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 (Trevor Williams, Alen Hanson, Jose Osuna), 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’);

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20170517′);

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170517′);

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170517′);

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170517′);

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton –  [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170517′);

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170517′);

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170517′);

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170517′);

10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170517′);

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170517′);

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170416′);

13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170416′);

14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170517′);

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170517′);

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170517′);

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170517′);

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20170517′);

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170517′);

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170517′);

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia –  [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20170517′);

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20170517′);

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20170416′);

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20170517′);

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170517′);

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170517′);

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20170517′);

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis –  [insert_php] display_top30(607471,’B’,’20170517′);

29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20170517′);

30. Pat Light, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(572990,’P’,’20170517′);

P2 Top Performers

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Box Score

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Nick Kingham made his first start for Indianapolis since May 6, 2015 on Wednesday night. Kingham topped out at Altoona last year during his return from Tommy John surgery. This season he injured his ankle on mid-March and began the year in Extended Spring Training. He threw five shutout innings in his season debut for Bradenton last week, then joined Indianapolis for this start.

Kingham went 5.2 innings and 95 pitches in this game. He threw 61 of those pitches for strikes and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four batters. Most of the damage came in the fourth inning when he allowed an infield single, followed by three straight hits with two outs, scoring both runs. Each inning included at least one base runner. It’s not a bad outing considering how long it’s been since he pitched at this level and it’s also the first time he went longer than five innings (He also had a five inning outing in Extended ST).

Indianapolis won 8-4 as both Max Moroff and Eric Wood hit two homers in the games. That’s 12 for Moroff, who never hit more than eight in a season before this year. Wood now has five homers this year. Both players also drew two walks in the game. Austin Meadows went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and run scored. Chris Bostick had two hits and a walk. He is now 15-for-27 in six games since being sent down by the Pirates. Barrett Barnes went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. He is 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts in four games since returning from his Spring Training hamstring injury.


Box Score

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Altoona won 8-6 as Austin Coley had another solid outing and Kevin Kramer extended his season-long on base streak to 32 games. He hit his 13th double of the season in the fourth inning to extend the streak. Jordan Luplow hit his seventh homer of the season in the ninth inning, giving Altoona the lead. Montana DuRapau pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

Coley went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He has now made six starts this season despite the fact he was supposed to begin the season in the bullpen. Coley has a 3.06 ERA in 35.1 innings. Jared Lakind allowed three runs in his only inning to give him an 8.04 ERA, while Buddy Borden pitched a scoreless eighth and has not allowed an earned run in 18.1 innings.

Connor Joe had two triples in this game, giving him three on the year. Wyatt Mathisen also had two hits. Kevin Newman went 2-for-5, giving him a .258 average on the season. He went 7-for-37 (.189) in his previous ten games. Edwin Espinal went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He’s batting .336 on the season. Kramer now has a .361 average.



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Taylor Hearn pitched in relief last week, staying on his normal schedule by following Nick Kingham during his rehab start. So this was the first start for Hearn since he went 6.2 innings back on May 6th. He looked very good for three innings in this game before things fell apart in the fourth. In the first three frames, Hearn gave up one hit, one walk and hit a batter. In the fourth inning he walked two batters and allowed four singles, all described as line drives in the boxscore. Four runs scored and he left two runners on base, which were stranded when Yunior Montero came on and struck out two batters. Hearn threw 30 pitches in the fourth after using 46 in the first three innings combined. He struck out five batters, giving him 47 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.

Yunior Montero had an outing similar to Hearn, where it started off strong and ended in a disaster. The Marauders tried to extend him in this outing and it was a bad idea. He breezed through 2.2 innings, striking out six batters. Montero came out for the seventh inning and all five batters he faced reached base. Three scored while he was in the game, then Jess Amedee allowed both inherited runners to scored, saddling Montero with the loss in the 9-8 ballgame.  Montero has 39 strikeouts in 21 innings this season.

Cole Tucker extended his on base streak to 24 games, going 1-for-5 with a triple. The triple was his fourth of the season and set a new career high for Tucker. Will Craig homered for the third time this season and also singled later in the game. Logan Hill drove in two runs with his tenth homer of the season. Both Mitchell Tolman and Ke’Bryan Hayes scored two runs without collecting a hit. John Bormann drove in two runs with a single.


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  1. Logan fricking Hill. Move him up. 10HR in a quarter season in the FSL. He is striking out too much, but nothing else says the FSL is challenging him.

    • I agree….Espinal should be in Indy….waive Rogers to make room. Hill could then backfill for Espinal in Altoona…..

      • Rogers has been hitting ok lately. How about moving him up to the big show and cutting Jaso?

        • He has, but does he really factor in the future of the Pirates? If someone is going to get PT at first base Indy, I’d prefer it to be a guy who may offer more than just being a AAA player….someone who has upside to be something more….

    • They may be slow to move Hill up too quickly, given the fact that a too-hasty promotion led to them moving him *down* a level just last year.

  2. Two players with 2 HRs. Not a very typical thing in the Pirates system. I don’t remember this happening, so if anyone can remember the last time, I’d like to know how long it’s been.

  3. I know Tucker has a lot of stolen bases this year – 25 or 30 already – and he now has 4 triples already….I never heard that he was extremely fast, but he must have at least above average speed. Is he just an extremely smart baserunner who gets great jumps, or is he a lot faster than what was originally reported?

    • I thought that all reports since the draft had talked about his speed. He is just getting on base more this year, so it is showing up better in the stat lines.

    • Above average runner (55) that is far more aggressive than A-ball batteries can handle. Won’t keep this up against better competition, but it does speak well to his instincts.

      • Good to know….he seems like a kid who has plus baseball smarts and instincts…I just hope he hits enough to be a productive MLB player – we need him….

        • Coincidentally, BP just posted their latest Eyewitness Account of him with the following snippet:

          “Charismatic leader, exudes confidence, and loves to play the game, Tucker is a switch hitter with an advanced understanding of the game. Defensive actions to stick at short, but more muscle will slot him to third base—more power to come with position change and baseball aptitude. Though with current season high of two home runs, there is huge uncertainty as mechanical and approach change would be required. Tucker projects to be a fan favorite and everyday third baseman.”

  4. I attended Game 2 tonight of the Altoona at Binghamton series, and here are some random comments and observations from the game – I will try to minimize any sense of negativity, as I know that adversely affects the more sensitive members of this site…..

    The highlights and positives…..

    – Gorgeous day and night in Binghamton – it was almost 90 degrees today in Binghamton, which is VERY unusual for a day in mid-May. At game time, it was still in the mid 80s….
    – Austin Coley – he had his ups and downs, but overall he persevered and got through 6 innings, giving up 3 runs and 3 hits. He obviously doesn’t have overpowering stuff (88-90), but he battled and didn’t fall apart – even after he seemingly lost it in the third inning – he gave up 3 runs that inning, largely due to self-inflicted wounds – 2 hit batters and 3 walks. Other than that, he pitched a clean game – got a lot of ground balls – nothing flashy, but he got the job done.
    – Kevin Kramer – the kid can hit – hit a very long double to left center tonight.
    – Connor Joe – he gets to be on both lists tonight – he’s on this list because he hit two triples – and there was nothing cheap about either one – both were bombs – one to left center and one to right field.
    – Newman – still struggling at the plate, although he did get at least one single tonight, which he tried to stretch into a double and was thrown out at second base on a bang-bang play. Considering they were down 3-0, probably wasn’t the smartest move. But, he’s on the highlights list because of his glove – two nights in a row he handled every chance cleanly and some were not easy plays. I’m still not sure of how his arm will play at SS in the majors, but his glove and range are solid. I was impressed with his fielding.
    – Espinal – Despite his obvious very large size, this guy is a good first baseman. Maybe not a Gold Glove candidate, but he doesn’t embarrass himself and he made some difficult picks and he threw another runner out at the plate tonight on a difficult play. Hitting wise, he usually gets good wood on the ball, he seldom swings and misses, and he obviously produces runs – he easily leads the team in RBIs. I’d just like to see him drive the ball more – he seems to hit with mostly his arms….not a lot of leg drive…maybe that is by design?
    – Luplow – Came off the bench and hit a 2 run game winning HR….after a very quiet night last night.

    The lowlights and negatives…..

    – Despite two consecutive gorgeous days and nights weather wise, the stadium was mostly empty. I’ve been to 4-5 games now in Binghamton, 3 last year and 2 so far this year – I don’t know if this city will have a AA team much longer if they don’t support the team better. I don’t know what the announced crowd was, but there could not have been more than 1500 or so both nights. Rows upon rows of empty seats all through the ballpark. Its a shame….
    – Right after Lee Mazzilli’s kid hit a 2 run HR in the 7th inning, the Binghamton bat boy strayed too close to the on deck circle and got hit in the face with a warm up swing by the Binghamton on deck batter. The game was delayed at least 30 minutes, while they tended to the kid just feet away from home plate – he ended up being carted off to an ambulance, but it appears he will be okay – he got hit in the jaw (and thankfully not in the eye or side of the head) – he may have lost some teeth and may have fractured jaw, but it sounds like he avoided more serious injury. Ironically, his parents were sitting 2 rows in front of me!
    – Connor Joe – played RF and dropped an easy fly ball in the 4th or 5th inning. He redeemed himself later with his bat, but the kid seemingly has no position where he is competent enough. I don’t get it, because the kid looks the part – he runs well and is very athletic looking. I don’t know what the Pirates can do with him, even if he continues to hit reasonably well.
    – Jared Lakind – Bad night for him – he’s regressed since last year.
    – Catching position for Altoona – Jackson Williams and Zane Chavez! Are you kidding me?? How can our AA team have such a pathetic catching situation? I realize Jhang (spelling?) is hurt, but that only addresses one spot.

    All in all, a much better performance by the Curve tonight, after a dreadful performance last night. Maybe it was the long bus ride??

      • I believe there is, but unfortunately I cannot go – have to head back home to Maryland tomorrow evening. I’m in Binghamton 2-3 days each week because of an extended project I am working on here. This is the Curve’s only visit to Binghamton this year, last year they came here twice. I will try to catch the Curve when they play in Harrisburg, Bowie, and Reading sometime this Summer – as well as at home in Altoona as well.

        I was hoping to see Indy play in Syracuse this Summer, but they only play there on a weekend and I am never up this way over a weekend….

        I’d like to see a WV Power game this Summer in Delmarva or Hagerstown…..

    • Joe’s best position was probably catcher, unfortunately, his back precludes him from playing there. However, if he can hit, there are 5 positions in Pittsburgh that people aren’t hitting at.

      • Yeah, the whole situation as far as positions for Joe has been an odd one – even the day he was drafted. When they selected Joe, the Pirates stated they drafted him as an outfielder – but then proceeded to play him mostly at third base and first base his first 2 years in the system. His bat has some potential – although its run hot and cold.- but, he doesn’t hit with enough power to be a corner outfielder.

        • I agree, he doesn’t hit for enough power to play any corner. That’s why I say catcher was probably his best position. He isn’t really athletic enough for a middle position, but he can hit. If he can hit well enough, the Pirates will need to find a position for him.

  5. Connor Joe is hitting this season. Good to see. Maybe he’s finally healthy and tapping into his natural talent.

      • I’m not referring to his control, although that is an issue – but his high ERA and general unimpressive performance so far….

        • His FIP is a full run lower than ERA so I wouldn’t put much stock into that after a month and a half with A-ball defenders backing him.

          The only thing I’d personally call “disappointing” so far is that he doesn’t actually have much of a changeup, like scouts had said prior to joining the Pirates. And even that isn’t terribly disappointing for me since I never took his comment about that being his best secondary in high school for much value.

          He’s still a long shot to make it as a starter, but he’s healthy which was the biggest red flag to begin with. Stay healthy and there’s a chance.

  6. When will Moroff be asked to pee into a cup?

    BTW, I am being sarcastic….but what a shock…12 HRs

    • I think he’s just being more aggressive at the plate. The walks are down, the power is up because he isn’t taking pitches until he gets two strikes like he did so many times last year. He’s also 24 now, so he still could be filling out some. The best part about it is that he still has a solid approach and he hasn’t let the home runs go to his head. There are plenty of players who hit a couple homers and all of a sudden they have a new approach, followed shortly by a long slump.

      • Is the aggressive approach going to translate to the majors? He has 6 strikeouts in 11 career PAs.

        • It’s a better approach. It’s him being more aggressive, but I wouldn’t say it’s an aggressive approach at the plate. Its’s 2017 Moroff being compared to 2016 and 2012-14 Moroff, not other players. When he was in Altoona in 2015, he had the same approach and it worked well.

          Numerous times over the years, he has taken six straight pitches and walked or struck out, meaning he’s taking 2-3 strikes to try to draw a walk. This year he isn’t doing that as often. When he sees a pitch in his happy zone, he is swinging, regardless of the count.

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