Prospect Watch: Brandon Waddell Throws Gem; Arden Pabst Continues to Hit Well

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 (Colin Moran, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick, Max Moroff and Dovydas Neverauskas), 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 our 2018 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4, 2B

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-4, 3B

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, BB, SB

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 0-for-5

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

19. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates (disabled list) – DNP

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona –  DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-2, BB

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-3

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – 8.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia –  DNP

28. Conner Uselton, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP


Indianapolis got a solid outing from Casey Sadler in a 5-2 win over Louisville on Tuesday night. Sadler was coming off of an outing in which he threw five shutout innings last week. He followed that up tonight with one run on two hits over five innings, with eight strikeouts. He threw 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes and the only run came off of the bat of former Pirate prospect Dilson Herrera, who hit a solo homer in the fifth. Tanner Anderson tossed two scoreless frames, while Johnny Hellweg still has an 0.00 ERA (through 12 innings) after a scoreless ninth.

The Indians got on the board first in the third inning with back-to-back singles from Wyatt Mathisen and Pablo Reyes, followed by a bunt from Sadler that scored Mathisen. They added three runs in the sixth inning on a Kevin Kramer walk/stolen base, a Jacob Stallings RBI single, with Stallings going to third on an error. Erich Weiss tripled him home, then Mathisen singled home Weiss. They added an insurance run in the seventh on a Kramer single, followed by an RBI double from Jordan Luplow. Stallings, Mathisen and Reyes each had two hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 2-1 over Bowie behind some outstanding pitching from Brandon Waddell, who came within one out of a complete game. Waddell had a shutout until the ninth and needed Geoff Hartlieb to record the final out, but he ended up allowing just one run on six hits and no walks while striking out seven batters and posting a 10:4 GO/AO ratio. Through six starts he now has a 1.59 ERA in 39.2 innings, with a .172 BAA, an 0.84 WHIP and a 1.34 GO/AO ratio.

One night after collecting just one hit, the Curve could only muster four hits. It was enough on this night, as Jason Martin hit a solo homer in the first (his fourth of the season) and then he singled home Ke’Bryan Hayes in the sixth. Hayes reached on his second triple of the season. The only other hit was a double from Cole Tucker, his seventh of the year.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 4-2 over Dunedin. Eduardo Vera started and didn’t have his best stuff on this night, but he battled through a rough second inning and put together a strong outing. Vera allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in the second inning. In his other six innings on Tuesday, he gave up just two hits and two walks. Vera had just one strikeout, while posting a 7:6 GO/AO ratio. He now has a 2.45 ERA in 44 innings, going at least six innings in six straight starts. Scooter Hightower got the save by retiring the final six batters in order.

On offense, Arden Pabst started the season off strong, but he was putting up a big average as a singles hitter. He improved on that by hitting two homers on Sunday, then followed that up with two doubles and a homer tonight, driving in three runs. Pabst also added a walk. He now has a 1.067 OPS. Jared Oliva led off the game with a solo homer. Trae Arbet hit two doubles. Bligh Madris hit his second double. Albert Baur is batting .330 after a single and a walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia had off on Tuesday.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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