Prospect Watch: Sherten Apostel Homers Twice; Casey Sadler Tosses a Complete Game

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 – 0-for-4

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

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

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona –  6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-5, RBI

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

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 – 0-for-3, RBI

14. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

15. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB

16. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-5

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

21. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-2, BB

22. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 3-for-6, 3B, BB, 2 RBI

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

26. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – DNP

27. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

29. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP


Indianapolis won 4-3 over Buffalo.

Tyler Eppler got the start in game one of a doubleheader and went six innings for the win. He gave up three runs on seven hits, two hit batters and two walks. Eppler had four strikeouts, a 7:3 GO/AO ratio and he threw 64 of 90 pitches for strikes. Dovydas Neverauskas made things exciting in the seventh by loading the bases, only to strike out the side for the save.

The big hit of the game was a two-run homer by Wyatt Mathisen in the sixth inning, his fifth of the year. Jerrick Suiter and Jason Martin each picked up an RBI. Austin Meadows had a single, run scored and his 11th stolen base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Casey Sadler got the start, coming off of his brief stint in the majors. He threw a complete game, giving up three runs on seven hit. Sadler had no walks, four strikeouts and an 8:5 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 59 of 84 pitches for strikes.

Christopher Bostick had three hits, scored a run and drove in a run. He hit his 23rd double. Austin Meadows hit two doubles, scored twice and picked up an RBI. Jose Osuna had two singles, two runs scored and an RBI. Jason Martin had a single, triple, walk and RBI. He’s hitting .314 in 24 games with Indianapolis. Kevin Newman lost a seven-game hit streak with an 0-for-4 night.

Here’s the boxscore.

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Altoona lost 5-0 to Binghamton

Taylor Hearn got the start and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He had just two strikeouts, while posting an 8:5 GO/AO ratio and he threw 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Hearn now has a 3.12 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 104 innings. This is the first time he’s allowed six hits in a game since June 14th. He came into the day with two runs allowed over his last three starts. Scooter Hightower followed and gave up two runs over the final three innings.

The offense barely showed up. Bryan Reynolds and Logan Hill had singles. Christian Kelley and Stephen Alemais drew walks. Tyler Gaffney was hit by a pitch and stole his 13th base of the season. That was it for base runners.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 5-4 over Florida.

Mike Wallace got the start in game one of a doubleheader and went six inning, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Angel German pitched a scoreless seventh to send it to extra innings, then gave up one unearned run in the eighth to hold on to the win.

The Marauders had seven players collect one hit each. Jared Oliva’s 23rd double was the only extra-base hit. Both Mitchell Tolman and Brett Pope reached base twice on a single and a walk. Pope and Albert Baur had the only RBIs, while Bligh Madris scored two runs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

Blake Weiman was supposed to get his first start as a pro in game two, but rain postponed that game. He will likely start one of tomorrow’s two games.

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West Virginia won 7-2 over Asheville.

Jesse Medrano went 4-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. Rodolfo Castro and Robbie Glendinning each had three hits and an RBI. Castro stole his fifth base and scored twice, while Glendinning crossed the plate once. Lolo Sanchez had two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Rafelin Lorenzo had two hits and a run scored.

Sergio Cubilete got the spot start due to two doubleheaders over the last two days. He pitched solid over five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Samuel Reyes pitched the sixth and loaded the bases on three walks, but got out of the inning clean with two strikeouts. Beau Sulser took the seventh and retired all six batters he faced, four by strikeouts. Matt Seelinger struck out two in the ninth, giving him 50 strikeouts in only 30.2 innings.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown  lost 7-1 to Brooklyn.

Osvaldo Bido came into this game with one run allowed in each of his previous three starts. He matched that run total in this game, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings. Bido had two strikeouts and a 6:3 GO/AO ratio, while throwing 54 of 83 pitches for strikes. Ryan Valdes came out for the sixth and gave up four runs on five hits. Cam Alldred was out next and retired all six batters he faced, then John Pomeroy worked a perfect ninth.

The offense was very quiet in this game, with the lone run scoring in the ninth. Mike Gretler reached base three times on a single and two walks. He scored that only run. The rest of the team reached three times total. Erich Weiss played his third rehab game and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Jin-De Jhang was assigned to the club on rehab, but did not play in this game.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol lost 8-5 to Elizabethton.

Steven Jennings had his best outing as a pro in his last game, giving up one run over six innings. This one had possibly his worst inning, as he gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in the first inning. Jennings settled down though and over the next four innings he threw shutout ball on just one hit and one walk. He started the sixth inning, but some defensive issues led to an unearned run and Jennings recorded just one out before being pulled with 97 pitches. Joe Jacques finished off the sixth, stranding a runner. He threw a scoreless seventh, then allowed two runs in the eighth. Allen Montgomery recorded the final three outs.

Sherten Apostel had a big day, hitting solo homers in the second inning and the seventh inning. He now has five on the season. Apostel also added a single for a three-hit night. Mason Martin, Mikell Granberry and Dean Lockery each had two hits. Martin hit his ninth double and drove in two runs. Granberry also had a walk and run scored. Jonah Davis had a single, walk and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates lost 14-0 to the Braves

Luis  Arrieta got the start and gave up seven runs over four innings. He pitched into the fifth, but gave up two homers before recording an out. Saul de la Cruz was called on next and he wasn’t any better. He allowed four runs over 1.2 innings. Wilmer Contreras took the final 2.1 innings and gave up two earned runs.

Jack Herman had two singles to give him a .350 average through his first 16 games and 60 at-bats. No one else on the team reached base twice in this game. Ji-Hwan Bae had a rough game, going 0-for-4 with two errors.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 12-3 to the Rays2

The Pirates started off the top of the first inning with singles by Norkis Marcos and Germin Lopez, followed by a walk to Yoyner Fajardo. They then scored two runs on an error and another on a ground out, then didn’t score another run all game. In fact, all they had after the first inning was a double by Randy Romero, a single by Romero and a single by Rayvi Rodriguez. The first four runners reached base, then three of the final 29 reached.

Valentin Linarez started and went 1.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks. He was followed by Domingo Gonzalez, who went two innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk. Jordy Ortega followed and he had trouble getting out of the fourth inning, allowing two inherited runs and two unearned runs to score. Ortega settled down and threw shutout ball over the next three innings, then Miguel Peralta threw a scoreless eighth to wrap things up on the pitching side.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 7-4 to the Royals2.

Estalin Ortiz got the start and went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, with three strikeouts and a 9:0 GO/AO ratio. He came into the game with five runs allowed over his previous 26.2 innings. Luis Peralta followed with one run over two innings, while Eddy Vargas allowed two unearned runs in his two innings.

The Pirates got all of their runs on one swing of the bat in the second inning when Angel Basabe hit a grand slam. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and is now hitting .299 with three homers. The rest of the lineup combined for three singles and three walks, with only Ivan Rosario (1-for-3, BB) reaching base more than once.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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