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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1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20160712′);
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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – In the Majors

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

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160712′);
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6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160712′);
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7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160712′);
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8. Elias Diaz, C, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20160712′);
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9. Nick Kingham, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160712′);
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10. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160712′);
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11. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160712′);
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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160712′);
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 14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20160712′);
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15.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160712′);
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16. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Pirates – In the Majors

17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160712′);
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18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160712′);
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19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160712′);
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20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160712′);
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21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160712′);
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22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160712′);
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23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160712′);
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24. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160712′);
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25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160712′);
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26. Adrian Valerio, SS – Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20160712′);
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27. Adam Frazier, INF/OF, Pirates – In the Majors

28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160712′);
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29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160712′);
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30. JT Brubaker, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160712′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

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Altoona is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton has off tonight.

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gage Hinsz’s 2-4 record is woefully unfair to the young pitcher. His worst start saw him give up five runs, and with tonight’s seven shutout innings, Hinsz’s ERA has dropped to 3.47. The Power offense, though, hasn’t come through to support Hinsz’s efforts; in Hinsz’s eight starts, they have scored eleven runs with him on the mound. (This does not include any runs scored after Hinsz left the game.)

Tonight’s start marked a high point for Hinsz’s 2016 campaign, which is remarkable considering he threw five shutout innings and gave up a mere three hits in his debut. His health control were the biggest concerns going into the season. He is fully healthy now, but although his control is greatly improved, he has given up at least one walk and/or hit batter in each of his starts…until tonight. An impressive 57 of Hinsz’s 78 pitches went for strikes.

Hinsz relied almost exclusively on his fastball, banging it low in the zone. He went to his looping curveball on a handful of occasions, notably using it to get an inning-ending strikeout in the second. He was extremely efficient, especially in later innings, needing only 24 total pitches to get through the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.

Although the box score will tell you that Hinsz allowed six hits, it is a bit misleading. The only true success the Augusta Greenjackets had came on the second inning double, which scorched past a diving Tyler Filliben at third. Four of the other five hits, all singles, fell into the gaps between the middle infield and the outfield. The other single could have been listed as an error as the ball popped out of Alfredo Reyes’s glove.

Despite Hinsz’s brilliance, the Power kept the Augusta Greenjackets in the game by, once again, struggling offensively. Casey Hughston struck quickly with a lead-off triple and then came around to score on a Mitchell Tolman sacrifice fly, but after that, the Power mustered only two base runners. The Hughston lead-off run would stand as the only offense of the night as the Power won 1-0.

This offensive malaise can partially be attributed to their lack of plate discipline. In six of Greenjacket starter Michael Connolly’s eight innings, the Power saw twelve pitches or fewer. This continues a team-wide cold streak that saw the Power hit .150 on the recent seven-game road trip.

Cesilio Pimentel notched the save, his third of the season, with two perfect innings of relief. He showed off his exceptional 12-6 curve in the ninth, getting the second out via strikeout. – Abigail Miskowiec

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

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Morgantown moved to 11-14 on the season with a 1-0 win over Hudson Valley. Starter Matt Anderson threw three shutout innings, striking out five batters. In his first 10.2 innings as a pro, the Pirates 2016 tenth round pick has 19 strikeouts. He was followed by Luis Escobar, who has moved to a bullpen role as he struggles with his control. He had a solid outing on Tuesday night, throwing three shutout innings. Those results don’t tell the entire story though, as he needed 61 pitches to get through his short outing, with just 33 going for strikes. Escobar allowed three singles, a hit batter and a walk, while striking out one batter.

The Black Bears scored their lone run in the seventh. Albert Baur started the inning with a walk, then moved to second base on an error. Kevin Krause then grounded into a double play, moving Baur to third base. He would score on a wild pitch.

Morgantown had four hits all game. Third round pick Stephen Alemais improved his average to .289 with a 1-for-3 night, collecting a double in the first inning. First round pick Will Craig saw his average drop to .164 with an 0-for-4 night. Both Craig and Alemais committed their third errors of the season. Ty Moore had a single, HBP, stolen base and an outfield assist. Sandy Santos had a single and a walk. Kevin Mahala had a single and two walks.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
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Bristol has off tonight.

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The GCL Pirates lost a crazy game on a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game included six errors from the Pirates, an eight run inning, and 24 at-bats from the Tigers East with runners in scoring position. The Pirates took a 10-6 lead in the fifth inning, only to give up five runs in the bottom of the inning. They came back and tied it in the ninth, but reliever Francis Rodriguez loaded the bases with no outs before giving up the walk-off homer.

Starter Brian Sousa went four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks. Mister Luciano followed and all five batters he faced reached base and eventually came around to score. That brought in Alex Martinez, who threw four shutout innings, though he allowed all three inherited runners to score. Rodriguez followed him in the ninth and took the loss. Four of the runs against the Pirates were unearned, though they also got help from an error that led to four unearned runs.

Four players for the Pirates had two hits each in the game. Edison Lantigua had two singles, a walk, and scored two runs. Henrry Rosario had two hits, scored twice, and drove in two runs. One of those runs was on his fourth home run of the season. Andrew Walker had two hits, scored twice, walked and picked up an RBI. He hit his first double and stole his second base of the season. Nelson Jorge had a single, double, scored twice and drove in a pair. Yondry Contreras had an RBI ground out and an RBI single.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates had a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning, only to allow a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the 6-5 loss. Starter Adonis Pichardo gave up nine hits, but only allowed two runs over his five innings of work. Reliever Oliver Garcia lost the game with four runs over his 1.1 innings. The first batter and last batter he faced in the game was Luis Martinez and he tripled each time. Edgardo Leon threw a scoreless 1.2 innings to finish the game for the Pirates.

Top prospect Kevin Sanchez had the only two-hit game for the Pirates. He had a single, double, walk, run scored and his fourth stolen base. Catcher Samuel Inoa had a single, two walks and he drove in a pair of runs. Shortstop Rodolfo Castro has cooled down from his hot start. He is 1-for-16 in his last four games, with his average dropping down to .289 after an 0-for-4 in this game. Cristopher Perez tied Castro for the team lead when he hit his seventh double in this game.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Another nice outing by our 2016 No. 10 pick Matt Anderson. Only 43 pitches in 3 IP – do they have him on a pitch count?

    Hinsz is learning how to be a pitcher, and has been excellent his last 3 starts. Not big K numbers yet, and it seems as if the Pirates are very satisfied with him continuing to work his FB Command so far. He had been working with a circle change last year – is he continuing to throw that at all? Another excellent write-up by AM. Thank you.

    • AM was certainly a very nice addition to an already stable of excellent writers. She really brings a lot of insight.

    • Anderson threw a career high in innings this season with 91.2, but he also had 42 walks and 130 strikeouts, so there were a lot of pitches in there. They are limiting him to keep him from going too far over his previous high in one season

      • Thanks John. I am watching Anderson and Matt Eckelman hoping that one or the other follows the same path as Chad Kuhl, another low draft pick.

  2. Contrase strikeouts are mounting any reason to be concerned? He had a big issue with that in the DSL last year.

    • I wouldn’t worry at this point, he’s at a higher level so he’s facing tougher pitching. It’s not a good total, but it’s no worse than last year (just slightly better). I posted an article early in the year about the differences between GCL and DSL pitching and there were a lot, which explains why a lot of good hitters have struggled with the jump recently. Contreras is actually doing better, so that’s actually an accomplishment compared to what we have seen recently with players like Michael de la Cruz, Edison Lantigua, Raul Siri, Luis Perez, all advanced hitters who came over a struggled.

  3. Hinsz doesn’t seem to get the strikeout numbers that you would expect from a prospect at that level. I know he’s young for the league and everything. Also his walk totals seem to be going down, so that’s a good sign. Is he just focusing on control and pitching to contact or is something else going on there?

    • I have only seen him once this year and it was his nine strikeout game, so that doesn’t help answer your question. You can guarantee that he is working on fastball command and the 9:4 GO/AO ratio today, plus only 77 pitches tells you he was throwing a lot of strikes down in the zone and getting quick outs. The improvements with his control over last year are incredible. He has the stuff to be a strikeout pitcher when he gets in trouble, but he really wasn’t in trouble in this game.

    • He did have a lot of swing and misses, but his velocity is a tick slower than the other big strikeout guys on the staff, resulting in ground balls once the batters started to get a handle on his timing. His curveball is his strikeout pitch, and, like John says, he doesn’t need to go to it when he’s getting results like tonight. When I last talked to him, at the end of June, he said he is focusing on control now that he has his mechanics nailed down.

      • Thanks guys! Good for him if he can just keep pitching like this, it’ll get him deeper into games. 77 pitches in seven innings is pretty incredible. Anyway, strikeouts are boring, and besides that they’re fascist.
        Will someone please let me know if they see Bull Durham on TV anytime soon? I’ve been wanting to watch it ever since Glasnow’s debut.

      • Abigail, thanks for pointing out that Augusta only one of Augusta’s hits was hit hard. That type of info is why I subscribe to the site.

  4. Mister Luciano’s been having a really rough time of it.
    No worries about him being released…..who would tell him?
    I wouldn’t tell him.

    • Who would tell me! He needs to make the majors! I don’t think he is in danger of being released due to his age and the fact he does have a good arm. Who knows by the end of the season though. I definitely wouldn’t rank him as the worst pitching prospect in the system

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