Prospect Watch: Brault Throws Seven Shutout Innings, Hayes Reaches Base Four Times

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, 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 (Nick Kingham, Jacob Taylor), 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20150830′);

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20150830′);

5. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20150830′);

6. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20150830′);

7. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20150830′);

8. Harold Ramirez, OF, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20150830′);

9. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List

10. Kevin Newman, SS, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20150830′);

11. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20150830′);

12. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20150830′);

13. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20150830′);

15. Max Moroff, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20150830′);

16. Barrett Barnes, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(608627,’B’,’20150830′);

17. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20150830′);

18. Trey Supak, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(657022,’P’,’20150830′);

19. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20150830′);

20. Adam Frazier, SS, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624428,’B’,’20150830′);

21. Willy Garcia, OF, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(591994,’B’,’20150830′);

22. Steven Brault, LHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20150830′);

23. Kevin Kramer, 2B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20150830′);

24. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20150830′);

25. Adrian Valerio, SS, GCL -[insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20150830′);

26. Connor Joe, 1B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656582,’B’,’20150830′);

27. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

28. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – Disabled List

29. Casey Hughston, OF, Morgantown -[insert_php] display_top30(641713,’B’,’20150830′);

30. Billy Roth, RHP, Bristol -[insert_php] display_top30(624517,’P’,’20150830′);

P2 Top Performers

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Indianapolis Indians Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Indianapolis put up a 6-5 win on Sunday thanks to a big day at the plate from Willy Garcia. He had two key hits in this game, belting a three-run homer in the fourth inning and a two-run single in the eighth inning. The homer was his tenth since joining Indianapolis and 15th on the season. Tony Sanchez and Josh Bell each had two hits and scored two runs. Both hit doubles, the 19th of the season for Sanchez and seventh since being promoted to AAA for Bell.

On the pitching side, Brad Lincoln has been starting with limited pitchers available for that role, but he didn’t have a good game. He gave up three runs in two innings, getting replaced by A.J. Morris, who threw four shutout innings. Radhames Liz threw a shutout inning, needing only seven pitches to get a strikeout and two outs. Blake Wood picked up his 28th save with a perfect ninth.


Altoona Curve Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes


Altoona couldn’t do much on offense in this game, but they didn’t need to because Steven Brault was on the mound. He came into this game with a 1.25 ERA over his last eight starts and he improved on that with seven shutout innings. Brault gave up just three singles and kept the ball on the ground all game. He didn’t walk anyone and had just two strikeouts, but recorded 15 ground ball outs. Keeping the ball on the ground isn’t a surprise, as Brault has allowed just four homers all season, and nine in his three-year career, with all nine coming against right-handed batters.

Max Moroff and Adam Frazier each had two hits in this contest. Frazier hit his 19th double and scored a run, raising his league-leading average to .331 with eight games left. Moroff hit his 25th double. Jose Osuna had a single, walk, RBI, run scored and a stolen base. He has driven in 48 runs for Altoona and 77 on the season.

Bradenton Marauders Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

Bradenton kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win over first place Palm Beach. Cody Dickson picked up his 12th win, but he didn’t have a great start. He allowed three runs over 5.2 innings, giving up four hits and four walks. Three relievers combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to preserve the victory. Austin Meadows and Jordan Steranka each drove in two runs. Meadows picked up his league-leading 153rd hit of the season and also drew a walk. That base on balls was his first since August 9th, which is surprising since he had 37 walks prior to that last one and was recently commended by managers and coaches in the league for his superior strike zone judgement.

Harold Ramirez left this game early, which could be due to multiple reasons. There was of course the possibility of a trade with August 31st being the deadline to acquire players who would be eligible for the playoffs, but nothing has been heard. There was also the chance that he is going to Altoona, with all the players moving up to the majors. Indianapolis will have openings, which would be filled partially by Altoona players and Mel Rojas Jr. left the Altoona game early. There was also the fact he was hit by a pitch in this game, two innings before he left. It will probably be answered sometime on Monday.


West Virginia Power Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes

West Virginia already clinched a playoff spot on Saturday night, but they won the division outright on Sunday. They held the tiebreaker with second place Lakewood going into Sunday, so even if the Power went 0-9 the rest of the way and Lakewood went 9-0, they would decide the division title by head-to-head matchups and the Power won the series. While the team celebrated the playoffs on Saturday night, prior to an afternoon start, that didn’t affect Austin Coley in this game. He allowed one run on three hits and no walks in seven innings. He struck out five and had a 7:6 GO/AO ratio. Amazing with the way he dominated, all three hits he allowed went for extra bases. Coley has given up three runs over his last 19 innings and he now has a 3.77 season ERA.

The Power scored four runs in the eighth inning after looking like a team that celebrated all night in the first seven innings. Kevin Kramer followed up his three-hit game with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Kevin Newman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, giving him a .274 average with West Virginia. He hit .226 in 38 games with Morgantown. For someone that rarely plays, Francisco Diaz has been an amazing hitter this season. He has a 12-game hit streak now, which dates back six weeks. He has a .351 average after a 2-for-4 game on Sunday. Jerrick Suiter, Chase Simpson and Elvis Escobar each drove in a run.

West Virginia Black Bears Prospect Watch

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P2 Game Notes


Brandon Waddell has his second straight poor outing on Sunday. In his last game, he couldn’t make it out of the first inning due to reaching his single-inning pitch count limit. He may have been better off getting knocked out in the first in this game, because he ended up allowing seven runs on ten hits and two walks in four innings. He now has a 7.04 ERA in five starts.

After posting a .000 OPS in his first three games, yet picking up three runs and three RBIs, Ke’Bryan Hayes reached base in all four plate appearances on Sunday. He had a single and three walks, but just as you would imagine after those odd stats from his first three games, he didn’t figure in any of the scoring in this game.

Carlos Munoz had one bright spot in his first game with Morgantown, belting a solo homer in the fourth inning. It wasn’t the best game for him though, as he was plunked twice and then struck out to end the game with two runners on base and a chance to tie the game up.

Mitchell Tolman, Erik Forgione and Ryan Nagle each had two hits. Tolman hit his 12th double. Danny Arribas drove in two runs, connecting on his second homer of the season.

Bristol Pirates Prospect Watch1

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P2 Game Notes

Bristol ended up playing a doubleheader on Sunday due to a postponed game earlier in the month. Unfortunately for their playoff chances, they were eliminated before the second game started. They needed a sweep in this series, plus Greeneville to get swept at home. Bristol won the first game in extra innings, only to find out Greeneville won around the same time. Billy Roth started game one and pitched great, giving up one run over five innings. He had seven strikeouts, which set a career-high. He finished the season with a 3.98 ERA in 54.1 innings. That followed a 6.00 ERA in 45 innings last year for Bristol. Roth also put up a 6:1 GO/AO ratio in this game.

After starter Marek Minarik got shelled for three innings in game two, Neil Kozikowski came out for his final appearance of the season. He couldn’t do any better than Minarik, allowing five earned runs on four hits and three walks in three innings. Kozikowski came into this game with two runs allowed over his last 15.1 innings, with three walks and 17 strikeouts. It was a bad way to end the season for the 20-year-old righty, but he did improve over his season last year in the GCL, so that’s the type of progress you want to see from a young pitcher.


GCL Pirates Prospect Watch

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DSL Pirates Prospect Watch

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Paul Britton

Lincoln “didn’t do good” ???? Come on, John Dreker and PP.

Darrell Jones

Come on, Paul. It’s about the content!

William R. Maloni Sr

OK, but look “ashamed.”


Anything but perfection is unacceptable. Pull yourself together man.

Blaine Huff

I gotta say, I hated the Snider trade because I was…well….wrong.

But, of these two guys, I’m really liking Brault more than Tarpley. However if either turns into a #3 or better starter, I don’t care which it is 🙂


I would say Brault has a lower ceiling and a higher floor and Tarpley has a higher ceiling and a lower floor. Tarpley has better pure stuff with swing and miss ability.


Just perusing some of our minor leaguer stats, and these stood out to me:

(1) Liz – zero HRs allowed in 64 innings at Indy this year
(2) DeRapau – 69 innings pitched, only 9 BBs and only 27 hits allowed!!
(3) Carlos Munoz – 209 ABs this year, only 22 Ks!


Did he ever !


What do you think is the way of Brault being a depth option as early as next June?

While I’ve admittedly only seen one full outing of his, it seems from the outside that he’s far more of a finished product than most 23 year olds passing through Altoona.

You’re not gonna teach him to throw harder, but the fastball command seems like it’s as good as you’re gonna get. Sharper breaking ball, possibly?

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