Prospect Watch: Shutout Pitching from Dario Agrazal and Travis MacGregor

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-4, BB, RBI

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

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-2,BB, SB

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, Pirates – In Majors

17. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-4,HR, 3 RBI, SB

18. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB

19. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-2, HBP

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

21. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

22. JT Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – DNP

23. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-2, BB

24. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona –  1-for-5

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

26. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

28. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

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

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

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis had off on Thursday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona got a terrific performance on Thursday night from starter Dario Agrazal, who ended up with a no-decision. He threw seven shutout innings, giving him a 1.00 ERA through three starts. Agrazal allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out three batters. He threw 52 of his 79 pitches for strikes and he posted a 10:4 GO/AO ratio. Geoff Hartlieb allowed the tying run in the eighth, then got the win after Altoona took the lead in the top of the tenth. Yeudy Garcia picked up the save in the 2-1 victory over Akron.

The Curve got their first run in the second inning when a Pablo Reyes single brought home Jason Martin, who hit a one-out triple. Reyes would score the winning run on an infield single by Cole Tucker off of Jordan Milbrath, who was a Rule 5 pick of the Pirates this past off-season.

The Curve had five hits and six walks on the night. They got a double from Wyatt Mathisen, who replaced Will Craig on defense in the sixth inning. No reason was given for his early departure, but if nothing is announced and he’s out for more than two days, we will check on his status.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton won 4-2 over Palm Beach behind a three-run homer from Adrian Valerio. Starter Oddy Nunez got off to a rough beginning, but finished the game strong. He allowed single runs in the first and second inning, one of them being unearned, while throwing 43 pitches. Nunez settled down with shutout ball over his final 3.2 innings, needing 41 pitches the rest of the way. He allowed six hits, two walks, struck out two batters and he had an 8:4 GO/AO ratio.

Valerio hit his second homer of the season in sixth inning to give the Marauders a 3-2 lead. They would add another run in the eighth on a Jared Oliva walk, a Valerio single and a passed ball. Oliva had two walks, a single and two runs scored. Adren Pabst had two hits to give him a .440 average. Hunter Owen hit his fourth double. Casey Hughston hit his first double, giving him an .094 average. Tyler Gaffney had a single and he’s now reached base in all nine games.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

West Virginia got strong pitching from Travis MacGregor in a 3-0 win over Asheville. In his first start, MacGregor struck out 12 batters over 5.1 innings. He got knocked out after one inning in his second game. On this night, he threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out six batters. He had a 6:4 GO/AO ratio and threw 56 of 86 pitches for strikes. Ike Schlabach threw shutout ball in the seventh and Adam Oller got the save by taking care of the final two innings.

The Power scored all of their runs on a three-run homer from Calvin Mitchell, his third home run of the season. He also had a single and stole his first base. Chris Sharpe had two hits, while Kyle Watson added a double. Lolo Sanchez had a walk, run scored and stole his first base.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

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