Prospect Watch: Big Days for Calvin Mitchell and Jason Martin; Tyler Gaffney 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 (Colin Moran and Edgar Santana), or loses his prospect eligibility (Kyle Crick 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 – 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, RBI

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – DNP

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

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

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 – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

16. Max Moroff, INF, Pirates – In Majors

17. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

18. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 4-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI

19. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

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

21. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

22. JT Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – DNP

23. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-1

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

25. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB

26. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

28. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

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

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


Indianapolis sent Austin Coley to the mound on Saturday night to make his second start and it was quite the improvement over his first outing. He couldn’t even get out of the first inning in his debut, allowing six earned runs. On this night, he went five innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and four walks, with three strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio. Tanner Anderson followed and had three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Damien Magnifico and Johnny Hellweg had a scoreless frame each for the 7-2 win.

The Indians had ten hits on the night, getting contributions from everyone in the lineup except lead-off hitter Kevin Newman. They got those hits when it mattered too, going 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Six different players drove in runs and seven players each scored one run. Jordan Luplow had two hits and a walk. Kevin Kramer drove in two runs. Christopher Bostick had two hits, including his third triple. Pablo Reyes went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his first game with Indianapolis.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona sent Mitch Keller to the mound for his third start of the season. He gave up just one run total in his first two games and then couldn’t match those strong outings in game three, but he still put up a quality start in Altoona’s 7-6 win over Richmond. Keller went seven innings for the first time this season, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks, while picking up seven strikeouts. He threw 64 of 95 pitches for strikes and posted an 8:3 GO/AO ratio. Keller now has a 1.93 ERA, a .172 BAA and an 0.96 WHIP in 18.2 innings, with 20 strikeouts.

Jason Martin had his best game since joining the Pirates. He went 3-for-4 with his first home run and his first double. He also walked once and scored three runs. Martin has a .985 OPS through his first ten games. Jordan George made his first start since joining the Curve and picked up three hits, a walk and an RBI. Wyatt Mathisen, Christian Kelley and Ke’Bryan Hayes each had two hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 5-3 over Fort Myers. Before a rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning, starter Cam Vieaux was rolling in this game. He threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits, a walk and a hit batter. He had five strikeouts, a 5:2 GO/AO ratio and he threw 51 of his 73 pitches for strikes. Vieaux had a 6.30 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in his first two starts. Mike Wallace came out to pitch once the game resumed and immediately allowed two runs to tie the score. He gave up one more run before Ronny Agustin came on and got his third save with two scoreless innings.

The Marauders started their scoring right away, with Tyler Gaffney leading off the bottom of the first with a home run. It was his first home run as a pro. Their second run scored on an Alfredo Reyes single that scored Arden Pabst in the fourth inning. In the sixth, an Albert Baur sacrifice fly broke the tie and later in the inning, Pabst scored on a wild pitch. Adrian Valerio added an insurance run in the seventh with his third home run. Pabst had two hits to give him a .448 average through eight games.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia got great pitching from Braeden Ogle and strong hitting from the top of the lineup in their 13-2 win over Asheville. Ogle had a rough 2018 debut due to poor control, but he has now put together back-to-back outings with one run over six innings. He gave up six hits and three walks, but did a great job of limiting the damage by picking up eight strikeouts. He threw 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

The offense was powered by Calvin Mitchell, who had four hits and drove in four runs. He has ten extra-base hits in 16 games after picking up his third triple. Mitchell is hitting .371/.420/.677 with 15 RBIs in 62 at-bats. Mason Martin picked up his sixth double and drove in three runs. Oneil Cruz and Dylan Busby each drove in two runs. Cruz hit his second double, while Busby hit his first homer. Rafelin Lorenzo had three hits and scored three runs.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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