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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26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Extended Spring Training
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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.
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
Bradenton has off until Monday for the All-Star break.
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
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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.
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.