Prospect Watch: Bradenton Wins a Rout, Indy Loses One

Travis Swaggerty continued his recent surge and Andres Alvarez continued to pummel Eastern League pitching.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido

  • Final Line: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Oneil Cruz 0-5
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Cal Mitchell 2-3, 2B, SF
  • Mason Martin 0-4, 3 K
  • Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-3, BB
  • Travis Swaggerty 3-4
  • Hunter Stratton 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (20-19) got obliterated by Toledo, 12-2.  Osvaldo Bido had a shaky start, walking four over three and a third innings, but somehow got by with one run allowed.  Blake Weiman gave up a run in one inning, but after Indy went to Matt Eckelman and Shea Murray, the rout was on.  Eckelman and Murray have ERAs this year of 14.92 and 15.43, so it’s hard to see the point of running them out there regularly at this level.  Eckelman allowed six runs, four earned, in one inning.  Murray allowed four runs without retiring a batter, although the runs were all unearned.  The Indy defense was a clown show, committing six errors, two each by third baseman Hoy Park and catcher Jason Delay.  Hunter Stratton finally put an end to the slapstick, working two scoreless innings and fanning four.  Travis Swaggerty showed more signs of life, with three hits.  Cal Mitchell had a single, a double and a sacrifice fly, and Ji-Hwan Bae had a double and a walk.  Indy went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 4:00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Andres Alvarez 2-4, HR (7), 2 SB
  • Nick Gonzales 0-4
  • Liover Peguero 1-4, SB
  • Blake Sabol 0-3, BB
  • Matt Fraizer 1-4
  • Tucupita Marcano 1-4, HR (2)

Game Recap:

Altoona (17-21) lost to Richmond, 5-3.  Luis Ortiz threw shutout ball for four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth.  He gave up only five hits and a walk, although he also hit two batters.  That all amounted to four runs.  Tahnaj Thomas gave up the other run.  Andres Alvarez had another good day, with a single, his seventh home run of the year, and two steals.  Alvarez now has an OPS of 1.065.  Tucupita Marcano connected for his second homer.  There were only three other hits, all singles.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Nick Dombkowski

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hudson Head 0-3, HBP, SB
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-4
  • Matt Gorski 0-4, 3 K
  • Jacob Gonzalez 1-3, HBP
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 2-4
  • Dariel Lopez 1-3, HR (5), BB
  • Sammy Siani 2-4, 2B
  • Maikol Escotto 1-2, HR (6)
  • Tyler Samaniego 1 IP, 2 K

Game Recap:

Greensboro (16-21) won a seesaw game, 6-5, over Bowling Green.  Nick Dombkowski made his first career start, although it was more of a quasi-opener role, which the system is doing a lot these days.  Dombkowski gave up just one hit and walked nobody, but the one hit was a home run and another run scored on an error, a balk and a sacrifice fly.  Domingo Gonzalez worked the next five innings and gave up three runs, which isn’t great but still much better than he’s done in some appearances.  Maikol Escotto put the Hoppers ahead in the bottom of the seventh, 5-4, with a two-run shot, his sixth home run of the season.  Bowling Green tied the game in the top of the eighth, but an RBI single by Sammy Siani put the Hoppers back in the lead in the bottom half.  Tyler Samaniego threw a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to record the save.  He now has an ERA of 0.59, with 22 Ks and three hits allowed in 15.1 IP.  Dariel Lopez homered in the game, his fifth of the year, and Siani and Abrahan Gutierrez each had two hits.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 4:00pm

Box Score Game One

Box Score Game Two

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen and Justin Meis

  • Final Line: Chen 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Final Line: Meis 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

  • Sergio Campana 2-3, BB, SB
  • Rodolfo Nolasco 3-6, 2B, 3 BB
  • Tsung-Che Cheng 3-6, 3B, BB, SB
  • Alexander Mojica 2-5, HR (4), BB
  • Brenden Dixon 1-7, 2 BB
  • Jase Bowen 2-7, 2 BB, SB
  • Fabricio Macias 2-8, 2B, BB, SB, 4 RBI
  • Wyatt Hendrie 3-5, 2B
  • Luke Brown 2-4, SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (18-20) couldn’t survive a bad first inning and lost the first game of its doubleheader with Palm Beach, 7-3.  Po-Yu Chen got pummeled for four in the first, although he threw two scoreless innings after that.  Darvin Garcia gave up another two runs and Sergio Umana one.  The Marauders had ten hits, with Alexander Mojica getting a single, a walk and his fourth home run of the year.  Sergio Campana also had two hits and a walk.  He’s had a lot of struggles in full season ball, but this game made him 11-for-29 over his previous nine.

The Marauders ran up the score in game two, winning 13-1.  A dozen hits and nine walks added up fast.  Wyatt Hendrie had three hits, including a double, and Tsung-Che Cheng had a single, triple and steal, and drove in three runs before departing early.  Brenden Dixon and Jase Bowen each reached base three times and scored three times, and Rodolfo Nolasco reached four times and had a double.  Fabricio Macias had only one hit, a double, but drove in four and stole a base.  Luke Brown had two hits and a steal.  Justin Meis had a strong start, allowing just two hits and a run over five innings.  Carlos Lomeli and Yunior Thibo each worked a perfect inning.




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Sloppy game by the Indians, 5 errors, my goodness…. only the two xbh’s as well, doubles by Mitchel and Bae…oh well, go get’em tmw…


And, there is not one of the Pirate Affiliates who are competitive in the standings. I keep waiting for a turnaround somewhere, but it just continues.

Newman will return, and possibly Cal Mitchell given an opportunity; expect Castro and Suwinski will be sent to AAA. And then we have to wait for the trades of Newman, Van Meter, ‘sugo, Marisnick, and the group most valuable to a contending team – Quintana, Gamel, Chavis, and Vogelbach.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Cal is hitting 351 against lefties?!?! Tell me again why he isn’t in Pittsburgh?! (I know the answer)


This is an easy one, he’s not on the 40-man roster and to make room for him, someone of immense value, like Cole Tucker or Heath Hembree, for example, would have to be jettisoned. That’s obviously a bridge too far for this organization.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ben: “But. But. What if Cole goes somewhere and all of a sudden hits 215?!”


Instead of Suwinski?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Could have both in Pittsburgh

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

And just missed a granny. Sac fly to RF warning track

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Would appear they’re stretching out Dombkowski


hmmm i’m intrigued. wonder if they do the same with samaniego. can’t have enough lefty starters!!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Uhhh, I think Eckelman has had enough.




another home run for alvarez. hmmm


I just noticed that Altoona players hand off a WWE belt to whoever hits a homer and I’m a huge fan. Haha


Wish the Pirates did a Pirate themed HR celebration (An eye patch and a hook?). Probably only get to see it a couple times a week though.


Vogelbach rocking an eye patch would be great.


that’s awesome haha

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