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, 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 2016 prospect guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.
1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
2. Austin Meadows, CF, Altoona – Disabled List
3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php]
4. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php]
5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php]
6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php]
7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php]
8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – Disabled List.
9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
10. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php]
11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton -[insert_php]
12. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php]
13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – Extended Spring Training
15.Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List
16. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php]
17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php]
19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php]
20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php]
22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php]
23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php]
25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, – Extended Spring Training
26. Adrian Valerio, SS, – Extended Spring Training
27. Adam Frazier, INF/OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php]
28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php]
29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php]
30. JT Brubaker, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php]
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Tyler Glasnow made his third start on Thursday night, coming off a game in which he threw five shutout innings, with no walks and nine strikeout. In the bottom of the first inning, Glasnow started the first batter 0-2 before issuing a seven-pitch walk. The next batter grounded out to shortstop with the runner in motion. The ball wasn’t hit that hard and the play at first was close for an out, but the runner kept going and got into third base safely. The next batter walked, and that was followed by another walk to load the bases. Glasnow was not close to the zone with any of those balls and his curve was really missing bad.
With the bases loaded, the next batter did Glasnow a favor and swung at the first pitch, grounding out to first base. It brought home a run. The next batter also swung at the first pitch and hit a weak pop out to Alen Hanson at second base. Glasnow was in trouble in this inning, running his pitch count up to 21 before those last two batters. You usually wouldn’t get two straight batters swinging at the first pitches after two straight walks. He finished the inning throwing ten of his 23 pitches for strikes. All five curves he threw were out of the zone.
In the second inning, the third straight batter swung at the first pitch. This one was an out on a slow hit grounder to second base. Two pitches later, the next hitter flew out to the warning track in left center. The inning ended quickly with a four-pitch strikeout of the opposing pitcher (Homer Bailey), who looked like he was told not to swing. Nothing fancy, just four consecutive fastballs. It was a much needed short inning for Glasnow, who worked hard in the first.
The third inning started with a high fly out to the warning track in left field. After missing on one two-strike curve, Glasnow threw another that got a weak grounder to first base. It was the first curve he threw for a strike. It was followed up by another curve for a strike to the third batter. He got that batter to ground out to third base on a curve to end the inning. It was another quick inning, getting through the second and third on a total of 17 pitches. Five of the ten pitches this inning were curves, three for strikes. This was the only inning where the curve looked good.
The first pitch of the fourth nearly left the park, hitting high off the right-center wall for a double. The next batter put a bunt down for a single to put runners on the corners. After retiring eight in a row and not giving up a hit, Louisville got two hits on two pitches this inning. Glasnow struck out the next hitter on a curve in the dirt, his second strikeout of the game. The fourth hitter drove a long line drive to center field that Danny Ortiz ran down for a sacrifice fly. That was followed by a 3-0 count to the next hitter, with Glasnow coming back with three straight strikes to get the third out and his third strikeout. He showed his first signs of frustration on the mound this season in this inning, but it was actually right before those last three strikes to end the inning. He was up to 54 pitches at this point, 33 for strikes.
Louisville started the fifth with an opposite field bloop single to left field on the first pitch. Glasnow hung a curve to the next batter and he hammered a single to left field. The third batter hit a hard grounder to right of Josh Bell, who couldn’t get the glove down on it. It looked like an error, but they gave it a single, and it scored a run. Glasnow started missing badly to the next hitter to run the count full, before giving up a line drive single to center field that Danny Ortiz almost made a terrific catch on.
Glasnow struck out the next batter on a curve, his 22nd pitch of the inning and the first out. Two pitches later he got out of the inning on a 5-4-3 double play. He was showing frustration again this inning when he missed on pitches and he was throwing over to first base a lot, probably close to 20 times total in the game. This game highlighted why Glasnow isn’t ready for the majors yet. He is a two-pitch pitcher and when one pitch isn’t on, batters can look for the other. He threw around 20 curves this game and 5-6 were strikes, with a lot of the others missed badly. He gave up a lot of hard contact and it ended with him giving up twice as many runs as he allowed in his first two starts combined.
Jared Hughes took over next, coming off an outing yesterday in which he looked rusty with his command, missing on half of his sixteen pitches, which were all sinkers. He made quick work of the opposition in this game, getting two grounders and a strikeout. He mixed in his breaking ball this time and needed just 11 pitches to get out of the frame, seven going for strikes. This appearance looked much better than Wednesday’s outing.
Cory Luebke made his first rehab appearance after going on the disabled list last week with a hamstring injury. He threw two shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk. The single was just a slowly hit ball towards first base that Luebke fielded as Josh Bell charged in, leaving no one at first base for the out. He threw 29 pitches total, 20 for strikes.
Indianapolis lost 6-5 on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th. Homer Bailey started for Louisville and dominated early with five strikeouts through three scoreless innings. Alen Hanson was the only one to collect a hit off him until Jason Rogers homered to lead-off the fourth inning. It was the third homer of the season for Rogers.
The Indians scored two more runs in the fourth, starting with a Gift Ngoepe single off the left field wall. It was an embarrassing moment for Ngoepe, who thought the ball was foul and turned his back to the play, staying in the batter’s box. The ball got away from the left fielder and it’s possible Ngoepe may have got a triple on the play instead of a long single. In any event, it didn’t cost Indianapolis, as Tyler Glasnow reached on an error with two outs, scoring Ngoepe. They tallied their fourth run in the sixth inning, as pinch-hitter Dan Gamache brought home Willy Garcia with a single. One inning later, Garcia drove home Jason Rogers with a single to give Indianapolis a 5-4 lead.
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Cody Dickson made his third start on Thursday and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes, and had a 6:4 GO/AO ratio. He looked good in the first inning, but things slowly fell apart from there. Dickson was up in the zone a lot and he had a lot of trouble with his curve. He also had a significant amount of trouble with the only lefty batter in the inning, walking him on four pitches, then hitting him in the helmet on a curve that didn’t break. There were a lot of hard hit balls, a couple going for outs, mostly off fastballs up in the zone. Dickson also made a lot of pick-off throws in this game, somewhere in the 15-20 range.
Frank Duncan followed Dickson and allowed one run over three innings, striking out four batters. In two games since joining the team late due to a Spring Training oblique injury, Duncan has allowed one run over 6.2 innings, striking out nine batters.
On offense, the Altoona bats were quiet. Harold Ramirez had a nice double down the first base line for his only hit. He’s hitting .157 through 51 at-bats. It was his third double of the season. Erich Weiss hit his third triple of the season and also drew a walk. He is hitting .318 through 13 games. Barrett Barnes and Jose Osuna singled for the only other hits. Osuna drove in the only run in the 4-1 loss. Reese McGuire walked for the eighth time. He has just three strikeouts in 33 at-bats.
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Bradenton won 4-2 behind some strong pitching from starter Austin Coley and some nice hitting from the top of their lineup. Coley came into the game with 10.13 ERA in two starts, which were both abbreviated outings. He held Palm Beach to one run on two hits in this game. He needed just 68 pitches to get through his work, with 46 going for strikes. Coley had some control issues in his first two outings, but he didn’t allow a single walk in this game. He finished with four strikeouts and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio.
The bats put together 12 hits and a walk, while striking out just once in the game. Lead-off hitter Kevin Newman went 3-for-5 with an RBI, giving him a .407 average this season. He extended his hit streak to nine games. Kevin Kramer had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run. He is hitting .236 through 14 games, though he has looked better than the stats indicate. Connor Joe was in his usual third spot in the order and he had two hits and scored a run. He is batting .192 through 13 games.
Jordan Luplow hit his sixth double of the season and drove in two runs. Elvis Escobar and Jeff Roy scored the other runs for the Marauders. Bradenton hitters went 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
In the bullpen, Miguel Rosario threw two perfect innings, striking out two batters. Luis Heredia followed and allowed his first run of the season, giving him a 1.04 ERA. He picked up his second save by going two innings, allowing two hits, with no walks or strikeouts. Heredia threw 28 pitches, 18 for strikes and he had a 5:1 GO/AO ratio.
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West Virginia was rained out. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.