Prospect Watch: Five Shutout Innings for Tyler Glasnow

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 – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20160501′);
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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160501′);
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4. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592791,’P’,’20160501′);
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5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160501′);
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6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160501′);
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7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160501′);
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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’,’20160501′);
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11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160501′);
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12. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160501′);
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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160501′);
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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’,’20160501′);
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17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160501′);
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18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160501′);
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19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160501′);
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20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160501′);
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21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160501′);
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22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160501′);
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23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160501′);
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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’,’20160501′);
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28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160501′);
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29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160501′);
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30. JT Brubaker, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160501′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS – For Tyler Glasnow, even numbered starts this season have been dominant with 20 strikeouts to just one walk. In odd numbered starts, Glasnow has lacked his true quality stuff with only 10 strikeouts to six walks.

In start number five on Sunday, early on, it looked like the trend would hold true. Despite the slow start to the game, Glasnow allowed just a pair of hits in five innings, while striking out seven. That was the good. The bad was walking five over that span. He still led Indianapolis to the 4-0 victory.

The first two hitters started well in the first with a groundout and fly out in short work. However, he did struggle with command in the first, which showed in a walk to the third hitter. An error and another walk loaded the bases with two outs, but Glasnow ended it with a strikeout on a 78 MPH curve. The command on his off-speed pitches led to Glasnow tossing 25 pitches in the frame, only 12 for strikes.

He continued the momentum through the second, and the curve command was much better. While the change-up usage was still sparse in the beginning of the outing, Glasnow struck out two more hitter on 79 MPH curves in the frame, and retired the third on a groundout with the same pitch and speed. Of his 11 pitches in the inning, 10 were strikes.

With days off mixed in, a weaker Indianapolis offense struggled much of the day, picking up just four hits. However, Jacob Stallings cracked the scoreboard first with a two-run, two-out double to left. Stallings now has a hit in seven of his last 10 games.

In the third, Glasnow’s velocity dipped to 92 to 93 on the fastball. He also saw his first hard contact on a line out to right. Glasnow walked another hitter and threw over to first several times. It worked because the runner was eventually caught stealing easily. Holding runners has been a struggle for Glasnow in the past.

The lead-off hitter of the fourth is exactly what Pittsburgh is looking for from Glasnow. He mixed in the change, curve, and fastball to pick up an easy strikeout. With the same philosophy, he walked the next hitter, but claimed a pop out and another strikeout to retire the side.

Glasnow allowed his two hardest hit balls of the day in the fifth for singles to right and center, both on fastballs. He also walked his fifth batter of the game to load the bases. However, he was able to wiggle out of damage again. He made the lead-off hitter look silly on a curve for a strikeout, and picked up another with the final hitter on an elevated fastball. It was clear Glasnow felt that he got squeezed on a couple calls and his body language showed it, but he was able to rebound.

While it was a mixed bag for Glasnow, he could be described as effectively wild during the outing. The wildness did run the pitch count up and kept him from going past five innings. The change up, which sat 89-91 MPH, was used much more often as the outing went on and he was getting the feel for it, but the curve was certainly his put away pitch.

Cole Figueroa singled to lead off the sixth and later scored on a groundout from Dan Gamache for an insurance run. Figueroa has been solid since being optioned and is hitting just under .400 in his first 23 at bats.

Jung-ho Kang added a sacrifice fly to score a runner from third for his fifth RBI of the rehab assignment. He didn’t start this game, pinch-hitting in the seventh for his only plate appearance

Kelvin Marte walked two out of the bullpen in 1.2 innings, but kept it scoreless. Curtis Partch nailed down the final 2.1, striking out five and allowing just one hit for his second save of the season.

Josh Bell has been out the last two days due to minor hamstring tightness. He wanted to play today, but Dean Treanor said to give it another day. – Ryan Palencer

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona lost 3-2 in 12 innings, as Tyler Eppler had his “worst” outing of the season. Coming into the game, Eppler had gone at least six innings in each start, walking just three batters. He led Altoona pitchers in ERA at 3.33, WHIP and strikeouts. In this game he threw a total of 89 pitches over his five innings, 55 for strikes. Eppler walked three batters, matching his season total. He struck out six batters and allowed two runs on a two-run homer in the third inning with two outs. Three relievers kept Akron from scoring again until the 12th inning, when an error, walk and single led to an unearned run for the walk-off loss for Altoona.

This game included a total of 28 strikeouts by the two teams. Jared Lakind, Dovydas Neverauskas and Frank Duncan struck out nine batters in their 6.2 innings.

On offense, Austin Meadows continued his slow start, going 1-for-6 with a single. He is 4-for-23 in five games. Reese McGuire has been in a slump lately, going 4-for-27 in his last seven games. The good part about his season is that he ten walks already, with just seven strikeouts in 57 at-bats. So he is still putting the ball in play often, except he is also showing some improved patience at the plate. His career high in walks is 26, set last year in 98 games.

Barrett Barnes, Jose Osuna and Edwin Espinal each collected a double in this game. Espinal was the only player to collect two hits for Altoona. Erich Weiss homered in the eight inning to tie the score at 2-2. It was his second home run of the season. Espinal drove in the other run.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton lost 2-1 on Sunday, but the outcome wasn’t nearly as important as the pitching performance they got from Yeudy Garcia. He has been having trouble throwing strikes this season and it really showed in his last outing, as he couldn’t make it out of the first inning. He came into the day on Sunday with a 5.40 ERA and he lasted five innings once in four tries. In this game however, he threw six shutout innings, and allowed just three hits (all singles) and a walk. He had six strikeouts and a 4:3 GO/AO ratio. Garcia threw 79 pitches total, 53 for strikes. He was followed by Miguel Rosario and Junior Lopez, who each allowed a run, with Lopez taking the loss.

On offense, the Marauders managed six singles and a walk. They had chances to score, but they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The lone upside was that they only struck twice in the game. Jeff Roy was the only player with two hits. He stole his third base of the year, tops on the team. Kevin Newman went 0-for-4, giving him a 5-for-25 stretch over his last six games, dropping his average 65 points. Taylor Gushue also went 0-for-4, as his average has dropped 73 points in the last six games (4-for-24).

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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CHARLESTON, WV – In the first game of a doubleheader, the Asheville Tourists plated four runs in the first inning, and that was all they needed. Dario Agrazal allowed seven hits, including a triple and a double. In his last four starts, Agrazal has now allowed twelve runs and owns a 4.05 ERA. Julio Vivas and Eric Karch shut out the Tourists in six innings of relief.

At the plate, the battle between West Virginia’s first basemen/designated hitters continued. Carlos Munoz and Daniel Arribas could not be more different. Munoz, thick-bodied and immobile, seems to be the everyday first baseman for now, while Arribas, who is speedy and has the ability to play multiple positions, spends most of his time at DH. The season started slowly for both players, but since April 15, Arribas is hitting .318 with eight walks and three home runs. Munoz, in the same span, has scored eleven runs and driven in ten. Today, Munoz and Arribas hit back-to-back home runs to close the gap to 4-2. Those meager runs were all the Power could muster.

Defensively, Christian Kelley played a terrific game behind the plate. Agrazal used his sinker quite a bit, and Vivas and Karch both showcase unusual deliveries. As a result, Kelley spent much of his time deftly blocking balls in the dirt. On the basepaths, Kelley needs some work, though, as he was picked twice at first, once by the pitcher and once by the catcher. – Abigail Miskowiec

Game Two Recap

Bret Helton’s issue is not his lack of control on the mound. His issue is his lack of control mentally. Helton features a fairly limited array of pitches, relying mostly on his relatively pedestrian fastball and a strong curveball to produce groundball outs. The problem is, the moment Helton allows a walk or a line drive, his approach falls apart.

Take today’s game, for instance. Helton slipped up and allowed two runs on long line drives in the first inning. He made quick work of the second and third innings, and then he began to lose control of this curveball. He walked the lead-off man, the next batter drilled a home run to left, and Helton threw at least two balls to four of the last six batters he faced. He exited the game with the Power down 4-1.

The key here seems to be a happy medium. Helton has to work his curveball low in the zone to succeed, but those breaking balls can’t drop so low so often that he loses his cool. His groundball to fly ball ratio so far this year stands at 27:34.

The day ended with a second Power loss. Seth McGarry allowed a two-run home run to give the Asheville Tourists a 6-1 lead. That score would stand until the end of the seven-inning game, as the Power could only muster six hits.  – Abigail Miskowiec

  • BallHeadWonder
    May 1, 2016 8:16 pm

    Hey Ryan, can u help us out in your write-up especially when Glassnow and JT are on the mound about the quality of hitters they are going up against?? Or if the team they are facing is in the Top 5 in in the league in Average or OPS?? It sucks to hear them do well then get deflated when one of y’all say that this is one of the worst hitting teams in the league in the past 5 years.

    • John Dreker
      May 1, 2016 11:14 pm

      They are still playing Norfolk. We mentioned during the starts from Brault and Taillon that they were a very experienced team, with seven players with MLB experience in the lineup each day

  • taylor26554
    May 1, 2016 7:54 pm

    The bullpen does need some help. But over the next month the extra bullpen arm of either Schugel or Caminero will go. Probably because I think Schugel will because I am assuming he has an option left. Caminero will probably be next when one of the starters from AAA comes up and moves someone to the bullpen.
    As long as the Pirates are winning I say let the Glasnow, Taillon, Kuhl and Brault stay in AAA and get more seasoned.
    I also see Hanson as a better choice off the bench than Rogers. Hanson can play 2nd and short. They can put him in to pitch run. When Kang comes back, Freeze will spell at 1st and 3rd and leave Rogers to just pitch hitting.

    • Take this with the standard “it’s only April” caveat, but Alen Hanson has developed a nasty little strikeout problem (~28%) his second time through AAA.

      I can’t believe these words are coming out of my mouth, but Sean Rodriguez makes Alen Hanson fairly redundant at this point.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 1, 2016 5:45 pm

    Even when he is somewhat wild, Glasnow is effective….and Norfolk has a veteran lineup, with 3-4 guys who have played in the majors for more than just a cup of coffee. I know the Pirates will likely not make a move before June, but it is obvious the only way the Pirates are going to improve their rotation is to promote Taillon and/or Glasnow. Nicasio could really strengthen and stabilize the bullpen, and maybe Locke could thrive in the pen as well? Vogelsong and Scahill need to go….
    To date, this team is hitting very well (although not with a lot of power) – getting a lot of hits and baserunners. I don’t know if it is sustainable, especially when you see guys like SRod even hitting way above career averages. But, pitching – especially the bullpen – and defense is really hurting this team. 4 more errors today…and another breakdown in the bullpen – Caminero, Vogelsong, etc – all failed today against a bad team.

    • You forgot Hughes

    • Scahill is already gone – sent down this morning to make way for Hughes. Vogelsong, on the other hand…I mean, he’s not a great fit for the role he’s in, but honestly he’s well down the worry list. Niese and Caminero are in higher leverage roles and performing just as badly or worse.

      • My how the conversation has changed about Locke. Recent innings and numbers lately from the SP’s have been somewhat good. And you guys are right SB and Buccos fan. It still is the BP and bringing up JT and TG may not necessarily be the answer.

        • BuccosFanStuckinMD
          May 1, 2016 10:19 pm

          I have said I think Locke could be a useful arm in the bullpen…as a starter, he’s done well his last two starts against two bad teams – but, he has teased us before. I would rather him over Niese. Locke has better stuff in my opinion.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        May 1, 2016 10:17 pm

        We’re stuck with Niese – we’re overpaying the guy $8-10 million. So, he’s not going anywhere. Caminero I still hope for, although I’ve never seen a guy throw 100+ and get hit consistently hard….his ball must have zero movement.

    • 3-4 guys who were really bad in the majors though. Its not like he was out there facing former decent players that are just stuck in AAA. Janish/Flaherty were both clearly overmatched major league hitters.

      The guys with the “most” major league success on the Norfolk roster are Alvarez and Tolleson and they both werent playing. Not like you’ll get a ton of reps vs decent ML hitters in AAA, but this is a pretty pedestrian hitting Norfolk lineup. Good that he was able to keep them off the scoreboard, shows that he does need to continue working on his command overall.

      • You’re not wrong, but my goodness, if there were ever a year for minor leaguers to learn on the job it’s this one. Half the lineup, if not more, for the majority of the clubs the Pirates have played to date haven’t been big league bats. That will change the first two weeks of this month and for most of June, but there’s still going to be a ton of really, really bad clubs in the NL this year. This should be a very real benefit for breaking in young players.

  • Nice to see TG working on holding those runners. So if Garcia pitched today does that mean hes lined up to pitch on Wed the 11th too? I’m going that night and it would be nice…

    • John Dreker
      May 1, 2016 6:10 pm

      They have off the 8th, so probably not. He will likely go the 6th and 12th

  • HartHighPirate
    May 1, 2016 4:58 pm

    Jacob Stallings had a fine game, doubling in the first two runs, throwing out runner attempting to steal. His father Kevin Stallings was interviewed during the game and he is super proud of his son although mentioning his lack of foot speed. 🙁
    Jacob works well with TG as he did at Altoona. TG was 91-56 and additionally threw numerous pick-off attempts to Gamache at 1B. What is your count John on the pick-off attempts? 10? 15? Add those to his 91 pitch count. His GO/Fly was 4-2. His 5BBs don’t appear good but there were many foul balls through out. 7 SOs show well for the day.

    • John Dreker
      May 1, 2016 6:09 pm

      I’ll have something in the Morning Report tomorrow on his start

  • Where I am at in Tennessee, we have to tune into the Cincy carrier. I am watching Jeff Locke throw a few at 93, many at 94, and more than a few 95 mph FB’s. When did he become a mid-90’s thrower? Through 5 and he is tied because he is throwing a one hit shutout

    • piraterican21
      May 1, 2016 4:47 pm

      He has in the past, but I have my suspicions that the radar gun or whatever it is is a little fast in PNC. It had fire can Caminero at 102 a few days back

  • Did I miss something? Wondering why Bell DNP Saturday and is not in today’s game.

    • Updating my own post, I see he’s manning the 1B coach’s box today.

      • John Dreker
        May 1, 2016 2:23 pm

        They seem to be giving days off back-to-back. When a player is out for three days, we check. Two days can be numerous things, but that third day is what brings up any concerns

        • Thanks, John. Josh must have spent time in spring training working with Nick Leyva, ’cause he’s doing a nice job holding people’s elbow and shin guards.

  • Note on TG’s start…just skip the game report and tell us how many change ups he threw.

    😉

  • Yeudy lookin good so far. Yay!

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