Prospect Watch: Kevin Kramer Homers; Max Kranick Pitches Well in Second Start

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, Pirates – In Majors

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 2-for-5, 2B

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

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 2-for-4

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, SB

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

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

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – 6 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-3

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-2, BB

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

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, RBI

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

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 1-for-4

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, West Virginia – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP


Indianapolis lost 7-5 on Monday afternoon to Charlotte.

Clay Holmes started and was coming off of a game in which he walked five and struck out seven in just 3.2 innings. He had a tough day on Monday afternoon as well, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings. He took one for the team as they are short-handed right now without Nick Kingham, who left after one inning in his last start, which taxed the bullpen over the weekend. Holmes now has a 5.05 ERA through 41 innings.

Kevin Kramer and Wyatt Mathisen had big games on offense. Kramer hit his fifth home run of the season, then later added an RBI single and a walk. Mathisen had three hits, including two doubles. He’s hitting .395 in 13 games for Indianapolis. Pablo Reyes picked up a pair of RBIs on sacrifice flies. Kevin Newman stole his ninth base of the season.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 4-2 on Monday afternoon over Harrisburg.

The lineup had a lot of opportunities to score and they did just enough to win. Cole Tucker, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Logan Hill and Stephen Alemais each had two hits. Tucker hit his eighth double. Hill drove in two with his eighth homer. Christian Kelley added an RBI single and Will Craig drove in his 32nd run with a sacrifice fly. Jason Martin scored two runs.

Austin Coley started his first game for Altoona after being sent down from Indianapolis last week. He had some control issues in this one, but limited the damage to two runs over six innings. Coley allowed five hits and four walks, while striking out five batters and posting an 8:3 GO/AO ratio. Sean Keselica was out next and he faced the minimum over two innings. Geoff Hartlieb got his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton was off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 2-1 to Kannapolis in a rain-shortened game.

Max Kranick made his second start, trying to follow up five shutout innings in his debut. He didn’t match the start, although he did put together a longer outing and ran his pitch count up to 91 pitches. In 5.1 innings, he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five batters. Both runs scored on solo homers. Kranick also touched 96 MPH for the first time, up from 95 MPH in his last start down in Extended Spring Training.

On offense, the Power had six hits (all singles) and one walk. Their lone run came on an Oneil Cruz single, followed by two straight errors. Deon Stafford picked up the RBI on a ground out that was booted. Cruz drew the only walk. Lolo Sanchez picked up two singles in his only two times up. The game was called in the sixth inning.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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