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 – 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 – 0-for-5

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 – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

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

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-5

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

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 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 – 0-for-4

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

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis won 3-2 over Louisville.

JT Brubaker made his third start for Indianapolis and as far as quality, it was somewhere between his first two starts. He debuted with six shutout innings, then was limited to five innings due to some control issues in his second game. On Monday night, he went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Both runs scored on a fifth inning homer from the opposing pitcher. Brubaker had five strikeouts, an impressive 8:1 GO/AO ratio and he threw 58 of 90 pitches for strikes.

Tanner Anderson tossed a scoreless innings and he’s now up to 22.2 innings in a row without an earned run. Bo Schultz and Johnny Hellweg each added a scoreless frame.

On offense, Indianapolis had eight hits and three walks, but they limited their scoring chances by getting picked-off three times. Kevin Newman, Christopher Bostick and Wyatt Mathisen each had two hits. Bostick had the only extra-base hit for the Indians, picking up his 14th double. Jacob Stallings had an RBI single and a walk. Pablo Reyes had an RBI single and his fourth stolen base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona had off on Monday

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton won 9-0 over Ft Myers.

The Marauders offense made the most of their nine hits. Arden Pabst hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his fourth of the season. Albert Baur added his fifth homer in the ninth inning. He also had a two-run single earlier in the game. Tyler Gaffney doubled twice, giving him eight on the year. He scored once and picked up an RBI. Jared Oliva hit his ninth double, scored twice, walked and picked up and RBI. Bligh Madris had a single and two walks. Adrian Valerio had an RBI single. Alfredo Reyes scored two runs.

Starter James Marvel gave up one run over six innings in his last start and ended up topping that on Monday night. He tossed six shutout frames, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out three batters. In his last two starts, he has lowered his ERA from 4.31 to 3.48 through 51.2 innings. Adam Oller, Jordan Jess and Mike Wallace followed with one scoreless inning each.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

West Virginia won 3-2 in 11 innings over Columbia

Starter Max Kranick has been down in Extended Spring Training this season, working on his slider that he picked up last year, while also keeping his innings limited after missing some time last season. He didn’t take long to make a good impression with the Power, throwing five shutout innings in his debut. He struck out the first batter of the game, which ended up being his only strikeout. Despite that, Kranick gave up just two ground ball hits, walked one and hit two batters. He was getting a lot of his outs on lazy fly balls. His pitch count was somewhat limited due to topping out at four innings in Extended Spring Training, which is standard for this time of the year.

Drew Fischer allowed both runs over his two innings on work, while Blake Weiman impressed with four shutout innings, which includes the two extra innings where a runner starts the inning on second base. Weiman had four strikeouts.

The Power scored their first run on a Chris Sharpe walk, followed by two wild pitches. He went from first to third on the first wild pitch. They tied the game in the top of the ninth with a Calvin Mitchell walk followed by singles from Deon Stafford and Rodolfo Castro. In the 11th, Mitchell doubled in the game winning run. Castro and Mitchell each had two hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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