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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Steven Brault’s last appearance was out of the bullpen, going on Sunday after Gerrit Cole. In that game, he allowed two runs over 3.1 innings, including the walk-off run in the ninth. He came into Saturday night’s game on a limited pitch count and made the most of it for six no-hit innings. I have to mention that the shadows between home plate and the mound were bad for five innings with the earlier start time. Also, Brault was getting a generous wide strike zone, though he took advantage of that by hitting the outside of that zone over and over. That being said, Brault pitched an outstanding game.
The only two marks against his line in this game were walks, one of them to the opposing pitcher. Brault usually gets a lot of swing and misses, and this game was no different. He finished with seven strikeouts, mixing all of his pitches effectively. Only one ball was really hit well against him and that was the last out of the sixth on his 75th pitch (51 were strikes). With a man on first, Jermaine Curtis lined out to the warning track in center field. Brault had a 6:4 GO/AO ratio. This outing was as good as you will see. It had soft contact, strikeouts and Brault mixing all of his pitches, while hitting the corners often.
Indianapolis lost 3-2 in ten innings, with Dovydas Neverauskas taking the loss. It’s the second walk-off loss he’s been on the mound for in the last three days. In the tenth inning, he walked the lead-off batter, then his own throwing error allowed the runner to get to third base. The next batter singled home the winning run. Louisville scored two runs off Curtis Partch right after Brault left the game. Justin Masterson pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
The offense was led by Willy Garcia, which hit his fourth homer of the season. He also had two other hits, though neither of those left the infield. Jason Rogers had two hits, including his 15th double. He drove in the other Indianapolis run. Max Moroff had two walks and scored a run.
Alen Hanson stole his 28th base, then was thrown out stealing on an odd play. With the third baseman playing back, Hanson went for third on a delayed steal and the catcher bounced a throw right in front of Hanson, who looked like he tried to avoid the ball hitting him and slid late, going well past the bag in the process. The third baseman caught it on one hop and ran over to tag him. So he beat the play easily, but it ended up as an out because he avoided getting beaned with the throw.
ALTOONA, PA – Cody Dickson made his 18th start of the year for the Curve on Saturday night in Altoona. In his last 12 starts (since May 7th), Dickson is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had a slight hiccup in the middle of June, but he has since rebounded with back-to-back games going six innings while allowing only one earned run before his start on Saturday.
Dickson went six innings again, but he allowed two earned runs, one in the third on a solo home run and one in the fourth after allowing a string of base runners. He allowed three walks tonight, and they came back to bite him in the fourth when one of his earned runs against scored. Six strikeouts ties his season high.
What impressed me the most from his outing was his ability to work out trouble in the fourth inning allowing four base runners in a row to reach base. He walked the first batter then gave up consecutive singles before walking another batter to load the bases. With no outs in the inning, he was visited by Pitching Coach Justin Meccage. Meccage essentially told Dickson to refocus on not allowing the batter from second to score in the situation; however, Dickson then struck out back-to-back batters before inducing a 5-3 groundout to strand all three runners.
Dickson’s curveball looked impressive tonight. In the fifth inning, he recorded consecutive strikeouts using a 73 MPH and 74 MPH curveball, respectively, for the out pitches. The home run against was a four-seam fastball, and he seemed to stay away from that for the rest of the night. He relied heavily on his two-seamer late to set up the curve ball.
Altogether, Dickson threw 96 pitches, with 60 of them for strikes. He had a 1:1 fly-to-groundball ratio, which includes two infield popups in the fly ball category.
Edgar Santana relieved Dickson in the seventh and faced only one over the minimum in three scoreless innings pitched. Jhondaniel Medina worked around trouble in both of his innings of work to throw two scoreless innings.
Barrett Barnes went 3-for-6 with double and triple tonight for the Curve. His double in the fourth scored one run and could have easily scored two, but Elias Diaz had to hold up on the base paths to be sure it wasn’t caught. His triple in the sixth was a blast to the center field wall. He is now on a nine-game hitting streak and hitting .471 (16-for-34) with an OPS well over 1.000.
“His effort level has been up, and his work days have been much better,” Manager Joey Cora said of Barnes. “His concentration and focus is much better, and it is paying off for him.”
Kevin Newman and Edwin Espinal were the other Curve players to have multiple hits. Newman went 2-for-4 with two walks. He broke a mini slump, as he hasn’t gotten a hit in his last three games before tonight after a 17-game hitting streak. Espinal went 2-for-6 with a long double in the 12th inning.
Elias Diaz caught nine innings and went 1-for-4 from the plate with a line drive single to right field in the fourth inning.
The Curve lost this one in 12 innings, after Jared Lakind allowed two runs in the the top of the inning. They threatened in the bottom frame after an Edwin Espinal double and Tomas Morales walk, but Barrett Barnes got slightly underneath a pitch to fly out to left, ending the game. Barnes took a big cut and looked to just miss it. -Sean McCool
Bradenton lost 5-3 on Saturday night, as Yeudy Garcia had his worst outing of the season. He allowed four runs on two hits and five walks over four innings, striking out four batters. Garcia went 17 straight games to open the season without allowing more than three runs. Despite allowing just two hits, one of them was a two-run homer to the second batter of the game. He threw 70 pitches total, with 38 going for strikes. He leads the Florida State League with 96 strikeouts.
Tanner Anderson followed Garcia and gave up one run over three innings. Luis Heredia finished things up for the Marauders with a shutout inning.
The offense had ten hits and four of them went for extra bases, but they managed just three runs due to a 1-for-8 night with runners in scoring position. Michael Suchy led off the third inning with a solo homer, his fifth of the season. In the fourth, Jerrick Suiter doubled, then scored two batters later on a Connor Joe sacrifice fly. Joe also had two hits, including his 17th double, but he also committed his 16th and 17th errors of the season.
In the fifth inning, Elvis Escobar hit a lead-off triple, then scored on a Tito Polo ground out. Both Escobar and Polo had two hits. Polo picked up his sixth steal with Bradenton and 26th of the season. Escobar picked up his eighth outfield assist.
West Virginia was rained out on Saturday night. They will play a doubleheader on Sunday.
Morgantown won 6-5 over Auburn, as Kevin Krause drove in three runs in the victory. Sixth round pick Cam Vieaux made his sixth start and this one ended up being his longest outing. He went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter. He had three strikeouts and an 8:2 GO/AO ratio. Vieaux now has a 4.10 ERA in 26.1 innings.
Kevin Krause led the way, driving in the first two runs of the game in the third inning. With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, Ty Moore led off with a double, then scored the eventual game-winning run on a Krause single. Krause, Albert Baur, Chris Harvey and Hunter Owen each had two hits.
First round pick Will Craig hit his fourth double, walked twice and scored a run. He also committed his sixth error in his 12th game at third base. He has a .169/.355/.225 slash line in 22 games.
Bristol won 6-5 on Saturday night, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after Danville put four runs on the board in the top of the inning.
Bristol scored a run in the first inning with some help from Danville. Raul Siri reached on an error, then moved to third base on another error on a pick-off. He scored on a ground out from Alexis Bastardo. Siri also had a single and a walk in this game.
In the fourth inning, down 4-1, Bristol started with a walk to Jhoan Herrera and a single by Huascar Fuentes. Then after two outs, Daniel Cucjen reached on an infield single, scoring Herrera. Michael de la Cruz then reached on a fielding error, scoring Fuentes. The last three runs scored on the first pro homer from Garrett Brown. Through 17 games, Brown has a .338 average.
Nicholas Economos started the game and allowed four runs in five innings. He had no walks, five strikeouts and failed to record a single ground ball out. Economos has a 6.23 ERA and 19 strikeouts through 21.2 innings, with a ridiculously low 0.47 GO/AO ratio.
Fourth round pick Braeden Ogle made his pro debut on Saturday and threw two scoreless innings in the Pirates 8-7 loss. Ogle started the game off with a strikeout, then got a fly out for two quick outs. That was followed by two singles that put runners on first and second. He got out of the inning on a grounder to shortstop. Ogle retired the side in order in the second and he kept Edison Lantigua busy in right field, with three putouts, as well both singles were hit his way (More on Lantigua below).
Ogle threw 26 pitches, with 24 of them being fastballs. He’s already look towards his next start, which will be next Thursday or Friday, when he increases to three innings.
“It felt great getting the first one out of the way,” Ogle said after today’s start. “I’m excited for my next start and looking forward to getting better throughout the rest of the season.”
As mentioned, the Pirates lost this game 8-7 to the Tigers West. They led 6-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, then slowly lost the lead and the game, as the Tigers scored in each of the last four innings. Domingo Robles followed Ogle and pitched well for three innings, then ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing two runs. Both runs scored after he left the game, handing a one out, bases loaded jam to Ivan Cespedes.
Mister Luciano pitched the eighth and gave up two runs in his only inning of work. He has a 10.45 ERA this season, and while his fastball velocity has been fine this year (he sits low-90s), he is having a lot of trouble commanding his pitches. Alex Martinez followed him in the ninth and allowed three runs on four singles and a walk. Two of the hits were infield singles, so it was a very frustrating loss for the team.
The Pirates got a double, a walk and an RBI from Edison Lantigua before he had to leave the game with a right hand injury. He is hitting .324 this season, with an .871 OPS. Last year, Lantigua came over from the DSL as one of the top two prospects from that team, with Adrian Valerio being the other. Lantigua had a poor season in the GCL in 2015 and his biggest issue was battling a thumb injury all season. It looks like we are finally seeing the potential he has this year, but another hand injury isn’t a good sign.
All of the starters for the Pirates on offense reached base at least once and six players picked up a stolen base, with Johan De Jesus swiping two bags. Melvin Jimenez was the only starter without a hit, but he walked once and drove in two runs. Henrry Rosario had three hits, while Raul Hernandez, Yondry Contreras and De Jesus each had a pair of hits.
The DSL Pirates are on their All-Star break until Monday.