Pirates minor league notebook: Late-round pick rises to become All-Star
BRADENTON, Fla. — Bryton Trepagnier may not be a household name or one of the Pirates' hottest prospects, but he is a Florida State League All-Star.
The pitcher was a late addition to the South Division's roster, replacing St. Lucie's Matt Koch.
A 41st-round pick in 2010, Trepagnier was 3-0 with five saves in 18 appearances with the Marauders while posting a 1.86 ERA in 29 innings heading into Saturday's All-Star game at McKechnie Field. Trepagnier has given up just 16 hits and no home runs while striking out 20 and walking 13.
Opposing hitters were batting .172 against him heading into the weekend.
This marked the first time the Florida State League All-Star Game was held in Bradenton.
Other Marauders who made the game were outfielder Josh Bell and pitcher Orlando Castro.
Bell, considered the Pirates' sixth-best prospect by MLB.com, was as good as advertised during the first half. The outfielder made the All-Star team as well as the home run derby while batting .318 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs in 62 games.
But other, less-heralded guys came through, too.
Jonathan Schwind, who saw an increase in playing time because of injuries to Jordan Steranka and Jose Osuna, hit .306 with a .431 slugging percentage in 41 games.
Schwind, who had three home runs and 15 RBIs heading into the weekend, was the Pirates' 41st-round pick in 2011. He hit .183 in 30 games in 2012 and .216 in 75 games last season with low Single-A West Virginia.
And one of the team's most reliable starters was Chad Kuhl, whose seven wins are tied for the league lead with St. Lucie's Gabriel Ynoa. Kuhl, a ninth-round pick out of Delaware in 2013, has a 3.95 ERA in 13 starts.
One of the Pirates' top pitching prospect, Tyler Glasnow, has rebounded after missing most of the spring and the beginning of the season with an injury. Though his record is a 3-3, he has a 1.90 ERA in nine starts, allowing 24 hits and no home runs in 42 2⁄3 innings with 48 strikeouts and 28 walks.
By winning their 35th game Thursday, the Marauders guaranteed themselves a non-losing first half. That's in stark contrast to last season when Bradenton's first-half record of 26-42 was the worst in the league.
John Lembo is a freelance writer.