Prospect Watch: Clay Holmes Throws Shutout Ball; Bryan Reynolds Hits Walk-Off Homer

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, Nick Kingham, 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 – 1-for-4, BB

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 2-for-4, BB

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-4, BB

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

14. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

15. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-6

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

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, HBP

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

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

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 1-for-4, 2 RBI, BB

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

27. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

29. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP


Indianapolis won 4-0 over Rochester.

Clay Holmes made his second start since returning from his six shutout innings with the Pirates. His last one didn’t go well with five runs over seven innings. This start was a brilliant performance. He threw seven shutout innings on four hits, two hit batters and one walk. Holmes had five strikeouts, a 12:1 GO/AO ratio and he threw 62 of 94 pitches for strikes. He now has a 3.36 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 80.1 innings with Indianapolis.

Ryan Lavarnway had the only extra-base hit for the Indians, hitting a solo homer (#6) in the fifth inning. Kevin Kramer had an RBI single and Christopher Bostick followed with a two-run single, as Indianapolis took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Jose Osuna had a single, walk and run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 8-7 over Binghamton.

The Curve trailed 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth when they got a three-run, walk-off homer from Bryan Reynolds. It’s his fourth home run of the season and he also added a single and two runs scored. Will Craig hit his 18th home run of the season, tops in the system. Ke’Bryan Hayes had two hits and a walk. Cole Tucker had a single, walk and run scored. Christian Kelley hit a single, double and drove in two runs. Sean Keselica hit an RBI single.

Austin Coley got the start and went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Sean Keselica finished the fifth, stranding an inherited runner, then pitched a scoreless sixth. Nick Burdi had his first bump in the road back from Tommy John surgery, but he also went two innings for the first time. He gave up three runs on five hits and didn’t pick up a strikeout. That’s after eight strikeouts in his first three innings. Yeudy Garcia allowed a run in the ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader to Kannapolis.

Hunter Stratton got the start and had one of his best outings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk in six innings, which was a complete game. He’s had major control issues this year, but he needed just 70 pitches to get through his night. Stratton had a 9:3 GO/AO ratio and three strikeouts.

Oneil Cruz was the entire offense with two doubles (22 on the season), a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Singles from Calvin Mitchell and Rafelin Lorenzo accounted for the only other hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Ike Schlabach got the spot start and allowed two runs over 5.1 innings, while striking out five batters. Drew Fischer came on to record the final two outs, as the Power used just three pitchers in the two games. West Virginia lost game two to Kannapolis by a 2-1 score.

Oneil Cruz added his 23rd double, while the Power once again collected four hits in a game. Calvin Mitchell, Jesse Medrano and Raul Hernandez each had singles. Lolo Sanchez drew a walk and scored the lone run.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Morgantown lost 3-2 to Aberdeen.

Alex Manasa got the start and went six innings, with one unearned run on five hits. He had no walks and just one strikeout, while posting a 10:5 GO/AO ratio and he threw 52 of 68 pitches for strikes. Cody Smith followed and allowed two runs in two innings of work. Francis Del Orbe threw a scoreless ninth.

The Black Bears were shutout until the ninth when they were able to push two runs across the plate, but they couldn’t get the tying run home from second base with only one out. The two runs scored on an infield single and a passed ball. Travis Swaggerty went 1-for-2 with two walks and his fifth stolen base. Erich Weiss was 1-for-4 with a stolen base in his second rehab game. Luke Mangieri had a single, walk and his seventh stolen base. All six Morgantown hits were singles.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 7-6 over Bluefield.

Colin Selby got the start and went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. He had four strikeouts and a 7:3 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 53 of 80 pitches for strikes. Yeudry Manzanillo gave up two unearned runs in two innings. Alec Rennard picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth.

The Pirates had 13 hits on the night, with none bigger than Jeremias Portorreal’s first home run of the year, which snapped a 6-6 tie in the ninth. Francisco Mepris had three hits, Jonah Davis, Brendt Citta and Victor Ngoepe each had two hits. Ngoepe and Davis each scored twice and drove in a run. Mason Martin drove in a pair of runs. Sherten Apostel had a single, two walks and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates lost 6-5 to the Blue Jays.

Brad Case got the start and allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings. Juan Henriquez followed in his GCL debut after pitching for Morgantown this season. He allowed one unearned run in three innings. Kleiner Machado allowed two runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings, while Jake Mielock recorded the final two outs.

Jack Herman had a single, double and two runs scored. He has a .339 average through his first 15 games, with ten RBIs and 11 walks. Patrick Dorrian had a single, triple, RBI, walk and run scored. Jean Eusebio had a single, walk and an RBI, though he was thrown out twice attempting to steal.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 9-7 over the Indians.

Yandy Vega started and allowed three runs over four innings. Miguel Diaz recorded just one out in the fifth, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Oscar Echarry allowed two runs over three innings and got the win, while Jose Amaya threw 1.2 shutout innings for the save.

For the second day in a row, Shendrik Apostel homered. He hit a two-run shot, his fifth of the season. He also had an RBI single and a walk. Yoyner Fajardo had a walk, single, his eighth double and drove in three runs. He’s hitting .343 through 40 games. Randy Romero had a walk, his seventh stolen base and he scored two runs. Jommer Hernandez hit a single and a double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 4-3 over the Mariners

The Pirates went with starter Willy Basil for four innings, Denny Roman for three and Yeison Santos for two innings. Each of them allowed one run and all three of those runs were unearned. Roman had five strikeouts, to give him 29 strikeouts in his first 15.2 innings. Santos and Roman limited the Mariners to one hit each.

Angel Basabe played for the first time in a few days and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run. Edgar Barrios had a single and a double. Pedro Castillo had two hits and a run scored. Matthew Mercedes hit a pinch-hit, two-run, walk-off, other hyphenated words, single in the ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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