Prospect Watch: Travis MacGregor Throws Five Shutout Innings in Longest Pro Outing

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors and loses his prospect eligibility, 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, 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 2016 mid-season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20160727′);
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3. Josh Bell, 1B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605137,’B’,’20160727′);
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4. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20160727′);
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5. Mitch Keller, RHP, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(656605,’P’,’20160727′);
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6. Reese McGuire, C, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(624512,’B’,’20160727′);
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7. Nick Kingham, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20160727′);
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8.Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20160727′);
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9. Chad Kuhl, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641771,’P’,’20160727′);
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10. Will Craig, 3B, Morgantown –  [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20160727′);
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11. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160727′);
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12. Harold Ramirez, OF, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(623912,’B’,’20160727′);
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13. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, West Virginia -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20160727′);
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14. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20160727′);
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15. Clay Holmes, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20160727′);
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16. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(650817,’P’,’20160727′);
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17. Gage Hinsz, RHP, West Virginia  – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20160727′);
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18. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592866,’P’,’20160727′);
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19. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(593700,’B’,’20160727′);
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20. Tito Polo, OF, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(622738,’B’,’20160727′);
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 21. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(605501,’P’,’20160727′);
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22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160727′);
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23. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20160727′);
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24. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20160727′);
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25. Adrian Valerio, SS – Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20160727′);
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26. Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20160727′);
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27. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20160727′);
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28. Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669740,’P’,’20160727′);
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29. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20160727′);
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30. Frank Duncan, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(641538,’P’,’20160727′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Ryan Vogelsong made his fourth rehab start on Wednesday night and it would have been a great game if not for two pitches. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk, with two strikeouts. Vogelsong allowed solo homers in the third and fourth innings, with the first one coming off the bat of Mel Rojas Jr. It was an efficient outing for Vogelsong, who threw 83 pitches, with 59 going for strikes. Outside of the two homers, he was getting a lot of soft contact, posting a 10:1 GO/AO ratio. He had a couple scares in this game, getting hit on the thigh with a line drive on the pitch after the Rojas homer, then a curveball didn’t curve and came in high and tight while he was batting.

The Indians lost 2-1 in this game, as the offense came up empty in some big spots. They went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left ten runners stranded on base. Josh Bell had two singles, a walk, and an RBI. Alen Hanson drew two walks and stole his 30th base, the most in the Pirates system. Willy Garcia had two singles. Gift Ngoepe struck out in all three at-bats, giving him 108 strikeouts this season. On the flip side, he made some terrific defensive plays at shortstop look easy. Despite poor hitting all season, I still think he has a chance to come up in September for the end of the bench as a pinch-runner and a defensive replacement, though it’s unlikely he would see an at-bat in a big spot.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona won a back-and-forth battle with Erie on Wednesday afternoon, scoring their 11th run on a wild pitch for the walk-off win. Stetson Allie had a huge day at the plate, going 5-for-5 with two doubles and a homer. He scored four runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth, after leading off the inning with a double.

Altoona went down two runs early, then tied the game in the bottom of the second. They trailed 6-3 going into the fifth, when the offense exploded for seven runs. Erie came back with three runs in the eighth, then tied it in the top of the ninth when closer Montana DuRapau gave up a bomb to straight away center to make it 10-10.

Eric Wood hit his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He also singled and walked. Erich Weiss had three hits, including his 18th double. Anderson Feliz hit his 19th double, and Barrett Barnes extended his on base streak to 20 games with a single. All nine players in the lineup had at least one hit for Altoona.

Cody Dickson started and was wild all game, giving up five runs on four hits and six walks in 2.2 innings. He was coming off a game in which he threw 5.2 shutout innings with eight strikeouts, so this was quite the turn around in the wrong direction. Altoona pitchers combined for 11 walks in the game.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton won 4-0 over St Lucie, as Yeudy Garcia had an odd, but very effective outing. Garcia came into the game with the Florida State League lead with 101 strikeouts. He had just two strikeouts in this game and walked five batters. Usually those numbers would suggest poor results, but Garcia went 6.2 shutout innings, allowing two singles and posting a 11:2 GO/AO ratio. He needed just 13 pitches to get through the first two innings. Despite the five walks, he still threw a nice percentage of strikes, with 52 out of 87 pitches going for strikes. He now has a 2.67 ERA in 97.2 innings.

The offense scored all four runs in the sixth inning and it all started with two outs. Connor Joe singled, then back-to-back doubles from Wyatt Mathisen and Taylor Gushue brought home two runs. After a wild pitch, a Michael Suchy walk and the eighth steal of the season by Suchy, Pablo Reyes brought home the final two runs with a single. Mathisen had two doubles in the game. Cole Tucker had two hits, including his eighth double since joining Bradenton. He also picked up his third stolen base.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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West Virginia has off on Wednesday.

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

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Morgantown has off on Wednesday.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
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Bristol played a morning game on Wednesday and the bats didn’t wake up on time for the game, as they lost 4-2 to Burlington. Ike Schlabach got the start and went 4.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, with two strikeouts. He has done a good job of getting grounders this season, with a 1.41 GO/AO ratio coming into this game, and he added to that with a 6:1 ratio on Wednesday. Schlabach now has a 3.93 ERA in 34.1 innings over seven starts.

The offense had seven hits today and they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Daniel Cucjen had the only multi-hit game, with two singles and his fifth stolen base. Adrian Valerio drove in a run with his eighth double. Deybi Garcia had an RBI triple. Alexis Bastardo singled and stole his sixth base. Sam Kennelly had a single, a walk and a run, but he also committed two errors.

Prospect-Watch-GCL

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The GCL Pirates won 4-2 on Wednesday, getting some help from sloppy defense on the opposite side. All four runs the Pirates scored were unearned. The big story on this day was Travis MacGregor throwing five shutout innings. The second round pick has been getting stretched out each game, and today was the first time he got to five innings. He allowed four hits (all singles), didn’t walk anyone, and he struck out four batters. MacGregor had a 5:0 GO/AO ratio in this game, as well as a few weak infield pop ups. He now has a 1.10 ERA in 16.1 innings.

The Pirates had just three hits all game, with doubles from Yondry Contreras and Luis Benitez, as well as a single from Nelson Jorge. They still managed to scored in three different innings.

In the second, Contreras doubled with one out. He moved to third base on a ground out, then scored on an error. In the sixth, the Pirates scored runs on two fielding errors and a fielder’s choice which didn’t result in an out. They added a run in the ninth on an error, followed by the Jorge single and Benitez double.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates lost 5-4 to the Cubs1, dropping the Pirates to 16-29 on the season. Roger Santana started and he has been hurt a lot this year by poor defense. In five innings today, he allowed three runs on four hits and no walks. Only one of those runs was earned, leaving him with a 1.75 ERA through ten starts. The problem has been that the defense has contributed to 14 unearned runs for him this season.

The offense had just five hits, with two from Jeremias Portorreal, two from Ramy Perez and one from Larry Alcime. Alcime, Carlos Garcia and Kyle Simmons had two walks apiece, while Ramy Perez walked once. The Pirates scored three runs in the third and one in the eighth.

In that third inning, Simmons and Garcia walked, followed by a Portorreal single that loaded the bases. Perez walked for the first run, then Alcime singled home Garcia. A wild pitch brought home Portorreal with the third run. In the eighth, Perez singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, he scored on another wild pitch.

Catcher Yair Babilonia was busy behind the plate, going 2-for-8 in throwing out runners. He is 8-for-45 in throwing out runners this season.

  • I see that Allie has been hitting lately and is up to a respectable .272 avg. Any chance he again becomes a prospect or become tradable?

  • A very odd but effective outing indeed from Yeudy Garcia. Doing the math, 57% of the balls he threw today went to just 20% of the batters he faced. Extrapolating that further, the remaining 20 batters he faced tonight saw a grand total of just 15 pitches outside the strike zone. In essence, his control was damn near impeccable with 80% of the batters he faced tonight. A box score like that will not be easily replicated.

    • John Dreker
      July 28, 2016 1:03 am

      I forgot to mention it earlier and meant to, but he got out of the first two innings on 13 pitches

  • HartHighPirate
    July 27, 2016 10:55 pm

    A. J. Burnett would be a good coach even if he couldn’t pitch. Vogelsong is a swan song. He is mediocre in AAA and should never be sent up to the 40-man.

    Addison Russell hit a Grand Slam bottom of the 8th in Wrigley. Cubs leading 8-1 over the White Sox.

    “loaner” Arodis Chapman, a bystander earlier in the bull pen, giving fans high fives! Made his first debut, 1 inning, fast ball hitting 105 mph, 15 pitches 10 strikes 1 ground out 2 strike outs ending the game. ERA 1.95

    Congrats to Gerrit Cole’s complete game 10-1 in Seattle, with the sharks sleeping in the bull pen. Pirates bats came alive. The sound of music from the wooden bats! 14 hits.

  • michaelbro8
    July 27, 2016 9:46 pm

    An open letter to Neal Huntington:
    Here’s the perfect solution for the Bucs starting rotation for the rest of the season: Pick up the phone and give one Allan James Burnett a call (cell #: YHI). He’s likely very tired of hanging around his teenage kids (and they of him); and still has the competitive juices. He’s be the perfect spark for the team right now, and has always had the rubber arm to get up to speed quickly. Low cost , awesome option !

    • AJ likely changed his cell phone number–ala Le’Veon Bell–and didn’t inform NH, afraid that he’d get a call like this.

      But, I like your thinking.

      • I think he’d love the call ! Such a competitive guy doesn’t walk away easily, and last year he pitched better than ever. I’m serious on this ! Neal.. do it !

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