Prospect Watch: Great Start by Brandon Waddell; West Virginia Scores 15 Runs in Comeback Win

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 – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

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

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – DNP

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Max Moroff, INF, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-5

18. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-5

19. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-5, 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-3, RBI, BB

24. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

25. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 2-for-5, 3B, RBI

26. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

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

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


Indianapolis was rained out on Saturday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 5-4 in 11 innings over Erie. Brandon Waddell started the game and pitched a gem. He allowed one run over 5.2 innings in his debut, then improved on that in his second start on Saturday. He gave up one unearned run in six innings, surrendering just two hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. He picked up seven strikeouts in his debut. Waddell posted an 11:0 GO/AO ratio on Saturday.

The Curve tied the score in the fifth inning on a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Will Craig. They briefly took the lead in the seventh when a single by Christian Kelley and a double from Pablo Reyes made it 2-1. Altoona got a run in the tenth on a wild pitch that scored Cole Tucker. In the 11th, they scored a run on a Jason Martin triple, then padded their lead with a Ke’Bryan Hayes single, which scored Martin.

Martin and Hayes each had two hits. Tucker hit his third double and drew a walk. Logan Hill went 0-for-5 and he’s now hitting .147 with 16 strikeouts in 34 at-bats.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 9-5 over Clearwater behind three home runs. In the third inning, Bligh Madris hit a two-run homer, his second of the season. Hunter Owen added a solo shot in the fourth, his first of the year. Albert Baur also hit his first with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Madris and Owen each had three hits, with Owen also collecting two doubles.

The Marauders went down in the game early, with Cam Vieaux allowing four runs in the second inning. He ended up going five innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. Bo Schultz followed and pitched a scoreless sixth, giving him 5.2 shutout innings in four appearances. Ronny Agustin retired all six batters he faced, three by strikeout.

Adrian Valerio had two hits and scored two runs. Albert Baur and Arden Pabst each had two hits. Tyler Gaffney was hit by a pitch for the fifth time in seven games. Casey Hughston picked up a hit in the eighth inning, his first of the season in his 25th at-bat. Bradenton is 8-2 on the year.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia pitchers had a tough time on the mound, but a seven-run ninth inning gave them a 15-11 victory. Ike Schlabach got his first start of the season and had a rough four innings, partially due to the defense. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Even the always reliable Adam Oller had a tough time, giving up four runs over his three innings. Blake Cederlind got the win thanks to two shutout innings.

The Power got a two-run homer from Mason Martin early in the game. They trailed 11-8 going into the ninth. Chris Sharpe (pictured above) singled, then after one out, Calvin Mitchell and Dylan Busby each singled for the first run. Ben Bengtson walked to load the bases. After an Oneil Cruz ground out that scored a run, Deon Stafford gave the Power the lead with a double. Kyle Watson homered, then after a Ryan Peurifoy double, Sharpe picked up his second hit, a triple that gave them their 15th run.

Sharpe had four hits in the game. He and Stafford each scored three runs. Rodolfo Castro didn’t contribute in the ninth, but he did have two hits and drive in three runs. Oneil Cruz was the only starter without a hit.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

  • I’ve always liked Madris ever since reading about him after he was drafted. High hopes!