Prospect Watch: Mitch Keller and Tyler Glasnow on the Mound Tonight

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’,’20170822′);
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3. Shane Baz, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669358,’P’,’20170822′);
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4. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170822′);
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5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170822′);
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6. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170822′);
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7. Will Craig, 1B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170822′);
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8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170822′);
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9. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170822′);
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10. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170822′);
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11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668751,’B’,’20170822′);
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12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170822′);
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13Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170822′);
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14. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170822′);
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15. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis– [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170822′);
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16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170822′);
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17. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20170822′);
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18. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170822′);
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19. Max Kranick, RHP, Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170822′);
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20. Steven Jennings, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(675651,’P’,’20170822′);
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21. Adrian Valerio, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20170822′);
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22. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170822′);
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23. Conner Uselton, OF, GCL Pirates – Disabled List

24. Max Moroff, INF, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170822′);
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25. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170822′);
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26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170822′);
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27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(622747,’P’,’20170822′);
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28. Logan Hill, LF, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664930,’B’,’20170822′);
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29.  Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170822′);
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30. Lolo Sanchez, CF, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(665975,’B’,’20170822′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Glasnow might have had one of his worst starts since being optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

But he still had a pretty good performance by most pitchers’ standards.

“Definitely in terms of feel, it definitely wasn’t there today,” Glasnow said. “I think I did a good job of battling and didn’t really have my best stuff, but I was able to keep my velo up and mix in my other pitches and it ended up working out.”

Glasnow allowed those three earned runs on three hits in six innings against Louisville on Tuesday. He allowed two walks and struck out nine, throwing 62 of 101 pitches for a strike.

Indianapolis rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning, but reliever Dan Runzler allowed a run in the ninth in Louisville’s 4-3 win.

In 13 starts with Indianapolis since being optioned, Glasnow has a 1.99 ERA and has struck out 122 batters in 81.1 innings.

Glasnow needed 22 pitches to get through the first inning due in part to a fielding error by left fielder Eric Wood, who completely misplayed a fly ball that should have been caught. He had thrown 52 pitches through three innings.

“He just didn’t seem like he was himself,” Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett said. “He might have been due for an outing like that.”

Louisville scored two runs in the third inning. Glasnow allowed a lead-off walk and a sacrifice bunt, RBI double and RBI sacrifice fly led to a pair of runs scoring.

But Glasnow rebounded to not allow a run over the final two innings he pitched, nearly reaching double-digit strikeouts for the eighth time with Indianapolis this season.

“He hung in there and was kind of able to get through it,” Barkett said. “He just didn’t make pitches he had been making.”

Eric Wood had a key RBI double in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3. He entered the game hitting .115 over his last ten games and has struggled mightily at the plate over during the past two months.

Indianapolis left numerous scoring opportunities on the basepaths. The Indians had runners at second and third with nobody out in the eighth inning after Wood’s game-tying double but Gift Ngoepe struck out, Christopher Bostick popped out to shortstop and Kevin Newman grounded out.

Joey Terdoslavich had an RBI groundout in the third inning and Kevin Newman had an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Brandon Cumpton made his first Triple-A appearance since 2014 in his return from Tommy John surgery. He struck out three batters over two clean innings.

Weiss was 3-for-4, while Newman and Edwin Espinal each had two hits. – Brian Peloza

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona won 5-4 over Hartford by scoring five unearned runs in the fifth inning. Mitch Keller made his fourth start for Altoona and this wasn’t nearly as good as the first three games. He was wild in the first inning, allowing a run on a single and three walks, throwing 30 pitches. He breezed through the next four innings, giving up a single and a walk, while getting a nice diving play in center field from Justin Maffei.

Keller came back out for the sixth and things got ugly in a hurry. He gave up a line dive homer to center field to the lead-off batter. That was followed by a liner at third baseman Wyatt Mathisen, who was charged with an error on a ball that hit off his glove and hit him in the head (he took it like a champ). The next batter lined one right up the middle, knocking down Keller as he reached for it just to his right. That was enough for manager Michael Ryan, who got him out of there before someone got hurt…well, more than Mathisen did. Keller threw 96 pitches, 60 for strikes. He had six strikeouts and a 5:3 GO/AO ratio.

Yeudy Garcia had a terrific relief outing, throwing two scoreless frames while striking out four batters. Jake Brentz pitched for the first time in three weeks and threw two shutout innings, though he allowed two inherited runners to score.

Pablo Reyes and Cole Tucker each had big hits in the game. Reyes hit a two-run homer, his tenth of the season. Tucker hit a two-run triple to straight away center field. Jordan George had three hits and a run scored.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton won 5-2 over Daytona behind the work of Logans heroes. Logan Sendelbach started and went six innings, allowing two unearned runs. He had five strikeouts and a 9:2 GO/AO ratio. Logan Ratledge had a 4-for-4 game, missing the cycle by a triple. He hit his 14th double and his second homer. Ratledge scored twice, drove in two runs and stole his ninth base.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had a single, double, RBI and run scored. Stephen Alemais had two hits to give him a .355 average through his first 22 games in Bradenton. Alemais also stole two bases. Ty Moore drove in two runs. Casey Hughston hit his ninth triple of the season, which now has him tied for the league lead with a player who has been promoted to Double-A. So he has a chance to take the lead for himself or at worst finish tied. The only player with eight triples has also been promoted.

Jess Amedee, Daniel Zamora and Geoff Hartlieb each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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West Virginia had their game postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

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Morgantown had a tough loss yesterday, allowing seven runs in the top of the ninth after leading 2-0. It got worse on Tuesday, because they didn’t get a chance to come back in this game. Brandon Bingel allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth, the last coming on a walk-off single for the 5-4 loss. Bingel doesn’t get all of the blame for the loss. First baseman Lucas Tancas committed an error which tied the score and allowed the batter to get to second base. That error set up the walk-off hit.

Gavin Wallace started and went six strong innings on just 64 pitches. He allowed one run on five hits, with no walks and one strikeout. The lack of walks or strikeouts kept the pitch count down and Wallace kept the ball down, leading to a 12:2 GO/AO ratio.

On offense, Bligh Madris hit a solo homer in the eighth inning, his fourth of the season. He also walked and scored twice. Jared Oliva collected his seventh triple of the season and scored a run. Tristan Gray had a single, his eighth double and an RBI.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
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Bristol won it’s second game in three days, thanks to the pitching of two 11th round draft picks. Max Kranick made a successful Bristol debut after three outings in the GCL. He went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk, with four strikeouts. He threw 53 of his 81 pitches for strikes. Alex Manasa was on next and he gave up three hits over three scoreless innings for his first career save. The unearned run against Kranick scored when Henrry Rosario charged in on a single, missing the ball completely, allowing the batter to get a little league homer.

Melvin Jimenez had three hits last night, then came back with four hits today, while driving in three runs. Ryan Peurifoy had two doubles, a single and two runs scored. Ben Bengtson had a triple, single, walk, three RBIs and a run scored. Johan De Jesus had a double, two walks and an RBI. Bristol put up big numbers in this game despite striking out 16 times.

Prospect-Watch-GCL

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The GCL Pirates lost 14-2 on Tuesday afternoon. Roger Santana started and lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Angel Vasquez came in and was able to help Santana out by stranding two inherited runners. Unfortunately for Vasquez, no one was able to help him out in the third inning. Seven hits and two walks led to a nine-run inning, all of them earned. The Blue Jays added two unearned runs in the fourth, but the game was already well out of hand at that point.

The Pirates got two doubles and an RBI from Gabriel Brito. Mason Martin had two singles and a walk. Mikell Granberry had a single and a walk. Nick King had a single and a walk. Cristopher Perez had a double and run scored.

This game marked the return of three players. Hunter Owen played for the first time in five week after injuring his hamstring running the bases. He seemed ready to be promoted to Bradenton at the time of the injury, but it’s a little too late for that, with him still in the building up process and Bradenton’s season ending in 12 days. Owen went 0-for-2 with an error, playing five innings. West Virginia has an outside chance at the playoffs, so he might be able to help out there, assuming all goes well in the rehab.

Jason Stoffel made his season debut. He was the first injury of Spring Training this year, being listed as day-to-day with right shoulder discomfort back on February 19th. It was obviously more serious than they first thought. He retired all three batters he faced today, two by strikeout.

Infielder Francisco Mepris was also out for the last 3 1/2 weeks due to a leg injury. He played second base for five innings and went 0-for-2.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates won 6-5 in ten innings on Tuesday morning. After being eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, the Pirates had trouble bringing home runners in this game, going 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranding 17 base runners. They got a lot of help from the opposition with ten walks, two hit batters and four errors.

Matthew Mercedes had the big day on offense, going 3-for-6 with two runs and his seventh double. Larry Alcime went 2-for-4 with two walks and two RBIs. Williams Calderon had a single, double and drove in two runs. Carlos Garcia went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, yet he was able to drive in two runs. Sherten Apostel had four walks and one run scored. He now has 53 walks in 58 games. Jean Eusebio celebrated his 17th birthday with two walks. Fancisco Acuna had a single, walk and his 18th stolen base.

Jose Marcano made his last start of the season and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six batters. The 18-year-old lefty from Venezuela finishes with a 3.69 ERA in 63.1 innings, with 48 strikeouts.

  • Is there any similarities between Jordan George and Josh Harrison. It seems to me that both of them have very similar hitting statistics with great averages. Just wondering

  • How long have you been waiting to use “Logans Heros?” Well done!

    • I actually used it once last year when it also included Logan Hill. No one responded, so I dusted it off last night because it seemed appropriate. Thank you for noticing

  • Sorry to see the minor league season wrapping up. Pirates are out of it at this point. Hate to say this but I hope they continue to lose in order to get a better draft choice next year.

    • joe: My first online stop every morning is the MiLB Scoreboard. I agree we are out of it, but I hope the Pirates use the remainder of the schedule to start to re-build for 2018. Hurdle out and everyone except Cora and Searage are out also. Let Cora build his team now rather than 6 months from now.

      John: By my count Glasnow is sitting at 134 days of MLB Service. He pitched last night, therefore not able to pitch until 8/27, still under the 172.
      No reason to rush him now though, so on the mound at PNC on Sep 2?

      Good to see Brandon Cumpton have a positive relief appearance. 100 innings of MLB experience before the TJ – hope he gets a Sep call-up.

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