Prospect Watch: Meadows, Moroff and Tucker Homer on Big Nights for Indianapolis and Bradenton

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’);
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2. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20170526′);
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3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170526′);
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4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170526′);
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5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170526′);
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6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170526′);
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7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170526′);
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8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170526′);
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9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170526′);
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10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170526′);
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11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170526′);
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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’,’20170526′);
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15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170526′);
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16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170526′);
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17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170526′);
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18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20170526′);
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19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170526′);
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20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170526′);
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21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20170526′);
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22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20170526′);
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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, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20170526′);
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25. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170526′);
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26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170526′);
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27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20170526′);
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28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607471,’B’,’20170526′);
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29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20170526′);
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30. Pat Light, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(572990,’P’,’20170526′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis won 11-6 on Friday night in a big game for offense and a rare bad night for Edgar Santana. Cody Dickson started this game and allowed two runs over three innings. Santana followed and it appeared that the Pirates were stretching him out. He didn’t look like his usual self, going all out for an inning, sometimes two innings if it’s quick work. He went 52 pitches in this game and allowed three runs on six hits. Santana had allowed one earned run all season prior to tonight. His highest pitch count prior to tonight was 41 pitches and he only reached 30 pitches one other time. It was also just the second time he had five days between appearances. So it wasn’t your typical Santana outing, both results and circumstances.

On offense, everyone reached base at least once, while contributing either a run scored and/or an RBI. Only two players failed to reach base at least two times. Both of those offensive stats also happened in the Bradenton game tonight, so it was a big night for both teams.

Austin Meadows connected on his third home run of the season. He also singled, walked and stole his seventh base, while coming around to score all three times he reached base. He has four multi-hit games in his last five starts.

Max Moroff went 2-for-5, connecting on his 13th home run of the season. He also hit his eighth double, scored twice and drove in a total of three runs. Chris Bostick had two hits, including his 14th double. He scored twice and drove in two runs. Elias Diaz hit his seventh double, walked and scored a run. Eric Wood had a walk and two hits, including his 11th double. Barrett Barnes went 0-for-2 to drop him down to a .118 average. He still reached base twice on a walk and a HBP.

Danny Ortiz picked up two hits in his return to Indianapolis, while Phil Gosselin had an RBI single and scored a run. He’s hitting .353 since being sent down from the Pirates.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona got JT Brubaker back in the starting rotation and for the first seven innings it looked like he was going to lead them to victory. Tanner Anderson came on for his first relief appearance of the year and allowed three runs in the eighth inning, giving Erie a 4-3 victory.

Brubaker last started on May 2nd, throwing 6.2 shutout innings. After that game, he developed a blister on his right index finger and it caused him to miss a start and go to the bullpen to build up his pitch count because he wasn’t throwing for a short time. He threw two innings in his return two weeks later, then went three innings last time out. In tonight’s game, he moved back to the starting role and went five frames, giving up one run on three hits and two walks. Brubaker had three strikeouts, an 8:3 GO/AO ratio and he was able to get his pitch count up to 83 pitches.

Sean Keselica followed Brubaker with two shutout innings, but Anderson gave up three runs on four hits in his only inning of work.

On offense, Altoona got some help from the Erie defense. The Curve got a solo homer from Chase Simpson, but both of their other two runs were unearned. Connor Joe, Pablo Reyes and Edwin Espinal each doubled. Reyes also drew a walk and picked up an outfield assist. He was the only Curve batter to reach base twice in the game. Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer each went 0-for-3 with a walk. Kramer has seen his batting average come down to .320, dropping 48 points in the last ten days. Newman is down to a .232 average, thanks in part to a .174 average in 18 games this month. Altoona went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton beat up on two former Marauders in their 10-2 win over Jupiter on Friday night. The Marauders put up 17 hits, with most of the damage coming off Felipe Gonzalez and Nick Neumann. All nine hitters for Bradenton either scored a run and/or drove in a run, with only Casey Hughston and Alfredo Reyes, who hit his first home run of the season, failing to reach base at least twice.

We start at the top of the lineup with Cole Tucker, who hit his fourth home run of the season. He also singled and scored a run. Ke’Bryan Hayes reached base in all five plate appearances with three singles and two walks. He also stole two bases, giving him 16 steals on the season. Will Craig had two hits and scored a run. Logan Hill had two hits, including his 11th double. Christian Kelley had two hits and drove in three runs. Kevin Krause returned to the lineup for the first time since May 6th and had three hits and three RBIs. Hughston connected on his tenth double, but he also struck out four times.

Bret Helton got the start and almost didn’t make it through one inning, but ended up allowing just two runs over five innings. Both runs scored in the first, as he ran up his pitch count with three walks and a single. Daniel Zamora had three strong innings to give him an 0.83 ERA, and Seth McGarry closed it out with a scoreless ninth, giving him a 1.33 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. He has been showing strong velocity this year, sitting in the mid-90s.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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West Virginia waited five days between games, last seeing action on Sunday before playing a doubleheader on Friday night. In game one, James Marvel got his first start since May 10th. He was supposed to pitch on Monday, but had to wait until tonight to return. He went three innings (as scheduled), giving up one run on a solo homer in the first. Luis Escobar followed him and put in a scoreless inning, on what was just a throw day for him. He will start on Tuesday night. Geoff Hartlieb followed with two shutout innings and Matt Frawley picked up the save with a scoreless seventh in the 2-1 win over Hagerstown.

Adrian Valerio and Ty Moore drove in the only runs for the Power in the third inning, picking up back-to-back singles. Clark Eagan scored on Valerio’s hit, then after stealing second base, Valerio scored on Moore’s hit. He is 7-for-11 in his last three games after starting his season 1-for-20. Trae Arbet left this game early after colliding with a runner while trying to field a grounder in the fifth inning.

Game Two recap: Oddy Nunez looked like he had some rust to shake off after not pitching for ten days due to all of the rain. The first three batters he faced all reached base, starting with a lead-off double, followed by a walk and then a three-run homer. Just 12 batters later, he had completed four innings of work, picking up six strikeouts. It’s the second time he has retired 12 batters in a row on his limited pitch count, though last time it was all 12 batters he faced during four perfect innings.

Adrian Valerio reached base twice with a single and a walk. He’s been getting all of the time at shortstop with Stephen Alemais on the disabled list with a hand injury. Carlos Munoz hit his fourth homer of the season. Brent Gibbs doubled, walked and scored a run. West Virginia went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, as they lost this one 5-2.

  • time to move up Tucker and bring down Newman.

  • Good news Cole Tucker breaks out of his mini-slump.
    Bad news is he hit another HR, so he’ll likely go back into another slump…

  • #FreeMeadows

    T minus 14 days

  • So….when does the Chad Kuhl as Starting Pitcher experiment end?

    I’ve taken a lot of shit from Tim and others on this site for speaking clearly that he’s not a SP in the Major Leagues.

    Seems it’s about time to call up Stephen Brault and send Kuhl to the bullpen where his two-pitch (average, but perhaps it plays up) mix plays better.

    If you don’t have a 3rd pitch and your first 2 aren’t plus, you’re a RP. Let’s see how he does in a role that most scouts feel he fits better.

    • piraterican21
      May 26, 2017 8:43 pm

      I put an 80% chance that he pitch his last game as starter for a while. With Taillon down the depth is gone, but I guess Brault will do. I made a similar comment about how his sinker is not much of a sinker, and was counter with is an elite pitch (not by any staff member but another commenter) all I could do is not reply!

      • But, commenters get that info from staff members. They (we) have been sold on a myth, namely, that his SL is a K-pitch and that his CH is average. Both aren’t true, which is why most scouts, including Keith Law, feel that he’s a middle-relief, perhaps late-inning reliever if the velo plays up. He simply doesn’t have the tools to face a line-up 3 times through the order.

        But, hey, I was told that I was wrong, my appeals to authority were misguided, and that, like Adrian Sampson, Kuhl was perhaps ticketed for the ‘dream rotation’. It’s all quite comical to me.

        But, if you noticed, Tim didn’t mention Kuhl in his post last week on the future of each position. He finally realized that Kuhl isn’t a SP, or at least a SP that projects to still be a SP in a year or two.

        He simply isn’t any good, at least in that role. Never has been at the ML level, either.

        • Following up on Kuhl and his slider, he is mentioned (again in the 2016 Guide) as not having an out pitch (meaning the slider). And it is mentioned that he is trying to work on it. His sinker on the other hand is mentioned as being very good – but we’ve all seen from Morton how far a good sinker can get you…

    • I haven’t followed the comment chain that you refer to but, from the articles, I never got the feeling that Kuhl was a future long term starter for the Pirates. The 2016 Prospect Guide had him at a 4.5 Grade (a below average pitcher) with a medium risk heading into AAA.
      I recall Tim reconsidering that and bumping him up a little based on the upper 90s four seam. But at best, I thought he was talked about as a temporary number five behind Cole, Taillon, Glasnow, and Kingham – and then soon to be passed by others.

      • You’re mistaken. Tim has been irrationally optimistic re: Kuhl until as recent as last week on Twitter.

        The Pirates need move on from him as a SP. He’s a reliever, always has been.

    • please explain to me how his fastball which is often in the upper 90s not a plus offering?

  • piraterican21
    May 26, 2017 7:33 pm

    Kuhl is back to throwing the non sinking sinker, might be a long night.

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