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 – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4, RBI

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, West Virginia – DNP

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates – In Majors

8. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

12. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

13. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB, HBP

15. Nick Burdi, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Travis MacGregor, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

18. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

20. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

21. Jared Oliva, CF, Bradenton –  DNP

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

23. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

24. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

27. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

28. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 4-for-6, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

30. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis had their game suspended 1-0 after one inning.

JT Brubaker was on the mound tonight, trying to make it five strong starts in a row. In the previous four games combined, he allowed three runs over 28.2 innings. He got in a scoreless inning before the rains came and ended his night early. Max Moroff hit his seventh home run. The game will be completed before tomorrow’s regularly scheduled game.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 8-1 over Portland.

Luis Escobar had failed to go longer than five innings in any of his last three outings going in to Friday night. That streak continued, as he was pulled with 79 pitches after four innings. He allowed just one run, but four walks and five strikeouts caused him to throw a lot of pitches each inning. Escobar has thrown 29.1 innings in six starts with Altoona, walking 20 batters and striking out 21. Bret Helton was out next and he threw three shutout innings on one hit and one hit batter. Sean Keselica took over in the eighth and tossed two scoreless frames to finish things out.

Bryan Reynolds had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and his sixth homer. He walked twice, scored two runs and drove in a pair. Cole Tucker, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Jordan George and Christian Kelley each drove in a run. Alfredo Reyes had a single, walk, stolen base and two runs scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 7-0 over Jupiter.

Gavin Wallace got the start on Friday night and tossed five shutout innings, allowing three singles and two walks, while striking out  seven batters. It’s the second time in three starts that he has picked up seven strikeouts. Ronny Agustin followed with two scoreless innings despite allowing four base runners. Jordan Jess pitched the final two frames, retiring all six batters he faced, three by strikeouts.

This win broke a ten-game losing streak. Casey Hughston and Raul Siri each had three hits and drove in two runs. Hughston hit a double, triple and drew a walk. Adrian Valerio, Hunter Owen and Albert Baur each picked up an RBI. Valerio stole his 11th base. Mitchell Tolman hit his 13th double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia has their game canceled against Columbia due to rain.

Hunter Stratton got the start and threw a scoreless inning, which won’t count in his stats.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 4-1 over Williamsport.

Osvaldo Bido got the start and threw a gem. In seven shutout innings, he allowed three singles and no walks, while striking out seven batters. It’s the first time that he has thrown seven innings as a pro. Alec Rennard allowed the first three batters in the eighth to reach base before Conner Loeprich came on and stranded two of them, then he finished off the ninth inning for the save.

The Black Bears didn’t have any extra-base hits, but they did manage to go 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, taking advantage of their eight singles and two walks. Jhoan Herrera drove in two runs. The top four batters in the lineup each scored one run. Mike Gretler had two hits and a walk. Grant Koch singled home a run.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 14-9 over Burlington.

Mason Martin had a big day at the plate, as every batter in the lineup collected a hit and everyone except Brendt Citta reached base at least twice (Update: They took a hit away from Yondry Contreras, but he did reach of a walk and HBP). Citta doubled and drove in two runs, so he added to the offense. Martin hit a three-run homer in the third inning, his ninth with Bristol. He also singled twice, doubled and drove in two more runs. Mikell Granberry singled, doubled, walked three times and stole a base. Francisco Mepris had a double, two walks, two stolen bases and two RBIs. Jonah Davis collected his 27th extra-base hit, which is 12 more than the second most from a 2018 draft pick for the Pirates. He also walked three times, struck out three times and scored thrice. Dean Lockery had a single, four walks and two runs scored.

Denny Roman, who was our Player of the Week on Monday, made his second start for Bristol. It did not go so well, as he allowed four runs over 1.2 innings before being removed. Will Kobos went 3.1 innings, allowing two runs. Luis Nova followed with a scoreless sixth, before allowing three runs in the seventh while recording one out. John O’Reilly recorded the final two outs of the seventh, then threw scoreless ball over the final two innings for the save.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

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The GCL Pirates were off on Friday

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 8-5 over the Rangers1.

Yoelvis Reyes got the start and went four innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Yandy Vega followed and have a rough outing, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. Domingo Gonzalez got the final out in the seventh on a strikeout to strand an inherited runner. He then tossed two no-hit/shutout innings more for the win.

The Pirates got two hits and two RBIs each from Jommer Hernandez, Rayvi Rodriguez and Randy Romero. Hernandez added a walk and run scored. Romero tripled for the second day in a row after not hitting a triple in his first 47 games. He also added his seventh double. Carlos Arroyo had three singles, an RBI and two stolen bases, giving him 15 steals on the season. Norkis Marcos had a single, walk, two runs scored and his 11th steal. Daniel Rivero had a single, his ninth double and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 6-5 to the Mariners.

Christian Charle got the start and went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Enrique Santana followed with one run over 3.2 innings, walking four batters and piling up seven strikeouts. Raydel Vellete finished the sixth by stranding two inherited runners, then he surrendered three runs in the seventh for the loss.

On offense, Omar Matos went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. He scored a run and stole three bases, giving him ten steals on the season. Mariano Dotel reached on a single and two hit-by-pitches, while also stealing his 12th base. Fleury Nova picked up his  13th steal. Bryan Mateo and Yeison Ceballo each had a single, double and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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