Prospect Watch: Joe Musgrove Nearly Perfect in Rehab Start with Indianapolis

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 – 2-for-4, SB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – DNP

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

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 4-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-2

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, BB

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

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 – DNP

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – DNP

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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 rehab start from Joe Musgrove and he didn’t disappoint. Musgrove went 5.2 innings while facing one over the minimum, which was a batter who reached on an error. He struck out six batters, posted a 7:0 GO/AO ratio and threw 60 of 79 pitches for strikes. Musgrove’s last start was four innings for Altoona and he allowed one run in that game.

Tanner Anderson allowed an unearned run in 1.1 innings to lower his ERA to 2.33 through 19.1 innings. He actually allowed five earned runs in his first appearance, then hasn’t allowed an earned run in 18.2 innings since.

Kevin Newman had an outstanding game, going 4-for-4 with his tenth double and his first home run of the season. He is batting .432 in his last ten games. Austin Meadows had two hits and his seventh stolen base. Jacob Stallings collected his tenth double. Indianapolis has 86 doubles this season, which is 14 more than the second highest team total and more than double what the bottom two teams have produced.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona was rained out.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 5-3 to Palm Beach on Sunday. The Marauders sent Cam Vieaux to the mound and he ran into trouble early. He went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. It was the first time he failed to go at least five innings this season. Scooter Hightower allowed one run over 1.2 innings, while Adam Oller, Matt Eckelman and Jess Amedee each tossed a scoreless frame.

Jared Oliva had a big night and made this game close with a two-run homer in the ninth inning. He also had a single, double, walk, two stolen bases and scored two runs. The double was his sixth of the season and the homer is his third. The rest of the lineup combined to go 3-for-29 with two singles and a double by Albert Baur.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia won 4-2 over Lakewood behind terrific starting pitching from Gavin Wallace and a nice night on offense from Chris Sharpe. Wallace pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and one strikeout. He needed just 69 pitches to get through his night. This is the first time he has gone seven innings as a pro. He now has a 3.86 ERA through 32.2 innings this season. Evan Piechota allowed one run over two innings for the save.

Sharpe went 4-for-4 with his fourth double and a run scored. It’s his second four hit game as a pro. Oneil Cruz, Calvin Mitchell, Rodolfo Castro and Dylan Busby each had one hit and an RBI. Busby collected his sixth double. Ryan Peurifoy had a single, walk and run scored.


Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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