Prospect Watch: Travis MacGregor Returns to West Virginia; Calvin Mitchell 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 – 0-for-4

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-5, RBI

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

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

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 – 0-for-3

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-5

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-6, SB

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

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-2, BB

24. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

28. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – DNP

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP


Indianapolis lost 3-2 to Louisville.

JT Brubaker got the start and had a rough second inning, which gave Louisville all of the runs they would need. Brubaker allowed four hits in the second and just six total in the game over 5.2 innings. He continues to get ground outs at a high rate, posting a 9:3 GO/AO ratio. Jesus Liranzo tossed 1.1 shutout innings and Montana DuRapau returned to Indianapolis today and struck out the side in his only inning.

Kevin Newman had a single, his 21st double, his 20th stolen base and contributed to both runs with an RBI and a run scored. Jordan Luplow had an RBI single.Pablo Reyes had three singles and scored on Newman’s RBI. Sean Rodriguez played his second rehab game and went 1-for-4 with a single. He played right field today after starting at third base yesterday. Rodriguez had an outfield assist.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 3-0 to Akron.

This game was similar to the Indianapolis game in that both opponents scored three runs in the second inning and that’s all the would need (or get). Pedro Vasquez threw six shutout innings with no walks and seven strikeouts in his last start. He couldn’t repeat that outing, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He had two strikeouts and threw 57 of 97 pitches for strikes. Yeudy Garcia allowed three hits and a walk over two shutout innings.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had a single and his sixth triple. The rest of the team had zero hits. Bryan Reynolds and Stephen Alemais each drew walks, while Jordan George got hit by a pitch.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 9-7 over Palm Beach

The Marauders hit three homers in the game. All of them were two-run homers in the third inning. Arden Pabst hit his eighth, Hunter Owen his ninth and Bligh Madris his sixth. Jared Oliva had a single, triple, RBI and two runs scored. Albert Baur drove in two runs.

Adam Oller got the start again after a few rough outings and at least on this night, sticking with him paid off. He went five innings, allowing one run on one hit and two walks, with six strikeouts. Jordan Jess had two scoreless innings, then things got out of hand in the top of the ninth when Jake Brentz couldn’t find the plate. In 1.1 innings, he walked six batters and that led to six runs. Blake Cederlind had to get the final two outs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia won 8-3 over Hagerstown.

After two rehab starts in the GCL, Travis MacGregor made his first start for the Power since May 14th. He went five innings in this one, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, one walk and one hit batter. The unearned runs were due to his own throwing error. MacGregor had six strikeouts and threw 52 of 79 pitches for strikes. Ike Schlabach and Matt Seelinger finished the game out with two shutout innings each.

Calvin Mitchell had the big hit in this game, belting a three-run homer in the seventh inning. It was his eighth homer of the season and he also added a single and an outfield assist. Chris Sharpe had to hits and two walks. Kyle Watson reached all five times up with a single and four walks. Fabricio Macias had a single, two walks, an RBI and two runs scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown lost 5-4 to Batavia.

Fourth round draft pick Aaron Shortridge made his fourth start and looked strong. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He threw 46 of 69 pitches for strikes and picked up three strikeouts. Miguel Hernandez allowed two runs in the sixth. Cam Alldred tossed two shutout innings, then John Pomeroy lost in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off infield single.

Brett Kinneman had a single, walk and two RBIs. Luke Mangieri and Jhoan Herrera each hit doubles. Herrera also had a walk, while Mangieri had an RBI and run scored. Edison Lantigua had a single, walk and run scored. Robbie Glendinning had a tough day besides his two walks. He struck out, was picked-off, hit into a double play and committed an error.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 3-0 over Danville.

Roger Santana made his third start and improved on his last outing when he gave up one run over five innings. This time he put forth five shutout innings on four hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. Will Kobos tossed three shutout innings and struck out six batters. Will Gardner handled the ninth.

The offense was Jonah Davis again, as he hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. He has a .439 average and 11 extra-base hits in nine games. Mason Martin drove in the other run with a double. Victor Ngoepe had two hits, scored two runs and stole his third base. Brendt Citta had a single and a double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates lost 6-5 to the Yankees East.

Santiago Florez started and allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in two innings. Saul de la Cruz was next and allowed just one unearned run in his two innings, although he walked four and hit two batters. Luis Nova then took the mound and surrendered just one run (unearned) over the final 3.1 innings.

The offense put up five runs, but no one really had a big day. Kyle Mottice had a single and two walks, but didn’t factor into any of the scoring. Robinson Ramos had an RBI double, his first extra-base hit of his pro career. Jean Eusebio had a walk, RBI, run scored and his second stolen base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 4-3 to the Dodgers Guerrero.

The offense picked up seven hits, two hit batters and eight walks, while collecting three hits with runners in scoring position. Despite all of that, they scored just three runs and stranded 14 runners. Yoyner Fajardo and Carlos Arroyo each had two hits. Fajardo also added a walk and an RBI, while Arroyo stole his fifth base. Ronaldo Paulino and Juan Pie each walked twice. Pie stole his third base. Daniel  Rivero had a single, walk, RBI, run scored and his sixth steal.

Starter Jesus Valles gave up three runs over six innings.He has allowed nine runs in his last 10.1 innings, after giving up four runs total in his first four starts combined. Miguel Diaz allowed a run in his only inning and took the loss. Starlyn Reynoso handled the eighth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 4-3 to the Royals2.

Estalin Ortiz started and went five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. He had three strikeouts and a 9:2 GO/AO ratio. Christian Charle followed and tossed two shutout frames. Oliver Mateo took the final two innings, giving up a run on one hit, with no walks and four strikeouts.

On offense, the only RBI and extra-base hit came from Angel Basabe, who collected his fourth triple. He picked up the RBI on a sacrifice fly. Eduar Ramirez and Mario Jerez each had a single and a walk. Three other players added one single each.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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