Prospect Watch: Six Shutout Innings for Mitch Keller; Kang Homers Again

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 – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Pirates – In Majors

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

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

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

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, BB

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-4

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – 1-for-5, 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 – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-4,2B, RBI

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

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-4, RBI

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, 3 SB

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona –  DNP

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

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

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

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


Indianapolis won 7-2 over Rochester.

Alex McRae got the start and went five innings, working around some jams to allow two runs on four hits, three walks and two hit batters. He struck out three, had a 9:2 GO/AO ratio and threw 61 of 96 pitches for strikes. Damien Magnifico, Johnny Hellweg and Bo Schultz followed with shutout innings. Dovydas Neverauskas got the ninth and closed the game out.

Every player in the Indianapolis lineup had at least one hit Jordan Luplow, who hit his 15th double, was the only player not to score a run and/or drive in a run. Jose Osuna had three singles and a walk. Kevin Newman had two singles, scored twice and walked. Kevin Kramer and Erich Weiss each hit two-run homers. It was the seventh for Kramer and second for Weiss. Christopher Bostick hit his 18th double and Max Moroff also added a double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 4-0 over Reading.

Mitch Keller got the start and was dominant except for some blips on the control radar. He went six shutout inning on just two hits, with three walks and eight strikeouts. Keller had a 6:2 GO/AO ratio and he threw 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes. He now has a 3.27 ERA in 66 innings, with 63 strikeouts. Bret Helton and Geoff Hartlieb combined for three shutout innings to close out the game.

The Curve scored all four of their runs in the first inning. Christian Kelley had the big hit in that inning, driving in two runs. He doubled, singled and walked in the game. Jason Martin had two hits and stole three bases. He had just two steals coming into the day. Stephen Alemais, Cole Tucker,  Will Craig and Ke’Bryan Hayes each had one hit. Logan Hill hit a pinch-hit double.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 3-2 to Florida.

Jung Ho Kang played his fifth game and was used as the DH tonight. He went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the fourth inning, his third home run since returning. Kang is 7-for-17 with five walks. Jared Oliva had two hits and stole his 18th base. Alfredo Reyes had an RBI. Lucas Tancas doubled. Mitchell Tolman had a single and his first steal.

Adam Oller got his first start of the season and ended up tossing five shutout innings on just 61 pitches. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two batters. Jess Amedee gave up two runs in two innings and Ronny Agustin allowed one run in his two frames.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia won 5-3 over Lexington.

Starter Domingo Robles pitched well for three innings on this night, but was removed after just 44 pitches. He allowed two hits and a walk, while picking up one strikeout. We will have to see whether that was a planned shortened outing or if something is wrong. Sergio Cubilete allowed three unearned runs in his four innings, though they were unearned due to his own error. Blake Cederlind tossed a shutout frame to pick up his first save.

The Power put four runs on the board in the first, with Deon Stafford hitting a three-run homer.  The home run was his fifth of the season and he also added a single. Calvin Mitchell had an RBI and two hits, including his 16th double. He also picked up an outfield assist. Ben Bengtson and Chris Sharpe each had two hits. Brett Pope has a .310 batting average after going 1-for-3 with his third double. Lolo Sanchez left after a hit-by-pitch, though he did run the bases first and was thrown out stealing.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 4-2 to the Indians.

Juan Pie singled in the first to give him hits in all four games as a pro. He added another hit later in the game. Second year catcher Ruben Gonzalez had three hits. Joseivin Medina hit his first career double. Shendrik Apostel had a single and walk.

Miguel Peralta started and allowed one run over four innings in his pro debut. Jose Marcano relieved and allowed two earned runs over four innings, while striking out six batters.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 13-4 to Tigers2.

Estalin Ortiz started and allowed three runs in three innings with four strikeouts. Christian Charle allowed two runs over three innings, then things got out of hand. Oliver Mateo walked all four batters he faced and threw five wild pitches. Oscar Echarry allowed four runs on six hits in his two innings. Eddy Vargas closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

Angel Basabe, who signed for $450,000 last July 2nd, played his first game. He picked up a single, double, RBI and an outfield assist. The rest of the team had just three hits, including a triple by Darwin Baez for his first pro hit in 11 at-bats.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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