Prospect Watch: Altoona Gets No-Hit by Casey Mize; Dario Agrazal Pitches Well in Indianapolis Debut

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 (Kevin Newman, Nick Burdi and Pablo Reyes), 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 (Travis MacGregor), 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 2019 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, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, 2B, HBP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates – In Majors

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – DNP

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, HR (1), RBI

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates – In Majors

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, RBI

9. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – In Majors

10. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – DNP

12. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

13. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

15. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Greensboro – DNP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – DNP

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

19. Michael Burrows, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

20. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 0-for-3, HBP

21. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – DNP

22. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

23. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

24. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

28. Blake Weiman, RHP, Altoona – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

30. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP


Indianapolis won 5-3 over Columbus. Dario Agrazal made his Triple-A debut on Monday night in place of the injured JT Brubaker. Agrazal had a rough second inning with two runs on a walk and three hard hits. From that point on, he shut down the Columbus offense. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Agrazal had six strikeouts, an 8:4 GO/AO ratio and threw 64 of 98 pitches for strikes. The walk was the first he has issued this season and the 3-2 pitch was a fastball nearly right down the middle of the plate. Geoff Hartlieb followed, getting the last out of the seventh, then retiring the side in order in the eighth. Dovydas Neverauskas took the ninth inning and allowed a solo homer before closing it out for the save.

Kevin Kramer hit his first home run of the season. He also added a single and scored two runs. Will Craig picked up his 18th RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly. Ke’Bryan Hayes collected his tenth double. In his fifth rehab game, Kevin Newman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He played center field for the second time and had an adventure early on a deep drive over his head, turning the wrong way first, then over-running the ball, before making a basket catch in front of him on the warning track.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 1-0 to Erie. We mentioned earlier on Monday that the Curve were about to face some really tough pitching, as Erie was sending out the last three first round picks for the Tigers. That started tonight and Casey Mize pitched a complete game no-hitter. Mize was the first overall pick in last year’s draft. He hit the first batter of the game (Jared Oliva) then somehow walked Bligh Madris on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh. It was the first walk of the season for Madris. Other than that, no one reached base. Adrian Valerio got robbed of a hit in the third on an outstanding diving catch in center field. In the fifth, Hunter Owen got robbed of a bloop hit in shallow right field, with another great play. The only other ball hit hard was a long drive to left-center by Bligh Madris in his second at-bat.

Cam Vieaux got overshadowed on this night, but he pitched a very strong game. Over seven innings, he allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He had just one strikeout, but he posted a 9:3 GO/AO ratio. The only run shouldn’t have happened. Jerrick Suiter, who is normally a very strong first baseman, made a very poor decision. With runners on the corners, the batter hit a chopper towards first base that Suiter, who was already playing in, came in on and fielded on one bounce. He looked the runner from third base back, then turned his back and ran over to tag first base. When he did that, the runner broke for home and scored. With the batter and the man on third base both in front of him, he just needed to make the tag and not turn his back to the play.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Greensboro had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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