Morning Report: Team Leaders For April Throughout the System

Since April has now ended, we look back at the month by checking the team leaders throughout the system. Of particular note on this list, compare the batting average leaders to the OPS leaders. Also, power is clearly lacking, while two teams have surprisingly low stolen base numbers. On the pitching side, you’ll notice Indianapolis has something the other three clubs lack, while Altoona and Bradenton each have a pitcher standing out above the rest.

Average (minimum 30 plate appearances)

Indianapolis: Jason Rogers .366

Altoona: Erich Weiss .294

Bradenton: Kevin Newman .360

West Virginia: Ke’Bryan Hayes .343

OPS (minimum 30 plate appearances)

Indianapolis: Jason Rogers 1.118

Altoona: Erich Weiss .878

Bradenton: Kevin Newman .870

West Virginia: Ke’Bryan Hayes .826

Home Runs

Indianapolis: Jason Rogers, Josh Bell, Max Moroff 3

Altoona: Jose Osuna 4

Bradenton: Taylor Gushue, Pablo Reyes 2

West Virginia: Daniel Arrias 3

Stolen Bases

Indianapolis: Adam Frazier 9

Altoona: Barrett Barnes 2

Bradenton: six players with 2

West Virginia: Tito Polo 8

ERA (minimum 15 innings pitched)

Indianapolis: Chad Kuhl 1.31

Altoona: Tyler Eppler 3.33

Bradenton: Brandon Waddell 0.93

West Virginia: Mitch Keller 0.86

Strikeouts

Indianapolis: Tyler Glasnow 30

Altoona: Tyler Eppler 17

Bradenton: Brandon Waddell 26

West Virginia: JT Brubaker 33

WHIP (minimum 15 innings pitched)

Indianapolis: Jameson Taillon 0.86

Altoona: Tyler Eppler 1.11

Bradenton: Brandon Waddell 0.52

West Virginia: Mitch Keller 0.62

PIRATES GAME GRAPH


Source: FanGraphs

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pirates won 5-1 on Saturday night over the Reds. Jeff Locke gets the ball today, making his fifth start. He faced the Reds in his season debut and allowed one run over six innings. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings. The Reds will counter with Raisel Iglesias making his sixth start. His best start was against the Pirates on April 9th when he allowed one run over 5.2 innings. He has a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings. Iglesias was scratched in favor of Tim Adleman, a 28-year-old righty making his MLB debut.

In the minors, it’s a good day for prospects as two Tylers look to continue their early success, while Yeudy Garcia tries to get on track. Tyler Glasnow goes for Indianapolis for the fifth time. As you saw above, he leads the system with 30 strikeouts. He had 11 in his last outing, which ties Steven Brault for the highest single game total this year. Tyler Eppler has only issued three walks this season and he has gone at least six innings in each start. Yeudy Garcia lasted just 29 pitches in his last game, failing to get out of the first inning.

West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today with Bret Helton starting one of the games.

MLB: Pittsburgh (15-9) vs Reds (9-15) 1:35 PM
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5.03 ERA, 15:15 BB/SO, 19.2 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (11-10) @ Norfolk (9-14) 1:35 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (2.57 ERA, 7:30 BB/SO, 21.0 IP)

AA: Altoona (9-13) @ Akron (14-8) 2:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Tyler Eppler (3.33 ERA, 3:17 BB/SO, 24.1 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (10-13) @ Jupiter (10-13) 1:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Yeudy Garcia (5.40 ERA, 10:16 BB/SO, 13.1 IP)

Low-A: West Virginia (15-7) vs Asheville (8-13) 1:05 PM DH (season preview)
Probable starter: Bret Helton (4.67 ERA, 6:14 BB/SO, 17.1 IP) and TBD

HIGHLIGHTS

Here is a home run from Max Moroff, his third of the season, which is tied for the team lead.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

4/30: Jared Hughes activated from the disabled list. Rob Scahill sent to Indianapolis.

4/27: Sam Street placed on the temporary inactive list. Jose Regalado added to Bradenton.

4/25: Pedro Florimon added to Indianapolis roster. Antoan Richardson released.

4/25: Austin Meadows added to Altoona roster. Justin Maffei assigned to Morgantown.

4/25: Jake Burnette placed on disabled list. Logan Ratledge assigned to West Virginia.

4/22: Pirates recall Jason Rogers. Cole Figueroa optioned to Indianapolis.

4/21: Pirates release Michael Morse.

4/21: Jhondaniel Medina assigned to Altoona.

4/21: Cory Luebke assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.

4/20: Jared Hughes assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.

4/19: Julio Vivas added to West Virginia roster. Logan Ratledge assigned to Morgantown.

4/18: Jung-ho Kang assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.

4/16: Trevor Williams placed on disabled list. Jhondaniel Medina promoted to Indianapolis.

THIS DATE IN PIRATES HISTORY

Seven former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, plus a trade of note. The most recognizable player born on this date is second baseman Jose Lind, who was a member of the three NL East championship teams from 1990-92. He played 779 games over six seasons and won a Gold Glove in 1992. Lind hit homers during the 1990 and 1992 NLCS series, driving in a total of ten runs over the three years of playoffs.

One interesting set of players born on this date are Bill White and Tom Forster. They shared a birthday and a position during their only year with the team. Both played shortstop for Pittsburgh in 1884 when they were called the Alleghenys and they were still in the American Association, a rival Major League to the National League. Forster was born one year earlier.

Others born on this date include: Second baseman Johnny Berardino (1950,52), pitcher Heinie Meine (1929-34), catcher Billy Kelly (1911-13) and pitcher George McQuillan (1913-15). More on all of them in the link above.

On this date in 1957, the Pirates traded first baseman Dale Long and outfielder Lee Walls to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for first baseman Dee Fondy and infielder Gene Baker. By the end of the year, Fondy would be dealt to the Cincinnati Reds for slugging first baseman Ted Kluszewski. Baker was a backup during the 1960 season, when the Pirates won their third World Series title.

Morning Report

  • I know it is still early in the season but what is happening to the majority of hitters in high and low A ball. Luplow, Joe, Suchy etc and not doing much at all. Any reason for it? Could the jump from rookie ball and low A be so great that these players have stalled out?

    • John Dreker
      May 1, 2016 12:39 pm

      A combo of it being early in the season and the FSL is a pitcher’s league, while they were all coming from the SAL, a neutral league

  • Today’s Red starter:

    In three starts at Triple-A this season, the 28-year-old Adleman is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 13 strikeouts and four walks over 17 innings.

    It’s been a long road for Adleman to the majors. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Georgetown in the 24th round of the 2010 draft, and was out of the organization after the 2011. After spending the next two seasons in the Independent League, the Reds signed him before the 2014 season. He had a breakout season last year in Double-A Pensacola, posting a 2.64 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 150 innings, earning an appearance in the Southern League All-Star Game.

  • Wasn’t John Bernardino an actor on a daytime soap opera?

    • John Dreker
      May 1, 2016 9:13 am

      true

    • After appearing in more than a dozen B-movies, as well as supporting roles, as FBI agent Steve Daniels in the espionage series I Led Three Lives and as LAPD Sergeant Vince Cavelli in The New Breed.

      He was offered the role of Dr. Steve Hardy on the soap opera General Hospital. Beradino also played a version of his General Hospital character on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

      He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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