Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Homers to Continue Hitting Streak

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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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160619′);

4. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates – In the Majors

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160619′);

6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160619′);

7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160619′);

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’,’20160619′);

11. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160619′);

12. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160619′);

13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

 14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20160619′);

15.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160619′);

16. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641771,’P’,’20160619′);

17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160619′);

18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160619′);

19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160619′);

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160619′);

21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160619′);

22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160619′);

23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160619′);

24. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160619′);

25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160619′);

26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Extended Spring Training

27. Adam Frazier, INF/OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20160619′);

28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160619′);

29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160619′);

30. JT Brubaker, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160619′);

P2 Top Performers

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Austin Meadows continued his torrid pace in a 6-3 win on Sunday for Indianapolis. He hit his first Triple-A homer and his seventh homer of the season, tying the mark he put up last season in 80 more games. Meadows hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Indians a 3-1 lead. He now has hits in 26 consecutive games and he has collected 26 extra-base hits during that stretch.

Josh Bell had two hits, scored two runs and drew a walk, raising his average to a .319 mark. He is third in the league in batting, trailing league leader Adam Frazier by 17 points, after Frazier went 1-for-5 on Sunday. Max Moroff collected his ninth double and also walked twice, with a run scored and an RBI. Dan Gamache had three walks and scored a run, while Ed Easley drove in two runs.

Frank Duncan gave Indianapolis 6.2 solid innings, throwing 14 more pitches (98 total) than he did in any outing this season. He allowed three runs on nine hits and no walks. He had a 10:4 GO/AO ratio and struck out four batters. Indianapolis is short-handed on the pitching staff with all of the recent changes by the Pirates, so Duncan helped with his extended outing, and Trey Haley finished off the game with 2.1 perfect innings, striking out two batters.


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ALTOONA, PA – Tyler Eppler battled early control problems and got some help defensively to get through six innings. The only run he allowed was the result of an early first inning walk and wild pitch; otherwise, he walked three, struck out three, and scattered five hits in his six innings of work.

Eppler looked shaky to begin the game, not really able to find the strike zone very well. Amid two walks, Hartford hit the ball fairly hard the first time through the lineup. The first inning ended with Jose Osuna tracking down a fly ball to the railing in foul territory – a very nice play for Osuna who was only making his second start of the season in left field.

After a few hits in the second, Eppler picked off Hartford’s lead-off hitter at first base for the final out of the inning. He settled down come the third inning but was still helped out defensively, with Jin-De Jhang throwing out a runner at second to end that inning. Altogether, Eppler faced two over the minimum over his last four innings of work. He did make a very nice catch on a line drive right back up the middle towards him in the sixth inning, showing off some good glove work.

Pitching Coach Justin Meccage said after the game that he thought Eppler was trying too hard to work the corners rather than just pitch in the early parts of the game. He went to Jin-De Jhang and asked him to set up more down the middle to try to get Eppler back on the plate – not being afraid to pitch to contact. Eppler was able to recover to give his team six strong innings and put them in line for the win. Eppler’s changeup and curveball both looked very good, and his fastball command was spotty at times.

Offensively, Edwin Espinal singled in the second, sixth, and eighth innings to raise his average to .319 on the season. He has recently worked on some changes to his batting stance that has helped him drive the ball more, and it has shown with his best stretch of baseball since his time in West Virginia. He is hitting .408 so far in June with an OPS over 1.000.

In other hitting notes, Jose Osuna and Anderson Feliz both had multi-hit nights for Altoona. Jin-De Jhang has looked very good offensively lately, and he added a deep sacrifice fly tonight.

Jhang also threw out two runners tonight, and his defense has continued to improve as the season progresses.

Interestingly, Montana DuRapau came in to save the game in the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead. He struggled with a walk and single before letting up a long line drive double that brought in a run. Pitching Coach Justin Meccage came out to visit the mound, and DuRapau got the next batter to popup in the infield for the second out of the inning. Rather than allowing the closer DuRapau to finish the game, Joey Cora brought in Jared Lakind for a left-on-left matchup. Lakind walked the first batter on a close ball/strike call, but he got the next batter swinging on a curveball in the dirt for the save. That ends up being 25 consecutive scoreless innings pitched for Lakind.

“That’s a situation for Lakind where, if he pitches in the big leagues, he’s going to have to do,” said Meccage. “That’s the other side of the development coin – you want to get those guys in different situations as much as possible.”

Both Meccage and Cora said that they feel it is extremely important for the team to experience winning. They both feel that winning is an extremely important part of a player’s development – learning how to win and what it feels like to be a winner. The Curve won 3-2 tonight in Altoona. -Sean McCool


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CHARLESTON, WV – The Power offense was powerless against the Charleston RiverDogs on a hot Sunday afternoon. The team was held hitless until the fifth inning and failed to score until the ninth. The top Power hitters, Tito Polo and Ke’Bryan Hayes, rode the bench, and consistent producers Mitchell Tolman and John Bormann sat out as well.

Ryan Nagle picked up the slack, going 2-for-2 with two doubles, a hit by pitch, a walk, and the only RBI. Carlos Munoz also hit a double.

Starter Gage Hinsz escaped two bases loaded jams, but his penchant for fly balls caught up with him as he allowed Chris Gittens to score twice, once after a double and once on a homer. Ultimately, Hinsz scattered eight hits over five innings. He had three walks and two strikeouts, while throwing 46 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

Reliever Daniel Zamora struggled, walking two and giving up a homer. He exited after one inning with the Power trailing 5-0. The Power picked up a run in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately lost and dropped to 35-34 before the All-Star break. – Abigail Miskowiec


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Morgantown batters did a good job of getting on base on Sunday..a really good job. They racked up 16 hits, nine walks and five hit batters, giving them 30 base runners in the 12-2 win over Batavia. Lead-off hitter Sandy Santos led the way with four hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in his six plate appearances. He scored four runs. First round pick Will Craig was the only player without a hit for the Black Bears, but he reached base three times via hit-by-pitch. Craig scored two runs. He is 1-for-7 so far, though his OBP is .455 thanks to four total HBP in two games.

Catcher Arden Pabst had a strong game for someone who was drafted with a very questionable bat. He had three hits and a walk, scoring once and driving in a run. Third round pick Stephen Alemais had two hits and he was plunked twice. Jordan George had two hits and three walks, while Albert Baur had three sacrifice flies.

Sixth round pick Cam Vieaux lasted 2.2 innings in his debut, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, with one strikeout. He threw 52 pitches total, 32 for strikes. Vieaux had a 6:1 GO/AO ratio. He was followed by Neil Kozikowski, who retired all seven batters he faced, three on strikeouts and three on grounders. After 2016 15th round pick Danny Beddes threw three scoreless innings, Billy Roth came on and retired the side in order in the ninth, needing just 11 pitches.

You can view the Morgantown season preview here.


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The DSL Pirates are off on Sunday

  • the King and his court came to Etna for a number of years. Correct he had a 1st baseman,SS and catcher. SS ran like a deer. Now what is interesting is the first baseman warmed up the ss and catcher. He would throw a bullet to the catcher and a pop up to the SS holding two softballs in his hand. The King was one amazing talent. He would intentially walk a batter let him steal second and then pick him off with a move that was amazing.By the way he was in is mid 60’s then.

  • mike_carlini66
    June 20, 2016 2:37 am

    Is Sandy Santos breaking out or do you see him coming back to earth soon? Also, do you guys think they learned with Tito Polo to not rush this guy to full season ball?

  • Why Adam Frazier is not with the MLB Club is unfathonable

    • What position player would you send down?

    • They’re getting him time in the outfield, which is still fairly new to him, and they’re trying to get him to use his speed better on the bases. Including pick-offs, he’s 50% at stolen bases with better than average speed. His jumps from first base are getting worse. He has to have plus range in the outfield because his arm is so bad that teams will take liberties. You don’t become a plus outfielder in half of a season. He would probably be a good pinch-hit option right now (and I think he could handle it too), but you don’t take minor leaguers on their way up and make them bench players in the majors. He is right where he belongs while he works on rounding out his game and being more than a great singles hitter.

  • ‘Power were Powerless’ ha!

  • Hinsz is “dancing thru the raindrops” as Bob Prince would say.

  • Meadows HR… Just another day at the ballpark

    • True dat

    • piraterican21
      June 19, 2016 3:12 pm

      Yeah, but can’t he play catcher and pitch when his not? I didn’t think so, overrated.

      • Honestly, with his talent and athleticism, would you be surprised if he could? I know he doesn’t have the greatest arm but he could be one of those crafty lefties. haha

      • Don’t know if anyone here is old enough to remember softball legend “The King and His Court”. Believe his name was Eddie, the pitcher. He had a catcher, 2 infielders and an outfielder, the best I can remember.

        • Eddie Feigner

          (and not ONE word about how old I am)

          • Thanks for the link.

          • Geez! He played with a pitcher, C, SS and 1b. Asked why he had 4 players, responded with something along the line of – We wanted to use 3, but if we had the bases loaded, we had nobody to hit. 1967 celebrity softball game he K’d – Mays, McCovey, Robinson, Clemente, Wills and Killebrew all in a row.

        • I never saw him pitch, but my dad did. I’m pretty sure he even pitched in my hometown- Erie, PA. I think he would even put on a blindfold and pitch from second base at times. Amazing stories about that guy.

          • I saw him in a small Iowa town when I was a kid. Too young to remember very clearly. Just an old goat no though!

        • chuck conner
          June 19, 2016 10:46 pm

          Eddie Felner I think

        • My grandpa took me to see him pitch at the High School right off of Route 8 when I was a kid. I haven’t live in Pittsburgh in 19 years. I don’t remember if that high school is Moon or Mars.

          • had to be Mars…Moon is next to the airport nowhere near route 8.

            • Sounds right. There’s a huge orphanage right down the street too. I should remember consider we had to pass there to get to my grandparents in Butler and I spent a ton of time there as a kid.

    • It’s hard not to get excited about a guy who keeps producing at such a high level.

  • peanutbutterguts
    June 19, 2016 2:45 pm

    Which ‘expert’ left meadows off his top prospect list like 2 weeks ago? Hahahahahaha

    • I believe it was a Keith Law list of his updated top 20 or 25 prospects.

      • He keeps hitting the way he and he’s gonna start showing up in some top 10’s. Maybe even some top 5’s.