Bucs Prospects Report 4/29

By Jason Shetler

AAA Indianapolis

Alen Hanson was 1-for-4 and drove in a run. (.243 avg; .561 OPS) 

Elias Diaz went 0-for-4. (.203 avg; .559 OPS) 

Mel Rojas did not play. 

AA Altoona

Chad Kuhl pitched six innings, as he gave up two runs on five hits, walked two and struckout four. (1.64 ERA; 1.23 WHIP)

Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs. (.352 avg; .868 OPS)

Willy Garcia was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. (.295 avg; .697 OPS) 

Stetson Allie goes 1-for-5. (.231 avg; .676 OPS) 

Max Moroff was 0-for-4, but drew a walk to extend his on base streak to 16 games. (.297 avg; .853 OPS)

Keon Broxton went 0-for-5. (.273 avg; .746 OPS)

High A Bradenton had a scheduled day off. 

Low A West Virginia 

Michael Suchy hit his first home run of the season. (.222 avg; .700 OPS) 

Jordan Luplow was 1-for-3 with an RBI. (.250 avg; .706 OPS) 

Chase Simpson also went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. (.322 avg; .987 OPS) 

Taylor Gushue goes 1-for-4 and drove in a run. (.218 avg; .616 OPS) 

Tito Polo was also 1-for-4. (.274 avg; .657 OPS) 

Elvis Escobar went 0-for-4. (.263 avg; .651 OPS) 

Cole Tucker did not play. 

Jaff Decker Placed on Indianapolis Disabled List

By Jason Shetler

p/c: Kim Klement - USA Today Sports

p/c: Kim Klement – USA Today Sports

According to Ryan Palencer of Pirates Prospects, outfielder Jaff Decker has been placed on the AAA Indianapolis disabled list. 

Decker entered Spring Training looking to compete for a spot on the Pirates bench as a fourth outfielder, but injured his calf late in the Spring, forcing him to begin the year on the DL for Indianapolis. After being activated off the disabled list, Decker sprained his right hand on April 14th, and tried playing through the injury before going on the DL again. The former San Diego Padres top outfield prospect was posting a .364 on base percentage in seven games with the Indians. With Andrew Lambo struggling in the early going with the Pirates, Decker probably would have been recalled soon had he not gotten hurt. 

Bucs Prospects Report 4/28

By Jason Shetler

AAA Indianapolis

Game 1 

Alen Hanson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Mel Rojas goes 1-for-2 and also drew a walk.

Elias Diaz did not play.

Game 2 

Alen Hanson was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases. (.243 avg; .565 OPS)

Mel Rojas went 0-for-2 with a walk. (.259 avg; .611 OPS)

Elias Diaz was 0-for-3. (.218 avg; .598 OPS)

AA Altoona

Josh Bell had three hits including a triple. (.343 avg; .853 OPS)

Max Moroff extended his on base streak to 15 by going 2-for-6 with a double, a walk and a run scored. (.317 avg; .898 OPS)

Keon Broxton went 2-for-7 and drove in a run. (.292 avg; .796 OPS)

Willy Garcia was 1-for-4 and struckout three times. (.286 avg; .688 OPS) 

Stetson Allie’s eight-game hit streak was snapped, as he went 0-for-4 but drew a walk to give him a nine game on base streak. (.233 avg; .699 OPS) 

High A Bradenton

Reese McGuire was 2-for-4 with an RBI. (.242 avg; .571 OPS)

Jose Osuna also went 2-for-4. (.338 avg; .871 OPS) 

Jin-De Jhang goes 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. (.431 avg; .964 OPS) 

Austin Meadows was also 1-for-4. (.296 avg; .749 OPS) 

JaCoby Jones and Wyatt Mathisen both went 0-for-3. (Jones: .230 avg; .767 OPS) (Mathisen: .224 avg; .577 OPS) 

Low A West Virginia

Game 1

Elvis Escobar had two hits including a double, an RBI, a walk and scored a run. 

Chase Simpson was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and scored three times. 

Michael Suchy went 0-for-2 with a walk and came around to score.

Tito Polo goes 0-for-4. 

Cole Tucker, Jordan Luplow and Taylor Gushue did not play.

Game 2

Cole Tucker was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk (.296 avg; .661 OPS)

Tito Polo also went 1-for-3. (.296 avg; .667 OPS) 

Michael Suchy was 1-for-1 with a walk and stole a base. (.229 avg; .655 OPS) 

Chase Simpson goes 0-for-2 with a free pass and a run scored. (.315 avg; .995 OPS) 

Elvis Escobar was also 0-for-2. (.260 avg; .699 OPS) 

Jordan Luplow and Taylor Gushue were both 0-for-3. (Luplow: .244 avg; .716 OPS) (Gushue: .216 avg; .624 OPS) 

Charlie Morton to Begin Rehab Assignment on Saturday

By Jason Shetler

p/c: Jonathan Dyer - USA Today Sports

p/c: Jonathan Dyer – USA Today Sports

According to manager Clint Hurdle, Charlie Morton will begin his rehab assignment on Saturday for the Bradenton Marauders. He’s scheduled to pitch seven innings. 

Morton had hip surgery in late September, with both he and general manager Neal Huntington saying that Opening Day would be a possibility of returning to the rotation. However, Morton really scuffled in Spring Training, as he posted an 8.47 ERA along with a 1.94 WHIP. Vance Worley lost out to Jeff Locke for the fifth starter spot, but because of Morton’s struggles, Worley was added to the rotation. Morton has spent the past few weeks down Pirate City for Extended Spring, and will finally get into live game action this weekend. I imagine if all goes well in his rehab, he could rejoin the Pirates in late May. 

Should the Pirates Be Concerned About Andrew McCutchen?

By Jason Shetler

p/c: Andy Lyons - Getty Images Sport

p/c: Andy Lyons – Getty Images Sport

Over the last three seasons, Andrew McCutchen has become one of the most elite players in all of baseball. The 2013 NL MVP has gotten off to a really slow start to begin this season. During Spring Training, McCutchen injured his knee, and now that he’s been struggling in the early going, there’s obviously been a huge cause for concern. I’m not denying that he’s playing somewhat hurt, but there’s more to it than just the knee issue.

 While McCutchen isn’t hitting much, he’s been very unlucky at the plate so far, posting a .180 BABIP. Plate discipline hasn’t been the problem, as he’s striking out 17% of the time, which isn’t a high figure. As a matter of fact, his percentage of swinging at pitches out of the strikezone is actually 4% less than it was last year. To McCutchen’s credit, he’s still been getting on base by drawing walks at a 12% rate, which is very good.

McCutchen’s hitting woes appear to be more about bad luck than the actual problem with his knee. Pirates management is big on the advanced metrics, so I’m certain that they’re aware of McCutchen’s unsustainable poor luck at the plate, and know that he’ll be trending upwards in due time.

 

 

 

 

 

Bucs Prospects Report 4/27

By Jason Shetler

AAA Indianapolis

Alen Hanson was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. (.203 avg; .484 OPS)

Mel Rojas had a pinch-hit two-run single. (.260 avg; .595 OPS)

Elias Diaz did not play.

AA Altoona

Jason Creasy pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walked two and struckout two. (2.14 ERA; 1.19 WHIP)

Josh Bell had four hits and drove in a pair of runs. (.333 avg; .820 OPS)

Willy Garcia went 3-for-5 with a run scored. (.288 avg; .691 OPS)

Keon Broxton had two doubles and also drew a walk. (.292 avg; .820 OPS)

Max Moroff was 1-for-4, as he extended his on base streak to 14 games. (.315 avg; .894 OPS)

Stetson Allie extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 1-for-5. (.250 avg; .740 OPS)

High A Bradenton

Steven Brault threw five scoreless along with two walks and five strikeouts. (5.40 ERA; 1.53 WHIP)

Jin-De Jhang went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run. (.447 avg; 1.001 OPS)

Jose Osuna was also 1-for-4 and scored twice. (.328 avg; .863 OPS)

Wyatt Mathisen goes 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. (.236 avg; .606 OPS)

Edwin Espinal went 0-for-2 with a walk and came around to score. (.245 avg; .683 OPS)

Austin Meadows and JaCoby Jones were both 0-for-4 with a walk. (Meadows: .299 avg; .763 OPS) (Jones: .239 avg; .798 OPS)

Reese McGuire did not play.

Low A West Virginia had a scheduled day off.

Bucs Prospects Report 4/26

By Jason Shetler

AAA Indianapolis

Adrian Sampson pitched six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked two and had seven strikeouts. (100 pitches; 63 strikes) (3.22 ERA; 1.48 WHIP)

Elias Diaz went 1-for-3 with a walk. (.231 avg; .632 OPS)

Mel Rojas goes 0-for-4. (.245 avg; .567 OPS)

AA Altoona

Keon Broxton was 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base and two RBI. (.279 avg; .766 OPS)

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. (.291 avg; .753 OPS)

Stetson Allie had a two-run double and also walked. (.255 avg; .772 OPS)

Willy Garcia was 1-for-4 with an RBI and stole a base. (.255 avg; .640 OPS)

High A Bradenton

Jose Osuna had three hits including his first home run of the year. (.333 avg; .886 OPS)

JaCoby Jones was 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a pair of RBI. (.254 avg; .835 OPS)

Jin-De Jhang went 1-for-4. (.465 avg; 1.035 OPS)

Reese McGuire was 1-for-5 and scored a run. (.224 avg; .543 OPS)

Edwin Espinal and Wyatt Mathisen were both 0-for-4. (Espinal: .255 avg; .596 OPS) (Mathisen: .245 avg; .605 OPS)

Austin Meadows did not play.

Low A West Virginia

Game 1

John Sever threw four innings, as he gave up a run on three hits, walked a batter and struckout six (2.57 ERA; 1.29 WHIP)

Michael Suchy went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Cole Tucker was also 2-for-4 and came around to score. (.294 avg; .648 OPS)

Chase Simpson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and drew a walk.

Taylor Gushue goes 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. (.229 avg; .661 OPS)

Jordan Luplow was 1-for-4.

Elvis Escobar went 0-for-3 and struckout all three times. (.271 avg; .654 OPS)

Tito Polo was 0-for-4.

Game 2

Chase Simpson had two hits including a solo homer (3). (.327 avg; 1.003 OPS)

Tito Polo was 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run (.294 avg; .718 OPS)

Jordan Luplow went 1-for-3 with a run scored. (.263 avg; .770 OPS)

Michael Suchy goes 0-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and scored a run (.213 avg; .607 OPS)

Cole Tucker, Elvis Escobar and Taylor Gushue did not play.