Prospect Watch: Opening Night for Altoona, Bradenton and West Virginia

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, Edgar Santana, Dovydas Neverauskas), 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 our 2018 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20180405′);
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3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20180405′);
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4. Shane Baz, RHP, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(669358,’P’,’20180405′);
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5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20180405′);
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6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20180405′);
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7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20180405′);
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8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(665975,’B’,’20180405′);
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9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(668804,’B’,’20180405′);
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10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20180405′);
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11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20180405′);
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12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20180405′);
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13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20180405′);
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14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20180405′);
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15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20180405′);
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16. Max Moroff, INF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20180405′);
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17. Kyle Crick, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605195,’P’,’20180405′);
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18. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20180405′);
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19. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(668751,’B’,’20180405′);
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20. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(665833,’B’,’20180405′);
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21. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates (disabled list) – [insert_php] display_top30(595897,’P’,’20180405′);
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22. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(642607,’P’,’20180405′);
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23. JT Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664141,’P’,’20180405′);
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24. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20180405′);
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25. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(641301,’B’,’20180405′);
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26. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(641829,’B’,’20180405′);
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27. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20180405′);
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28. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(622747,’P’,’20180405′);
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29. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(676733,’B’,’20180405′);
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30. Conner Uselton, OF, Extended Spring Training – [insert_php] display_top30(671101,’B’,’20180405′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis begins their season tomorrow night. You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona came back from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 6-5 victory in their season opener. JT Brubaker pitched five strong innings, allowing one earned run while picking up eight strikeouts. Logan Hill had the big hit with a three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Curve a 6-3 lead. Geoff Hartlieb had some trouble in the ninth, but held on for the save.

Cole Tucker drove in two runs with an eighth inning double. That was followed by an RBI single from Stephen Alemais, before Hill hit his home run to make it a six-run inning.

Will Craig went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and a run scored. Bryan Reynolds went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game with the Pirates since coming over in the Andrew McCutchen deal. On the plus side, he picked up an outfield assist. Ke’Bryan Hayes also went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton had six singles and two doubles, but they weren’t able to pick up the big hits they needed in a 4-1 loss to St Lucie. Eduardo Vera had a solid debut in High-A ball despite taking the loss, allowing one run over five innings, while striking out five batters.

The Marauders had those eight hits, but that also came with a 0:13 BB/SO ratio and they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Bligh Madris had two singles and two strikeouts in four trips to the plate. Adrian Valerio went 1-for-4 with a single. Hunter Owen was 1-for-4, scoring the only run and he was the only Marauder not to strike out.

Tyler Gaffney played his first baseball game since 2012 and went 1-for-4 with a stolen base. He was drafted by the Pirates in 2012 and impressed in his debut, but went back to college for football and spent some time in the NFL without actually playing a single down in four years.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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The young West Virginia Power club didn’t have a season opener worth remembering, dropping an 8-1 decision to Greenville. The only run that they were able to score came on an infield single by Rodolfo Castro in the ninth, which was followed by two throwing errors.

Domingo Robles started and had some tough luck in the second after shortstop Oneil Cruz made errors on back-to-back plays for two unearned runs. Things fell apart for the 19-year-old southpaw after that and he allowed five earned runs in the next 1.2 innings. Adam Oller threw 2.1 scoreless frames, then Ike Schlabach followed with one run over two innings.

Singles by Castro, Cruz and Calvin Mitchell were the only Power hits. Mason Martin drew the only walk. Every hitter in the lineup had at least one strikeout.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

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