Prospect Watch: Steven Jennings Strikes Out Nine Batters; Travis Swaggerty Homers

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, 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 – DNP

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

14. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, BB

16. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-2, 2 BB

17. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-4

18. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates (disabled list) – DNP

19. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

20. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

21. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – DNP

22. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

23. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

24. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 1-for-5

27. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 1-for-4

28. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO

30. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia –  5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO


Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

The Triple-A All-Star game had five Indians selected, though Christopher Bostick and Dovydas Neverauskas didn’t play. Kevin Newman went 1-for-3 with an RBI single. Tyler Eppler saved his worst career outing for this game, allowing six runs before he could get through an inning. Ryan Lavarnway came into the game late and went 0-for-1.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona is on their All-Star break until Thursday.

Will Craig went 1-for-4 as the DH in the All-Star game, then broke the 4-4 tie by winning the tie-breaker hitting contest afterwards. It ended up being a great All-Star break for Craig, who hit 12 homers in one round of the HR derby last night. Ke’Byan Hayes went 1-for-2 with an RBI single. Taylor Hearn started the game and threw a scoreless inning, no hits, one walk, one strikeout.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 15-3 to Lakeland.

Oddy Nunez took one on the chin in this game, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and five walks in 4.2 innings. He also had a balk, a fielding error and hit a batter. Blake Weiman stranded three inherited runners for Nunez in the fifth, then ran into major trouble in the sixth. He allowed six earned runs in the inning and needed Blake Cederlind to bail him out for the final out. Cederlind threw 2.1 shutout innings, the Deivy Mendez gave up a run in the ninth.

Adrian Valerio started off the bottom of the first with his fourth home run of the season. He added a walk and his 19th double later in the game. Arden Pabst had a single, triple, walk and an RBI. Casey Hughston had an RBI double, a walk and his fourth stolen base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 9-3 to Hickory.

Max Kranick got the start and allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. In his previous five starts, he threw shutout ball for 19 consecutive innings, before the streak was snapped in a tough way. He pitched through rain in the fourth inning of his last start and put on two batters before the game was called. Both of those runs scored the next day when the game resumed. The game was his fourth start against Hickory in the last month. Samuel Reyes allowed one run over two innings, then Joel Cesar gave up three runs in his only inning.

The Power scored all three of their runs on homers. Ben Bengtson hit his third of the season in the second inning, a two-run shot. In the third inning, Rodolfo Castro hit is ninth home run of the season. Calvin Mitchell had two walks and Chris Sharpe had a single, walk and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 7-5 over Hudson Valley.

Mike LoPresti got the start and went five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. LoPresti allowed three runs in the first inning, then settled down to get through four more frames. He had an 8:1 GO/AO ratio and he threw 47 of 78 pitches for strikes. Miguel Hernandez was out next and threw two shutout inning. Juan Henriquez allowed a run in his only inning and Cam Alldred got his first save with a scoreless ninth.

The offense was led by three late homers. Travis Swaggerty hit his second pro home run, then Brett Kinneman hit his first. Edison Lantigua topped things off with his first of the season. Swaggerty also added his fifth double and drew a walk. Lantigua had a single, double and two runs scored. Connor Kaiser had two hits. Robbie Glendinning hit his seventh double and drove in a run.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 6-4 over Pulaski.

Steven Jennings made his fifth start of the season. He went five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine batters. His previous career best for strikeouts was four, which he did on Opening Day this year. Jennings has a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings this season. Vince Deyzel followed and allowed an unearned run. He has a 1.59 ERA through seven appearances. Will Gardner threw two innings for the save. Neither Deyzel nor Gardner allowed a hit.

If I gave you one guess who provided the offense tonight and told you that Mikell Granberry wasn’t in the lineup, you better have guessed Jonah Davis, or you haven’t been paying attention. Davis hit his sixth homer, his seventh double, walked and drove in five of the six runs. He also stole his third base. He has a .443 average in 14 games. Someone tell the manager it’s okay to play your two best hitters in the same game. Sherten Apostel had an RBI double, his third of the season. Eddy Vizcaino had two hits. Dean Lockery walked twice and scored a run

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates had their game with the Phillies East suspended in the middle of the third inning. The game will be completed July 20th.

Brad Case got the start and gave up two runs over two innings. The Pirates had no hits through their three innings at the plate. Ji-Hwan Bae drew a walk and stole his fourth base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 5-1 to the Rays2.

Bryan Torres got the start in game one of a doubleheader and he allowed three earned runs over five innings, on seven hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts and a 5:3 GO/AO ratio. Torres came into the game with just two earned runs allowed over his last five starts. He now has a 2.08 ERA in 34.2 innings. Valentin Linarez allowed one run over the final two innings.

Emilson Rosado had two doubles and drove in the lone run for the Pirates. Jommer Hernandez had two singles and scored that only run. Carlos Arroyo walked and stole his sixth base. Juan Pie had a walk. Daniel Rivero had a single, the only hit besides the two each from Rosado and Hernandez.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The Pirates1 won game two by a 5-4 score. Yeison Ceballo had two singles, a double and an RBI. Carlos Arroyo had two hits and scored two runs. Yoyner Fajardo had a single, double, two runs scored and his seventh stolen base. Juan Pie hit his seventh triple. He had a run scored, an RBI and a walk.

Miguel Peralta allowed four runs over 3.2 innings, though only one run was earned. Oscar Echarry allowed just one base runner over 3.1 shutout innings for the win.

Here’s the boxscore.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 3-0 to the Tigers2.

Francisco Hodge got the start and allowed three runs in three innings, though just one run was earned. Yeison Santos, Braham Rosario and Oliver Mateo threw five shutout innings on three hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.

The Pirates had five hits and four walks, with one extra-base hit. They stranded ten runners total and they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Bryan Mateo had two singles and a walk. Eduar Ramirez had his second double and a walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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