Prospect Watch: Rough Start for Yeudy Garcia; West Virginia Bats Break Out

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors and loses his prospect eligibility, 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 mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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5. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160807′);

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160807′);

7.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160807′);

8. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641771,’P’,’20160807′);

9. Will Craig, 3B, Morgantown –  [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20160807′);

10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160807′);

11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160807′);

12. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20160807′);

13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160807′);

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15. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160807′);

16. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160807′);

17. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160807′);

18. Tito Polo, OF, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(622738,’B’,’20160807′);

 19. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20160807′);

20. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160807′);

21. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160807′);

22. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160807′);

23. Taylor Hearn, LHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20160807′);

24. Adrian Valerio, SS – Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20160807′);

25. Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20160807′);

26. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160807′);

27. Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20160807′);

28. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20160807′);

29. Frank Duncan, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641538,’P’,’20160807′);

30. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20160807′);

P2 Top Performers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Frank Duncan’s future is uncertain as he may end up as a starting pitcher or transition back to being a reliever.

But one aspect of his game seems to be certain: Duncan is consistent. The Triple-A All-Star put together a solid, but not spectacular outing against Toledo on Sunday in the Indians’ 5-1 loss.

Duncan allowed just one run in 5.2 innings on Sunday. He gave up five hits, walking three and striking out seven. He threw 56 of his 95 pitches for a strike.

The good: Duncan pitched into the sixth inning for the fifth consecutive start, and for the 10th time in his last 11 starts. And he’s allowed two earned runs or less in all but one of those starts.

The bad: Duncan’s 95 pitches needs to get him further than 5.2 innings.

A few innings could have ended sooner. Duncan struck out the first two batters in the fifth inning, but then allowed a single to Alex Presley and he hit Chad Huffman with a pitch. Duncan got Steven Moya to popout to shortstop Gift Ngoepe to end the inning.

“Anytime you get two quick outs and have the ability to have a quick inning you have to take advantage of it,” Duncan said. “The last couple of starts I haven’t been able to.”

Duncan retired the side in the first inning, but ran into the only real trouble he faced in the second inning. Duncan allowed a one-out single and walk. Jordany Valdespin followed with an RBI single for the only run Duncan allowed. Centerfielder Austin Meadows made a nice play by throwing out Jacoby Jones trying to go from first to third on the hit.

In the third inning Duncan induced three groundouts, but mixed in a two-out walk to extend that inning.

“We’ve had a lot of lead-off walks, not just him,” Treanor said, “and we’ve had a lot of two-out walks, not just him. A lot of that has to do with your mindset. You get the first two guys out and you can have a tendency to relax and think the inning is over. The inning is not over…we all have to cut down on those.”

In the fourth inning, Duncan allowed a lead-off single to Dean Green before striking out the side — Dixon Machado, Jacoby Jones, and Jordany Valdespin.

A Green lineout opened the sixth inning. Machado followed with a single and Jones lined out. Duncan was given a chance to finish the inning, but threw three consecutive balls to Valdespin before throwing an intentional ball four for the walk, which ended his day.

A.J. Schugel entered in relief and got a flyout to strand those two runners. But then the seventh inning happened and it wasn’t pretty.

Schugel allowed five runs on four hits and got just one out in the inning before being removed. Justin Masterson entered in relief and allowed consecutive singles, not giving Schugel’s stat line any reprieve.

“Everything is elevated,” Treanor said. “I know he does elevate intentionally sometimes. But if you elevate it has to be out of the zone and he left some pitches elevated in the zone and got hurt by it.”

Edgar Santana made his Victory Field debut on Sunday. His velocity was 94 MPH consistently through his inning of work, reaching 95 MPH. Santana did not allow a run, but did give up two hits and Toledo made solid contact against the right-hander.

Green lined out to shortstop Gift Ngoepe, while Machado hit a hard lineout to Meadows in center. Santana then allowed consecutive singles — Jacoby Jones took a 95 MPH fastball to leftfield for a two-out single and Valdespin singled, before Miguel Gonzalez struck out to end the inning.

The Indianapolis offense has struggled, partly because they can’t help themselves. That was nearly the case in the fifth inning.

Jason Rogers reached on an infield single that came with some good fortune. His grounder up the middle deflected off second base and Toledo shortstop Machado fielded the ball cleanly but his throw was a step too late.

Max Moroff followed with a single to put runners on first and third with one out. Willy Garcia had multiple ways to bring in the tying run without necessarily getting a hit. But he did none of them and struck out on four pitches.

But Jacob Stallings, who is hitting just .195 this season, came through with an RBI single through to the opposite field to tie the game at 1-1.

And even when the Indians get base runners on via a hit or walk, their baserunning has left plenty to desire. Max Moroff singled in the second inning, but was caught in a rundown after being picked off.

Indianapolis entered Sunday leading the International League with 64 runners caught stealing. No other team has more than 38 runners that have been caught stealing. And that doesn’t include runners that were picked off. – Brian Peloza


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Altoona had a forgettable game on Sunday, dropping a 14-0 decision to Reading. Through three innings the game was scoreless. Then for their last five turns at the plate, Reading scored at least once in each inning. Cody Dickson started and went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks. He threw 95 pitches, with only 50 going for strikes. About the only good thing you can say about his start is that he recorded six strikeouts.

Jhondaniel Medina followed and gave up just one run over 1.1 innings. He was followed by Josh Smith, who got knocked around for six runs while recording just two outs. Trey Haley followed with three runs over 1.2 innings. Altoona pitchers combined for 12 walks, 11 hits and two hit batters.

The offense barely showed up with four hits and four walks. Edwin Espinal had two of the hits, while Erich Weiss had a single and two walks. Elvis Escobar has batted lead-off every game since being promoted to Altoona and he’s 5-for-22 in five games.


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Bradenton was cruising early against St Lucie, then it turned into a back and forth battle and an 11-10 loss. Yeudy Garcia started and threw four shutout innings before things fell apart in the fifth. With Bradenton already having a 6-0 lead at that point, the first five St Lucie batters reached base on two singles, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. After a sacrifice fly made it 6-3, Garcia recorded the second out and was one pitch away from ending the inning. That one pitch didn’t happen for awhile.

Garcia allowed a single to make it 6-5 and it ended his night. Sam Street came in and allowed a triple, a walk, a double and single. One of those runs was charged to Garcia, while three runs ended up going to Street, as St Lucie emerged with a 9-6 lead. The Marauders went down another run, before scoring two in both the eighth and ninth innings to tie the score. In the bottom of the ninth, Luis Heredia allowed two walks and two singles, for the walk-off loss.

Bradenton hitters picked up 11 hits and ten walks, with every player reaching base at least once. Only Kevin Kramer and Connor Joe failed to collect a hit. Pablo Reyes had the big hits, driving in four runs. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and his 18th double. Tito Polo had two singles, two walks, two stolen bases and scored a run. He now has 32 stolen bases, tops in the system. Cole Tucker had a single, an RBI and two walks. He has a six-game hitting streak and has reached base in 12 consecutive games. Erik Lunde even got in on the action, with two hits, two walks and three runs scored.


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West Virginia had a big game at the plate and almost everyone in the lineup was involved. Dario Agrazal started and had a tough outing, but he didn’t need to be that good on this day for a win, as the Power scored a dozen runs in the 12-7 victory.

The 3-5 hitters in the lineup all drove in three runs. Logan Hill had a single, double and two walks. Carlos Munoz had two singles and his 18th double. Daniel Arribas hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Mitchell Tolman had two hits, scored twice, and picked up an RBI. Ryan Nagle had three singles and an RBI. Alfredo Reyes scored twice and stole his 27th base.

Agrazal pounded the strike zone, with 50 of his 72 pitches going for strikes. He still allowed five runs over five innings and hurt himself by plunking three batters. With one walk and six strikeouts, he now has a 14:70 BB/SO ratio this season.

Taylor Hearn followed him and had a rough second appearance for the Power since being acquired from the Nationals for Mark Melancon. In 2.2 innings, he allowed two runs on a walk and three hits, including a home run. On the bright side, he picked up six strikeouts, though he needed 53 pitches to get through his limited outing.

Casey Hughston went 0-for-5 and he’s now on a 4-for-46 streak.


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MORGANTOWN, WV – For most of this week, Morgantown has struggled to come up big on offense, leading to a lot of one run losses. That changed last night, when they got a big walk-off game winning hit from Chris Harvey in the 10th inning, scoring two runs and avoiding another one run loss. Today, they didn’t even flirt with the possibility of a close game.

The Black Bears broke out the bats, winning 9-1 while picking up 12 hits. Last night’s hero, Harvey, stepped up early today, hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 3-1.

“In my previous at-bat, he went fastball, breaking ball,” Harvey said of the opposing pitcher’s approach. “I knew once he missed with the first breaking ball, he was going to come up with another one eventually. I was fortunate enough to catch one in front of the barrel.”

The offense didn’t stop from there. Kevin Mahala, Albert Baur, Nick King, and Stephen Alemais all had two hit games. Will Craig picked up a double to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The offense gave plenty of support for the pitching staff.

The pitching didn’t need much help. Cam Vieaux, a left-handed pitcher drafted in the sixth round this year, pitched a gem, giving up one run on six hits in six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. He only needed 67 pitches, with 53 strikes.

[He had his] best stuff,” Harvey said of his pitcher. “Cam’s been consistent for us the entire year. He kept his fastball in and out, down in the zone. Used his slider. Used his changeup sparingly, but effectively. He just kept it in and out. Got punchouts when he needed. Got ground balls when he needed to. He’s doing that the entire year.”

Black Bears manager Wyatt Toregas echoed the same thoughts, noting that the slider played very well today.

“He pitched in extremely well,” Toregas said. “Gave up the one run, but I thought he did a good job of bouncing right back and just giving us a quality start. Slider was probably the best it’s been all year long today. Staying back from the backside, he was able to get more tilt to it. He was throwing it, and it was ducking under barrels, and was getting chases.”

The fastball was sitting 88-91, hitting 92 twice. The slider was sitting around 80, and his changeup was coming in around 82. There’s not a ton of velocity there, but he gets results by filling the zone, pitching to contact, and pitching to the inside of the plate while keeping the ball down.

Clark Eagan went 1-for-3, but left the game early after missing a diving catch where he then rolled hard into the wall. He stayed in after the play, and didn’t need trainers at the time, but said he felt something, and was removed as a precaution. Toregas said he was hurt more on the dive than hitting the wall.

In other injury news, Adrian Grullon hasn’t pitched since July 2nd, after undergoing a setback in his return from elbow injuries. Grullon had Tommy John in mid-2014, and missed all of last year with the recovery, due to a setback in the second half. The good news is that he’s throwing now, and is hoping to get back into a game next week.

“We’ve got to be careful with it,” Toregas said. “He’s built up his progression. Everything is looking good. It’s where it should be. We’re going to start getting after it a little harder here, and I think that’s going to tell us a little bit more.” – Tim Williams

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Bristol’s offense is the worst in the Appalachian League by far, so it was good to see them put up five runs on 12 hits on Sunday. Now only if the pitching didn’t allow 18 runs to the team with the worst record in the league, the Pirates could feel good about their outburst on offense.

I’ll start with the good, because the pitching was ugly. The 4-7 hitters in the lineup combined for nine hits for the Pirates. Starting with the cleanup hitter, Jhoan Herrera had three hits, including his 12th double. He scored a run and picked up an RBI. Huascar Fuentes had two hits, a walk and scored a run. Adrian Valerio had two hits, including his tenth double. He scored a run and recorded his 20th RBI. Raul Siri had two singles and a walk, while scoring a run.

Starter Nicholas Economos lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up nine runs to drop him to a 1-5 record and a 7.93 ERA. He is limited to five innings per start, but he’s been able to reach that figure just three times in nine tries. Nick Hutchings followed him and limited the damage in the third, but recorded just one out in the fourth, with five runs scoring. Nestor Oronel followed and allowed four runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings. Evan Piechota and Geoff Hartlieb split the last two innings and somehow retired all six batters they faced.


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The GCL Pirates are off on Sunday


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The DSL Pirates are off on Sunday

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    August 7, 2016 10:39 pm

    I preface this with the obvious – its VERY early…..
    The early returns on Rivero and Hearn have been less than overwhelming….

    • 6 of the 8 outs Hearn recorded were strikeouts. To me that says we might have something here.

  • Ask yourself do you want Cole on the mound to win a big game? He is good but not dependable to the point where he can match up against other teams number one starters and consistently beat them. He is the pirates best but a number two on most every other team. Forget what the numbers show he is not a true number one starter now. Maybe he will get there in another year or three.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      August 7, 2016 10:43 pm

      I’ve said this before, Cole is not a #1 or ace of a staff. He has the stuff to be that, but he doesn’t have the mental makeup in my opinion. The same observations were made of him when he was at UCLA – he was very good in college, but he was seldom dominant. 0-6 against the Reds? Really?
      I think he still needs to mature some (see his act at Penguin games this past season), and he could still become a #1.

  • So I am headed to Charleston Saturday – need a great restaurant for dinner with my college roomie – some 50 years ago and a hotel that works with the ballpark and restaurants – thanks for any and all suggestions

    • The Sheraton Four Points on the river is really good. You can usually get a good deal on Priceline.

      As for restaurants, I’d say Pies and Pints or Black Sheep. One is a specialty pizza place, and the other is a specialty burrito place.

      And if you’re there on the weekend, definitely go for brunch at Black Sheep. It’s amazing. I’m considering extending my stay an extra day so I can get that on my way out of town.

  • That makes about as much sense as the folks verbally harassing Cutch today!

  • Pirates should put Cole on the market to see what he can bring in return. Maybe there are team’s out there that see him as a number one starter and will massively over pay for him. He is gone any way in free agency and by this time every pirate fan can see he is not as good as his stuff.

    • Even with the Reds being in his head, most analysts had him the 9th or 10th best pitcher in the game after his 2015 season. 19-8, 2.60era, 2.66fip, 9ks & 2bb per9, that’s Ace material.

    • Ummm, no.

    • He is not having the best of years, but 2.94 ERAs don’t grow on trees, Joe.

      I would take 5 “not as good as his stuff” pitchers like Cole on my staff and take my chances.

  • Pirates have given up on this one! Hughes has become consistently bad!

  • piraterican21
    August 7, 2016 2:20 pm

    Cole v Reds, what a mismatch that has been. In favor of the Reds! NH, please do something about this pathetic offense, like Bell for example, even if he’s “struggling ” just do something, anything.

    • Hopefully Taillon develops into an ace, because Cole just doesn’t seem to have it consistently enough.

      • He did last year. Even with the Reds being in his head, most analysts had him the 9th or 10th best pitcher in the game after his 2015 season. 19-8, 2.60era, 2.66fip, 9ks & 2bb per9.

      • I can see Taillon becoming a better pitcher than Cole someday. Hell, he may be there already.