Prospect Watch: Bradenton Wins on Walk-Off in Extra Innings

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-4, BB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, HR, RBI, 2 SB

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-2, BB, HBP, SB

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-0

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

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 1-for-2, HR, RBI, 2 BB

9. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – DNP

10. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis –  6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-4

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 – 0-for-3

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 – DNP

21. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Extended Spring Training – 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 – 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

28. Blake Weiman, RHP, Altoona – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

30. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO


Indianapolis won 4-3 on Wednesday night. In his Opening Day start, JT Brubaker lasted just 4.2 innings, giving up two runs. He looked more like the player who won the 2018 Pitcher of the Year in this game. Brubaker went six innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts and a 7:3 GO/AO ratio. He gave way to Brandon Waddell, who tossed two shutout innings. Jesus Liranzo made things interesting in the ninth, but still managed to pick up the save.

The prospects for the Indians showed some power in this game. Will Craig homered for the second day in a row, giving him four on the season. He also drew two walks. Cole Tucker had three hits, including his second home run of the season. He also picked up his first two stolen bases of the season. Bryan Reynolds hit his second homer this season.

Elias Diaz caught on back-to-back nights for the first time. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He has caught seven innings each night, so catching a full game should be next on his checklist before he returns to the majors.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 5-1 to Erie, giving them their second straight loss after opening the season with five wins in a row. Dario Agrazal started and allowed four earned runs on 11 hits in six innings. He had no walks, two strikeouts and a 7:4 GO/AO ratio. Angel German allowed a run in the seventh and Jake Brentz threw a scoreless eighth.

The Curve collected just two hits all game. They scored their lone run in the eighth inning on a Logan Hill walk, a Mitchell Tolman single and an Arden Pabst sacrifice fly. Their only other hit was a Hunter Owen single in the fifth inning, which broke up a perfect game. The walk by Hill was Altoona’s only free pass of the game and they struck out 13 times.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 2-1 in ten innings as Jesse Medrano laid down a suicide squeeze that scored Chris Sharpe for the walk-off win. Aaron Shortridge made his second start, trying to build off of five shutout innings in his season debut. He pitched well on Wednesday morning, allowing one run on seven hits and no walks over six innings. Shortridge threw 50 of 71 pitches for strikes and he struck out three batters.

Dovydas Neverauskas made his second rehab appearance and retired the side in order in his only inning. Drew Fischer followed with two scoreless innings and Joel Cesar won the game with shutout ball in the ninth. Cesar faced just two batters in his full inning, as catcher John Bormann picked off the designated runner that starts on second base in extra innings.

Gregory Polanco played his third rehab game and went 0-for-4, dropping him to 1-for-10 this season. Lucas Tancas had two doubles and drove in Bradenton’s first run. Oneil Cruz reached base twice on a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He stole his third base and scored on the second double from Tancas. The Marauders had just four hits in the game.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Greensboro lost 5-0 to drop to 3-4 on the season. Steven Jennings made his second start and looked strong through four innings, before giving up three runs in the fifth. Jennings allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four batters. He threw 48 of 71 pitches for strikes. Jennings surrendered four earned runs over 4.1 innings in his debut. Conner Loeprich gave up two runs in the seventh and Nick Mears retired all six batters he faced, four on strikeouts.

The Grasshoppers had just three hits and struck out 16 times. Fabicio Macias had a single and an outfield assist. Mason Martin hit his third double and was the only player who didn’t strike out. Zack Kone added a single.

Catcher Ryan Haug was placed on the injured list today. He fractured his hand during yesterday’s game on a foul ball.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.