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, Altoona -[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, Pirates – In Majors
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, Morgantown -[insert_php]
12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List
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, West Virginia -[insert_php]
24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[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 – Disabled List
29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php]
30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php]
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INDIANAPOLIS — The last time Tyler Glasnow took the hill against Columbus, he struggled to find the strike zone at all. On Thursday, Glasnow took the ball with the season in the balance in an elimination game, down 2-0 in the Governor’s Cup final.
While he has not had the most impressive playoff resume, Glasnow struggled early in the game with command on his off pitches, leading to hitters teeing off on the fastball. He did improve this as the game went along, and battled the entire way to keep Indianapolis in the game.
Glasnow looked strong in the first, hitting between 95-97 on the fastball, picking up an impressive strikeout with the later speed. Glasnow also showed a sharp curve ball, getting one of two fly outs in the frame on a driving catch by Keon Broxton in left. What’s more impressive is that there was not an inkling of command troubles, as he retired the side in 14 pitches.
However, Indianapolis also went in order in the bottom of the first with back to back weak ground outs to second by Gorkys Hernandez and Josh Bell. Columbus starter Will Roberts had an efficient frame himself with nine pitches.
While Glasnow mixed speeds a bit better in the second, he also got elevated and saw much harder contact. He allowed a lead off triple and a deep sac fly on a 94 mile per hour fastball up in the zone. He also allowed a solo home run in the frame on another fastball on 94 elevated and out over the plate.
Indianapolis went in order again in the bottom of the second as well. Willy Garcia stung one to the right center gap, but it was run down. Broxton fell behind 0-2, but fought back to 3-2 before being called out on strikes on a breaking ball down in the zone. However, it was the deepest count that Indianapolis had worked so far.
Glasnow allowed another solo home run in the third on a fastball at 93 right down the heart of the plate with no movement. He also nearly allowed another one on another centered pitch, but Garcia was able to corral the catch on the warning track. Glasnow continued to be erratic with the breaking ball and it was clear that Columbus was sitting on elevated fastballs to do some damage. He was even missing more with the fastball as well in the frame.
Indianapolis hitter continued to show a lack of patience at the plate and the first two hitters were retired in just six pitches. Gustavo Nunez worked the count to 2-2 and hit a hard ground ball up the middle, but was robbed of the first knock of the contest on a rangy play by the shortstop.
It only took one belt high fastball in the fourth inning for Glasnow to allow his third solo home run of the game to Zach Walters to deep right. Walters was simply sitting on the fastball and did not miss it. This marks the first time that Glasnow has allowed three long balls in one game.
After going hitless for three innings, Indianapolis broke out in a big way in the bottom of the fourth. Gorkys Hernandez and Josh Bell each drove doubles for the first two hits of the game for Indianapolis. Hernandez drove a middle fastball, just missing a home run to dead center, while Bell took an off speed pitch and lined it into right field, and it scooted away from the diving right fielder. After a hit by Garcia, John Bowker made it four knocks in a row with three doubles on a low offering to right field. While the string was broken, Broxton hammered one to dead center field that went to the warning track for a sac fly, and cut the deficit to one.
While Glasnow allowed his first walk of the game in the fifth, he also saw a bit more quality on his curve ball and was able to work around it.
Indianapolis claimed its first lead of the game in the fifth. Tony Sanchez picked up a lead off single to run Roberts from the game. Then Nunez drew a walk and Alen Hanson attempted to lay down a bunt to move the runners. Shaun Marcum chose to try to nail Sanchez at third, and had him except the third baseman dropped the ball. Hernandez then drove in a pair with a bloop to right center.
However, the damage could have been worse. Bell picked up an infield hit on a chopper deep to the shortstop to reload the bases with nobody out. Garcia then line out hard to third before Bowker hit in a rally-killing double play.
Glasnow’s improved command of the curve ball and change up continued into the sixth. While he allowed a bloop single to left and another near missed home run on a crushed foul ball, the stuff allowed Glasnow to pick up another strikeout.
Despite singles by Dan Gamache and Nunez, Indianapolis was unable to add any insurance runs. Both Sanchez and Broxton struck out and Hanson flew out. Hanson is now 5-for-21 for the playoffs, but did have back-to-back two-hit games in the final Scranton and the first Columbus game.
Glasnow came back out for the seventh, in a bit of surprise, and rewarded Indianapolis. He retired the first two hitters quickly, one of them via the strikeout on a nasty 78 mile per hour curve ball that fell completely off the table. However, he was not able to finish the frame and allowed the next two hitters to reach. By the end, Glasnow was spent and was only hitting 90 with the fastball. He finished with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings and tossed 111 pitches with 68 for strikes. Glasnow settled down after early struggles and retired 11 of his final 15 hitters faced.
After allowing three crucial hits and two runs in the game one meltdown for the Indianapolis bullpen, Josh Wall came in and left the bases loaded in a one-run game in the bottom of the seventh. However, Wall allowed the tying run to score after Walters hit a double to complete the cycle and later scored to tie the game after seven and a half innings.
Indianapolis claimed the lead back in the bottom of the eighth after Broxton walked, was sacrificed to second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Nunez. Blake Wood mixed speeds well, working with a fastball at 95 and a change up at 90 to slam the door and finish off the save.
Indianapolis will host game four on Friday night, with Chad Kuhl making his Triple-A debut.
Altoona was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night.
Bradenton has completed their season.
West Virginia was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night.
Morgantown won the NYPL title on Tuesday night.
The Bristol Pirates have completed their season. The season recap will be posted soon.
The GCL Pirates have completed their season. Season recap and top ten prospect list can be found here.