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’,’20160906′);
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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160906′);
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4. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160906′);
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5. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160906′);
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6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160906′);
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7.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160906′);
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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’,’20160906′);
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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’,’20160906′);
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12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160906′);
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13. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160906′);
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14. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160906′);
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15. Trevor Williams, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160906′);
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16. Alen Hanson, 2B, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160906′);
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17. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160906′);
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18. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160906′);
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19. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160906′);
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20. Taylor Hearn, LHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20160906′);
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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’,’20160906′);
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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’,’20160906′);
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27. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20160906′);
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28. Connor Joe, 3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20160906′);
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29. Erich Weiss, 2B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(608382,’B’,’20160906′);
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30. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia –  [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20160906′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Altoona finished their regular season on Monday. They begin the playoffs on Wednesday night at home with Alex McRae on the mound facing Akron in a best-of-five first round series.

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Bradenton began the FSL playoffs against St Lucie on Tuesday night with Mitch Keller on the mound. Before he threw a pitch, Keller had a 6-0 lead. He started off strong, but by the end of the outing, Keller had one of his worst starts of the season. Now keep in mind that he had a fantastic season, so saying it was one of his worst has to be kept in perspective. Keller retired the side in order quickly in the first inning, getting two strikeouts on curves, while also hitting 99 MPH.

In the second inning, Keller didn’t have an easy frame, though all he allowed was a single. He threw 22 pitches this inning, with ten being used on the last batter, who grounded out to shortstop. Keller worked a quick third inning, which included two more strikeouts.

The fourth inning is where he started to lose it this game. Keller walked two batters and threw a wild pitch. He didn’t allow any runs, but the combo of two walks and two more strikeouts raised his pitch count and set up the next inning.

The fifth began with a fly out, then his third walk. That set a season-high for base on balls for Keller, who walked 19 batters in 130.1 innings during the regular season. The next batter singled, then Keller threw his second wild pitch. A single back to Keller scored the first run, but a second run scored when he threw the ball away. After picking up his eighth strikeout, he uncorked his third wild pitch. That was followed by a double, which scored a third run off Keller.

Following a single and a ground out in the sixth, Keller was pulled from the game. He went 5.1 innings, with five hits, three runs, three walks and eight strikeouts, as well as three wild pitches. Despite the walks and wild pitches, Keller threw 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes, so that’s a very strong percentage of strikes. He also had a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. This was just the third time all season he allowed eight base runners in a game. The eight strikeouts tie a Bradenton playoff record, which was set by Tyler Glasnow.

As mentioned at the start, Bradenton took an early 6-0 lead and it started with five consecutive singles, followed by Jordan Luplow taking a 96 MPH fastball to the dome. He stayed in the game and scored one batter later as Christian Kelley singled, then made it to third base on an errant throw, clearing the bases.

Bradenton had another big inning left in them and Luplow ended up with the big hit in that inning. Up 6-3 after six innings, the Marauders scored five runs in the seventh, with three of those runs coming on a three-run homer from Luplow. It was the first home run ever for Bradenton in the postseason, now in their fourth season of making the playoffs.

Tanner Anderson allowed one run in the seventh, then Jose Regalado threw a scoreless eighth before Sam Street made things interesting with two runs in the ninth inning. Bradenton won 11-6, taking game one of the best-of-three series on the road. The next two (if necessary) games are at home, with JT Brubaker scheduled to pitch game two and Yeudy Garcia will go game three if needed. If not, he will start game one of the finals.

Pablo Reyes had a big game, collecting four hits and scoring two runs. Both Kevin Kramer and Chase Simpson had three hits and scored two runs. Simpson drove in three runs, as did Luplow. Jerrick Suiter had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice.

This was an odd game for the offense. Despite scoring 11 runs, the Marauders had one walk and 16 strikeouts. Connor Joe was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Cole Tucker, Luplow and Kelley each had three strikeouts.

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30 COMMENTS

      • Addition by subtraction is nothing more than a thing of legend in baseball. It only serves to take your depth and replace it with unproven commodities. The disrespect was truly disgusting when NH made those comments. Anyone with eyes could see that this team didn’t actually get better. They tried covering up their actual problems with bandaids and duct tape with a little bit of prayer thrown in but they forgot the most important part. Trading prospects to help contend in 2016 only works if the return actually pitches in 2016. Trying to contend AND trading your closer only works if you have a closer to replace him with. And bullpen depth only helps if your team is capable of generating and maintainine a lead, otherwise, it’s useless.

        • …and then when you trade prospects and someone you liked enough to give a long term deal to for future savings everyone sees the writing on the wall.

    • Don’t forget the “we had to get something for him……he was gonna leave” whiners. You trade your All-Star closer and fill in with the “next man up” even if he grooves them. They are getting what they deserve. The front office destroyed a 98 win team.

      • The FO did not destroy a 98 win team. We were due for regression this year. Explain what moves you say the FO got wrong. Yes, some questionable moves were made. However, Cutch’s bad year, Watson’s regression, Liriano’s downfall, and the bad season of Cole are the reasons we are in the position we are in. How is that the FO’s fault?

        • You nailed it Jonah. I do not understand why the Bucs underperforming players get a free pass on this season. It is as much on some of the players as it is on Neal.

          • Who gave them a free pass? I certainly didnt. But I would argue that the players don’t deserve the criticism Neal does. NH proved nearly all of the theories self loathing Pirates fans complain about to be true. You can’t behave in a cheap manner and then argue that you’re not cheap. You can’t constantly preach a mantra of, “competing in the present without sacrificing the future”, and then make moves solely built around creating financial flexibility for future years at the cost of the present season. Players have down years, that’s baseball. It’s a hard game, and I have a hard time criticizing them for trying.

            • We are a small market team. We have no choice but to be more sensitive about players salaries and such. I feel like all of this NH hate, which IMO is on of the top GMs in the league, is from the Liriano trade. I personally don’t have a problem with the Pirates trading a pitcher who is clearly not fooling anyone, McGuire (who by the way is batting .226 since the trade), and a half decent outfield prospect that had no place on our ML club. NH got us Nova at the deadline and got a haul for Melancon.

              • NH got us a below average return for an elite closer. But remind me again of the impact on the return for McGuire and the half decent outfielder. Hutchison has literally done nothing to help this team. You can’t justify the return of one trade by citing another.

                I don’t hate NH, but that doesn’t mean I wont criticize him. I think he’s a great GM too, but he’s had a down year. No way around it. He tried to get cute with the roster construction and it came back to bite him

                • A below average return? So two impact arms for 2 months of Melancon is below average? Hutch hasn’t pitched a single major league inning yet so he doesn’t deserve to be judged. I agree with the fact that he hasn’t been as strong as in years past but he is not the one to blame for this years failures.

                  • Two impact arms? Are we sure we have that? Riveros peripherals are pretty much the same as before, except now he has lost his command. Taylor Hearn is a low minors reliever. Odds are more likely that hes bagging groceries before pitching meaningful innings in the pros. Both have exceptional risk, so don’t preach the best case scenario as if it’s a foregone conclusion. Similar relievers got better deals, that’s why it’s below average. The Yanks got what we got plus a top 30 prospect for Andrew Miller. They also got significantly more than we did for Chapman. Now I’m not saying it’s apples to apples between those relievers, it’s not. But the deals should look similar and they didnt.

                    The fact that Hutch hasn’t pitched a single major league inning IS the concern. It’s a sign that he’s not ready. That they sold a couple acres of the farm for a bag of manure.

                    • And Melacon is aging and tops out at about 91. The return was acceptable. Hearn has a great arm and should make it despite being a little old for the level.

                    • Melancons age has nothing to do with it. He was a rental, it never mattered. And excuse me if I don’t just accept your opinion as fact. The trade was not acceptable. Hearn does have a great arm but that doesn’t guarantee you anything. And besides, reliever prospects are literally at the bottom of the hierarchy. Performance at that position fluctuates more than just about any other, and they offer probably the shortest window for elite performance than any other group, unless of course the Pirates thought they were getting Mariano Rivero instead of Felipe. So prospects for that position carry less overall value than any other, making any trade where you give up a proven reliever for only unproven relievers a terrible one

                    • Since trade:
                      – Rivero: 1.47 ERA, ,188 avg, 13.9 k/9, WHIP 1,42
                      – Melancon: 2.16 ERA, .246, 7.6 k/9, WHIP 1.01

                      How are you not happy with this? Rivero for melancon alone is outstanding

                    • Those stats are just a tad loaded. Neither play in a vacuum. Melancons numbers are coming in much higher leverage spots than Riveros. I’ll also cite their FIPs where Melancon has deserved better than his 2 ERA while Rivero is at 3.5. Rivero might be ready to implode at any moment. Melancon has remained elite and steady. Rivero is wild and lucky

                    • Rivero is a future closer. It he gets better command, more than that. If you really believe that of Hearn/other minorL players, then I am not sure why you are so upset about giving up a surplus in the farm if they are going to be “bagging groceries”. Miller has multiple years of control and the Cubs did an historic overpay for Chapman. Hutch hasn’t pitched because we wanted another year of control out of him. People forget he was the Blue Jays Opening Day starter so he must have some potential. Its not fair to judge him when no one has seen him pitch. Searage & co could do wonders for the kid.

                    • According to who? Sure, that’s one path he could take. But just being a closer doesn’t make you a good pitcher.

                      My bagging groceries comment is about the track most relievers in the low minors take. It’s a lititle different than McGuire and Ramirez who both graced top prospect lists just a year ago. The perceived value there is just a tad greater, especially when you consider the positional differences.

                      I would argue that we see similar deals to the Chapman and Miller ones all the time. I wouldn’t call Chapman even close to a historic overpay.

                      Why on God’s green earth is an extra year of a 5 ERA pitcher suddenly so valuable? Last i checked, we were trying to make the playoffs. And please don’t throw more non-sequiturs at me, being on a opening day roster means literally nothing. Johnathan Sanchez was on an opening day roster once and he was garbage. Searage isn’t fullproof either. He’s failed before, and I doubt Hutch, whose upside has never touched TOR arm by everything I read, will magically pitch 3 runs better than his career ERA

              • Was on top. How many teams win 98 games and struggle to go .500 the next year when they are a team that are full of young guys and guys in their prime…throw in SRod and Joyce having excellent years and Polanco and Marte taking a step forward…you can’t blame it all on Cutch…Jon Neise being the 3rd starter and Locke in a rotation was deficient…and it just went on that way…until the bats went cold…I have been complaining about the Pirates ability to move runners up and hit in situations for years. Billy Beane proved it in Oakland and it is being proven again. Getting on base is not enough. Offense isn’t always an accident precipitated by just getting on. Last year they went out and got useful bullpen pieces…this year they foolishly thought they were good enough…we are seeing the results of that now.

            • The 3 best players on last years team did not just have bad years. They were atrocious. Pitiful. Awful. I am sure I can come up with a few more adjectives. Cutch. Kang. Cole. Those are the 3 biggest reasons this team is where it is at. Bad years are one thing , plummeting to beyond bad is tough to recover from , no matter who the GM adds to the roster.

              • I agree, but I’m not talking about blame, I’m talking about criticism. I can’t criticize the players that have carried us to relevance after one bad year. Is it their fault more than others, yes. But NH isn’t a player. His progress has stagnated over the course of a few years, not just this past year. That’s worthy of criticism.

  1. A lefty reliever that faces a leftie hitter and can’t throw a freaking breaking pitch. I know it sounds like an over reaction, but this guy is not a closer. Neither is Feliz, so I guess we are left with……

    • Why? Because he is playing almost at his career averages, market value per WAR, and he has about a .920 OPS the last 23 games he’s played in? He’s a solid finish away from being worth what they paid and exactly on his career averages. Were you expecting 20 HR? He’s Scott Hatteberg. There was no reason to expect more.

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