Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Loses Despite Ninth Inning Game-Tying Homer by Jordan Luplow

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 or loses his prospect eligibility (Colin Moran, 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 – 1-for-4

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 – 2-for-4

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 – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-6, RBI

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, Indianapolis – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

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 got a game tying ninth inning homer from Jordan Luplow, then lost 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth. JT Brubaker made his second start with Indianapolis and it went nothing like his first game. After debuting with six shutout innings, Brubaker came back with three runs on five hits and four walks over five innings. He had five strikeouts and a 5:2 GO/AO ratio, so there were some positives from the day.

Dovydas Neverauskas, Tyler Eppler and Tyler Jones tossed scoreless innings, before Bo Schultz lost the game in the ninth.

The offense was extremely quiet until the ninth inning when they collected three of their four hits. The third hit was Luplow’s fourth home run of the season. Kevin Newman had two hits, giving him six straight multi-hit games. Kevin Kramer had a forgettable game, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona had their game rained out. They will make it up as part of a doubleheader in August.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton had the second game of their doubleheader rained out last night, so they tried to play two on Wednesday morning. James Marvel got the start in game one and began the day with 11 straight batters retired. He finished with six strong innings, giving up one run on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Marvel posted a 10:3 GO/AO ratio and threw 54 of his 85 pitches for strikes. He now has a 3.94 ERA through 45.2 innings. Mike Wallace pitched the final inning in the 7-1 victory.

The offense put up four runs in the first with some help from Daytona pitchers, who hit three batters, and their fielders, who made two errors. Jared Oliva continued his recent hot streak with two hits and two runs scored. He hit his seventh double and stole his eighth base. Tyler Gaffney scored two runs and reached base three times on a single, walk and hit-by-pitch. Albert Baur had two hits and drove in two runs. Hunter Owen drove in a pair. Alfredo Reyes stole his ninth base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Oddy Nunez got the start and did not look like the pitching prospect we saw last year. The intrigue with Nunez last year was a young lefty with a huge frame, who threw 90-92 with both movement and deception. He was getting solid results, but there seemed to be room for much more. This year he’s sitting high 80s with the fastball and he isn’t controlling his pitches as well as he did last year. Instead of continuing to progress as a pitcher, he’s taken a huge step back.

Nunez allowed just one earned run over six innings in a 4-3 loss, but the opposition was making a lot of hard contact, picking up eight hits. He had no walks, four strikeouts and a 9:2 GO/AO ratio. His final line looked better than he pitched.

Tyler Gaffney and Alfredo Reyes each had two hits. Reyes scored twice, while Gaffney had his sixth double and an RBI. Jason Delay hit a two-run single and now has his average up to .281 after a slow start.

Here’s the boxscore.

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West Virginia was off on Wednesday

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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