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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INDIANAPOLIS — Frank Duncan had been a model of consistency in recent weeks, but he hit a rough patch on Monday against Louisville.
He had made it through at least six innings in each of his last four starts. But Duncan needed 92 pitches to make it through just 4.1 innings on Monday, matching his shortest outing at the Triple-A level.
Duncan allowed eight hits and six runs, though only two were earned. He walked three batters and gave up a home run to Kyle Waldrop.
“He just looked out of whack and out of sync out there,” Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said. “His pitches weren’t the same and you have to chalk that up to everybody goes through that.”
After retiring the first two batters of the game, Duncan had some control problems in the first that created a bases loaded jam.
Scott Schebler reached on an infield single on a grounder that deflected off Duncan’s glove. Duncan then walked the next two batters, though he wasn’t terribly erratic in the strike zone.
That’s a rarity for Duncan, who had walked just three batters in his previous five outings. He then got Kyle Waldrop to groundout to first baseman Josh Bell to end the inning.
The defensive play of the game came in the second inning and belonged to right fielder Willy Garcia, who ran at full speed and made a jumping catch into the outfield wall, taking away an extra-base hit. Duncan had 39 pitches after two innings but needed just 11 pitches in the second inning.
Duncan struck out the lead-off batter in the third inning, but Carlos Triunfel reached on a fielding error. On the play, Bell fielded the ball moving to his right and seemed to roam in front of second baseman Max Moroff. Bell rushed the throw and threw it several feet off the first base bag, causing a two-base error.
Duncan somewhat rebounded with a flyout to center field, but then allowed consecutive singles to load the bases. After a mound visit by Stan Kyles, things didn’t get better, with Waldrop hitting a three-run home run off Duncan.
“We didn’t help in that inning by extending the inning,” Treanor said. “He just couldn’t get that third out. But he didn’t look like the Frank Duncan we’re used to seeing. His pitches looked elevated and had no command tonight of really everything.”
Duncan retired the lead-off batter in the fifth inning, but that was the last out he recorded. Jermaine Curtis and Waldrop each doubled. Chris Berset then walked and that ended Duncan’s outing.
“Now we have to bounce back and get everything squared away in his bullpen in a couple of days and run him back out there,” Treanor said.
Austin Meadows is not in the Indianapolis lineup tonight and he has only been in the starting lineup once in the past seven games.
Meadows last played at Toledo on June 30.
“He’s just banged up a little bit,” Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said. “I just want to make sure that he’s completely healthy and ready to go.”
Treanor did not elaborate on what was bothering Meadows, but said it’s nothing serious. The one game Meadows has played fell in the middle of the last seven-game stretch.
The first three Indianapolis batters reached base against Louisville on Monday, with Gift Ngoepe leading off with an infield single that was followed by Max Moroff and Josh Bell drawing a walk.
The Indians didn’t take advantage of the bases loaded, nobody out situation. Jason Rogers grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but Ngoepe did score on the play. Jose Osuna hit a fly out to center to end the threat.
Danny Ortiz missed a home run on two foul balls in the second inning. He didn’t miss the third time, hitting a two-run home run to right field, his 10th of the season.
Altoona lost 5-3 to Akron on Monday, as Brandon Waddell had another tough outing. It was hard to argue his very quick promotion early in the season when he dominated at Bradenton, then looked really good in his first two Double-A starts, but Waddell hasn’t been good since then. In 4.2 innings tonight, he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and six walks. That gives him a 4.95 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP in 11 starts with Altoona. Waddell has gone 5.1 innings or less in eight of his last nine starts. That’s from someone who averaged just over six innings in his first seven starts of the season, including early season games when his pitch count was limited.
On offense, Kevin Newman had two hits and scored two runs. He drew a walk and collected his sixth double for Altoona. Erich Weiss drove in a run in the third inning with an RBI triple and then another run with an RBI ground out in the seventh. Harold Ramirez singled in his first at-bat, then grounded out to end the third inning. He apparently didn’t agree with the call and that ended with both Ramirez and manager Joey Cora being ejected. Jonathan Schwind replaced Ramirez and had an RBI double in the seventh inning.
Bradenton lost 4-3 in a rain-shortened game, but the important news was that Elias Diaz played his first game of the season. It didn’t go well, with an 0-for-2 at the plate and three stolen bases against him, including one in which he made a throwing error. Despite that, with the injuries issues the Pirates have a catcher right now, it’s nice to get some good news. Diaz left after five innings for a defensive replacement and will continue to play shortened games as he builds himself back into shape, likely going 6-7 innings in his next start.
JT Brubaker started this game and got the complete game thanks to the rain. He went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and no walks. He hit three batters and picked up four strikeouts. A 4:7 GO/AO ratio, along with allowing a home run, shows he wasn’t on top of his game in this one. Brubaker now has a 6.53 ERA with Bradenton in four starts.
Kevin Kramer had two hits, including his 16th double. He now has a 13-game on base streak. Jordan Luplow hit his first two triples of the season. Connor Joe had a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly in three trips to the plate.
West Virginia lost Monday night on a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs. Starter Dario Agrazal cruised through six innings, but ran into some trouble when they sent him out for the seventh. After allowing three hits in the first six innings, two which were infield hits, Agrazal gave up three hits in the seventh, recording just one out before being pulled. Overall it was still an excellent outing, which included no walks and a 10:3 GO/AO ratio.
Reliever Sean Keselica followed Agrazal and he was doing well until the ninth inning. He started with a strikeout, then after a single, he recorded the second out on a strikeout. That was followed by another single and then the walk-off homer for the 5-2 loss.
The Power had 13 base runners in the game, but 11 of them were stranded as the team went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Mitchell Tolman had his 14th double, a walk and an RBI. Casey Hughston had a single and a walk. Christian Kelley had two hits. Danny Arribas had a triple and an RBI.
Morgantown was rained out. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.
Bristol had an easy win wrapped up against Pulaski, all the had to do was get the last three outs in the bottom of the ninth. What started as a five-run lead in that last inning, ended with a 7-6 walk-off, literally. The final inning started with Geoff Hartlieb coming in to finish things off, which went like this:
error, single, walk, grand slam, single, pop out, error
That brought on John Pomeroy with a one run lead and one out. He picked up a strikeout, then finished the game with a walk, walk and walk for the walk-off win for Pulaski.
Starter Nicholas Economos had a nice outing with four shutout innings, though it did come with four hits and three walks. Pasquale Mazzocoli allowed one run in his two innings, followed by Luis Paula, who threw two shutout innings.
On offense, Michael de la Cruz, Huascar Fuentes and Sam Kennelly each had two hits. Fuentes and Alexis Bastardo each drove in two runs. Victor Fernandez had a single, run scored and two walks.
The infield for Bristol had some trouble with all four of them combining for five errors.
Second round draft pick Travis MacGregor made his pro debut for the GCL Pirates today. He faced seven batters, allowing a single, a double and a walk. All four of his outs were strikeouts, including first overall pick from the 2016 draft, Mickey Moniak. MacGregor was working on a limited pitch count and was capped off at two innings, so he likely reached that pitch count early due to the walk and strikeouts.
MacGregor was followed by Ronny Agustin, who was in the starting rotation last week, but now will likely be in a piggyback role with another starter, possible MacGregor each time. Since MacGregor will be limited each start, Agustin won’t actually lose any innings for at least a few weeks. Agustin went 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run on a solo homer. He picked up seven strikeouts. Oddy Nunez closed the game out for a three-inning save and a 4-2 victory for the Pirates.
The offense was led by Henrry Rosario, who had a double, a triple and a run scored. Carl Anderson continued his rehab with two walks, a run scored and two stolen bases. He is still looking for his first hit after four games. Catcher Raul Hernandez returned from a brief trip to serve as Bradenton’s backup catcher. He had two walks and scored a run. Johan DeJesus had a double, an RBI and a run scored, as well as his first stolen base.
The DSL Pirates lost 5-4 on Monday to the Cubs1. Starter Roger Santana lowered his ERA to 1.69, but some poor defense led to two unearned runs and him being knocked out after four innings. Kleiner Machado followed him and saw his ERA go up to 2.40 after allowing two runs in three innings. Closer Ramon Garcia allowed one run in his only inning, but it ended up being the winning run.
On offense, seven players each collected one hit. Catcher Gabriel Brito caught his first full game and had a single, two walks and a run scored. He was slowly built up as he was coming back from a Spring Training injury. Rodolfo Castro had his seventh double, scored a run, picked up an RBI and a walk. Keeping in mind that he’s the youngest player on the team and also a shortstop, Castro committed his 13th error on the season. Top prospect Kevin Sanchez had a single, walk, stolen base and an outfield assist.