As Tim Williams mentioned in the Site Updates article from Thursday, we are still waiting for the daily stats to work in the Prospect Watch for the top 30 players. We have been mentioning each player in the game recaps and the boxscores have been working the entire time, so we have been trying to do a good job of making up for the stats missing while we wait for it to be fixed. That being said, how about stats for each of the top 30 prospects, who aren’t rehabbing injuries (Nick Kingham and Barrett Barnes) or in Extended Spring Training (Braeden Ogle, Max Kranick and Travis MacGregor).

Here are the remaining 25 players with one slight change. I took out Jose Osuna, who we are leaving on the list until Monday just to make sure he sticks with the Pirates. In his place, I’ve included Indianapolis reliever Pat Light, who will take over the 30th spot from Osuna if he sticks.

Austin Meadows, AAA – .184/.255/.286 in 13 games

Mitch Keller, High-A – 14.1 IP, 5.02 ERA, .268 BAA, 1.12 WHIP, 11 SO

Kevin Newman, AA – .304/.385/.391 in 11 games

Cole Tucker, High-A – .204/.302/.259 in 14 games. Leads system with 11 stolen bases

Ke’Bryan Hayes, High-A – .233/.298/.326 in 11 games

Will Craig, High-A – .269/.387/.327 in 14 games

Taylor Hearn, High-A – 13.2 IP, 5.27 ERA, .296 BAA, 1.46 WHIP, 16 SO

Gage Hinsz, High-A – 9.2 IP, 6.52 ERA, .243 BAA, 1.34 WHIP, 6 SO

Steven Brault, AAA – 15.0 IP, 3.60 ERA, .222 BAA, 1.33 WHIP, 12 SO

Clay Holmes, AAA – 10.2 IP, 5.06 ERA, .341 BAA, 1.97 WHIP, 11 SO

Elias Diaz, AAA – .275/.293/.375 in ten games

Edgar Santana, AAA – 8.0 IP, 1.13 ERA, .154 BAA, 0.63 WHIP, 6 SO

Luis Escobar, Low-A – 16.2 IP, 3.24 ERA, .219 BAA, 0.95 WHIP, 32 SO

Dovydas Neverauskas, AAA – 7.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, .154 BAA, 0.95 WHIP, 5 SO

Yeudy Garcia, AA – 4.2 IP, 9.64 ERA, .381 BAA, 2.46 WHIP, 4 SO

Kevin Kramer, AA – .417/.571/.778 in 11 games

Tyler Eppler, AAA – 17.0 IP, 1.06 ERA, .164 BAA, 0.65 WHIP, 11 SO

Stephen Alemais, Low-A – .275/.341/.600 in ten games

Brandon Waddell, AA – 4.0 IP, 9.00 ERA, .188 BAA, 1.00 WHIP, 5 SO (currently on DL)

Max Moroff, AAA – .208/.288/.566 in 13 games. Leads system with five homers

Eric Wood, AAA – .140/.220/.349 in 13 games

JT Brubaker, AA – 17.0 IP, 4.76 ERA, .323 BAA, 1.65 WHIP, 13 SO

Chris Bostick, AAA – .265/.294/.429 in 13 games

Connor Joe, AA – .206/.325/.294 in 12 games

Pat Light, AAA – 7.2 IP, 3.52 ERA, .231 BAA, 1.17 WHIP, 6 SO


Pirates were off on Thursday


Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pittsburgh Pirates were off yesterday. They open a three-game series against the New York Yankees tonight. Tyler Glasnow will make his third start against lefty CC Sabathia, who has a 1.47 ERA through three starts.

In the minors, Gage Hinsz makes his third start of the season for Bradenton. He couldn’t get out of the fourth inning in his first start, then bounced back with a six inning performance his last time out. Altoona’s Tanner Anderson has given up one run over his first two starts and he has posted a 3.40 GO/AO ratio.

MLB: Pittsburgh (6-9) vs Yankees (10-5) 7:05 PM
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (12.15 ERA, 7:8 BB/SO, 6.2 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (4-10) vs Scranton-WB (6-7) 7:15 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Josh Lindblom (3.27 ERA, 2:13 BB/SO, 11.0 IP)

AA: Altoona (9-4) @ Akron (4-9) 6:35 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Tanner Anderson (0.84 ERA, 4:4 BB/SO, 10.2 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (9-6) vs Clearwater (11-4) 6:30 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Gage Hinsz (6.52 ERA, 4:6 BB/SO, 9.2 IP)

Low-A: West Virginia (7-8) vs Lakewood (8-7) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Matt Anderson (7.50 ERA, 6:10 BB/SO, 12.0 IP)


From Wednesday, the fifth home run of the season from Max Moroff, which is tops among all Pirates


4/20: Chris Diaz assigned to Altoona

4/19: Brett McKinney assigned to Extended Spring Training. Johnny Barbato added to Indianapolis roster.

4/18: Starling Marte suspended 80 games by MLB. Pirates recall Jose Osuna

4/18: Brandon Waddell placed on disabled list

4/18: Joey Terdoslavich added to Indianapolis roster

4/18: Pedro Vasquez added to Bradenton roster. Julio Eusebio assigned to Extended Spring Training

4/17: Pirates acquire Johnny Barbato from New York Yankees. Barbato optioned to Indianapolis.

4/15: Cam Vieaux added to West Virginia roster. Mike Wallace assigned to Extended Spring Training

4/13: Julio Eusebio added to Bradenton roster. Pedro Vasquez assigned to Extended Spring Training


Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, with three of them playing during this century. Kip Wells, Ronnie Paulino and Jack Taschner all put in time during the down years between playoff appearances. The one player that didn’t play during this current era is shortstop Stan Rojek, who was a member of the Pirates from 1948 until 1951. Rojek didn’t have a career that stands out in the majors, but he did serve during WWII, missing three years of his playing career in the process.

Speaking of Rojek, the first year he served in the military was 1943 and that year was the only time the Pirates opened up a season on April 21st. Like every other team in baseball, the Pirates has players leave to serve in the military. The club was still strong enough that season to finish with an 80-74 record. On Opening Day, Pittsburgh won 6-0 in Chicago with Rip Sewell on the mound. He pitched a complete game and Vince DiMaggio drove in two runs. You can see the boxscore here.

On this date in 1916, the Pirates lost an appeal from a day earlier, but it brought about a rule change from the league. Runner Doc Johnston was called out at third base when he was touched by third base coach Jimmy Callahan, even though the ball wasn’t in play at the time. The league announced the next day that umpires will no longer call players out for making contact with the coach unless it directly helps them in anyway, such as a coach pushing them back/towards the next base.

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  1. For those that were irate that the Pirates didn’t protect Eric Wood, might I direct your attention to Indianapolis.

  2. Love it! Thanks. As I think about the likely scenario for the Bucs over the first half of this season (Does anyone expect them to compete for a WC spot without Marte or Jung Ho Kang?), it seems likely there will be some changes made this year that would give some new opportunities to some of the guys on this list. Without being certain what to make of Marte for the future, I don’t think it is ridiculous to suggest the Bucs do a partial rebuild this year. How about moving Watson, Cutch, and Cervelli at the trade deadline? Bring up Diaz, Neverauskas, and Meadows when it happens (Assuming all are ready at that point- I don’t think it is a stretch to think they will be). How about moving one more guy to really stock the farm? How about moving Gerrit Cole? This year is lost, and I think their core will still be developing next year. It is possible to get a tremendous haul for him that would make this team much better when they are ready to compete again. Thoughts?

  3. I’d hoped for more but it’s very early. For example, to look at Holmes’ numbers on the season and to come to a conclusion is ignoring last nights game. I fully expect Escobar’s K/IP rate and Alemais’ slugging % to sustain throughout the season and I will pissed and disappointed if they don’t.

  4. Lets get into May so that some of those stats improve from the top players. I think the cold weather is holding the players back.

  5. It’s very early but yikes those are some ugly numbers in the top 10

    Keller’s ERA misleading, WHIP is good and from what I saw other day on MILB TV he looks solid even if he didn’t have the command he usually does.

    Hearn showing better control so far than I anticipated and racking up the Ks so that’s good.

    But really… Meadows, Tucker, Hayes and Craig off to rather unimpressive starts.

    Not taking much solace with Craig’s OBP in A+ ball. If the slugging doesn’t improve in a few months I am going to start wondering about the wood bats.

    • Optimistically, I’d say that A-ball pitchers combined with Craig’s passivity are simply a bad match. That he’s learning what pitches to jump on instead of taking.

      However, that would seem to ignore his college track record where he had no problem putting balls into the seats with metal bats and a bandbox home park.

      • Hope you’re right about the mismatch there. Clearly early, but not the start you’re looking for most of the blue chippers.

  6. It looks like HOFer Al Lopez caught Rip Sewell on that day. Any idea if he was inducted as a catcher (most games played prior to Gar Carter but only 1,547 hits and a lifetime slashline of .261/.326/.337) or as a manager (1,410-1,004 with no losing seasons when he coached the full year)?

    He got a lot of respect during his playing career as he was twice in the top 30 MVP voting for the Pirates:
    – 1941 (354 ABs and slash of .265/.330/.347)
    – 1945 (280 ABs and a slash of .218/.317/.251)

    • Lopez was inducted as a manager. As a player, his highest vote total was 39%. His games caught total was broken by Bob Boone, not Carter. Then Carlton Fisk passed Boone, then Ivan Rodriguez juiced his way to the current high. I put a huge asterisk next to that record because steroids help with muscle recovery and I have a hard time believing someone who caught in the Texas heat would have got the record without the help he obviously took.

    • Besides Newman and Kramer there is nobody setting the world on fire with their bats. Bring back Seinfeld!

      • With Jordy approaching his 31st birthday and showing little sign of regaining the bat and glove that briefly made him an average big leaguer, X number of at-bats at a given level better not be what holds Newman back from big league action next year.

        Unless there happens to specifically be something defensively – coach or situation – in Altoona they want him to work on, he needs to be facing pitching as close to Major League-caliber as he can until he gets the call.

        • They just need to get that Jordy extension done.

          I think you captured the essence of Jordy, he briefly was average and was a very nice, cheap compliment to what the roster was at that time.

          But right now, the sooner Newman is ready the better. I’m not saying he necessarily be up in 2017(I would like to see him put up slightly better #s even though they are quite good) but I think this team needs to move on from Jordy soon.

          He’s getting worse(from a very low ceiling) and more expensive.

        • Unless Jordy turns it around soon I’d rather see Gift at SS. If you are going to concede the bat anyway why not get your best available glove at a key defensive position? It looks like most of the Buc victories will need to be of a 1-0 or 2-1 variety with both Kang and Marte gone.

  7. John … Thanks for the stats. Have you guys considered using year to date stats on the top of the prospect watch page? I can look at the box score for how they did on the current day, but unless they hit a HR, get a SB, or a win. I don’t know where they stand year to date. Also, this might just be me but I can’t scroll to the right to see the OBP or SLG.

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