Prospect Watch: Tyler Eppler and Ke’Bryan Hayes Finish the Season on a Strong Note

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 –  2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB

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

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-3, BB

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates – In Majors

8. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B

9. Luis Escobar, RHP, Altoona – DNP

10. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

12. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-5

14. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

15. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

16. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Travis MacGregor, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

18. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-2

20. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

21. Jared Oliva, CF, Bradenton – DNP

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

23. Cody Bolton, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

24. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – 3 IP, 13 H, 10 ER,  1 BB, 1 SO

26. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 2-for-5

27. Max Kranick, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

28. Mason Martin, 1B, Bristol – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Bristol – DNP

30. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Morgantown – DNP


Indianapolis won their season finale by a 4-0 score over Louisville.

Tyler Eppler got the start today and was brilliant for seven innings, allowing just three singles and a walk, while striking out six batters. He needed just 76 pitches to get through his day. He finishes with a 3.59 ERA in 153 innings. Casey Sadler worked a scoreless eight and Montana DuRapau worked around a pair of walks to preserve the shutout.

Wyatt Mathisen got the scoring started early with a solo homer in the fourth, his ninth of the season. Erich Weiss followed two innings later with a three-run homer, his fifth homer of the year. Mathisen had three hits, while five other players had one each.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 17-6 to Bowie.

Dario Agrazal got the start in the season finale and did not finish on a strong note. In three innings, he allowed ten earned runs on 13 hits, including five homers and four doubles. Sean Keselica followed with four runs in his 2.1 innings, before Tate Scioneaux allowed the final three runs. Geoff Hartlieb stopped the bleeding with a scoreless eighth.

Ke’Bryan Hayes goes into the playoffs on a hot streak. After back-to-back four-hit days, he had two hits today, walked twice and drove in three runs. Cole Tucker also finished strong with two hits, a walk and two steals, giving him 35 stolen bases on the season. Will Craig finished with 102 RBIs, after a single and a walk in this game. Stephen Alemais and Jin-De Jhang each had two hits, while Bryan Reynolds had a single and walk.

Altoona will be on the road in Akron on Wednesday night to begin the playoffs.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton’s season ended Sunday. They finished with a 56-74 record.

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West Virginia lost 7-4 to Charleston. They needed either a win today or a Kannapolis loss to make the playoffs and neither happened.

Sergio Cubilete got the start with a spot in the playoffs on the line. He didn’t last long, as the Power went to the bullpen at the first sign on trouble. Cubilete threw 2.2 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a hit batter, with no walks and three strikeouts. Ryan Valdes followed with one run over 4.1 innings.The only runner he allowed was a solo home run, otherwise he retired the other 13 batters he faced, five by strikeout. John Pomeroy took over in the eighth and gave up two hits, before Beau Sulser took over with one out. He served up a three-run homer to make it a 7-4 game.

Connor Kaiser had the big hit for the Power, belting a three-run homer in the fifth inning. It was his first with West Virginia and his second home run on the season. They scored their first run of the game earlier in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles from Raul Hernandez and Rafelin Lorenzo. Those two combined for half of the Power’s eight hits, with each of them also collecting a single. Calvin Mitchell hit his 29th double. Travis Swaggerty had a single, walk and run scored. He finished with a .129/.225/.226 slash line in 16 games with the Power.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown lost 4-1 to Mahoning Valley

Alex Manasa got the start and went five innings, allowing one run on four hits, with one walk and one strikeout. He finishes the season with a 4.48 ERA in 80.1 innings. Will Gardner followed with two strikeouts in his one shutout inning. Allen Montgomery also tossed a scoreless frame, giving way to recently signed Nick Mears. He threw two innings with no hits or walks (one runner reached on an error), while striking out four batters. He only made three appearances after signing, but managed to strike out eight batters in four scoreless innings. Conner Loeprich took extra innings and allowed three run in the tenth for the loss.

The Black Bears had their chances to score, but they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, left ten runners on base and they struck out 14 times.  Zack Kone had two hits and a run scored. Daniel Amaral had two singles, two stolen bases and an outfield assist. He finished with 25 steals. Edison Lantigua had a single, walk, stolen base and an outfield assist.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol’s season has ended. They finished with a 31-37 record.

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The GCL Pirates season has ended. They finished with a 27-25 record.

You can view the season preview here.


The DSL Pirates1 season has ended. They finished with a 32-40 record.

The DSL Pirates2 season has ended. They finished with a 27-45 record.

You can view the season preview for both teams here. Here’s the season recap and the top ten prospects list.




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