Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Loses Early; Mlodzinski and Burrows Scheduled for Altoona Doubleheader

Indianapolis plays their second straight day game today, starting at 12:05 PM. Altoona has a very interesting doubleheader scheduled, with Michael Burrows and Carmen Mlodzinski listed as the two starters. They are two of the top pitching prospects in the system. Burrows has an 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP and ten strikeouts in eight innings over two starts.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 12:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Kirby (0-0, 1.69)

  • Final Line:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Travis Swaggerty 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-5

Anthony Alford 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, HBP

Game Recap:

Indianapolis lost 12-5 on Thursday afternoon. Nathan Kirby started the game, but he went just one inning. Jerad Eickhoff followed with four runs over 4.2 innings. Things got broken open against reliever Brad Case, who opened the season with three scoreless appearances. He allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings. Cam Vieaux gave up one run over the final two innings. Anthony Alford homered for the second time with Indianapolis on his rehab assignment. Travis Swaggerty hit his first homer of the season and drove in two runs. He also scored a pair of runs. Rodolfo Castro hit his third double, picked up two RBIs and stole his first base. He has a .308 average and a .975 OPS this year.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 4:30 DH

Box Score: LINK (GAME ONE) LINK (GAME TWO)

Starting Pitcher: Michael Burrows (0-0, 0.00) and Carmen Mlodzinski (0-1, 8.22)

  • Final Line: Game One: Mlodzinski 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO
  • Game Two: Burrows 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

GAME ONE:

Connor Scott 1-for-4

Nick Gonzales 0-for-1, BB, HBP, 2 Runs, 2 SB

Jack Suwinski 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Liover Peguero 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, SB

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-3, RBI

Jared Triolo 1-for-2, HBP, SB

Tucupita Marcano 1-for-3

JC Flowers 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO

GAME TWO

Matt Fraizer 0-for-3, HBP

Nick Gonzales 0-for-3, BB

Jack Suwinski 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Liover Peguero 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Carter Bins 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap:

In game one of the Altoona doubleheader, Carmen Mlodzinski went 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, five walks and four strikeouts. He’s been off to a rough start this year, posting a 7.15 ERA in 11.1 innings over three games. JC Flowers came on in the fourth for the last out and he stranded two inherited runners. He stayed in for the rest of the seven-inning contest and picked up the win, throwing shutout ball on three hits, no walks and three strikeouts. The Curve scored in the first on a Liover Peguero double that brought home Nick Gonzales. In the third, Jack Suwinski doubled in Gonzales for the second run. Both players now have four doubles. Suwinski singled in the fifth and it scored Connor Scott. A Lolo Sanchez single made it 4-2. In the sixth, Will Matthiessen hit his second homer to make it 5-2, which is where it ended.

In game two, Michael Burrows had a strong outing while allowing his first runs of the season. He went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, two walks and six strikeouts. He has 16 strikeouts in 13 innings. Tahnaj Thomas followed him and retired all six batters he faced, three by strikeouts, to close out the 11-2 win. Liover Peguero had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice. He also stole a base. He’s hitting .317 with a .934 OPS. Jack Suwinski had two hits, a walk and three runs scored. He now has a 1.000 OPS. Both players doubled in both games of the doubleheader and now have five on the season. Lolo Sanchez drove in two runs  and stole his third base. Aaron Shackelford hit a three-run homer, his first of the season. Blake Sabol hit his second homer.

Will Kobos has joined Altoona from Extended Spring Training.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez (0-1, 15.00)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Gorski 1-for-3, RBI, HBP

Henry Davis 2-for-3, HBP

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, RBI

Jack Herman 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Domingo Gonzalez has had a tough start to the 2022 season. He came into tonight’s game with a 15.00 ERA in two starts and he barely improved on that, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings. Garrett Leonard gave up three runs in his one inning of work, then Grant Ford tossed three no-hit/shutout innings. Eddy Yean finished off the 9-4 loss with a scoreless ninth. Henry Davis had two singles and his sixth hit-by-pitch in 11 games. He was one of six batters to get hit in this game. Matt Gorski had a single, RBI and run scored. Francisco Acuna hit a two-run homer. That was the only extra-base hit for Greensboro.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez (0-1, 27.00)

  • Final Line: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Sergio Campana 0-for-4

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3, BB

Jase Bowen 1-for-2, 2 BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Bradenton lost 4-2 to Daytona. Valentin Linarez had a 27.00 ERA coming into the day, so things weren’t going well before. They got better, but not by much, as he allowed two runs in 2.2 innings on a hit and four walks, throwing 61 pitches in his abbreviated outing. Nick Dombkowski allowed a run in 3.1 innings, while recording six strikeouts. Xavier Concepcion allowed a run on four hits in two frames. Bradenton got both of their runs in the ninth inning on a home run by Jacob Gonzalez, his third of the season. Jase Bowen had his first double and drew two walks. He was the only Marauder to reach base more than once.

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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