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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Prospect Watch: Strong Pitching Around the System; Will Craig Hits 20th Homer

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 – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 2-for-5, 2B

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-5, HR, RBI

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates – In Majors

8. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-3, 2 BB

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-5

12. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

13. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

15. Nick Burdi, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, GCL Pirates –  3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

17. Travis MacGregor, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

18. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB

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 – 0-for-4

27. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia –  6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO

28. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 0-for-4

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

30. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Morgantown – DNP


Indianapolis had off on Monday

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona won 5-4 over Binghamton.

James Marvel made his third start for Altoona tonight and his first since he moved into our top 50 prospects list. After giving up three runs over 13.2 innings in his first two starts combined, Marvel allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings. He had five strikeouts and threw 61 of 93 pitches for strikes. Tate Scioneaux followed with 1.2 innings, allowing a run on a solo homer. Geoff Hartlieb recorded his eighth save, allowing an unearned run in the ninth.

Will Craig had the big hit, slugging his 20th home run of the season. He drove in two runs, giving him 96 RBIs. Arden Pabst went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. Cole Tucker had a single and his 19th double. James Marvel hit an RBI single. Alfredo Reyes played for the injured Ke’Bryan Hayes (no update yet) and went 1-for-3, with a walk, RBI and run scored. Logan Hill had a single, two walks and a run scored. Bryan Reynolds went 0-for-5, with four strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia won 9-0 over Charleston.

Max Kranick got the start and went six shutout innings on three hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. All three hits were singles and he retired ten of the last 11 batters, with one reaching on an error. He threw 57 of 86 pitches for strikes and posted an 8:3 GO/AO ratio. In his last 41.2 innings, Kranick has a 50:4 SO/BB ratio. Joel Cesar followed with three shutout innings for the save.

Travis Swaggerty hit his first home run since being promoted to West Virginia. He hit four homers while with Morgantown. Swaggerty also had a single and two runs scored. Deon Stafford hit his ninth homer and his 18th double. Robbie Glendinning had a single, two walks and three runs scored. Luke Mangieri drove in two runs with a double and Lolo Sanchez knocked in a pair with a single.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown lost 1-0 to Batavia.

Nicholas Economos got the start tonight, coming off of his best career outing (which you already knew because you read The 21 this morning). In his last two starts, he struck out a career high seven batters, then topped in with nine strikeouts. He split the difference tonight, striking out eight batters over six shutout innings. Economos allowed four hits and three walks, while posting a 5:0 GO/AO ratio and throwing 57 of 85 pitches for strikes.

Miguel Hernandez followed with two scoreless innings, before Conner Loeprich took over in the ninth. He sent the game to extra innings with a scoreless frame,then gave up an unearned run in the tenth, which handed him the tough loss.

The Black Bears had four hits in the game and four walks, but they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Zack Kone’s double was the only extra-base hit. Edison Lantigua walked twice. Grant Koch was 5-for-5 throwing out runners attempting to steal second base. He was 8-for-40 in throwing out runners coming into the game.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol won 6-2 over Pulaski.

Brad Case, who was promoted from the GCL recently, made his first start for Bristol on Monday night. He had no trouble with the jump in competition, going 5.2 shutout innings, with one hit and one walk. He had four strikeouts, a 10:3 GO/AO ratio and he threw 52 of 80 pitches for strikes. He allowed two runs over his last 17 innings in the GCL. Joe Jacques followed and he allowed two runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings of work. Will Kobos was next and he threw 1.2 scoreless for his first save.

Bristol had six doubles in the game and five hits with runners in scoring position. Mikell Granberry hit two doubles, giving him 11 on the season, and he drove in a run. Eddy Vizcaino had a single, double and two runs scored. Dean Lockery had a single, walk and two RBIs. Gabriel Brito had a double, sacrifice fly and a walk. Brendt Citta hit an RBI double. In his second game with Bristol, Pat Dorrian went 1-for-3 with a single, run scored and a walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


The GCL Pirates won 11-7 over the Phillies West.

Braxton Ashcraft made his fourth start and it could be his last of his first season unless they bring him back on Saturday. On Monday, he went 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He cruised through the first two innings, then allowed two runs in the third and two in the fourth. Wilmer Contreras stranded two inherited runners in the fourth, then finished out the game with five more innings, allowing three runs.

Jean Eusebio, Francisco Acuna, Fernando Villegas and Matt Morrow each had two hits today and an RBI. Acuna scored one run, while the other three all scored twice. Eusebio, Villegas and Acuna each picked up their fifth double of the season.

Jack Herman saw his competition for the batting crown gain some ground today. Herman went 1-for-4, giving him a .374 average. Luis Garcia went 2-for-4 for the Phillies West, and he now has a .363 average. The season wraps up on Saturday.

Mariano Dotel was moved up from the DSL for the final week of the season. That was made necessary by Pat Dorrian moving up to Bristol over the weekend. Ji-Hwan Bae and Steven Kraft are both out due to injury, so the team is somewhat short-handed. The 18-year-old Dotel was signed as an international free agent early this year. He had a .642 OPS in 43 games in the DSL. His father, who was also his trainer in the Dominican, played minor league ball in the 1990s, reaching Double-A. Dotel started at shortstop today and went 0-for-4 in his debut.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


The DSL Pirates1 won 7-5 over the Indians/Brewers

Bryan Torres got the start and went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. Oscar Echarry allowed two runs (one earned) in his two innings. Wilger Camacho threw two scoreless innings for his second save.

Juan Pie went 3-for-5 with three singles. Shendrik Apostel hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning. He also drove in a third run and drew a walk. Randy Romero had two singles, two walks, two runs scored and his 11th stolen base. Yoyner Fajardo had two steals, giving him 14 on the season. Norkis Marcos stole his 12th base and Daniel Rivero stole his 11th.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 4-1 to the Royals.

Luis Peralta got the start and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. Oliver Mateo, the pitcher who hits 100 MPH with his fastball and rarely knows where it’s going, had a strong outing. He threw 3.2 shutout innings on one hit and three walks, with four strikeouts and a 6:0 GO/AO ratio.

Fleury Nova had two singles in the game, which happened to be the only two hits for the Pirates. They went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, with that one hit being an RBI single from Fleury (obviously). Eduar Ramirez walked three times. The rest of the lineup combined for three walks and two hit batters. Angel Basabe went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview for both teams here.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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