Prospect Watch: Strong Start for Mitch Keller in Altoona Victory

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 – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

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 – 2-for-3, RBI, BB, SB

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, SB

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-4

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

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 – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-4, 3B

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – 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 3-0 to Gwinnett.

Alex McRae started and went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six batters and posting a 5:3 GO/AO ratio. Jesus Liranzo finished off the seventh for McRae, stranding one inherited runner. Josh Smoker tossed a scoreless eighth, striking out three batters, while working around a walk and a hit. Johnny Hellweg retired the side in order in the ninth.

The offense put together five singles and one walk, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranding five runners. Pablo Reyes was the only player to reach twice, collecting two hits. Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer and Christopher Bostick each had one hit in four at-bats. Newman stole his tenth base, Bostick picked up his third steal. Jordan Luplow threw a runner out at the plate to end the top of the sixth inning. Max Moroff is 5-for-27 since being sent down from the Pirates.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona won 4-3 over Akron on Thursday morning.

Mitch Keller made his tenth start and looked strong from the beginning, at one point retiring ten batters in a row. In 6.1 innings, he allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks, with six strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio. He threw 64 of 98 pitches for strikes. The first run came on a solo homer. The second one was a runner who reached first base on a strikeout/wild pitch. Keller then gave up a single, followed by a single off of reliever Sean Keselica, which scored the run. Keller now has a 3.60 ERA through 60 innings, with 55 strikeouts.

The offense was almost all from the top of the order, except the walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth by seventh place hitter Jin-De Jhang. The bottom five in the order combined to go 1-for-17 with no walks.

Stephen Alemais batted lead-off and played shortstop with Cole Tucker getting the day off. Alemais hit his second triple of the season and scored a run. Ke’Bryan Hayes batted second and reached base three times on two singles and a walk. He scored a run, picked up an RBI and stole his fifth base of the season. Jason Martin hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his seventh of the season. Will Craig also reached three times with a single, walk and his 12th double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.



Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia had a doubleheader rained out. The games will be made up when the two teams meet again next week.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.