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Prospect Watch: Bradenton Moves Within One Win of Title; Oneil Cruz Homers in Indy Debut


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Season preview


Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB, SB

Michael Chavis 2-for-3, 2B

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-4, 2B

Mason Martin 0-for-3, HBP

Jared Oliva 1-for-3, BB

Tucupita Marcano 0-for-3

Game Recap: Roansy Contreras made his first Triple-A start while still on a limited pitch count after returning from his forearm injury. He ran up that count early in this game, but still had a solid outing, going 3.2 innings on 65 pitches, with four hits, one walk, one run and six strikeouts. Matt Eckelman allowed one run in 2.1 innings. Shea Spitzbarth gave up one run in his only inning. Tyler Bashlor tossed a scoreless eighth. Indianapolis lost 4-3. They got their runs on a homer from Oneil Cruz in his first Triple-A game, as well as the 11th home run from Christian Bethancourt, which was a two-run shot. Rodolfo Castro doubled in his first game with Indianapolis and Mason Martin went 0-for-3, reaching once on a hit-by-pitch. Cruz also walked, stole a base and committed an error.

Indianapolis added eight prospects from Altoona for the final ten games of the 2021 season.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Michael Burrows  (2.20 ERA in 49 IP/66 strikeouts)

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: POSTPONED again. Game one tomorrow, hopefully.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO

Notable Performances:

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-3

Dariel Lopez 0-for-2, BB, RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-3, BB

Jack Herman 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Recap: Luis Ortiz had an outstanding season with a 3.09 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 87.1 innings. He was even better in his playoff start on Wednesday night, going six innings, with one run on four hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts. That strikeout mark is two below his career high. Ortiz left with a 6-1 lead and that’s how the game ended. Nick Garcia tossed two shutout innings and struck out five batters. Oliver Mateo handled the ninth and struck out two batters. The Marauders got their first run on a Dariel Lopez sacrifice fly. Jack Herman and Ernny Ordonez each drove in runs with doubles in the second inning, then Maikol Escotto had an RBI single. The final runs scored in the third inning on a homer from Abrahan Gutierrez and an RBI ground out from Escotto.

Bradenton is up 2-0 in the best-of-five series.

***DSL Pirates are off on Wednesdays

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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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