Stallings went 2-for-3 and hit a line drive single to center field in the 8th to give the Curve the lead.
Adam Frazier snapped his 9-game hitting streak tonight, going 0-for-4 and not threatening the base paths at all with three groundouts and an infield fly out. In the 7th, Frazier popped out to the third baseman with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Moroff went 1-for-3 with a single and walk, while Josh Bell went 0-for-4 with three grounders and a strikeout.
Jhondaniel Medina threw 20 of 31 pitches for strikes and looked extremely good as he picked up a win. Medina made a fantastic play to close out the 8th inning, fielding a bunt to his right with his bare hand and throwing in one motion to complete the out. – Sean McCool
Bradenton was rained out on Monday. They will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Colten Brewer has a 4.96 ERA this season despite strong numbers across the board in WHIP, BAA, K rate and GO/AO ratio. His ERA doesn’t match the results and that’s partly due to some big innings that have hurt him. This game was the opposite of his usual performance of late with two runs over six innings, despite nine base runners and only two strikeouts. Brewer did put up a 9:6 GO/AO ratio and locked down the opposition when runners got in scoring position, retiring ten of the 11 batters in those situations.
Tito Polo has been doing better lately, picking up three hits in this game and he is 12-for-27, with six walks and five steals in his last ten games. With his stolen base in this game, he has 27 on the season, tops on the team. Connor Joe is 5-for-33 in his last ten games. He drove in his 12th run of the season on Monday, which is an extremely low total for someone that bats third most of the time and has played 50 games. He is 10-for-50(.200) with runners in scoring position, and all ten hits have been singles. Cole Tucker was a late scratch from the lineup, but according to the manager, it was just a day off. He didn’t play in yesterday’s game either, though that was the normal “Sunday lineup” reason.
The Black Bears were off on Monday.
Neil Kozikowski had his second straight poor outing, but at least this one was much better than the previous one. Last Wednesday, he couldn’t make it out of the first, reaching his single inning pitch count limit. Kozikowski allowed four runs on three hits and a walk in that game. He worked into the fifth inning on Monday and allowed four runs again, this time on eight hits. He has given up 36 hits this season in 22.2 innings. You can’t just blame the outing on facing a hot offense, because Christopher DeLeon followed Kozikowski with three no-hit innings in relief.
Carlos Munoz went 0-for-4 in this contest, but earlier in the day he won the Appalachian League player of the week award for his incredible week last week, which included a three home run game. Trae Arbet and Sandy Santos had solo homers in this game, the fourth of the season for Santos. After collecting 11 extra-base hits in the DSL last year, Santos has already surpassed that in half as many games. Munoz and Arbet are now 1-2 in the league batting title race.
The GCL Pirates had their game suspended on Monday after just four batters. Michael de la Cruz doubled and scored on a Ke’Bryan sacrifice fly, putting the Pirates up 1-0. They will finish this game tomorrow and then play the regularly scheduled game.
The DSL Pirates went down 5-0 through the sixth inning in this game, then put two runs on the board in each of the last three frames, falling just short in a 7-6 loss. The defeat dropped them to 19-30 on the season. Catcher Gabriel Brito missed two weeks with an injured left hand, returning on Monday with his first career homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning. In the ninth, Yondry Contreras hit a two-run double with two outs, but Raul Hernandez followed him with the final out of the game.
Starter Yerry De Los Santos came into this game allowing four earned runs over his previous four starts. He lasted just four innings and allowed five runs in this game, three of them earned. Christopher Perez made his 18th error of the season in just his 27th game. Fifteen of those errors have been as a shortstop in 23 games there. Jeremias Portorreal drew his 37th walk in his 41st game, two more than he had in 58 games last season.