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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Prospect Watch: Big Night For Jung Ho Kang; Jack Herman Hits His First Home Run

P2 Top 30A 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, Bryan Reynolds 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-4, BB

3. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

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

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

6. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, RBI

7. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4, RBI

8. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

9. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – DNP

10. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

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

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

14. Pablo Reyes, Util, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

16. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – DNP

17. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona Out for the Season

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

19. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR (3), RBI

20. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 2-for-4, BB, RBI, SB

21. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

22. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

23. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Blake Weiman, LHP, Altoona – DNP

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

29. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

30. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Louisville. Dario Agrazal had a rough outing, partially due to defense behind him. Errors by Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jung Ho Kang led to four unearned runs. Agrazal went five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. He had an 8:3 GO/AO ratio and threw 58 of 84 pitches for strikes.  He now has a 3.19 ERA in 42.1 innings since being promoted to Triple-A. Sean Keselica threw a scoreless sixth inning, followed by Michael Feliz, who threw two shutout innings and struck out five batters.

Jung Ho Kang had himself quite a night, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. He’s hitting .476, with a 1.322 OPS during his rehab. Corey Dickerson went 1-for-2 with two walks and a sacrifice fly. He’s hitting .167 during his rehab and has a .435 OPS. He’s eligible to come off the 60-day injured list now, but might need to go the full 20 days on rehab, which would keep him there through June 12th.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona won 3-0 over Erie on Tuesday morning. Pedro Vasquez got the start, returning to Altoona after throwing six shutout innings on one hit and one walk, with seven strikeouts in his second appearance with Indianapolis. Vasquez matched part of that line today, throwing six shutout innings again, this time with five hits, one walk and four strikeouts. He threw 65 of 98 pitches for strikes. He was followed by Beau Sulser, who threw three shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 1.27, for the save.

The Curve got two of their runs on solo homers. Jared Oliva hit his third of the season and Jason Delay hit his fifth homer. Mitchell Tolman got the scoring started in the second inning on a single that brought home Alfredo Reyes. Tolman had a tough day in the field, committing two errors, which matched his season total going into today. The Curve had five hits total, getting singles from Logan Hill and Hunter Owen, who also drew a walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton lost 6-1 to Daytona. Samuel Reyes made his second start and allowed a run on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. It was the first earned run he has allowed in over a month, and just the second earned run he has given up in 30.2 innings this season. Luis Nova was up from Pirate City to help with filling innings tonight (Cody Bolton is being skipped this time through to help limit his innings). Nova is going to pitch in Bristol this season, so this is quite a leap in talent. He did not do well, giving up four runs (three earned) in his only inning of work. He was followed by Gavin Wallace, who allowed one run in four innings.

Lucas Tancas had two doubles to give him 18 on the season. He scored the lone run and also drew a walk. Robbie Glendinning had a single, a walk and stole his sixth base. The rest of the lineup went 3-for-25 with three singles and no walks. The Marauders went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Daniel Amaral stole his eighth base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro won 8-1 over Charleston. Steven Jennings has struggled this season and really needed a strong outing. He got one on Tuesday night, giving up one unearned run over six innings, allowing three hits and two walks. He had two strikeouts and needed just 77 pitches (46 strikes) to get through his night. Jennings now has a 5.56 ERA in 56.2 innings. Cam Alldred followed with two scoreless frames, followed by Cristofer Melendez, who pitched the ninth.

The Grasshoppers had six players collect two hits each. The 4-6 hitters all had hitless nights. Jack Herman had the big hit, a three-run homer in the second inning, which would be all they would need on this night. Herman has a single, double, triple and homer in his first ten at-bats in Low-A. Lolo Sanchez had two hits and a run scored. He hit his ninth double. Ji-Hwan Bae had two hits, a walk, a run scored, an RBI and his seventh stolen base. Pat Dorrian hit his 12th double and scored two runs. Michael Gretler had two singles, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Fabricio Macias had two singles and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

The DSL Pirates1 lost 4-0. One day after losing 13-1, the Pirates1 managed just six hits, all of them singles. They lost two runners getting thrown out on the bases and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Luis Tello had two hits. Darwin Baez drew two walks. Top prospects Osvaldo Gavilan and Luis Tejeda each had a single in four trips to the plate. Orlando Chivilli ($350,000 bonus last July) debuted and struck out in his only AB.

Two returning players took the pitching duties. Valentin Linarez gave up four runs in his five innings. Joelvis Del Rosario tossed four shutout innings and picked up five strikeouts. Neither pitcher issued a walk.

Here’s the boxscore.

The DSL Pirates2 won 9-7, picking up their second straight win despite committing seven errors in both games. The seven errors today led to six unearned runs, three for 16-year-old Jorge Ramos in his pro debut, two for 17-year-old Miguel Toribio in his debut, and one for 19-year-old Venezuelan Johan Montero in his debut. Domingo Gonzalez recorded the final five outs without any runs.

The offense had 11 hits and six walks. Deivis Nadal went 2-for-3 in the lead-off spot. He hit his first pro homer, scored two runs and stole his first base. Bryan Mateo, in his second season in the league, had three hits and drove in three runs. Switch-hitting outfielder Jose Berroa ($230,000) had his first double, along with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Randy Romero had two hits and a walk.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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