Prospect Watch: Alex McRae Takes No-Hitter into Seventh Inning, as Indianapolis Wins 4-2

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 Cole Tucker), 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-5, 2B, RBI

3. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

4. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – DNP

5. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

6. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates – In Majors

7. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

9. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – DNP

11. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

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

14. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Greensboro – 2-for-4, 2B

15. Pablo Reyes, Util, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

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, Greensboro – DNP

22. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

23. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro –  5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

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 4-2 over Scranton/WB. Alex McRae gave the Indians an outstanding pitching performance on Thursday morning. He went 6.2 innings of no-hit ball before giving up a double to the final batter he faced. Prior to the hit, he had allowed just two walks. McRae had a 6.60 ERA coming into this game. Geoff Hartlieb wasn’t at his best, but still picked up the save while throwing the final 2.1 innings.

Indianapolis scored their four runs one at a time on extra-base hits each time. Ke’Bryan Hayes started things with his league leading 13th double of the season in the third inning. He scored two batters later on a Will Craig double. Patrick Kivlehan added an RBI double in the fourth, then added an insurance run in the ninth on his fourth home run of the season.

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Altoona had off on Thursday.

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Bradenton had their game suspended in the middle of the third inning with the Marauders leading 1-0. Oddy Nunez got the start and threw shutout ball. The game will be completed tomorrow before Friday’s regularly scheduled contest.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Greensboro beat up on first place Delmarva on Wednesday night, but couldn’t pull off back-to-back victories, losing 5-2 on Thursday morning. Delmarva now has a 25-5 record. Osvaldo Bido hit his first bump in the road this season, allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings. He had no walks, five strikeouts and a 4:2 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 58 of 81 pitches for strikes, so there were some positives on a day that increased his ERA from 1.26 to 2.21 over 40.2 innings. Bido is holding batters to a .186 BAA. Conner Loeprich followed with two shutout innings, while John O’Reilly made his second scoreless appearance since joining Greensboro.

The Grasshoppers had just five hits in the game and they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Lolo Sanchez had two hits, including his sixth double. Fabricio Macias hit his second double. Kyle Mottice had just one hit, dropping him all the way down to a .625 average. Michael Gretler had the other hit. Mason Martin had a walk and his 24th RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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