Prospect Watch: Shane Baz Throws Shutout Ball; Career Night for Alex Manasa

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 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 – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – DNP

5. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

6. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – DNP

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – DNP

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 – DNP

13. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – 2-for-4, SB

14. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – DNP

15. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

16. Nick Burdi, RHP, Altoona – DNP

17. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

18. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

19. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – DNP

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

21. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

23. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

25. Conner Uselton, OF, Bristol – 1-for-3, RBI

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, Indianapolis – DNP


Indianapolis had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bradenton lost 2-1 to Charlotte.

Gavin Wallace got the start and threw five shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks, while picking up seven strikeouts and posting a 4:0 GO/AO ratio. His only other shutout performance this season was a start back on June 1st that was shortened to three innings due to rain. It’s the third time this season he has picked up at least seven strikeouts in a game.

AJ Schugel was out next in his second rehab appearance, trying to forget three runs on five hits while recording just two outs in his other game. He did as well as you could hope (maybe better) picking up four (yes 4) strikeouts on 20 pitches in the sixth inning. Jake Brentz allowed a run in the seventh and Blake Cederlind gave up am unearned run in the eighth for the loss.

Hunter Owen had the lone RBI in the game for the Marauders. Adrian Valerio had the only multi-hit game with two singles. He also stole his 11th base. Bradenton had seven hits and no walks. Albert Baur’s double was the only extra-base hit.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Morgantown won 6-0 over Batavia.

Alex Manasa got the start and had his best career outing. He gave up two singles and a walk in six scoreless innings, striking out seven batters, which is a new career high. Manasa threw 74 pitches, with 50 going for strikes, and he posted a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. Will Gardner followed in the seventh with a clean inning, striking out two batters. Logan Stoelke came on in the eighth and threw two shutout frames, picking up three strikeouts.

Brett Kinneman and Connor Kaiser each drove in two runs. Kaiser had two hits, while Kinneman hit his 11th double and added a walk. Travis Swaggerty went 0-for-2 with two walks, two stolen bases (eight on the season) and a run scored. Luke Mangieri hit an RBI single, then scored on an RBI single from Grant Koch.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Bristol won game one of a doubleheader 2-1 over Johnson City

Shane Baz got the start today. He was pushed back slightly due to some pain during his last start, but it turned out to be very minor and he threw a bullpen on his regularly scheduled day, then started today (two days later). He threw 4.2 scoreless innings on Monday, allowing four hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Baz put on at least one runner in every inning and was up to 79 pitches already, but considering what happened in his last start, this was a very positive outing. Alec Rennard followed and pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing an unearned run and picking up his first win as a pro.

Sherten Apostel committed his 17th error, which led to the unearned run against Rennard. He also hit the walk-off single in the seventh inning that ended this game. Victor Ngoepe had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Chase Lambert reached in all three plate appearances, with two singles, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base. Mason Martin had a single and a walk.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Yeudry Manzanillo got the spot start and went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. John O’Reilly followed and allowed three runs in 2.2 innings, but got the win when Mikell Granberry hit a walk-off homer in the seventh inning (boxscore currently says Victor Ngoepe, but it’s wrong).

Jeremias Portorreal had the big hit earlier in the game, belting a three-run homer in the second inning. He would add a fourth RBI on a single. Besides the walk-off homer, Mikell Granberry had an RBI double, his sixth two-bagger of the season. Conner Uselton and Eddy Vizcaino each drove in runs. Christian Navarro had a single, two walks and two runs scored. Dean Lockery scored two runs.

Here’s the boxscore.

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The GCL Pirates lost 5-1 to the Braves.

Braxton Ashcraft, the second round pick this season, made his second pro start on Monday afternoon. He gave up two runs over two innings in his debut last Tuesday (link includes video). Ashcraft was better today, allowing one run over three innings on a solo homer. He gave up two hits total, walked one and struck out three batters. He was followed by the debut of 11th round pick Michael Burrows, who was impressive in his two innings, allowing just a single, with no walks and three strikeouts. After Andy Arrieta pitched a scoreless sixth, Randy Jimenez took the final three innings and got touched up for four runs, though just one was earned.

Pat Dorrian, who we featured here yesterday, went 2-for-3 with his seventh double, 23rd RBI and a walk. Catcher Mason Fishback played his second game after signing early last week. He reached base all four times on a single, two walks and a hit-by-pitch, while also stealing two bases. Jack Herman had a single and a walk. Ji-Hwan Bae went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He committed his 12th error.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 11-8 over the Dodgers2.

Carlos Arroyo drove in four runs, going 2-for-2 with two singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly and he was hit by a pitch. Germin Lopez had a busy day with a single, walk, run scored, stolen base, two hit-by-pitches and three RBIs. Yoyner Fajardo hit his 11th double and stole his tenth base, while scoring four runs. Norkis Marcos had a single, walk and two runs scored. Darwin Baez had three walks and a run scored.

Yoelvis Reyes got the start and went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Jesus Valles, who has been starting in the past, was out next and allowed three runs over two innings. Oscar Echarry allowed a run in the seventh, then Julio Rosario finished the win off with two scoreless frames.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The DSL Pirates2 won 3-1 over the Mariners.

Denny Roman got the start and went four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out nine batters. Roman has been a strikeout machine so far in his pro career, now piling up 44 in 23.2 innings, while walking just three batters. Carlos Campos allowed one run on one hit in three innings, picking up five strikeouts. Raydel Velette finished the game off with two scoreless innings.

Pedro Castillo was involved in all of the scoring for the Pirates. He scored one run and drove in the other two tallies. He singled and hit his sixth double. Edgar Barrios went 2-for-2 with a walk and his 13th stolen base. Angel Basabe was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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