Prospect Watch: Brault Labors Through Outing, Bradenton Puts Up 11 Runs

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, 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 2016 prospect guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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6. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160502′);

7. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160502′);

8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – Disabled List.

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

10. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160502′);

11. Kevin Newman, SS, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160502′);

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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160502′);

 14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – Extended Spring Training

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

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17. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160502′);

18. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160502′);

19. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160502′);

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20160502′);

21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160502′);

22. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160502′);

23. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20160502′);

25. Gage Hinsz, RHP,  – Extended Spring Training

26. Adrian Valerio, SS, – Extended Spring Training

27. Adam Frazier, INF/OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20160502′);

28. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160502′);

29. Jordan Luplow, OF/3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20160502′);

30. JT Brubaker, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20160502′);

P2 Top Performers

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INDIANAPOLIS – In his first couple of outings, Steven Brault threw a lot of pitches, but managed to get out of trouble. In his last two, he was much more dominant, but on Monday night he saw the same issues as the earlier starts in the 9-2 loss.

Brault got off to a quick start, striking out the first batter. He then allowed a triple on a low and over the plate fastball, followed by a bloop RBI single. He threw a lot of pitches in the first, working into three full counts and another 2-2 count. Brault struck out the side, but tossed 31 pitches in the inning, due to the deep counts. On two occasions, Brault had a 1-2 count that later went full.

Alen Hanson struck out his 22nd time in 72 at bats to lead-off the game. Many of those have been in lead-off spot of the game like this one. In the top of the second, Hanson showed off his defense by making a rangy play from second base into shallow right, then he hit a moving Brault for an out.

In that same top of the second, Brault made much needed quick work of Durham with two ground outs and a line out on just 13 pitches. He also mixed in the curve and change well to go with his fastball.

After missing the last two games with some hamstring tightness, Josh Bell led off the bottom of the second with a walk. That was followed by a Max Moroff single and it looked like Indianapolis was in business. Willy Garcia then hit a very hard ground ball, but it was right to the shortstop to start a 6-4-3 double play. Ed Easley grounded out to end the inning.

Brault’s fastball velocity dropped from a consistent 93 to 91 MPH in the third. He also started using the pitch more often in the frame. Brault got elevated with it some and allowed three straight singles to load the bases with one out. Once again, Brault rebounded well, picking up a pop out and a strikeout on an 85 MPH slider to strand the runners.

With his stuff playing quite hittable, Brault started the fourth inning the same way by loading the bases with one out on three straight singles. However, he was not as lucky this time as the next hitter cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left field line. Brault finished the fourth with another fly out to right and a strikeout to wrap up his outing.

Brault tosses 88 pitches, with 62 for strikes, but deep counts caused him to leave the contest early. After going five and six innings respectively in his last two outings, Monday marked the third time in five starts that Brault failed to go five innings due to pitch count.

Adam Frazier led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, but he was fortunate as a misplayed throw beat him by a couple steps. He was left there after a ground out by Jung-ho Kang, a pop out by Bell, and a strikeout by Moroff.

John Kuchno relieved Brault and also labored through a pair of innings. Kuchno struggled to throw strikes, as over half of his offerings were balls in the first two innings. He walked three, allowed two hits and three runs with the damage coming mostly off his fastball in the high 80s. After the first two tough innings, Kuchno retired the side on six pitches in his third frame of work.

Durham starter Adam Wilk retired 11 of 12 Indianapolis hitters before Garcia and Easley singled back-to-back in the bottom of the seventh. Garcia scored on an error on a ball hit by Pedro Florimon to break the shutout. Gift Ngoepe singled past the shortstop for an RBI single. Hanson grounded out on a fielders choice to end the rally.

Kang ripped a high fastball to left with one out in the eighth for his lone hit. Kang went 1-for-4 in his 12th appearance of his rehab stint. He is 5-for-36 with four walks and a home run.

Rob Scahill and Trey Haley each allowed a run in an inning of work to reach the final deficit. – Ryan Palencer



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Altoona won 7-4 over Erie in ten innings on Monday. Seven different players drove in a run for the Curve, including Barrett Barnes, who hit his first home run of the season.

Cody Dickson started this game and had a crazy pitching line, somehow working into the sixth inning. He didn’t record an out in the sixth, leaving him with four runs on five hits and six walks. He had a 6:4 GO/AO ratio, and failed to record a strikeout. Just 46 of his 89 pitches went for strikes. He was followed by Jhondaniel Medina and Josh Smith, who each threw two shutout innings. After taking the lead in the top of the tenth, Montana DuRapau made things interesting with two walks and a wild pitch, before getting out of the frame. He threw just 12 of his 27 pitches for strikes.

On offense, Austin Meadows was moved down to the third spot in the lineup. He went 0-for-3 with a walk, run scored and a sacrifice fly, driving in his first run of the season. He is 4-for-26 in six games. Reese McGuire has seen his average drop to .220 after an 0-for-2 in this game. He drew two walks though, giving him 12 walks and only seven strikeouts on the season.

Anderson Feliz had two hits, including his fifth double. He also scored twice and drove in a run. Eric Wood had two hits, a walk, a run scored and an RBI.


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Bradenton bats broke out for 11 runs, as they overcame an early 3-0 deficit to win 11-6 over St Lucie. The Marauders scored in each of the last seven innings. The big hit of the game was a three-run homer from Kevin Kramer, his first home run as a pro. Pablo Reyes had three straight productive plate appearances to help in the scoring, all without collecting a hit. In the third inning, he had an RBI ground out. In the fifth inning, he hit a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, Reyes walked with the bases loaded for his third RBI. For good measure, he added a single in the eighth inning.

Kevin Newman had two singles and scored two runs. Chase Simpson had two hits, a walk and drove in two runs. Jeff Roy had two hits, a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and an outfield assist. Everyone in the Bradenton lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run.

The Marauders won easily, but the pitching wasn’t that good. They gave up 13 hits total in the game and St Lucie went 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Austin Coley allowed three runs over his five innings, with all the scoring occurring in the second inning. He walked one, had six strikeouts and a 4:3 GO/AO ratio. Coley now has a 5.40 ERA in 23.1 innings. His longest outing has been 5.1 innings this season.

Nick Neumann and Henry Hirsch combined to allow three runs on seven hits over three innings, before making way for Luis Heredia. He came on and worked a scoreless inning while throwing 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes. He has allowed one earned run over 12.2 innings, with just one walk.


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West Virginia’s game against Asheville was canceled due to weather. The two teams don’t meet again during the first half of the season, so it will not be rescheduled. Mitch Keller was scheduled to pitch tonight. He will now go on Wednesday, as the Power have off on Tuesday.

  • Nuke Laloosh
    May 3, 2016 8:36 am

    Has Luis Heredia finally figured things out? Is the bullpen his future?

  • Cody Dickson and “crazy pitcing lines” go hand in hand it seems.

  • If this is the “bad” Alen Hanson that we usually experience in the first month of the season, and he is hitting around .300 with only 1 error in the field (I think), we are in very good shape. Those W/K numbers of 3/22 are terrible – hope May is better because I think the Pirates will soon be in that mode of moving him up or moving him out via trade.

    On the pitching side of things, the Pirates have to be seriously concerned with Cody Dickson. He is pitching like he has hit the wall in AA or is he trying to pitch through an injury or some other problem? In only 22 IP he has managed to give up 20+ hits and 19 Walks. Last year at Hi A he was 12-7, 4.13 ERA, and only gave up 52 Walks in 142 innings. It just does not happen this fast without something being wrong.

    • John Dreker
      May 3, 2016 9:19 am

      Hanson adds value with his speed on the bases and his defense at second base. I’ve only seen a couple plays at third base and his game in left field was uneventful, just fielding singles basically, so not sure if either of those positions are viable options. Seeing his range at second base and the way they shift for right-handed hitters, he’s basically playing shortstop half the time, so I think I’d trust him there instead of the other two spots right now.

      Dickson doesn’t trust his stuff at all. Tim basically put it the best the other day when he said he’s pitching like he’s still in college playing against metal bats. Dickson has no attack mode, he’s constant nibble. In A-Ball, you will get more hitters to chase, but once you reach Double-A, the hitters are much better and you have to throw strikes.