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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Prospect Watch: Mason Martin and Jack Herman Hit Homers

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 – DNP

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, RBI

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 2-for-7, BB

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

7. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, BB

9. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 0-for-6

11. Cody Bolton, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Bristol – DNP

13. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Morgantown – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

14. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-2, BB

15. Pablo Reyes, Util, Pirates – In Majors

16. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

17. Michael Burrows, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

18. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 2-for-5

19. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

20. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

21. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Bradenton – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

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 – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

28. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

29. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Altoona – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO

30. Rodolfo Castro, 2B, Bradenton – 1-for-6, 2B


Indianapolis lost 4-0 to Durham. Dario Agrazal made his first start since being sent back to Indianapolis and he had a tough third inning that helped end his night early. He gave up four runs in that frame, finishing with those four runs on seven hits in four innings. Agrazal had no walks, five strikeouts, a 5:2 GO/AO ratio, and he threw 59 of 84 pitches for strikes. Rookie Davis joined Indianapolis on rehab and he threw three shutout innings on one hit, with two walks and four strikeouts. Montana DuRapau tossed a scoreless eighth.

The offense was obviously very quiet in this game. Jason Martin had two hits and a walk. He is batting .421 in his last ten games. Jake Elmore had a hit and a walk. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 with no walks, getting singles from Kevin Kramer and Eric Wood.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona lost 7-3 to Reading. Pedro Vasquez got the start and he went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He had a no-hitter through the first four innings. Yeudy Garcia threw 1.1 shutout innings, then Jesus Liranzo lowered his Altoona ERA to 0.44 with two scoreless frames. Matt Eckelman came on with a tie score in the ninth and gave up four runs (three were earned). Blake Cederlind came on for the final two outs.

Francisco Cervelli played his first rehab game and caught seven inning as scheduled. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a HBP at the plate. The double was originally ruled an error and was changed after the game ended. Oneil Cruz committed an error for the fifth straight game. He went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Jared Oliva had two hits. Logan Hill hit his 23rd double. Brett Pope had a single, his 11th double and a walk. Mitchell Tolman had a single, walk and run scored.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton lost the first game of a doubleheader by a 3-2 score against Dunedin. Osvaldo Bido started and was hurt by three errors, which helped run up his pitch count and also brought in an unearned run. He went four innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. He threw 50 of 75 pitches for strikes. Hunter Stratton threw shutout ball over the final three innings.

Both Bradenton runs scored on a fifth inning double by Dylan Busby, his 14th of the season. Lolo Sanchez had a single, walk and run scored. Travis Swaggerty walked and scored on the double. The only other hit was a single by Mason Martin.

Here’s the boxscore.

In game two, Conner Loeprich got the start and went three innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks, failing to pick up a strikeout. John O’Reilly followed and threw three no-hit, shutout innings on one walk and two strikeouts. He has an 0.73 ERA since being promoted to Bradenton on July 16th (12.1 innings). Nick Mears tried to get the save, but he gave up three runs in the seventh for the 7-5 loss. It is just his third multi-run game in three months with the Marauders.

Mason Martin had the big hit of the day for Bradenton, hitting a sixth inning grand slam that turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead. Travis Swaggerty had two singles and a run scored. Dylan Busby had an RBI double, his 15th. Calvin Mitchell went hitless in both games.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro lost 7-3 to Asheville. Steven Jennings got the start and allowed four runs on seven hits, two walks and one hit batter, in five innings. He had two strikeouts, threw 44 of 69 pitches for strikes, and posted a 5:3 GO/AO ratio. Jennings served up two homers. He now has a 5.24 ERA through 110 innings. Will Gardner followed with two runs in 1.2 innings without allowing a hit. Cam Alldred got the last out of the seventh, but not before letting two inherited runs score. Yerry De Los Santos pitched a scoreless eighth, while Mike LoPresti allowed three runs in the ninth, though just one was earned.

Ji-Hwan Bae led the offense with a single, double, run scored and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. The double was his 20th of the season. Jack Herman hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. Connor Kaiser hit his 11th double. The Grasshoppers had no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown lost 8-2 to Auburn. Braxton Ashcraft got the start and had a rough time after starting with two shutout innings. He gave up two runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth, before being removed with five runs over 3.2 innings, on five hits and three walks, with two strikeouts. Through ten starts, he has a 6.19 ERA. Francis Del Orbe followed and stranded an inherited runner in the fourth. He stayed on for two more innings and gave up two runs. Xavier Concepcion tossed two shutout frames, with one hit batter and two strikeouts. Cameron Junker retired the side in order in the ninth.

Every batter in the lineup reached base at least once, but they managed just two runs. The Black Bears scored in the fourth on an Ethan Paul single. They got their other run in the ninth on a bases loaded grounder that resulted in a double play. Paul, Will Matthiessen and Dean Lockery each had two hits. Matt Gorski had a single, walk, run scored and two steals, giving him ten on the season.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol picked up the only win of the night around the Pirates system and they did it decisively, defeating Bluefield by a 14-5 score. Jesus Valdez had three hits and drove in four runs yesterday, then had an even better day today. He hit two doubles and his third home run, driving in five runs and scoring three times. He now has a .320 average and an .867 OPS. Yoyner Fajardo had his first big game since being promoted to Bristol. He went 3-for-4 with a double and a hit-by-pitch, driving in a pair and scoring four runs. Aaron Shackelford hit a two-run homer and an RBI single. The home run was his sixth of the season. Ernny Ordonez had four singles, two runs scored and an RBI. Jake Wright had a single, double and two RBIs. Jake Snider had a single, walk and two runs scored.

Dante Mendoza had his longest outing, going 4.2 innings with two runs on five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Saul de la Cruz threw 2.1 shutout frames and struck out four batters. Enrique Santana allowed three runs in the eighth, but it could have been worse. Samson Abernathy got the final two outs of the inning, stranding the bases loaded. He then retired the side in order in the ninth.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


The GCL Pirates have off on Sundays.

Here’s the boxscore.

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The DSL Pirates1 have off on Sundays.

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The DSL Pirates2 have off on Sundays.

Here’s the boxscore.

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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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