Prospect Watch: Top International Signing for Pirates Makes His Pro Debut

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, Bristol – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

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 – DNP

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

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 – 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, Bristol – DNP

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 3-2 over Clearwater in ten innings.

Mike Wallace got the start as Bradenton returned from the FSL All-Star break. This series against Clearwater is the end of their first half, then the records reset and they start the second half. Wallace had a strong outing, giving up two runs over six innings, on seven hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Ronny Agustin was out next and he tossed two scoreless innings to get it to the ninth with a 2-2 tie. Blake Weiman followed and picked up the win with two scoreless frames.

The Marauders scored in the second inning on the speed of Alfredo Reyes who stole third base then home plate as part of a double steal. In the seventh inning, Jared Oliva hit his eighth home run of the season. In the tenth, the Marauders loaded the bases on walks and then walk-off run scored on an infield hit by Hunter Owen. Oliva, Reyes and Owen each had two hits. Albert Baur reached three times on two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia has off for their All-Star break.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown lost 9-6 to Batavia, going to 0-4 on the season.

Sixth round draft pick Michael Flynn made his pro debut in this game as the starting pitcher. The best you could say about his outing is that it can only get better from here. He lasted two innings, allowing three runs in the first and another three in the second, giving up a total of seven hits. Francis Del Orbe was out next and had to deal with some poor defense behind him, but otherwise he pitched great, going five inning with three runs, all of them unearned. He gave up just two hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Cam Alldred threw a scoreless eighth.

Seventh round pick Brett Kinneman, drove in two runs, giving him six RBIs already. The Black Bears had five extra-base hits with doubles from Kinneman, Luke Mangieri, Robbie Glendinning and Nick Valaika. They also got a triple from Melvin Jimenez. Glendinning and Jimenez each had two hits. The two teams combined for one walk and 23 strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

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Bristol begins their season tomorrow

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here. (coming soon)

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The GCL Pirates lost 12-4 to the Blue Jays.

Ji-Hwan Bae, the Pirates top international signing from 2017-18, made his pro debut at shortstop hitting lead-off. He went 1-for-5 with a double and he had just one play in the field. Jean Eusebio and Samuel Inoa each had two hits and Eusebio had an RBI. Williams Calderon drove in two runs with a double.

Noe Toribio, who was our top pitching prospect from the 2017 DSL Pirates, got the Opening Day start. He was doing okay until the fifth, but things really fell apart. Toribio allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out five batters. Wilmer Contreras retired all nine batters he faced, then Pablo Santana got the ninth and gave up five runs to put the game out of reach.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 12-4 to the Dodgers.

Juan Pie went 2-for-4 with his fourth double. He has nine extra-base hits and a 1.142 OPS in 12 games. Pie also drew a walk, plus he picked up an RBI and an outfield assist. Shendrik Apostel hit his fourth double. Daniel Angulo had a single, triple and an RBI.

Miguel Peralta started and allowed four runs (three earned) over four innings, on four hits, two hit batters, a walk and a strikeout. Jose Amaya followed and he also allowed four runs, with three being earned. He pitched 2.2 innings and had four strikeouts. It got worse from there, with Wilger Camacho allowing four runs, while recording one out.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 4-3 to the Tigers2.

Angel  Basabe went 1-for-4 with his third triple, a walk and a run scored. He is hitting .347 through 12 games, with seven extra-base hits. Mariano Dotel had an RBI single before leaving the game and Edgar Barrios walked twice in his place. Pedro Castillo had two walks and a run scored. Stiwatt Valerio had two hits and drove in two runs.

Mario Garcia got the start and allowed one earned run over three innings on three hits and two walks. He now has a 2.57 ERA through four starts. Luis Peralta followed with four shutout innings, striking out five hitters. Eddy Vargas loaded the bases in the ninth with two outs and Carlos Campos allowed two runs to come in for the loss.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview for both teams here.

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