Morning Report: Pitching Leaders Through the Month of April

In yesterday’s Morning Report, we looked at the hitting leaders throughout the system in the month of April. Today we switch to the pitchers. Cody Bolton was named as our Pitcher of the Month yesterday. Along with Osvaldo Bido (pictured above), those two are putting up outstanding stats so far this season, as you will see among the organization’s pitching leaders below. We also saw some outstanding performances early from relief pitchers.

Below you will find the top five pitching leaders in six categories. If one of the affiliates doesn’t have a top five player in a category, I added their best pitcher in that category at the end of the list, along with their rank in the system. I used a minimum of 20 innings pitched for starters to qualify for ERA, WHIP and BAA. At the end, I included the list of relievers who made in through the month without allowing an earned run, ranked by their innings pitched.

INNINGS PITCHED

1. Dario Agrazal, Altoona/Indianapolis, 31.2
2. Domingo Robles, Bradenton, 30.0
3T. James Marvel, Altoona, 29.2
3T. Osvaldo Bido, Greensboro, 29.2
5T. Cam Vieaux, Altoona, 28.2
5T. Brad Case, Greensboro, 28.2
10T. Eduardo Vera, Indianapolis, 26.0

ERA

1. Bido, Greensboro, 0.91
2. Cody Bolton, Bradenton, 0.96
3. Marvel, Altoona, 1.52
4. Aaron Shortridge, Bradenton, 1.93
5T. Vieaux, Altoona, 2.20
5T. Case, Greensboro, 2.20
7. JT Brubaker, Indianapolis, 2.57

WHIP

1. Bido, Greensboro, 0.71
2. Marvel, Altoona, 0.74
3. Case, Greensboro, 0.77
4. Bolton, Bradenton, 0.86
5. Vieaux, Altoona, 0.98
11. Brubaker, Indianapolis, 1.10

STRIKEOUTS

1. Mitch Keller, Indianapolis, 32
2T. Bolton, Bradenton, 29
2T. Alex Manasa, Greensboro, 29
4. Agrazal, Altoona/Indianapolis, 25
5. Robles, Bradenton, 24
6. Marvel, Altoona, 23

WALKS

1. Oddy Nunez, Bradenton, 17
2. Clay Holmes, Indianapolis, 15
3. Keller, Indianapolis, 14
4T. Brandon Waddell, Indianapolis 11
4T. Rookie Davis, Indianapolis, 11
7T. Numerous players with 9, including Joe Jacques, Greensboro and Robles, Bradenton

BAA

1. Bido, Greensboro, .147
2T. Bolton, Bradenton, .167
2T. Marvel, Altoona, .167
4T. Max Kranick, Bradenton, .185
4T. Case, Greensboro, .185
9. Brubaker, Indianapolis, .241

0.00 ERA RELIEVERS

1. Beau Sulser, Altoona, 12.2
2. Samuel Reyes, Greensboro, 12.1
3T. Montana DuRapau, Indianapolis, 11.1
3T. Ryan Valdes, Bradenton, 11.1
5T. Luis Escobar, Bradenton, 10.1
5T. Sean Keselica, Altoona, 10.1
7. Drew Fischer, Bradenton, 9.0

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 14-1 to the Oakland A’s on Friday night. Trevor Williams will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He gave up five runs over six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last start. He has pitched at least six innings in every start this season. The A’s will counter with 30-year-old right-hander Chris Bassitt, who has made two starts this season. He threw five shutout innings in his first game, then came back with one run over seven innings in his second game. He has 16 strikeouts, an 0.75 ERA and an 0.75 WHIP in 12 innings.

The minor league schedule includes the second start in Indianapolis for Dario Agrazal. He allowed two runs over 6.2 innings in his Triple-A debut. Cam Vieaux is going for Altoona. He is coming off of his longest outing of the season, giving up one run over seven innings on Monday night. Oddy Nunez goes for Bradenton tonight. He’s coming off of his best outing of the season, one run over six innings last Saturday. Alex Manasa gets the start for Greensboro after swapping spots in the rotation with Osvaldo Bido, who went last night. It will be Manasa’s first home start since April 6th. He gave up two runs over seven innings in his last outing.

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MLB: Pittsburgh (14-15) vs A’s (15-19) 7:05 PM
Probable starter: Trevor Williams (3.38 ERA, 27:7 SO/BB, 37.1 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (15-12) vs Louisville (11-18) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Dario Agrazal (2.70 ERA, 6:1 SO/BB, 6.2 IP)

AA: Altoona (14-13) @ Richmond (10-15) 6:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Cam Vieaux (2.20 ERA, 15:9 SO/BB, 28.2 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (17-10) vs Lakeland (10-15) 6:30 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Oddy Nunez (4.15 ERA, 17:17 SO/BB, 26.0 IP)

Low-A: Greensboro (17-10) vs West Virginia (17-9) 7:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Alex Manasa (2.86 ERA, 29:5 SO/BB, 28.1 IP)

HIGHLIGHTS

From Indianapolis on Thursday, Mitch Keller helps himself out by punishing a hanging breaking ball

Will Craig hits this one a long way for his eighth home run of the season

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

5/3: Randolph Gassaway added to Bradenton roster. Michael Gretler assigned to Greensboro.

5/1: Connor Kaiser placed on injured list. Kyle Mottice added to Greensboro roster.

4/30: Starling Marte activated from injured list. Jason Martin optioned to Indianapolis.

4/30: Chase Lambert promoted to Bradenton. Raul Siri added to Greensboro roster. John Bormann assigned to Extended Spring Training.

4/30: Pirates release Ben Bengtson

4/30: Jose Osuna assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.

4/28: Oneil Cruz placed on injured list. Deon Stafford activated from injured list.

4/28: JT Brubaker placed on injured list. Dario Agrazal promoted to Indianapolis. Angel German added to Altoona roster.

4/27: Chris Archer placed on injured list. Pirates recall Michael Feliz

4/26: Stephen Alemais placed on injured list. Adrian Valerio promoted to Altoona. Gavin Wallace added to Bradenton roster.

THIS DATE IN PIRATES HISTORY

Five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that has an interesting baseball-related story from after his playing days were over. Depending on your age, you might remember two players born on this date, outfielder Jason Michaels (2008) and infielder Ken Oberkfell (1988-89). Before those two, there was 1919 first baseman Vic Saier and 1914-15 outfielder Zip Collins. The oldest player is the one we take a look at today.

Lou Gertenrich played just one game for the Pirates, manning right field on June 21,1903. The Pirates were short two outfielders due to an injury to Fred Clarke, and regular right fielder Jimmy Sebring left to get married. Gertenrich was a local player from Chicago and the Pirates were in Chicago at the time. He had played two Major League games two years earlier, so they Pirates picked him up for one day and he actually batted second during his only game (remember that this was in the middle of a pennant race, which the Pirates won). He went 0-for-4 and handled the only two plays he had in the field. Gertenrich isn’t as obscure as you would think a player from 1903 with three games experience would be. In 1922, he advertised his candy company on the back of baseball cards that are quite popular now for pre-war card collectors due to their scarcity.

Vic Saier was a player the Pirates had high hopes for, but they ended up getting almost nothing from him. Between 1911 and 1916, he was with the Chicago Cubs, playing well enough to twice get MVP votes. After 1916, his baseball career went downhill quick. He broke his leg and missed almost all of the 1917 season. Then in 1918, after the Pirates won a disputed claim over his rights, he left baseball for a year to join the war effort. He returned in 1919, still only 27 years old. He was young enough that the Pirates believed he could still play well after so much missed time. Instead he hit .223 in 58 games and was released in August, ending his time in baseball.

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