P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time (Tyler Glasnow, Trevor Williams, Alen Hanson), or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. 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 more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20170416′);
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3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170416′);
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4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170416′);
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5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170416′);
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6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton –  [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170416′);
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7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170416′);
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8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170416′);
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9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170416′);
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10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170416′);
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11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170416′);
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12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170416′);
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13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170416′);
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14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170416′);
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15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170416′);
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16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170416′);
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17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170416′);
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18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20170417′);
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19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170416′);
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20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170416′);
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21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia –  [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20170416′);
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22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20170416′);
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23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20170416′);
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24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Extended Spring Training -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20170416′);
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25. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170416′);
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26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170416′);
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27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20170416′);
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28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis –  [insert_php] display_top30(607471,’B’,’20170416′);
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29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20170416′);
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30. Jose Osuna, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(591741,’B’,’20170416′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis has off on Monday

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Altoona lost 7-1 to Erie on Monday night, as Yeudy Garcia made his second start of the season. Just by getting out of the first inning, Garcia improved on his season debut, but this was by no means a solid start. Garcia recorded just two outs in his start last week, getting pulled in the first after he reached his single inning pitch limit. Things didn’t start off well on Monday, as he gave up a single, then a two-run homer to center field in the first inning. He nearly gave up a second homer in the first, but the ball hit high off the center field wall for a triple. Garcia ended up stranding that runner.

In the second inning, Garcia gave up two well hit singles, followed by a sacrifice fly for Erie’s third run. He walked the next batter, but again got out of the inning with men on base. He didn’t do bad in the third, giving up a bunt base hit, which was erased on a caught stealing/strikeout double play. Garcia allowed two unearned runs in the fourth, though it was his own error that caused the runs to be unearned. He dropped a catch at first base on a grounder to first baseman Edwin Espinal. After recording two outs, Garcia served up another two-run homer. He went four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk, while picking up three strikeouts. He threw 64 pitches, with 38 going for strikes. Garcia topped out at 94 with his fastball, though there were also plenty of 90 MPH fastballs mixed in.

Garcia gave up some long fly balls besides the damaged he allowed. All but one of the hits he gave up was well struck. Once he left the game though, Miguel Rosario threw three innings of shutout ball to quiet the Erie bats. John Kuchno allowed two runs over two innings. One of the runs was unearned, though just like Garcia’s unearned runs, it was due to his own error.

The offense had some chances to score, but they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Kevin Kramer singled to extend his season-long hit streak to ten games. He has a .429 average. Kevin Newman had a single, double and a walk, breaking a recent cold streak in which he went 2-for-16. Edwin Espinal raised his average to .406 by collecting two hits. He scored the games only run after he singled in the second inning, then came around from first base on a Jordan Luplow single, which was booted for a fielding error by the right fielder. Luplow finished 1-for-4 on the day. Connor Joe went 0-for-4, leaving him 1-for-19 in his last five games.

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Bradenton started a seven-game homestand with a 5-1 win over Clearwater on Monday night. Dario Agrazal made his third start and lowered his ERA to 1.62 by allowing just one run over six innings. He gave up five hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out five, while throwing 55 of his 74 pitches for strikes. Agrazal posted a 7:5 GO/AO ratio. He was followed by Jess Amedee for two innings and Seth McGarry pitched the ninth, as they combined to retire all nine batters they faced.

The Marauders took a 1-0 lead in the first on a walk to Cole Tucker, followed by back-to-back singles from Will Craig and Logan Hill. In the second inning, a walk to Christian Kelley, a bunt single by Casey Hughston, and a walk to Danny Arribas, loaded the bases. Alfredo Reyes picked up an RBI on a ground out, which was followed by a two-run single by Mitchell Tolman. Bradenton added an insurance run in the eighth on a walk to Tucker, followed by his ninth stolen base in nine attempts, then an RBI single from Craig.

Tucker finished 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Craig was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ke’Bryan Hayes went 0-for-3, giving him a .250 average. Mitchell Tolman was 1-for-4.

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West Virginia scored 13 runs on 18 hits during Sunday’s game, but that was just a preview of their offensive potential. On Monday night, they beat Hickory by a 19-3 score, picking up 22 hits. James Marvel started the game and breezed through five innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He threw 52 of his 78 pitches for strikes and had a 7:4 GO/AO ratio, to go along with three strikeouts. Marvel has a 1.93 ERA through three starts. Matt Eckelman followed and allowed two runs, then Jordan Jess closed out the blowout by retiring all six batters he faced.

For the second day in a row, everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Hunter Owen somehow pulled off a 1-for-6 game, in which he was the only player without a run scored and an RBI. Everyone else had a strong day at the plate. Arden Pabst, Sandy Santos, Alexis Bastardo and Logan Ratledge all homered. Ty Moore had four hits, Carlos Munoz, Trae Arbet, Santos and Ratledge each had three hits. The home run by Bastardo was a grand slam. The unfortunate part of the game was that the only top 50 hitting prospect on the team, Stephen Alemais, had the night off.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I may have missed an announcement but why aren’t the stats showing for the top 20, each day it has just been DNP

  2. I was thinking the same thing about Alemais. I saw the 19 runs and jumped down to see how many hits he got…

  3. I assumed WV would be really bad this year, and they very may well still be. But, their offense in the last 3-4 games has been an eye opener. Once they started playing guys like Moore, Munoz, and Santos, things really turned around.

    • I wouldn’t say perplexing. He was having success at the lower levels with a 93-96 MPH fastball. He was throwing 90-94 most of last year and overusing his slider to a fault, then had minor shoulder surgery after the season. He hasn’t regained any velocity and hasn’t improved his command, so he’s lost about 3 MPH off his fastball on average and he’s facing better hitters. It’s tough to have success when you move up and your stuff moves down.

      Best thing to do for now is let him continue to start and hope his arm loosens up as the weather warms up and maybe we see the 2014-15 Garcia again.

  4. 32 runs in 2 games for WV. Has the quality of opposition on the pitching side been really bad? 32 runs would be a great week for this squad. Getting it in 2 games is unbelievable to me.

    • The pitchers today for Hickory weren’t exactly the best they have, so I’m sure that helped a little, but 19 runs is still 19 runs. I actually expected WV to be pretty good because they are full of slower movers through the system and college players. WV is the third oldest team along the 30 Low-A teams and the only two slightly behind them are Miami and Detroit, two of the worst farm systems in baseball.

      When you’re full of older players in Low-A, you should be a good team. As we have mentioned, prospects rarely equal a successful win/loss record. That’s because a team loaded with prospects is usually very young for the league. The Power don’t have a single position player under 22 years old.

      • I agree with you 100% John – although I still did not, and still do not, expect WV to be very good this year. Yes, they have some older position players, but their pitching staff is VERY thin and suspect – outside of Escobar of course.

        But, your assessment of WV is a reflection of how poorly the Pirates have drafted recently and how inactive they have been in the International market. Their tendency to being bottom feeders in Latin America has to end….

        • It may highlight the international success as a bit “streaky” but I think PP had an article on how the draft just happened to fall in such a way as the big hitter, Craig, is beyond A and the four prospect pitchers aren’t there yet.

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