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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Prospect Watch: Strong Starts from Dario Agrazal and Max Kranick; Cruz Hits 14th 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 (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 – 1-for-4

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

6. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-4

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

8. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

12. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-4, BB

14. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4

15. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

16. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

17. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

18. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

19. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

20. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-3

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

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

23. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

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

25. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 0-for-4, BB

26. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

27. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

28. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia –  6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

29. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Christopher Bostick, OF, Pirates – In Majors


Indianapolis won 12-7 over Toledo.

Brandon Waddell, who was named as our Pitcher of the Month for July, got the start tonight and ran into a lot of trouble in the fifth inning. Waddell made it through the first four inning on one run allowed, and that run was unearned. He recorded just one out in the fifth, while giving up three doubles, a single and a hit batter, with all five runs scoring. The five earned runs equals what he gave up in his last four starts combined. Tanner Anderson recorded the final two outs of the fifth, then gave up one run over the next two innings. Jesus Liranzo finished the game with two scoreless innings.

Indianapolis had some big nights on offense, starting with Pablo Reyes, who collected four hits, including his third double and eighth homer. He drove in two runs, stole his ninth base and scored four runs. Kevin Newman also missed the cycle by one hit. He went 3-for-5 with his 27th double and first triple. Wyatt Mathisen had just one hit, but it was a sixth inning grand slam, his sixth homer of the year. Ryan Lavarnway had a single, two doubles, scored twice and drove in a pair. Alfredo Reyes had his first two hits in Triple-A and stole his first base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona won 6-4 over Akron.

Eduardo Vera got the start and went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Despite the walks, he threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes. This was the first time in over a month that he allowed more than two runs in a start. Yeudy Garcia recorded the final out of the sixth, then gave up one run over the next 1.2 innings. Matt Eckelman recorded the final four outs for the save.

Will Craig had two hits in this game and drove in two runs. His 88 RBIs are the most since Andrew Lambo drove in 99 runs in 2013. Arden Pabst drove in two runs with his first Double-A homer. Logan Hill also picked up two RBIs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton lost 9-6 to Clearwater.

Dario Agrazal is apparently healthy after missing two months with a right shoulder strain. In his first game back, he tossed three shutout innings. He repeated that line five days later, though it was wiped from the records when the game couldn’t be finished on the last day the two teams met this season. Agrazal came back today and went five shutout innings, giving up two singles, with no walks and two strikeouts. He got his pitch count up to 56 pitches.

AJ Schugel was out next, making his first appearance in a game since May 3rd, after he was shut down due to shoulder discomfort. He had a tough outing, recording two outs, while allowing three runs on five hits. He threw 20 pitches, with 14 going for strikes. Deivy Mendez gave up four runs over two innings, then Angel German allowed two runs, while recording just one out. Adam Oller threw a scoreless ninth.

Bradenton put up five runs before their first out of the game and they had a 6-0 lead when Agrazal was done for the night. Bligh Madris hit a first inning grand slam, his eighth homer of the season. Hunter Owen had three hits, including his 17th double, and he picked up an RBI. Adrian Valerio had two hits, a walk and a run scored. Brett Pope and Albert Baur each had two hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia won 6-2 over Augusta.

Max Kranick got the start, coming off of his outstanding outing last week when he faced the minimum over six innings. He wasn’t quite that good on Friday night, but he put together another strong performance. In six innings, Kranick allowed one run on three hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. That’s one strikeout short of his career high. Oddy Nunez followed and he gave up one run on three hits and a walk in three innings, getting the save.

Oneil Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his 14th of the season. Lolo Sanchez had two singles and a run scored. Calvin Mitchell singled and scored a run. Raul Hernandez had two singles, a run scored and an RBI. Fabricio Macias managed to pick up an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base without any hits/walks/HBP. Robbie Glendinning had a single, two walks and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown had their game postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol lost 9-8 to Kingsport.

Steven Jennings got the start, trying to rebound from his worst outing of the season. He was very strong for most of this game, finishing with three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. The runs came in the first inning (one) and the sixth inning, with four shutout innings on a single and a walk in between. Jennings had seven strikeouts and a 5:2 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 56 of 92 pitches for strikes. Yeudry Manzanillo was out next and he gave up two runs on five hits in two innings. Vince Deyzel took the loss by allowing four runs, though just one was earned.

Bristol got a lot of help on their offense from the wild pitchers  on Kingston. The Pirates had 12 walks and three hit batters, with everyone reaching base at least once. Jonah Davis, who was our Player of the Month for July, had a double, three walks and his sixth stole base. Sherten Apostel didn’t have any hits, but he had two walks, two RBIs and a run scored. Mason Martin walked twice, as did Manny Bejerano. Dean Lockery had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Mikell Granberry had an RBI single and two runs scored. Brendt Citta reached base four times on two singles, a walk and a HBP.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


The GCL Pirates won 8-2 over the Tigers West.

Santiago Florez started and tossed five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, while picking up three walks and three strikeouts. He’s holding batters to a .200 average this season, but he has also issued at least three walks in five of his eight starts. Lizardy Dicent gave up two runs over three innings of work, while Hai-Cheng Gong threw a scoreless ninth.

Steven Kraft had a career day, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. He now has a .349 average, with just seven strikeouts in 98 plate appearances. Ji-Hwan Bae went 3-for-5, with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. He has a .303 average in his first 25 games. Samuel Inoa had three hits, including two triples, and he drove in three runs. He has five triples in 60 at-bats.

Jean Eusebio doubled and scored a run, but left in the sixth inning after a minor injury suffered on a play in the outfield. He’s not expected to miss any time.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


The DSL Pirates1 won 9-1 over the Indians/Brewers.

Starlyn Reynoso got the start and threw five no-hit/shutout innings. He walked three batters and struck out four, while posting a 10:2 GO/AO ratio. Miguel Peralta followed with a run on two hits in his only inning. Jose Maldonado threw two shutout innings, then Joelvis Del Rosario made his pro debut and worked a scoreless inning on one hit, one walk and one strikeout. He signed at age 16 back in January.

Six players in the lineup collected two hits and eight players reached base safely at least twice. Jommer Hernandez continued his recent hot stretch by going 2-for-4 with a single, double, walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Randy Romero had two singles, scored two runs and drove in a pair. Daniel Rivero had a single, double, walk, RBI and two runs scored. Juan Pie had his tenth double and two walks. Yoyner Fajardo also collected his tenth double. Shendrik Apostel had a single and a double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 9-4 to the Tigers2.

Francisco Hodge got the start and he was hurt by some poor defense behind him. He went 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs, with just three of them being earned. Hodge gave up six hits, a walk and struck out three batters. Christian Charle allowed one run on five hits in 2.1 innings. Mario Garcia followed with two runs on six hits in three innings.

Angel Basabe went 2-for-5, with a triple, single, RBI and run scored. He has five triples this season. Edgar Barrios had three singles and an RBI. Fleury Nova went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. He also picked up an outfield assist.

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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