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Monday, December 5, 2022

Prospect Watch: Braeden Ogle Returns to the Mound; Will Craig and Oneil Cruz Homer

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 (Kevin Newman, Nick Burdi and Pablo Reyes), 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 (Travis MacGregor), 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 2019 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, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

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

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, BB

7. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Indianapolis – 3-for-5, 3B

8. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

9. Jason Martin, OF, Pirates – DNP

10. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

12. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

13. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

15. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Greensboro – 1-for-4, HBP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

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

19. Michael Burrows, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

20. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – DNP

21. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Extended Spring Training – DNP

22. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

23. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

24. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

25. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

27. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

28. Blake Weiman, RHP, Altoona – DNP

29. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

30. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP


Indianapolis won 9-6 on Tuesday night. Rookie Davis made his season debut and had a rough outing. In 3.1 innings, he gave up five earned runs on four hits and four walks, striking out three batters. He was followed by Geoff Hartlieb, who danced around four base runners to throw 1.2 shutout innings. Three of the runs charged to Davis were inherited runners let in by Hartlieb. Tyler Lyons allowed one run over two innings, while Michael Feliz and Montana DuRapau closed out the game with one scoreless frame each.

Elias Diaz moved his rehab up from Bradenton to Indianapolis on Tuesday. He went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI. Diaz caught seven innings. He has yet to catch a full game or catch on back-to-back days, which he will likely do before he makes his big league debut.

Will Craig connected on his third home run in the first inning, driving in two runs. Cole Tucker also drove in two runs. He hit his first two doubles of the season, while also adding a walk. Bryan Reynolds had three hits and scored two runs. He collected his first triple. Eric Wood hit his second home run of the season in the ninth inning.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona lost 4-3 for their first defeat of the season. James Marvel had an outstanding first start of the season five days ago, allowing one hit over six shutout innings, with no walks and nine strikeouts. He couldn’t back that start up with another big game on Tuesday. Marvel allowed four runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. He had no walks, three strikeouts and a 10:1 GO/AO ratio. Sean Keselica relieved Marvel and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. Beau Sulser threw shutout ball in the eighth.

The Curve got all three of their runs on solo homers. Hunter Owen hit his second homer of the season in the second inning. Robbie Glendinning added his first home run in the fifth. Mitchell Tolman capped off the scoring with his first homer in the ninth. Jerrick Suiter and Bralin Jackson each had two hits.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton lost 3-2 to Charlotte, dropping them to 4-2 on the season. Domingo Robles started and was pitching a gem until the sixth inning. He had a no-hitter broken up by a bunt single to lead-off the sixth. That was followed by a double and a home run to put three quick runs on the board. The only other runner in his six innings was a fourth inning walk. Robles struck out six and had a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Blake Cederlind and Ryan Valdes tossed a scoreless inning each.

Oneil Cruz hit his first home run of the season in the fifth. He also drove in the other Bradenton run with a ninth inning ground out. The Marauders had just three other hits besides the homer by Cruz. Travis Swaggerty had a single, walk and a run scored. Raul Hernandez and Michael Gretler each added a single. Lucas Tancas went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro played a doubleheader on Tuesday night. Game one was the first start of the season for Braeden Ogle, who last pitched on April 27th last year. He missed the rest of the season with shoulder inflammation, including a setback during his rehab. Ogle pitched a strong game, allowing one on three hits, with one walk and five strikeouts in five innings. He threw 40 of 63 pitches for strikes. The lone run scored on a fifth inning home run. Ogle was up to 95 MPH early in this game. Joe Jacques followed with three perfect innings, picking up four strikeouts. Logan Stoelke allowed two runs in the tenth (one earned) in the 3-1 loss.

This game was also the season debut of Jonah Davis, who was out with an ankle injury that occurred late in Spring Training. He went 0-for-2, playing five innings in center field (he was scheduled to play five innings). Greensboro had just four hits and an RBI double by Mason Martin was the only extra-base hit. Connor Kaiser had a single, walk and scored the only run. Chase Lambert and Zack Kone added singles.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

In game two, Nicholas Economos got the spot start, with odd results. He allowed just one run over 3.2 innings, giving up seven base runners, while striking out eight batters. Cam Alldred gave up one run over 2.1 innings. Shea Murray pitched the seventh and allowed two runs on two walks, a hit batter and three wild pitches. He also struck out three batters, as Greensboro lost 4-0.

The Grasshoppers had just four hits in the game, all of them singles. They also failed to draw any walks. Lolo Sanchez was the only batter to reach twice, as he went 1-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch.

Game two boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

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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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