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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1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20160910′);
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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160910′);
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4. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160910′);
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5. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160910′);
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6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160910′);
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7.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160910′);
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8. Will Craig, 3B, Morgantown –  [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20160906′);
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9. Steven Brault, LHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160910′);
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10. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160906′);
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11. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20160907′);
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12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160910′);
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13. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160910′);
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14. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160910′);
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15. Trevor Williams, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160910′);
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16. Alen Hanson, 2B, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160910′);
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17. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160910′);
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18. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160910′);
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19. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160910′);
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20. Taylor Hearn, LHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20160910′);
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21. Adrian Valerio, SS – Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20160906′);
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22. Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20160906′);
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23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160910′);
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24. Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20160906′);
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25. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20160906′);
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26. Frank Duncan, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641538,’P’,’20160910′);
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27. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20160910′);
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28. Connor Joe, 3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20160910′);
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29. Erich Weiss, 2B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(608382,’B’,’20160910′);
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30. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia –  [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20160910′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Box Score


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Altoona and Akron from Saturday night was postponed due to rain. Game four tomorrow will be at 6:05 PM and Brandon Waddell will be on the mound. Akron leads the best-of-five series 2-1. Game five (if necessary) will be played Monday night in Akron and Tyler Eppler will be on the mound.

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Box Score


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BRADENTON, Fla. – The Marauders had rolled through the post-season without a loss prior to tonight’s game, due to a combination of good starting pitching and the offense stepping up early. They got the latter tonight. They didn’t get the starting pitching.

Austin Coley had a decent first half, with a 3.52 ERA in 76.2 innings, along with a 51:26 K/BB ratio. He struggled in the second half, with a 6.03 ERA in 62.2 innings, along with a 39:18 K/BB ratio. That included a month of August where he gave up 19 earned runs in 21 innings.

Coley carried his struggles over to the post-season tonight. He gave up four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, and was hit hard a few times on pitches left up in the zone.

“I think he was elevated in the zone with his breaking ball,” Bradenton manager Michael Ryan said. “He got away with one with the fly out with Cornelius to the track. But he battled, he kept us in the game. That’s what he’s done all year. Two out runs is something he’s struggled with all year. That’s what showed up tonight.”

Four of the five runs allowed tonight were with two outs. In Coley’s case, it was because he had issues putting guys away. That was the case in the big fourth inning, when he gave up three runs. One came on a ground out with the bases loaded for the second out. He then allowed a single that brought in two runs, before getting a fly out to center to end the frame.

“I just think there’s some times in his mind when he can’t finish guys,” Ryan said. “I think in your mind, when you can’t finish guys, you try to punch people out. He’s not that type of pitcher. Finishing guys is getting the ball on the ground maybe, or popping somebody up.”

The offense battled back tonight, in the form of solo homers. Jordan Luplow got things started, hitting a home run in the bottom of the second to tie the score at 1-1. Michael Suchy hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, and Kevin Kramer added one in the fifth, making the score 4-3.

“I think we’re a good team when we attack the fastball, especially early in the count,” Ryan said. That’s what they did tonight, with all of the home runs coming early in the count with hitter’s counts, meaning that they were expecting fastballs.

The Marauders tied the game in the sixth after Suchy singled to score Jordan Luplow from second. They had runners at second and third with one out, but couldn’t score any additional runs. That eventually cost them, as the bullpen gave up a run, and they lost 5-4.

The series is now tied 1-1. Mitch Keller will take the mound tomorrow evening, making his final start of the year, and hoping to regain the series lead for Bradenton. Ryan talked about Keller’s last start, which came in game one of the first round. Keller didn’t allow a run through four innings, but gave up three in the fifth, which wasn’t a problem, as the Marauders had a big lead at the time.

“He was dominant through four and got tired,” Ryan said. “He was amped up, of course. But he was really good. Left the one pitch up that got hit down the line. He came out smoking, and that’s what we’re expecting tomorrow.”

The game tomorrow will be at McKechnie, but will be a home game for Tampa, with the Yankees batting in the bottom half. The game is played at McKechnie due to renovations at Steinbrenner Field. – Tim Williams

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