Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Top 30 Prospect Stat Update 4/19

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The Pittsburgh Pirates minor league affiliates are about two weeks into their 2019 season already.  How are the top 30 prospects performing?

Earlier this month, before the start of the 2019 Minor League season kicked off, we released our 2019 Top 30 Pittsburgh Pirates prospect list.  The list was created mainly by looking at the career statistics, 2018 statistics, and future expectations of each prospect in the system.

With that being said, the Pittsburgh Pirates top four minor league affiliates are a few weeks into their season already.  Many of the top prospects have been playing and have a decent sample size to look at how they are performing.  These updates will be done weekly, usually occurring on Friday.  The updates will look at the batter slash lines along with home run totals.  For the pitchers, we will look at innings pitched, records, earned run average, and their strikeout to walk ratios.  Here is how the Top 30 prospects are performing thus far:

  1. Mitch Keller, Right-Handed Pitcher (AAA SP): 3 starts, 14 IP, 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 14/10 K/BB

  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, Third Baseman (AAA): .265/.379/.469, 1 Home run, 7 Doubles

  3. Travis Swaggerty, Outfielder (High-A): .180/.226/.260, 1 Home run, 2 Stolen Bases

  4. Oneil Cruz, Shortstop (High-A): .269/.345/.423, 1 Homer un, 3 Stolen Bases

  5. Cole Tucker, Shortstop (AAA): .340/.426/.547, 2 Home runs, 5 Stole Bases

  6. Cal Mitchell, Outfielder (High-A): .296/.316/.537, 3 Home runs, 7 RBI

  7. Kevin Kramer, Second Baseman (AAA): .200/.250/.333, 4 Doubles

  8. Bryan Reynolds, Outfielder (AAA): .362/.434/.745, 5 Home runs, 11 RBI

  9. Kevin Newman, Shortstop (MLB): .273/.333/.364, Currently on Injured List

  10. Luis Escobar, Right-Handed Pitcher (High-A RP): 6 Games, 6.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 10/3 K/BB

  11. Tahnaj Thomas, Right-Handed Starting Pitcher: Has Not Pitched

  12. Jason Martin, Outfielder (MLB): .333/.391/.429, 2 Doubles, 2 Stolen Bases

  13. Pablo Reyes, Infielder and Outfielder (MLB): .087/.160/.087, 1 RBI

  14. Travis MacGregor, Right-Handed Pitcher: Out for Season with Tommy-John Surgery

  15. Cody Bolton, Right-Handed Pitcher (Low-A SP): 3 starts, 16 IP, 1.13 ERA, 17/5 K/BB

  16. Braxton Ashcraft, Right-Handed Starting Pitcher: Has Not Pitched

  17. Lolo Sanchez, Outfielder (Low-A): .333/.400/.542, 1 Home run, 4 Stolen Bases

  18. Nick Burdi, Right-Handed Pitcher (MLB RP): 9 Games, 7.2 IP, 2-1, 3.52 ERA, 15/1 K/BB

  19. Jared Oliva, Outfielder (AA): .250/.308/.417, 2 Doubles, 2 Runs Scored

  20. Steven Jennings, Right-Handed Pitcher (Low-A SP): 3 GS, 13.2 IP, 0-2, 7.90 ERA 13/5 K/BB

  21. Will Craig, First Baseman (AAA): .271/.386/.688, 6 Home runs, 14 RBI

  22. Ji-Hwan Bae, Shortstop (Low-A) Currently Suspended for 30 Games: .190/.292/.286

  23. Max Kranick, Right-Handed Pitcher (High-A SP): 3 GS, 10.2 IP, 0-1, 3.38 ERA, 10/6 K/BB

  24. JT Brubaker, Right-Handed Pitcher (AAA SP): 3 GS, 16 IP, 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 15/3 K/BB

  25. Stephen Alemais, Shortstop and Second Baseman (AA): .310/.333/.310, 2 RBI

  26. Rookie Davis, Right-Handed Pitcher (AAA SP): 2 GS, 8.1 IP, 0-1, 6.48 ERA, 6/6 K/BB

  27. Santiago Florez, Right-Handed Pitcher: Has Not Pitched

  28. Geoff Hartlieb, Right-Handed (AAA RP): 4 games, 6 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7/7 K/BB

  29. Juan Pie, Outfielder: Has Not Played

  30. Deon Stafford, Catcher (Low-A):  Has Not Played

Next. Mock Draft for 2019. dark

Over the few series that have been played, there are a couple of prospects who have really stood out.  The first two are both at Triple-A in Reynolds and Craig.  Combined the two prospects have 11 home runs and both are slugging well over .600.  The pitcher standing out is rising prospect, Cody Bolton.  The 2017 sixth round pick is building on a solid 2018 season where he pitched to a mid 3.00 ERA.  Check back next Friday for an update.

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