Prospect Watch: Bristol Wins Behind Career Night from Yondry Contreras and Strong Start for Baz

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 – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 1-for-5, RBI

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 – DNP

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

15. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

16. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona –  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-5

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

22. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

25. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 0-for-4

26. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 0-for-3, BB

27. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

29. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP


Indianapolis had off on Monday.

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Altoona won 7-1 over Akron.

Eduardo Vera got the start and went five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits (one home run) and one walk, with four strikeouts. He threw 44 of 65 pitches for strikes. Vera was limited to five innings due to a long rain delay. When play resumed, Yeudy Garcia took the mound and he worked two quick scoreless innings. Nick Burdi, who was promoted to Altoona earlier today to continue his rehab, pitched the eighth. He allowed two base runners, but also had two strikeouts and a weak dribbler back to the mound. Sean Keselica took the ninth.

Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He added another RBI on a sacrifice fly. Hayes also walked twice and scored two runs. Cole Tucker had three hits, including his 16th double. He scored two runs and had an RBI. Jordan George had two hits and an RBI.

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Bradenton won 7-4 over Tampa.

Dario Agrazal made his first start since late May and he put together a strong performance on his limited pitch count. He went three innings, giving up just one single, with no walks and two strikeouts. He actually had more pitches to work with, but got through his three innings on 27 pitches, with 20 going for strikes. Evan Piechota followed and gave up four runs over 3.1 innings. Blake Weiman took over in the seventh and threw 1.2 scoreless innings before Angel German retired the side in order for his first save.

Hunter Owen had the big hit, driving in two runs with his 13th home run of the season. He also added his 14th double. Jared Oliva had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Bligh Madris had two hits, a walk and a run scored. Despite scoring seven runs, the Marauders went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

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West Virginia had their game postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

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Morgantown has off on Monday.

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Bristol won 7-6 over Kingsport.

Shane Baz worked hard to get through five innings and he ended up with a solid pitching line. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits, one hit batter and three walks, while tying his career high with nine strikeouts. Baz needed a career high 99 pitches to get through his night, with 56 going for strikes. He had a 6:1 GO/AO ratio.

Argenis Romano took over in the sixth and he threw three no-hit innings with five strikeouts. Jacob Webb made his Bristol debut and he couldn’t get through the ninth, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks, while picking up two outs. Alec Rennard recorded the final out, but not before he walked two batters to load the bases.

Yondry Contreras was having an awful season before tonight, but he had a career day on Monday. He went 4-for-4 with his first two homers of the season and he drove in five runs. He had three RBIs before tonight. The amazing part about his night was that the rest of the team went 2-for-25 on the night, with both hits being singles. Dean Lockery had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Jonah Davis had two walks.

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The GCL Pirates won 7-5 over the Phillies West.

Santiago Florez got the start and allowed two runs over five innings while striking out seven batters. In his 19 pro starts prior to today, his highest strikeout total was four in one game, which he did four times. Saul de la Cruz allowed a run in his one inning, while Wilmer Contreras gave up two runs in his only frame. Lizardy Dicent finished things off with two scoreless. All three relievers picked up two strikeouts each.

Everyone in the lineup reached base safely at least once. Jack Herman was the only player without a hit, but he had a walk and an RBI. Ji-Hwan Bae raised his average to .304 by going 1-for-2 with two walks. He had a run scored, an RBI and his sixth stolen base. Jean Eusebio went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, a run scored and an outfield assist (boxscore currently says two assists, but he had one). Kyle Mottice scored two runs and stole his eighth base. Steven Kraft had two hits and his third steal.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 8-2 over the Cubs1.

Starlyn Reynoso got the start and went two scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his day. Bryan Torres took the ball in the third inning when play resumed and went three innings, allowing a run on one hit and two walks. Jose Amaya followed with two scoreless, matching Torres with the one hit, two walks and two strikeouts. Domingo Gonzalez finished things off with one run over two frames.

The Pirates had eight hits, with Shendrik Apostel’s sixth double accounting for the only extra-base hit. He also drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs. Daniel Rivero, Emilson Rosado and Jommer Hernandez each had two hits. Norkis Marcos had two walks, a run scored, an RBI and his fourth stolen base. Ronaldo Paulino had two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Juan Pie went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 4-1 over the Tigers2

In game one of a doubleheader, Francisco Hodge took the ball and gave up one run on one hit and three walks in four innings. He was wild in this game, also adding two hit batters and a wild pitch (plus a balk). Luis Peralta had a terrific outing closing out game one of a doubleheader. In three shutout innings, he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out six batters.

The Pirates had nine hits in the game, all singles. They went up to the plate swinging and making a lot of contact. They didn’t drew a walk and only struck out once. Juan Mena had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Mariano Dotel went 2-for-4, but was also thrown out stealing each time he reached base. Eduar Ramirez had single and a sacrifice fly.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Braham Rosario got the start and allowed one run on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts in four innings. The 18-year-old lefty has a 1.53 ERA in 29.1 innings. Carlos Campos followed and allowed two unearned runs in his two innings. Eddy Vargas gave up a seventh inning run that gave the Tigers2 a 4-3 lead, but the Pirates came back in the bottom of the inning with two runs to give Vargas the win.

The key hits in this game were exactly the same. In the sixth inning, Mario Jerez tied the score with a two-out, two-run triple. In the seventh, Yeison Ceballo won the game with a two-out, two-run triple. It was the second triple of the season for both players. Omar Matos had a double, walk, two runs scored and a stolen base. The Pirates were no-hit through the first five innings in this game. Angel Basabe stole his fourth base and went 1-for-7 between both games.

Here’s the boxscore.

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