P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors and loses his prospect eligibility, 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 mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20160728′);
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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160728′);
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4. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160728′);
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5. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160728′);
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6. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160728′);
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7. Nick Kingham, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160728′);
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8.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160728′);
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9. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641771,’P’,’20160728′);
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10. Will Craig, 3B, Morgantown –  [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20160728′);
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11. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160728′);
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12. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160728′);
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13. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160728′);
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14. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20160728′);
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15. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160728′);
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16. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160728′);
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17. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160728′);
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18. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160728′);
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19. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160728′);
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20. Tito Polo, OF, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(622738,’B’,’20160728′);
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 21. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20160728′);
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22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160728′);
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23. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160728′);
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24. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160728′);
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25. Adrian Valerio, SS – Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20160728′);
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26. Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20160728′);
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27. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160728′);
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28. Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20160728′);
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29. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20160728′);
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30. Frank Duncan, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641538,’P’,’20160728′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis won 4-0, as Frank Duncan returned from a thumb injury, and threw five shutout innings. Duncan was out for a total of 11 days, so he missed just one start. He didn’t have his usual solid control in this game, so he did feel the effects of some time off. Duncan allowed four hits and walked four batters. He had never walked four batters in a game during his pro career, topping out at three walks on two occasions. His sinker was working in this game though, as he posted a 9:1 GO/AO ratio.

The Indians got three hits and two runs from Pedro Florimon, who also stole his eighth base. Jose Osuna extended his hit streak to 12 games with a double. He has just 13 hits over that streak. The double was his 27th of the season, most in the farm system. Josh Bell had a single, a walk and an RBI. Alen Hanson hit his ninth double. Willy Garcia and Gift Ngoepe each connected on their fifth homer of the year, both hitting solo shots in the ninth inning. Elias Diaz is 3-for-19 at the plate since returning to Indianapolis.

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Brandon Waddell was having trouble throwing strikes on Thursday night. Then when he did throw the ball over the plate, it got hit hard. He walked five batters and gave up four extra-base hits in a 6-1 loss in Trenton. Waddell went six innings despite giving up runs in three consecutive innings and running up his pitch count to 101 pitches, with 56 for strikes. Waddell had six strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio, though four of those strikeouts came against lefty Tyler Wade, who had trouble laying off the curveballs in the dirt from the southpaw.

Altoona started the game with singles by Kevin Newman, Erich Weiss and Harold Ramirez, with the latter bringing home Newman with a run before a single out was recorded. Altoona wouldn’t score again, going 0-for-11 the rest of the game with runners in scoring position and stranding ten runners on base. Newman went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Weiss added another hit, while Barrett Barnes extended his on base streak to 22 games with a single.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton trailed 1-0 after seven innings on Thursday and ended up with the 5-1 victory over St Lucie. Stephen Tarpley started and went six inning, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks. The lone run scored on a solo homer to start the second inning. Tarpley had five strikeouts and a 9:2 GO/AO ratio. He now has a 4.18 ERA in 71 innings this season. Henry Hirsch got the win with two scoreless innings and Junior Lopez struck out the side in the ninth on 13 pitches.

Tito Polo, Jordan Luplow, Chase Simpson, Michael Suchy and Wyatt Mathisen each had two hits in this game. Polo hit his 16th homer of the season and stole his 28th base. He also walked, singled and scored two runs. Luplow hit his 18th double, walked and drove in a run. Simpson drove in two runs, connecting on his 15th double. Mathisen is 11-for-32 in his last ten games, raising his season average to .292 through 20 games.

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West Virginia was rained out on Thursday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

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Morgantown lost 3-2 on Thursday, as all three Auburn runs were unearned. Cam Vieaux started the game and went six innings, allowing two of those unearned runs on four hits, no walks and a hit batter. He had four strikeouts, a 9:3 GO/AO ratio, and needed just 69 pitches (47 strikes) to get through his outing. The sixth round pick now has a 3.38 ERA in 37.1 innings. Scooter Hightower pitched the final two innings and took the loss.

The Black Bears didn’t get their first hit until the seventh, then put together three in a row for their only runs. Will Craig broke up the no-hitter with a single, then scored on a Kevin Krause double. Albert Baur singled, then Krause scored on a wild pitch. Ty Moore added a double in the eighth inning for their fourth and final hit.

Stephen Alemais committed an error in the fifth than led to two unearned runs, while Will Craig’s 11th error of the season led to the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
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Bristol won game one of a doubleheader 4-2 over Elizabethton, behind a strong spot start from reliever Mike Wallace. The Pirates scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning of a game that took just 91 minutes to play.

The scoring for the Pirates started with an Alexis Bastardo double. He moved to third base on a single from Brent Gibbs, then Gibbs stole second base. Julio de la Cruz singled to score Bastardo, then Raul Siri tripled to score both de la Cruz and Gibbs. Siri would score on a Garrett Brown ground out. In three plate appearances, Gibbs had two hits and was hit by a pitch.

Wallace made his first start of the season, though he did throw 4.2 innings in relief earlier this month. On Wednesday night, he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. He had three strikeouts and a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Geoff Hartlieb faced the minimum over the final two innings for the save.

Game two was suspended in the bottom of the first and will be finished on Friday.

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The GCL Pirates lost 3-2 in 11 innings on Thursday afternoon. Starter Domingo Robles had a nice outing, giving up one run on four hits and no walks over five innings. He threw five shutout innings in his last start and hasn’t walked a batter in any of his last three outings. Robles was followed by Brian Sousa, who tossed two shutout innings. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Oddy Nunez couldn’t hold it, then he lost the game in the 11th inning.

The Pirates tied the game early with a run in the bottom of the third. Victor Ngoepe tripled to lead-off the inning, then scored two batters later on a Henrry Rosario ground out. In the eighth inning, Felix Vinicio singled to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second base, then a wild pitch got him to third. He scored on an RBI ground out from Boomer Synek. The Pirates went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Synek had two hits and a walk.

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The DSL Pirates lost 6-1 to the Cubs1 on Thursday with their ace on the mound. Leandro Pina had allowed just two earned runs all season coming into this game. While he pitched well in this start, it still ended up being all the runs the opposition would need. Pina allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in five innings.He had three strikeouts and a 3:5 GO/AO ratio. He now has an 0.82 ERA in 42 innings, and the walk he allowed was just his fourth of the season.

The offense was quiet in this game except for Jeremias Portorreal, who had a single, a double and a walk, while driving in the lone run. He is 9-for-22 in his last five games, sending his season average from .190 to .236 over that span. Two singles from Francisco Mepris and another from Samuel Inoa accounted for the only other hits by the Pirates. Cristopher Perez drew a walk and scored the team’s only run. Rodolfo Castro committed two errors at shortstop, giving him 28 on the season. He is also 3-for-27 in his last ten games.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Said before Osuna has impressed me greatly with the bat and his 27 dubs is exactly the kind of production I like to see from a young prospect.
    I still feel like he could force the Pirates hand to find a position for him.

  2. I assume Newman will be promoted to Indy come Sept, assuming the Pirates bring up Hanson for baserunning. I think when Joyce leaves, Newman should retain the name ‘sweet swinging’ because this dude puts up video game numbers on offense. I’d like to see what he’s got in AAA to give him some extra reps before he starts next season in Indy. His defense seems right where it needs to be at this point.

    • He might stay in Altoona because they have a really good chance at the playoffs. Maybe if Indy is going to make it as well, then he would go up, but I think they would rather he got in the playoff games. My guess is Newman goes to the Arizona Fall Lg this season, so he will see more upper level pitching there

  3. Nice stuff from Domingo Robles a LHSP from the DR who just turned 18 at the end of April. First year in the US and the GCL that started rough, but in the last 4 outings he has thrown 16.1 innings, 10K/1W and a 1.67 ERA. He is 6’2″ 170, so possibly a velocity gain into the low 90’s if he fills out? The Pirates thought a lot about him in 2014 when they spent $175K to sign him.

    • That is the hope with him. He has hit 92 in the past, but as a starter he is sitting 87-89 and just being a lefty who throws strikes is usually enough for lower level success because inexperienced batters rarely see that. Even if they don’t add velocity, a good off-speed pitch and control could get them to Double-A, where they get sorted out.

      Lefties are tough to really judge because their stuff doesn’t match the numbers a lot. Sort of like Rinku Singh, where he put up a 3.00 ERA in 2012 and people pointed to that as a possibility he could make the majors. He didn’t even have the good control or secondary pitches and he was still getting results. I was talking to a scout who tracked maybe 8-10 pitches for him then just stopped and I asked him after the inning about that and he just said something like “He has nothing, junkballer, not worth the time to report”. He sat there are tracked every pitch for Michael Jefferson the previous day though and he was a lefty who sat 86-87.

  4. It’s good news and bad news with Will Craig. The good news is he’s starting to hit, which is encouraging. The bad news he has 11 errors already at third base! And, he’s been the DH in quite a few games, which makes that error total even more alarming. I guess the scouts were right – he won’t be playing third base long.
    Tarpley had a nice night – I know he’s been injured some, but overall he’s taken a step back so far this year. He’s almost 24 – and still in High A.
    Waddell? What is the deal with him and his control since moving up to AA? He’s been a bit of a Jekyl and Hyde kind of pitcher – he’s either pretty good or very bad.
    Every time I see Alex Kiriloff’s numbers in Low A, I curse the Twins! That kid should have been a Pittsburgh Pirate – and if the Twins didn’t grab him, he may have been available when the Pirates picked….he is just killing it – .360 average with power and only 18 years old. Sigh….

    • This year’s top draft pick is a player to be named later …. And that name will be Won’t Craig.

    • Craig is struggling, but he is just getting started and should be given some time. The same “hitting getting better, but fielding an issue” can be dropped on our Supp Pick of a few years ago, Connor Joe. Not much power but the average has gotten up around .270. Problem though is the sub-.900 fielding percentage because of 19 errors at 3B.

      Big difference is that Craig is in his age 21 season and Joe is in his age 24 season.

    • With Craig, I consider the 11 errors good news in a way because it could end the 3b experiment sooner. He’s a future first baseman. If they want to make him into an average third baseman, that could take awhile and way never happen.

      Tarpley turns 24 next February and has missed time each of the last two seasons. I think he is about the same spot he was last year because he is showing improvements with his secondary pitches this season, but the fastball command hasn’t been as good. You can’t teach his velocity from the left side, so there is always going to be intrigue, and hopefully he has a healthy season next year and we see what he can do.

  5. 1 for 3 with a walk should be called the “Josh Bell”. I wonder many times this year he’s done that.

    • He isn’t playing everyday, he has an injury past that got longer this year, and he has never developed any type of power. He has played in 20 of 37 games since returning and two of those weren’t starts.

    • I dont know about that high of a rank for a future reliever, but I see him in the big league bullpen this September.

    • I don’t understand “top 20 and future bullpen arm” in the same sentence. Reboot. Maybe in the Tigers, Marlins or Angels system, but the Pirates are too deep to have someone who has a ceiling as a spot starter/middle reliever in their top 20. Today’s game didn’t help his case. Career high four walks and a high pitch count in five innings. Two things that usually help his case because the stuff isn’t overwhelming

      • Depends on how you look at it…there’s a lot of thought that Kuhl will be a BP arm and he’s top 10….

        But…even with the high BB total…just off the DL? Not all that shabby. if he’s doing it three starts from now? Yeah, that’s worrisome.

        • And a lot of us are more influenced by our eyes than stats, and see Kuhl as a potential legit 3-4 in the starting rotation. Kid has not even had his good stuff yet in the Big Leagues and has done just fine.

        • Duncan with 4 BBs on a return from the DL for the first time in his pro career. Wasn’t he supposed to be a AA pitcher this year? One of those guys who has intangibles who knows how to win and get the best out of what he has.

          He might fall flat on his face from here on out, but he has definately been worth keeping an eye on this season.

        • The comparison to Kuhl doesn’t work well because his floor is Duncan’s ceiling, that’s one of the reasons there is such a big difference in their rankings. Almost every starting pitcher who doesn’t project as an ace gets that bullpen tag attached. Trevor Williams has it, Yeudy Garcia has it, I’ve heard it for Clay Holmes. The difference is that it’s fallback options for them, and then they project as back-end bullpen arms if they don’t make it, not middle relievers.

          There deserves to be some pessimism with Duncan, though he still can be exactly what you said, a solid middle innings bullpen arm, possibly a spot starter if they need him. He has hit a rough patch in Triple-A though. Hasn’t gone past five innings in his last four starts. WHIP at 1.65 during that time, K/9 just under 4.50

          • I don’t disagree with your assessment of Kuhl…that’s why I’m comfortable with him being at the backend of the top 10.

            Duncan doesn’t have that ceiling…at all…so I’m more than happy seeing him at the rear of the top 20.

            I don’t want to put words in your mouth…but I’m guessing you see him more as a (pre-injuries) Sadler/Cumpton? If so, I definitely understand your point. I like his make-up and, either I’m right, or he’s just a prospect I’m overvaluing…but I see more as a 2013-15 Hughes type. Definitely not a glamour-position prospect, but I think there is a very good chance he might be the guy who’s getting the ball in the 7th in 2018-? Not a flashy role, but a vital one.

      • I don’t know if Duncan is a top 20 prospect in the Pirates system, but I will say he’s been quite a pleasant surprise this season. Maybe he will end up being the right handed version of Tony Watson – as I don’t see Duncan in the rotation, as the Pirates will soon have a logjam of young starting pitchers in Pittsburgh….

    • I also think Duncan has a place in the Pirates BP in ’17. There’s a lot of room in the BP for talent; I cringe every time the Pirates go to the pen. Duncan may not excite anyone in stats or measurables, but I think he has something that plays at the major league level.

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