Minor league report 7/7

Post-Gazette Staff about 1 hour ago

INDIANAPOLIS (51-35) lost to Louisville, 3-2. RHP Wilfredo Boscan (3.87) gave up 2 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings. RHP Yhonathan Barrios (1-1, 1.64) was the loser. 3B Brent Morel (.256) hit a 2-run homer.

ALTOONA (44-39) vs. Erie, ppd.

BRADENTON (41-42) lost to Palm Beach, 9-8. RHP Tyler Eppler (4.57) gave up 3 runs – 1 earned – and 8 hits in 5 innings. RHP Miguel Rosario (1-1, 3.27) was the loser. 1B Edwin Espinal (.271) went 3 for 5 with a home run and 5 RBIs. CF Austin Meadows (.291) went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (47-35) beat Delmarva, 3-0, in game shortened by six innings because of rain. LHP Stephen Tarpley (5-2, 2.25) was the winner, pitching a no-hitter. Tarpley walked 1 and struck out 4. CF Elvis Escobar (.282) had an RBI double.

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (7-10) did not play.

GCL PIRATES (10-3) beat GCL Yankees1, 6-5. RHP Seth McGarry (1-1, 1.50) was the winner, giving up 5 hits in 5 scoreless innings. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (.400) went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs. SS Adrian Valerio (.296) went 3 for 5 with an RBI.

BRISTOL (4-9) was swept by Bristol in a doubleheader, losing 4-1 and 3-1. In the first game, RHP Gage Hinsz (0-1, 10.80) was the loser, allowing 2 runs and 2 hits in 1 2/3 innings. 1B Carlos Munoz (.290) had an RBI double. In the second game, RHP Marek Minarik (0-2, 4.15) was the loser, giving up 2 runs and 4 hits in 4 innings. LF Enyel Vallejo (.294) went 1 for 4.

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McCutchen, Rodriguez, Pirates help free groundskeeper trapped in tarp

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazettet about 4 hours ago

Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez walked off the field in a rain delay Tuesday night with a sneaking suspicion the PNC Park grounds crew would have some trouble with the infield tarp.

“We saw the wind pick up pretty hard when we were coming in,” Rodriguez said later. “You see it a lot of times — usually on the blooper reel — where somebody gets picked up by the tarp or it goes over there.”

They turned at the top step of the dugout and watched as the crew wrestled with the tarp, and then jumped into action when groundskeeper Matt Gerhardt was swallowed by the runaway tarp. Gerhardt got loose, after a few scary moments, and a few more Pirates joined in to help.

"A lot of wind, and not enough help,“ McCutchen said. ”Guys needed some help. We knew it was going to happen, that's why we stayed out there. It happened. Luckily, he was all right."

“They did what men would do,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “They wanted to help out. They were right on the spot. Leaders make moves. Both those guys reacted right spot-on. They didn't wait around — caution to the wind, go out there and try to help. Proud of them."

The players’ initial reactions?

"Get him out as quickly as possible,“ Rodriguez said. ”Some people could be claustrophobic immediately and start to struggle a little bit. I didn't know, obviously, that he'd come out as calm as he did. I was just thinking to pull off as much tarp as I can, see if I can't lighten up whatever wrapped him up."

Added McCutchen: "Good thing he didn't panic too much, and we were able to get to him in time for him to get out of there unscathed."

Asked when he had last pulled tarp, McCutchen laughed and said, "Couldn't tell you. Definitely not in the majors." 

The Pirates more than pulled their weight Tuesday night, and Rodriguez came around to score the winning run in the eighth.

"They call me the jack of all trades, right?" he said, grinning.

Photographer Matt Freed got a few up-close shots of the frenzy.

Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez help grounds crew members put the tarp on the infield Tuesday night as a storm blows into PNC Park. Grounds crew member Matt Gerhardt, right, climbs out after being enveloped by the tarp from strong winds. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Pirates grounds crew member Jeff Miller tries to control the tarp on the infield Tuesday night as a storm blows into PNC Park. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Sean Rodriguez help grounds crew members put the tarp on the infield Tuesday night as a storm blows into PNC Park. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

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Injury updates: Marte, Scahill, Hart

Bill Brink about 9 hours ago

Clint Hurdle said he did not know the status of Starling Marte when he met with the media this afternoon, but anticipated that Marte would only be available off the bench.

Marte is not starting again tonight after hurting his left side on a swing Sunday. 

Corey Hart (left shoulder impingement) is scheduled to play in consecutive games. He is 4 for 15 with two home runs in four rehab games at Class AAA Indianapolis.

“He's doing fine,” Hurdle said. “Talked to [Indianapolis manager] Dean [Treanor], reached out to Corey in a text the other day.”

The Pirates are just now planning Rob Scahill’s return to throwing. Scahill is on the DL because of right forearm tightness.

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Pirates pre-game: Tyson Ross vs. Francisco Liriano

Bill Brink about 10 hours ago

Game: Padres (39-46) at Pirates (48-34)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7

Weather: 81 degrees, 60 percent chance of rain



1. Derek Norris C
2. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
3. Matt Kemp RF
4. Justin Upton LF
5. Jedd Gyorko 2B
6. Will Middlebrooks 3B
7. Melvin Upton Jr. CF
8. Clint Barmes SS
9. Tyson Ross RHP


1. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Jung Ho Kang 3B
5. Francisco Cervelli C
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
7. Jordy Mercer SS
8. Sean Rodriguez LF
9. Francisco Liriano (L) LHP

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Tyler Glasnow rated No. 7 prospect in minors, Josh Bell 45th

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about 15 hours ago

RHP Tyler Glasnow (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Pirates minor-league right-hander Tyler Glasnow is ranked No. 7 overall in Baseball America’s midseason top-50 prospects list, released Tuesday. First baseman Josh Bell, another top-end prospect playing at Class AA Altoona, sits 45th on the list.

Glasnow’s jump from 16th in the preseason top-100 to seventh midseason was due in large part to players ahead of him on the list ascending to the majors and losing the “prospect” tag altogether. Seven of Baseball America’s preseason top-10, and 14 of their top-20 players haved moved on to the majors. Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant topped the preseason list, followed by Byron Buxton (Twins), Addison Russell (Cubs) and Carlos Correa (Astros), all of whom have already made a splash in the big leagues.

“Talk about unhittable,” Baseball America staff wrote of Glasnow. “For his career, Glasnow has allowed just 176 hits in 312 innings.”

Glasnow, 21, is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA for Altoona. A fifth-round pick in 2011, he went on the disabled list May 6 after injuring his ankle sliding into second base, and pitched only once over the next month and a half. He had a rough rehab outing for short-season West Virginia Black Bears. He’s back at Altoona now and is increasing his innings count, working back to full form. In the preseason list, Baseball America graded Glasnow’s fastball — on a 20-80 scale, with 80 being the highest and 50 considered major league average — an 80, his curveball 60, changeup 50 and command 50.

Bell has hit .310 with three home runs and 46 RBIs in 300 at-bats for Altoona. He was moved to first base this year in hopes he can be the Pirates’ everyday first baseman down the road. His power numbers are down, but Pirates brass say there is no reason for concern, and the power will come. Bell vauled from 64th on the preseason list to 45th.

“He’s hit and he’s shown he can hit for power,” Baseball America staff wrote, “but so far he’s struggled to do both at the same time.“

Bumped out of the top-50, from preseason to midseason, were right-hander Jameson Taillon (ranked 29th preseason) and outfielder Austin Meadows (41st). Taillon had Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in April 2014 and has yet to suit up for a Pirates affiliate. After two months at extended spring training, it was announced this week that Taillon, a No. 2 overall pick in 2010, will miss at least two months after undergoing hernia surgery. Meadows, a first-rounder in 2013, has hit .288 with little power this season at Class A Bradenton.

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