Prospect Watch: Strong Starts from JT Brubaker and Domingo Robles

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 – DNP

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

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

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona –  DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

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-2, RBI, HBP

14. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

15. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-4, BB

16. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-5, HR, RBI

17. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

18. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

19. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

20. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – DNP

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

22. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

23. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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 – 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO


Indianapolis won 4-2 over Columbus.

JT Brubaker got the start, coming off of his best outing since joining Indianapolis. He threw seven innings and gave up one run in his lone start last week. On Monday, he may have been even better overall. Brubaker allowed one run over seven innings again, this time on seven hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw 62 of 88 pitches for strikes. He now has a 3.54 ERA in 86.1 innings, with 70 strikeouts. Michael Feliz made his Indianapolis debut next and allowed an eighth inning homer that broke a 1-1 tie. Indianapolis added three runs in the ninth and then Feliz finished the game off for the win.

On offense, Christopher Bostick, Pablo Reyes, Ryan Lavarnway and Jerrick Suiter each had two hits. Lavarnway and Reyes each homered and Reyes added a double. Bostick hit his 24th double and Jacob Stallings hit his 18th two-bagger.

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Altoona had off on Monday.

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Bradenton had off on Monday.

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West Virginia won 6-1 over Columbia.

Domingo Robles got the start and went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. He had just two strikeouts and an 8:8 GO/AO ratio, so he wasn’t dominating, but he continues to get the job done. He has given up more than two runs in just one of his last ten outings and this is his second straight game with one run over seven innings. He now has a 3.11 ERA in 110 innings. Joel Cesar finished the game by retiring the final six batters in order. He did that without a strikeout, as the Power struck out just two batters total in the game.

West Virginia scored in each of the first four innings. Raul Hernandez drove in two-runs in the first inning with a double, then added a solo homer in the third. Oneil Cruz singled and scored in the first, then hit a solo homer in the second inning, his 13th of the season. Robbie Glendinning had three hits and an RBI. He’s batting .345 in his first nine games with the Power. Fabricio Macias had two hits and Raul Siri reached base three times on two walks and a hit.

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Morgantown lost 9-2 to Auburn.

Zach Spears got the start and went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. He had three strikeouts and threw 48 of 70 pitches for strikes. Spears now has a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings. Francis Del Orbe followed and gave up four runs over 2.1 innings. Three of those runs scored in the eighth inning off of Ryan Valdes, who also gave up a run of his own before he could record the final two outs.

Paul Brands had himself quite a night in the ninth spot in the batting order. He went 4-for-4 with a run scored and his second stolen base. Brett Kinneman drove in both runs with an eighth inning single. Zac Susi had a double and a walk.

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Bristol had Monday off.

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The GCL Pirates lost 23-3 to the Phillies East.

Noe Toribio got the start and lasted just 1.1 innings, giving up four runs, though just two were earned. That started a parade of bad pitching coupled with poor defense. Hai-Cheng Gong allowed four runs (three earned) in 1.1 innings. Kleiner Machado allowed eight runs in just one inning, but six of those runs were unearned. Jake Mielock allowed three runs and you may have guessed, just one was earned. Catcher Robinson Ramos took the mound in the seventh and retired the side in order, then walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth. Justin Harrer, an outfielder, came on for the final out and he gave up a grand slam to the first batter he faced.

On offense, Samuel Inoa is finally getting back into action after injuries have kept him out of a majority of the GCL games and much of Extended Spring Training. He went 2-for-3 with a single, walk and his first home run. When he wasn’t giving up a grand slam, Justin Harrer walked twice and scored a run. Ji-Hwan Bae was responsible for most of those 11 unearned runs. He committed three errors and went 0-for-3 at the plate. He has now committed ten errors on the season.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 10-6 to the Red Sox2.

Jommer Hernandez extended his hit streak to nine games with a single and a double. He drove in two runs and scored once. Germin Lopez had a triple, walk and run scored. Carlos Arroyo had two walks, a sacrifice fly and a run scored. Juan Pie had two walks and he scored a run on a steal of home. The Pirates struck out 15 times in the game, and every starter got in on the action.

Arlinthon De Dios started and lasted just one inning, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks. Jose Amaya tossed a scoreless second, then Miguel Peralta entered the game and gave up single runs in the third and fourth, with one being unearned. Jose Maldonado allowed one run in 1.2 innings. Wilger Camacho allowed two runs (one earned) in 1.1 innings. Miguel Diaz threw a scoreless eighth.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 4-3 over the Giants.

Xavier Concepcion got the start and went five innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and one walk. He had six strikeouts and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. He came into this game with a 6.27 ERA. Mario Garcia followed with one run over three innings, then Wander Romero picked up his first save with a scoreless ninth.

Edgar Barrios, Eduar Ramirez and Mario Jerez each had two hits. Ramirez hit his first triple and drove in two runs. Pedro Castillo had a single, walk, two runs scored and his seventh stolen base. The go-ahead run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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