Prospect Watch: Solid Starts from Keller and Ogle; Hayes is on a Hot Streak

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 – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – DNP

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

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

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB

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 – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Max Moroff, INF, Pirates – In Majors

17. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

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

19. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

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, BB

24. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-4

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

26. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

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

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


Indianapolis was postponed for the third day in a row. They will attempt to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

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Altoona got a solid outing by Mitch Keller, but Jake Brentz had trouble throwing strikes and the offense couldn’t get going, as they lost 4-1 to Akron. Keller threw six shutout innings in his first start. He followed that up with one run over 5.2 innings on three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He threw 55 of 87 pitches for strikes and had a 7:4 GO/AO ratio.

Yeudy Garcia followed Keller with 1.1 scoreless frames, then Jake Brentz came on and couldn’t hit the strike zone. Just six of his 29 pitches went for strikes, as he allowed three runs on five walks. In 1.1 innings this season, he has issued nine walks. Jesus Liranzo made his debut in the system since being picked up off waivers early this month. He retired the only two batters he faced on fly balls.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had a strong game on offense, picking up three hits and driving in the only run. He is 9-for-15 in his last four games. Cole Tucker had a single and a walk. He has a .462 OBP through nine games. Logan Hill and Jason Martin had the other two hits for the Curve. The team totaled six singles and had just two at-bats all game with runners in scoring position.

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Bradenton was off on Monday

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West Virginia sent Braeden Ogle to the mound for his second start of the season. He has yet to pitch on regular rest due to rain outs three times before his starts, including yesterday. Ogle’s first start didn’t go well, but he bounced back nicely in his second game. He went six innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He peppered the strike zone, throwing 55 of 74 pitches for strikes. Ogle had a 6:1 GO/AO ratio.

Jacob Taylor followed Ogle and had his best career outing, retiring all nine batters he faced, five by strikeout.

Lolo Sanchez has been off to a slow start, but Monday night was a strong game for him. He hit two doubles, drove in two runs and drew a walk. He now has a .225/.311/.425 slash line through ten games. Deon Stafford and Calvin Mitchell each had two hits. Chris Sharpe had a single, two walks, two runs scored, an RBI and a sacrifice fly.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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