Prospect Watch: Marvel Pitches Well in Altoona Debut; Shendrik Apostel Drives In Five Runs

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, 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 updated 2018 Mid-Season Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4, BB

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Morgantown – 1-for-3, RBI, BB, SB

6. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

7. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 2B

8. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 2-for-4

9. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-5

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

12. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 1-for-5

13. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

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

15. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

16. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

17. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Travis MacGregor, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

20. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jared Oliva, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-0

23. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

24. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

26. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 3-for-4, 3B

28. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Sherten Apostel, 3B, Bristol – DNP

30. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 0-for-5, BB


Indianapolis lost 3-2 to Pawtucket.

Brandon Waddell was trying to rebound from a tough start last week. He did better on this night, but it still wasn’t his best. Waddell allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. He needed 90 pitches to get through his outing, with 56 going for strikes. Damien Magnifico followed with two shutout frames and Montana DuRapau served up a homer in the eighth, which accounted for the difference in the game.

On offense, Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman, Max Moroff and Pablo Reyes each had two hits. Kramer hit his 28th double. Reyes had a run scored and an outfield assist. Jose Osuna drove in both runs on an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Jason Martin is in an extended slump (5-for-52) that has caused his average to drop to .232 through 37 games

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 3-1 to Erie.

James Marvel made his Double-A debut, leaving the Florida State League as the leader in innings pitched. He pitched well in this game, going 6.2 innings, while surrendering two runs on six hits and two walks. He had five strikeouts, an 11:1 GO/AO ratio and he threw 56 of 97 pitches for strikes. Geoff Hartlieb threw 1.1 scoreless innings, then Yeudy Garcia allowed a run in the ninth.

The Curve wasted numerous scoring opportunities. Everyone except Cole Tucker had a hit, and he reached on a walk. Stephen Alemais had two singles, a triple and he scored the only run. Logan Hill had two hits and drove in Alemais with a sacrifice fly. Ke’Bryan Hayes had a single and his 29th double. Arden Pabst hit a double and walked. The Curve went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and they stranded 12 runners.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 10-8 to Tampa.

Domingo Robles made his first start for Bradenton tonight. The 20-year-old lefty had a 2.97 ERA in 115 innings for West Virginia this season. Things did not go well on Friday at all, as Robles gave up nine earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Adam Oller was out next and gave up one run in 3.2 innings. Ronny Agustin threw a scoreless eighth, Blake Cederlind handled the ninth.

The Marauders nearly came back from a 10-1 deficit. Albert Baur hit a three-run rally killer in the ninth inning with two outs to bring them within two runs, but Hunter Owen struck out to end the game. It was Baur’s 12th homer of the season. John Bormann had two hits, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Casey Hughston had two hits and scored two runs. Adrian Valerio and Bligh Madris each drove in runs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 4-3 to Rome.

Oddy Nunez got the start and went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks. He had four strikeouts, a 9:3 GO/AO ratio and he needed just 67 pitches to get through his outing. Ike Schlabach followed with a scoreless inning, then John Pomeroy made his West Virginia debut. He had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning. Samuel Reyes took the loss in the tenth, giving up two runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings.

The Power had just five hits, but Raul Hernandez had a big game. He went 3-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI. He’s batting .347 in 29 games. Robbie Glendinning had a double, walk and run scored. Oneil Cruz picked up the other hit, going 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 3-2 over State College.

Francis Del Orbe made the start tonight and went four innings, giving up two runs on four hits, one walk and two hit batters. He picked up four strikeouts. Argenis Romano made his Morgantown debut after being promoted from Bristol earlier this week. He went two innings, then All-Star Cam Alldred went two, followed by Logan Stoelke in the ninth. They combined for five hitless innings to finish the game.

Travis Swaggerty had a single, walk, run scored, RBI and his ninth stolen base. Melvin Jimenez had a single, walk, run scored and an RBI. Jhoan Herrera had a single, walk, run scored and his first stolen base. Grant Koch had a single and two walks.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol lost 13-9 to Greenville in 11 innings.

Steven Jennings got the start, coming into the day with a 4.91 ERA in 44 innings over nine outings. That ERA went up after a tough fourth inning cost him four runs. Jennings went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, with 57 going for strikes. Luis Nova, who already pitched in the DSL and GCL this year, was out next for his Bristol debut. He threw two scoreless innings, striking out four batters. John O’Reilly allowed three runs (two earned) in two innings. Austin Shields pitched the 11th and gave up five runs, though only two were earned.

Dylan Busby started at third base and drove in three runs, going 2-for-4 at the plate with two sacrifice flies. Busby was originally out due to being hit in the face with a pitch in mid-May. He came back to action in the GCL in early July and was beaned in his eighth game back, ending that rehab stint just over three weeks ago. Mikell Granberry went 3-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI. Jonah Davis had two runs, two runs, a walk and an RBI. Christian Navarro drove in a pair of runs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates lost 11-8 to the Phillies West.

Noe Toribio got the start and went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, a walk and one strikeout. Kleiner Machado took over in the fifth and stranded two inherited runners, then allowed a run of his own in the sixth when Jake Mielock couldn’t help him out. Mielock allowed three runs of his own, though only one was earned. Andres Arrieta took the eighth and ninth, allowing three runs.

Pat Dorrian hit his eighth double and drove in two runs to give him 28 RBIs on the year. Steven Kraft picked up his 27th RBI. Matt Morrow had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Mottice had a single, walk, RBI and run scored. Justin Harrer had a double, walk and two runs scored. Mason Fishback had two hits and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 13-3 over the Indians.

Starter Jose Maldonado got a big lead early, but he lasted just three innings. He gave up three runs on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Enrique Santana followed with three shutout innings on no hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Julio Rosario had three strikeouts in two scoreless frames and Oscar Echarry handled the ninth.

Shendrik Apostel had a big day with two doubles, a single and five RBIs. He has 11 doubles this season. Carlos Arroyo had three hits, scored four runs and stole two bases, giving him 12 steals on the season. Jommer Hernandez and Daniel Rivero each had two hits and scored three runs. Norkis Marcos had a single, two walks and two runs scored, one on a steal of home. Rndy Romero had two hits and drove in a pair.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 13-6 to the Giants.

Angel Suero was wild during his 2.1 innings, though he also threw shutout ball and struck out five batters. He ran up his pitch count early with those strikeouts, combined with three walks and two wild pitches. Carlos Campos followed and gave up six runs in 3.1 innings. Oliver Mateo allowed three runs in his only inning and Wader Romero gave up four runs in 1.1 innings.

The Pirates had just four hits, but 12 walks helped them score six runs. Daniel Angulo, Eduar Ramirez, Tilsaimy Melfor, Omar Matos and Fleury Nova each had two walks. Ramirez also had a double. Melfor drove in two runs and Angulo scored twice. Edgar Barrios had a single, walk and two runs scored. Angel Basabe went 0-for-4 with a HBP.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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