Prospect Watch: Jonah Davis Continues His Hot Hitting

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, Pirates – In Majors

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Indianapolis – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Altoona – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – DNP

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – DNP

15. Pablo Reyes, Util, Pirates – In Majors

16. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

17. Michael Burrows, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

18. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – DNP

19. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 1-for-4, BB

20. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

21. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

23. Eduardo Vera, RHP, – Released, article here

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, Indianapolis – DNP

29. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Altoona – DNP

30. Rodolfo Castro, 2B, Bradenton – DNP


Indianapolis had off on Monday.

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Altoona had off on Monday.

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Bradenton had a doubleheader rained out on Monday. The two teams will attempt to play five games over the next three days.

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Greensboro lost 7-6 to Kannapolis in ten innings. Colin Selby had an unusually rough night, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, in four innings. He struck out five batters, giving him 87 strikeouts in 88 innings. Selby now has a 2.97 ERA. Cristofer Melendez had a dominating relief outing, striking out seven batters over three shutout frames. Alfredo Reyes continued his conversion to the mound and retired the side in order in the eighth, striking out two batters. In the ninth, things fell apart with a double, RBI single and two hit batters, which tied the score and loaded the bases with one out. Reyes managed to get out of it with two strikeouts to send it to extra innings.

After Greensboro scored a run in the top of the tenth inning on an error, catcher Zac Susi took over on the mound. He got the first out, but back-to-back hits scored two runs (included the free runner in extra innings) for the loss.

Jonah Davis continued his quest to salvage a lost season by having a huge game at the plate. He singled, doubled twice, hit his 15th homer and walked, reaching base in all five plate appearances. He scored three runs and drove in a pair. Davis has homered seven times in his last 11 games. Michael Gretler has also had a poor season, but he picked up three hits, including his first triple, and added two RBIs in this contest. Ji-Hwan Bae had a single, walk and a run scored.

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Morgantown won 4-3 over Auburn. Grant Ford got the start and went four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits. He had no walks and one strikeout. Ford has a 3.14 ERA through 28.2 innings, with 29 strikeouts. Tom Koehler followed in his third rehab appearance and this was much better than his first two games. He retired all six batters he faced tonight, two by strikeouts. Denny Roman followed with 2.2 scoreless innings and nearly got the final out, but an error cost him a chance at the save. Oliver Garcia finished the game off. Roman had a 6.59 ERA a month ago today, but has since allowed one run over 13.1 innings.

The Black Bears trailed 3-0 until the fifth inning and they had some help getting the lead. It was an exciting night on offense, with two runs scoring on wild pitches, another on a ground out and Cory Wood brought home one with a single. Wood was the only player with two hits. Kyle Wilkie and Will Matthiessen each had a single, walk and run scored. Brendt Citta hit his second triple and scored a run.

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Bristol won 6-4 over Bluefield. Adrian Florencio got the start and he went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He threw 51 of 70 pitches for strikes. Ryan Troutman followed with two shutout innings, then CJ Dandeneau gave up one run in two frames. Alex Roth came out to get the save and try to bounce back from a very rough outing. He allowed five earned runs in his last outing, after giving up one run in his first 13.1 innings. This outing wasn’t pretty, but he did the job. Roth let in a run and loaded the bases before getting the final out.

Chase Murray had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Yoyner Fajardo had three hits and an RBI. He is 7-for-15 (.467) in five games with Bristol. Francisco Acuna went 2-for-4 with a single, his 17th double, an RBI and a run scored. He also picked up his eighth stolen base. Acuna is batting .326, with an .868 OPS. Josh Bissonette drove in two runs with his second triple. Jesus Valdez had his 12-game hitting streak snapped.

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The GCL Pirates won 5-4 over the Braves. Arlinthon De Dios got the start and he went 3.2 innings, with one run on four hits, a walk and four strikeouts. He now has a 3.03 ERA through his first eight starts, with 34 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. Willy Basil had some control issues that limited him to two outs, while allowing one run on two hits and two walks. Yandy Vega gave up two runs in 2.2 innings. Mario Garcia and Wilger Camacho each tossed a scoreless frame.

Emilson Rosado hit his first home run of the season and also added his sixth triple. Juan Pie drove in two runs with his second triple of the season. Andres Alvarez had two singles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Sammy Siani went 0-for-2, but he walked twice, reached on an error and scored all three times he was on base. Deion Walker had an RBI single and a walk.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 3-2 to the Indians/Brewers co-op team. Listher Sosa started and allowed one earned run over four innings while striking out six batters. He now has a 3.06 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in ten starts. Antonio Gonzalez left after retiring one batter, giving way to Yeison Santos, who had five strikeouts over 2.2 scoreless innings. An unearned run in the bottom of the ninth led to the walk-off win with Luis Peralta on the mound.

Jhan Polanco hit two doubles, giving him nine on the season. He was the only player to reach base more than once. Luis Tejeda hit his eighth double. Jose Berroa stole his 11th base and Omar Matos stole his 12th base.

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The DSL Pirates2 lost 13-6 to the Royals2. Randy Romero led the offense with a single, two walks and two runs scored. He stole his 31st base in 31 attempts. Alexander Mojica drove in a run with his 14th double of the season. Carlos Arroyo picked up an RBI on his first triple. Mario Jerez didn’t start the game, but he had an RBI single and two runs scored.

Starter Jorge Ramos allowed four runs (three earned) in three innings. Wilbur Martinez gave up six runs (four earned) in one inning, though four runs scored in the fourth and two came around in the fifth before he could record an out. Luis Gonzalez allowed one run in three innings while striking out six batters. Axel Rosario allowed one unearned run in two innings, with three strikeouts.

Here’s the boxscore.

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