Prospect Watch: Bryan Reynolds Returns to Altoona; Lolo Sanchez Homers

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, Pirates – In Majors

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4

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

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

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

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-3

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

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-5

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 – 1-for-3

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-3

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 1-for-4

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

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

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis lost 3-2 in 10 innings to Gwinnett.

Tyler Eppler started, coming off of six shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He had a solid performance on Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Eppler struck out seven batters, had a 6:3 GO/AO ratio and threw 60 of 100 pitches for strikes. All of the damage came in the sixth and he needed help from Tanner Anderson, who recorded the final out of the inning, stranding two runners. Bo Schultz tossed two scoreless frames and Dovydas Neverauskas took the loss on an unearned run in the tenth.

Jose Osuna returned to the lineup and went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Christopher Bostick hit his 16th double, while Jordan Luplow and Jacob Stallings each collected their 12th doubles. Stallings had two hits and an RBI. The Indians as a team had no walks and 12 strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Altoona lost 3-0 to Akron.

Pedro Vasquez started, coming off of an outing in which he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in five innings. His Tuesday began great by striking out the side in the first. While it could only get worse from there, Vasquez didn’t fall off much from that first inning. He went seven frames on the night, allowing one run on five hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. His previous longest outing this season (which was delayed due to a Spring Training sickness) was five innings on two occasions. Jacob Brentz came on with the Curve trailing 1-0 and allowed two runs on three walks and a hit in his only inning.

Bryan Reynolds returned to the lineup for the first time since he suffered a broken hamate in the fourth game of the season. He had an 0-for-3 game and played left field. There was no offense to talk about in this game. The Curve got singles from Jason Martin, Will Craig and Stephen Alemais and a walk from Ke’Bryan Hayes. Those were their only four runners in the game and Hayes was immediately erased on a double play.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Bradenton was rained out. They now have a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

West Virginia lost 10-6 to Lexington.

Domingo Robles, who went seven innings in each of his last two starts, tried for a third time in a row against the team he pitched the first seven inning game against. This wasn’t his night from the beginning, partially due to poor fielding behind him. In 5.1 innings, he allowed nine runs on ten hits, although just five of those runs were earned. While Robles has been pitching well this season, this game had a lot of similarities to his normal game, despite the runs. He didn’t walk anyone, struck out five and had an 8:3 GO/AO ratio, throwing 60 of 82 pitches for strikes. He has a 43:10 SO/BB ratio this season and he’s typically a guy who gets a lot of ground balls.

The defense got worse as the game went along. Ike Schlabach pitched 1.2 innings and all three runs he allowed were unearned.

The offense had a good night as a group, with almost everyone pitching in to score the six runs. Lolo Sanchez had a single, walk and his second home run of the season. He finally got his average over the Medoza Line with his fifth two-hit game out of his last 11 contests. Brett Pope (pictured above) raised his average to .458 through his first eight games by picking up three hits. He had a double, an RBI and a run scored. Calvin Mitchell had two hits, both doubles, giving him 14 doubles and 23 total extra-base hits on the season. Rodolfo Castro had three singles and scored a run. Oneil Cruz singled twice and scored a run.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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  • You gotta wait until after June 10 for Newman. As much as this is needed, Newman would be a super 2 if you brought him up earlier. Serpico’s value is that he plays enough positions that he allows the team to have a smaller bench. I am more in favor of sending Frazier down to get his swing back–he doesn’t seem to be able to do that starting once a week and pinch hitting a bit. If he starts hitting well by July, consider bringing him back and cutting SRod.

    • Is Newman the type of player we should even worry about in regards to Super Two?

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