Prospect Watch: Another Great Start from Brubaker; Big Night for Three Indianapolis Bats

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 (Colin Moran), or loses his prospect eligibility (Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick, Max Moroff and Dovydas Neverauskas), 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 our 2018 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – 1-or-3, 2 BB, SB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4, BB

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, 2B, BB

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

19. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates (disabled list) – DNP

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 0-for-4

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – DNP

28. Conner Uselton, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP


Indianapolis scored five runs in the first inning and four more in the fifth, on their way to a 10-7 victory over Toledo. Eric Wood, Jacob Stallings and Jose Osuna all had big days at the plate. Wood collected two doubles, giving him ten on the season, and he hit his first homer of the year. He drove in four runs. Stallings raised his average to .364 after collecting three hits. He hit his eighth double and drove in a pair. Osuna hit his third homer and ninth double. He scored three times and brought home three runs.

Tyler Eppler had a down night, but it was more than enough for the victory. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. Eppler had five strikeouts, a 6:5 GO/AO ratio and threw 57 of his 87 pitches for strikes. He now has a 2.92 ERA through five starts.

AJ Schugel went on back-to-back days for the first time in his rehab, throwing a shutout inning each time. His rehab could last up to 11 more days, but back-to-back games usually signals the end of the road for rehab, especially since he’s also made a multi-inning appearance already. Bo Schultz had a rough outing, failing to get out of the eighth inning. He gave up three runs on two hits and two walks, while recording two outs. Dovydas Neverauskas finished the game of for the save. In four appearances, he has thrown 7.1 shutout, no-hit innings.

Austin Meadows reached base three times, scored twice and stole his third base. He now has a .313/.380/.453 slash line through 17 games. Kevin Kramer had two hits, two runs and a walk. He collected his fourth double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 3-1 over Richmond behind the stellar pitching of JT Brubaker, and a three-run inning in the seventh. Brubaker has pitched well throughout the month of April, finishing strong with one run over eight innings. The only run was a homer by the opposing pitcher, who has actually homered twice this season already. Brubaker gave up six hits, no walks and had seven strikeouts, along with a 12:5 GO/AO ratio. He threw 70 of 102 pitches for strikes. In 31 innings, he has a 1.45 ERA and 34 strikeouts.

The Curve had two singles and a walk through the first six innings. One of those singles was erased on a caught stealing, while the walk was quickly taken care of with a pick-off. In the seventh inning, Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a one-out double. That was followed by a walk to Jordan George, then a double by Will Craig, which scored both runs. Craig went to third on the throw home, then scored one batter later on an Elvis Escobar single. Altoona was retired in order in the final two innings, so they really came through with the big hits in their only opportunity to score.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton was off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia was off on Monday.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

  • Maybe I’m just imagining things, but it seems like the Pirates have allowed their minor league starters to pitch deeper into games so far this year – a lot of 6 inning outings, a few 7 inning starts, and now 8 from JTB…I know in the lower levels they restrict things more (usually many 5 inning starts), but even in A ball, there have been some starters with 6 inning outings…am I imagining all this, or is it truly a change from years past?