Prospect Watch: Mason Martin, Oneil Cruz and (Of Course) Matt Gorski Go Deep

The usual suspects went deep, Tucupita Marcano stayed hot and Noe Toribio had a stellar relief outing.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 12:07pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Cam Alldred

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

Notable Performances:

  • Oneil Cruz 1-5, HR (5), BB
  • Travis Swaggerty 1-5, 2B, BB, SB
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-5, 2B, BB, SB
  • Mason Martin 1-4, HR (9), BB
  • Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-5, 2B
  • Hoy Park 3-5
  • Hunter Stratton 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (22-19) came back from a four-run deficit to beat St. Paul, 8-5, in 11 innings.  Cam Alldred made the start, going two innings.  He had a ten-pitch first, but gave up three runs in the second.  John O’Reilly gave up two more over the next three innings, one of them unearned.  Mason Martin got Indy on the board in between those last two runs with his ninth home run of the year.  Travis Swaggerty and Ji-Hwan Bae set up a two-run sixth with a double steal, then Oneil Cruz launched a two-run shot off the outer wall in center field, his fifth homer of the year, to tie it.  It stayed that way until the 11th, when a two-out infield single by Hoy Park with the bases loaded brought in a run, then two walks accounted for two more.  Blake Weiman, Hunter Stratton and Austin Brice combined to throw six hitless innings with seven strikeouts.  Park was the only Indy hitter with more than one hit, picking up three.  Bae, Swaggerty and Canaan Smith-Njigba had doubles.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz

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

Notable Performances:

  • Nick Gonzales 0-2, 2 BB, HBP
  • Blake Sabol 1-4, BB
  • Matt Gorski 2-5, HR (1)
  • Matt Fraizer 0-5, 3 K
  • Tucupita Marcano 3-4, 2B
  • Noe Toribio 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (19-21) beat Harrisburg, 6-4.  The game didn’t get off to a good start, as Omar Cruz gave up two-run home runs in each of the first two innings.  Cruz managed two scoreless innings after that, and then Noe Toribio took over.  Toribio worked five shutout innings, walking none and fanning eight.  That brought his ERA down to 1.86 and, despite a fastball that doesn’t light up the guns, he’s fanned 38 in 29 innings.  Matt Gorski picked right up where he left off in Greensboro.  After the Curve cut the deficit to 4-2, he launched a long, three-run bomb to put them ahead, 5-4.  Gorski finished with two hits.  Tucupita Marcano stayed hot, with two singles and a double.  In his last eight games, he’s 15-for-31 with seven extra-base hits.  Nick Gonzales fanned twice, but reached three times on two walks and a hit batsman.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

P2Daily: It’s Greensboro Grasshoppers and Matt Gorski Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hudson Head 2-4
  • Endy Rodriguez 2-4
  • Jacob Gonzalez 2-4
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 1-3, BB
  • Dariel Lopez 1-4
  • Tyler Samaniego 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Greensboro (18-21) beat Asheville, 5-2.  Nick Garcia worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits.  Wandi Montout followed with two scoreless innings, but Ricky DeVito ran into trouble for the third game in a row.  He retired only one of four hitters and allowed two runs.  Tyler Samaniego came on to get the last five outs and earn the save.  His ERA sits at 0.53.  The 2-4 hitters provided the bulk of the offense; Hudson Head, Endy Rodriguez and Jacob Gonzalez each had two hits.  So far in May, Head is batting 293/388/466 and Rodriguez 327/453/635.  Fabricio Macias added a double.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

BRADENTON MARAUDERS WEEK: 5/31

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Luis Peralta

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Sergio Campana 1-4
  • Rodolfo Nolasco 2-4

Game Recap:

Bradenton (19-21) lost to Fort Myers, 9-3.  Luis Peralta had one of his starts where he couldn’t get anything over the plate.  He recorded only four outs while walking four and giving up five runs.  Jake Sweeney followed with three and a third innings, with only a walk and a hit, and five strikeouts.  He did, though, let two of Peralta’s runs score.  Wilkin Ramos gave up the other four runs.  Rodolfo Nolasco drove in all three Marauders runs with two singles.  The rest of the lineup managed just three singles and totaled 13 strikeouts, with everybody contributing at least one.

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Scranton

Matt Fraizer might have the quickest rise and crash from prospect status I’ve ever seen. he went from afterthought, to near top-ten in system, and then to a probable bust in like 11 months.

TNBucs

It’s like he and Gorski traded bodies.

I worry when a player like is the case with Fraizer gets off to such a poor start, they see their stats and try to do too much each game and things snowball. He needs a reset somehow, whether that’s a few days off, a quick trip to Greensboro, or even a trial promotion to Indy, something that helps him feel like he has a fresh start.

Or maybe it’s just a learning opportunity to figure out how to break a long slump. Reynolds hasn’t been as bad but is experiencing something similar where he just can’t seem to find the groove he was in last year–I’ll think he’s about to turn things around and then he has a couple of games like the last three (0-10 though he did reach base 3 times; he was 7-15 just before that but 0-18 before the brief hot streak).

emjayinTN

Noe Toribio at AA has to be one of the hottest relief pitching prospects in the system. 29 IP, ERA of 1.86, WHIP of 0.897. Looking for a promotion to AAA for this kid? He has pitched 18.2 innings in May with an ERA of 0.99!

You mentioned he does not light up the radar – what is he throwing? In the ’21 Guide he “was touching 97” with a lot of movement on his FB.

PirateRican21

Gorski with a wake up call, only one home run……

PirateRican21

Solid 5 from Garcia, now we need some offense…..without Gorski…..

agent00

perhaps it’s time to move marcano to indy

Rob Baran

Time to demote Park is here.

agent00

maybe gorski will do what casey hughston couldn’t!

PirateRican21

And a few others before. The speed power CF is almost an unicorn.

agent00

indeed it is. fun to watch in the meantime!

PirateRican21

Indeed!

agent00

lmao gorski. maybe those tools are finally getting into game action. man that sure would be nice

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Gorski continues!!!!!!

PirateRican21

You did watch Cal’s first at bat, right?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yeah, and I was pissed cause any other OF and that’s probably a hit lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

He CRUSHED that ball

Colin

Has there been any update on Hank recently? Was at the game he got dinged and honestly never even noticed when he may have gotten it

Colin

Great news, thanks

Iowasteel

No control on his fastball. Made up for it by not being able to throw his breaking pitch for a strike. Mercifully removed in the second.

agent00

cruz fooling no one tonight. 4 earned runs already

roibert.kasperski

Tucker is now officially in Harry Doyle Territory! “ One hit,that’s all he got, one goddamn hit?” 1 fer 17 in AAA

1979andCounting

So scrapping the switch hitting has really paid off lol.

PirateRican21

So a walk off win;

jon6er

Or they won on non-contact plays, lol.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

This reliever is 33 and awful. Future Ben waiver claim?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ohhhhhhhh!!!!! Park lucks out with a deflected single, and Indy takes lead

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Probably some. I was also surprised when making the opposing team prospect list how interesting St Paul looked (not even including Kirilloff), yet they’ve been so bad.

jon6er

Funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time, “their meeting on the mound to discuss how to pitch to Cole Tucker”😖

roibert.kasperski

Simple message was “Put the ball over the plate. You walk this guy and we will all kick your ass!!”

jon6er

Lol

PirateRican21

Don’t underhanded!

MWT

I’m glad someone else caught that. Cole Tucker had em RATTLED

jon6er

I imagine it went something like this,
Catcher: “okay this is the guy with the hot girlfriend”
third baseman: “is she in the stands”

roibert.kasperski

Did they all turn to look in the stands in unison?  😂 

jon6er

If it had happened that way they all would have I’m sure, lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Call up Hunter Stratton next

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Here comes the clean bottom of 9th, to set up the Swaggerty 2-run dinger

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Damn

John Fluharty

Kind of annoying that MILB gameday doesn’t say what kind of picth is being thrown or the velocity.

PirateRican21

They barely televised the games!

agent00

bae wants a callup too

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Cruz ties it with a BOMB to CF

PirateRican21

Bombs are inaccurate descriptions, they are more like lasers!!

PirateRican21

It was just a wall scrapper, the wall way behind the fence that is.

agent00

cruz bomb. yeahhh. i feel like it’s only a few days until cruz is up

dbsteel

Well, he is hitting .190. He’d fit right in.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

My personal estimation is by next week

agent00

that would be excellent. my fantasy team sure could use him!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Well, that is if they’re going to give him the go at SS lol if not, then my other guess involving Swaggerty is in play

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

“Cole Tucker, first pitch, rolled over to second baseman”

PirateRican21

So…he ambushed that pitch?

agent00

he’ll have to go when they promote gonzo

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I just convinced myself they’re waiting for Swaggerty to be ready for MLB, so they can then give Oneil consistent PT in CF.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

There ya go, Swaggerty. Avg up to 250, and OPS just shy of 700 now. Keep it going

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Then showing why I can’t wait till he’s in Pittsburgh. Stole 3B, leading to throwing error from C (would’ve had it either way), and scores on the error.

agent00

bring up swags. trade reynolds. profit

 😂 

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’m over Park. He shouldn’t even be at 3B to begin with, and he isn’t even hitting.

MWT

Cruz and Park must have a friendly wager going on to see who can commit the most errors

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Cole Tucker finally gets a hit. Gets to 3B. Then gets thrown out at home on Cruz flyball

John Fluharty

GameDay – automatic ball?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yeah. Pitch clock violation on pitcher

John Fluharty

Wonder what the ump would do if the pitcher got annoyed and just stood there for four automatic balls

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Tell the batter to walk to 1B lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Mason lefty on lefty absolutely demolished that ball for #9

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Oof. Nice attempt by Oliva, but just missed it and bases clearing double.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Today’s MiLB week ahead. We’ll see a lot of Twins affiliates; Indy and Bradenton opponents.

(Posted on wrong thread initially)

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NMR

Bummer, looks like Cole Henry hasn’t pitch in a couple weeks for Harrisburg? Hoping to see that matchup with NickyG.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Damn. That would suck, cause I also saw that Carrillo and Lee re on 7 day IL. So then Cronin would be the only active Top 30 pitcher on that list, and he’s a reliever.

NMR

Dang!

PirateRican21

All games televised too!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Not Greensboro 🙁

PirateRican21

Shoot, you are right!

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