Prospect Watch: Strong Outing from Domingo Robles in West Virginia Win

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 – 0-for-3, BB

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona –  DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-2, 2B

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

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, Indianapolis – DNP

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

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

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 – DNP

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

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – DNP

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 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 4-0 to Toledo.

Jung Ho Kang moved his rehab from Bradenton to Indianapolis today. He did not have a good debut (didn’t with Bradenton either) going 0-or-4 with three strikeouts. The entire team was bad on offense with just three hits and 14 strikeouts. Adam Frazier, Jose Osuna and Ryan Lavarnway all had singles and Osuna and Frazier each stole a base. Pablo Reyes had a walk and an outfield assist.

Alex McRae started and went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. McRae has walked a lot of batters this year, but he filled the strike zone on Monday, with 65 of his 93 pitches going for strikes. Johnny Hellweg followed with 1.2 scoreless, then Casey Sadler got them through nine with two shutout innings.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona was off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton was rained out on Monday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia won 5-4 over Augusta.

Domingo Robles got the start and dominated. He allowed one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings, while striking out eight batters. His last start was limited to three shutout innings, although it appears it was just to keep his innings this year under control. Robles now has a 3.18 ERA in 62.1 innings, with 52 strikeouts. Ike Schlabach was back in relief despite throwing five shutout innings in a start last week. He allowed three runs in his only inning of work.

Oneil Cruz had a single, double and drove in three runs. He’s now hitting .292 with 12 doubles. Ben Bengtson now has a 12-game hit streak after a second inning single. Chris Sharpe had a single, walk, run scored and his ninth stole base. Lolo Sanchez hit a pinch-hit double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 5-3 on Monday.

Juan Pie, who was named as our Player of the Week earlier today, had two doubles and a walk. He now has seven extra-base hits in seven games. Emilson Rosado had three hits, a walk and drove in two runs. Joseivin Medina hit two doubles to give him four on the season. Yoyner Fajardo had a single, three walks, an RBI and a stolen base. Shedrik Apostel had his third double, two walks and an RBI.

Bryan Torres, who was the top international pitched since by the Pirates last July, made his second pro start. This outing was much better than the first, as he went five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Starlyn Reynoso was out next and tossed two scoreless frames, while Lizardy Dicent finished things off with one unearned run in two innings.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 dropped to 1-7 with a 5-3 loss.

Francisco Hodge started and put up nearly the same line as Bryan Torres did for the Pirates1. Hodge allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk, with three strikeouts in five innings. Christian Charle allowed one earned run in two innings and Jose Marcano pitched the eighth. All three pitchers allowed one unearned run thanks to five errors from the Pirates2.

Angel Basabe had a single and his second double. He picked up an RBI and scored a run. Ivan Rosario had two hits, while Edgar Barrios, Juan Mena and Bryan Mateo each had two walks. Barrios also had a single, run scored and his third stolen base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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