Prospect Watch: Cam Vieaux Strikes Out Ten in Strong Performance

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 (Clay Holmes, Jacob Stallings, Pablo Reyes, Kevin Newman 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, Nick Burdi 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, Pirates – In Majors

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

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Altoona – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

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

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 1-for-3

7. Will Craig, 1B, Indianapolis – 0-for-3

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, RBI

9. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

10. Calvin Mitchell, OF, Bradenton – DNP

11. Cody Bolton, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP, Bristol – DNP

13. Braxton Ashcraft, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

14. Lolo Sanchez, CF, Bradenton – 0-for-4

15. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

16. Michael Burrows, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

17. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 0-for-4

18. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – 1-for-3

19. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

21. Osvaldo Bido, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

22. Eduardo Vera, RHP, – Released, article here

23. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Altoona – DNP

24. Aaron Shortridge, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

25. Blake Weiman, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Jennings, RHP, Greensboro – DNP

27. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Indianapolis – 2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

28. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Altoona – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

29. Rodolfo Castro, 2B, Bradenton – 0-for-4

30. Cam Vieaux, LHP, Altoona – 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO


Indianapolis lost 7-2 to Toledo. Brandon Waddell threw six shutout innings in his last start, but couldn’t get through three innings tonight. He gave up six runs (five earned) in 2.1 innings, serving up three home runs. Luis Escobar followed with one run over 3.2 innings, striking out four batters. JB Shuck tossed two shutout innings, giving him a 3.79 ERA over 19 innings, with 23 strikeouts. Matt Eckelman handled the final inning.

The offense managed five singles, two walks and no hits with runners in scoring position. The runs scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Martin and a third inning ground out by Jake Elmore. Ke’Bryan Hayes went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona won 3-2 over Akron. Cam Vieaux was one pitch away from putting together four straight scoreless appearances, allowing a home run with two outs in the sixth inning of his last start. He came back tonight with one of his best career starts, going 7.1 shutout inning on two hits, three walks and ten strikeouts. He had a 7:4 GO/AO ratio and he threw 63 of 96 pitches for strikes. The ten strikeouts ties his career high set earlier this year. Angel German recorded the final two outs of the eighth, then Jesus Liranzo made things interesting with two runs in the ninth.

Oneil Cruz had two singles, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Brett Pope reached base three times on a single, double and hit-by-pitch. He dropped down a sacrifice bunt is his other plate appearance. Jerrick Suiter had a single, double and an RBI. Bligh Madris hit his 26th double. Chris Sharpe hit his 14th double for Altoona. He had 17 for Bradenton, and now has a total of 50 extra-base hits on the season.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton won 5-2 over Palm Beach in the final game of the season. Mason Martin hit two doubles and drove in three runs, giving him a final RBI total of 129 between Bradenton and Greensboro. Travis Swaggerty had two hits, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Dylan Busby had two hits and scored two runs.

Gavin Wallace got the start and went six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight batters. Joe Jacques got the win with one run over two frames. John O’Reilly picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. He allowed one earned run in 19 innings with Bradenton. On the season (including his Greensboro time), he had a 1.52 ERA.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro lost 7-0 to Rome. Alex Manasa couldn’t go out on a high note this season, but it’s been a solid year for the 21-year-old right-hander. He went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk, with six strikeouts. Manasa finishes with a 3.48 ERA in 139.2 innings, striking out 120 batters. Alfredo Reyes followed and his transition to pitching continues to have a lot of speed bumps. He gave up two runs over two innings and now has a 10.45 ERA in 10.1 innings over nine appearances. On a positive note, he does have 14 strikeouts. Oliver Garcia took the ninth and allowed the final run.

The offense put together seven hits, three walks and even loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs, but they couldn’t push a run across the plate. Ji-Hwan Bae went 1-for-3 to hold his six point lead in the batting race. Zack Kone had two hits. Justin Harrer and Michael Gretler each had a single and a walk. Andres Alvarez jumped from the GCL to Greensboro yesterday and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He replaced Connor Kaiser, who is out for the season with an undisclosed injury.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown played an early morning game against Batavia and won 5-4 in ten innings. Bear Bellomy got the start and went four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Francis Del Orbe tossed three shutout innings, then Matt Eardensohn earned the win with two runs (one earned) over the final three innings. He already had wins with Bradenton, the GCL Pirates and Bristol this year, so I’m guessing this win means that he moves up to Greensboro tomorrow (probably not).

The Black Bears got back-to-back solo homers from Cory Wood and Will Matthiessen in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. In the tenth, they got help from an error, two wild pitches, and the runner who starts the inning at second base, to get the walk-off win. Morgantown was held scoreless until the eighth inning, when Fernando Villegas picked up the first RBI on a ground out. Blake Sabol had two singles, a double, a walk and a run scored. Jared Triolo had a single and two walks.

The win brought Morgantown within a 1/2 game of first place with five games left over the next four days.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol begins a best-of-three playoff series with Johnson City tomorrow.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


The GCL Pirates finished their season with an 18-36 record.

You can view the season preview here.


The DSL Pirates1 finished their season with a 34-36 record.

The DSL Pirates2 finished their regular season with a 56-16 record. They will play a three-game series against the DBacks2, starting tomorrow.

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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