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 – DNP

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

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

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-6, BB, SB

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

14. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

15. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

16. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2B

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – DNP

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

22. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 4-for-5, 2B

26. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 1-for-5, RBI

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

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis lost 5-4 to Charlotte.

Tyler Eppler has been giving up a lot of hits lately after posting the best ERA in the system before the International League All-Star break. He allowed ten hits in each of his last two starts, then on Saturday, he surrendered five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. Eppler picked up just two strikeouts, while posting a 5:5 GO/AO ratio and throwing 53 of 89 pitches for strikes. Tanner Anderson made his first appearance since picking up his first big league win. He went two scoreless frames, then Dovydas Neverauskas handled the eighth.

Christopher Bostick returned to the lineup after a short rehab stay in the GCL. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. He now has 22 doubles. Kevin Kramer had a walk and two hits, including his 25th double. Both Kramer and Bostick have matching .298 averages. Pablo Reyes continued his battle for a 40-man roster spot by going 3-for-4 with a run scored. He now has a .301 average in 72 games with Indianapolis. Austin Meadows was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona had their game rained out today. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 9-1 to Daytona.

Oddy Nunez got the start and was doing fine until the fourth inning. After three scoreless frames, he got touched up for six runs, five of them earned. Nunez finished with five earned runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out three, posted a 7:2 GO/AO ratio and he threw 51 of 84 pitches for strikes. Jake Brentz took the sixth and struck out the side. Deivy Mendez made his fourth appearance since joining the Pirates and he gave up three runs in the seventh inning. Jordan Jess handled the last two frames.

The Marauders had just four hits, all of them singles. They walked five times as well. Albert Baur reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Jared Oliva and Mitchell Tolman each had a hit and a walk. Brett Pope drove in the only run with a seventh inning sacrifice fly.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 6-4 to Lexington in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.

Travis MacGregor got the start and had a rough outing, although he did look strong at times. In the first inning, he walked two batters and both came back to haunt him when a double that was nearly a home run, drove in both runners. In the fourth inning, some brief wildness hurt him again when he hit a batter, then served up a two-run homer.

In five innings, MacGregor gave up four runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters. When he was getting ahead of hitters, he had no trouble putting them away, using his off-speed pitches effectively. This was the first time this season that MacGregor allowed more than three earned runs in a game. Beau Sulser had the bottom of the sixth after a rain delay and he gave up two unearned runs to take the loss.

Ben Bengtson had the big hit in this game, slugging a two-run homer in the first inning. It was his fourth home run of the season. Everyone in the lineup reached base safely at least once, and Calvin Mitchell, who went 0-for-2 with a walk, was the only one without a hit. Lolo Sanchez had a single, walk, run scored and his 21st stolen base. Jesse Medrano had two hits and a run scored. Deon Stafford hit his fourth triple and also drove home a run on a sacrifice fly.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Ike Schlabach got the spot start and went 3.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, with no walks and one strikeout. Samuel Reyes followed and retired all four batters he faced. Matt Seelinger continued his obscene strikeout rate with two more in the seventh, giving him 48 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. The Power lost this game 4-2.

Raul Hernandez drove in two runs with a first inning single and that was it for the scoring. Oneil Cruz hit his 19th double and Calvin Mitchell hit his 20th, plus he added a walk, which was the only one of the game for the Power. Mitchell and Jesse Medrano scored the runs.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Morgantown had their game rained out. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 6-5 over Kingsport.

Colin Selby had a strong start, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two walks in five innings. He had two strikeouts, a 7:3 GO/AO ratio and he threw 40 of 72 pitches for strikes. He now has a 3.72 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19.1 innings. Yeudry Manzanillo was out next and he gave up one run over three innings. John O’Reilly gave up one run in two innings, while picking up four strikeouts. That took them to the 11th inning and Vince Deyzel took the ball. He allowed two singles, but that was enough to get the designated runner home (unearned run). After Bristol tied the score, Deyzel worked a scoreless 12th for the win.

Mason Martin had a big game, going 4-for-5 with a double and an intentional walk, pushing him up to a .350 average. He scored two runs, including the game-winner. This was his fifth straight multi-hit game. Chase Lambert had two hits, including his second home run. Brendt Citta, Yondry Contreras, Victor Ngoepe and Conner Uselton each picked up RBIs. Citta had the walk-off single in the 12th. Sherten Apostel committed three errors yesterday and added two more today, plus an 0-for-5 night at the plate.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates had their game postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader on July 31st.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost  8-6 to the Dodgers Guerrero.

The offense was led by Randy Romero, who had three singles and drove in three runs. He stole his fifth base and also scored a run. Yoyner Fajardo had two hits, including his seventh triple. He scored twice and had an RBI. Juan Pie had a single and scored two runs. Rayvi Rodriguez had a double, two RBIs, a walk and an outfield assist. Carlos Arroyo stole his ninth base.

Valentin Linarez made his first start and things did not go well, as he allowed four runs over four innings. Jesus Valles threw a scoreless fifth, then Oscar Echarry allowed a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Miguel Diaz gave up a run in the eighth and after Wilger Camacho walked the only batter he faced, Enrique Santana struck out the next two hitters to strand three inherited runners.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 4-0 to Colorado

Estalin Ortiz got the start and allowed one run on one hit and three walks in four innings. It’s his seventh straight appearances (six starts) in which he has allowed either one run or no runs. Oliver Mateo was out next and he didn’t give up any hits in his 1.1 innings, but three runs scored off of him due to four walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Yeison Santos added 2.2 shutout innings, then Denny Roman threw a scoreless ninth. He has 24 strikeouts in 12.2 innings this season.

The Pirates had just three hits in the game and they were all singles. Eduar Ramirez had two of those hits and also drew a walk. Ivan Rosario had a single and a walk. The Pirates left eight men on base and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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