Prospect Watch: Gage Hinsz Leaves Early in First Game Back off Disabled List

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time, or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. 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 more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Mid-Season Update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20170814′);
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3. Shane Baz, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669358,’P’,’20170814′);
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4. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170814′);
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5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170814′);
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6. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170814′);
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7. Will Craig, 1B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170814′);
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8. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170814′);
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9. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170814′);
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10. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170814′);
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11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668751,’B’,’20170814′);
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12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170814′);
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13Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170814′);
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14. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170814′);
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15. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis– [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170814′);
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16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170814′);
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17. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20170814′);
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18. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170814′);
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19. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170814′);
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20. Steven Jennings, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(675651,’P’,’20170814′);
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21. Adrian Valerio, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20170814′);
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22. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170814′);
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23. Conner Uselton, OF, GCL Pirates – Disabled List

24. Max Moroff, INF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170814′);
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25. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170814′);
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26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170814′);
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27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(622747,’P’,’20170814′);
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28. Logan Hill, LF, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664930,’B’,’20170814′);
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29.  Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170814′);
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30. Lolo Sanchez, CF, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(665975,’B’,’20170814′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis has off today.

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Altoona has off today.

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Bradenton got just 1.2 innings out of Gage Hinsz before he walked off the field after a meeting with the trainer. Hinsz was pitching for the first time since July 26th and there were signs of something wrong from the start. His fastball sits 94-96 MPH normally, but he was 91-92 on this night. He was throwing strikes until the last batter he faced, walking him on four pitches. That resulted in a visit from pitching coach Matt Ford, who then motioned to the trainer. After a quick visit, Hinsz left the mound.

Despite the possible bad news, the Marauders had a good day, winning 13-6 over Daytona. Bret Helton was forced into five innings of relief and he gave up two runs while picking up the win. Stephen Alemais was the hitting hero, going 4-for-4 and driving in five runs. He had a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, a two-run single in the seventh inning and a two-run double in the eighth inning. Alemais is now batting .397 in 17 games with Bradenton.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had three hits and a walk. He scored a run and drove in a pair. Hayes hit his 11th double and stole his 26th base. Mitchell Tolman had two hits and drove in two runs. Kevin Krause collected two doubles and scored three runs. Alfredo Reyes had two singles, two runs scored, two stolen bases and he drove in two runs. Ty Moore had a single, two walks and he scored twice.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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West Virginia has off today.

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

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Morgantown is off for their All-Star break. They resume play on Wednesday.

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Bristol had their doubleheader postponed today, with the second game being canceled. They will try to play a doubleheader tomorrow. If neither game is played tomorrow, both will be canceled.

Prospect-Watch-GCL

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The GCL Pirates won 4-3 over Tigers East behind the hitting of shortstop Rodolfo Castro. The Pirates had 12 hits in the game, including three by Castro, who hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added an RBI single in the seventh inning. The homer was his fourth of the season. He leads all qualified hitters on the Pirates with an .864 OPS. Mason Martin, who went 1-for-5 with a single, run scored and three strikeouts today, is eight plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting leaders. He now has a 1.104 OPS through his first 25 games.

Jeremias Portorreal went 2-for-4 with his fifth double. Calvin Mitchell was 1-for-3 with a walk. Lolo Sanchez went 1-for-5 with a single, run scored and his 13th stolen base. Victor Ngoepe was 2-for-4 with a single and a triple.

Yeudry Manzanillo started and went six innings for the second straight time. He gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. Leandro Pina allowed one run over two innings, while Angel Vasquez threw a scoreless ninth for the save.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates lost 3-2 to the Indians on Monday morning, hurting their playoff chances with just 11 games left in the season.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead early with a two-run homer off of starter Osvaldo Bido. The Pirates came back in the top of the fourth with a home run from Carlos Garcia, his third of the season. After reliever Saul de la Cruz allowed a triple in the fifth inning, his wild pitch brought in the third run for the Indians. The Pirates got one back in the sixth on a Kyle Simmons hit-by-pitch, which was followed by his 12th stolen base, then an RBI single from Williams Calderon brought him home.

In the ninth inning, Ronaldo Paulino reached on an infield single with one out. Jean Eusebio pinch-ran for him, while John Lantigua batted for Larry Alcime. Those changes didn’t help, as Lantigua grounded into a double play to end the game.

The Pirates dropped to 4.5 games back of first place.

  • Five home runs the bucs pitchers allowed today. Three by their number one starter who in my humble opinion is no better than a three or four. He never can win to halt a losing streak. He needs to traded while he has any value at all. Know why he wasn’t traded at the deadline, easy no one wanted him. You lovers can come up with all the stats to tell me I am wrong but bottom line he is another in a very long line of pirate failed number one draft choices.

  • Rodolfo Castro has some pretty fair numbers so far. What’s your thoughts on him?

    • He hit well last year as the youngest player on the DSL team. Tim and Wilbur both saw him multiple times this season and seemed to like how he has looked on offense. The odd part about him is that his defense hasn’t been that good. It’s odd because the original reports when he signed said that he was advanced defensively, while the bat would need time to catch up. He has been the opposite, though the defensive reports seemed better last year than this year.

  • If Alemais can really hit does he turn him into a top 10 in the system?

    • I think if anyone can really hit, they have a chance for top ten in the system, so a plus defender at shortstop would certainly rate high. It’s 17 games though, and he has a longer track record of not hitting, so it’s not possible for him to get to the top ten this off-season, regardless of how his last 20 days of the season go.

      • Thanks! I had read WTM’s player page write up and it had mentioned that a prior shoulder injury may have affected his hitting his Junior year in college etc. It seems like he would be a breakout candidate if the bat continues to improve.

  • Pirates luck remains bad. Hope Gage is fine.

    • meatygettingsaucy
      August 15, 2017 12:18 am

      I’m sure we will have a better…………………………….. GAGE on his injury tomorrow (sunglasses on, cue “Won’t Get Fooled Again”)

      • They have not been open with information about him this year, so you may need to take those sunglasses off

        • Are they trying to pull the shade over our eyes?

          • I can’t tell you what they are trying to do with one specific player and why he was chosen to be that player. It has just been tough getting info specific to him. Hinsz said his shoulder wasn’t a problem after the first time, but he has been skipped, limited, pushed back and put on the DL for some reason.

            Now he appears to be injured again, but we will see if anything comes out. With such a short time left in the season, might just be best to shut him down. At this point, he would only have three starts left if he was fine. So not a big deal if he doesn’t pitch again unless there is a major problem

  • So Hinsz is injured right after he’s activated from DL?

    • Certainly appears that way, but I can’t say for sure. Won’t know until there is some type of update.

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