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, Jacob Taylor), 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, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton -[insert_php]
4. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton -[insert_php]
7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton -[insert_php]
9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List
10. Kevin Newman, SS, West Virginia -[insert_php]
11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, GCL -[insert_php]
12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php]
14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia -[insert_php]
15. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php]
16. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php]
17. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php]
18. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
19. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
20. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona -[insert_php]
21. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
22. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php]
23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Morgantown -[insert_php]
24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php]
25. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL -[insert_php]
26. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia -[insert_php]
27. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
28. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php]
29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php]
30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
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Game One: With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth inning, Willy Garcia’s recent power surge continued and led to a victory. Garcia popped his seventh home run since the beginning of August.
Josh Bell followed up with his second home run of the season to further expand the advantage. Over the past two weeks, Bell has been just as hot. In his past four games coming in, Bell was 7-for-14. He had six extra-base hits in the nine games prior.
Vance Worley was strong in his second start with Indianapolis since being DFA’d, tossing a complete game in the opener. Not only that, Worley baffled hitters to the tone of nine strikeouts, against just three hits and a walk. Worley has the look of a candidate to rejoin the Pirates when the rosters expand in a couple of weeks.
Jordy Mercer added a couple of hits while continuing his rehab assignment, including a line drive home run in the third inning.
Game Two: Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 in the second game after going 0-for-4 in the first contest to continue the coldest spell that he has had all season. Hanson has just one hit in his last six games. Over the span, Hanson is 1-for-22.
Indianapolis was only able to muster seven hits for the second game, and Elias Diaz had two of them, while also picking up an RBI. After a slow start to August, Diaz has bounced back nicely with hits in his last three games.
Continuing his recent power surge, Gustavo Nunez added his eighth double of the season. Nunez has an .800 OPS in August, which has shown to be much higher than recent months.
A.J. Morris allowed five runs in three innings. Brad Lincoln did not fare much better, allowing a pair of runs in two innings of his own.
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While he walked three and struggled with command at times, Zack Dodson was strong when he needed to be on Friday night and struck out six hitters in his five innings of one-run ball. It was a nice rebound effort for Dodson, as in four of his last five games, he had allowed at least five runs. The command issues are nothing new. Dodson has walked at least three hitters in four of his last seven outings.
Adam Frazier added his 17th double of the season. After what was a strong season for Frazier, he has cooled off a bit of late. In August, Frazier has hit just .235 with a .606 OPS. Both are at least 60 points lower than his totals for any other months this season.
The recently promoted Barrett Barnes added his fourth double, driving in a pair of runs with it. In 22 games since earning the promotion to Altoona, Barnes has hit just .247, but has six extra base hits.
Stetson Allie and Mel Rojas, Jr. each picked up a pair of singles in the contest.
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Wyatt Mathisen has been white hot of late for Bradenton. With his two hits, he is 7-for-15 in his last four games. En route to the effort, he added his 13th double of the season. Mathisen has also five runs over the span.
Frank Duncan spread around eight hits in seven innings to allowed just three runs. Duncan worked into the seventh inning in seven of his last 10 outings, showing the he can certainly be an innings eater. He also has allowed more than three runs only once over that span.
Austin Meadows also added a pair of hits and two RBI in the contest. After hitting .341 with a .816 OPS in July, Meadows has started August by hitting .291 with a .735 OPS. This includes a current seven-game hitting streak and knocks in nine of his past 10 games.
Jordan Steranka added three hits, including his seventh double of the season, while also driving in a pair of runs. Steranka now has at least two hits in three of his past four games. Over the span, Steranka has a home run, a double, and five runs driven in.
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For the first time in his professional career, Yeudy Garcia lasted more than five innings in a game. In addition to the career high, it would have been hard for Garcia to have been more impressive. He tossed shutout six innings, allowing just four hits and a walk, while striking out six. Garcia had gone exactly five innings in eight of his last nine starts, so Friday was certainly uncommon ground. He had ten ground ball outs in the game.
Kevin Newman added his second double of the season with West Virginia after his recent promotion, to go along with his three-hit effort on Friday night. While he has only hit .261, this was his second three-hit game with the Power.
Connor Joe added a pair of knocks, including a triple. After an extremely slow start to the season, Joe has finally started to heat up, hitting .302 in his first 17 games in August. Pablo Reyes stole his 24th base in the eighth inning, but he also got hurt taking an extra base on an errant throw after the steal, leaving the game with a leg injury.
John Sever left the game with an undisclosed injury, as Jared Lakind took over for him.
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After an up and down campaign, Seth McGarry was clearly looking of the former on Friday night. McGarry has given up at least four runs in three of his last four starts. He also failed to go at least five innings in three of those four. However, Friday night was different. McGarry threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits, two walks and a hit batter. He threw 50 of his 77 pitches for strikes and had a 9:2 GO/AO ratio.
Kevin Kramer picked up three hits in the game, raising his average to an impressive .290 at the level. In fact, Kramer was 7-for-8 in his last eight at bats at one point in the contest. After struggling in June and July, August has been extremely kind to Kramer, hitting over .450 for the month with a 1.157 OPS.
The bullpen was also strong for West Virginia, as a pair of relievers allowed just one hit each. Nick Hibbing worked three scoreless frames, while Julio Eusebio worked one scoreless inning for the save.
Mitchell Tolman added a double in the contest, his 10th of the season. Kramer scored the only run of the contest and he was driven in by Tolman’s double. August has been good to Tolman as well, hitting .364 with a .926 OPS.
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One thing was certain for Bristol on Friday night: they picked up hits and gave up plenty as well. The main issue is that they also gave up runs, but did not score them back.
Three players had multi-hit efforts for Bristol in the 11-hit effort and every starter but two picked up a knock. Tomas Morales picked up three hits and his third double. Enyel Vallejo also picked up his third and fourth doubles in his two hits, while Julio De La Cruz added a pair of singles. While the base runners were there, key hits were an issue in the game and Bristol was only able to plate four runs.
On the other side, Princeton picked up 13 runs on their 12 hits. Some of that was also due to the six walks that Bristol pitching allowed. Mitch Keller started the game and only lasted a pair of innings. Keller allowed five hits, five walks, and eight runs. Dealing with a forearm strain most of the season, the former second round pick Keller has only made four starts this season. Hit, walks, and runs are up in the past two after a pair of strong outings to start the season. He allowed five hits, three walks, and four runs last time out a week ago in 2.2 innings.
Mike Wallace also allowed three runs in two innings. Tanner Anderson was the only pitcher to not allowed a run, working one scoreless frame.
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Game One: Yunior Montero made his second start of the season and it went much better than his first game last week. We mentioned that his first start last week was actually his first pro start since May 29,2011, when he threw five shutout innings in his pro debut. You can read here about the process he went through, leading to long time between starts. Last Wednesday, he couldn’t get out of the first inning. In this game, he went four innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Montero had a strong line until he came out for the fifth and gave up two walks to start the inning. He was pulled from the game and reliever Stephan Meyer allowed both inherited runs to score. Montero now has 41 strikeouts this season in 32.2 innings.
The Pirates moved to 1-10 in their last 11 games with a 3-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader. They had just three hits in this game, though they held the Yankees1 to four hits, so it was a low offense game. Michael de la Cruz had a strong game, with a single, two walks and a run scored. He has had some issues with drawing walks this year, but now has five in his last three games. He walked 58 times in the DSL in 2013, but only has 33 in two seasons in the GCL. Sam Kennelly drove in both runs with a third inning single. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jhoan Herrera each drew two walks. Victor Fernandez had a single and stole his 16th base in 18 tries. – John Dreker
Game Two: The second game ended early due to rain, but all it did was save the Pirates’ bullpen. They lost 6-0 in five innings, collecting just three hits again and just like the first game, all three hits were singles. They scored twice in the first game, but only got one runner to second base in this game and it took a passed ball from the opposing catcher to get the runner there. Ke’Bryan Hayes reached base twice in this game, collecting a single and HBP in two trips to the plate. Catcher Garrett Russini had the other two hits. Jose Batista gave up three runs over 4.1 innings for the loss. Reliever Jen-Lei Liao faced five batters, four reached base and three scored. After leading their division about two weeks ago, the Pirates could be eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, with another week still left in their season. – John Dreker
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The Pirates got some great pitching on Friday courtesy of Ronny Agustin, Adonis Pichardo and Ramon Garcia, who combined for a two-hit shutout, with only two singles in the game. Agustin threw the first five innings and allowed one hit, managing to do that with three walks and no strikeouts. It’s the second time this month that the 20-year-old lefty threw one-hit ball over five shutout innings. Pichardo was originally starting this year, but multiple injuries caused him to miss time and come back as a reliever. He had a 7.82 ERA and a .358 BAA before throw three innings, giving up one hit and one walk, with one strikeout. Garcia finished it out for his ninth save after the Pirates scored three runs in the top of the ninth.
Catcher Gabriel Brito had two hits and he’s now 8-for-17 in his last six games. He also managed to get his average over the .300 mark with just one game left in the year. Shortstop Cristopher Perez has also had some success this week after struggling the entire season on offense and defense. After a hit in this game, he is 8-for-24 in his last six games. There were only three strikeouts in this entire game and no extra-base hits from either side. – John Dreker