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]
Indianapolis and Columbus split the first four games of the International League finals, which left Saturday night’s contest as the deciding game of the series. Chris Volstad was on the mound, pitching on short rest. He threw six innings on Tuesday night, allowing one run.
In the first, he got the two outs, then gave up back-to-back hits for the first run of the game. The second hit was a single, which scored the runner from second, but the batter tried to go to second on the play. Mel Rojas Jr. was in right field, replacing Willy Garcia, who got hurt on Friday night trying to make a sliding catch. Indianapolis didn’t miss Garcia’s great arm on this night, as Rojas threw out the runner to end the inning.
Indianapolis had a couple well hit outs in the first, but no one reached base. In the top of the second, Volstad allowed a bloop single with one out, then got two quick outs to end the inning. His pitch count would be important to watch in this game and he needed just 23 pitches for the first two innings.
The bottom of the second started with another well hit ball, this one by John Bowker. Just like the first inning, this one was also right at a fielder. The next two batters(Keon Broxton and Rojas) struck out.
The third started with a great diving stop and throw from Dan Gamache. The next batter hit one down the line that Gamache backhanded and he made another nice play. He has looked good at third base this series. Volstad got the next batter to fly out to right field to end the inning. It was only three batters, but he worked a little, throwing 15 pitches.
Gamache got the first Indianapolis hit, leading off the third inning. Tony Sanchez followed with a single. Gustavo Nunez moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. The Indians came up empty when Alen Hanson struck out and Gorkys Hernandez flew out to right field.
The fourth didn’t start well for Volstad. He gave up a single, followed by a double down the left field line. The runner from first scored after Keon Broxton bobbled the ball in the corner for an error. After a line out to third base, the next batter doubled off the center field wall, but Indianapolis caught a break when the runner at second read the ball wrong and only got to third base. Volstad struck out the next batter, then got out of the inning with another strikeout. The base running error helped keep the game 2-0.
Josh Bell walked to start the bottom of the fourth. The next three batters all made outs, sending the game to the fifth inning. Volstad was still in the game and quickly retired the first two batters on fly balls. The third batter however, hit a fly ball over the left field fence to make it 3-0. Volstad got the third out one pitch later on a grounder to shortstop. He was at 73 pitches, throwing 54 for strikes.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Gustavo Nunez had back-to-back singles with two outs, but that was it for the inning. A.J. Morris came out for the sixth inning. He gave up a lead-off single, then retired the next three batters. The bottom of the sixth was quiet for Indianapolis.
In the seventh, Morris looked like he got the side in order, but Mel Rojas Jr. dropped an easy fly ball(even used two hands). That put a runner on second base and gave Dan Gamache a chance to make another spectacular defensive play, which ended the inning. Indianapolis had their second straight 1-2-3 game on offense, sending it to the eighth with a 3-0 score.
Morris walked the lead-off hitter in the eighth, then got a double play and a ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
Gustavo Nunez started the bottom of the eighth with a single. Alen Hanson struck out for the first out. Nunez then stole second, but Gorkys Hernandez struck out. Josh Bell followed him with a strikeout as well, ending the inning and sending it to the ninth.
Morris remained on to start the ninth and allowed a single, then a sacrifice bunt, before being removed in favor of Jeremy Bleich. He got the next two batters out to send it to the bottom of the ninth with Indianapolis needing three runs to tie it and four to win.
Facing Carlos Marmol, John Bowker struck out for the first out. Keon Broxton picked up an infield single, then stole second base(ruled defensive indifference), getting rid of a possible double play grounder. It didn’t matter though, as Mel Rojas Jr. struck out for the second out and Dan Gamache grounded out to second base to end the game.
Indianapolis had just six hits in the game and they were all singles. They had one walk and struck out ten times. With runners in scoring position, they went 0-for-7, stranding all seven runners. Josh Bell went 11-for-29 in the playoffs, drawing five walks.
That’s the end of the minor league season, thanks for following along all year.
Altoona was eliminated from the playoffs last Saturday night.
Bradenton has completed their season.
West Virginia was eliminated from the playoffs last 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.