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 (Clay Holmes, Jacob Stallings, Kevin Newman 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, Nick Burdi 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 – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB, RBI

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-5, HR (5), RBI

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-2, 3 BB

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

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

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

9. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – DNP

11. Cody Bolton, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Bristol – DNP

13. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

14. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-2, HBP

15. Pablo Reyes, Util, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

17. Michael Burrows, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

18. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

19. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 1-for-3, 3 BB, SB

20. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

21. Luis Escobar, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

22. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

23. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

26. Blake Weiman, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

27. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

28. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

29. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Altoona – DNP

30. Rodolfo Castro, 2B, Bradenton – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis won 5-4 over Columbus. Mitch Keller skipped out on yesterday’s Triple-A All-Star game and started the first game back from the break tonight. He went six shutout innings on 100 pitches (63 strikes), with two hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. He now leads the International League with a 3.07 ERA and he has 96 strikeouts in 82 innings. Montana DuRapau pitched the seventh inning and allowed three runs. Dovydas Neverauskas pitched the eighth and gave up a run. Jake Brentz loaded the bases in the ninth before recording the final out for the save.

The Indians scored all five of their runs in the seventh inning. The big hit was a two-run single by JB Shuck, who pinch-hit for Erik Gonzalez (1-for-3, single). Cole Tucker and Christian Kelley each went 0-for-3, but they scored a run, drove in a run and drew a walk. Will Craig had a single, two walks and a run scored. Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona lost 5-3 to Erie. Starter Sean Brady went six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk, with zero strikeouts. It’s the 11th time in a row that he has thrown 6+ innings and in nine of those games, he has given up either one or two earned runs. Joel Cesar followed Brady with one run in the seventh. He allowed a home run and struck out two batters. Austin Coley threw a scoreless ninth and struck out three batters.

Jared Oliva hit his 16th double and second triple. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Oliva has six multi-hit games in his last eight contests, raising his batting average 33 points. Robbie Glendinning drove in two runs in the ninth inning. Bligh Madris singled and scored a run.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton won 3-2 over Lakeland. Nicholas Economos went seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. The only run he allowed came on a seventh inning home run. Economos threw 64 of 92 pitches for strikes and he posted a 13:2 GO/AO ratio. He now has a 2.10 ERA through ten starts with Bradenton. She Murray followed with one run in the eighth before Nick Mears picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

The Marauders scored two runs in the first inning. Raul Siri doubled home Travis Swaggerty for the first run. Siri then scored on a double from Mason Martin, the first hit from Martin since he joined Bradenton. In the fifth inning, Oneil Cruz hit his fifth homer of the season and his fourth in the last seven games. Travis Swaggerty saw his 12-game hit streak end, but he drew three walks. The Marauders went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Greensboro won 15-7 over Kannapolis. The 2-4 hitters, Kyle Mottice, Connor Kaiser and Jonah Davis, each had three hits and drove in a total of ten runs. Mottice hit his seventh double, stole two bases (14 steals on the year) and drove in four runs. Kaiser hit his sixth homer and had three RBIs. Davis hit his fifth homer and third double. Ji-Hwan Bae had a single, three walks and his 15th stolen base. Michael Gretler and Justin Harrer each had two hits, a walk and an RBI. All six of these players scored two runs apiece. All nine players in the lineup scored at least one run.

Luis Nova pitched five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and one walk, with four strikeouts. He had a 6:1 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 57 of 91 pitches for strikes. Conner Loeprich gave up one run over two innings. John O’Reilly threw a scoreless eighth. Will Gardner handled the ninth.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

Morgantown had their game rained out. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Prospect-Watch-Bristol

Bristol lost 4-2 to Joshnson City. Adrian Florencio got the start and lasted 4.1 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. He had just seven strikeouts in his first three starts combined. Florencio has a 4.42 ERA through his first 18.1 innings. CJ Dandeneau followed with one run over 2.2 innings. Ryan Troutman came out for the eighth and pitched two innings, giving up one run, while striking out four batters.

The Pirates got two hits from Francisco Acuna, who singled and drove in a run with his seventh double. Jake Wright brought home the first run with a two-out single in the first. Matt Morrow collected two singles. Josh Bissonette left after being hit by a pitch.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Prospect-Watch-GCL

The GCL Pirates won 5-1 over the Rays. Domingo Gonzalez, who recently moved up from the DSL, tossed five shutout innings on two hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. The 19-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs over 34.1 innings this season. He was sitting 92-93 MPH today. Gonzalez was followed by Willy Basil, who was sitting 94-96 MPH today. He allowed one run over two innings and struck out three batters. Yandy Vega finished things up with two shutout innings and five strikeouts.

Sammy Siani hit his first career triple. He also walked and scored a run, but struck out in his other three trips to the plate. Yoyner Fajardo had three hits and stole his ninth base. He scored once and drove in his seventh run. He’s batting .386 through 14 games. Norkis Marcos had two hits and an RBI. He stole two bases, giving him eight on the season.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Prospect-Watch-DSL

The DSL Pirates1 lost 8-3 to the Rangers1. Braham Rosario went five innings and allowed three runs, picking up his first loss. Wilkin Valdez had some major issues in the sixth, walking four batters and allowing two runs and one hit, before being removed with two outs. Yeison Santos helped out Valdez by stranding three inherited runners, but he gave up three runs of his own over the next three innings.

Luis Tello had three hits and a run scored to lead the offense. Jhan Polanco had a single and fifth double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Pirates. Sergio Campana went 0-for-4 with a walk and run scored. The Pirates went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Here’s the boxscore.

The DSL Pirates2 came back from a four-run deficit late to win 9-8 over the Giants, moving their record to 29-6. Jorge Ramos got the start and allowed four runs over four innings. Francisco Hodge followed with three runs in his only inning, though just one was earned. Wandi Montout, who was signed on July 2nd, made his second appearance and allowed one run over two innings. Enmanuel Mejia got the win with two scoreless frames, picking up four strikeouts. He has allowed two hits in 7.2 innings while striking out 15 batters. Don’t expect him to last long in the DSL.

The offense was led by Deivis Nadal, who hit his second home run, scored two runs and drove in a pair. Alexander “Still not 17 years old” Mojica hit his seventh home run. He has a 1.152 OPS, which ranks second in the entire 45-team DSL. Randy Romero is hitting .392 after collecting a single and his fifth triple. Carlos Arroyo had three hits, drove in two runs and stole his ninth base. Jauri Custodio had three hits and scored two runs.

The Pirates2 are batting .320 as a team, 44 points ahead of the second best team in the league.

Here’s the boxscore.

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