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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Prospect Watch: Doubleheader for Bradenton; Afternoon Start for Indianapolis

Your daily Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch article for recaps of all of today’s games. Be sure to pick up your copy of the latest Prospect Guide in our store, available as an ebook or a limited edition paperback.


Season preview


Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-for-3, BB

Hoy Park 1-for-3, BB

Cole Tucker 1-for-3, RBI, BB

John Nogowski 1-for-4

Jared Oliva 0-for-3

Game Recap: Miguel Yajure has been slowly building up his pitch count since returning from forearm soreness. This was his fourth start since returning (second with Indianapolis) and he went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. He was up to 70 pitches in this game, with 52 going for strikes. Tanner Anderson followed with an unusually rough outing, allowing four runs in 1.1 innings. Hunter Stratton took over in the seventh and tossed two shutout innings. Joe Jacques was scoreless in the ninth, but Indianapolis lost 6-2.

The Indians scored their runs late on an eighth inning RBI single by Cole Tucker and a solo homer by Taylor Davis. Tucker, Hoy Park and Tucupita Marcano each had a single and a walk. Erik Gonzalez is 4-for-26 with a walk in seven games since being designated for assignment.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 0-for-4

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-3, BB

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-4

Mason Martin 0-for-4

Diego Castillo 1-for-4

Jack Suwinski 1-for-3

Game Recap: One day after putting up 16 runs against Richmond, Altoona couldn’t even score a single run in a 6-0 loss. Trey McGough started and went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, while picking up just one strikeout. Will Gardner retired the final batter of the sixth, then Noe Toribio allowed three runs in two innings. Shea Murray tossed a scoreless ninth. All you can say about the offense really is that Daniel Amaral had a good day with his two doubles. Ji-hwan Bae had a single and a walk. No one else reached base more than once.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez  5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Nick Gonzales 0-for-4, 2 BB

Jared Triolo 2-for-3, HR, RBI, BB, HBP

Lolo Sanchez 4-for-5, 2B, RBI, SB

Matt Gorski 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Eli Wilson 1-for-5

Game Recap: Greensboro had a big night at the plate, putting up 12 runs, to back the solid start by Santiago Florez in the 12-4 victory. Florez came into the day with a 7.76 ERA since joining Greensboro. He went five innings in this contest and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. His final strikeout was the 100th of the season, with 84.1 total innings between Bradenton and Greensboro. Enmanuel Mejia gave up a run, which is shocking, but it was unearned, which is not shocking. He has a 0.00 ERA in 33.2 innings. Austin Roberts allowed a run in two innings, while striking out four batters.

Liover Peguero had three hits in the lead-off spot, including his 12th homer of the season. Nick Gonzales, went 0-for-4, though he had two walks and two runs scored. Jared Triolo hit his 14th homer. He also reached base on a single, walk and hit-by-pitch. Matt Gorski had his 14th double, to go along with a single, walk and an RBI. Lolo Sanchez had four hits, including his 15th double. He also stole his 28th base. Yoyner Fajardo continues to rake, now hitting .355 after two hits, a walk and two steals.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia  (no line)

Notable Performances:

Eddy Yean 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

Abrahan Gutierrez 3-for-3, 2 2B, 3B, BB, HBP

Jack Herman 3-for-3, 2 BB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Dariel Lopez 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Jase Bowen 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-4, RBI

Game Recap: Nick Garcia was supposed to start, and he technically gets credit for it, but the game went through a long day in the middle of the first while he was headed to the mound. It was too long of a wait between his warmups and the restart, so Eddy Yean took over for him before he threw a pitch. Yean had a strong performance, throwing four shutout innings, with one hit, one walk and four strikeouts. Since Garcia gets credit for the start, Yean was able to pick up the win, as Bradenton took game one of the doubleheader by a 7-0 score. Justin Meis threw two scoreless innings and Alex Roth handled the seventh to close things out.

The 2-3 hitters for the Marauders had an outstanding game without driving in a single run. Jack Herman and Abrahan Gutierrez both reached base in all five plate appearances. Gutierrez had two doubles and a triple, scoring three runs. He also reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch. Herman had three singles and two walks. He scored two runs. Endy Rodriguez made it 1-0 in the third with an RBI double, his 18th double of the season. Dariel Lopez made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly, then Hudson Head picked up an RBI single. Rodriguez had an RBI single in the fourth. A wild pitch in the sixth made it 5-0, then Jase Bowen connected on a two-run single.



Starter: Carlos Campos 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO


Abraham Gutierrez 1-for-2, BB

Dariel Lopez 0-for-3

Jack Herman 1-for-3, RBI

Jase Bowen 1-for-3

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3

Recap: Carlos Campos got the spot start in game two of the doubleheader and he lasted 2.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Ryan Troutman took over in the third and stranded a runner while recording the last two outs. He ended up allowing two runs in his 1.2 innings. Sergio Umana threw shutout ball in the fifth and sixth, but gave up three runs before being pulled in the seventh, while also leaving two runners on base without recording an out. Parker Brahms took over for him, trying to work out of the jam, but he ended up allowing both runners to score, plus three runs of his own in the 12-1 loss. Jack Herman drove in the only run on a third inning single. Abrahan Gutierrez reached base two more times. Jackson Glenn had two hits and scored the only run.

***The four short-season teams are off on Wednesdays. Po-Yu Chen has been promoted to Bradenton.

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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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