Prospect Watch: Tarpley Continues Strong Pitching, Bell Homers

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 – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – DNP

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

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 3-for-4

8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton – DNP

9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B

10. Kevin Newman, SS, Morgantown – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SB

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 – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona – 1-for-4

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Bradenton – DNP

18. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – DNP

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-5, 2B

23. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

26. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL – DNP

28. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

29. Jacob Taylor, RHP, GCL – DNP

30. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

P2 Top Performers

Top Pitcher: Stephen Tarpley, LHP – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan George, 1B – 3-for-5, HR

Home Runs: Josh Bell (5), Jordan George (2)

Indianapolis Indians Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

After allowing just one unearned run in the first inning, Radhames Liz continued his hot run with Indianapolis on Friday night. In the effort, Liz was consistently in the 96 to 98 MPH range with the fastball and occasionally touching 99. The velocity made the breaking ball even sharper. With the solid stuff, Liz struck out seven hitters. Since breaking into the rotation, Liz has not struck out any fewer than six hitters in a start. However, the control was not as strong as it was in his previous starts, as he allowed four free passes.

Bobby LaFromboise worked a perfect eight inning, to continue his long scoreless streak. Jeff Inman also worked a scoreless ninth. After allowing five runs on July 12, Inman has worked three straight scoreless games, with only four hits allowed.

Elias Diaz picked up three singles for Indianapolis, which accounted for half of the teams knocks for the game. Diaz is working on a four-game hit streak, with three of those contest being a multi-hit effort. – Ryan Palencer


Altoona Curve Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Josh Bell hit his fifth homer of the year for Altoona, raising his OPS up to .830 and his ISO up to .124. The numbers are much better from the left side when you look at the splits, with an .870 OPS as a left-hander, and a .145 ISO coming into this game. All five home runs this year have come from the left side, and Bell hasn’t hit a home run as a right hander since June 10th, 2014. The Pirates will spend time working on Bell’s swing from the right side while he’s in the minors, rather than giving up on switch hitting and having him learn how to hit left-handers from the left side.

Adam Frazier continues his impressive season, picking up his fifth straight multi-hit game, and extending his hitting streak to seven games. Frazier is currently hitting for a .361/.414/.457 line in 208 at-bats, and the more he does this, the more his season is looking like a legit breakout, giving him the chance to make it to the majors in the not-too-distant future.


Bradenton Marauders Prospect Watch


Bradenton was suspended due to rain. The game will be completed tomorrow at 5:00 PM, followed by the regularly scheduled game.
West Virginia Power Prospect Watch
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P2 Game Notes

Stephen Tarpley is having a fantastic season in West Virginia, with a 2.06 ERA in 65.2 innings after tonight’s outing. That includes a 61:17 K/BB ratio. Last year he had a 3.66 ERA in 66.1 innings, with a 60:24 K/BB ratio. He’s managed to maintain the strikeouts, while cutting down on the walks a bit, and really limiting the damage. His batting average against has dropped from .279 to .245. What’s more impressive is that Tarpley’s numbers are inflated by one bad start, where he gave up five earned runs in 5.2 innings. In 10 of his 12 starts this year he has gone at least five innings with two or fewer runs allowed.

Cole Tucker stayed hot tonight, picking up his 12th double of the year. Tucker has been hitting well the last two months, with a .796 OPS in June, and a .785 OPS in July. Jordan Luplow has been a doubles machine this year. His double tonight was his 27th of the year. That currently leads the system. Last year’s high in doubles was 31, by Chris McGuiness. The last time someone got 40 or more was in 2012, when Dan Gamache hit 40 for West Virginia.


West Virginia Black Bears Prospect Watch


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P2 Game Notes

After starting the season slow, Kevin Newman might be bouncing back. He has a .317 average in his last ten games, along with three doubles, a triple, and a homer. He is also showing off his speed on the bases lately, stealing six bases in his last three games. Kevin Kramer has also started to heat up, with a .275 average in his last ten games, along with two doubles and three stolen bases. Meanwhile, Logan Hill and Ty Moore continue to perform well as mid-to-late round picks. Hill has a .950 OPS, while Moore has an .859 OPS. Seth McGarry bounced back from a rough start the last time out, giving up just one run in four innings this time around. McGarry profiles as a potential late inning reliever in the majors one day, but will get a lot of work as a starter in the lower levels to maximize his innings.


Bristol Pirates Prospect Watch1


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P2 Game Notes

Jordan George hit his second homer of the year, with both coming in his last ten games. Sandy Santos, who John Dreker wrote about last night, had another big game. He has gone 7-for-10 in his last two games, and now has an .822 OPS. Erik Lunde made the switch to catcher this year, after being drafted as an infielder. I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to see his defense behind the plate, although his offense has been great, with a .902 OPS. He was drafted out of college last year, so he should be hitting this level. The fact that he’s getting a good amount of playing time with John Bormann on the same roster says that the Pirates see him as an interesting project worth getting a good amount of playing time.


GCL Pirates Prospect Watch


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DSL Pirates Prospect Watch


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P2 Game Notes

The DSL Pirates dropped to 18-29 on the season in a game that got off to a strong start, but the offense shut down and the pitching/defense was once again poor. The Pirates scored three in the first inning, then went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position the rest of the game. Starter Domingo Robles made his tenth start and saw his season ERA go up to 4.80 with three runs over five innings. He was one of the top international signings last July and he is also one of the youngest players on the team, turning 17 at the end of April. Robles has a .311 BAA and 1.58 WHIP, so it’s been a tough rookie season so far.

Yondry Contreras had three hits for the third time this season, but the first time since the first week of the season ended. He was the top signing last year, getting a $400,000 bonus, yet has had some trouble adjusting to pro ball. He is hitting .219/.313/.290 in 39 games, with 52 strikeouts, which leads the team. The right-handed hitting Contreras has massive splits against LHP/RHP. He has a 1.110 OPS against lefties, which he has obviously seen less often. Against righties, he has a .487 OPS and he’s striking out once every 2.7 at-bats. – John Dreker


  • Love the box score additions, thanks for that. One request though- can you fix the player page links? The pages exist on the site, but the urls linked to above are 404’s for me.

  • Love the box scores with the stats! Thanks!

  • I appreciate the addition of half box scores; it puts meat on the bones of the brief game, hitting, pitchouli highlights. Thanks.

  • Joseph Willis
    July 25, 2015 8:23 am

    Has Liz done enough as a starter to give him a chance to be in the discussion, should the buccos need a spot start? Or is worley still the guy, I would hate to lose Liz especially if he has shown the ability to throw 98 late into starts

    • I agree about Liz. I gringe every time that Locke or Morton takes the mound, even though I like both. Each time they take the mound, I wonder if the offense will score more than 4 runs or more becahse that is what Locke and Morton give up each time out.

      • It’s always in one inning too. Last night, Locke retired the first 10 batters with no walks and 5 K’s. I got do something and come back and suddenly the Nats have the lead and Locke has walked 3 of 4. Locke and Morton both have Paul Maholm one bad inning syndrome. I’m sure it didn’t start with Maholm but it always felt like he’d look great and then completely forget how to pitch for one inning.

        • Locke’s command was poor all night, missing inside with the two seamer and he was leaving his knuckle curve up all night. The current Nationals lineup isn’t very good but they adjusted the 2nd turn through the order, some times you have to credit the other team.

    • Liz has become a go-to guy at AAA, but his worth to the Pirates will be in the BP, long relief, and spot starts down the stretch. It would be a waste of his attributes to hold him as a spot starter only. Worley may or may not be the guy. Thankfully, Jared Hughes has proven to be a solid 7th inning guy to complement Watson and Melancon, but Liz could be a real wild card as a SP and RP.

  • With playoffs a possibility for many of the affiliates, promotions have slowed to a crawl. Regardless, I think Stephen Tarpley has earned a promotion to Hi A where LHSP Aquino was just DFA’d. Glad to see Josh Bell go yard, and, if stats are to be believed, he must be playing very well defensively – 1 error since June 25th? Or is he doing more DH’ing instead of playing 1B?

    • Well he did play the Futures Game and then the All-Star break, so since June 25th isn’t as much time as a normal month of the season. He’s played 18 games at 1b(three were shortened doubleheaders), 5 at DH.