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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Looks Solid in Rehab Outing

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, 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, 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2016 prospect guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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INDIANAPOLIS — He was joking, but you can’t blame him if he wasn’t.

Indians manager Dean Treanor had one complaint with Gerrit Cole’s rehab outing: he only had him on the mound for three innings against Louisville on Tuesday.

He knew that going into the game, but Cole’s effectiveness can’t be easily duplicated. And neither can a trait that Treanor hopes his team noticed.

“He brings an intensity that I hope our guys were watching,” Treanor said.

Cole did not allow a run in three innings of work, striking out six and walking none. He gave up two hits, and threw 32 of his 48 pitches for a strike. For more on Cole’s rehab outing, read the report here.

The night in general had several interesting aspects. Jin-De Jhang made his Triple-A debut and collected an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Because Jacob Stallings was designated for assignment, that initially left Jhang as the only active catcher on the roster. Tomas Morales will be promoted from Altoona, but did not arrive in time for Tuesday’s game, Treanor said.

So, in order to have a backup catcher in place, third-base coach Miguel Perez was activated to serve in an emergency role.

Perez filled emergency catching role, but not in an expected manner. In the seventh inning, third baseman Jason Rogers was tracking down a foul ball and dove over the railing of the Indians’ dugout. Perez was there to catch Rogers in what was a scary-looking play.

At the time of the play, the Indians led 6-0.

“Best catch of the year was by Miguel Perez catching him in the dugout,” Treanor said. “What it says — in a game that is 6-0 at that time — and to do that — you have to love that. That’s how you want guys to play.”

Rogers was thankful Perez was there to catch him, saying his mind quickly went to: “Wow, I’m going over here. Uh oh.”

“Playing a long way I kind of overran the ball and saw where I was at, so I tried to make an adjustment and tried to reach back for it,” Rogers said. “It popped out of my glove before I went over the rail. Luckily [Miguel Perez] was there to break my fall.”

Rogers was 2-for-3 against the Bats, also drawing a walk. He’s been a consistent performer, hitting .285 this season and .290 in his last ten games.

“Just concentrating more and getting good pitches to hit,” Rogers said. “That’s the biggest thing for me, is getting good pitches to hit and trusting my hands.”

Justin Masterson had arguably his best outing with Indianapolis, throwing four innings of scoreless relief once Cole finished his rehab start. He was almost a second scheduled starter, knowing beforehand he would replace Cole.

Masterson allowed two hits and walked two batters in four innings, throwing 42 of his 68 pitches for a strike. That matches his longest career relief appearance, last throwing four innings with Low-A Lowell in August 2006.

In his previous outing, Masterson started against Toledo as part of a doubleheader on July 1. But he allowed five earned runs on six hits and lasted just 2.1 innings.

“He’s still trying to get healthy and back to where he was,” Treanor said. “We’ve talked a lot about his delivery and what he needs to do. He thinks he’s figured some things out, which is a positive step for him. Especially to go that long for us. It’s a positive outing for him.”

Masterson felt he was in the zone more consistently and had consistent movement on his pitches. Even though his stat line wasn’t great from his last outing, he feels consistent improvement has been made with his performances.

“Each game I try to get as many reps as I can and now we’re slowly starting to ween down to a few things [that need work],” Masterson said.

Louisville starter Seth Varner was making his Triple-A debut after being promoted from High-A Daytona. He didn’t fare well, not retiring any of the seven batters he faced and allowing five runs.

Alen Hanson reached on an error to lead off the inning, and Max Moroff followed with a walk. Josh Bell had an RBI single that scored Hanson, while Rogers singled to load the bases.

Willy Garcia cleared the bases with a three-run double. Danny Ortiz followed with an RBI single and Jose Osuna had a single that finally ended Varner’s outing.

Garcia also made a running shoestring catch to take away a hit later in the game as he continues his impressive defensive play. Max Moroff made just his ninth start at shortstop, and made a nice play on a hard groundout during Cole’s rehab portion of the game.

Curtis Partch and Jorge Rondon each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. – Brian Peloza



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Altoona took a beating at the hands of Akron on Tuesday night, dropping a 10-0 decision. Tyler Eppler had a tough night, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He took over the lead among all Pirates with 100.1 innings pitched this season. There were a couple good signs despite an overall poor outing. Eppler picked up a career-high seven strikeouts in this game. He also had a 6:2 GO/AO ratio, which is well above the 0.84 season mark he had coming into this game. Josh Smith gave up four runs in his 1.1 innings, while Edgar Santana threw a shutout inning.

Kevin Newman extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first inning. He also had a walk and stole two bases. He is hitting .328 through 15 games in Altoona. Erich Weiss went 1-for-3 with a walk. Anderson Feliz had a walk and two hits, including his 15th double. The Curve went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.


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Yeudy Garcia didn’t have his best night, allowing three runs over six innings while allowing two homers, but there were some very positive signs to the game. Garcia picked up eight strikeouts, the third highest total in his career. He didn’t walk anyone, throwing just 68 pitches total, with 48 going for strikes. He has now allowed three runs or less in each of his 16 games this season. Due to a passed ball on strike three in the fourth inning, Garcia was able to pick up four strikeouts in the inning, all going down swinging.

Bradenton won this game 11-5 due to some timely hitting with runners in scoring position. Kevin Kramer went 1-for-3 and drove in three runs. Cole Tucker had two hits and a walk, driving in two runs. That broke a 1-for-21 slide over his last five games. Tito Polo had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Taylor Gushue had a single, double, walk, RBI and three runs scored. Michael Suchy had a solo homer, two walks and two runs scored. Elvis Escobar had two hits, including his 13th double. He also scored two runs. Chase Simpson had three walks and a run scored.


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Bret Helton pitched well in this game, but the West Virginia offense managed just one run and two hits all night in the 2-1 loss to Greensboro. Helton allowed solo runs in the first inning and in the fourth, which handed him the loss. He gave up four hits, two walks and hit two batters. His seven strikeouts are a career-high, and he lowered his ERA to 3.81 on the season. He was followed by Yunior Montero, who made his West Virginia debut and threw two perfect innings. He had a 2.25 ERA in four appearances for Morgantown.

Singles by Logan Ratledge and Carlos Munoz were the only hits. Ratledge scored a run on a Ryan Nagle sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, which tied the game at the time. Mitchell Tolman had two walks. Logan Hill also drew a walk for the only other Power runner on the night. The first nine West Virginia hitters were retired in order, as well and their last eight batters of the game.



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Morgantown lost game one of a doubleheader to Aberdeen by a 4-3 score, giving up a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off loss. Starter Danny Beddes pitched well, giving up one run over five innings, but eighth round pick Dylan Prohoroff followed him and allowed three hits and a walk in the bottom of the seventh. He left with a 3-3 score and recorded just one out on a sacrifice bunt. Matt Frawley then replaced Prohoroff and on his fourth pitch, he allowed a single to end the game.

Jordan George had a triple, a run scored and two walks, though his seventh inning error led to an unearned run. Ty Moore had two hits. Sandy Santos had a double and an RBI, while also picking up an outfield assist. Third round pick Stephen Alemais played his first game in two weeks and went 1-for-4. He was out with an unspecified injury that occurred prior to the game on June 23rd.

GAME TWO: Morgantown lost game two on a walk-off as well, although it took eight innings to decide this game. Sixth round pick Cam Vieaux started with four shutout innings in this game before things fell apart in the fifth inning. Aberdeen put up three runs in that inning to tie the game up. Both teams scored a run in the seventh, then Aberdeen came up with a sacrifice fly in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out off Scooter Hightower for the 5-4 win.

On offense, Sandy Santos had three hits, including two doubles. He scored a run, stole a base and picked up an RBI. Matt Diorio drove in two runs, while Jordan George and Albert Baur each had two hits and a walk. Will Craig went 0-for-2 to drop his average to .152, but he drew two walks to improve his OBP to .355 through 14 games.

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Bristol lost 6-3 despite some strong pitching from 19-year-old lefty Ike Schlabach. He had his longest pro outing, going six innings while allowing one run on four hits and no walks, striking out four batters. Schlabach gave up a solo homer in the second inning, then allowed just two more hits, with one of them being a weakly hit infield single that he fielded. He had an impressive 11:1 GO/AO ratio. Nick Hutchings followed him and allowed five runs in the seventh, though the inning included a passed ball, a fielding error and every base hit was a grounder that found a hole in the infield. Only two of the runs were earned.

Michael de la Cruz had the big hit in the game, a two-run triple in the fifth to make it 3-1 at the time. Julio de la Cruz had two hits and scored a run. Alexis Bastardo had a single, a walk and an outfield assist. Daniel Cucjen had an RBI, a run scored and his first stolen base.


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The GCL Pirates lost 5-3 in 12 innings on Tuesday. For a team short-handed on pitching, they didn’t need an extra inning game in which they used five pitchers. One of those pitchers used today was Eduardo Vera, who last pitched in August 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. He threw a shutout inning in his return with one hit and one strikeout. Starter Argenis Romano threw five innings, allowing three runs. Four relievers combined for six shutout innings until the 12th when Vince Deyzel allowed two runs in his second inning of work.

The offense had nine hits, three walks and two hit batters, but they struck out 15 times and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Yondry Contreras, Johan De Jesus and Nelson Jorge each had two hits. De Jesus hit his second double, drove in a run and stole a base. Edison Lantigua had a single, walk and an RBI. He is batting .344 through his first nine games. Mikell Granberry hit his second double


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The DSL Pirates lost 5-2 to the Mets1 on Tuesday to drop to 9-18 on the season. Starter Yeudry Manzanillo had his best start, allowing one unearned run on one hits and a walk in 4.2 innings. The 17-year-old righty had four strikeouts and a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. He was their highest paid pitcher among July 2nd signings last year, receiving a $150,000 bonus. Manzanillo has an 8.06 ERA and has yet to get through five innings in a start.

The offense had six hits and seven walks, and they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Jeremias Portorreal had two hits, giving him a .189 average on the season. Top prospect Kevin Sanchez had two walks and an RBI. Through 18 games, he has a .302 average, with eight walks and only six strikeouts. Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He is now hitting .308 on the season, though he committed two more errors in this game, giving him 15 on the season.

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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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eric i

Cole is on 3 inning or 45 pitch limit. Hard to imagine him pitching for the bucs Sunday.


well i nailed the eric fryer/arnold harrison juxtaposition.
even a blind squirrel…


5-0 lead and still nobody out in the first inning. He may have to go out to the BP and warm-up all over before the 2nd inning begins.

joe s

Apostle and Alcime are not hitting as of yet,is this because they are overmatched or inexperienced?

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