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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25. Gage Hinsz, RHP – Extended Spring Training
26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Extended Spring Training
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INDIANAPOLIS – Frank Duncan wishes he could have just two pitches back from his second start at the Triple-A level.
The Indianapolis right-hander was satisfied with how the movement of his changeup against Columbus on Wednesday afternoon, but wanted better placement on two of them specifically.
Duncan allowed three runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings, with a bulk of that occurring in the first and sixth inning. He remembers the changeup that led to an RBI double from Jesus Aguilar in the first inning.
Then there was the leadoff double by Columbus’ Erik Gonzalez in the sixth inning. Both of the doubles were from right-handed batters. Those two Columbus hits ignited enough offense in a 5-3 win over the Indians.
“I’m getting more comfortable throwing changeups to righties,” Duncan said. “But I left too much of it over the plate. [Aguilar] didn’t hit it hard but just in the right place. [Against Gonzalez] it was a 1-0 changeup in the same spot. Those were a couple of pitches I’d like to have back. You just have to learn from those pitches.”
Between the first and sixth innings, Duncan cruised. He struck out seven and walked none. Over his first two starts with the Indians, Duncan has struck out 12 batters and walked nobody in 11.1 innings.
“I never felt like things were getting out of control,” Duncan said. “They just beat me on pitches that I didn’t execute.”
Duncan’s inning-by-inning pitch count drastically decreased after throwing 20 pitches in the first inning. He retired the lineup in order in each of the next three innings, doing so with 12 pitches in the second inning, eight in the third, and six in the fourth inning.
“He’s given us two good starts,” Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said. “He’s giving you a little bit of a different look. His breaking ball has played.”
Duncan was promoted to Indianapolis after Steven Brault suffered a hamstring injury two weeks ago. Duncan will likely get another start in Indianapolis, Treanor said. Where he will remain long-term is not clear.
“Can he start for us? Yeah,” Treanor said. “Will it be that way moving forward? I don’t know.”
Max Moroff had an RBI single to left field in the third inning, a play helped by the Columbus third baseman going to third to cover runners in motion. Moroff did a good job of working the count full, and fouling off several two-strike pitches until he found the pitch he wanted. Willy Garcia had an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2 later in the inning.
Columbus took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, but it came on a ground out against a drawn-in infield. But that ended Duncan’s game after throwing 74 pitches, 53 for a strike.
Indianapolis reliever Guido Knudson had another rough outing, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of work. Columbus’ Bryson Miles led the seventh inning off by crushing a home run to left field, that nearly hit the sidewalk behind the outfield lawn. Medina followed that up with a double into left field. After a sacrifice bunt, Rodriguez hit a hard shot past a drawn-in infield to score a run.
Knudson began the season by not allowing a run in his first seven outings, which totaled 12 innings of work. He’s allowed at least one run in six of his last eight outings. – Brian Peloza
Altoona won 6-1 on Wednesday, as Cody Dickson allowed one run over four innings, and Edgar Santana followed him with three shutout innings for the victory.
Dickson pitched well in his last two outings, giving up two runs over 10.2 innings. He only allowed one run on two singles and two walks in this contest, but his pitch count reached 84 by the end of his abbreviated outing. The low walk total is somewhat surprising because he has had control issues this year and only 45 of his pitches went for strikes in this game. There were obviously a lot of deep counts, as he faced just 16 batters, averaging more than five pitches per plate appearance. Dickson picked up two strikeouts and had a 2:6 GO/AO ratio. So despite limiting both runners and runs, this clearly wasn’t a strong performance.
Santana bounced back from his worst appearance of the season when he gave up two runs over two innings on Saturday. Like Dickson, he didn’t have the best control Wednesday night, walking two batters and throwing 19 of his 42 pitches for balls. Santana still managed to keep Binghamton out of the hit column and off the scoreboard.
On offense, Santana actually got the big hit in his first pro at-bat. He hit a two-run single in sixth inning. Edwin Espinal also drove in two runs and Chris Diaz had the other RBI. Erich Weiss had a nice day with a double, triple, walk, and two runs scored. Barrett Barnes had two walks and a run scored. Harold Ramirez collected his seventh double of the season. He has an eight-game hit streak.
Bradenton lost game one of their doubleheader by a 3-2 score, with Yeudy Garcia giving up all three runs in the second inning. This game was delayed during the sixth inning for over two hours before they finished off the seven inning contest.
Garcia had that one bad inning early, yet managed to go five innings. He was at 77 pitches (52 strikes), so he may have been able to work into the sixth without the delay. He pitch count is around 85 pitches at this point. He gave up eight hits, three of which never left the infield. Garcia also walked two batters and had three strikeouts. He was coming off three games in which he gave up two runs over 14 total innings, so this was a little setback for him.
Luis Heredia finished off the game for Bradenton with a shutout inning, picking up two strikeouts and a ground out. He also walked one batter. Heredia has allowed one earned run in 18.2 innings this season. He has an 0.80 WHIP, a 3.09 GO/AO ratio and a .164 BAA.
The Marauders got solo runs in the first and fourth. Kevin Newman led off the game by reaching on a fielding error that allowed him to reach third base. Kevin Kramer followed him with a single for the first run. In the fourth, Kramer singled, moved to third base on a Pablo Reyes single, then scored on a Jerrick Suiter ground out.
Bradenton had five hits in the game, all singles. Kramer went 2-for-3, while Reyes, Newman and Michael Suchy each picked up one hit. Connor Joe and Jeff Roy each drew walks for the only other base runners.
Game Two Recap – Bradenton won game two behind some nice pitching from Austin Coley, and a lot more offense than they provided in the first game.
The Marauders only had one extra-base hit on the entire day, with Jeff Roy collecting a double in this game. They did however reach base a lot in game two, with 14 hits, five walks and three hit batters. Roy led the way with four hits. He scored three runs and picked up an RBI. Kevin Kramer added another two hits in this game, plus a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Pablo Reyes had three hits, a walk, and two runs scored. Jordan Luplow played for the first time in four days and had two hits. He left the game early on the 14th and didn’t play again until tonight. Jerrick Suiter had a hit, two walks, and drove in two runs.
Coley went the distance in the 8-0 win, throwing just 72 pitches. He allowed three singles and three walks, striking out two batters. Coley had a nice 7:2 GO/AO ratio in this game. After pitching poorly in his first two games, he has pitched well enough to win each of his six starts since then. Coley has allowed one run or less in five of his starts.
West Virginia lost 10-1 on Wednesday morning. They began the scoring in the first inning, with Cole Tucker leading off the game with a triple. He was brought home one batter later by Mitchell Tolman, who grounded out to second base. Two batters into the game, the Power had a 1-0 lead and from then on, it was all Delmarva.
Tucker had a good game, adding a single and a walk to go with the triple. It was his first multi-hit game of the season. Casey Hughston hit his second triple of the season. He is batting .143 this year in 33 games, with 49 strikeouts. Alfredo Reyes added two hits.
John Bormann has a season-long 11-game on base streak, which is impressive for a back-up catcher playing twice a week. The Power had their “Sunday lineup” for this game, giving the day off to Tito Polo, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Danny Arribas and Christian Kelley. Tyler Filliben committed three errors in place of Hayes.
Starter Bret Helton has struggled all season and started off poorly in this game, giving up two walks and a single to load the bases. He got out of the inning on a double play, but it took 20 pitches, with just ten for strikes. That was a sign of things to come. He gave up two runs in a 33-pitch second inning. Despite that pitch count (anything over 30 in an inning usually ends a game), he came out for the third, which was another tough/long inning. Helton allowed one run and needed 22 pitches, putting him at 75 in a short time. He gave up a double in the fourth, but it was a quick inning by his standards. In four innings, he allowed three runs on six hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Helton threw 87 pitches, 54 for strikes. He had a 5:3 GO/AO ratio.
Reliever Tanner Anderson allowed three runs in the fifth, his only inning. Eric Karch followed and looked good for two innings before allowing four runs in the eighth.