Prospect Watch: Travis Swaggerty Hits His First Homerun

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 – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-4, HR (1)

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Pirates – In Majors

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

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

9. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – In Majors

10. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis –  DNP

11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

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 – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 HBP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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, Greensboro – 1-for-5, BB

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

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis’ offense has been hard to stop in the early going, but a Sunday lineup did the trick, leading to a 3-0 loss to Charlotte that ended the Indians’ six-game winning streak.  Cole Tucker, Ke’Bryan Hayes and the rehabbers — Elias Diaz and Gregory Polanco — all sat.  The result was a three-hit shutout.  The Indians’ only real scoring chance came in the seventh, when a double and a wild pitch put Will Craig on third with nobody out, but they couldn’t get him home.  Craig finished 1-4 with a double.  Trayvon Robinson and Patrick Kivelhan had the other hits.  Bryan Reynolds went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rookie Davis bounced back from a bad first start to allow just one run over five innings, on two hits and two walks.  He struck out three.  Tyler Lyons threw a scoreless inning, but Jesus Liranzo’s rough early season continued.  Liranzo got through one inning on just six pitches, but his second inning took 29, only 14 of them strikes.  He gave up a homerun following a walk, finishing with two hits, two walks and a strikeout in two innings.  Montana DuRapau finished with a scoreless ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona had their game postponed. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 8th.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton continued to struggle on offense, dropping a 5-2 game to Dunedin.  The Marauders managed only five hits, with all the offense coming on Travis Swaggerty’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth.  Swaggerty finished 1-for-4.  Cal Mitchell was 1-for-3 with a walk, and Jesse Medrano had a double prior to Swaggerty’s blast.  Adrian Valerio and Lucas Tancas had the other hits.  Bradenton is batting just .231 as a team.  The Florida State League as a whole, though, came into today batting just .225, so scaled-down expectations for offense from the Marauders might be appropriate.

Domingo Robles pitched well through four innings, but ran into uncharacteristic control problems in the fifth and gave up four runs.  That included back-to-back longballs.  Robles’ final line was five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings.  He fanned seven and threw 53 of 87 pitches for strikes.  Ike Schlabach followed with three shutout innings.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Greensboro went with somewhat of a Sunday lineup and got the opposite result from Indy; the Grasshoppers had been struggling on offense, but they broke loose for 13 hits and beat Charleston, 11-2.  Greensboro went with a makeshift infield, playing Ji-Hwan Bae at second, Rodolfo Castro at third and Patrick Dorrian at first, along with Connor Kaiser at his usual spot at short.

Kaiser led the way at the plate with a 3-5 game, while Lolo Sanchez stayed hot, going 2-for-3 with his third triple.  Sanchez also got plunked twice; he’s now batting .375, with an OPS of 1.118.  Dorrian and Zack Kone had two hits apiece.  In fact, every player in the lineup had at least one hit except Jonah Davis, who went 0-for-4 with two walks.  Davis is off to a slow start, going 1-for-12 since being activated.  Bae was 1-for-5 with his first steal.  Castro had a double and Fabricio Macias a triple.

Braeden Ogle started and had trouble finding the plate consistently.  He came out after three innings and 53 pitches, although he threw only 13 in his final inning.  Ogle gave up two runs on three hits, while walking one and striking out one.  Nick Economos followed Ogle with four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.  Nick Mears finished the game with two hitless innings, walking one and fanning three.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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