Prospect Watch: Kevin Newman Caps Off a Big Weekend; Dario Agrazal Pitches Well Again

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 – 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 1-or-3, BB, HBP

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

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, 2B, BB, SB

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-6, 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 – 1-for-5, RBI

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

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 – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4, RBI, BB

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

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB

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 put up 18 hits, helping them to a 12-7 win over Columbus. The Indians were constantly threatening in this game, going to bat 25 times with runners in scoring position and coming up with nine hits in those key spots. Kevin Newman continued his outstanding weekend by going 3-for-5 with his 11th double, a walk, his sixth stolen base and three runs scored. He raised his average to .309 on the season after sitting at a .248 average following Wednesday’s contest.

Everyone in the lineup contributed in this game. Ryan Lavarnway was the only player without at least one run or RBI, but he still managed to collect two doubles, a single and a walk. Austin Meadows had a nice day, going 2-for-5 with his 11th double, a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Eric Wood hit a three-run homer off of former Pirate Jack Leathersich. Wood also hit his 12th double and walked once. Christopher Bostick had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Indianapolis needed the big offense because starter Austin Coley gave up seven earned runs in four innings, putting them in an early 7-2 deficit. Casey Sadler followed with two shutout frames, then Josh Smoker, Bo Schultz and Dovydas Neverauskas each tossed a scoreless inning.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona defeated Reading by a 7-1 score, getting a big day from Jason Martin at the plate and another strong performance from Dario Agrazal on the mound.

Agrazal was leading the Eastern League in ERA and WHIP at the beginning of the day and he’s still at the top now after allowing one run on four hits and a walk in six innings. He had a 7:1 GO/AO ratio and threw 55 of 86 pitches for strikes. The best part of his game on this day was seven strikeouts. While he was getting outstanding results this season, Agrazal had just 16 strikeouts in 35.2 innings coming into this game, with a season high of four in a game. He has a 1.30 ERA through 41.2 innings, with an 0.82 WHIP.

The Curve scored four times in the first inning. Jason Martin and Logan Hill each hit two-run homers. Martin drove in a total of four runs and raised his average to .346 with his fifth straight multi-hit game. The homer was his fourth of the season. For Hill it was his fifth homer, though he has a .176 average this season after a 1-for-5 day. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Cole Tucker each reached base safely three times. Tucker scored twice, while Hayes picked up his second stolen base.

Yeudy Garcia tossed the final two innings, retiring all six batters he faced, three by strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton had off on Sunday

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West Virginia was rained out on Sunday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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