Prospect Watch: Travis MacGregor Looks Strong in Second Start Back; Newman 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 – 0-for-4

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 0-for-2, 2 BB, 3 SB

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

6. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

7. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-4, BB

8. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-3, RBI

9. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – 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 – 1-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

16. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

17. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-3, BB

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

19. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

20. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

21. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

22. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 1-for-3

23. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

24. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 0-for-3, BB

27. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – DNP

28. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

30. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP


Indianapolis won 5-4 over Columbus.

JT Brubaker started the final game before the Triple-A All-Star break. Despite allowing just two runs and not walking a batter, he ran up his pitch count and was done by four innings. Brubaker allowed four hits, struck out three and posted a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Through his first 61.1 innings in Triple-A, he has a 3.82 ERA. Damien Magnifico was magnificent after Brubaker, retiring all nine batters he faced, five on strikeouts. Montana DuRapau gave up two runs and put the tying run on, but Tanner Anderson bailed him out for the save.

Indianapolis got on the board early with a lead-off homer from Kevin Newman (his second) and a two-run homer in the first inning by Wyatt Mathisen (fourth). Jose Osuna and Ryan Lavarnway each drove in a run. Lavarnway, Jason Martin and Pablo Reyes each picked up doubles. Eric Wood had a single and two walks. Everyone in the lineup reached base at least once.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 3-2 over Trenton.

Two Curve players had some fun of the bases today. Ke’Bryan Hayes walked twice and stole three bases, while Alfredo Reyes had two hits and stole three bases. Hayes now has nine steals, while Reyes is at 26 stolen bases in 29 attempts on the season. Reyes also picked up an outfield assist. Altoona didn’t have a hit with runners in scoring position until their final batter of the game, as Logan Hill’s single was a walk-off winner that scored Will Craig. Bryan Reynolds picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Pedro Vasquez got the start and pitched strong for six innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. This is his fourth start in a row that he has lowered his season ERA. Sean Keselica allowed one run in his 1.2 innings. Reliever Geoff Hartlieb picked up his eighth win with 1.1 scoreless.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 6-4 over Ft Myers.

Gavin Wallace made his debut with the Marauders on Sunday afternoon. It started off rough with three earned runs in his first inning, but he quickly settled down and threw shutout ball the rest of the way. Wallace finished with three runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out five batters and 61 of his 94 pitches went for strikes. At one point he retired 13 batters in a row. Deivy Mendez, who was just recently signed as a free agent, made his Bradenton debut. He had trouble throwing strikes, which led to three walks and one run in his one inning. Blake Cederlind got the save with a scoreless ninth.

Jared Oliva and Adrian Valerio each drove in two runs. Oliva hit his 17th double. Valerio picked up his tenth stolen base. Brett Pope went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Mitch Tolman had a single, two walks and a run scored. Bligh Madris had a single, double and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 7-2 to Hagerstown.

Travis MacGregor made his second start since returning from his upper arm injury that sidelined him for six weeks. He went five innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits and a walk, with six strikeouts. Though both runs were unearned, it was his own error that caused them to be unearned. MacGregor threw 54 of 73 pitches for strikes and had a 7:2 GO/AO ratio. Ike Schlabach ran into trouble late, partially due to his own errors. In four innings, he allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks.

The Power had just four hits in the game and both runs scored on an eighth inning double by Calvin Mitchell. It was his 18th double and he also drew a walk. Oneil Cruz had a single, walk and run scored. Rodolfo Castro had two walks and a run scored. Lolo Sanchez had a walk and threw out a runner at home plate to end the fifth inning.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown lost 4-3 to Auburn.

Sixth round pick Michael Flynn made his third start. In his first two games combined, he allowed seven runs over four innings. He went 3.2 innings in this game, allowing three runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. He threw 44 of 63 pitches for strikes and had a 7:2 GO/AO ratio. Francis Del Orbe followed and gave up one run over 3.1 innings. Cam Alldred retired the side in order in the eighth on 11 pitches, then worked around a couple of runners in the ninth for two scoreless innings.

Brett Kinneman and Michael de la Cruz each had a single, double and an RBI. De la Cruz also added a walk and his eighth stolen base. Raul Siri had a single, double and run scored. Mike Gretler and Robbie Glendinning each had two walks. Daniel Amaral stole his 13th base. Grant Koch started his second game and is still looking for his first hit.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol lost 8-1 to Princeton.

Oliver Garcia made his fourth start. None of his first three outings went well, as he allowed eight runs over nine innings in those contests. On Sunday night, Garcia was dominating Princeton hitters. He threw six shutout innings on just 67 pitches, with 49 going for strikes. He allowed four hits and walked two batters, with four strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio.

Austin Shields was out next and his wildness led to four runs before he could make it through an inning. Joe Jacques went two innings and gave up four runs on five hits and two walks. He got some help from Alec Rennard, who stranded two runners in his pro debut by getting two outs on two pitches.

The wasn’t much offense of note, though Jonah Davis had two hits, so his slump appears to have last just one day. He has a .407 average through 12 games. He picked up the only RBI and stole his second base. Francisco Mepris had a single, walk and two stolen bases. Manny Bejerano, who has an .063 average, drew two walks.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The GCL Pirates are off on Sundays

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The DSL Pirates1 are off on Sundays.

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The DSL Pirates2 are off on Sundays.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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