Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Bats Explode for 17 Runs and 23 Hits

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, 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 – 4-for-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4

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

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 0-for-4

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 3-for-6, 2B, RBI

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, BB, SB

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 BB

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 3-for-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 4-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, BB

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

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-3

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 1-for-3, 2B,  BB

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

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 had a huge offensive outburst on Friday night, with the entire lineup reaching base safely at least twice and everyone except Jordan Luplow collecting a double. They won 17-5, breaking the game wide open in the fifth inning with seven runs. Austin Meadows led the way with four hits, including his first homer and his sixth double. Jose Osuna hit his seventh double and second homer, while Kevin Kramer hit his third double and first homer.

Meadows, Kramer and Osuna each drove in three runs. Meadows and Kevin Newman each scored two runs. Jacob Stallings had four hits to give him a .340 average. I mentioned Jordan Luplow was the only player who didn’t hit a double, but he still had two singles and two walks. Eric Wood hit his seventh double.

Austin Coley started and wasn’t able to take advantage of the big lead. He allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Tanner Anderson followed with 2.1 scoreless innings, including escaping a bases loaded jam when he came in during the third inning. AJ Schugel pitched a scoreless sixth in his third appearance since joining Indianapolis from Bradenton, where he had two outings. Dovydas Neverauskas tossed two scoreless frames, with no hits and three strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 2-1 to Harrisburg, wasting a strong start by Brandon Waddell. Over 6.1 innings, Waddell allowed one run on two hits and four walks, with five strikeouts. The only run he allowed came after he left the game, following his 95th pitch of the night. Yeudy Garcia allowed the tying run to score, then got a taste of his own medicine in the eighth inning when Tate Scioneaux allowed an inherited run to score, handing the loss to Garcia. Waddell now has a 1.88 ERA this season, with 21 strikeouts in 24 innings. This is his second start with two hits allowed.

The offense for the Curve was a solo homer from Christian Kelley in the third inning. Their only other base runners came on Jason Martin’s fifth double, a single by Waddell, and walks to Martin and Wyatt Mathisen.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton was rained out on Friday. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia won 6-0 over Lexington, but they had a loss in this game. According to the boxscore, Braeden Ogle left due to an injury while warming up in the third inning. The team is currently on the road, but it’s something we are looking into at this time. Ogle had five strikeouts through two scoreless innings. UPDATE: I’m told it’s nothing serious.

Beau Sulser and Drew Fischer each joined West Virginia today, replacing Adam Oller, who went to Bradenton, and Gavin Wallace, who left his start early yesterday and was placed on the disabled list. The two 2017 draft picks combined to go six shutout innings, with two hits, a walk and nine strikeouts. Blake Weiman finished things up in the ninth.

On offense, the usual suspect had a big day. Calvin Mitchell went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Through 22 games, he has 14 extra-base hits, a .381 average and 18 RBIs. Mason Martin drove in his 16th run of the season and Ben Bengtson hit his first homer. Lolo Sanchez snapped a hitless streak dating back more than a week. He had a single, walk, stolen base and three runs scored.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

  • Alen Hanson hitting .424 with a 1.187 OPS in AAA for giants. 6-7 in steals, 9xbh, drawing walks, not striking out much, and zero errors at 2B. I’m guessing we will see him in majors again soon. Also surprised to see that Willy Garcia is nowhere right now. He had an ok winter in the Dominican. You’d think he would at least be needed on some AAA bench right now at 25 years old.

  • Two weeks ago, it was: “who cares about Meadows because we’ve got Polanco!”

    It’s slowly starting to become: “thank goodness we’ve got Meadows because we’re stuck with Polanco…”

  • Good to see Meadows break out. Mitchell hitting an unbelievable .489 his last 10 games. Maybe the best full season debut since Cutch.