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 – 3-for-8, 2B, RBI

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 5-for-8, 3B, 3 RBI, SB

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4, HBP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Morgantown – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

6. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol –  5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO

7. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

8. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

9. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-5

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona –  5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

12. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 4-for-8, 2 RBI

13. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

14. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-2, 2 BB

15. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-7, 2B

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 – 1-for-4

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

22. Jared Oliva, CF, Bradenton – DNP

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

24. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

28. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Sherten Apostel, 3B, Bristol – DNP

30. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 0-for-2, 3 BB


Indianapolis lost 3-2 to Pawtucket.

JT Brubaker got the start, trying to build on a recent string of success that has seen him give up two runs over 22 innings in his previous three starts combined. This was probably the worst of his last four outings, but that just shows you how well he has been pitching. Brubaker allowed one run on five hits in 6.2 innings. He had no walks, five strikeouts and a 10:3 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 60 of 95 pitches for strikes. Steven Brault recorded the final out of the seventh, then gave up two runs in the eighth without recording an out. Tanner Anderson threw two scoreless innings.

Max Moroff and Jose Osuna each had an RBI, while Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings each scored a run. Newman stole his 28th base. Moroff had a single and a walk. Kevin Kramer hit his 29th double. Jason Martin hit a single and walked twice.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 6-4 over Erie.

Luis Escobar got the start on Saturday in game one of a doubleheader. He was coming off back-to-back starts in which he failed to go five innings. Escobar cruised through the first two innings, before working hard in a scoreless third. In the fourth inning, he gave up four runs and threw nearly 30 pitches in the inning. He was able to get through five today, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He threw 63 of 97 pitches for strikes. Bret Helton followed with a scoreless sixth and  Matt Eckelman got his seventh save with shutout ball in the seventh.

The Curve scored five runs off of the first six batters on the game, then picked up just one more run to hold on for the win. Cole Tucker went 2-for-4 with his 29th stolen base and a run scored. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 2-for-4 with his 30th double and an RBI. Bryan Reynolds was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Will Craig went 1-for-3 with his 24th double. Logan Hill had two doubles and drove in a run. Jordan George doubled in two runs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Cam Vieaux got the start and pitched well enough for the win. In six innings, he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He gave up one run over seven innings earlier this week. Tate Scioneaux pitched the seventh for his seventh save, as the Curve won 4-2.

Cole Tucker was the offense in this game, going 3-for-4, while driving in three runs. He hit his fifth triple, which came with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Jordan George went 2-for-2 with a walk and run scored. Logan Hill added his third double of the day.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Bradenton lost 5-2 to Tampa.

Gavin Wallace got the start on Saturday night. He went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk. He had five strikeouts and an 8:1 GO/AO ratio. Wallace threw 68 of 91 pitches for strikes. Deivy Mendez pitched the seventh and allowed one run on three hits. Blake Weiman allowed a run in his two innings, while striking out four batters.

The offense was quiet in this game. Seven players had one hit each and a double by Lucas Tancas was the only extra-base hit. Brett Pope had a single and a walk. Casey Hughston had a single, HBP and the only RBI. Jason Delay and Hunter Owen each had a single and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia won 8-2 over Rome.

Hunter Stratton took the mound and had one of his best starts, going seven innings, while allowing two runs on six hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. It’s the first time that he has gone more than six innings in a start as a pro. Beau Sulser took over in the eighth and threw two scoreless for the save.

Deon Stafford had a huge game, driving in six runs, while hitting his 16th double and his eighth homer. The home run was a grand slam in the ninth. Fabricio Macias had two hits, a HBP, a run scored and a stolen base. Stafford coming into the day had a .205 average and eight RBIs in 25 games since playing in the South Atlantic League All-Star game. Calvin Mitchell had two hits and a run scored. Lolo Sanchez had a single and two runs scored. Oneil Cruz went 0-for-4, but managed to score two runs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 9-3 over Mahoning Valley.

Zach Spears got the start and had his best performance as a pro. He went five innings, allowing one run on one hit and two walks, while striking out six batters. Shea Murray was out next with his first outing in a month and he gave up one run in his only inning. Alec Rennard followed with one run over two innings. Miguel Hernandez recorded the final three outs.

Travis Swaggerty went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs. He had two singles and his ninth double. Mike Gretler had two hits and two RBIs. He also walked and scored a run. Zack Kone had a single, double, walk and two runs scored. Connor Kaiser hit a solo homer in the second, his first as a pro. He also walked and scored a second run. Daniel Amaral had a single, walk and two RBIs. Jhoan Herrera hit his tenth double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 3-0 over Greeneville.

Shane Baz got the start and put together one of his better pro performances. He threw five shutout innings, with three hits, one walk and six strikeouts. He threw 50 of 77 pitches for strikes and had a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Baz now has a 3.97 ERA in 45.1 innings, with 54 strikeouts. Yeudry Manzanillo was out next and he actually had a better outing than Baz. He went four shutout innings on two hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts, which is a new career high for the former starter.

The top six batters in the order had no hits, though they combined for eight walks. Chase Lambert went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Zac Susi had three hits and an RBI. Victor Ngoepe had a single and a walk. Mason Martin went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three walks. Dylan Busby had two walks in his second rehab game. Mikell Granberry walked twice.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates had their game suspended and the second game of a doubleheader rained out. The one game will be canceled, while the other will be finished as part of a doubleheader on August 21st. Michael Burrows was able to get in three innings and he pitched well, with no runs, no hits, one walk and three strikeouts. His stats from this game won’t be official if they can’t finish the contest on the 21st, which is the last scheduled meeting between the two clubs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 3-0 over the Indians

Yoelvis Reyes started and had an outstanding outing, going five shutout innings on one single, no walks and six strikeouts. He now has a 3.74 ERA in 45.2 innings, with 42 strikeouts. Jesus Valles was out next and he retired all nine batters he faced. He was followed by Joelvis Del Rosario, who retired the side in order in the ninth. The only runner to reach base besides the fourth inning single, came after a wild pitch on a strikeout in the fifth inning.

One day after driving in five runs, Shendrik Apostel went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Darwin Baez had a single and a double. Daniel Rivero had a single and a sacrifice fly. Yoyner Fajardo had a walk, run scored and his 12th stolen base. Emilson Rosado went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Juan Pie was 1-for-4 with a single.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 7-6 over the Giants.

Christian Charle got his first pro start and went four innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He previous high for innings was 3.1 and his high for strikeouts was three before Saturday. Eddy Vargas was out next and he gave up one run on one hit and no walks in 2.2 innings. Luis Peralta followed with three runs in the eighth. Yeison Santos got his first saved with a scoreless ninth.

After allowing three runs in the top of the eighth, the Pirates came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. They had ten hits in the game (all singles) and drew six walks. Fleury Nova had two hits and two walks, with a run scored. Tilsaimy Melfor had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Yeison Ceballo had two hits and two RBIs. Ronaldo Paulino had a single, walk, RBI and run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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