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 (Austin Meadows, 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. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – DNP

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

14. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

16. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

17. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB

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

19. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

20. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

21. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – DNP

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

23. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 2-for-4

27. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 0-for-1

28. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

30. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

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Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

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Bradenton lost 4-1 to Lakeland

Clay Holmes got the start tonight and Sean Rodriguez was in the lineup at shortstop. Holmes was dominant as you would expect in this game, although with the limited use he saw in Pittsburgh, a little rust wouldn’t have been unexpected. He went six innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeout. Holmes had a 9:1 GO/AO ratio and he threw 54 of 78 pitches for strikes.

Mike Wallace was out next and he gave up three runs in the eighth, though they were all unearned due to a Hunter Owen throwing error. That gave Wallace the loss. Angel German had a scoreless ninth. Bradenton pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and no walks.

Sean Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a single. Bligh Madris and Mitchell Tolman each had two hits. Albert Baur scored the only run when a Madis single had a fielding and throwing error on the play, giving Baur two extra bases on the play. Jared Oliva had the only walk of the entire game, though he was also quickly erased on a caught stealing.

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West Virginia won 6-4 over Hagerstown.

Domingo Robles was effective during his five innings, allowing just one run, but he wasn’t throwing as many strikes as usual. Robles allowed eight hits and four walks, so it was quite impressive that he only gave up the one run. He lowered his ERA to 3.11 through 89.2 innings. Beau Sulser threw two shutout innings, then Elvis Escobar tossed his fifth shutout frame since making the move to the mound. Matt Seelinger ran into trouble in the ninth with three runs on two homers, but still finished the win out.

The Power had six hits and five of them were singles, but they managed to score six runs thanks to help from eight walks. Jesse Medrano had the only extra-base hit, his first home run as a pro. It was a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Oneil Cruz won the SAL Player of the Week earlier in the day, then had a single, two walks, an RBI and two runs scored tonight. Lolo Sanchez had two walks and a run scored. Rodolfo Castro had two hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown lost 6-5 to Auburn.

Fourth round pick Aaron Shortridge got the start and went four innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He had six strikeouts and threw 80 pitches. He has a 4.00 ERA through his first 18 innings, with 21 strikeouts. Ryan Valdes was out next and he allowed three runs (two earned) over two innings. Logan Stoelke threw two shutout innings and an unearned run off of Conner Loeprich saddled him with the loss.

The big hit of the game for the Black Bears was Robbie Glendinning’s bases loaded triple in the sixth inning. Jhoan Herrera an Raul Siri each had two hits. Connor Kaiser had a single, two runs scored and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Luke Mangieri hit his fifth double. Travis Swaggerty was 1-for-4 with a single, walk and two strikeouts. The walk was just his second as a pro and it was an intentional walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 4-1 over Princeton.

Roger Santana, who allowed one earned run over his last two starts, was on the mound for the Pirates tonight. He made The 21 this week due to his strong start, but it was the scouting report which stood out. Santana is a 20-year-old lefty, who was throwing 91-92 earlier this spring, Which was already an improvement for him, but he’s now sitting 92-93 and has touched 95 MPH. He’s also improved his changeup to a point that it’s looking like a plus pitch, one that he uses for strikes. So those two recent starts were no fluke and then he went out on Monday night and threw six strong innings, with one run on three hits and a walk. Santana struck out seven batters for the second straight game, while posting a 12:0 GO/AO ratio.

After Santana left, Argenis Romano took care of the rest. He threw three shutout innings with four strikeouts. Romano has thrown 13.2 shutout innings to begin the season.

The offense was led by the usual suspect. Jonah Davis had three hits and scored two runs. He has a .431 average through 13 games. Brendt Citta hit an RBI double and a sacrifice fly, driving in two runs on the night. Mason Martin had two singles and a run scored. Mikell Granberry and Eddy Vizcaino each had a walk and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates won 9-1 over the Tigers East.

Santiago Florez got the start and put together his best career performance. He threw six no-hit, shutout innings, allowing three walks. Florez struck out four batters and posted an 8:5 GO/AO ratio. Coming into the game, the 18-year-old, 6’5″, right-hander, had allowed ten earned runs over 10.1 innings in three starts. Will Reed allowed an unearned run in his inning of work and then Kleiner Machado tossed two scoreless innings to finish the game off. Machado has allowed one run in 10.1 innings of work this season.

On offense, Justin Harrer hit his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the third inning. Dylan Busby continued his comeback from a beaning. He hit his first home run, but went just 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and an error. He is 2-or-9 with five strikeouts in three games. Jack Herman had three walks, a run scored and his first stolen base. Steven Kraft had a single, triple, RBI, walk and stolen base. Kyle Mottice had two walks, two singles and three runs scored. Joseivin Medina had two hits and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 7-4 to the Indians.

The Pirates had just four hits and all of them were singles. They walked seven times and the Indians committed four errors, so that helped lead to the four runs. Norkis Marcos had two singles, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Yoyner Fajardo had an RBI single, a walk and stole two bases, giving him six steals on the season. Daniel Rivero had a single, run scored and his seventh stolen base.

Jesus Valles got his seventh start and gave up just one earned run over five innings. Reliever Starlyn Reynoso and Enrique Santana combined to allow five runs in one inning of work, while Julio Rosario had 1.2 scoreless innings.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 5-4 over Colorado.

Lefty Estalin Ortiz made his sixth start and threw four shutout innings on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts, with a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. He has allowed three runs over his last 17.2 innings, after giving up eight runs in his first 3.1 innings. Christian Charle allowed four runs in the fifth inning, before Eddy Vargas (2.1), Mario Garcia (1.2) and Carlos Campos (0.1) threw shutout ball the rest of the way.

Pedro Castillo continued to hit well after returning from a minor injury last week. He went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs, two stolen bases and a run scored. Edgar Barrios had two hits and an RBI. Angel Basabe had a single, walk and two runs scored. Mariano Dotel stole his eighth base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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