Prospect Watch: Morgantown Wins on Walk-Off Homer from Brett Kinneman

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 (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 updated 2018 Mid-Season Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-2, RBI, 3 BB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 0-for-2,  3 BB

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Morgantown – 2-for-4

6. Shane Baz, RHP, Bristol – DNP

7. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

8. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

9. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 0-for-5

10. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona –  DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 1-for-4, HBP

13. Jordan Luplow, LF, Pirates – In Majors

14. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

15. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-5, 2 RBI

16. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

17. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Travis MacGregor, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

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

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jared Oliva, CF, Bradenton – DNP

23. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

24. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

28. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

29. Sherten Apostel, 3B, Bristol – 3-for-6, HR, 3 RBI, BB

30. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – 1-for-3, BB, RBI


Indianapolis lost 9-5 to Pawtucket.

Tyler Eppler got the start and went five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He threw 61 of 94 pitches for strikes and had a 4:4 GO/AO ratio. Things fell apart after Eppler left. Alex McRae gave up five runs over 1.1 innings. Jesus Liranzo followed and allowed a sixth Pawtucket run in the seventh inning. He finished with one run over 2.2 innings.

Max Moroff led off the bottom of the first with a home run. He would pick up a single, walk and two more RBIs. Jose Osuna went 3-for-3 with his 25th double, but left after being hit by a pitch late in the game. It’s possible he just left for a defensive replacement. Ryan Lavarnway had two doubles and an RBI. Jason Martin’s average is down to .228 after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Jerrick Suiter picked up two outfield assists.

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Altoona lost 4-3 to Erie.

The Curve had six walks in the game and Cole Tucker and Ke’Bryan Hayes at the top of the lineup had three each. Both players scored one run each, while Hayes also added a single and an RBI. Will Craig drove in two runs to give him 93 RBIs on the season. Jordan George had two hits. Tyler Gaffney hit a double and picked up and outfield assist.

Scooter Hightower went five innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. In his start earlier this week, he was kicked out of the game in the second inning after throwing high and tight to a batter who was given a late time out. Logan Sendelbach followed with two runs on five hits in his only inning of work. Sean Keselica was out next, followed by Geoff Hartlieb and Matt Eckelman. All three threw one scoreless inning each to send the game to extra innings. Yeudy Garcia loaded the bases in the tenth, but didn’t allow a run. He gave up an unearned run in the 11th to take the loss.

Stephen Alemais was placed on the DL today with a left ankle sprain.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton had their game suspended in the middle of the first inning due to rain. They will finish the game on August 31st as part of a doubleheader. Pedro Vasquez threw a scoreless first inning, allowing two walks, before the rain stopped the game.

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West Virginia won 10-4 over Rome.

Rodolfo Castro had a nice day on offense with two doubles, a single, two RBIs and a run scored. Deon Stafford hit his fifth triple, walked, scored three times and picked up an RBI. Fabricio Macias had a double, walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Rafelin Lorenzo drove in two runs. Robbie Glendinning had two walks, a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI.

Sergio Cubilete got the start and threw five solid innings, giving up one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter. He allowed seven runs over 4.2 innings in his start on Tuesday night. Joel Cesar followed with a rough sixth, giving up three runs. He threw a scoreless seventh, then Elvis Escobar tossed shutout ball in the eighth and ninth, racking up four strikeouts.

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Morgantown won 10-9 over Mahoning Valley.

Alex Manasa got the start and was having a great outing until the sixth inning when everything went wrong. Manasa was up to 11 innings this week without an earned run when he couldn’t record an out in the sixth tonight, giving up five earned runs, with the last four runs scoring on a grand slam. He gave up an unearned run in the first inning, though it was his own error that caused the run. He finished with seven hits allowed, one walk and five strikeouts.

Will Gardner pitched the rest of the sixth after Manasa left and allowed a run of his own. Conner Loeprich was next and he threw two scoreless frames. Logan Stoelke handled the ninth and Ryan Valdes came out for extra innings and got the win.

Morgantown won the game in the tenth inning on a walk-off homer from Brett Kinneman, his second home run as a pro. Grant Koch also hit his second career home run. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Daniel Amaral hit a bases loaded triple in the fifth inning. Travis Swaggerty went 2-for-4 with two singles and two strikeouts. Connor Kaiser had a single, walk and two runs scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won 11-3 over Johnson City in the first game of a doubleheader.

Sherten Apostel returned after missing two games when he was hit on the forearm with a pitch. He went 3-for-3, homering in his first at-bat. He walked, drove in three runs and scored four times. The homer was his sixth of the season. Brendt Citta had a single, double and his first pro home run, while driving in four runs. Dean Lockery had two singles and a triple. Mason Martin had a single, walk, RBI and two runs scored.

Oliver Garcia got the start and threw six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a career high eight batters. He had a 7.79 ERA in 32.1 innings this season coming into this game. Jacob Webb got the final inning and retired the side in order.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

Game two saw Denny Roman, who was in the DSL earlier this week, get the start. He went a career long 5.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Roman needed just 63 pitches, with 42 going for strikes. Allen Montgomery came in for the final two outs in the sixth and got them on just four pitches. He remained in the game for the save opportunity and worked around a walk to keep it a 2-1 victory.

Yondry Contreras hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. Eddy Vizcaino then manufactured a run on a single, a sacrifice bunt attempt that turned into a hit, followed by a fly ball that got him to third base and a wild pitch that brought him home. Francisco Mepris and Christian Navarro each had two hits, while Mikell Granberry hit his seventh double.

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The GCL Pirates have off on Sundays.

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The DSL Pirates1 have off on Sundays

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The DSL Pirates2 have off on Sundays

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