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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8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – Disabled List.
9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
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11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton – Disabled List
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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List
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26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Extended Spring Training
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Trevor Williams got the start on Tuesday night, his fourth for the Indians. In his first start back with Indianapolis from an early season shoulder injury, he allowed two runs over six innings. That was followed by five runs over five innings in his last game.
In the first inning, Williams got three soft grounders on the first eight pitches. The problem was that the third one went against the extreme Indianapolis shift and it ended up costing him. In the last two games, both Chad Kuhl and Tyler Glasnow had their pitch counts hurt by ground ball singles that would have normally been routine grounders to the second baseman. The same exact thing happened to Williams with two outs and it led to two runs.
He gave up two bloop hits and two walks after the single, adding an extra 19 pitches to his pitch count. Six balls were put in play and none of them were hit hard. In fact, the second bloop hit was hit about five feet behind where Alen Hanson was standing during the extreme shift for the prior two batters. So not only did the shift hurt him on the first hit, not shifting led to the second run.
In the second inning, Williams issued his first walk. The next batter showed impressive power, flying out to the center field warning track on a pitch in on his hands. That allowed the runner to move up to second base. The next batter grounded out to third base for the second out. The last batter hit a routine fly ball to right field to end the inning. This wasn’t an easy inning, putting his pitch count at 47 pitches through two frames. Williams was using all of his pitches and keeping the ball down, but he was a bit erratic.
Williams started the third with an easy grounder to third base. That was followed by a double off the right field wall. The next batter walked on five pitches. Williams continued to get soft contact, with a bouncer to shortstop, which moved both runners up, as Pedro Florimon could only go to first base. The last batter lined out to left field. This was basically the same as the second inning. He mixed pitches, had control issues, and it ended up with him throwing 17 pitches, putting him at 64 pitches and 33 strikes.
In the fourth, Williams again had problems with the shift. Indianapolis apparently doesn’t have good scouting reports on the right-handed batters because a slow grounder to where Hanson stands on the shift, ended up as an infield single, with Hanson showing excellent range to get to the ball from the other side of second base. The next batter flew out to deep center and the runner tagged up to get to second. That was followed by a foul out to third base. Williams ended the inning on an easy out to shortstop. He kept the pitch count down to 13 this frame, but that still had him at 77 through four innings.
The fifth started with an eight-pitch walk, though he had the batter 0-2 right away. The next batter grounded a single between the third baseman and shortstop. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up. That was followed by an intentional walk, which actually set a career-high for Williams with six walks in one game. It was also a tough way to end his night. Rob Scahill came on and allowed all three inherited runs to score.
Williams certainly started off strong in this game and there was a lot of weak contact, plus he kept the ball down. That’s about all the good you can say. He ended up throwing 96 pitches (51 strikes) in 4.1 innings. As mentioned, the walks are a new high for him and he failed to record a strikeout. In fact, there were only a couple swinging strikes all game. He is a pitch to contact guy, so the high ground ball rate and low strikeout number aren’t a surprise, but he also had quite a few batters at two strikes and kept getting foul balls or something put in play. Overall a very tough outing.
Indianapolis lost this game 9-6, with Scahill allowing three more runs before he was done. Alen Hanson had a solid game, going 2-for-4 with a walk, his 13th stolen base and two runs scored. Josh Bell connected on his sixth home run, a three-run shot in the seventh inning. Adam Frazier had a single, reaching base safely for the 28th consecutive game. He also stole his 16th base of the season. Max Moroff hit his seventh double and drove in two runs. Willy Garcia collected his 12th double.
Altoona won 5-1 on Tuesday, scoring twice in the first inning and three times in the ninth. Cody Dickson got the start and continued his recent string of success, even if he hasn’t had the best control while doing it. Dickson allowed one run over seven innings, giving up two hits and three walks. He had two strikeouts and a very impressive 10:4 GO/AO ratio. In the first inning, he allowed a one out triple, which scored on a sacrifice fly. Dickson didn’t give up another hit until the seventh inning when a grounder back to him hit off his glove for an infield single. That was followed immediately by a double play, then a strikeout to end his night. He has now allowed a total of six earned runs in his last five starts.
Austin Meadows extended his hit streak to 16 games with a first inning single. Erich Weiss had two hits, including his tenth double. Harold Ramirez went 0-for-5, leaving him 2-for-25 in his last six games. Edwin Espinal raised his average to .305 with three hits. He played first base while Jose Osuna played outfield for the first time this season. Osuna is hitting just .247 now and he has hit just one homer since the beginning of May. Eric Wood had two doubles to give him nine on the season.
Bradenton has off tonight.
CHARLESTON, WV – JT Brubaker seems to have figured things out. Despite carrying a 3.70 ERA into tonight’s game, Brubaker has turned in consecutive sterling starts after a dismal five-game losing streak that encompassed most of May. He relies heavily on his fastball, which isn’t terrifically fast and often winds up in the seats. In his last three starts, Brubaker kept the ball low in the zone for outstanding results; in fact, his fastball seems to have more downward movement than it did earlier in the season.
Brubaker’s only mistake came in the third inning, when allowed a pair of singles and a double, which lead to his only earned run. On the night, he struck out nine and only walked one. His pitching actually improved over his last few innings. In his last three innings on the mound, he struck out two batters per inning and did not allow any fly ball outs.
As Logan Sendelbach knows well, though, a pitcher can’t do it all. The Power batters had a measly four hits in the first nine innings, and although two of those were homers by Tito Polo and Ke’Bryan Hayes, respectively, it just wasn’t enough to close the door on the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Unlike last night’s error-filled fiasco, tonight’s 16-inning marathon felt enjoyable. Delmarva scored in the top of the 10th to take the lead, but the Power answered back in the bottom half of the frame. From that point on, the Power failed to capitalize on their few advantages. In all but one of the extra innings, the Power had runners in scoring position, but they were unable to score.
The Shorebirds cracked the game open in the top of the 16th inning against Jess Amedee. Amedee had already pitched three innings and allowed four earned runs to put the game out of the Power’s reach. Delmarva won 8-4.
Since I have seen every reliever on the Power in the last 26 hours, I would like to take a moment to reflect on their performances. The top two performers were the first relievers out of the gate. Daniel Zamora displayed tremendous movement, and Julio Eusebio continues to be a powerful arm in the pen. The two combined for two hits and six strikeouts.
Tonight’s relievers didn’t have the same polish as last night’s. Tanner Anderson, Cesilio Pimentel, and Jess Amedee each got rattled when they made mistakes. Anderson, in particular, struggled with control with runners on base. Anderson uses a high leg kick, but with runners on, he must change his delivery entirely. Tonight, that seemed to throw him.
The final word from this looooooong night is this: the Power needs to find bats outside of Tito Polo and Ke’Bryan Hayes. Hayes is struggling with a high strikeout rate (He added two more tonight), and most of Polo’s homers are solo shots due to the combined facts that he is the leadoff man and that the bottom of the lineup isn’t producing. With his numbers, Polo should be near the league lead in RBI, but he’s not, due to this lack of production around him. Without a more consistent offense, the team as a whole will continue to struggle. – Abigail Miskowiec
The DSL Pirates were rained out.