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 won their first round series and now await the winner of the other International League playoff series to see who they will play in the finals. The finals will begin on Tuesday night and it’s a best-of-five series, with the last three games taking place in Indianapolis.
Altoona came into this game down 2-1 in the series, with the last two games on the road. Before the could play two games though, they needed to win the first game. Jason Creasy started for Altoona and had to keep Bowie from running up the score like they did in the first three games, scoring a total of 25 runs. Creasy posted a 5.54 ERA in his last ten starts of the regular season, so it was a tough task ahead for the Curve.
Bowie got on the board early with a first inning solo homer to center field by Mike Yastrzemski. That was followed two batters later by another solo homer from Quincy Latimore, putting the Curve down 2-0 after one inning. In the second inning, Creasy allowed his third base hit, which happened to be the third solo homer he allowed. Just six batters into the game, it became the first time in his five-year pro career that he allowed three homers in a game. On the other side, Altoona had some hard hit balls in the first three innings, but nothing to show for it.
Creasy settled down after the third homer, retiring nine in a row until a fifth inning single. However, the Curve batters had no hits through five innings. Adam Frazier broke that drought in the sixth inning, picking up a two out single. He was stranded at first base though, which put Altoona nine outs away from being eliminated.
Creasy went six innings, allowing just the three runs. After the third homer, he only gave up two hits and a walk in the last five innings. He threw 96 pitches, 62 for strikes, and finished with five strikeouts.
In the seventh, Austin Meadows drew a one out walk, then stole second base. It was the first runner in scoring position for the Curve. Barrett Barnes struck out for the second out, then Erich Weiss grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
The Bowie starter left after seven innings and Jacob Stallings immediately greeted the new pitcher with a double. With one out, Stetson Allie drew a walk, giving the Curve their first opportunity with two runners on base. That walk brought on Bowie’s closer for a five out save. Adam Frazier then singled to load the bases, bringing up Max Moroff. He worked the count 2-0, but came up empty with a strikeout. Jose Osuna followed him and he quickly went down swinging for the final out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Josh Smith and Brett McKinney combined to walk the bases loaded with one out. McKinney got a strikeout and a grounder to second base to keep the game 3-0 going to the top of the ninth.
Austin Meadows drew his second walk to lead-off the ninth inning. Barrett Barnes followed with a double play grounder to put the Curve just one out away from being eliminated. Erich Weiss was up next and he got hit by a pitch with two strikes to keep the game alive. Jacob Stallings was up next and he couldn’t keep the game going, grounding out to third base to end the Curve season.
Altoona had three hits and four walks in the game, plus the Weiss hit-by-pitch. They stranded seven runners and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Adam Frazier had two of the three hits. Austin Meadows hit .400 in the series.
Bradenton has completed their season.
West Virginia got exactly what they needed out of Yeudy Garcia tonight. The right-hander went 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. It was a fitting way to end his breakout season. Unfortunately, the Power were shut down on offense, losing 1-0 to Hickory, and being eliminated in the first round of the SAL playoffs.
Even when giving up his one run, Garcia was pretty dominant. He started the game by striking out five in the first three innings. He gave up a leadoff double in the fourth, and the runner scored on a sacrifice fly, after advancing to third on a ground out. Garcia struck out two in the next frame, including one with runners at first and second. He pitched into the sixth inning, but was pulled with two outs and a runner at first.
Sam Street came on and continued the strong pitching, getting out of the sixth, and then pitching two more shutout innings. He gave up a leadoff double and a one out walk in the eighth, but was gifted an out when Taylor Gushue caught a runner stealing second on a double steal with one out. Gushue gave up just one stolen base in three attempts on the evening.
West Virginia didn’t have much going offensively. They managed six hits, with Jerrick Suiter being the only player with multiple hits on the night. Kevin Newman had a hit and two walks, and also came the closest to scoring. Newman led off the game with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Pablo Reyes, then tried to score on a one-out single by Kevin Kramer. Right fielder Jairo Beras threw Newman out at home, ending the biggest West Virginia threat of the night. The Power only had two runners reach second base the rest of the game, and none advanced beyond that point. – Tim Williams
Morgantown was postponed on Saturday. The deciding game three will be played Sunday at 5:05 in Williamsport.
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.