P2 Top 30A 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 Bryan Reynolds), 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 and Stephen Alemais), 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 – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bradenton – DNP

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-3, 2 BB

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – DNP

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

9. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – 1-for-5

11. Cody Bolton, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

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

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

14. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Greensboro – 1-for-3, RBI

15. Pablo Reyes, Util, Indianapolis – DNP

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates – In Majors

17. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Greensboro – DNP

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

19. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – DNP

20. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 0-for-2

21. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

22. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis –  DNP

23. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Greensboro – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

24. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

25. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

27. Blake Weiman, LHP, Altoona – DNP

28. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

29. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

30. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Indianapolis had off today.

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Altoona had off today.

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Bradenton had a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth and lost 7-6 to Charlotte. Aaron Shortridge started and went seven scoreless innings on three hits and a walk, with eight strikeouts, which represents a season high. He now has a 3.38 ERA in 74.2 innings this season. Logan Stoelke tossed a scoreless eighth, before things fell apart in the ninth. He gave up six of the runs, with eight batters reaching against him during his short outing. Ryan Valdes ended up with the loss, recording one out, while allowing a run on two hits.

The Marauders had 21 batters reach base safely on 12 hits, six walks and three hit batters. They went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, so they clearly had a chance to expand their lead before the ninth. Calvin Mitchell had a hit and a run scored, but also stranded eight runners on base. Dylan Busby hit his 12th home run. Adrian Valerio and Jesse Medrano each had three hits. Robbie Glendinning returned from a brief suspension to go 2-for-3 with two walks and his 15th double. Chris Sharpe hit his 16th double. Travis Swaggerty saw his average drop to .227 after an 0-for-3 night.

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Greensboro won 5-2 over Hickory in a rain-shortened game. Osvaldo Bido got the start and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings. He came within one pitch of getting the shortened complete game. Will Gardner recorded an out on the first pitch he threw in the seventh inning before the game was delayed and eventually called. Bido had five strikeouts and an 8:1 GO/AO ratio.

The Grasshoppers got on the board early with a two-run single by Fabricio Macias in the first inning. Jack Herman had an RBI single in the second inning, followed by an RBI ground out by Lolo Sanchez. Herman added the fifth run in the fourth inning on a solo homer, his second of the season. He’s hitting .304 with a 1.056 OPS in his first nine games of the season. Pat Dorrian had a single and his 14th double. Rodolfo Castro hit his second triple.

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The DSL Pirates1 won 5-2 over the Rangers1. Valentin Linarez started and went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Wilkin Valdez tossed a shutout inning, despite allowing a hit and two walks. Carlos Campos got the save with 2.1 scoreless innings.

Juan Jerez ($380,000 bonus) continued his strong start to the season, going 2-for-3 with his fourth double,a stolen base and a walk. He is hitting .400, while putting up a 1.225 OPS. Shortstop Luis Tejeda ($500,000) was off to a fine start before he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and an error today. Both players made our weekly top performers article. Osvaldo Gavilan ($700,000) is batting .200 after an 0-for-3 game. He had a walk, stolen base and a run scored. Orlando Chivilli ($350,000) is hitting .417 after going 1-for-3 with his second double. Luis Tello went 2-for-3 with his first pro home run and his first stolen base.

Here’s the boxscore.

The DSL Pirates2 lost 8-7 in ten innings to Colorado. Sergio Umana had an outstanding pro debut last week, tossing five shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He made his second start today and allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. He had no walks, six strikeouts and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. Wilbur Martinez followed and served up five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks in two innings. Miguel Diaz took the loss with an unearned run in the tenth.

The Pirates got two hits apiece from four first-year players. Alexander Mojia ($350,000) hit his third double, a single and two runs scored. Rodolfo Nolasco ($230,000) hit his fourth double, a single and two RBIs. Jauri Custodio hit his second double and stole his second base. He also had a single and a run scored. Eudys Carrasco had two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Outfielder Jose Berroa ($230,000) went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored.

Here’s the boxscore.

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