Prospect Watch: Huge Game for Zack Kone in Morgantown’s 14-7 Win

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-2, 2 BB, RBI, SB

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 0-for-4, BB

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona –  6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

14. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

15. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

16. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona –  DNP

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 3-for-3, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI

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

22. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, 3B

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

25. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – DNP

26. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – DNP

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 lost 2-0 to Rochester.

Brandon Waddell got the start and looked solid through six innings, working around six hits and three walks to limit the opposition to one run. He had three strikeouts, a 7:2 GO/AO ratio and 55 of his 90 pitches went for strikes. He has allowed five runs over 25.1 innings in his last four starts combined. Montana DuRapau was out next and allowed a run on three hits in the seventh. He threw a scoreless eighth and Dovydas Neverauskas handled the ninth.

The offense had a lot of trouble putting together hits and they didn’t draw any walks. Jason Martin had a single and a triple. Pablo Reyes hit his ninth double. Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer, Jose Osuna and Adam Frazier each went 1-for-4 with a single. Kramer and Christopher Bostick struck out three times apiece, while the other seven batters didn’t strike out once between them.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona had their game suspended leading Akron 8-2 in the eighth due to power failure at the park.

Luis Escobar made his second start for Altoona and it went a lot like the first game. Both games included wildness and a high pitch count in the first inning, followed by him settling in and getting a lot of soft contact. Escobar finished with two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out three batters for the second straight game and had a 6:4 GO/AO ratio.

I added the stats for the top 30 guys up top, but I’ll do a full recap tomorrow when they finish the game. Except for Escobar, those stats aren’t complete.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 8-3 to Tampa.

James Marvel got the start, looking for a fifth straight appearance in which he goes seven innings. It wasn’t to be on this night, as he almost didn’t make it through two innings. Marvel was hit hard early, giving up five runs in the first and two more in the second. He gave up six hits and three walks in those two frames. He ended up going 4.2 innings, allowing one more run on three hits over those last 2.2 innings. He threw 63 of 97 pitches for strikes and had a 9:1 GO/AO ratio. Three of the runs against him were unearned. Ronnie Agustin threw 2.1 scoreless with four strikeouts and Blake Cederlind handled the eighth.

The Marauders had just four hits total, with one swing accounting for all of their runs. Adrian Valerio hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, his sixth home run of the season. Hunter Owen, Jason Delay and Lucas Tancas each added singles. Mitchell Tolman had two walks.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 14-7 over Aberdeen.

This game was the Zack Kone show. The last draft pick signed by the Pirates this year had a huge game, going 4-for-5, with four runs scored, three RBIs, two stolen bases and a double. Brett Kinneman and Grant Koch also drove in three runs apiece. Kinneman hit his eighth double, while Koch hit his first pro home run. Travis Swaggerty went 1-for-4 with a single, walk, RBI, two runs scored and his fourth stolen base. Mike Gretler had two hits, two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. Erich Weiss played his first rehab game, returning from a right hip flexor strain, and went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Mike LoPresti got the start and was hit around in this high-scoring contest. In four innings, he allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks, picking up one strikeout. Nicholas Economos was out next and he allowed one run over two innings, while striking out four batters. John Pomeroy threw a scoreless seventh and Logan Stoelke tossed two shutout frames to finish the game off.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates had their game postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader on August 2nd.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 5-3 to the Cubs1

The Pirates got a strong start from Arlinthon De Dios, who went five innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. He came into the game with a 6.66 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP in his first 24.1 innings. Miguel Peralta followed and allowed two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Jordy Ortega threw a scoreless eighth.

Daniel Rivero had two hits and a run scored to give him a .309 average. Randy Romero had a single, his fifth double and a run scored. Yoyner Fajardo hit his seventh double and drove in a run. He has a .336 average. Emilson Rosado is hitting .330 after a 1-for-4 day.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 7-6 over the Tigers2

Xavier Concepcion made his second start of the season and had control issues for the second time. In four innings, he allowed two runs on three hits and five walks, while striking out five batters. Mario Garcia followed with two shutout innings before giving up four runs in the seventh inning, though all four runs were unearned. Wander Romero picked up the win with 2.1 shutout innings on one hit, no walks and four strikeouts.

Bryan Mateo had a two-run single in the second inning and an RBI single in the eighth inning. The Pirates added two runs in the eighth on a passed ball that was followed by a throwing error, allowing runners on second and third to both score. The Tigers2 committed six errors, which led to five unearned runs. Germin Lopez had two hits, a walk, an RBI and his eighth stolen base. Daniel Angulo had a single, walk and two runs scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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