Prospect Watch: Brubaker and Arribas Put Morgantown One Win Away From Title

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, 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 (Nick Kingham, Jacob Taylor), 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20150913′);

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20150914′);

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20150914′);

6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20150907′);

7. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – In Majors

8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20150907′);

9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List

10. Kevin Newman, SS, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20150913′);

11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20150914′);

12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20150902′);

13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20150912′);

15. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20150913′);

16. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20150913′);

17. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20150913′);

18. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(657022,’P’,’20150901′);

19. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20150902′);

20. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20150913′);

21. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20150914′);

22. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20150912′);

23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20150913′);

24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20150912′);

25. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL -[insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20150901′);

26. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20150913′);

27. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

28. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – Disabled List

29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(641713,’B’,’20150914′);

30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(624517,’P’,’20150902′);

P2 Top Performers

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Indianapolis Indians Prospect Watch

P2 Game Notes

Indianapolis won their first round series and now they await the winner of the other International League playoff series to see who they will play in the finals. The finals will begin on Tuesday night and it’s a best-of-five series, with the last three games taking place in Indianapolis.

Altoona Curve Prospect Watch


Altoona was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night.

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West Virginia Power Prospect Watch

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West Virginia Black Bears Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Morgantown began their best-of-three NYPL finals at home on Monday night against Staten Island. JT Brubaker was on the mound for the first time since he pitched the final regular season game last Monday, which sent the Black Bears to the playoffs. Brubaker gave up a single in the first, but quickly got out of the inning. Morgantown threatened in the first with a double from Christian Kelley and a walk by Danny Arribas, but they too came up empty.

In the second inning, he got the first out on one pitch. The second out came on just two pitches, but it was not a 1-2-3 inning. Left fielder Zack Zehner hit a home run over the left field fence to make it 1-0. The third out was a grounder to second base and after two innings, Brubaker had thrown 18 total pitches. According to the announcer, he was sitting 91-92 mph with his fastball and his slider was 81 mph.

Casey Hughston picked up a two out single in the second inning that Morgantown couldn’t turn into anything. Brubaker started the third inning by walking the ninth place hitter on four pitches. That runner was quickly erased on a caught stealing. He then got a pop up and a strikeout to end the inning. Brubaker threw 13 pitches in the inning.

In the third inning, Christian Kelley reached on a bunt single, giving him two hits. He moved to second on a single by Ty Moore with one out. Danny Arribas advanced both runners with a ground out to first base. Logan Hill was then hit to load the bases for Carlos Munoz. He hit a long ball to center field, which the fielder froze on before realizing it was over his head and he couldn’t recover to catch it. It was ruled a triple and it cleared the bases. Ke’Bryan Hayes followed with a walk, before Casey Hughston grounded out to end the inning.

Brubaker retired the side in order in the fourth, though he needed 15 pitches to get through the inning. Erik Forgione bunted for a single to lead-off the fourth. Mitchell Tolman followed Forgione’s bunt with another bunt single. Christian Kelley tried to sacrifice the runners, but the out was made at third base. Ty Moore grounded out to first base to advance the runners. With two outs, Danny Arribas fouled out to first base.

In the fifth, Brubaker needed 14 pitches to strikeout the side, getting all three batters to go down swinging. He was at 60 pitches, 34 going for strikes. Ke’Bryan Hayes had a single with two outs in the fifth, his first hit of the playoffs. Casey Hughston followed him with a strikeout to end the inning.

Brubaker retired the side in order in the sixth, ending with his sixth strikeout. He faced the minimum in the last four innings, but there were some extended at-bats and no quick innings, so he was at 77 pitches by the end of the inning. That ended his impressive night with one run on two hits and a walk.

Morgantown went down in order in the sixth, which brought out reliever Tanner Anderson for the seventh inning. He worked quickly through the inning, needing eight pitches. Logan Hill picked up a triple with two outs in the seventh, then Carlos Munoz was walked intentionally to bring up Ke’Bryan Hayes with a chance to break the game open. He hit the ball well, but came up empty when the right fielder made a nice running catch.

In the eighth, Anderson walked the lead-off man, then gave up a double that brought the runner around from first base, making it 3-2. He was removed for Tate Scioneaux, who got the first out on a grounder to second base, which moved the runner up to third base. A slow chopper to third base tied the game, as the only play for Hayes was at first base. Scioneaux got a strikeout to end the inning.

There was nothing doing for Morgantown in the bottom of the eighth and Scioneaux retired the side in order in the ninth, picking up two strikeouts. Ty Moore singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth, then moved to second base on a wild pitch with two outs. Logan Hill had a chance to give the Black Bears the win, but he struck out looking, sending the game into extra innings.

In the tenth, Scioneaux allowed a single and a walk to start the frame. A sacrifice attempt ended with an out at third base. A hard single to center field loaded the bases with one out. Scioneaux struck out the next batter, then got a slow grounder to shortstop for the final out.

Carlos Munoz started the tenth with a single, then was replaced by pinch-runner Maximo Rivera. Ke’Bryan Hayes bunted him into scoring position. Casey Hughston struck out for the third time, leaving it up to Erik Forgione. He grounded out to shortstop to send it to the 11th inning.

Daniel Zamora came out for the 11th and retired the side in order. He struck out one, giving Morgantown pitchers a total of 12 strikeouts in the game.

Mitchell Tolman reached on an infield single to start the 11th, then moved to second base on an errant throw. Christian Kelley walked, then Ty Moore bunted the runners up. That brought up Daniel Arribas, who won the game with a line drive single up the middle. The series now shifts to Staten Island, where the Black Bears can win it all tomorrow night. Dario Agrazal Jr. will be on the mound.

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  • I wonder how many minor league clubs won their league title in their first year of existence, if any. It’s not really outrageous to think it’s happened before, but that’d be a pretty cool first for the Black Bears.

  • Saving your two best pitchers for games 2 and 3 looks like pure genius when your game 1 starter pitches lights-out and you win the game.

    • Chalk that up to a win for the Pirate scouts who recommended Brubaker. He was drafted in the 6th Round in June, and I doubt that anybody else in MLB even knew where the U of Akron was located.

      Carlos Munoz, 21, adds to the solid group of talented first basemen of the Pirates in the minors led by Josh Bell, 23, (AAA), Jose Osuna, 22, (AA), and Edwin Espinal, 21, (Hi A). He played most of the season at Bristol, but he is lighting it up in the playoffs so far since his promotion to Morgantown.

      • The game last night was an example of the rule in baseball that everything evens out. If the announcer was correct(and the crowd’s disappointed reaction backed him up), the triple from Munoz should have just been a long out. The announcer was fooled by the CF not moving for a couple seconds and said “he flies out to CF…no wait, he’s going back on it now and he can’t catch it”. So the triple should have been an out, but in his previous at-bat, Munoz “hammered” a line drive into right field and the crowd reacted much better to that, but it was caught. For Morgantown though, it was a lot better that the triple fell in because no one was base the first time.

        When I was listening, after the line drive I said he’s probably going to get jammed and put one just over the shortstop’s head for a cheap hit. Seems like that happens a lot