Pittsburgh Pirates: Minor League Roundup April 22nd
Three of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league teams were in action last night. All three affiliates lost in close games.
The Indianapolis Indians dropped last night’s game to Scranton by a score of 1-0. Scranton is the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Scranton RailRiders have a pretty loaded roster with a few top prospects on it. This team is led by Clint Frazier. Why this is of note is because Frazier was drafted the same year as Austin Meadows, and both played for rival high schools in Georgia. Anyhow, the Indians received quality pitching last night. Josh Lindblom started for the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A team, and unfortunately was marked with the loss. Lindblom threw six innings and gave up one run on a solo home run. Following Lindblom was Angel Sanchez, who threw 2 scoreless innings, and Dovydas Neverauskas, who threw a scoring inning. Neverauskas has yet to give up an earned run this season.
Obviously, the Indianapolis Indians struggled to get things going at the plate as they scored 0 runs. The Indians only combined for three hits in the game. Daniel Camarena, a non-top 30 prospect, started for the Yankees’ Triple-A team and threw into the 7th inning. The RailRiders staff combined for ten punchouts of Indian hitters. Austin Meadows, Chris Bostik, and Jacob Stallings each had 1 of the 3 hits. Austin Meadows also stole a base and struck out once in his four plate appearances. The Indians are now 4-12 on the year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate took on the Akron RubberDucks and lost by a score of 3-2. The Altoona Curve actually out hit the Cleveland Indians affiliate by putting together nine hits compared to their eight. Austin Coley started for the Curve and continued his early season success. Coley threw sis innings and gave up two earned runs. The right set only walked one, gave up four hits, and struck out three. After Coley, Jared LaKind and Montana DuRapau both threw two innings of scoreless ball. John Kuchno would eventually give up the walk-off in the 11th inning.
Offensively, the Curve were only able to score two runs despite having nine hits. Every hitter in the Curve’s lineup had at least one hit except for Jordan Luplow, who was 0-5. Kevin Kramer and Kevin Newman, the Pittsburgh Pirates top two picks in 2015, were a combined 2-11. Connor Joe, a 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates compensation pick, was 1-4. However, Joe had a 2 run homerun in the third inning. Tom Morales, the catcher, had the only multi-hit game for the Curve going 2-5. The Curve are now 9-6 on the season.
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The Bradenton Marauders also took a loss in the 11th inning. The Pittsburgh Pirates Low-A affiliate took on the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Miami Marlins organization. The Marauders lost by a score of 5-3. Starting for Bradenton was Dario Agrazal. Agrazal threw seven innings and struck out five on the night. Agrazal was cruising, he only gave up one run entering the 7th, but then he gave up a two run shot in the 7th inning. Following Agrazal was righty Jake Brentz. Brentz was acquired in the Arquimedas Caminero trade last season. The hard-throwing righty threw two scoreless innings and has yet to give up an earned run this season. Following Brentz was 2016 draft pick Logan Sendelbach. Sendelbach threw two innings and ended up taking the loss, giving up two runs in the 11th.
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A couple of Pittsburgh Pirates first round picks had big nights for the Marauders. First baseman, and 2016 first round pick, Will Craig was 3-5 in the game with two runs batted in and one run scored. Furthermore, 2015 first round pick Ke’Bryan Hayes was 3-4 in the game. Also, Hayes contributed a RBI which came with 2 outs. Outfielder Casey Hughston and catcher Christian Kelley both had doubles. Hayes, Craig, and Hughston each had a stolen base as well. Cole Tucker, the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 first round pick, was 1-4 with a walk. The Bradenton Marauders are now 9-8 on the year.
*Also, the West Virginia Power were Postponed
*In addition, all stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference and milb.com