Pittsburgh Pirates: top 30 prospect stat update 5/29

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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This the fifth installment of the Pittsburgh Pirates Top 30 prospect update. The minor league season is now entering June.  Most hitters have over 150 at-bats at this point while pitchers are closing in on 10 starts or so.

Below is a list of the Pittsburgh Pirates Top 30 prospects and their numbers so far this season. This article will give you an easy and accessible page to view a prospect’s roundup and how they are performing this year. The positional player’s stats will include their slash line (average, OBP, and slugging), RBIs, some will have home-runs if they are a power hitting prospects.  Pitcher stats will include their win-loss record, ERA, and their strikeout to walk ratio on the season.

The list was created by myself and contributor David Slusser.  We used a comprehensive statistical formula to create the list.  Both formulas take into account most stats and judge how efficient a prospect has been in their careers and the 2016 season.  Once the numbers were plugged into the formula, it resulted in a score that was then used to help make the order of the list.  Also, other elements were taken into account, such as projectability, tools, and expectations.  With that being said, here is the Rum Bunter’s Top 30 Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects and their stats on the year:

Note: Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hanson and Trevor Williams started the year on the Top 30 list.  However, they have played enough games in the MLB to lose their prospect eligibility.  

Austin Meadows, Outfielder; .262/.320/.372; 24 RBI; 3 Home Run, 31K/15BB

Mitch Keller, Starting Pitcher; 8 starts, 40.0 IP; 3-2, 2.93 ERA; 39K/8BB: Disabled List

Kevin Newman, Shortstop; .232/.296/.323; 11 RBI; 2 Home Run; 24K/11BB

Will Craig; First Baseman; 257/.364/.371; 25 RBI; 3 Home Run; 41K/20BB

Ke’Bryan Hayes, Third Baseman; 282/.363/.340; 15 RBI;  0 Home Run; 26K/18BB

Nick Kingham, Starting Pitcher; 3 starts, 18 IP; 2-1, 3.00 ERA; 17K/6BB

Steven Brault, Starting Pitcher; 10 starts, 54.1 IP; 2-3, 2.48 ERA; 50K/25BB

Cole Tucker, Shortstop; .280/.361/.440; 27 RBI, 4 Home Run; 46K/25BB; 27 Stolen Bases

 Taylor Hearn, Starting Pitcher; 9 starts/10 games, 45.2 IP; 3-3, 4.34 ERA; 57K/17BB

Elias Diaz, Catcher; .274/.292/.359; 16 RBI; 1 Home Run; 21K/2BB

Edgar Santana, Relief Pitcher; 18 games, 23.1 IP; 1-0, 1.30 ERA; 5 Saves, 26K/6BB

Max Kranick, Pitcher: Has Not Played

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Travis MacGregor, Pitcher:  Has Not Played

Luis Escobar, Starting Pitcher; 8 starts, 9 games, 40.2 IP; 4-2, 4.43 ERA; 57K/20BB

Kevin Kramer; .319/.404/.528; 18 RBI/ 4 Home Run; 43K/16BB

Yeudy Garcia, Starting Pitcher; 8 starts, 9 games, 35.1 IP; 2-3, 5.09 ERA; 35K/19BB

Jordan Luplow; .272/.355/.503; 19 RBI/ 8 Home Run; 24K/18BB

Braeden Ogle, Pitcher:  Has Not Played

Clay Holmes, Starting Pitcher; 9 starts, 44.0 IP; 3-1, 3.27 ERA; 50K/19BB

Gage Hinsz, Starting Pitcher; 8 starts, 36.2 IP; 1-4, 7.85 ERA; 17K/13BB

Jose Osuna, MLB First Base/OF; .211/.286/.421; 12 RBI,  3 Home Run; 12K/6BB

Kevin Krause, Catcher/RF; .348/.411/.636; 15 RBI, 4 Home Run; 14K/7BB

Max Moroff, Infield; .260/.375/.565; 35 RBI/ 13 Home Run; 47K/29BB

Dovydas Neverauskas, Reliever; AAA, 17 Games, 24.0 IP; 3.00 ERA, 22K/7BB

Stephen Alemais, Shortstop; .223/.266/.380; 12 RBI; 3 Home Run; 32K/5BB Disabled List

Jake Brentz, Reliever; 14 Games,19 IP; 1-1, 4.26ERA; 23K/8BB

Barrett Barnes, Outfield, 7 Game .105/.239/.105, 3 RBI, 0 Home Run, 17K/4BB

Tyler Eppler, Starting Pitcher, 8 starts, 9 games, 46.2; 3-2, 2.70 ERA, 33K/12BB

Victor Fernandez, Outfield A-, 3 Games, .375/.444/.375; 0 RBI; 2 Stolen Bases; 2K/0BB

Connor Joe, Outfield/Infield, 35 Games, .300/.399/.471; 20 RBI; 3 Home Runs; 16K/21BB

Next: Last Week's top 30 update

The most positive performance of the week comes from Austin Meadows.  Over his last ten games, Meadows is batting .405 with 7 RBI and 12 runs scored.  After batting below the Mendoza Line through April, Meadows is now batting .317 for the month of May.  The Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect looks like he is finally making the adjustments to Triple-A.  This is obviously a great sign.  If he continues this hot streak, Meadows may get a taste of the big leagues by mid-June.

Meanwhile, on the negative side, Gage Hinsz continues to struggle.  Hinsz was an 11th round pick in 2014, but he was signed to a well over-slot deal.  So far he has not progressed the way that many thought he would.  In his last start, he gave up 8 earned runs, the worst start of his career.  Hopefully, things can get turned around quickly and he can start to develop into the prospect many believed he would be.