The month of June has come to an end, so it’s time to take a look at the team leaders around the farm system for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’m going to include Morgantown and the DSL, but it’s a little too early to include the GCL or Bristol, so they can wait until the end of next month.


Starting at the top with Indianapolis, Josh Bell leads the team with 45 runs, 96 hits, 19 doubles, 12 homers, 51 RBIs, a .410 OBP and a .541 slugging

Alen Hanson leads with five triples and 18 stolen bases

Max Moroff leads with 48 walks

Adam Frazier leads with a .333 average, which actually leads the entire league

For pitchers, Tyler Glasnow leads with seven wins, a 1.70 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 90 innings pitched

Jameson Taillon leads with an 0.81 WHIP

Jorge Rondon has six saves


Austin Meadows leads with eight triples, nine stolen bases, a .365 OBP and a .611 slugging

Harold Ramirez leads with 43 runs and 83 hits

Jose Osuna leads with 18 doubles and 38 RBIs

Eric Wood has nine homers

Erich Weiss has 27 walks

Edwin Espinal has a .317 average

For pitchers, Tyler Eppler leads with 94.2 innings pitched and 61 strikeouts.

Jared Lakind leads with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP

Montana DuRapau has 13 saves

Eppler, Clay Holmes and Cody Dickson have six wins


Kevin Newman leads with a .366 average, .428 OBP and .494 slugging

Kevin Kramer leads with 70 hits and 30 RBIs

Chase Simpson leads with four triples and he’s tied with Taylor Gushue with six homers

Connor Joe has 15 doubles

The recently released Jeff Roy has nine steals

Elvis Escobar and Jordan Luplow have 31 runs scored

Michael Suchy has 32 walks

For pitchers, Yeudy Garcia leads with a 2.17 ERA and 81 strikeouts

Austin Coley has nine wins and 76.2 innings pitched

Stephen Tarpley has a 1.16 WHIP

Luis Heredia has nine saves


Tito Polo leads with 46 runs, 68 hits, 12 homers, three triples, 20 stolen bases, a .551 slugging and .302 average

Danny Arribas has 41 walks and a .395 OBP

Ryan Nagle has 15 doubles

Carlos Munoz has 38 RBIs

For pitchers, Mitch Keller has a 2.71 ERA, 79 strikeouts, 0.86 WHIP

Logan Sendelbach has 81 innings pitched

Julio Eusebio has six saves

Keller, Sendelbach and Dario Agrazal have five wins


Sandy Santos leads with 11 runs, 16 hits, four doubles (tied with Albert Baur), a .435 OBP, .585 slugging and .390 average

Jordan George leads with three triples and nine walks

Hunter Owen and Kevin Krause have the only homers, one each

Erik Forgione and Ty Moore have three steals

Albert Baur has nine RBIs

For pitchers, Neil Kozikowski has a 2.16 ERA and an 0.36 WHIP

James Marvel leads with 15.2 innings pitched

Julio Vivas has 13 strikeouts

Yunior Montero has two wins and Brandon Bingel has two saves


Rodolfo Castro leads with 11 runs, 21 hits, six doubles, two triples (tied with Cristopher Perez), one homer (tied with Rudy Guzman) and 13 RBIs

Cristopher Perez leads with a .462 OBP, .543 slugging and .391 average

Sherten Apostel has 14 walks

Francisco Mepris and Rudy Guzman have four steals

For pitchers, Leandro Pina has a 0.00 ERA and 0.85 WHIP

Roger Santana leads with 22.2 innings pitched and 23 strikeouts

Ramon Garcia has four saves

Wilmer Contreras and Oliver Garcia have two wins


The Pirates were off on Thursday.


Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pirates were off yesterday, as they traveled to Oakland for three games against the A’s. Jeff Locke will be on the mound for Pittsburgh, while Oakland will go with Sonny Gray. In Locke’s last two starts combined, he has allowed one run over 13.2 innings, with ten hits and one walk. He has recorded three strikeouts in each of his last three games. Gray has a 5.03 ERA in 78.2 innings, with 63 strikeouts and a 1.46 WHIP. He has pitched well in his last two games, giving up one run over six innings against the Brewers, then two runs over six innings against the Angels.

In the minors,  Indianapolis has a doubleheader today with Wilfredo Boscan going in game one and no starter announced yet for the second game. Two top 30 prospects are on the mound tonight with Stephen Tarpley going for Bradenton and Gage Hinsz on the mound for West Virginia. Tarpley looks to continue a recent run in which he has allowed just two runs in 22 innings over four starts. He has a .226 BAA and a 1.16 WHIP in nine starts this season. Hinsz allowed three runs over five innings in his last start. After striking out a career-high nine batters on June 14th, he has just four strikeouts in ten innings since.

Miguel Hernandez goes for the GCL Pirates, while fifth round draft pick Blake Cederlind is likely starting for Bristol, although it says TBD. Morgantown is also TBD, who sounds like he will be busy today. (UPDATE: TBD has been scratched in favor of Justin Masterson in game two for Indianapolis and Luis Escobar for Morgantown)

MLB: Pittsburgh (38-41) @ A’s (35-44) 10:10 PM
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5.12 ERA, 28:46 BB/SO, 89.2 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (43-37) @ Toledo (33-46) 5:35 PM DH (season preview)
Probable starter: Wilfredo Boscan (3.46 ERA, 5:35 BB/SO, 54.2 IP) and Justin Masterson

AA: Altoona (44-34) vs Bowie (34-45) 7:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Alex McRae (8.55 ERA, 8:13 BB/SO, 20.0 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (41-34) vs Charlotte (36-40) 6:30 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Stephen Tarpley (3.40 ERA, 15:42 BB/SO, 45.0 IP)

Low-A: West Virginia (40-37) vs Columbia (38-40) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Gage Hinsz (4.44 ERA, 7:21 BB/SO, 26.1 IP)

Short-Season A: Morgantown (7-7) vs Auburn (9-5) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable Starter: Luis Escobar

Rookie: Bristol (5-3) vs Burlington (5-3) 7:00 PM (season preview)

GCL: Pirates (2-3) vs Blue Jays (3-3) 12:00 PM (season preview)

DSL: Pirates (7-16) vs Yankees1 (11-11) 10:30 AM (season preview)


Here is the third hit from Josh Bell on Wednesday. He also had a walk in this game, reaching base in all four plate appearances.


7/1: Julio Vivas promoted to West Virginia.

7/1: Rinku Singh assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab

6/30: Jorge Rondon sent outright to Indianapolis.

6/30: Erik Lunde assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/30: Raul Hernandez assigned to Bradenton.

6/30: Jose Regalado placed on disabled list. Tanner Anderson promoted to Bradenton.

6/30: Tomas Morales assigned to Indianapolis. Ed Easley released.

6/30: Jose Osuna promoted to Indianapolis. Jhondaniel Medina assigned to Altoona.

6/29: Pirates sign Nick King and Daniel Cucjen.

6/28: Trevor Williams activated from temporary inactive list.

6/28: Carl Anderson assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/28: Pirates sign Max Kranick. Assigned to GCL Pirates.

6/27: Pirates sign Buddy Borden. Assigned to Bradenton.

6/27: Jeff Roy assigned to Bristol.

6/27: Erik Lunde placed on the disabled list.

6/26: Pirates purchase the contract of Chad Kuhl. Kyle Lobstein optioned to Indianapolis.

6/26: Pirates designate Curtis Partch for assignment.

6/26: Pirates unconditionally release Cory Luebke.

6/26: Trevor Williams placed on bereavement list.

6/26: Tomas Morales sent to Bradenton.

6/25: Justin Maffei assigned to Altoona.

6/25: Luis Paula and David Whitehead assigned to Bristol on rehab.

6/24: Pirates purchase the contract of Adam Frazier. Designate Cole Figueroa for assignment.

6/24: Juan Nicasio activated from restricted list. Designate Jorge Rondon for assignment.

6/24: Jacob Stallings optioned to Indianapolis.

6/23: JT Brubaker added to Bradenton roster. Colten Brewer placed on temporary inactive list.

6/23: Tito Polo assigned to Bradenton.

6/22: Pirates recall Kyle Lobstein. Wilfredo Boscan optioned to Indianapolis.

6/22: Jhondaniel Medina assigned to Indianapolis.

6/21: Pirates recall Wilfredo Boscan. Curtis Partch optioned to Indianapolis.

6/21: Pirates sign Braeden Ogle.

6/20: Trace Tam Sing and Erik Lunde added to Bradenton roster. Pablo Reyes placed on temporary inactive list.

6/19: Steven Brault sent to Morgantown on a rehab assignment.

6/19: Pirates purchase the contract of Jacob Stallings. Jason Rogers optioned to Indianapolis.

6/19: Tomas Morales promoted to Indianapolis.

6/18: Pirates option Rob Scahill to Indianapolis. Recall Jason Rogers, Jorge Rondon and Curtis Partch.

6/18: Cory Luebke designated for assignment.

6/18: Juan Nicasio placed on restricted list.

6/17: Pirates released Garrett Russini and Guido Knudson.

6/17: Pirates sign Matt Frawley, Stephen Owen and Arden Pabst.


Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, plus a trade of note. Starting with the players, we have pitcher Al Tate (1946), pitcher Frank Barrett (1950) and outfielder Fritz Scheeren (1914-15). Barrett has an interesting note to his career stats. They have been officially wrong for at least the last 40 years. Sometime between his last game and the printing of the 1976 baseball encyclopedia, his stats got changed to what they read now. He actually pitched a little less with the Pirates and gave up a run less. In this article from 2012, I broke down where the changes were made, which gave him a 4.15 ERA, when in fact he had a 2.45 ERA during his brief stay in Pittsburgh.

On this date in 1921, the Pirates traded pitcher Elmer Ponder to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Dave Robertson. The Pirates were hardly using Ponder and Robertson was struggling with Chicago, so both players got a chance for more playing time with their new team. Robertson put on a show at the plate with Pittsburgh, hitting .322 the rest of the way and he drove in 48 runs in 60 games. Ponder got hit around in Chicago, so short-term, it looked like a great deal. Robertson, who won two home run crowns earlier in his career, decided to hold out in Spring Training the next year and the move backfired. The Pirates released him and he later signed with the Giants, but had a tough season, and one that would be his last in the majors.

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  1. They seem pretty high on the TBD Guy. Any chance of him breaking the 40 man and starting in Pittsburgh soon???

      • I appreciate it, but it looks like they replaced him with Masterson and Luis Escobar, so his moments in the sun are no more

        • Seriously, I heard that guy has a consistent high 90’s fastball, above average slider and a curve that has crazy late drop. I mean I heard he was dominant. Oh well maybe someday. 🙂 Its my birthday I have to have fun. Have a great 4th.

    • I can’t wait to see how his “walk an inning” style of pitching works out in the Majors against Major League Hitters.

      I hate Niese and Frankie’s pitching as much as you, but TG is gonna get his ball cap handed to him at this point.

      • I think their .264 and .293 opp batting average has a lot to do with their ineffectiveness also. Both are giving more than a hit per innings. Glasnow has a .175 opp BA.

        An Altoona journalist was on the radiolast week and said Glasnow was the least hit pitcher in the last decade in the minor leagues. I don’t how accurate that is but does have a career .172 opp BA in the minors and his walk rate isn’t that far off his career numbers. Prior to this year he walk .46 per innings and this its .56 per inning.

        If you walk three guys in an inning but strike three out, that is still a good inning. Its not like he will face the Cubs every outing. There are a lot of teams in the national league that have a good number of hitters who are border line major leaguers.

      • I really liked the way the Dodgers treated Urias. Called him up, his performances were much less than what he had been doing in the minors, and now he is back down with a memory of what it takes to pitch at the MLB level. If Glasnow comes up and gets his butt handed to him, he may learn what he needs to work on in each start if he gets sent back down. It is too hard to replicate the MLB experience – he’s a tough enough kid to handle it – and he may surprise us.

  2. Adam Frazier is listed as leading the IL with a .333 batting average, with Josh Bell now second with a .327 average. If you would have listed individually all of the offensive categories where Josh Bell leads AAA Indianapolis – 7 lines.

    Of the qualified batters in AAA, only 7 in the IL are above .300 and the top two are Pirates. By comparison, there are 22 hitters above .300 in the PCL.

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