Prospect Watch: Two Hits For Meadows in Altoona Debut, Indy Going to Playoffs

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, 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] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20150902′);

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20150902′);

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20150902′);

6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20150902′);

7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20150902′);

8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20150902′);

9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List

10. Kevin Newman, SS, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20150902′);

11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20150902′);

12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20150902′);

13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20150902′);

15. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20150902′);

16. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20150902′);

17. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20150902′);

18. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(657022,’P’,’20150901′);

19. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20150902′);

20. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20150902′);

21. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20150902′);

22. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20150902′);

23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20150902′);

24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20150902′);

25. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL -[insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20150901′);

26. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20150902′);

27. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

28. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – Disabled List

29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(641713,’B’,’20150902′);

30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(624517,’P’,’20150902′);

P2 Top Performers

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Indianapolis Indians Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Indianapolis lost 4-2 on Wednesday, which dropped them into a first place tie with Columbus with five games left in the season. Despite the loss, Indianapolis is going to the playoffs because they at least clinched a wild card spot. Alen Hanson had a single in this game, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Josh Bell had three walks in four plate appearances and scored both runs. He has reached base in 17 straight games.  Bell may have had a good game, but the two batters on either side of him in the batting order had their issues. Keon Broxton and Willy Garcia both went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Tony Sanchez and John Bowker drove in the two Indianapolis runs.

Chris Volstad started this game and put the Indians down early, giving up four runs on seven hits in the first two innings. That was all that Columbus needed for the win. To his credit, Volstad gave Indianapolis a terrific effort after the second, ending up with 7.2 innings total, throwing 123 pitches, which is the highest total I’ve seen in awhile from a minor league pitcher.


Altoona Curve Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

BOWIE, Md. – Altoona missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot, losing to Bowie, 4-0. Chad Kuhl was impressive despite the loss. He dominated for six innings, with the only blemish a leadoff triple in the third that was followed by a long fly. In the 7th, Kuhl’s command noticeably faltered. He gave up his only walk to the leadoff hitter and the next hitter reached on a slow bouncer. Max Moroff, playing third, had a chance to make a play at first but fumbled the ball. The next hitter bunted and Kuhl threw to third in time to get the force, but he threw wildly and two runs scored. He finished with three runs, one of them earned, and three hits allowed over six and a third innings. Kuhl fanned five and threw 61 of 95 pitches for strikes.

The Altoona hitters meanwhile got nothing going. They were facing Joe Gunkel, a righty who throws low-90s fastballs from a low, 3/4 angle. There were only a few balls hit hard against him, notably a drive to the fence in left by Moroff and line outs by Adam Frazier and Erich Weiss. The Curve had two runners on twice, but the first time Hunter Morris and Stetson Allie both popped out, and the second time Morris fanned on a pitch in the dirt.

Kuhl — He looked much the same as his last game in Bowie. His fastball was 94-97, mostly 96, for most of the game. It dropped to 93 occasionally late, but he still regularly hit 96-97. He commanded it very well, throwing to both sides of the plate and coming inside effectively to left-handed hitters. He threw an upper-80s slider that had probably average break, but was effective because he spotted it well. Kuhl also threw a change, generally 86-88, that appeared to have good fade against left-handed hitters. Three of his five strikeouts came against lefties.

Meadows — Went 2-4 in his AA debut. One hit was a popup that dropped down the LF line, the other a line single to RF. The other two times he grounded to first and popped up. He didn’t seem to be struggling particularly, although he only made hard contact the one time.

Osuna — Had a rough night at the plate, going 0-4 with three whiffs. The pitchers repeatedly fooled him with low, soft stuff. In the field, Osuna continued to impress. He made a good play on a grounder well in the hole for a 3-1 out. He also had an excellent grab on a bad throw by Kuhl on a roller down the 3B line. The throw was well to the dugout side of first. Osuna had to cross the bag quickly, switching feet while reaching far into foul territory and keeping his momentum from pulling his foot off the bag. – Wilbur Miller


Bradenton Marauders Prospect Watch


P2 Game Notes

Bradenton had off on Wednesday.

West Virginia Power Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

West Virginia brought the bats out on Wednesday and they needed it with Alex McRae on the mound. He allowed six runs over four innings, giving him a 5.07 ERA this season, which is the third worst among all pitchers in the league that qualify for the ERA title. McRae was coming off two solid outings in which he gave up two runs over 13 innings, but he has been more like the pitcher we saw in tonight’s game for most of the season. The Power bats picked him up though, pushing 12 runs across the plate in the 12-9 victory.

Elvis Escobar had the big game, with three hits, three runs and three RBIs. He hit his fifth triple and stole his 14th base. Jerrick Suiter and Connor Joe each added three singles and scored two runs. Tito Polo hit his third homer of the season and stole his 45th base, tops in the organization. Chase Simpson had two doubles and drove in two runs, while Francisco Diaz had two hits and drove in a pair. Diaz has a .358 average and a 13-game hit streak.

Pablo Reyes had two hits, a walk, scored twice and stole his 25th base. Kevin Newman had two hits and a walk. He added an RBI and stole his fifth base since joining West Virginia. In fact, the only person that didn’t contribute anything was Kevin Kramer, who went 0-for-5. Otherwise, it was a group effort with eight players having good games at the plate.

West Virginia Black Bears Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Morgantown won 6-5 in 11 innings, keeping them in the top spot in the wild card chase with five days left in their season. They were helped by some wildness from Williamsport pitchers, who combined for 11 walks in the game. Casey Hughston had the walk-off single in the 11th, which followed two out walks to Ke’Bryan Hayes and David Andriese. Hayes finished the game going 1-for-3, leaving him 3-for-23 in seven games, with four walks and five runs scored. Ty Moore had two hits and drove in two runs. He also drew a walk and scored a run.

Jonathan Brubaker started the game and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. He had seven strikeouts, which sets a career-high. In his last four starts, he has allowed three earned runs over 22 innings. After Nick Hibbing allowed three runs in his abbreviated outing, Tate Scioneaux came on and picked up the win with 4.1 shutout innings. He has a 2.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21.2 innings this season.

Carlos Munoz ended up with three walks and two strikeouts in his five plate appearances. The strikeouts are odd to see from him, as he had just 21 with Bristol in 206 at-bats, which is about where he has been most of his five-year career. With Morgantown, he is now 2-for-10 with five strikeouts. It’s the first time he has ever struck out in four straight games. The Black Bears had a lot of runners, but didn’t have success running in this game, going 0-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

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  • Wilbur, nice write up on Altoona and Meadows in particular. This type of thing is why I subscribe to the site.

  • Kuhl is a very interesting prospect. Surprising he isn’t in the top 30 prospect list.

  • So, you think in spring training, the Pirates might to do with Bell what they did with Polanco and try to offer him a 7yr contract and bring him up right away… Dude isn’t slowing down at AAA. No, he’s not hitting as many homers as we’d like, but he’s getting hits and walks every game. Look at his slash line. Sure it’s a small sample size but he obviously knows what he’s doing with the bat. All reports are that his glove is improving but that bat is major league ready.

    • Seems like half a year in AAA will do him good, if only for the defensive progression. He can still improve a good deal on defense, and more at bats wont hurt.

    • Bell mania is interesting…

      I am just not very excited about a guy with 2 HR in 120+ at bats who is by all accounts still not a good – let alone great defensive player

    • The Pirates have less leverage with Bell. He received a $5M signing bonus, so he would be more likely to take a chance and go year to year.

  • Two issues here 1) Locke is not providing this team a chance to win when he pitches. He needs replaced. 2) Why isn’t Searge able to correct this poor strike zone command. We shower all kinds of praise on Searage but look at what is going on with the starting pitching. It’s atrocious for a pennant race. If this isn’t corrected we maybe be wishing for a one game play in at Wrigley.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    September 2, 2015 11:32 pm

    Another great effort by the Pirates in Milwaukee tonight – great starting pitching by Locke – ERA now almost 4.70. Glasnow may be the #7 prospect in all of baseball, but he’s not good enough to supplant Locke (or Morton). Yeah right! Because of a business decision based on years of control, the FO refuses to make the best and obvious baseball decision. Glasnow’s bad outing was due to 5 walks – not that that is a good thing, but he wasn’t getting hit – he gave up 1 hit. His ERA in AAA is still sub 2.50. I will gladly take a kid with great stuff, who may have control issues 1 out of every 4-5 starts, over a guy who essentially is throwing batting practice to the other team.

    So, that tells me that the business side exceeds in importance over putting the best team possible on the field and try to catch the Cardinals. Instead, we will have to roll the dice in a third straight 1-game playoff game. Given our starting pitching right now, that doesn’t bode well for us – especially when we will likely face Arietta, who owned the Pirates before he started owning the entire NL. Our only hope is that when AJ returns, he is the pre-All-Star break variety, not the one post-All Star break.

    • Grow up. I wouldn’t mind sitting down Locke, but Liz would be a far better option than Glasnow.

    • I’m not sure why people keep thinking Glasnow coming up has anything at all to do with years of control. The Super Two process has nothing to do with free agency. A player still needs six full seasons to become a free agent. If they brought Glasnow up in Sept. and then again next June, the extra month might get him one extra year of arbitration, but it wouldn’t get him to free agency any earlier.

      • Wilbur: Please do not cloud the issue with facts. I think the Cubs made that differentiation abundantly clear with their handling of Kris Bryant.

        Thank you for your very thorough review of the effort put forth by Chad Kuhl – types of pitches, velocity, and his command of those pitches. This kid was excellent last year at Hi A alongside Tyler Glasnow. Very steady results with a very solid array of 3 or 4 pitches. Last year he increased his GB % from 51% in Lo A to 58% in Hi A. How is he doing at AA?

    • This constant narrative isnt even fun anymore, its sad.

    • He only gave up one hit because so few of his pitches were in the strike zone…

    • It must suck going back and forth between euphoria and cliff diving without a parachute.

    • What about aj

    • Sometimes I think Maryland feels like they’re stuck with you.