Prospect Watch: Clay Holmes Highlights Saturday’s Action

P2 Top 30

A 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, 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, 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 the 2017 Mid-Season Update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – [insert_php] include_once (‘./p2-stats/stats_functions.php’);
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2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(640457,’B’,’20170819′);
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3. Shane Baz, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(669358,’P’,’20170819′);
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4. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(657061,’B’,’20170819′);
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5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(621028,’B’,’20170819′);
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6. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton -[insert_php] display_top30(663647,’B’,’20170819′);
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7. Will Craig, 1B, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(643269,’B’,’20170819′);
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8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(553869,’B’,’20170819′);
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9. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(621368,’P’,’20170819′);
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10. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton – [insert_php] display_top30(656543,’P’,’20170819′);
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11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(668751,’B’,’20170819′);
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12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(669180,’P’,’20170819′);
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13Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(650828,’P’,’20170819′);
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14. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona -[insert_php] display_top30(596012,’B’,’20170819′);
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15. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis– [insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20170819′);
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16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(605280,’P’,’20170819′);
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17. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(656669,’B’,’20170819′);
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18. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650813,’P’,’20170819′);
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19. Max Kranick, RHP, Bristol – [insert_php] display_top30(668820,’P’,’20170819′);
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20. Steven Jennings, RHP, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(675651,’P’,’20170819′);
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21. Adrian Valerio, SS, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(650832,’B’,’20170819′);
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22. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(592468,’P’,’20170819′);
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23. Conner Uselton, OF, GCL Pirates – Disabled List

24. Max Moroff, INF, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(621559,’B’,’20170819′);
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25. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(596720,’P’,’20170819′);
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26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – [insert_php] display_top30(607780,’B’,’20170819′);
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27. Eduardo Vera, RHP, West Virginia – [insert_php] display_top30(622747,’P’,’20170819′);
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28. Logan Hill, LF, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(664930,’B’,’20170819′);
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29.  Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(621169,’P’,’20170819′);
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30. Lolo Sanchez, CF, GCL Pirates – [insert_php] display_top30(665975,’B’,’20170819′);
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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Indianapolis won 5-4 in a game that looked like it could be bad for them from the start. In his last outing, Clay Holmes threw five no-hit innings. That streak ended quickly in this game, as Syracuse picked up three hits in the first inning. Two of the hits were just grounders through the infield, but that wasn’t the big issue. Holmes hit one batter and walked two others, allowing four runs to score. It was the first time that he allowed more than two earned runs in a game in over two months.

After that first inning, Holmes allowed just two walks and one single over the next four innings, retiring seven in a row at one point. The bullpen of Angel Sanchez, Montana DuRapau and Dan Runzler threw four shutout innings to seal the victory.

Kevin Newman went 1-for-3 with a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He also stole two bases to give him ten steals on the season. Danny Ortiz hit his 14th home run, a three-run shot in the third inning, which tied the score. Christopher Bostick and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Bostick also scored a run and stole his seventh base. Indianapolis struck out 14 times in this game and left 12 runners on base.

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona won game one of a doubleheader over New Hampshire by a 7-5 score. Austin Coley, who came into the game among the Eastern League leaders in ERA, allowed five runs on ten hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. Brandon Cumpton recorded the final two outs of the fifth for the win, then Tate Scioneaux threw two scoreless frames for his 13th save.

Jerrick Suiter had the big hit in this game, connecting on a two-run homer in the first inning. He also had two more singles, scored a second run and picked up another RBI. Jordan George and Anderson Feliz each drove in two runs. Pablo Reyes had two walks, two runs scored, a single and his 18th stolen base. Jin-De Jhang had two hits and Justin Maffei had three hits. On the other side of the field, Reese McGuire homered for the third game in a row. He missed most of this season due to a knee surgery.

Game Two Recap: Casey Sadler had an odd game in the second game of the doubleheader, which Altoona dropped by a 5-1 score. He allowed four runs over five innings, but also had no walks, eight strikeouts and a 5:1 GO/AO ratio. The eight strikeouts represents the most he has put up since July 20, 2014 when he also struck out eight batters.

Altoona had seven hits and three walks in the seven inning game, but couldn’t put together a rally. Pablo Reyes continued his hot streak with a double, walk and his 19th stolen base. The double was his 20th of the season. Reyes has reached base safely in 14 straight games. Michael Suchy had a double, walk and scored the lone run. Justin Maffei had a single and the only RBI. Jerrick Suiter went 1-for-3, while Wyatt Mathisen had two singles. Cole Tucker went 1-for-7 on the day, picking up a single in the seventh inning of this game.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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Bradenton lost 3-0 to Palm Beach, as they get closer to elimination in the playoffs, with two full weeks to go in the season. They have lost six games in the division over the last ten games.

The Marauders had just three hits and two walks in this game. The top three in the order, Casey Hughston, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Will Craig, combined to go 0-for-12 with six strikeouts. Carlos Munoz had a single and a walk. Logan Ratledge’s double was the only extra-base hit.

Bret Helton got the start and pitched a solid game, allowing two runs over six innings. He now has a 3.41 ERA over 108.1 innings after spending much of the first half in the bullpen. Yunior Montero allowed a run in the seventh. Miguel Rosario threw a scoreless eighth.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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West Virginia won 7-4 over Greenville on Saturday night. Stephan Meyer started and pitched a terrific game, allowing one run on two hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight batters and posted an 8:2 GO/AO ratio.

The final score looks closer than the game actually was, at least until the ninth inning. Blake Cederlind pitched the eight and had some issues, but kept the opposition from scoring. In the ninth, the first three batters reached against him, ending his night. Dylan Prohoroff allowed one inherited runner to score, but otherwise threw a scoreless inning to finish the game.

Albert Baur had three hits, including his 23rd double. He scored three times and picked up an RBI. Ryan Nagle had the big hit, clearing the bases with a three-run double in the fifth inning. Clark Eagan collected his 21st double. Oneil Cruz was 1-for-4, with a single, walk and an RBI. Adrian Valerio went 1-for-5 with a single.

Victor Fernandez had two hits including his first double. Two surprising things about that double. It took 138 plate appearances to happen and he already had three triples.

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

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Morgantown lost 2-1 to Mahoning Valley. After striking out 19 times in yesterday’s extra inning game, the Black Bears struck out 15 times in nine inning, while only drawing one walk. Six players had at least two strikeouts, with Jose Barraza and Robbie Glendinning (who struck out five times yesterday) leading the way with three each.

Sergio Cubilete started this game and had a strong night, allowing one earned run over six innings, while picking up eight strikeouts. Hector Quinones was just as good, facing one over the minimum in his three shutout innings. Both runs scored on a throwing error in the third inning by Glendinning, though the one earned run was going to score on the play regardless.

Chris Sharpe and Brett Pope each collected two hits and they were the only Morgantown hitters not to strike out. Pope doubled and also drew the lone walk, reaching base in all three plate appearances. No one else on the team reached base more than once.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
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Bristol lost 6-2 in 12 innings on Saturday afternoon. They now have an 11-43 record, with just 12 more days left before the season mercifully ends. Nick Valaika picked a bad time to hit his first pro homer, tying the game in the bottom of the ninth with a solo shot, which forced them to play another three innings. Argenis Romano gave up four runs in the 12th, before infielder Nelson Jorge finished the game on the mound. Evan Piechota started and gave up two runs over six innings. Johan De Jesus was the only player to collect two hits, while Jason Delay had a single and two walks.

Prospect-Watch-GCL

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The GCL Pirates lost 12-9 to the Tigers West in a game that went 15 innings and took 5 1/2 hours to play. The Pirates got six shutout innings from Yeudry Manzanillo, Leandro Pina and Samuel Reyes. It appears that the team needed a bunch of pitchers to get work in, because all three of those pitchers could have gone longer in this game, which would have likely ended it much sooner the way they were pitching. In the seventh inning, David Lee and Angel Vasquez combined to allowed six runs, giving the Tigers West the lead.

With the score 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Mikell Granberry celebrated his 22nd birthday with a game-tying sacrifice fly, which ended up giving him another six innings to play. He doubled earlier in the game and had a sacrifice bunt in the 12th that helped tie the game up again. Granberry switched from first base to third base for the last six innings.

By the end of the game, the Pirates had to go to catcher Manny Bejerano to finish the outing. He threw an inning with no earned runs, though both inherited runners scored.

Barrett Barnes returned in this game, albeit briefly. He took two at-bats as the DH and went 0-for-2. He basically did the same thing Austin Meadows did during his return. Came back for a short appearance, followed by the Sunday off-day, instead of just debuting on a Monday for five innings. Cristopher Perez pinch-hit for Barnes and ended up batting six times, collecting two doubles.

Nick King collected four hits. Jeremias Portorreal, Felix Vinicio and Victor Ngoepe each collected two hits. The Pirates had just one walk in the entire game and it was intentional. Mason Martin was walked in the 12th inning with the winning run on second base and then he was immediately picked-off to end the inning.

Prospect-Watch-DSL

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The DSL Pirates lost 6-2 on Saturday, in a game that likely ended their playoff chances with a week to go. Osvaldo Bido started and gave up one run over four innings. He was followed by Luis Diaz, who has had a rough time in his comeback from a shoulder injury. Diaz made his debut in a game that was called due to rain after he faced one batter. He then pitched earlier this week in a game that was credited to outfielder Rayvi Rodriguez for some unknown reason. Diaz allowed four runs over 1.1 innings in that game. On Saturday, he gave up four runs again, this time recording just two outs.

The Pirates had just four hits in this game. Carlos Garcia had a double and a walk. Emison Soto and Matthew Mercedes each singled and walked. Sherten Apostel and Francisco Acuna each went 0-for-3 with a walk.

  • Overall the system really seems to lack a difference maker on the offensive side.
    Our best talents aren’t really much more than steady when they’re on, and seem to lack the big upside.
    Pitching seems to be where the real value is.
    So where does the offense come from? Where is the Cutch or the Bell? Bell may be the last big threat to see the plate from this system for some time.

  • Any chance Barnes could be ready in time for a September call up? He is on the 40-man and he would obviously have to regain his swing quickly…

  • Less and less impressed by Will Craig as the season has worn on. Thinking this was not a good pick for the Bucs…

    • An aggressive promotion from Short-Season to Hi A and transitioning to 1B on Defense. He still gets plenty of Walks (60) and has 33 EBH, but 26 of those are Doubles, and only 6 HR.

      Positionally, Josh Bell is in his first MLB Service Year and Jose Osuna will not be in his first MLB Service Year until 2018. So far this year in 600 combined MLB AB’s Bell and Osuna have accounted for 35 doubles, 10 triples, and 26 HR for the Pirates. Therefore, I doubt he has any future value with the Pirates.

      • Agreed. I doubt he will have much trade value-maybe a Grade C level prospect or C + if feeling generous. Both Kevin Newman and Craig look like they may be-may be wasted 1st rounders. Saw fascinating comment on another site which seems to contain some truth-NH seems to have changed focus to OBP. Line drives hitters right when the game was turning again toward power-hence Craig, Newman, Connor Joe, and some others. This draft and recent trade for Cruz may indicate he has corrected this, but we may have wasted to 1sts in the meantime. Time will tell…

        • He has value in the AL, where his RH bat can also be used as a DH. His knowledge of the strike zone and ability to get on base are important skills, but the Pirates needed power.

          Next year he moves to AA where I hope he does not see Kevin Riggs ( I hope Riggs will be the hitting coach for the Pirates by then), but Riggs located and expanded the power in Max Moroff, Eric Wood and Barrett Barnes. If he gets that HR total to 15-20 in AA he becomes a much better trade chip.

    • I’d say that is becoming more and more evident.

    • What did Will Craig ever do to you?

      Oh wait…that is what Tim says to me when I echo similar sentiments. 🙂

  • Meadows had another day off?? I heard both the bucs and cards are allowed to add a 26th man (position player), could this be the reason why he wasn’t on the lineup?

    • I knew someone would ask about Meadows, and no lie, I was hoping you would be the person who told them the “three day rule” when asking about a player not in the lineup. Brian covers the team when they return home on Monday. All Meadows questions must wait until after his recap is posted on Monday night.

      • Oops, forgot about that rule. I’ve been waiting forever to see him so forgive my anxiousness!!!

      • Wouldn’t that be the 4th day?

        • Yes, but Brian isn’t going to Syracuse later today to find out why he is out of the lineup, if he actually is out of the lineup today. That would be quite a strain on our travel budget to get the information one day sooner.

          The three day rule just means don’t ask why someone missed two games in a row because two days in a row happens numerous times each year for top players and turns out to be nothing of note most of the time.

      • John “Gibbs” Dreker

  • D S L team was young and was not expected to win according to PP. Looks like they exceeded expectations. Not much hitting. EUSBIO was young, A Cuba (auto correct error) didn’t live up to his hype. Alvime (auto correct again) was hurt and didn’t improve over last year. Wonder who will make the top ten?

  • Hurdle figured out how to use a bullpen. Will wonders never cease.

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