Prospect Watch: Hunter Owen Walks it Off for Altoona; Mason Martin Hits His 16th 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 – 2-for-6, RBI, SB

3. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

4. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-4

5. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

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

7. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, HR (5), RBI

8. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

9. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-2, BB

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 – DNP

14. Pablo Reyes, Util, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

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 – 0-for-4

20. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 0-for-2, 2 BB

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 – DNP

29. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis

30. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Gwinnett. Cam Vieaux made his second start in Triple-A and allowed five runs over five innings. He gave up seven hits (two homers), walked one and struck out three batters. Vieaux allowed two runs over five innings in his debut, though that start came with five walks. Jake Brentz followed and retired all six batters he faced, three on strikeouts. Michael Feliz also had two shutout innings with three strikeouts. Sean Keselica took the tenth inning and allowed two runs (one earned)

Will Craig started this game in right field. He stayed out there just five innings before moving back to first base after a double switch in the lineup. Craig caught two fly balls and had to field a double (I didn’t see the game, so I don’t know how he looked. I’ll probably check his plays tomorrow). Jung Ho Kang started at shortstop for the first time this season. He went 3-for-4 and has a 1.332 OPS during his rehab.

Eric Wood, Jake Elmore and Jason Martin each hit home runs. It was the seventh for Wood, fifth for Martin and third for Elmore. Corey Dickerson went 1-for-5 with a run scored. In six games, he has a .160/.160/.200 slash line. Ke’Bryan Hayes had two singles, including one in the tenth that made it a one run game. He also stole his seventh base of the season.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona won 4-3 over New Hampshire on a two-run walk-off homer by Hunter Owen (pictured up top) in the bottom of the ninth inning. Logan Hill got the scoring started for the Curve in the first inning, hitting an RBI triple. That was followed in the sixth inning by an RBI single from Owen that scored Hill, giving Altoona a 2-0 lead at the time. After New Hampshire put up three runs in the seventh, the Curve went to the bottom of the ninth trailing by one run. It was again Hill and Owen teaming up, with Hill picking up a single to lead-off the frame, followed by Owen’s 12th home run of the season. They each had three hits in the game, while the rest of the Curve went 0-for-22 at the plate.

Sean Brady had his best start since joining Altoona. He went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Both runs scored after he left off of an unlikely source. Blake Cederlind came into the day with a shutout streak that went back six weeks. He ended up allowing both inherited runs to score, then broke the streak with a run of his own. Angel German got the win, striking out the side in the ninth on 14 pitches.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton lost 4-0 to Tampa. Nicholas Economos had his second straight strong start, going seven innings, with one run on six hits and a walk. He had five strikeouts and an 8:4 GO/AO ratio. His last start was also one run over seven innings. Ryan Valdes, who returned to Bradenton after a brief stint in Altoona, took the eighth inning and allowed three runs.

Calvin Mitchell had a single and a walk in three trips to the plate, while also picking up an outfield assist. Unfortunately for Mitchell, he was hit in the back of the head/helmet on a pick-off throw and had to leave the game early. I was told by two sources that he seemed fine and it seemed more like the team being cautious, but there was no official word. Travis Swaggerty and Robbie Glendinning each had singles. Chris Sharpe had a walk and a single.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro won 7-3 over Lakewood. Colin Selby made his fourth start and went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a career best ten batters. All three runs he gave up came on a home run in the seventh inning. Selby threw 56 of 82 pitches for strikes. Conner Loeprich finished off the game with 2.2 scoreless innings for his first save.

Mason Martin had an RBI single in the third inning, then smacked his 16th home run of the season in the eighth. That leads all Pirates minor leaguers. He has driven in 55 runs in 52 games. Jack Herman played his first game of the season and went 1-for-3 with a two-run triple in the fourth inning. He batted ninth and played right field. Fabricio Macias, Grant Koch and Justin Harrer each drove in runs. Ji-Hwan Bae and Michael Gretler each had two walks and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

The DSL Pirates1 won 10-6 in their season opener. Braham Rosario got the start and went 3.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Rosario was a surprise addition to the DSL Pirates, since he has already pitched in the U.S. That doesn’t mean that he won’t return to the U.S. when the short-season leagues start, but it’s rare that players go to the DSL after their debut in the states. Mario Garcia returned to the DSL after a strong debut last year and he gave up two runs over 3.2 innings, with five strikeouts. Yeison Santos threw a scoreless eighth and Carlos Campos allowed three runs in the ninth to make the score close.

The lineup featured (with bonuses listed) Osvaldo Gavilan (top 2018 bonus at $700,000) in the lead-off spot, Luis Tejeda ($500,000), Juan Jerez ($380,000) batting third and Franrielis Bastardo ($260,000) batting sixth. Two top prospects didn’t play today, Sergio Campana ($500,000) who is listed on the DSL Pirates2 and might be the top player for either Pirates team, and Orlando Chivilli ($350,000). Gavilan and Tejeda (whose name is often listed as Tejada) each had two hits, including Tejeda’s first career home run. Jerez had a triple and Bastardo singled.

One of the returning players had a big day. Sherten Apostel homered, singled, scored three runs and drove in a pair. Darwin Baez and Jhan Polanco each had two hits.

Here’s the boxscore.

The DSL Pirates2 won their season opener by a 3-2 score. Carlos Jimenez got the start and went five innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts. The 16-year-old from Venezuela was one of the best pitching prospects out of Venezuela during this current international signing period that began back on July 2nd. Domingo Gonzalez, a holdover from last year’s DSL season, tossed three shutout innings in relief, picking up four strikeouts. He was followed by Luis Gonzalez making his pro debut three years after he signed. He missed his first two seasons due to injury. Gonzalez tossed a scoreless ninth for the save.

The lineup for this team had (along with signing bonuses) Deivis Nadal ($185,000) in the lead-off spot, Jose Berroa ($230,000) batting second, Rodolfo Nolasco ($235,000) batting cleanup, Jommer Hernandez ($250,000 in 2017) batting fifth, Alexander Mojica ($350,000) batting sixth and Dariel Lopez ($400,000) batting seventh. Lopez was reported to be out this season due to Tommy John surgery by Baseball America, but that turned out to be bad information, which is great news for the Pirates. He has been cleared to play for quite some time already. In fact, he had the big game at the plate today, with a single, double, RBI, stolen base and two runs scored, playing part in all three runs for the Pirates. He had the only extra-base hit and only multi-hit game for the Pirates. Nolasco had a single, walk, run scored and stolen base.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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