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’,’20160617′);
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4. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates – In the Majors

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8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – Disabled List.

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160617′);
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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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15.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160617′);
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18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160617′);
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19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160617′);
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20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160617′);
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21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160617′);
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22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160617′);
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23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160617′);
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24. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160617′);
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25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160617′);
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26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Extended Spring Training

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28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160617′);
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29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160617′);
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30. JT Brubaker, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160617′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Tyler Glasnow threw six wild, no-hit innings, but the bullpen faltered and Charlotte pitching kept Indianapolis off the board in the 4-0 loss. Due to high pitch counts, Glasnow has been knocked out of his last three starts before finishing six innings. He was able to reach that mark on Friday, though he still walked six batters. After breezing through the first inning in order, Glasnow couldn’t get through any of his last five innings without at least one walk. He threw 97 pitches, 51 for strikes. He picked up six strikeouts and he now leads the International League with 42 walks and 92 strikeouts. In his last 21 innings (four starts), he has allowed one run on five hits and 17 walks.

Indianapolis had six hits in this game, with Alen Hanson collecting two singles. Adam Frazier went 1-for-2 with two walks, and Jacob Stallings’ eighth double was the only extra-base hit. The team went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Kelvin Marte took the loss, allowing three runs in the seventh inning. Trey Haley returned to Indianapolis after clearing waivers and he allowed one run in the ninth.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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ALTOONA, PA – Obviously, the biggest news of the night came after the game with Austin Meadows being promoted to Indianapolis, but a game was still played tonight in Altoona.

Cody Dickson worked 5.1 innings tonight for Altoona, allowing three earned runs on five walks and five strikeouts. Dickson had not allowed more than one run in his last seven starts, but control issues plagued him tonight. He hit the first batter he faced, a lefty, up around the upper back/neck area. The next batter, Rockies second ranked prospect David Dahl, then blooped one into center field that Harold Ramirez couldn’t get to, and all of a sudden Dickson had runners on second and third with no outs to begin the game. Hartford scored shortly after on a groundout, but Dickson got out of the inning.

In the next three innings, Dickson helped himself defensively and got a lot of help behind him. First, he helped himself by getting the lead runner out at home after a squeeze bunt attempt. Dickson fielded the bunt and quickly flipped it to home to get the runner. The next batter, Reese McGuire picked off the runner who was leaning at first base, which helped Dickson eventually get out of the inning unscathed. In the third inning, Dickson picked off a runner on a stealing attempt, 1-3-4. In the fourth inning, he induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The fifth inning saw Hartford get a bloop and a blast off of Dickson, putting up two more quick runs. He walked three batters in the sixth to load the bases and be replaced by Edgar Santana, who quickly cleaned up the mess with a strikeout and easy groundout.

Overall, I saw Dickson get swings-and-misses on both his fastball and curveball. In the first, he threw two 76 MPH curveballs that looked nasty to get the batter swinging. Hartford batters also were swinging through his fastball. Ultimately, the home run hurt him, and control issues got him out early.

Of note, Jared Lakind pitched a scoreless ninth inning to capture the Altoona Curve single season franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 24.2 IP. He broke the single season record set by Curve pitcher Derek Hankins back in 2010. He has not surrendered a run in his last 16 appearances for the Curve. Edgar Santana worked 2.2 innings without allowing a hit.

On the offensive side, Anderson Feliz almost hit a lead-off home run over the left field wall in the first, but he was robbed by David Dahl in left. Dahl timed his jump and climbed the wall to bring the ball back into the park and recorded the out. Otherwise for Feliz, he went 2-for-4 with a couple of hard hit line drive singles.

Barrett Barnes had one of the hardest hit balls of the night with an eighth inning lead-off triple to right-center field. Jose Osuna came off of the bench to get two hits in key situations late in the game. – Sean McCool

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton has off until Monday for the All-Star break.

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CHARLESTON, WV – Despite outhitting Charleston eight to four, the Power lost 2-1. All X of the Power’s hits were singles, and they struggled to string together any sort of rally. The team’s sole run came on a Tito Polo grounder in the seventh inning.

Starter Logan Sendelbach gave up all three hits in the fourth inning, during which the RiverDogs scored both of their runs. Sendelbach ran into trouble in the third as well, when he walked the bases loaded, but he escaped that jam without any damage.

Errors contributed to the Power’s loss. In the fourth, Casey Hughston misplayed a dying liner to left, allowing the first run to score and extending the inning. Ke’Bryan Hayes allowed a grounder to slip beneath his glove in the sixth inning, but Christian Kelley cleaned up the mess by tagging out a runner at home and catching one attempting to steal second.

Kelley turned in a terrific game behind the plate, especially considering Sendelbach’s control issues. Kelley nailed two would-be base-stealers at second in addition to his three-hit night at the plate.

The Power knocked on the door in the ninth inning, but Tito Polo registered his third strikeout of the game to end the Power’s late rally. – Abigail Miskowiec

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

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Morgantown won their season opener by a 5-4 score in 11 innings. It was a game that included the pro debut of 2016 first round pick Will Craig. He went 1-for-4 with a single and a HBP, scoring once and driving in a run.

The hero of the game was Sandy Santos. He is a toolsy, athletic center fielder, who is a sleeper prospect on this team. Santos is a big kid, with raw power, who is a little rough around the edges. In our prospect guide, we noted that he had a chance to move up to West Virginia this season, but it looks like the inconsistencies in his game were still there in Spring Training, holding him back at Morgantown. Santos went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a walk. He also stole a base, scored a run and drove in a pair.

Stephan Meyer got the start for the Black Bears. He allowed two earned runs over five innings, striking out six batters. The 6’4″, 22-year-old righty, was an 18th round pick of the Pirates in last year’s draft. Meyer pitched briefly at Morgantown last year.

Three relievers followed Meyer, all going two innings with no earned runs. Yunior Montero got the win with two perfect innings that included three strikeouts.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates lost 6-3 on Friday against a Rangers1 team that beat them 20-0 at home on Thursday. The Pirates committed five errors in this game, which led to four unearned runs for starter Roger Santana. He went 4.2 innings and struck out seven batters, with no walks and a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. While none of the runs he allowed were earned, he did surrender nine hits. Oliver Garcia relieved Santana and allowed two runs over 3.1 innings.

On offense, shortstop Rodolfo Castro had three hits and a walk. He scored a run and collected his fifth double. As the youngest player on the team, he is the best offensive threat early on, hitting .500 through 26 at-bats. He also committed three of the five team errors in this game, giving him five errors on the season. Castro had three hits, which equaled the output from the rest of the team, as Sherten Apostel, Ramy Perez and Eddy Vizcaino each had a single. Apostel also drew two walks and drove in two runs.

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78 COMMENTS

  1. I went to the game last night and sit right beside the indy dugout plate side…Glasnow was impressive to watch even though he walked 6 he looked comfortable out of the stretch as he pitched out of the stretch a lot even when no one was on… josh bell looked good defensively at 1st(made a nice line drive grab) and as a left handed batter but he looked uncomfortable batting right..hanson looked smooth in the field and at the plate but he did get caught stealing by a mile….frazier looks like a major league utility player who can hit and Wily Garcia looks like a major league of’er(size,stature) but he hit into a game ending dp and then went into the dugout and beat up his equipment…I really liked Stallings behind the plate and he had a solid double so to my untrained eye we have some good talent at AAA

  2. One run and five hits over his last 21 innings. Process that…..and no hits last night. Somebody explain how Cole was better before his call-up. I don’t buy the fact that he will get shelled in the majors because he issues some walks. If he can’t be touched maybe these batters are just standing there overpowered by that downward plane fastball.

  3. I think it is very hard to just look at the box score and come up with any definitive conclusion about Glasnow’s performance, other than he had too many walks.

    Why did he walk 6? How many were 4 or 5 pitch walks? Was he missing close? So many questions that can’t be answered without seeing the game.

    • I saw the game in its entirety. Yes, many were 4 or 5 pitch walks.
      Tyler walked the Charlotte center fielder twice on 9 pitches.
      8 balls and one strike.

  4. This season is starting to remind me of the dark years, prior to the past 3 years, when I had greater interest in the farm system than I di in the major league team. Its not quite that bad, but its starting to feel like that again….

    • I can’t even watch these games right now- I feel like we are completely overmatched against almost every team. If we want to save this team, we need another catcher and a starting pitcher and 2 bullpen arms immediately. Cash in some prospects or just make it obvious that this is a lost year- just don’t do the halfway bullshit

      • Lets pick up Hector Sanchez to catch. he may stink but he looks like an Allstar next two our two stiffs

      • I am in Bose Idaho and I stream all the Altoona and Indy games. Stopped watching the Pirates blow game after game. Now, with Austin Meadows at Indy, WOW as Glasnow can finally get some run support. He has been getting scoreless innings but his teammates have been scoreless. When relieved, the score is usually 0-0.
        He is 6-2 WL but should have more wins of record.
        I am a Hart High grad, as is Tyler and Bob Walk.

    • It’s worse because they had some entertaining players who played bad baseball. These guys are good and they are playing bad baseball. But a loss is a loss.

    • Ihavethebooktoo.Andthe’71PuratesaremyfavoritealltimePurateteam.AndIremem erthatDHqhenLukeWalkergaveupthayhomertoJoeFerguson.

  5. Speaking of walks, I just finished reading a pretty good book about the 1971 Pirates – its not a new book, but I had never heard of it before so I bought it online and read it. Its called “Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates – the team that Changed Baseball”. Has anyone else read it….
    Anyway, I was 11 years old that season and I can still remember some of the games and specific situations that occurred that year. For instance, in July (I believe – I forget the date), as part of a double-header – you know, they used to actually schedule double-headers, usually on Sundays and you got two games for the price of one, before MLB got even more greedy than they were then – the double-header was against the Dodgers and my Dad drove us the 2 hours to go see the double-header. Although my Dad was born and raised in PA, he was Dodgers fan – and liked them since he was a kid and they were still in Brooklyn. He passed away 10 years ago, but I still remember him straining to hear and listen to Dodger games on the radio – whenever they would be playing in a city where you stood the chance of picking up the broadcast – like Cincy, St Louis, Philly, etc. Back to the double-header…I think it was the second game, Luke Walker had a perfect game going into the top of the 9th – and the leadoff batter that inning was a young rookie catcher that no one had heard much of – Joe Ferguson – and he hit the first pitch right down the left field line and it was a fair HR by about a foot. You could hear a pin drop as everyone watched the ball to see if it would be fair or foul. He lost his perfect game, no hitter, and shutout on one pitch – but still won the game. I will never forget that game or moment.
    Also, in this book it described each of the World Series games in considerable detail. In Game 2, Jim Palmer beat the Pirates in dominant fashion – I think he only gave up 2-3 hits and 1 run. He threw 168 pitches, had 10 Ks and 8 walks! Imagine a ML team today letting these coddled pitchers throw 168 pitches in one game…but back then, that was not unusual and you did not have pitchers going down with all the arm problems you see today. Starters would throw 300 innings routinely – year after year. 20 complete games was an average number. Relief pitchers and closers? Guys like Dave Giusti would frequently come into games with men on base and multi-inning saves was the norm. The game has certainly changed a lot – some for the better, some not so much. Anyway, I thought I would just share about this book – if you need a book to read, I’d recommend it – and you can easily find it used (and in nearly mint condition) on eBay. I bought my hardback copy for $10-15, and it looks like it may have been read once….

    • Thanks for the recommendation! Things were different then. The mounds were higher. The average pitch velocity from all pitchers was several MPH lower. So there was less strain on the arm per pitch.

      • How do we know how fast a lot of the pitchers threw – radar guns were not even available back then. I guarantee guys like Gibson, Marichal, Seaver, and Carlton were throwing mid to upper 90s…

        Now you are right about the mounds, but the players had much more grueling travel schedules (and conditions) back then as well – like I said, double-headers were the norm on Sundays….

        BTW, fastballs aren’t what puts all the strain on the arms…its these idiot youth and high school coaches who have their kids throwing all these breaking pitches – far too frequently and at far too young of ages – because winning at those levels is apparently everything to them – and they damage kids’ arms in the process…

        • Gibson, yes. Marichal, not likely. More likely low 90s, his best pitch was a screwball. Seaver no, low to mid 90s, Carlton mid 90s FB but best pitch was a slider. Those are my recollections.

          • But did they have any means of even confirming velocities back then? I don’t recall…..
            I bet JR Richard got it up to near triple digits….

            • Keep in mind that OLD radar guns (until the mid 90’s actually) used a different method, focusing on the speed as it approached home plate, NOT the current which uses the speed that it leaves the hand. Both are correct, but the present way we measure speed is about 3 MPH on average faster than the old way…… So if someone said Nolan Ryan hit 102 in 1982……….well today that would be about 105

            • They had radar guns, but the results automatically weren’t collected and posted like they do now.

        • I think it also has to do with how Prep Baseball dedicated them completely to one sport, it used to be for these star athletes that they’d play three sports and would be able to take a break from baseball. But with a lot of these prep systems are having teenagers on offseason throwing programs and it just seems like arms are breaking down since the high schooler frame can’t handle that kind of workload.

        • More then throwing all the junk at a young age its these kids playing ball year around now. Normal stud 12 year old might play 150 games in a year and pitch twice in a weekend. Really a shame whats happening in the youth leagues these days and its only going to get worse as rec leagues cease to exist.

        • When I was in Little League, pitchers weren’t even ALLOWED to throw curveballs. Not sure if the rules are still the same now. That was 36 years ago.

          • There weren’t any rules on that when I played (8 years ago). But some coaches do try to limit them.

    • They only used four pitchers in the rotation. I can’t remember Bob Friend (earlier than ’71) ever missing a start and completing more than not.

  6. Glasnow did walk 6 tonight – but also threw no hit ball for six innings and struck out 6. He seldom gets hit…..for those who feel he’s not ready, would it be better if he had 2 walks tonight and gave up 4 singles?

    • No, of course not. Hard for the guy on first to go first to third on a walk at the plate. But that isn’t the point. The hitters in MLB are obviously significantly better than in AAA. They will wait Glasnow out until he grooves a fastball, which they can handle whereas the AAA hitter can’t. Glasnow has to find better command of his pitches, in addition to developing his changeup.

      • Would he be better than 3/5 (maybe 4/5) of our current rotation? Is the object of major league baseball to win?
        The Cubs have 5-6 very young players on their roster, who play significant roles, and they are running away with the division. They have their ups and downs, but they are growing and developing and getting better. Even Soler and Baez, who I thought were both going to be busts, have been much improved this season. They needed a backup catcher? Did they send cash to a team for a stiff like Kratz? No, they brought up their #2 prospect – Contreras – to be their backup catcher. Theo Epstein is cocky and a little arrogant, but he is a great GM and obviously trusts his young players and willing to take chances with them.
        If the Pens philosophy had not changed when Sullivan was hired, they wouldn’t have even made the playoffs this year – they were going no where fast. Sullivan, and the injection of youth and speed, changed that team overnight. That is what the Pirates need….

        • Here are the ages of the Cubs rotation (none of whom has missed a turn):
          Arrietta – 30
          Lester – 32
          Hammel – 33
          Lackey – 37
          Hendrcks – 26
          Average age = 31+
          The Cubs do have some excellent, young position players on their team, but not in their rotation which is the source of their dominance in MLB. How did the Cubs obtain such a rotation? They bought it. Why can’t the Pirates do what the Cubs did? The television market (even with two teams splitting the market) in Chicago is huge compared to Pittsburgh. They can afford it, we can’t.

          • They didn’t have that rotation last year (no Lackey or Lester) and they won 97-98 games? So, can’t give all the credit to the rotation last year…although they are extremely good this year.
            You can explain the Cubs 2 of their starting pitchers away by their much higher payroll, which makes the fact that they rely on so many young players that much more impressive. They could easily have signed older veterans to fill a lot of those spots….the young players are getting paid peanuts, so your argument really doesn’t apply.

              • My bad, I was thinking they just signed him this past year…my mistake…it was just Lackey that they picked up this off season…

            • They had Lester last year. Their budget is $165m with five position players getting minimum. So how much is that pitching staff getting? Like I said above, Epstein never had to build a team under the dollar restraints that NH has.

          • Lets give other examples…look at the heavy use of young players by the Astros, Mets, and Red Sox….the Red Soz actually finally figured it out that signing expensive veterans wasn’t working – and they turned to Boegarts, Bradley Jr, Betts, Shaw, Swihart and their fortunes have improved dramatically the past two years….

          • Arrieta I believe can play out his option at the end of next year. So the Cubs may lose him. And please sign with an American league team. 🙂

            • No, the Cubs will keep him. He’ll be starting in his third decade and I don’t believe he can get a 7-8 year deal. Besides, he really is comfortable with the Cubbies.

          • Yes the Pirates must develop top of the rotation guys, because they can’t afford to buy them.

          • The Cubs payroll is around $165m. I don’t have the stats (too lazy) but I’m willing to bet that the pitching takes up about $100m of their payroll. The Pirates can’t compete with that. Epstein was good at turning Boston into a world series winner, now going with The Cubs, all this and no dollar restraints. NH would be a flaming genius with Epstein’s budget.

        • almost noone can be effective with almost a walk per inning, Glasnow won’t be one of those exceptions.

        • Epstein is not the cubs GM. You do realize that if Diaz did not get hurt, he would be up? Don’t you get tired of typing the same stuff day in and day out?

      • and quite honestly- maybe Glasnow has to experience that actually happen a few times on the big stage before he “gets it”

        • Yes. I don’t suggest waiting until Glasnow is perfect before promoting him. But he needs to develop his command. I’m not down on him. I just think he needs to mature a little more before being able to experience MLB failure in a positive way.

          • Most of Glasnows problems are between his ears. Over thinking, not trusting his stuff and just plain worrying about everything and not going out and having fun.

            Maybe Zantax or something before he pitches.

    • I think four singles and two walks are better under certain scenarios. In only saw the last two innings, but he got two strong defensive plays on hard hit balls, so those easily could have been hits. You can still be wild with only two walks and you can still get hit hard and only allow four singles, so it’s hard to just say yes or no to that question. Six walks though leaves no doubt that he was wild…I’m going to watch the game once it’s in the archives just to see how bad/good it was. I know one game he walked two batters and one guy was on four pitches all around the zone and another was a close 3-2 pitch. Two walks like that aren’t a big deal at all, those will happen to the best.

      • Maybe he will always be one of those guys who is “effectively wild”?
        When Randy Johnson was young, he definitely fell into that category – but when he harnessed his control (which occurred 3-4 years AFTER being brought up to the majors) he then became nearly unhittable at times….

        • I don’t know if you can point to Randy Johnson’s time in the majors and say that’s why he found control. He probably just matured with age. Glasnow is only 22. Johnson’s first full season with under 100 walks came at age 29.

        • Johnson wasnt all that effective early in his career.

          A fringe mid rotation arm at best, and the periphs suggested more like a back end arm. Yay, 4 years of nearly a 4 ERA is the comp.

        • I think he will be effectively wild at first, but at times this season, he has shown the ability to throw quality strikes down in the zone, instead of relying on batters chasing. If he’s hitting 96-97 often with pitches getting away from him from time to time, it will lead to uncomfortable at-bats. The problem he would run into in the majors now is that he wouldn’t see so many impatient hitters.

          I am about to watch his performance from last night on replay, but I did see a few batters in the last two innings and one guy he started 2-0 with nothing near the zone, and he already had five walks at the time. The guy swings at the next pitch and flies out to CF. In the majors, that probably isn’t going to happen too often, but it does in the minors.

          • I watched the full game live. Glasnow walked the Charlotte center fielder twice on 9 pitches. 8 balls and 1 strike. Throwing many pitches into dirt, Stallings walked out to the mound and talked with him. He improved from the discussion and threw strikes.

      • how many walks from a full windup and how many walks from the stretch? Also why not just have him throw all pitches from the stretch.

        • He addressed that after his last game. Check out the Prospect Watch from that start. He walked batters in five of the six innings yesterday

  7. One reason too bring up Glasgow is $. Would fans rather watch the duds they are trotting out there now or watch him alternate walks with dominance. I think it could be a long wait for the walks to decrease. If they keep stinking up the place ticket sales are going to tank. Bring him up to cover a trip to the 15 day Disabled list. If he struggles send him back down. If he gets 5-6 innings with good results in spite of the walks that would be a huge improvement over what we currently have.

  8. Obviously at the AAA level Glasnow has been dominant. Problem is he only has two pitches and he averages 5 walks a game. That will not translate to success at the top level. There is no need to rush him this year, as I just don’t think the Pirates will be in contention come September. However this isn’t a rebuild job just a down year. You have Cole, Taillon, Glasnow, Kuhl and hopefully Kingham next year..I like our chances in 2017

    • There is certainly no reason to blow this team up. While NH and crew didn’t do a great job with the staff this season, we are still built for a prolonged stretch of success.

    • Kuhl will be a bullpen guy i.e. a much better Jared Hughes. The Pirates force lefties in the rotation. Liriano isn’t going anywhere and I think they are hoping Brault pans out otherwise I think they retain Niese or just allow Locke to continue his streak of misery. I’m already baffled by how long they have stuck with Locke knowing how miserable he is.

      • I would have picked Worley over Locke out of Spring Training last year. (Worley thought so too, which lead to his bad attitude and being shown the door). But LHP have the advantage at PNC with our defense. And LHP are advantageous against the Cubs and Cards, all other things being equal.

        • I certainly understand why they like lefties but all the benefits of being a lefty go out the window if you are a trash pitcher (i.e Jeff Locke, Corey Lubke, Kyle Lobstein Jon Niese at times)

    • I think we should wait until 2019 by then he should be ready! I mean why rush we have Locke and Nicasio bring it every 5th night.

      • Gerrit Cole in 2013 at AAA in 12 Starts – 5-3, 2.91 ERA, 68 IP, 47K/28W
        Tyler Glasnow 2016, AAA in 14 Starts – 6-2, 1.75 ERA, 77 IP, 92K/42W

        Cole was promoted and helped the Pirates get to the playoffs. He became a much better pitcher in the majors.

        Since May 1, the Pirates are 7 games under .500. Some of the placeholders have done well, and I applaud that, but it is now time to bring up the future and possibly change the personality and direction of this team. If it does not change the direction this year, it is a step in the right direction for next year. Bell, Hanson, Kuhl, and Glasnow.

    • it didn’t click for Johnson until his 5th year in the majors. His first season was a washout, and the next 3 he led the league in walks, and really only got away with it because he was pitching in the Kingdome.

      I mean, you’d take a 100 OPS+ against if that’s what Glasnow could give right now. I’m just not sure he can.

      • Walk rate would surely go up in MLB with more patient hitters with better eyes. He needs to get his strike % up significantly.

      • I thought Randy Johnson started his career with the Expos…and went to the Mariners later in his career – I did not actually look it up, but that is what my memory recalls…

  9. Thru 4 IP Glasnow has a no hitter. He has also walked four.

    He seems to be getting worse, yet pitching “better”?

    Maybe he is a Nolan Ryan type?

    • Ryan walked 204 batters at age 30 and had 10 full seasons under his belt at that point. Times have changed. I could see the Pirates keeping Glasnow down if they were good. But….

      • I would bring Glasnow up as a 2-3 inning reliever for the rest of the season. It seems like a no-brainer to me. That won’t help his changeup development much but he can work on that more next spring.

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