Morning Report: A Look at Where Each Affiliate Ranks in Offense

Over the last two days, we have looked at the individual leaders throughout the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today we take a look at how the teams are doing compared to their league. I’m including all nine affiliates below, noting that it is still very early in the season for the GCL Pirates, while the other four short-season clubs are about halfway through their schedule. Below you’ll find the numbers for numerous offensive categories, along with that team’s rank in each category. The number of teams in their league can be found next to the team name. Stats are through games played on July 19th. I put all of the first place and last place stats in bold so they stand out.


Average: .256 12th

OBP: .327 14th

Slugging: .425 13th

OPS: .752 13th

Runs: 446 14th

Hits: 826 11th

Doubles: 205 2nd

Triples: 19 6th

Home Runs: 101 13th

Stolen Bases: 53  11th

Walks: 313 14th

Strikeouts: 807 10th

ALTOONA (12 teams)

Average: .242 4th

OBP: .312 7th

Slugging: .363 8th

OPS: .676 8th

Runs: 375 8th

Hits: 733 7th

Doubles: 146 7th

Triples: 20 7th

Home Runs: 60 10th

Stolen Bases: 66 6th

Walks: 278 9th

Strikeouts: 829 4th

BRADENTON (12 teams)

Average: .245 4th

OBP: .315 5th

Slugging: .380 1st

OPS: .695 2nd

Runs: 389 4th

Hits: 757 6th

Doubles: 155 3rd

Triples: 17 8th

Home Runs: 76 1st

Stolen Bases: 85 5th

Walks: 273 8th

Strikeouts: 910 1st

GREENSBORO (14 teams)

Average: .251 1st

OBP: .339 1st

Slugging: .418 2nd

OPS: .756 1st

Runs: 548 1st

Hits: 795 3rd

Doubles: 173 5th

Triples: 25 5th

Home Runs: 102 2nd

Stolen Bases: 116 1st

Walks: 368 1st

Strikeouts: 850 8th

MORGANTOWN (14 teams)

Average: .227 10th

OBP: .322 8th

Slugging: .336 10th

OPS: .659 8th

Runs: 143 8th

Hits: 242 10th

Doubles: 59 3rd

Triples: 6 13th

Home Runs: 15 8th

Stolen Bases: 30 8th

Walks: 132 2nd

Strikeouts: 270 12th

BRISTOL (10 teams)

Average: .244 5th

OBP: .326 6th

Slugging: .345 10th

OPS: .671 9th

Runs: 137 9th

Hits: 241 5th

Doubles: 55 1st

Triples: 3 8th

Home Runs: 13 10th

Stolen Bases: 27 4th

Walks: 97 7th

Strikeouts: 251 8th

GCL PIRATES (18 teams)

Average: .223 14th

OBP: .330 12th

Slugging: .269 18th

OPS: .600 16th

Runs: 68 18th

Hits: 143 11th

Doubles: 16 18th

Triples: 7 4th

Home Runs: 0 18th

Stolen Bases: 37 4th

Walks: 82 11th

Strikeouts: 183 5th

DSL PIRATES1 (45 teams)

Average: .272 3rd

OBP: .359 15th

Slugging: .397 4th

OPS: .756 7th

Runs: 251 8th

Hits: 385 3rd

Doubles: 56 32nd

Triples: 22 5th

Home Runs: 26 3rd

Stolen Bases: 48 36th

Walks: 156 38th

Strikeouts: 285 34th

DSL PIRATES2 (45 teams)

Average: .312 1st

OBP: .391 1st

Slugging: .433 1st

OPS: .824 1st

Runs: 314 1st

Hits: 449 1st

Doubles: 70 9th

Triples: 21 6th

Home Runs: 21 5th

Stolen Bases: 78 6th

Walks: 161 35th

Strikeouts: 240 44th


Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pittsburgh Pirates won 5-1 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night. The Pirates will send out Dario Agrazal for the series finale this afternoon. He has thrown six innings in each of his last three starts, allowing a total of four runs. In his lone home start with the Pirates, Agrazal gave up two runs over six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies will counter with right-hander Vince Velasquez, who has a 4.87 ERA in 61 innings, with 70 strikeouts and a 1.39 WHIP. In his last three starts combined, he has allowed ten runs over 14 innings, failing to go longer than five innings in any of those games. Velasquez has a 5.26 road ERA. (UPDATE: It appears that Velasquez has been scratched from today and Drew Smyly might be the starter, though no one is listed now)

The minor league schedule includes Max Kranick getting the start for Bradenton. He has already faced Tampa three times this season, allowing a total of five runs over 19.1 innings (2.33 ERA). Kranick ranks second in the FSL with 98.0 innings pitched, 1.2 behind the league leader. Sean Brady will get the start for Altoona. He has made 12 straight starts of at least six innings. In ten of his last 11 starts, he has given up either one or two earned runs. Luis Nova gets the start for Greensboro. He has a 3.60 ERA on the road and a 6.00 ERA at home. Nova allowed two runs over 5.2 innings in his last start. His mound opponent today will be Adam Oller, who was released by the Pirates last year. The other three starters listed below are just probables (aka my best guess) and not actually listed. Keller could be held back a day while they wait to see if Trevor Williams can start on Monday. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates are off on Sundays.

MLB: Pittsburgh (46-51) vs Phillies (51-48) 1:35 PM
Probable starter: Dario Agrazal (2.45 ERA, 7:8 SO/BB, 22.0 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (49-49) vs Durham (59-41) 1:35 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Mitch Keller (3.21 ERA, 101:33 SO/BB, 87.0 IP)

AA: Altoona (50-45) @ Bowie (53-44) 1:35 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Sean Brady (3.53 ERA, 47:24 SO/BB, 81.2 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (51-45) @ Tampa (43-54) 1:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Max Kranick (3.95 ERA, 71:26 SO/BB, 98.0 IP)

Low-A: Greensboro (59-39) @ Augusta (53-45) 5:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Luis Nova (4.74 ERA, 34:9 SO/BB, 38.0 IP)

Short-Season A: Morgantown (18-16) @ Auburn (15-20) 4:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Braxton Ashcraft (5.97 ERA, 20:9 SO/BB, 28.2 IP)

Rookie: Bristol (15-16) vs Kingsport (14-17) 6:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Jose Maldonado (4.66 ERA, 18:9 SO/BB, 19.1 IP)

GCL: Pirates (8-13) vs Twins (9-12) 10:00 AM DH 7/22 (season preview)

DSL: Pirates1 (22-20) vs Dodgers Shoemaker (20-22) 10:30 AM 7/22 (season preview)

DSL: Pirates2 (34-8) vs Tigers2 (18-23) 10:30 AM 7/22 (season preview)


From Indianapolis on Friday, rehabbing Erik Gonzalez shows the defense that intrigued the Pirates. He also homered earlier in the game

of course we have the homer

Altoona only posted one highlight, but it was a nice little double play from Gift Ngoepe


7/19: Jerrick Suiter placed on Altoona injured list. Bralin Jackson activated from injured list.

7/18: Mike LoPresti promoted to Greensboro.

7/17: Bear Bellomy promoted to Morgantown.

7/16: Pirates sign Jesus Castillo.

7/16: Hunter Owen activated from Indianapolis injured list.

7/16: John O’Reilly promoted to Bradenton. Matt Eardensohn assigned to Bristol.

7/16: Lizardy Dicent assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

7/13: Ryan Valdes activated from Bradenton injured list. Raul Siri placed on injured list.

7/13: Keone Kela assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.

7/12: Blake Weiman placed on Indianapolis injured list.

7/11: Fernando Villegas assigned to Bristol.

7/11: Eric Wood placed on Indianapolis injured list.


Two former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, plus a trade of note. On this date in 2003, the Pirates traded away closer Mike Williams to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Frank Brooks. During that season, Williams was one of the worst All-Stars ever, making the team despite a 6.27 ERA. The Pirates only got 17.1 innings out of Brooks, but the trade was a win by default, as Williams was having a poor season and wasn’t worth his salary. The Phillies let him go via free agency after the season and he never pitched in the majors again, giving him the dubious honor of being selected for the All-Star team twice, making it in each of his last two season.

As for the two players born on this date, neither played a big role with the team, but one did have a very interesting nickname. Dick Smith, infielder for the 1951-55 Pirates, was signed out of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. He is the last of just three players from that school to make the majors. Smith played five seasons with the Pirates, but only got into 70 games and hit .134 in 186 at-bats. The Pirates were his only Major League team. He turns 92 today, making him the fifth  oldest living former Pirates player.

Also born on this date, Irv Young, who pitched for the 1908 Pirates. Due strictly to his last name, he had the pressure of being named Cy the Second, as in the second Cy Young. Irv never came close to that potential and during the middle of the 1908 season, he was dealt to the Pirates for pitcher Harley Young. Harley wasn’t anywhere near as talented as Irv, but you may have already guessed that he was nicknamed “Cy the Third”. In his brief time with the Pirates, Irv Young had a 2.01 ERA in seven starts and nine relief appearances.