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 and Bryan Reynolds), 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 and Stephen Alemais), 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 – 1-for-5, HR (6)

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

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

7. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

8. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – In Majors

9. JT Brubaker, RHP, Morgantown – 4 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, K

10. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 0-for-4, BB

11. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

12. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Bristol – DNP

13. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

14. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-4, BB, SB

15. Pablo Reyes, Util, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bradenton – IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K

18. Michael Burrows, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

19. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 3-for-5, 2B

20. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 0-for-4

21. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

22. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K

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, Indianapolis – 1.2 IP, H, ER, 2 K

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

29. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

30. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Altoona – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis got a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth from Christian Kelley to break a 3-3 tie and went on to beat Pawtucket, 4-3.  Jordan Lyles made a rehab start, allowing a run on a longball by Gorkys Hernandez, and just one other hit.  He walked three, fanned seven and threw 55 of 84 pitches for strikes.  Blake Weiman gave up a home run to Bryce Brentz, the only runner he allowed in an inning and two-thirds.  Luis Escobar got the win after blowing a one-run lead in the eighth.  He stumbled through two innings, giving up three hits and three walks, but just the one run.  He did strike out four, but threw only 24 of 55 pitches for strikes.

The Indians got only four hits.  One was Cole Tucker’s sixth home run.  Hunter Owen and Nick Franklin had the other two.  Franklin also had two walks and two steals.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Altoona beat Hartford, 6-1.  The Curve had 15 hits, including three each by Jared Oliva, Robbie Glendinning and Jerrick Suiter.  Oliva hit his 11th double and drove in two runs.  He’s now 9-for-21 (.429) in his last six games.  Alfredo Reyes had a single and his first home run.

Sean Brady had a strong start, giving up a run on four hits in seven innings.  Blake Cederlind and Matt Eckelman each threw a scoreless inning, although Cederlind had some control issues, throwing only ten of 21 pitches for strikes.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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Bradenton lost to Tampa, 2-0.  Brad Case had a good start, allowing just one run, on a solo homer, in seven innings.  He gave up four hits and no walks, and fanned five.  Braeden Ogle made his Bradenton debut and gave up the other run, also on a longball, in one inning.  He walked one and struck out two.

The Marauders had all sorts of scoring chances, but went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  The top of the order did their jobs, as Travis Swaggerty and Lolo Sanchez each went 2-for-4 with a walk and a steal.  Swaggerty’s steal was his 13th and he also hit his sixth double.  Unfortunately, the next three hitters — Cal Mitchell, Dylan Busby and Lucas Tancas — combined to go 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts and 13 left on base.  Rodolfo Castro was 2-for-4 with his first double since his promotion.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro got blanked, 5-0, by Delmarva.  Starter Colin Selby gave up just four hits and a walk, and fanned six, in six innings.  Unfortunately, all the hits and the walk came in the third inning, leading to four runs.  The Grasshoppers had only four hits, half of them by Patrick Dorrian, including his 17th double.  Mason Martin also doubled, his 15th.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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Morgantown beat State College, 8-5.  J.T. Brubaker made his second rehab start and scuffled a bit, throwing only 33 of 60 pitches for strikes.  The only run he allowed in four innings, though, was unearned.  He gave up three hits and three walks, and struck out one.  He was followed by the Pirates’ fifth-round draft pick, Grant Ford, in his pro debut.  That didn’t go well at all, as Ford threw only 12 of 38 pitches for strikes.  He managed to get through an inning and two-thirds without giving up a hit, but he walked five, including the first four batters he faced, and allowed three runs.  The last run scored after Ford left with two outs and a runner on first.  Noe Toribio got the save with three scoreless and hitless innings.

The offense came from Nick Patten and two of the team’s first-day draft picks, Matt Gorski and Jared Triolo (pictured above).  Patten had a single and his second home run, and drove in three.  Gorski had his first two pro hits, a single and a double, and drove in two.  Triolo hit his first pro home run, a two-run shot.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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Bristol dropped to 1-5 with a 4-1 loss to Greeneville.  Santiago Florez made his season debut with five shutout innings.  He gave up three hits, walked nobody, struck out three and threw 40 of 56 pitches for strikes.  He left with a 1-0 lead, but three relievers — Yoelvis Reyes, Wilger Camacho and Luis Arrieta — each gave up runs.

The Pirates’ offense continued to sputter.  They managed seven hits and three walks, but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Ernny Ordonez, drafted in round 33, got his first pro hit and went 2-for-4.  Jean Eusebio also went 2-for-4.  Francisco Acuna, Eusebio and Brendt Citta each had doubles.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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The DSL Pirates1 are off on Sundays

Here’s the boxscore.

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Here’s the boxscore.

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