Prospect Watch: Cam Vieaux Continues to Pitch Well in Altoona; Will Craig Homers

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, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Pirates – In Majors

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 2-for-5, RBI

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 0-for-5

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, 2B

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-2, BB

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 1-for-5

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

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

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-4

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-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 – 1-for-4, HR, RBI, HBP

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

24. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – DNP

28. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 0-for-5

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP


Indianapolis won 7-1 over Louisville.

Sean Rodriguez made his first rehab appearance and hit a single, a double and drove in two runs. He started at third base. Eric Wood hit his 18th double, walked and drove in two runs. Kevin Kramer had two hits and two walks. Kevin Newman hit his 20th double and scored twice.

Starter Alex McRae threw seven shutout innings in his last start. On Monday, he went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Casey Sadler stranded two inherited runners in the sixth, then worked an easy seventh. He needed just ten pitches to get four outs. Josh Smoker worked the final two innings.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 6-3 over Akron.

Cam Vieaux made his fifth start for Altoona. He allowed a total of five runs in the first four games. This was the first time he didn’t allow a run, throwing six shutout innings. Vieaux allowed two hits, walked one, struck out four and posted a 7:4 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 55 of 86 pitches for strikes. Sean Keselica allowed three runs over two innings, before Matt Eckelman retired the side in order for his first save in Double-A.

Will Craig and Logan Hill each hit their 12th homer of the season. Hill walked in each of his other four plate appearances, while Craig, who picked up his 58th RBI, reached once via hit-by-pitch. Cole Tucker had two hits to raise his average to .253 through 74 games. He also had an RBI. Christian Kelley had a single, walk and scored two runs. Tyler Gaffney had a single, walk, HBP and sacrifice fly in his four plate appearances.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 4-2 to Palm Beach.

James Marvel started, trying to build off six shutout innings last time out.  He wasn’t quite that good, but it was a strong outing. Marvel went seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, with no walks, seven strikeouts and a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. He has a 4.09 ERA and leads the FSL with 94.2 innings pitched. Angel German was out next and pitched great for two innings, striking out four batters and sending it to extra innings. Ronny Agustin lost the game in the tenth.

Hunter Owen hit his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning. Arden Pabst hit his 12th double and drove in the other Bradenton run. Jared Oliva stole his 24th base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia lost 5-3 to Hagerstown.

The Power had just two hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, yet they managed to score three runs. Rodolfo Castro hit his third triple and walked. The only other hit was a single by Ben Bengtson. Ryan Peurifoy had two hits and a run scored. Fabricio Macias walked and scored a run.

Gavin Wallace got the start and put in seven innings, though he allowed all five runs, four of them being earned. He had one walk and one strikeout, while posting a 13:5 GO/AO ratio. Beau Sulser allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown won 3-1 over Batavia.

Daniel Amaral had two hits, a run scored and four stolen bases, giving him ten steals already. Travis Swaggerty went 1-for-4 with a single and was thrown out stealing for the first time. The Black Bear went 7-for-8 in steals this game. Connor Kaiser and Zac Susi each had two hits. Brett Kinneman had two walks, a run scored and a stolen base.

Michael Flynn, the sixth round pick, ended up making his second start. His first one consisted of six runs over two innings. He did better in this one while working on a limited pitch count. Flynn gave up one run on three hits and a walk in two innings. He had three strikeouts and threw 42 pitches. Francis Del Orbe followed with four shutout innings, facing one over the minimum. Juan Henriquez had two scoreless frames, while Conner Loeprich picked up his first career save.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol lost 5-3 to Danville.

Oliver Garcia made his third start, hoping to at least equal the five total innings he pitched during his first two games. He came close, going four innings, with two runs on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Joe Jacques couldn’t get through an inning, walking three and allowing two runs. Vince Deyzel continued to pitch well, throwing 2.1 shutout innings, lowering him to a 2.00 ERA. Austin Shields allowed a run on a hit and two walks in his only inning. He threw just nine of 25 pitches for strikes.

I feel like Bristol has only two players on offense recently. Jonah Davis won the Appalachian League Player of the Week and was also our Player of the Week in The 21. For the sixth game in a row, he picked up at least two hits, collecting two singles. Mikell Granberry continued his recent streak after not being in the lineup for three days. He reached base for times on two singles and two walks. He had a stolen base and a run scored. Christian Navarro had a single and two walks. Francisco Mepris had two hits an an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


The GCL Pirates lost 8-0 Braves.

Luis Arrieta, who was featured in The 21 this morning, made the start. Things did not go well, as he gave up five runs in 1.2 innings, with just one of those runs being earned. Lizardy Dicent threw 2.1 innings and the only runner against him was on an error. Will Reed followed with a scoreless frame, as did Randy Jimenez. Jake Mielock allowed three runs, before Hai-Cheng Gong recorded the final four outs.

The Pirates had plenty of chances to score, but failed to pick up one key hit. Ji-Hwan Bae had two hits and two walks. Kyle Mottice batted second behind Bae and walked three times. Jack Herman had two hits, a hit-by-pitch and a walk. Nick Patten, Patrick Dorrian and Francisco Acuna each had a hit and a walk. That all led to 14 runners left on base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


The DSL Pirates1 lost 2-1 to the Indians/Brewers

The Pirates had just three hits, but they walked ten times. That only led to 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Carlos Arroyo had that hit, an RBI single in the eighth. Juan Pie walked three times and scored the lone run. Jommer Hernandez and Norkis Marcos each had two walks.

Yandy Vega got the start and allowed both runs in the fourth inning, though it was a nice six inning start, with just three hits and one walk. Jose Amaya threw two scoreless innings and Valentin Linarez handled the ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 5-0 to the Mariners

Willy Basil, who was featured in The 21 this morning, got the start. He didn’t have his best stuff on this day, allowing three runs (two earned) over 3.1 innings. Luis Peralta allowed one run over 2.2 innings, then Eddy Vargas gave up one run over two innings.

The offense consisted of an infield single by Angel Basabe in the sixth and a single by Germin Lopez in the ninth, which was immediately erased on a game-ending double play. The Pirates2 did not get a single runner into scoring position all game.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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