Prospect Watch: Grand Slam from Bryan Reynolds Helps Indianapolis to Victory

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 – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, SB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, 2 BB, SB

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, HR (5), 5 RBI, BB

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 0-for-5, 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 – 1-for-5

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – DNP

18. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

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

20. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – DNP

21. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 2-for-3, 2 BB

22. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

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

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis won 8-7 over Toledo on a walk-off error. Alex McRae had a rough start, but the Indians offense got him off the hook. He went five innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. Jesus Liranzo followed with two shutout innings, striking out three batters. Clay Holmes was out next and threw shutout ball in the eighth, before allowing the tying run in the ninth, though a Ke’Bryan Hayes error meant that the run was unearned. Holmes ended up with the win.

Bryan Reynolds had the big hit in this game, belting a fourth inning grand slam for his fifth homer of the season. He also picked up another RBI in the third inning. Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his seventh double, singled, walked, scored three runs and picked up an RBI. He also stole his second base. Cole Tucker singled, walked twice, scored twice and stole his fifth base. He has a .340 average through 12 games. Will Craig drove in his 14th run with a ground out in third inning.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona lost 2-0 to first place Harrisburg. Cam Vieaux couldn’t keep his shutout streak going, but he still put in some good work on Wednesday morning. He went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts. He had control issues in his last start, and picked up just six strikeouts over his first two games, so this was a nice step in the right direction. Beau Sulser (2 IP) and Tate Scioneaux combined to retire the final nine batters of the game.

The Curve had just four hits in the game, all of them singles. Hunter Owen and Jerrick Suiter each had a hit and a walk. Altoona had just one runner in scoring position all game, and that didn’t happen until the bottom of the ninth with two outs, when Owen took second base on defensive indifference.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton lost 6-1 to Tampa. Max Kranick had a nice bounce back start after just retiring two batters in his previous outing when he reached his single inning pitch limit in the first. Kranick tossed six shutout innings on three hits, with no walks and one strikeout. The strikeout total is unusual for him, but he did hit 97 MPH for the first time in his career. Gavin Wallace ended up taking the loss, allowing six earned runs in the eighth inning.

The Marauders had just two hits in the game. Adrian Valerio drove in the only run on a single in the fifth. Jesse Medrano scored the run after drawing a walk and stealing a base. Daniel Amaral led off the sixth inning with a single. He picked up his third stolen base. As a team, they had three walks and 15 strikeouts. Nick Franklin played his first game of the season and went 0-for-4.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Greensboro won 3-1 over Augusta on Wednesday morning. Alex Manasa hasn’t been much of a strikeout pitcher in his pro career, but he’s doing an excellent job of missing bats recently. After striking out 11 batters in his previous outing, Manasa picked up seven on Wednesday, giving him 18 strikeouts in his last 10.1 innings. He gave up just one run in this game, allowing five hits and three walks. The walk total is a little misleading because he was pounding the strike zone, with 61 of 89 pitches going for strikes. Cam Alldred stranded two inherited runners in the sixth, then tossed shutout ball for two more innings. Logan Stoelke picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

The Grasshoppers got no-hit for six innings on Tuesday night. They didn’t get many hits in this game either, collecting just four singles and two didn’t leave the infield. They got help from Augusta, loading the bases with two walks and an error in the fifth. That’s when Mason Martin bounced one through the right side of the infield for the first two runs. That was followed by an RBI ground out to make it 3-1, which is where the score ended. Ji-Hwan Bae went 2-for-18 in his first four games, but he did well in this game by collecting two singles and walking twice. After the game, he found out that he has been suspended by MLB for 30 games.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

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