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Prospect Watch: Brault Shows Some Improvements in Third Start; Power Bats Put Up 13 Runs

Steven Brault made his third start of the season on Sunday. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Prospect Watch: Brault Shows Some Improvements in Third Start; Power Bats Put Up 13 Runs
John Dreker

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 (Tyler Glasnow, Trevor Williams, Alen Hanson), 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 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis –DNP

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – DNP

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton –DNP

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton –  DNP

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton  – DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona –DNP

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona –DNP

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis –DNP

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia –  DNP

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Extended Spring Training –DNP

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis –DNP

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – DNP

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – DNP

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis –  DNP

29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – DNP

30. Jose Osuna, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

P2 Top Performers




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Box Score

Indianapolis lost 9-5 on Sunday afternoon, dropping them to 3-8 on the season. Steven Brault allowed three runs over six innings and left with a tied score, but the bullpen combo of Cody Dickson and Pat Light gave up six earned runs in the seventh inning, leading to the loss.

Brault hasn’t had the best control in three starts, which has led to high pitch counts and eight walks in 15 innings. This was his best start in that regard, giving up two walks, while also hitting a batter. He threw 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Brault served up a two-run homer in the fourth inning, which accounted for all of the damage through the first five frames. In the sixth, he allowed a lead-off triple to Jim Adduci, who came around to score on a single off of Brault’s glove. He finished the game with five strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio.

Cody Dickson came in during the seventh inning and walked two batters, then threw a ball away on a sacrifice bunt. He was done after 12 pitches, with just two going for strikes. Pat Light came on and allowed three hits and a walk, allowing both inherited runners to score. Edgar Santana pitched the eighth and needed just nine pitches to retire the side in order. He has allowed one earned run in 6.2 innings.

Jason Rogers and Jose Osuna had the big days for Indianapolis on offense. Rogers hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and also added a walk, single and another run scored. Osuna had his first good game in over a week, picking up three hits, including two doubles. He has five doubles on the season.

Austin Meadows continues to slowly raise his average, going 1-for-5 in this game, while also picking up an outfield assist. After starting off the season 1-for-21, Meadows has a modest four-game hit streak. Max Moroff went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, Eric Wood was 0-for-3 with a walk and Chris Bostick went 1-for-4 with a single.


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Altoona was off on Sunday


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Bradenton was off on Sunday.


Box Score

West Virginia’s bats broke out on Sunday afternoon in a 13-5 victory over Lexington. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Carlos Munoz had a .130 average coming into this game and he picked up just one hit on Sunday, but it was a big one. He hit a sixth inning grand slam, which put this game away. Starter Matt Anderson had a tough time, then gave way to Eduardo Vera, who put in four strong innings for the save.

Anderson was making his second start of the season and came into the game with a 7.71 ERA. He also made a relief appearance on Opening Day, before taking his first turn as the fifth starter. On Sunday, he gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings, which was still good enough for the win. Vera was one of the most improved pitchers this spring, which got him a spot in the West Virginia bullpen as a long man, after pitching in the GCL last year. He allowed one run on two hits in four innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Vera is expected to work as a piggyback starter, possibly following up Anderson every five days.

The offense had 18 hits, including six extra-base hits, but they got off to a slow start in this game, with just two singles over the first three innings. In the fourth, they went on an extra-base tear, with doubles from Hunter Owen, Kevin Mahala, Stephen Alemais and Chris Harvey, before Clark Eagan topped off the scoring with a two-run homer. It was the first home run as a pro for last year’s ninth round draft pick.

Mahala had four hits on the day and Owen scored three runs. Alemais went 1-for-5, and his double was his second of the year. Besides the start from Anderson, the only downside to this game was two errors from Alemais, who has four errors in six games at shortstop.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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