Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes Homers in 1-0 Altoona 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 – 0-for-3

3. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

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

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 0-for-3

8. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

12. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 2-for-3

13. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, RBI

14. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

15. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-4

16. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

17. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

18. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

19. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-2, BB

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

21. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

23. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

24. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – DNP

25. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – DNP

26. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

27. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

28. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Domingo Robles, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

30. Christopher Bostick, OF, Pirates – In Majors


Indianapolis won 5-4 over Columbus.

Tyler Eppler got the start and went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. He threw 64 of 94 pitches for strikes, but he had just one strikeout and an 8:9 GO/AO ratio, so there was a lot of contact against him and most of it in the air. Casey Sadler threw 1.1 shutout innings, then Jesus Liranzo had a shaky ninth inning, but still picked up the save. He allowed a run on one hit and two walks, throwing 36 pitches.

Pablo Reyes hit his seventh home run and stole his eight base. He also added a walk. Reyes is hitting .295/.342/.430 in 83 games with Indianapolis. Kevin Kramer, Erich Weiss and Jerrick Suiter each had two hits. Weiss and Suiter each had a double and an RBI. Kramer apparently left with an injury after making a diving play in the seventh inning. I’ll watch the play once the replay is available on to see what happened (UPDATE: Watched the play and you can see any obvious problem, but he was very slow getting up. Walked off the field on his own, was due up next and couldn’t hit). Max Moroff drove in two runs with a double and also walked.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona won 1-0 over Harrisburg.

The Curve got a first inning home run from Ke’Bryan Hayes, the second batter of the game, and that was all they needed on this night. They had just three other base runners besides the sixth home run of the season from Hayes. Stephen Alemais hit his 13th double, Will Craig walked and Alfredo Reyes hit a single.

Austin Coley got the start and pitched well for five shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk and one hit batter. He had a 7:2 GO/AO ratio and he picked up two strikeouts. Bret Helton followed and loaded the bases in the sixth inning, then worked out of the jam. Geoff Hartlieb threw a scoreless seventh before the rains came and ended the game early.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton won 7-5 over St Lucie.

Gavin Wallace got the start and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 55 of 79 pitches for strikes. Wallace had thrown at least six innings in nine of his last ten starts. Ronny Agustin, Blake Weiman and Angel German followed (in that order) with one inning each. Agustin allowed one run, while German got the save.

Five players had multi-hit games, starting with lead-off hitter Jared Oliva, who had two singles and drove in two runs. He’s hitting .290/.370/.458 in 92 games. Albert Baur had a single, double and an RBI. Mitchell Tolman had two singles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Lucas Tancas had two doubles and a run scored. Garrett Brown had three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Hunter Owen had an RBI double, his 16th two-bagger.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 3-1 to Columbia.

Sergio Cubilete got the start after throwing five innings with two runs allowed in a spot start five days ago. He likely earned another start by allowing one run over six innings on three hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Samuel Reyes followed and gave up two runs over two innings for the loss.

Raul Hernandez had three of West Virginia’s six hits and he drove in the lone run. Oneil Cruz scored that run after he singled to lead-off the game. He went 1-for-4 and committed his 32nd error. Jesse Medrano’s double was the only extra-base hit.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 5-4 over Auburn.

Osvaldo Bido made his ninth start of the season. He went five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk, which matched his last start in all four categories. Bido had four strikeouts and a 7:2 GO/AO ratio. Will Gardner was out next and allowed one run over two innings. Cody Smith was out next.

The Black Bears scored a run in the fourth on a Mike Gretler single, followed by two wild pitches and a Zack Kone single. In the eighth inning, they scored three runs on two singles, a dropped fly ball and a sacrifice fly. In the ninth, Luke Mangieri walked, Grant Koch singled and Daniel Amaral drove him home as the winning run. Amaral picked up his 15th steal. Jin-De Jhang is now 2-for-14 at the plate in four rehab games.

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 won 11-1 over the Phillies West.

Brad Case got the start and he had a great outing, going six shutout innings on three hits and no walks. He struck out seven and had a 5:3 GO/AO ratio. Saul de la Cruz followed and gave up one run over three innings for the save.

The offense had some big days. In the lead-off spot, Ji-Hwan Bae went 2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. Jack Herman batted second and went 3-for-5 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. He’s now hitting .333 through his first 21 games. Patrick Dorrian hit third and drove in three runs total, two on his sixth double. He led the entire farm system with a .943 OPS in July. Steven Kraft hit cleanup and drove in two runs while collecting his fifth double.

Samuel Inoa may have had the best day, going 3-for-6 with his second homer and three RBIs. Francisco Acuna reached base four times on two singles, a walk and a HBP. He scored three runs. Jean Eusebio had two hits and a run scored. Nick Patten, with everyone around him hitting, had a day he will not look back fondly on, going 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 lost 13-5 to the Rangers1.

Oscar Echarry made his first start as a pro, after 14 relief appearances. It didn’t go well, with four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Yandy Vega and Jordy Ortega each allowed four runs over the next three innings. Domingo Santana allowed a run in his 1.1 innings, before Enrique Santana threw a scoreless eighth.

Juan Pie went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He now has a .284/.389/.471 slash line through 42 games. Germin Lopez drove in two runs and stole his ninth base. Ruben Gonzalez had an RBI double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Pirates. Daniel Rivero has a .300 average after going 1-for-3 with a single, RBI, walk and run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 8-4 to Colorado.

Luis Peralta started and lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits and three walks, with one strikeout. He came into the day with 44 strikeouts in his first 30.1 innings. Carlos Campos allowed three runs over the next 3.1 innings. Raydel Velette followed with three shutout frames, then Wander Romero handled the ninth.

Angel Basabe went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He is hitting .297/.391/.492 through his first 32 games as a pro. Matthew Mercedes went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season. Ronaldo Paulino went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Pedro Castillo stole his eighth base.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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