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Prospect Watch: Po-Yu Chen with Another Strong Performance on Monday


Only the short-season teams were in action on Monday.


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Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Solomon Maguire 0-for-1, BB

Deion Walker, 0-for-1, Run

Juan Jerez 0-for-3, RBI

Angel Basabe 1-for-2, RBI, HBP

Luis Tejeda 2-for-3, RBI

Game Recap: Po-Yu Chen is off to an amazing start in his pro career. After five shutout innings today, he has allowed one run in 21 innings, with 26 strikeouts and no walks. Allowing with no walks, batters are hitting just .173 against him. The Pirates won 3-0 in seven innings. The runs scored on an Angel Basabe single, a sacrifice fly by Juan Jerez, and a single by Luis Tejeda. Those two singles accounted for half of the team’s hits. Tejeda had two hits and scored a run. Juan Jerez has 14 RBIs. Carlos Canache stole his ninth base. Rayber Romero stole his seventh base.


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Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 0-for-2, BB

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3

Dustin Fowler 0-for-3

Sergio Campana 0-for-2, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-2, BB

Deivis Nadal 0-for-3

Game Recap: Starter Joelvis Del Rosario went five innings and gave up two runs while striking out eight batters. He now has a 3.70 ERA in 24.1 innings, with a 1.07 WHIP and 33 strikeouts. Darvin Garcia tossed scoreless ball over the final two innings in the 2-1 loss. The Pirates had just two hits (a theme for today). They scored their run on a Claudio Finol single in the third inning. The only other hit was by Geovanny Planchart and it appears that it was just a misplayed pop up. Randy Romero stole his sixth base.



Starting Pitcher:  Antwone Kelly 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-for-3

Jesus Castillo 0-for-2, HBP

Omar Alfonzo 1-for-2, BB

Shalin Polanco 0-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Javier Rivas 0-for-2, BB

Ewry Espinal 0-for-2, BB

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-3

Game Recap: Starter Antwone Kelly had his best outing, throwing four shutout innings on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The bullpen didn’t do so well, and the offense forgot to show up in the 5-1 loss. Reyson Santos followed Kelly and allowed five runs while recording just one out. Two of those runs were unearned, as the Pirates committed three errors. Miguel Diaz tossed 2.2 shutout innings, though he allowed both inherited runners to score. The Pirates had singles by Ronny Sanchez and Omar Alfonzo as their only hits. Their lone run scored on a double play grounder in the fourth inning. Shalin Polanco stole the first two bases of his career.



Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Jeral Toledo 1-for-3, BB

Gustavo Armas 0-for-2, 2 BB

Esmeryln Valdez 0-for-3

Robert De Paula 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-2, BB

Delfin Ramirez 0-for-3

Game Recap: Starter Roelmy Garcia has been limited by poor control this year, throwing 4.2 innings in his first three outings. He walked two over three innings on Monday, so it wasn’t a complete turnaround, but the fact that he lasted three innings and gave up just one hit is a good sign. He struck out five batters, giving him 13 strikeouts in 7.2 innings this season. He was followed by Wilkin Valdez, who allowed three runs in two innings, though they were all unearned. Weslyn Toussaint pitched a scoreless sixth, as the Pirates lost 4-2 on the road. There wasn’t a single RBI hit from either side in this game. Pirates scored their runs on a bases loaded walk to Robert De Paula and a wild pitch brought home the second run. The opposing runs scored on a wild pitch, a throwing error, a ground out and a steal of home. The Pirates had just two hits, including the first double from Jhonson Pena, who has a .348 average in limited time.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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