Prospect Watch: Arden Pabst Homers Twice in Bradenton Loss

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), or loses his prospect eligibility (Edgar Santana, 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 – 0-for-2

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – DNP

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

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-3

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 2-for-2

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  4 IP,  6 H, 4  ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – 5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, 2B

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, 2B

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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 – DNP

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – DNP

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – DNP

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 lost 4-1 in a game shortened to five innings due to rain. Clay Holmes made his fourth start of the season on Sunday. He threw shutout ball in the first two games, then allowed three runs on five hits and five walks over five innings in his last game. On this day, he had a horrible first inning, then completely turned things around. Holmes allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in five innings. Five of those base runners reached in the first inning and all four runs came before Indianapolis got a chance to bat. In the last four frames, Holmes retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced, five by strikeouts.

Jordan Luplow had two singles. Jose Osuna hit his 12th double. Kevin Kramer hit his sixth double and Pablo Reyes hit his third double since being promoted to Indianapolis. Kevin Newman had a single and his fourth stolen base. Jacob Stallings drove in the only run with an RBI ground out in the fourth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona had their game rained out on Sunday. Joe Musgrove was supposed to make his second rehab start today, but the possible inclement weather made the Pirates decide this morning to push him back to Monday, so he wasn’t going to start if they did play.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 10-3 to Charlotte on Sunday. Starter Luis Escobar’s last outing was in relief earlier this week and he pitched brilliantly, throwing six shutout innings on two hits and a walk. He did not have it going in this game, finishing with four runs over four innings. Escobar served up two homers, equaling what he allowed in his first five games combined. He now has a 3.86 ERA in 30.1 innings this season. The other six runs in this game were allowed by Mike Wallace over just 1.1 innings.

Arden Pabst has been one of the best hitters for average so far this season. On Sunday, he added a different aspect, slugging two homers. The 2016 draft pick had just four career homers coming into the day. Adrian Valerio hit his seventh double. Albert Baur had two singles to give him a .313 average.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia had their doubleheader rained out on Sunday.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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