Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Wins a Wild One 12-11 Behind Five Homers

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 (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’,’20170618′);
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3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170618′);
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4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170618′);
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5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170618′);
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6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170618′);
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7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170618′);
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8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170618′);
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9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170618′);
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10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170618′);
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11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170618′);
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12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170618′);
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13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170618′);
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14. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170618′);
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15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170618′);
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16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170618′);
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17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170618′);
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18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20170618′);
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19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170618′);
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20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170618′);
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21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20170618′);
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22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20170618′);
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23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20170618′);
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24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20170618′);
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25. Max Moroff, 2B, Pirates -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170618′);
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26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170618′);
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27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20170618′);
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28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607471,’B’,’20170618′);
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29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20170618′);
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30. Jin-De Jhang, C, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(618085,’B’,’20170618′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis won a wild 12-11 affair over Charlotte in a game that they were losing 4-1 through five innings. Tyler Eppler started and was not sharp in this game, which led to him allowing runs in four different innings. He gave up a total of seven runs, with three of them scoring off of A.J. Schugel, who also had a tough game. Eppler came into the game with an ERA and a WHIP that both had him in the top ten in the International League. That ERA rose 66 points and he allowed 14 base runners in just 5.1 innings, so that will set him back among the WHIP leaders.

Out of the eight pitchers used in this game, only Antonio Bastardo didn’t have trouble. He threw a scoreless eighth inning and picked up the win after Indianapolis scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning off of long-time Major Leaguer Bobby Parnell.

Indianapolis connected on five homers in this game. Phil Gosselin got it started with a solo shot in the first inning. Chris Bostick hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Eric Wood and Danny Ortiz hit back-to-back solo shots in the eighth frame, then Ortiz hit the big blow in the game, a three-run blast to give Indianapolis the lead. The power from Ortiz shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he hit 17 homers  in each of the last two seasons. However, he has just three this year and all three happened this week. Wood hit his eighth homer of the season. Both Wood and Ortiz collected three hits in the game and scored three runs. The homer by Bostick was his sixth of the season.

Austin Meadows didn’t play the last two games after getting hit on the hand on Thursday. It was a minor incident, which didn’t cause him to leave Thursday’s game and the time off was just precautionary. He went 0-for-5 in this game.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona won 6-5 in 11 innings on Sunday over Hartford. Edwin Espinal had a big game, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. JT Brubaker struggled in this start, but the bullpen allowed just one run over the last 5.1 innings for the win.

Brubaker was coming off two games in which he allowed five hits and no walks over 13 innings, with 15 strikeouts. He didn’t have that stuff in this game, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. There were some good takeaways from the outing. Brubaker had seven strikeouts, a 5:1 GO/AO ratio and he threw 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He still got hit hard though, with doubles by the opposition in five of his six innings. He also got help from Jin-De Jhang throwing out two base runners.

Miguel Rosario followed Brubaker and continued his amazing run. After allowing two runs in his season debut, Rosario has given up one run over 30 innings. He stranded the inherited runner from Brubaker, then threw a scoreless seventh inning. Sean Keselica had a very odd outing, giving up one run over three innings, while walking five batters and hitting another. He had just 14 walks on the season coming into the game. Jared Lakind finished out the game for the win.

With two doubles, Edwin Espinal now has 21 on the season, and he has driven in 42 runs. Both of those totals lead the Curve. Kevin Newman had a single, double and a run scored in six trips to the plate. Jin-De Jhang had a double, walk and two runs scored. JT Brubaker drove in two of the runs with a fourth inning single.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton is off until Monday due to the Florida State League All-Star break.

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West Virginia dropped a 5-3 decision on Sunday to Kannapolis in the last game of the first half. That gave them a 30-36 record, with four games canceled due to rain. They now go on their All-Star break and will begin the second half on Thursday.

Eduardo Vera started this game and allowed two runs over five innings, though only one run was earned. The earned run came on a solo homer to lead-off the second inning. Vera gave up four hits, struck out four batters and issued a rare walk. In 52.2 innings this season, he now has 54 strikeouts and just four walks. He has a 3.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP this season.

Matt Anderson pitched just one inning and had a tough time, allowing three runs, which gave him the loss. Mike Wallace and Ronny Agustin closed it out with a shutout inning each.

Adrian Valerio looked like he lost some timing with the missed time due to his facial injury. He was on an 11-game hit streak at the time and hitting the ball hard almost every time he put it in play. The games I’ve seen since his return included weak contact and popping some pitches up, when before he was hitting line drives everywhere. He had a nice game in this one, collecting a double and a single, so his timing may have come back just in time to take three days off for the All-Star Break. Carlos Munoz and Arden Pabst each had two hits, while Albert Baur hit his second homer of the season.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates are off on Sundays.

  • Besides Valero and some pitchers are there any prospects on the west Virginia team?

  • Newman starting to heat up, no more shots to the noggin, please.

  • A question I thought a player on rehab had a maximum of 21 days. How long has Bastardo been on rehab?

  • $64 question: Will Austin really be Major League ready in a month? Or will he HAVE to be ready, even if he isn’t? I’ve seen very few good at bats against LHP and mediocre play overall. If the Bucs trade away Andrew and then Austin struggles in his place (and he will), fans are going to be furious.

    • Buddy Turney
      June 18, 2017 7:36 pm

      Osuna and Frazier will keep the spot warm for him until he is ready. I think it is going to be another year. Past injuries have slowed his progress.

    • Watched too many players rushed to the majors. I don’t see where Meadows is close to being called up.

    • The Pirates could be 20 games out of first, and Meadows could be leading the Intl League in hitting when called up, and the fans would still be furious because the Pirates are cheap for letting Cutch walk. Death, taxes, and yinzer hot takes.

      I don’t think Meadows’ readiness plays one bit into whether or not they move Cutch. If they’re contending, they won’t move him. But since they don’t look like they’ll be contending, they should. Plenty of guys in the OF rotation to cover the rest of the year (plus Marte 2nd half). In fact, I’d argue there really isn’t a reason to bring Meadows up at all this year if they’re out of it, save maybe a Sept cup of coffee. Would rather see him dominating AAA first unless they absolutely need him.

      • scrappy2499
        June 19, 2017 7:38 am

        I should have read your reply before writing mine…lol

      • One man’s (possibly narrow) opinion. I think Meadows’ drop off this season, in part, reflects his disappointment in not coming north out of ST withe parent team.

        I think, once on the Pirates, be plays to form and displays his tools.

    • scrappy2499
      June 19, 2017 7:36 am

      There is no reason to rush him when he clearly has things to work on. You will see him next year, maybe September for a cup of coffee to see what it is like…

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