Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes and Cole Tucker Lead Altoona to Division Title

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 – 4-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

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

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-4

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

7. Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates – In Majors

8. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

11. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 2-for-5, RBI

12. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

13. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, BB

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

15. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

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 – 1-for-3

20. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

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 – 1-for-4, BB

27. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

28. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

30. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Morgantown – DNP


Indianapolis lost 10-2 to Louisville on Sunday to eliminate them from playoff contention.

JT Brubaker got the start in a must win game for Indianapolis. He has been their best pitcher for the last five weeks and he’s also pitched outstanding in big games since joining the Pirates, but he didn’t have it on this night. He gave up six runs (four earned) over six innings, on eight hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Brubaker finishes with a 3.10 ERA in 119 innings with Indianapolis, and a combined 2.81 ERA in 154 innings when you include his Altoona numbers.

Clay Holmes and AJ Schugel both followed Brubaker and they didn’t have it either. Louisville put up two runs in an inning against both of them.

Kevin Kramer had a single and his 35th double to give him a .311 average. That’s eight points behind the league leader with one day left in the season. Jordan Luplow hit his 25th double. Eric Wood, who is finishing his season strong, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He has raised his average 30 points in the last ten days by going 16-for-32 (.500).

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 10-8 over Bowie. With the win, they clinched the division title.

The top of the lineup and the two top Altoona prospects did the most damage in this game. Ke’Bryan Hayes went 4-for-5 with three singles and his 31st double. He drove in three runs, stole his 12th base and scored twice. Cole Tucker drove in three runs as well, picking up two hits, including his seventh triple. Will Craig hit his 30th double and drove in his 101st run. Bryan Reynolds had two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Jordan George had two hits, a walk and two runs scored. Arden Pabst walked three times and scored a run.

Logan Sendelbach got the start, taking the place of the suspended Luis Escobar for the second time. He went three innings, allowing a run on one hit and two walks. Bret Helton took over in the fourth and threw two scoreless frames before allowing six earned runs in the sixth inning. Blake Weiman followed with two shutout innings, before giving way to Matt Eckelman for the save in the ninth. He allowed a solo homer, but held on for the win.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton won their final game of the season by a 3-1 score over Tampa. They finished with a 56-74 record.

Pedro Vasquez got the start in the final Bradenton game of the season and he allowed one run over 4.1 innings. His outing was limited due to a high pitch count. Vasquez gave up five hits and four walks, while striking out six batters. He was up to 98 pitches (62 strikes) when he was removed. Jordan Jess followed and retired all eight batters he faced. The game was then called after seven innings due to rain.

Raul Siri went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He batted .333 in 19 games with Bradenton, which is impressive (in a small sample size way) from someone who was in Extended Spring Training until mid-June. Albert Baur hit a single and his 22nd double. Lucas Tancas hit his 20th double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia lost 3-2 to Charleston.

Oddy Nunez got the start and pitched well, giving up three runs (two earned) over 7.1 innings, on eight hits and a walk. He struck out four and posted a 10:2 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 59 of 88 pitches for strikes. Joel Cesar recorded the final two outs.

The Power had a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win, after Kannapolis lost an early afternoon game. They scored their only two runs in the sixth inning. Lolo Sanchez got thing started with a single. Then after Travis Swaggerty struck out, Connor Kaiser singled and Calvin Mitchell doubled in a run. That was followed by a wild pitch that scored Kaiser. West Virginia had just three other hits in the game, two coming from Rodolfo Castro, who hit his 19th double. Mitchell’s double was his 28th of the season.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown lost 7-1 to Mahoning Valley.

Zach Spears was listed as the starter, but Miguel Hernandez made his first start since 2016 instead. He was on a limited pitch count and went two innings, giving up two runs. Argenis Romano followed and allowed two runs on two hits and four walks in two innings. Joe Jacques was out next making his Morgantown debut and he gave up three runs over three innings. Cody Smith ended the run per inning night by throwing two shutout frames.

Seven players had one hit each for the Black Bears. Ben Bengtson’s double drove in the only run, scoring Jhoan Herrera, who also doubled. Zack Kone and Daniel Amaral each had a single and a walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol’s season has ended. They finished with a 31-37 record.

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The GCL Pirates season has ended. They finished with a 27-25 record.

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The DSL Pirates1 season has ended. They finished with a 32-40 record.

The DSL Pirates2 season has ended. They finished with a 27-45 record.

You can view the season preview for both teams here. Here’s the season recap and the top ten prospects list.

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