Prospect Watch: Solid Debut for Taylor Hearn; Craig and Sanchez Hit Inside-the-Park 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, 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 – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, 3B

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

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-7, HR, 2 RBI

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, RBI

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – 3 IP,  2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Max Moroff, INF, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

17. Kyle Crick, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

18. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

19. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 BB

20. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-7, HR, BB

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

22. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

23. JT Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – DNP

24. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

25. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 2-for-3, RBI, SB

26. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 0-for-4

27. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

28. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

29. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 3-for-6, HR, BB

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


Indianapolis lost 9-6 during Casey Sadler’s debut on Tuesday night. Sadler went 4.1 innings and allowed a total of nine runs, though just five were earned. He gave up 11 hits and two walks, while striking out five batters. He did a solid job of throwing strikes (60 out of 90 pitches) and keeping the ball on the ground, posting a 7:1 GO/AO ratio, so it wasn’t all bad news in the outing. Richard Rodriguez and Johnny Hellweg combined to allow one hit over the final 4.2 innings.

On offense, both Max Moroff and Austin Meadows collected two hits and drove in two runs. Moroff also added a walk and a run scored. Erich Weiss picked up a triple for his first hit of the season. He also had two walks and two runs scored. Jose Osuna had a single, walk and an RBI. Kevin Newman had a double and two runs scored. It’s his third double of the season.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 4-3 over Harrisburg on Tuesday, thanks in part to a three-run inside-the-park home run from Will Craig in the seventh inning. Taylor Hearn started the game and gave up one unearned run over five innings. He allowed one bloop single, walked three batters and picked up four strikeouts. Hearn threw 46 of his 80 pitches for strikes and he had a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. Logan Sendelbach, Yeudy Garcia and Geoff Hartlieb followed him and combined to allow two runs on three hits and five walks in four innings. Hartlieb recorded his second save.

Altoona got on the board first in this game when lead-off hitter Cole Tucker tripled and he was brought home by a Stephen Alemais sacrifice fly. Tucker and Alemais each picked up two hits and both scored on the inside-the-park home run from Will Craig. With Bradenton last year, Craig hit just six homers, but he’s halfway to that total through five games. Pablo Reyes had a single and a double. Jason Martin had a tough season debut after taking the roster spot of Bryan Reynolds, who went on the DL today. Martin was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton had their game rained out. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia played a doubleheader on Tuesday. Braeden Ogle finally got his first start after it was pushed back twice due to weather and his control looked a little rusty. He gave up three runs over three innings, issuing four walks, while holding the opposition to two hits. Ogle had four strikeouts and threw 39 of his 70 pitches for strikes. He also threw three wild pitches.

Adam Oller followed Ogle and allowed one earned run over three innings. He threw 2.1 scoreless frames in his season debut. Blake Weiman retired the side in order in the seventh, two by strikeout, for his second save.

The Power had their offense working with homers from Oneil Cruz, Mason Martin and Lolo Sanchez, with the latter being an inside-the-park homer. It was the first of the year for Cruz and Sanchez, while Martin hit his second. Calvin Mitchell, Ben Bengtson and Deon Stafford each added triples. Martin and Bengtson each had two hits.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, the Power got blown out by a 15-2 score. Sergio Cubilete was the recipient of some bad defense, which led to six unearned runs in his 2.1 innings. Ike Schlabach actually pitched well in extended relief, giving up just one run in his 3.2 innings. Lakewood blew it open with five runs off of infielder Ben Bengtson in the final inning.

The offense had four hits (all singles) and five walks. They went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight runners. Calvin Mitchell and Dylan Busby each had a single and a walk. Despite the home run in the first game, Oneil Cruz is hitting .118 and he committed his fifth error.

Here’s the boxscore

You can view the season preview here.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 30, 2018 11:10 am

    A bit off topic….but since this guy’s name has become almost legendary on this site in the past 2 years, I could not resist…

    Tonight, the Altoona Curve plays Harrisburg, and Harrisburg’s starting pitcher is, you guessed it (drum roll please)….Brady Dragmire!!!

  • He was topping off around 87 in the first four innings and finished off around 85 in the final inning.