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Prospect Watch: Strong Game for Taylor Hearn and Bradenton Bats

Taylor Hearn is looking to bounce back from a tough start last week. Photo Credit; Tim Williams
Prospect Watch: Strong Game for Taylor Hearn and Bradenton Bats
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, Jose Osuna), 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. We are working on fixing the stats.

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, Pirates – 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. Pat Light, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

P2 Top Performers

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Game Score


Prospect-Watch-Indy

Box Score

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Indianapolis was rained out for a second straight day. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow and make up the other game in July.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
ALT 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 10 0
ESW 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 2


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Escobar, El CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .256 .320 .256
Newman SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .333 .387
Kramer DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .381 .494 .619
Joe RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .226 .339 .340
Simpson 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .237 .293 .447
Luplow LF 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .262 .304 .446
Mathisen 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .289 .385 .378
Chavez C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .061 .135 .061
Diaz, C 2B 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .286 .444 .571
Anderson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Lakind P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
DuRapau P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Kramer (6, Lewicki).
3B: Diaz, C (1, Lewicki).
HR: Simpson (2, 10th inning off Voelker, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Luplow 3; Simpson 4; Mathisen; Kramer 3; Diaz, C 3; Newman; Joe.
RBI: Luplow (6); Diaz, C (1); Simpson (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Newman; Diaz, C 2; Joe 2; Escobar, El 2.
SAC: Joe.
GIDP: Luplow.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Diaz, C-Simpson; Newman; Diaz, C-Newman-Simpson).
Pickoffs: Lakind (Eaves at 1st base).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Anderson 6 6 1 1 1 4 0 2.01 4.5 3.68
Lakind (BS, 1) 2 4 1 1 0 2 1 1.00 7 2
DuRapau (W, 2-0) 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.90 7.2 3.6


Game Scores: Anderson 63; Lewicki 50.
IBB: Simpson (by Donatello).
HBP: Kramer (by Donatello).
Pitches-strikes: Anderson 78-53; Lakind 34-24; DuRapau 24-17; Lewicki 98-67; Donatello 26-18; Ferrell 9-5; Voelker 25-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Anderson 8-2; Lakind 1-0; DuRapau 1-1; Lewicki 5-3; Donatello 4-1; Ferrell 1-2; Voelker 3-2.
Batters faced: Anderson 23; Lakind 8; DuRapau 7; Lewicki 25; Donatello 8; Ferrell 3; Voelker 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Donatello 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Randy Rosenberg. 1B: Derek Gonzales. 3B: Zach Tieche.
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 12:05 PM.
T: 2:51.
Att: 1,286.
Venue: UPMC Park.
April 26, 2017

Altoona won 3-2 in ten innings on Wednesday afternoon, as Chase Simpson hit the decisive home run and the Curve received strong pitching from their starting pitcher.

Tanner Anderson had a tough first inning, then really settled down for the rest of the game. He allowed a run on a double, then two straight singles with two outs in the first. He threw 20 pitches that inning, which is high for Anderson, who is one of the most efficient pitchers in the system. After the first though, he needed just 58 pitches to get through five shutout innings on three hits and a walk. At one point, he retired ten consecutive batters. Anderson had four strikeouts and an 8:2 GO/AO ratio. Through 22.1 innings this season, he has a 2.01 ERA.

Jared Lakind relieved Anderson, coming into the game with seven shutout innings this season over five appearances. That shutout streak ended on his first pitch, as he served up a solo homer, which tied the game at 2-2. Lakind kept Erie off the board for two innings after the homer, then gave way to Montana DuRapau, who picked up the win with two scoreless frames.

Jordan Luplow came into Tuesday’s game in a slump, batting just .214 on the season at that point. He collected two doubles last night, then went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI on Wednesday. His average has gone up 48 points in the last two days. Kevin Kramer had two hits, including his sixth double. He also scored a run. Kramer has a .381 average through 17 games. Kevin Newman was 1-for-5 with a single, while Connor Joe went 1-for-4 with a single. Joe played right field in this game and he’s now hitting .226 through 17 games. It was just his third career start in the outfield.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BRA 0 2 0 0 5 6 0 3 0 16 17 1
FTM 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Tucker SS 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .227 .314 .280
Reyes, Al 2B 5 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 2 .308 .318 .415
Craig DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 5 0 1 .294 .388 .353
Suiter RF 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .375 .444 .500
Hill LF 4 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 .296 .345 .580
Hayes 3B 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292 .343 .369
Kelley C 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .288 .393 .365
   Krause C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .385 .771
Hughston CF 5 2 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 .308 .370 .508
Arribas 1B 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .268 .380 .293
Hearn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Helton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Montero P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Suiter (1, Stashak); Hughston (6, Stashak); Craig (4, Theofanopoulos).
3B: Reyes, Al (2, Stashak).
HR: Hill (5, 2nd inning off Stashak, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Tucker 2; Reyes, Al 4; Hill 4; Hughston 4; Arribas 2; Suiter 3; Hayes 3; Craig 3.
RBI: Hill 3 (12); Hughston 3 (12); Reyes, Al 2 (8); Craig 5 (11); Arribas (4); Suiter 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Craig 3; Suiter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kelley.
SAC: Kelley.
SF: Craig.
GIDP: Tucker.
Team RISP: 10-for-16.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Krause (1, throw).
PB: Krause (1).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Hearn (W, 2-2) 6 4 1 1 0 6 0 4.12 10.42 1.89
Helton 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.52 7.71 3.21
Montero 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 0.00 18.9 5.4


Game Scores: Hearn 71; Stashak 35.
WP: Hearn; Stashak; Theofanopoulos.
HBP: Perez (by Hearn); Kihle (by Helton); Murphy, M (by Montero).
Pitches-strikes: Hearn 79-47; Helton 19-13; Montero 25-13; Stashak 80-48; Theofanopoulos 28-16; Anderson, B 38-26; Drozd 8-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hearn 6-2; Helton 3-1; Montero 1-0; Stashak 3-5; Theofanopoulos 0-1; Anderson, B 6-1; Drozd 2-0.
Batters faced: Hearn 22; Helton 7; Montero 6; Stashak 22; Theofanopoulos 8; Anderson, B 13; Drozd 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Anderson, B 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Tyler Jones. 1B: Jose Navas.
Weather: 80 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, L to R.
First pitch: 6:34 PM.
T: 2:31.
Att: 679.
Venue: CenturyLink Sports Complex.
April 26, 2017

Bradenton put together a strong game on offense and Taylor Hearn had his best start, as they beat Fort Myers by a 16-2 score. Hearn went six innings, allowing one run on four hits and no walks, while striking out six batters. He had a 6:2 GO/AO ratio and threw 47 of his 79 pitches for strikes. In his last appearance, Hearn gave up five runs over two innings and needed 55 pitches in that abbreviated outing. One of his biggest issues coming into this season was too many walks, but he has now walked just one batter over his last three starts, so early on it appears he’s headed in the right direction.

Bret Helton followed with two scoreless innings, then Yunior Montero allowed an unearned run in his inning, while striking out three batters. In 10.2 innings, he has a 0.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts. All three Marauder pitchers hit a batter in this game.

The offense was basically the entire lineup, as they put up 16 runs on 17 hits, including ten hits with runners in scoring position. Every starter scored at least one run. Will Craig drove in a career-high five runs with a single, a double and a sacrifice fly. Cole Tucker had two hits, a walk and scored three runs. Ke’Bryan Hayes had three singles and scored two runs. Logan Hill and Casey Hughston each drove in three runs, while Alfredo Reyes and Jerrick Suiter each drove in a pair of runs. Hill hit his fifth homer of the season, one day after slugging two homers.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CRD 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 0
WVA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 3 7 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Ratledge 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .293 .400 .467
Moore LF 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .397 .457 .571
Munoz, C 1B 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .271 .380 .492
Mahala SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .316 .324
Harvey C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .206 .270 .235
Owen 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .254 .371 .356
Eagan RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .338 .361
Bastardo DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .171 .227 .244
Santos CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .323 .357
Vieaux P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Frawley P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hartlieb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Moore (8, Orozco); Munoz, C (4, Orozco); Owen (4, Morris).
TB: Mahala; Owen 2; Munoz, C 3; Eagan; Moore 2; Ratledge.
RBI: Munoz, C (16); Owen (2).
2-out RBI: Owen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harvey 2; Santos; Bastardo; Eagan.
GIDP: Owen; Moore.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bastardo (2, 2nd base off Orozco/Sands); Eagan (1, 2nd base off Morris/Sands).
PO: Eagan (1st base by Orozco).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Vieaux 6 3 1 1 0 4 0 1.61 4.09 1.64
Frawley (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.86 8 1
Hartlieb (S, 1) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.93 5 2


Game Scores: Orozco 57; Vieaux 71.
HBP: Eagan (by Orozco).
Pitches-strikes: Orozco 92-54; Morris 27-16; Vieaux 66-47; Frawley 16-13; Hartlieb 11-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Orozco 3-3; Morris 3-1; Vieaux 5-4; Frawley 3-3; Hartlieb 3-0.
Batters faced: Orozco 25; Morris 9; Vieaux 20; Frawley 7; Hartlieb 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Morris 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Aaron Schorch. 1B: Mike Rains.
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 1 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 10:34 AM.
T: 2:05.
Att: 3,108.
Venue: Appalachian Power Park.
April 26, 2017

West Virginia won 3-2 on Wednesday morning (10:35 AM start) behind left-handed pitcher Cam Vieaux, who has been solid in all four starts this season. Vieaux allowed one run in each of his first three starts and on Wednesday he made it three straight outings of six innings with one run allowed. He gave up just three hits and didn’t walk any batters. Vieaux had four strikeouts and a 5:4 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 47 of his 66 pitches for strikes. He now has a 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings. He has got through each of his last three starts in 70 or fewer pitches.

Matt Frawley followed Vieaux and gave up the game-tying run in the seventh, before working a scoreless eighth. He ended up with the win after the Power took the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Frawley has a 1.86 ERA, allowing two runs in 9.2 innings. Geoff Hartlieb picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. He has allowed one run in 9.2 innings this season.

On offense, Carlos Munoz led the way with a single, double, walk and an RBI. Hunter Owen doubled home Kevin Mahala with the go ahead run in the eighth inning. It was the fourth double of the year for both Munoz and Owen. Ty Moore collected his eighth double and scored two runs in this game. He is hitting .397 through 15 games. Stephen Alemais had the day off and Trae Arbet was out of the lineup after getting hit on the forearm last night with a pitch. Abigail Miskowiec reported after the game that they didn’t believe Arbet would miss any time, so today’s game was probably just a precaution.

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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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