Prospect Watch: Michael Burrows Starts Off Strong, Jase Bowen Goes Deep Twice

Altoona and Bradenton have promising prospects going for them today.  MiLB.com, on top of things as always, has Roansy Contreras going for Indianapolis, but that’s going to be kinda tricky, what with him being in St. Louis and all.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Kirby 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Travis Swaggerty 2-5, 2B

Oneil Cruz 1-4, 2B, BB

Rodolfo Castro 2-3, BB

Bligh Madris 1-3, 2B, BB

Cal Mitchell 0-3, SF

Ji-Hwan Bae 3-3, BB, SB

Cody Bolton 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (3-2) eased past Omaha, 7-1.  Nathan Kirby started in place of Roansy Contreras and allowed a run over three innings.  Brad Case followed with three scoreless innings to pick up the win.  Cody Bolton appeared in relief, fanning two in a scoreless inning.  Ji-Hwan Bae reached base four times on three hits and a walk, and also stole a base.  Rodolfo Castro had two hits and a walk, and Travis Swaggerty had a single and a double.  Oneil Cruz and Bligh Madris each had doubles.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 4:00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Michael Burrows 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-5

Nick Gonzales 1-2, HR (1), 2 BB

Jared Triolo 0-4, 3 K

Jack Suwinski 1-3, HR (1), BB

Liover Peguero 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Blake Sabol 3-4

Carter Bins 0-4

Connor Scott 1-4

J.C. Flowers 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Austin Roberts 2 IP, 3 K

Tahnaj Thomas 1 IP, 1 K

Game Recap:

Michael Burrows started his season well and Liover Peguero drove in four runs as Altoona (1-1) pummeled Harrisburg, 9-1.  Burrows threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and walking nobody.  The three pitchers who followed give us an idea of the depth of talent on this team.  J.C. Flowers gave up an unearned run in two innings.  Austin Roberts fanned three while retiring six straight and Tahnaj Thomas had a 1-2-3 ninth.  Peguero drove in two runs each with a single and a double.  Nick Gonzales and Jack Suwinski each hit their first longballs of the season.  Suwinski’s blast was an opposite field shot off a lefty.  Gonzales reached base and scored three times.  Blake Sabol had three hits.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 1-5

Endy Rodriguez 2-5, 2 2B

Henry Davis 1-4, BB

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-3, HBP

Dariel Lopez 2-4, HR (1)

Hudson Head 2-4, 2B

Maikol Escotto 0-4

Game Recap:

Greensboro (0-2) dropped a 5-4 decision to Rome.  Domingo Gonzalez had a rough start, allowing all five runs in three innings, on five hits, three walks and two hit batsmen.  Logan Hofmann, Jack Carey and Tyler Samaniego followed, combining for six scoreless innings.  Dariel Lopez had two hits, including his first home run of the year.  Hudson Head had a single and a double, and Endy Rodriguez had a pair of doubles.  Rodriguez’ second double made the score 5-4 with two outs in the ninth, but Henry Davis grounded out to end it.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-5, BB, 2 SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 2-5, SB

Jase Bowen 2-5, 2 HR (2), 5 RBI

Juan Jerez 1-5, HR (1)

Geovanny Planchart 0-4, BB

Game Recap:

Jase Bowen belted a pair of home runs as Bradenton (1-1) routed Dunedin, 12-4.  Bowen connected with two on in the first and one on in the eighth, for five RBIs.  Po-Yu Chen started his season well.  He gave up a hit and a walk in the first, leading to one run, but retired the side in order the next three innings.  Darvin Garcia had a rough outing, giving up four runs in his second inning without retiring a batter, mainly due to walks.  Carlos Lomeli, last year’s 17th round pick out of St. Mary’s College, made his first pro appearance with the bases loaded and nobody out.  He walked in Garcia’s fourth run, but then got out of the inning.  Lomeli finished with three scoreless and hitless innings, with six strikeouts.  Luis Peralta fanned three in a scoreless ninth.  Juan Jerez added his first full-season home run and drove in three overall.  Tsung-Che Cheng reached base three times on a walk, a single and a double.  He scored three runs and stole two bases.  Rodolfo Nolasco and Jacob Gonzalez each had two hits.

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