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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11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton – Disabled List
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25. Gage Hinsz, RHP – Extended Spring Training
26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Extended Spring Training
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INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Glasnow did not allow a hit in his rain-shortened start against Rochester.
And with that you can file this outing in the category of deceptive line scores. That’s because Glasnow walked four batters and threw 74 pitches, but only 38 for a strike.
His control did not get a glowing review from Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor.
“He struggled with all of it – fastball, curveball, and changeup,” Treanor said. “He didn’t throw many changeups. I thought his sequences were kind of leading him into that. It was just a rough day for him. He can’t have days like that.”
Glasnow estimated he threw six or seven changeups on Wednesday. The velocity on his fastball sat in the 94-95 MPH range, and occasionally touched 96.
He walked one batter in each of the first four innings, and the only time he retired the side in order was the fifth inning. But at the end of that inning, a heavy rain started which led to a 2 hour, 15 minute delay. The delay put an early end to Glasnow’s outing.
Glasnow said he “didn’t feel that good going out,” and that he felt more comfortable in the stretch than he did in the windup. He noted all four of his walks came with nobody on base.
“And I have the past couple of years,” Glasnow said. “It was hard for me to figure out the rhythm of the windup and I was trying not to think about it, but once I went to the stretch everything felt good.”
Rochester’s lineup was missing two of the hitters that have caused problems recently, as top prospects Byron Buxton and Max Kepler were both promoted over the last two days.
And while this was the second consecutive outing Glasnow did not throw many changeups, a pitch he needs to develop, that wasn’t the most concerning thing for Treanor.
“He’s got to throw it, but the biggest thing for me today was that he had no command at all,” Treanor said. “And his misses were misses, it wasn’t like he was just missing.”
Indianapolis almost threw a combined no-hitter with Rochester not getting its first hit until their was one out in the ninth inning.
Glasnow opened the game by walking Wilfredo Tovar, throwing three consecutive balls to open the game. After several pickoff attempts, Tovar attempted to steal second but was thrown out by catcher Jacob Stallings. Tovar had two stolen bases in the previous game on Tuesday. However, Stallings made a throw that probably would have thrown Tovar out at second on Tuesday, but the ball was dropped by second baseman Alen Hanson.
Jason Rogers and Danny Ortiz nearly led to this game being called after five innings, due to the weather delay. They were responsible for the first run in the game and it came in the bottom of the fifth, just minutes before the heavy rain caused a delay.
Rogers led the inning off with a triple to the left-center field gap. It was his third triple of the season, which includes the one he hit during his time with the Pirates. Rogers scored on Ortiz’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Adam Frazier had an RBI double in the sixth inning after play resumed. That extends his streak of reaching base safely to 22 games.
Cory Luebke entered for Glasnow once the rain delay ended and pitched two scoreless innings. He retired the order in the sixth and seventh innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced.
Trey Haley relieved Luebke in the eighth and struck out the side. In the ninth, the Indians went to Jorge Rondon and he got one out before allowing consecutive singles. The game ended on a nice defensive play from right fielder Willy Garcia, who caught a flyball and threw out a Rochester runner trying to advance to third for the double play. – Brian Peloza
Altoona won 2-0 on Wednesday night despite their pitchers allowing a total of 15 base runners. The two teams combined to go 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position. The Curve got their runs in the third inning off a solo homer from Eric Wood (his fifth of the season), and a fielding error in the sixth accounted for the other tally. In that inning, Erich Weiss hit a lead-off single. After two outs, Reese McGuire came up and doubled to left field, where the ball was mishandled, allowing Weiss to score from first.
Cody Dickson started the game and threw five shutout innings, but his control wasn’t good. He allowed five hits, four walks and hit a batter, throwing more balls than strikes among his 91 pitches. He was followed by Brett McKinney, who had the same issues. He too threw more balls than strikes, walking three batters, yet he threw two shutout innings. Josh Smith closed it out with two innings of work for the save.
The Curve had six hits and a walk, with seven different batters reaching base. Besides the Wood homer and McGuire double, Austin Meadows also added an extra-base hit, a ninth inning triple (his fourth of the season). Stetson Allie hit his fifth double and Anderson Feliz had a single and a stolen base. Jose Osuna is 3-for-24 in his last eight games. He hit .239 in May and has homered once in his last 28 games.
Bradenton lost 7-3 on Wednesday morning to Palm Beach and Stephen Tarpley had another rough outing. Tarpley missed the beginning of the season due to an oblique injury and he has yet to put up a strong start in his return. In each of his first four starts, he had one really bad inning that hurt his game, either runs being scored or the other team just ran up his pitch count. On Wednesday, that happened twice, as he went four innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk, with four strikeouts.
In the second inning, Tarpley recorded the first two outs on just five pitches. That was followed by four straight hits. After breezing through the third inning, the fourth frame had three more hits and a walk, leading to three more runs. That ended his day with 81 pitches, 50 for strikes. Tarpley was doing a good job of limiting hits in his first four games, while walks were hurting him more. He had better control in this game, though more strikes led to more hits. He has 22 strikeouts in 23 innings this year.
The offense managed three runs, scoring once in the second, fourth and eighth innings. Cole Tucker had a double and scored a run. He is 3-for-11 in three games with Bradenton. Pablo Reyes had two hits, his sixth stolen base and a run scored. Jordan Luplow had two hits and an RBI. Jerrick Suiter hit his second homer of the season. Michael Suchy had a single and an RBI.
This game had something that probably doesn’t happen often. Backup catcher Tomas Morales was the only Marauder player who didn’t reach base in this game. He was also the only one not to strikeout at least once.
It’s not often a player drives in seven runs in a game and gets overshadowed, but that happened to Carlos Munoz today in West Virginia’s 19-7 win. Around the same time we named Tito Polo our Player of the Month for May, he started June off with a double and a home run…in the first inning. He was far from done though. Polo homered again, hit another double and finished with a walk, scoring four times and driving in four runs. He now leads all Pirates with eight homers and 17 stolen bases. Polo has a .939 OPS through 42 games.
Munoz still had a big day, matching the seven RBIs from Jacob Stallings last night. Munoz hit his third homer of the season in the seventh, driving in three runs. He also had an RBI single, a sacrifice fly, and doubled home two more runs in the eighth inning, his ninth double of the season.
Logan Hill has had an awful time since being sent down from Bradenton. He homered in this game and drove in three runs, but he also struck out four times, which was two more times than the rest of the Power lineup. He is 5-for-43 with 20 strikeouts with West Virginia.
Ke’Bryan Hayes had three hits, including his eighth double. He scored three runs, walked and drove in a run. Mitchell Tolman had three singles, a walk and scored four runs. Ryan Nagle had two doubles (11 on the season) and drove in two runs. Danny Arribas had a single, two walks and drove in two runs. John Bormann was the only player without a hit, but he did draw a walk and get hit by a pitch to extend his season-long on-base streak to 16 games.
Lost in the game was the fact Logan Sendelbach couldn’t return to his early season form, giving up six runs (four earned) on nine hits in seven innings. There were some positives though despite the hit/run total. He threw 63 of his 81 pitches for strikes, walking none and tying his career-high of seven strikeouts. That strikeout high came in his last start when he also allowed four earned runs. Sendelbach had a 1.32 ERA in five April starts and that number skyrocketed to 6.08 in five May starts.