Prospect Watch: Recaps of the Games From Kang, Hughes, Kuhl and Eppler

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, 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.

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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Altoona – Disabled List

3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160420′);
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4. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592791,’P’,’20160420′);
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5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160420′);
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6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160420′);
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7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160420′);
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8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – Disabled List.

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

10. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160420′);
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11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160420′);
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12. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160420′);
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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160420′);
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 14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – Extended Spring Training

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

16. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641771,’P’,’20160420′);
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17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160420′);
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18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160420′);
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19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160420′);
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20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160420′);
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21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160420′);
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22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160420′);
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23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160420′);
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25. Gage Hinsz, RHP,  – Extended Spring Training

26. Adrian Valerio, SS, – Extended Spring Training

27. Adam Frazier, INF/OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20160420′);
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28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160420′);
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29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160420′);
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30. JT Brubaker, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160420′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Chad Kuhl made his second start on Wednesday afternoon. He got two quick outs in the first and his slider/sinker combo looked great. He got ahead of the third batter only to lose him on a nine-pitch walk. The inning ended quickly after that, on a grounder to shortstop off the bat of Casey McGehee. Kuhl threw 21 pitches, 11 for strikes.

The second began with an opposite field line drive to Alen Hanson out in left field for a single. Kuhl was down a little in velocity early, sitting 92-93 MPH, but he kicked it up this inning. He picked-off the runner after throwing over at least five times, then struck out the hitter one pitch later on a 95 MPH fastball. That was followed by another strikeout on a 95 MPH pitch. Kuhl threw ten of his 16 pitches for strikes.

The third started with Kuhl getting a batter out in front on an 85 MPH change-up, popping out to second base. He then hit the next batter with a 93 MPH pitch. That batter ran on the first pitch and was thrown out on a nice throw by Jacob Stallings. The next pitch was sent down to third base, where Jung-ho Kang made a diving grab and throw to first base for a nice play. Kuhl got out of the inning on ten pitches.

Kuhl struck out the first batter in the fourth on three straight strikes. The next batter grounded out to third base on the first pitch. McGehee drove a 94 MPH pitch into right field for a two-out single. One pitch later, Kuhl got out of the inning on a liner to right field. Two balls were hit well this inning, but he got out of it on nine pitches.

In the fifth, the first batter chased a 94 MPH pitch up in the zone for a strikeout. Kuhl battled the next hitter before getting him to go down swinging. He battled the next hitter too before getting a bloop just over second base that Max Moroff made a nice diving grab on. Kuhl looked real good in this inning despite batters fouling off some tough pitches. His fastball and slider were both sharp. He threw 20 pitches due to a lot of weakly hit foul balls.

That ended his day with 77 pitches. Kuhl looked great in this game, attacking hitters with his fastball, sinker and slider, as well as a couple change-ups. He battled some hitters and that ran up his pitch count, but he also put away five hitters with strikeouts and constantly had two strikes on batters. A lot of soft contact off him. It was an impressive outing in which Kuhl threw two-hit ball over five shutout innings.

Jared Hughes came on and walked the first batter on six pitches, all sinkers in the 90-92 range. Hughes hit the next hitter on a 1-2 pitch. The next batter grounded into a broken bat 5-4-3 double play on the third pitch. Hughes finished it with a grounder to shortstop for the final out. He threw 16 pitches, all sinkers and his command was spotty. Nearly hit a second batter. Sat 90-92 the whole time. Hughes discussed his outing here.

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Jung-ho Kang has looked rusty at the plate in his first two rehab games. He has looked good in the field, making a couple nice diving plays, as well as the routine plays. At the plate though, he is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and a walk. Today’s game included two strikeouts and two ground outs. He has been fooled on some off-speed pitches and swung through some fastballs. The important part from this game is that he played all nine innings

As for the rest of the game, Alen Hanson was in left field for the first time since 2010 when he was a rookie in the Dominican Summer League. It’s hard to say how he did today, since he had just one putout. There were some other balls hit out to left field, but he didn’t have any chance to catch them. Hanson crushed a line drive in the first inning that was caught by the third baseman. In his next two at-bats, he hit weak grounders to third base for infield hits. While the first one looked like a sure double down in the corner, possibly a triple with his speed, I’m positive he will take the two hits that went about 120 feet total in exchange from the baseball gods.

In the eighth inning, Jason Rogers and Josh Bell went back-to-back with solo homers, giving Indianapolis a 7-2 lead. It was the second home run for both players. Max Moroff had a bases clearing double in the second inning to give them an early 5-0 lead. Jacob Stallings also drove in two runs.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Tyler Eppler came into Wednesday with a 2.25 ERA in two starts, going six innings each time. In this game, he was facing Harrisburg for the second time this season. Eppler got a pop out to left field on the first pitch. The next batter struck out on a slurve in the dirt. The third batter got jammed on the first pitch and hit a bloop right to second base for the final out. He needed just six pitches this inning.

In the second, Eppler gave up a double in the gap, though it should have been a single, as Justin Maffei dove well short of the ball and it hit his glove, allowing the runner an extra base. He threw just as many pitches to this batter, as he did in the entire first inning. That was followed by a five-pitch walk, putting Eppler in early trouble. The third batter crushed a line drive to left field, which was caught by Maffei running towards the wall. A grounder to second base moved both runners into scoring position with two outs.

Eppler then got unlucky on a great pitch, giving up a two-run double down the left field line. He threw a slurve down and in with two strikes that clearly fooled the hitter, who put an awkward one-handed swing on it for the big hit. The inning ended a few pitches later with a bloop to second base, much like the one that ended the first inning. Eppler found out this inning how baseball tends to even things out. He left a fastball up that got crushed for an out in deep left field, then makes a great pitch and gives up a two-run double. He worked hard this inning, throwing 26 pitches.

In the third inning, Eppler got a high chopper to second base on a 3-2 count for the first out. The second batter sent a grounder between third base and shortstop for a single. On another 3-2 count, Eppler got a pop out to third base for the second out. He couldn’t get out of the inning clean though, as the next hitter just missed putting one out to straight away center field. The inning ended on a soft grounder to first base. This was another tough inning, as Eppler threw 18 pitches due to some command issues. All three outs were soft contact and the single wasn’t hit hard either, just well placed. However, he ran up his pitch count to 50 through three innings and the near home run was crushed.

In the fourth, Eppler started with a great sequence to the first hitter. He got a strike on a 93 MPH fastball, followed by two straight breaking balls for strikes, the last getting a check swing on 78 MPH. The second hitter dropped down a nice bunt for a single, but was picked-off before a pitch was thrown. The third hitter grounded out to second base on the first pitch, giving Eppler a very easy seven pitch inning. According to the announcer, Eppler was sitting 90-93, hitting 94 MPH.

The fifth started off with the pitcher hitting a single on a 1-2 pitch that followed a called ball that looked like a clear strike. It was followed by a pop up just behind the second base bag for the first out, then a lazy fly to left field for the second out. Eppler threw a terrific 84 MPH change-up in this at-bat. The fourth hitter reached on a Baltimore chop, that third baseman Eric Wood couldn’t get. Eppler ended the inning two pitches later on a routine grounder to shortstop. Through five innings, he had 76 pitches, 50 for strikes.

Eppler started the sixth by going 3-0 on the first batter, before coming back to get him swinging on a change-up. Chris Diaz cost Eppler a quick second out by taking his time on a grounder and not putting anything on the throw, which allowed a hustling infield single. It should have been scored an error, but it was more a mental error than physical. Eppler struck out the next hitter looking for the second out. He then picked up his third strikeout, this one on an off-speed pitch in the dirt.

That ended his day with 92 pitches, 61 for strikes. Eppler had five strikeouts and a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. He bounced back nicely from two tough innings in the second and third. I didn’t expect him to go six innings again, but he settled down nicely. The last three innings were terrific, as he used all three of his pitches well.

Altoona lost 4-2 in this one, with their runs coming off a solo homer by Jose Osuna in the first and an RBI single by Reese McGuire in the sixth. For Osuna, it is his third homer of the season. There wasn’t much else on offense, with Anderson Feliz collecting two hits, and Jonathan Schwind picking up a single and a walk. Feliz is hitting .323 in 11 games. McGuire has a .300 average early.

Harold Ramirez went 0-for-4, dropping him to a .149 average. He is 1-for-17 in his last four games, and has a .418 OPS. He picked up an outfield assist in this game and unleashed a nice throw in Tuesday’s game, which held a runner at third base.

Jared Lakind pitched the last two innings for Altoona, allowing a run on three hits and two walks.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Yeudy Garcia came into Wednesday’s game with a 5.78 ERA, 2.48 WHIP and .400 BAA in his first two starts. His command in each game was poor and he ran his pitch count up each game, getting in a total of 7.2 innings. His velocity has also been a little lower than last year, sitting 91-94 instead of 93-95 MPH. In this game, he still had some command issues, but he was much more effective. He went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks, with six strikeouts. Both runs scored after Garcia left, with Sam Street allowing a walk, hit batter and a double, which put Bradenton down 3-0 after six innings.

Garcia was very efficient early, needing 34 pitches to get through three innings. He finished with 86 pitches, 50 for strikes. This was a little closer to the Garcia we saw dominate in West Virginia last year. According to the Marauders’ announcer, the fastball and slider both looked their best this season, so we will see during his next start at home if his velocity has returned (**Updated to add that he was topping out at 94 in this game as well).

Bradenton ended up losing by a 3-0 score, with all the runs coming in that sixth inning off Sam Street. The Marauders had a total of six hits in the game and drew two walks. Kevin Newman was the key piece to their hitting, as he had two singles and a walk in four trips to the plate. The most impressive part was the work he made the opposing pitchers do. He saw a total of 25 pitches this game. His only blemish was getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. By the sound of it, he wasn’t even close to being safe, so his constant hustle cost him an out on this occasion. Newman is now hitting .388/.446/.449 through 13 games. He was the DH in this game, as Pablo Reyes took a turn at shortstop.

Jordan Luplow had the only extra-base hit, his fifth double of the season. He’s only hitting .233 this season, but seven walks combined with the extra-base hits has him at a .759 OPS.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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Dario Agrazal had a typical outing  for him, throwing strikes, working quickly and pitching to contact down in the zone. Over six shutout innings, he needed just 62 pitches to get through his day, 44 of them went for strikes. He gave up four hits, one walk and struck out four batters. Agrazal finished with a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. He pitched just as well in his first outing, but gave up five runs over five innings in his second outing, so this was a nice bounce back.

Agrazal was in trouble twice in this game and worked out of it nicely each time. In the third, he allowed two line drive singles, the second one with two outs. He got a strikeout to end the inning. In the fourth, he gave up a long fly ball that bounced off the wall away from Tito Polo for a one out triple. Agrazal got a shallow fly to left field and a pop out to second base to end the inning. He retired the last eight batters he faced.

There wasn’t much going on in this game on offense. The Power lost 1-0 after Seth McGarry allowed an eighth inning run. West Virginia had four hits and a walk, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. This game snapped an eight-game win streak by the Power.

Ke’Bryan Hayes went 1-for-4, finishing the day with a .400 average through 11 games. Tito Polo had his ten-game hit streak snapped. Alfredo Reyes had two of the four hits, including a third inning double for the only extra-base hit.

  • Is Hughes just one of the nicest people in baseball?

  • Locke should never start another game in a Pirates uniform. Bring up any one of these guys now to replace him. His confidence is totally shot right now and his control is even worse.

  • I wish Hurdle would stop reading his press clippings about how smart he is and put this team in a position to win games. With the exception of a few relief arms the pitching staff is a disaster. Can you imagine if these meatballs traded Melancon! They made some horrendous off season moves and now hopefully they have a plan to right this ship.

  • Through 15 games, your OBPirates averaging 4.2 runs per game.

    That ugly, “inconsistent” dingerz club last year? 4.3 runs per game.

    • I think 4.2 runs per game is enough to have, probably, 10 wins if our pitching was anything at ALL close to last year. Instead? Its more like from first to worst. We never had a chance last night…or much at all recently quite honestly.

      • Oh I agree completely, I’m just sick of the narrative getting shoved down our throats.

    • Be nice if Andrew McCutchen would remember he is an elite hitter.

      When the reason we havent scored more runs is in a large part due to your best player not playing well, i’ll take that over the dingerz club just having some bad hitters hitting in the wrong spot in the order.

      • I dont disagree with this. Andrew McCutchen needs to become his old self…BUT it will not matter if the pitching continues as it has.

        • Its not an either or situation.

          If the pitching gets better, it wont matter if Cutch doesnt start hitting.

          I think Liriano and Cole pitching better are as likely as Cutch starting hitting. Locke is replaceable, we wont survive without Liriano just simply being better.

      • That’s your explanation? Sheesh.

        • My explanation for why we are only scoring that many runs to this point?

          Yeah, and its true. Cutch is reason 1 why we arent scoring more.

          But i do laugh at the fact that we were so gosh darn worried about losing power. Where is the power, do we have enough power, how can we be the same level of offense without that power.

          So much for not being able to maintain offensive production without power. SSS, looks like we will be able to be just fine without Pedro and Walker offensively.

          • But that wasn’t the narrative. The narrative is that this is an *improved* offense, one that can make up for a pitching staff that clearly is inferior to 2015.

            And if your star player “only” hitting about 10% better than league average is to blame for offensive under-performance as a team, I think you’re missing the forest for the trees.

            • You say its under performance, I say its performing as well as we expected. Ton of runners on, a lot of high pitch counts for SPs.

              You know what has underperformed? Andrew McCutchen, who was the key to the entire offensive strategy. Got a high OBP, solid power guy who is an all star? Hit him 2nd, let him hit with runners on a ton and do damage.

              That we’ve been able to score like we did last year without him shows this lineup can be as good as it was last year without its 2 best hitters. The entire reason we arent scoring more runs is the lack of hitting with RISP. And leading that negative charge is the best player on our team, who has had a ton of chances with men on.

              • Cubs have easily outscored the Pirates while having both Heyward and Bryant hitting worse than Jordy Mercer, but Andrew McCutchen’s 108 wRC+ is what’s wrong with this club.

                OK.

                • No, whats wrong with the club is the pitching.

                  Whats wrong with the offense is lack of production from the star. Yes, Mercer wont hit all that well. Grass is still green as well.

                  You’ve got Jaso and Cervelli doing what we wanted them to, Polanco taking a step forward, Marte looking fine. Its Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen struggling, and Andrew McCutchen is the key to the offense.

                  All you can do is get men on for him, so when he hits the offense scores a ton. We’ve managed to get a ton of men on, and score enough with almost no run production from him.

                  • It’s just not that simple, Luke.

                    • You thinking that doesnt make it true.

                      But yeah, what a disappoint this offense has been. All those baserunners are signs of a failed move and Cutch being 1-the season with runners on isnt the big reason why we arent scoring more.

                      Im sure its all the 8 hitter and reasons.

  • A side note to give you morning anxiety: JA Happ is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA while Jeff Locke has a 8.56 BB/9…yes you read that correctly 8.56 BB/9. Thanks for playing…now go home.

    • Hell, Charlie Freaking Morton is throwing 95+ and striking out almost a batter per inning. I’ll never give up on you, Charlie Morton. 😉

      • He’s not a lefty 😉

        Seriously, though, this makes the Pirates offseason even more baffling. They give Morton away and trade for Rogers who they dont have a spot for but give up a legit prospect in Supak to do so. Then they not only lose AJ but also allow JA to walk…they talk about shortening games and then proceed to start the season with Luebke and Lobstein in the pen. That certainly is unlikely to help with shortening games at all. Maybe we will score more runs…maybe we will score similarly…it hardly will matter if our pitching is not near the top of the league and it is FAR, FAR away from that.

      • Honestly, Morton is still my icon on BD. I wish him well but I’m kinda glad he’s gone. He needed another team and fan base. But letting go of Happ is what pissed me off the most.

        Either you believe in Uncle Ray or you don’t. But this whole, “We fixed him, he should be grateful and sign for less,” bunk from Neal is bunk.

  • Ray Searage has used up all his magic dust. Now PBC need to go out and get talented MLB pitchers and put the tomato cans back on the shelf.

  • One day closer to the end of the Jeff Locke era…

  • I honestly don’t know what to think about Jeff Locke right now? He made a bad hitting team look like All Stars last night. He had nothing! And all that hoopla about new mechanics in Florida? If he wasn’t left handed, he’d surely be in the minors right now.

    Apparently he’s not well suited for relief pitching, so the Pirates have to start him? Never understood that ILL logic? If he can’t get left handers out in relief, what the hell is he doing starting every fifth day for the Pirates? Anybody might be better right now, but it appears Huntington can’t pull the trigger on Locke? And there’s no A.J.Burnett to molly coddle Locke this season!

    • I also feel bad for Locke…never a world-beater, but holy smokes, whatever they did to him this winter has been a disaster.

      • Hell we gave away Charlie Morton for nothing and he’s somehow figured out how not to suck…he must have left that to Jeff.

        In all seriousness, though, NMR I agree with you…it is sad how Locke is pitching right now and what has happened. But it is also sad that a team with championship/division title aspirations allowed Locke to even come north with them. He CLEARLY was not ready in spring training. I know I know I know…ST results dont matter…except in this case they clearly do. He was working on new mechanics and clearly was NOT right. He looked in ST exactly how he looks right now…and that is AWFUL.

        • I don’t think any of that could be argued, if we’re giving any of these guys any sense of accountability.

          The good clearly outweighs the bad, but Searage/Benedict screwed up Morton last winter and it looks like Jeff Locke is in the same boat right now. These mistakes simply have to be taken into account if we’re ever going to have an honest conversation about “trusting” the Pirates to fix anything that walks.

    • You don’t know what to think about Jeff Locke? Let me help you: he stinks. Cliche Clint Hurdle may be waiting to see ‘a larger body of work’, but I’ve seen enough. I’d cut him loose today, give him enough money for a bus ticket to Ft. Hancock Texas and see if he can find a job helping Andy Dufresne.

  • News Flash: Jeff Locke is really not so good at pitching. After, what, 100 walks last outing we’ve already given up 3 ER with 2 coming on free passes in less than 2 innings of work. The Padres are a BAD baseball team and we are making them look way too good. This current Pirates pitching staff is very, very average–if not worse.

    • Every 5th day we give a game away by pitching Locke. He must have pictures of NH or the owner. There can be no other reason he still pitching for the Pirates.

      • Robert Dawson
        April 20, 2016 11:24 pm

        The starting pitching has really let us down..can’t wait to see some of the prospects come up

        • It keeps up like this the prospects will have to turn in performances like the Mets got last year for us to have a shot

      • Our defense looks terrible tonight…..too many stoppable groundballs getting through. How about the Cervelli at first experiment? That sure did not help the situation. Locke is throwing slop to the plate and just had an 82 mph change jacked out of the park, 8-0 with no outs in the 4th and I am turning in.

        • The Cervelli thing just made me laugh when I saw it…over-managing against a pitcher who isn’t some elite arm. The problem though was that Locke either couldn’t throw a strike or threw it right down the middle. He needs one of those phantom injuries and disappear…hopefully for good this time. This offseason was a mistake by not upgrading or even attempting to maintain the level of pitching.

      • Right now we don’t have ANY pitchers who are giving us much of a chance to win.

  • This Prospect Watch is brought to you by me listening to the WV Power for six innings, switching to the Altoona telecast for six innings. Then to the Indianapolis broadcast for the entire game, followed by Bradenton’s game on the radio. 15 innings of watching, 15 of listening.

    The first three games worked out perfect. I wanted to her Agrazal’s game and he ended at 11:55. Eppler started at noon and finished at 1:35, just in time for Kuhl’s second pitch

  • Newman is making Keith Law look good!

    • And looking for a little redemption for himself. A lot of folks had him as the 3rd SS to be drafted in 2015, but after Swanson and Bregman went 1, 2, the Rockies surprised by taking a HS SS at #3, and then the Phillies took a HS SS at #10, and Newman was still on the board at #19 and fell into the Pirates lap. That downward bounce from a possible Top 5 pick to #19 cost him about $2-$3 mil.

      He has been on a mission ever since to prove himself, and the Pirates are the beneficiaries. He has game, and I would not be surprised to see him in the majors sometime in 2017. He sure hasn’t hurt his chances so far in 2016, and with no prospect SS at Altoona right now, he could step right in as soon as Cole Tucker finishes rehab and is able to step in at Hi A.

      • This seems like a lot of hyperbole…almost as much as Law. Newman isn’t making it to the majors in 2017.

      • Maybe in a different organization than Pirates he makes it to the show next season.

        • The Pirate way could be a problem, but there are a few issues that may influence them to move faster with Kevin Newman.

          Jordy Mercer is in his age 30 season in 2016. After his first year of Arb he is making $2.1 mil

          If the Pirates keep him through his Arb years, he will be 32 and making about $7 mil/yr entering FA after the 2018 season.

          Newman was an All Conference SS for 3 years at Arizona in the PAC 12, and a standout in the Cape Cod Summer league for two years before being drafted. Excellent numbers and cred in the highest levels of amateur baseball.

          The Pirates only have placeholders at SS in AA and AAA so there is nothing in the way. His play so far in Hi A has him on a path to get to AA soon. What he does at AA will dictate.

          Cole Tucker was moved aggressively last year to Lo A in his age 19 season and did very well. This year he will be at Hi A as soon as Newman is promoted to AA.

          • Very much agree with both you and Scott here.

            Newman shouldn’t have been challenged in A ball based on his hitter profile and pedigree alone. He could get 300 AB in AA by the end of 2015, and if the hit tool continues to translate, put in another couple hundred at AAA to start ’17 before a callup around the All Star break.

            I’d like to see them go that route, seeing if Newman could realistically take over full time to begin 2018 and use Mercer’s money elsewhere if needed.

          • Except for the fact that defensively he’s not a SS.

            • Says who?

            • People said the same thing about Jordy while he was in the minors. Plenty of scouts, including KLaw and the Pirates themselves, think Newman will stick at SS. I tend to side with their view rather than an armchair QB.

              • Ok. And all the other scouts and professional prospect evaluators who have said–even before he was drafted–that he was unlikely to stick at SS?

  • Chad Kuhl lookin good. Delaware represent!

    • Great to see the Indy trio running out some really strong starts

    • Any SP at AAA who can continue to post quality starts could be in Pittsburgh before June – it all depends upon how far the Pirates want to fall behind before taking action.

      The Pirate performance last night was pitiful – truly amazing that the official scorer did not assign any errors to the Pirates!!! And, Locke was PITIFUL ++.

      • What is Lockes whip the last two starts…3? This pitching staff right now is not giving us a chance and the truth is that we are right back to being under .500 nearing the end of April. This is not how you compete for a division…and let’s be honest or record last year included ridiculous numbers against the rest of MLB, which is tough to expect this year and already is not happening.

      • Yeah, one of my friends on FB commented that that inning aged him 10 years. It was unbearable.

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