Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes Homers and Cam Vieaux Pitches Well in Altoona Win

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 – 0-for-4

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

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

6. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B

8. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

11. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

12. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, BB

13. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-5

14. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-4

15. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

16. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

17. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

18. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

19. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, RBI, SB

20. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

21. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

23. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

24. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, BB

25. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – DNP

26. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

27. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

28. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia –  DNP

29. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Christopher Bostick, OF, Indianapolis


Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Toledo.

Clay Holmes got the start and wasn’t sharp on this night. It appears he was working on a limited pitch count, which has happened to a few pitchers recently. He went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, with one strikeout. Holmes threw 59 pitches and posted a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Montana DuRapau was out next and he gave up two runs in the fifth, then three more in the sixth inning before leaving with two outs. Damien Magnifico threw 2.1 scoreless innings.

Wyatt Mathisen hit a three-run home run, his seventh of the season. He also drove in a fourth run on an RBI ground out. Jacob Stallings and Eric Wood each had two hits and drove in a run. Ryan Lavarnway had a single, double and run scored. Max Moroff had a single and two runs scored. Kevin Kramer had a single, walk and run scored.

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Altoona won 4-1 over Akron.

Cam Vieaux got the start, trying to break a recent string of poor outings. He did just that and almost put together seven shutout innings. Vieaux was one out away from that mark when he served up a solo homer. He finished off the seven innings on the next batter, finishing with five hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Coming into this game, he had allowed 21 earned runs over his last 27.1 innings. Sean Keselica threw a scoreless eighth and Matt Eckelman retired the side in order in the ninth for his fifth save.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had the big hit in this game, belting his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning. That set a new career high for him, surpassing his total with West Virginia in 2016. Bryan Reynolds hit his second triple, to go along with a single and a run scored. Will Craig drove in his 89th run. Christian Kelley had an RBI single and a walk. Logan Hill had a single, double and run scored.

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Bradenton won 3-2 over Clearwater.

James Marvel got the start and put together a strong outing. He went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts and a 12:2 GO/AO ratio. He threw 62 of 91 pitches for strikes. Marvel leads the FSL in innings pitched, coming into the day with 4.1 more than the second highest total. He now has a 3.68 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 134.1 innings. Ronny Agustin pitched in the ninth with the score tied and kept it 1-1. He pitched the tenth as well and gave up an unearned run (designated runner on 2B), but still got the win.

Bradenton didn’t do much on offense until the tenth inning when they got an RBI single from Hunter Owen, then loaded the bases for a walk-off single by Bligh Madris. Adrian Valerio and Casey Hughston each had two hits. Brett Pope’s ninth inning double was the only extra-base hit. Jared Oliva scored twice, once as the designated runner. Albert Baur had a single, walk and run scored.

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West Virginia lost 6-1 to Augusta.

Hunter Stratton got the start and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. He had two strikeouts, a 6:3 GO/AO ratio and he threw 50 of 84 pitches for strikes. Drew Fischer was out next and he threw a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one batter, while throwing just six pitches. Samuel Reyes was next and he too was done after one scoreless frame. Beau Sulser gave up a run in the eighth while striking out three batters. Matt Seelinger pitched the ninth and allowed a two-run homer.

The Power didn’t score until the ninth inning when they had one single and three walks. Raul Hernandez had the big day, going 3-for-4 with a double. Deon Stafford had a double (his 15th), walk and run scored.

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Morgantown lost 6-5 to Batavia.

Zach Spears got the start after going five innings for the first time in his last outing. This year’s eighth round pick couldn’t match those results on Sunday, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. He now has a 7.46 ERA in his first eight starts. Ryan Valdes followed and struck out the side in the fifth. He ended up throwing three shutout innings with no hits, one walk and four strikeouts. John Pomeroy allowed a hit and picked up three strikeouts in a scoreless eighth. Cody Smith allowed a run in his only inning.

The Black Bears had four players pick up two hits apiece. Brett Kinneman had a single, double, run scored and two RBIs. The double was his tenth of the season. Mike Gretler had a single, double and run scored. Paul Brands had two singles, an RBI and a stolen base. Jin-De Jhang played his sixth rehab game and collected two hits, equaling his total from his first five games. Daniel Amaral stole his 16th base. Travis Swaggerty went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts. He picked up an outfield assist.

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Bristol won 12-5 over Kingsport.

Jonah Davis had the big hit in the game, belting a fourth inning grand slam, his seventh homer of the year. Mason Martin also hit his seventh homer for Bristol, a two-run shot in the third inning. Sherten Apostel had two hits, two walks and two RBIs. He has eight walks in his last five games. Victor Ngoepe had two hits, a walk and three runs scored. Chase Lambert had two hits, a walk and two runs scored. Yondry Contreras had a double, two walks and an RBI.

Oliver Garcia got the start and went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts. This was his second longest outing of the season. Joe Jacques followed and allowed one of two inherited runners to scored. Jacques went 2.2 innings, giving up one unearned run. Austin Shields pitched the ninth and allowed a walk, but nothing else.

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The GCL Pirates are off on Sundays.

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The DSL Pirates1 have off on Sundays.

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The DSL Pirates2 have off on Sundays.

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