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Prospect Watch: Morgantown Misses Playoffs on Final Day; Ji-Hwan Bae Wins Batting Title


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-4, 2B, BB

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

4. Oneil Cruz, SS, Altoona – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

5. Travis Swaggerty, CF, Bradenton – DNP

6. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 3-for-5

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

8. Jason Martin, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-0, BB

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 – DNP

15. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

16. Michael Burrows, RHP, Morgantown – DNP

17. Jared Oliva, CF, Altoona – 2-for-4, SB

18. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS, Greensboro – DNP

19. Max Kranick, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Luis Escobar, RHP, Indianapolis – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 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 – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

28. Jesus Liranzo, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

29. Rodolfo Castro, 2B, Bradenton – DNP

30. Cam Vieaux, LHP, Altoona – DNP


Indianapolis won 4-0 over Louisville. James Marvel finished up his season strong, throwing five shutout innings on five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He had a 6:3 GO/AO ratio and threw 56 of 88 pitches for strikes. Marvel ended with a 2.67 ERA in 11 starts with Indianapolis. For reference, the International League leader in ERA had a 3.42 mark. In 11 starts with Indianapolis and his last five in Altoona, Marvel helped his team put up a 15-1 record in those 16 games. Luis Escobar threw two scoreless innings and Brandon Waddell got to finish a rough season on a high note with two perfect innings.

Eric Wood had the big hit of the game, driving in two runs with a seventh inning double. Will Craig had two hits, including his 23rd double. He drove in his 78th run of the season. Kevin Kramer had three singles and two runs scored. Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his 30th double and drew a walk, leaving him with a .751 OPS to end the season. Mitchell Tolman had two hits and a walk, ending his brief time in Triple-A (12 games) with a .944 OPS.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona lost 1-0 in a very quick game, played like everyone wanted to get home. Sean Brady went six innings and allowed one run on a solo homer, which was the only hit he allowed. Joe Jacques and John O’Reilly each tossed a scoreless inning. O’Reilly allowed one run in 20 innings after being promoted from Greensboro to Bradenton in mid-July.

Oneil Cruz had the only extra-base hit for the Curve, collecting a double. He also drew a walk. In 35 games with Altoona, he had a .757 OPS. After hitting seven homers in the same amount of game with Bradenton, Cruz collected one homer in a more hitter-friendly environment with Altoona. Jared Oliva had two singles, giving him a .750 OPS to end the season. He also stole his 36th base.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton’s season ended on Thursday.

You can view the season preview here.

Greensboro lost 2-0 to West Virginia. Winston Nicacio went six solid innings, giving up two runs on five hits and no walks, with six strikeouts. He posted a 2.70 ERA in 36.2 innings with Greensboro. Oliver Garcia tossed shutout ball over the final two innings, striking out three batters.

The Grasshoppers didn’t collect a hit until Justin Harrer tripled with one out in the eighth. Jonah Davis added a ninth inning double. Three other players drew one walk each. Ji-Hwan Bae didn’t play, but he ended up with the South Atlantic League batting title, hitting .323, which led by five points. If he went 0-for-5 today, he would have tied for the league lead (exact same average, not just both at .318), so it was fairly safe going into day.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Morgantown came into Monday tied for first place, holding the tiebreaker over Batavia. All they need was a win or a Batavia loss and they would make the playoffs. Neither happened, as the Black Bears lost 2-0 and Batavia won 7-0. You can read a detailed recap of the day here. Francis Del Orbe started and went 3.2 scoreless innings before leaving with the bases loaded. Denny Roman stranded all three runners, then tossed a scoreless fifth. In the sixth, he was hurt by the defense. After an infield single, a grounder to third base (which was scored a hit for some reason) was missed by both the third baseman and the shortstop. A double followed and scored both runs. That would be all that Mahoning Valley would need. Garrett Leonard and Cameron Junker each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Black Bears never really threatened.  They had just three singles and one walk. Dean Lockery had two hits. Jared Triolo had the other. Cory Wood drew the walk.

Here’s the boxscore.

You can view the season preview here.


Bristol lost their playoff series to Johnson City yesterday.

You can view the season preview here.


The GCL Pirates finished their season with an 18-36 record. Here’s the season recap. Here’s the top ten prospects list.

You can view the season preview here.


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

You can view the season preview here.

The DSL Pirates2 finished their season with a 56-16 record. They lost their playoff series 0-2 to the DBacks2.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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