Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Aquino and McGarry, Allie Homers


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 – 1-for-4, BB, R

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol – DNP

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – Pan-Am Tournament

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-3, RBI

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis -DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol – DNP

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

23. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – DNP

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – DNP

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona  – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – Pan-Am Tournament

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – DNP


Top Pitcher: Seth McGarry, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (13)


Indianapolis has off until Thursday due to the International League All-Star game.


Box Score

Result: Bowie 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 1B – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 0-for-4

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-5, R

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Mel Rojas, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: After tying Bowie for first place on Saturday, Altoona dropped the last two games of the series to head into the Eastern League All-Star break down two games in the standings. Bowie put up four runs against starter Zack Dodson in his six innings and then scored two runs off Matt Benedict in the seventh inning. Stetson Allie hit his 13th homer, which leads the Pirates’ farm system. Despite that total, he has a .672 OPS due to a .199 average, which comes with 94 strikeouts, second most in the system. Adam Frazier extended his hit streak to 15 games with a single in five at-bats. Dan Gamache had three hits and moved ahead of Max Moroff and Josh Bell in batting average, though Gamache still falls a handful of plate appearances short of qualifying for the league leaders.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Daytona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jayson Aquino, LHP – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, DH – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, LF – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 R

Game Notes:  Jayson Aquino had a great outing after two straight rough starts. The only run he gave up came on a solo homer, otherwise all he allowed was five singles and no walks. Aquino had just one strikeout, but he recorded 13 ground ball outs. That was nothing new, as he came into the game with a 2.35 GO/AO ratio since joining Bradenton.

On offense, Jin-De Jhang hit his ninth double, drew a walk and scored two runs. Austin Meadows reached base twice and Barrett Barnes drove in two runs with a first inning triple. JaCoby Jones drove in his 48th run, but he went 0-for-3 and struck out for the 100th time. Justin Maffei had three hits and drove in a run.



West Virginia had off on Monday.


Box Score

Result: Vermont 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Seth McGarry, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ty Moore, LF – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Newman, SS – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Ulises Montilla, 2B – 2-for-2

Game Notes: Eighth round draft pick Seth McGarry has been in the GCL stretching out to go from relieving to starting. His numbers down there didn’t mean anything since he played at a major college and was facing inexperienced hitters, but he pitched well. His success down there carried over into his first start for Morgantown, as he allowed just one unearned run on one hit and one walk in five innings. He threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes and he had a 7:2 GO/AO ratio.

First round pick Kevin Newman has been struggling at the plate since signing. He had a double and a run scored on Monday, giving him a .164 average in 15 games. He also had two strikeouts and his fourth error of the season in this game. Ty Moore drove in both runs, giving him 15 RBIs on the season. Ulises Montilla had two hits in two at-bats, but left for a pinch-runner in the third inning. Kevin Kramer replaced him and had a walk and a strikeout in his two plate appearances.


Bristol was rained out on Monday.  The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 23rd.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Astros 2

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Sellers, SS – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Raul Siri, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates moved to 13-6 on the season with a 5-2 win over the Astros on Monday. Omar Basulto made his first start of the season after being reassigned from Bristol. On a limited pitch count, he allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. He was replaced by Gerardo Navarro, who put in a terrific outing in relief. He gave up one run over 5.2 innings. Hard-throwing Christian Mota completed the trifecta of lefties, throwing two shutout innings for the save. In 10.1 innings this season, he has allowed two hits, two walks, no runs and he has 12 strikeouts.

On offense, Ke’Bryan Hayes had two hits, including his fourth double. Raul Siri also added his fourth double and Justin Sellers, playing his fourth rehab game, collected two singles. He was replaced by pinch-runner Adrian Valerio in the seventh inning, who stayed in the game at shortstop. Sellers still hasn’t played a full game or played on consecutive days. Catcher Yoel Gonzalez left during the first inning for a defensive replacement. Sam Kennelly drove in his 11th run of the season.


Box Score

Result: Yankees2 9, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Hernandez, RHP – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gabriel Brito, C – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Christopher Perez, SS – 2-for-4, 2 R

Game Notes: On Monday morning, we wrote about how a lot of things were going wrong for the DSL Pirates and things didn’t get any better in this game. The Pirates made seven errors, which led to five unearned runs in a 9-6 loss. Shortstop Christopher Perez was the biggest offender in this game, committing three errors. He has 11 miscues this season in 19 games.

The offense was pretty good, as they collected 13 hits, with seven of them coming with runners in scoring position. The Pirates made a comeback in this game, as they trailed 7-1 through six innings. Jeremias Portorreal continued his recent hot streak with two hits and two walks. He raised his average to .248 and now has 32 walks in 31 games. Christopher Perez, Gabriel Brito, Melvin Jimenez and Yondry Contreras each had two hits.

  • Given Acquino is on the 40 man, how likely is it he’s a Sept callup – or even a spot LH reliever in August if Watson is overworked? Sounds like he could be a LH Hughes.

  • Will Allie be a minor league free agent free to sign with anyone?

  • Right now Hayes looks to be a steal and looks to be our best draft pick…right now at least.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 14, 2015 10:26 am

    Gamache is the most underrated player in the system, IMHO. He doesn’t get any respect for his prospect status and you won’t see him on any top 20 or even 50 prospects list for the Pirates. But, he hits for average, hits a lot of doubles, plays multiple positions – second, third, first, etc. – and he may not be a gold glover, but he doesn’t embarrass himself.

    Although he probably doesn’t have Brock Holt’s speed, he seems like a similar type player – versatile with a decent bat. A young Sean Rodriguez?

    • I checked the Altoona Curve site cause it felt like he’s been in the system forever. He’s 24. He was a 6th rounder in 2011. He doesn’t have much pop but has a career .346 OBP. He could very well be good depth the next few years.

    • Frazier would be another one…maybe even with more upside.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 14, 2015 10:23 am

    13 HRs leads the Pirates farm system?

    That is not a good sign for future power potential in the system…

    BTW, do you think the Pirates bring back Allie next year? If yes, what level does he play at? AA? AAA? He’s shown over multiple seasons he is essentially a .220-230 hitter, who has great power, strikes out a ton, and doesn’t have a position where he offers plus anything above average defense. Is it worth keeping him and taking at bats away from guys who may actually be major league prospects?

    • Pirates aren’t anywhere close to being so loaded that they cannot get Allie at bats. No reason what so ever to drop him completely.

      He’s certainly not going to be an everyday guy, but he’s still posted an OPS around .900 against LHP over the last two AA seasons. As we’ve seen this season, there’s value in having an up-and-down platoon bat for league minimum.

      • I cannot recall anything other than his control and command were atrocious as the reason he was dropped out of pitching . . . not a sore arm, not an injury. Based on the fact that the Pirate pitching group can cure just about anybody who cares to listen and follow direction, is it possible he might have been too immature to handle direction then, but could possibly do better now? He is now 24 with limited options as a position player.

        • He was a dumpster fire on the mound, but more than that his head just wasn’t into pitching. Always wanted to be a position player.

          Depending on who you ask, he only threw strikes in high school for a matter of weeks, and that just so happened to come with plenty of scouts in attendance. You can see why the Pirates were interested, but in hindsight it seems like he never really wanted to be drafted as a pitcher in the first place.

          I’ve said since he made the conversion and still believe to this day that you’ll see Allie back on the mound. Still undoubtedly a long shot, but there isn’t a human on this planet that can throw baseballs 100mph and hasn’t given a serious effort at pitching. Being faced with the ultimatum of selling insurance or whatever else he’ll do after sports will make getting back on the mound a lot more palatable.

          • But likely not here.

            I thought he might’ve settled in as a Adam Dunn clone and made himself a nice career in AL, but doesn’t appear that’s in his future with his current production/age.

  • John: Although not a physical specimen, McGarry was clocked in the mid-90’s, topping out at 97 as a reliever for Florida Atlantic. Has he been able to maintain that type of velocity as a SP?

  • scrappy2499
    July 14, 2015 6:54 am

    Sure hope Newman’s hit tool begins to show up seeing how he was known for his advanced bat. I’m guessing he is trying to live up to being the Pirates #1 pick and is pressing maybe.

    • IMO, he is starting at a level lower than where he should be, but unless Cole Tucker is promoted to Hi A, he is locked in at Short-Season. Sometimes being obviously below your perceived level of play can be just as bad as being promoted to a higher level too soon.

  • Robert Reznik
    July 14, 2015 12:17 am

    Is ganache turning himself into something? He has had very little buzz surrounding him?