Prospect Watch: Big Nights on Offense from Kevin Kramer, Stephen Alemais and Pablo Reyes

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 (Austin Meadows, Colin Moran, Nick Kingham, 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, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4, SB, BB

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 2-for-6, HR, 3 RBI

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4, RBI, BB

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 5-for-5, 2B, SB

14. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-5

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

16. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

21. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 4-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

22. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 2-for-5, 2B

26. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 0-for-4

27. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

29. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP


Indianapolis won 10-3 over Gwinnett.

Kevin Kramer had himself quite a night, going 5-for-5 with his 23rd double and his ninth stolen base. Prior to tonight, he had one five-hit game and one four-hit game in his career, both within days of each other back in 2015. Pablo Reyes had a big game as well, going 4-for-5, with a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs. His average is up to .298 through 70 games with Indianapolis. Kevin Newman broke an 0-for-18 slump late in this game with a single, then homered in the ninth. Austin Meadows homered and doubled in six trips to the plate. Jose Osuna hit his 23rd double.

JT Brubaker made the start and went five innings, serving up two runs on eight hits and two walks. He had five strikeouts, a 7:2 GO/AO ratio and he threw 61 of 99 pitches for strikes. Brubaker now has a 3.98 ERA in 14 starts with Indianapolis, with 58 strikeouts in 72.1 innings. He had 35 strikeouts in 35 innings with Altoona this season. Montana DuRapau threw three shutout innings and Jesus Liranzo allowed a meaningless run in the ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 8-2 over Reading.

The Curve had 14 hits, led by Stephen Alemais,who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and his 14th stolen base. Will Craig also drove in two runs, giving him 72 RBIs on the season. Ke’Bryan Hayes hit two doubles, which give him 23 this year. He scored two runs and picked up an RBI. Cole Tucker reached on a single and a walk, plus he stole his 23rd base. Bryan Reynolds had two singles, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Logan Hill had two hits and two walks.

Cam Vieaux got the start, trying to bounce back from his shortest outing (four innings) of the season last time out. He went longer in this game, but it wasn’t his best performance. Vieaux allowed two runs on five hits and four walks, striking out four batters. He had an 8:1 GO/AO ratio and threw 68 of 104 pitches for strikes. The four walks matches his total from his first seven starts with Altoona. Logan Sendelbach followed and stranded two runners for Vieaux in the sixth. He added two more shutout innings, then Geoff Hartlieb handled the ninth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 9-6 to Daytona.

Gavin Wallace made his third start since joining Bradenton. He started off with five shutout innings, then a pair of homers broke that streak late. He went seven innings on Thursday night, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Wallace threw 60 of 87 pitches for strikes and had a 10:7 GO/AO ratio. Blake Cederlind took the eighth with Bradenton up 4-3. He gave up a run in his first inning, then four more in the ninth. Three of those runs scored off of reliever Adam Oller.

Albert Baur, Casey Hughston and Brett Pope each had two hits. Baur and Hughston scored two runs each, while Pope had three RBIs and stole his second base. Hughston’s eighth double of the season was the only extra-base hit for the Marauders.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 10-1 to Lexington.

Cody Bolton struck out a career high nine batters in his last start. On Thursday night, he last just three innings and gave up a home run in each frame. Bolton allowed five runs on six hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. He came into the game with four home runs allowed in his first 67 innings as a pro. Bolton now has a 3.65 ERA this season in 44.1 innings, with 45 strikeouts. Sergio Cubilete followed and finished the game, going five innings while allowing five runs (four earned). He gave up four hits and four walks, while striking out six batters.

Everyone in the Power lineup except ninth place hitter Kyle Watson reached base at least once. It wasn’t much offense though, as seven players had one hit apiece and Lexington issued just two walks. Rodolfo Castro with a single, a walk and a run scored was the only runner to reach base twice. That Castro run scored on a grounder by Jesse Medrano, which went for an error, though he was credited for the one-out RBI. Medrano and Deon Stafford each hit doubles for the only extra-base hits. Fabricio Macias stole his first base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 7-4 over State College.

The big hit of the game was a two-run homer from Daniel Amaral, who picked up a third RBI and stole his 14th base. Mike Gretler reached base four times on a single and three walks. Brett Kinneman doubled twice, giving him six on the season. He had a run scored and an RBI. Connor Kaiser, Grant Koch and Zac Susi each picked up an RBI. This was the first lineup for any affiliate that included only 2018 draft picks.

Alex Manasa got the start and went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. He had one strikeout and an 8:5 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 45 of 70 pitches for strikes. Manasa has a 5.30 ERA in 37.1 innings this season, with 17 walks and 19 strikeouts. Nicholas Economos was out next and he gave up one run over three innings. Conner Loeprich came out for the ninth and worked around two walks to get the save. The three Morgantown pitchers combined for just three strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol lost 8-4 to Burlington.

Mikell Granberry led the way on offense, hitting his third home run of the season, a two-run shot. He also added a single. Sherten Apostel  had two singles, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. Mason Martin had a single and his fifth double. Manny Bejerano had two singles, a walk and an RBI.

Oliver Garcia got the start and he was hit hard in this game. In 2.1 innings, he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks, while failing to pick up any strikeouts. Argenis Romano followed and threw 4.2 scoreless innings on one hit and one walk. He has a 1.21 ERA in 22.1 innings. Vince Deyzel followed with two shutout innings.

Adonis Pichardo and Johan De Jesus were released after the game. Both received six-figure bonuses to sign, De Jesus in 2012 and Pichardo in 2014.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates had off on Thursday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 14-13 to the Indians/Brewers.

I could sum this game up in one sentence. Pirates had 33 at-bats with runners in scoring position in a nine inning game and they lost to a team that had 36 at-bats in the entire game. If you needed more details,  I could add that they outhit their opponents 21-to-8 and lost. The Pirates also had nine hits and two hits batters, giving them 32 runners in the game. On the bright side, there is a lot to talk about on offense.

Emilson Rosado had four hits, including two doubles. He also had a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Norkis Marcos reached base five times on two hits and three walks. He drove in a pair of runs and scored one. Rayvi Rodriguez gave them three hits who reached five times in this game. He had three hits, two walks, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. Juan Pie had three singles, two runs, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch. Yoyner Fajardo had the best day with three hits, three runs and three RBIs. He had two doubles and also drew a walk. Randy Romero had three singles, an RBI and a run scored.

Yoelvis Reyes got the start and went 3.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks. He struck out five batters in his brief outing, which comes right after he picked up a career best seven strikeouts in his last game. Arlinthon De Dios followed and surrendered two runs (one earned) over two innings. Jose Amaya recorded one out, then the game went into an 85 minute delay. Enrique Santana, Jordy Ortega and Wilger Camacho combined to allow eight runs in the final three innings. Catcher Yeison Ceballo had a forgettable day with four errors.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 7-1 over the Giants.

Enmanuel De Los Santos got the start and allowed one run on three hits over three innings. He walked three batters and picked up six strikeouts, which is a new high in his limited pro time. Eddy Vargas followed with two perfect innings. Luis Peralta threw a scoreless sixth, then recorded one out in the bottom of the seventh before the game was called due to rain.

The Pirates managed to score seven runs on three singles, two doubles and three walks. Eduar Ramirez and Mario Jerez each hit two-run doubles. Bryan Mateo had two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Germin Lopez picked up his sixth stolen base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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