Prospect Watch: Peguero and Sabol Lead Altoona to Victory; Matt Gorski Homers Twice

Both Altoona and Indianapolis have early start time today. Altoona goes first in the morning with Omar Cruz on the mound. Indianapolis has Roansy Contreras listed in their game notes and game recap, but the MiLB schedule says TBD, and the Pirates don’t have a starter named yet. I wrote him in anyway just in case. I’ll fill in Greensboro later. They have Jared Jones listed and it seems unlikely (sarcasm) that he would pitch on back-to-back days. Henry Davis was placed on the 7-day IL, but Jack Hartman will finally make his pro debut with Bradenton.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 1:35 PM POSTPONED

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras (0-0, 2.45)

  • Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.

Game Recap:

POSTPONED. Doubleheader tomorrow.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz (2-3, 3.67)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 0-for-5

Nick Gonzales 2-for-3, BB

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

Blake Sabol 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Matt Fraizer 0-for-3, BB

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-4

Tucupita Marcano 0-for-4

JC Flowers 3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Game Recap:

Omar Cruz had a rough outing on Wednesday morning, giving up at least one run in all three innings he pitched. He finished with four runs on seven hits and one walk in three innings. He struck out three batters. Cruz now has a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings, with 35 strikeouts. Enmanuel Mejia followed with two shutout innings and two strikeouts. JC Flowers went three innings, and allowed five hits, but he limited the opposition to one run. Colin Selby tossed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in the 7-5 win, lowering him to an 0.68 ERA. Blake Sabol and Liover Peguero had big days on offense. Peguero had a triple, two singles, three runs and two RBIs. Sabol had two singles, a double and a triple, leading to three RBIs. That big day boosted him to a .940 OPS. Nick Gonzales had a second straight nice game, pushing him to a .741 OPS after two singles and a walk. Andres Alavarez has a 1.039 OPS after hitting his sixth homer in limited playing time.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (2-1, 4.71)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 1-for-3, HBP

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-2, 2 BB

Matt Gorski 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Dariel Lopez 1-for-4

Maikol Escotto 0-for-3

Sammy Siani 1-for-3

Eddy Yean 1.1 IP,  3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Game Recap:

Nick Garcia got the start for Greensboro on Wednesday night and he went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. He now has a 4.91 ERA in 25.2 innings, with 31 strikeouts. Eddy Yean went 1.1 scoreless, but it was adventurous, as he allowed three hits and a walk, while striking out three. He has an 8.16 ERA in 14.1 innings, with 19 strikeouts. Cameron Junker, Nick Dombkowski and Tyler Samaniego each tossed a scoreless frame for the 7-3 win. Samaniego has allowed one run and struck out 20 batters in 14.1 innings. Almost all of the runs came on homers and two players did all of the damage. Matt Gorski hit a solo homer and a three-run homer. Abrahan Gutierrez hit a two-run homer. The other run was the first run for the Grasshoppers and it scored on a single by Gutierrez. Gorski now has 12 homers and a 1.027 OPS. Hudson Head scored two runs. Endy Rodriguez walked twice and scored a run.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez (0-3, 8.44)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4, BB, SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-5

Jase Bowen 2-for-4, RBI

Alexander Mojica 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Fabricio Macias 0-for-4

Juan Jerez 1-for-3, RBI, SB

Sergio Campana 0-for-3, BB, SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton won 4-2 on Wednesday behind a strong pitching performance from Valentin Linarez, who allowed one unearned run on three hits, no walks and six strikeouts. He was named as our Bradenton Player of the Week recently for his start last week in which he threw five shutout innings on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Wilkin Ramos took over in the sixth and allowed two runs while recording one out. Jake Sweeney gave up one unearned run in two innings to close out the game. He struck out four batters, giving him 20 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. Alexander Mojica had a single, double and a walk. Tsung-Che Cheng had a single, walk, run scored and his eighth steal. Juan Jerez had a single, RBI and his sixth steal. Sergio Campana stole his third base. Jase Bowen had two hits, a run and an RBI.

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dbsteel

Biggest surprise- Sabol. He’s big and tearing it up. First base/catcher/DH prospects coming out of hte woodwork.

Biggest dissapoinment- Fraizer. I thought this guy was coming into his own. Can’t hit anything.

CTBucco

I hate to be “that guy”, John. But you say “Bradenton won 4-2…” then go on to correctly describe how their pitchers gave up four runs. And lost.

Admittedly, it’s a nitpicking. And I love the work you do here. Producing this page daily in as timely a manner as you do isn’t easy. Thanks.

emjayinTN

Thanks for the update and the mention of Relievers Colin Selby at AA and Nick Dombkowski at A+, two kids who will be in the Pirate BP sometime in the future.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

TWELVE!!! GORSKI IS NOW AT 12 HR’s!!!! HE HIT 17 ALL OF LAST SEASON!!! HE’S AT 12 ALREADY!!!!

SufferinBuccotash

Home ballpark?

dbsteel

That place must be a Home run haven.

jeffw3000

8 of his 12 homers have come at home, and he does have a 1.345 home OPS to .783 on the road, so I would not get too excited, but still fun to see.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Mostly, yes, but he’s 24 and a road OPS of 783. K/BB numbers aren’t as great on the road, but again, he’s 24 and raking either way so promote him.

Wilbur Miller

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Gorski to Jacob Gonzalez after he wins POTW

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

PROMOTE GORSKI!!!! HE’S AT 11 DING DONG BIG BOMBS!!!!

Danatural08

Thoughts on promoting Gorski while demoting Frazier, as both are CF

agent00

make that 12! really no reason he should still be there lol

jeffw3000

I would not promote him just yet. He is hitting .326 at home and .246 on the road, with 8 of his 12 home runs at home, so the park is probably playing a large role in his success.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It’s not like he’s batting 180 on the road, so I’d still do it even with the split differences.

agent00

i don’t think his road/home splits are that relevant. he had similar splits last season (though not as extreme). except now he’s repeating the level and has shown to be dominating it this time around.

so i don’t see what him staying at that level is going to do for him. like BnP said, he’s already 24. they need to see if these changes he made are legit, or just a product of him repeating the level.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Linarez working on his second consecutive strong start, after a really rough start to season.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Also just hit me that with the Indy game postponed, that was the last streamed game worth watching.

Wilbur Miller

And Roberto Perez is out for the year. Good thing BC wasn’t stupid enough to be satisfied with a backup C who couldn’t hit more than .140. Oh . . . wait . . . .

agent00

lonnie white apparently has a ucl injury. so that’s fun

dbsteel

wow.

Wilbur Miller

Figures. He’s gonna end up two years out from the draft with no pro experience.

agent00

that would suck. hopefully it’s something like bryce harper’s injury. he can dh…just can’t play the outfield

Anthony Murphy

Hopefully that’s the case. I feel like out the 2021 class he’s the one that can least afford to miss time.

agent00
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I don’t like the Tank news of going to Pittsburgh to be “Further examined”.

Don’t think we’re seeing Cederlind return any time soon.

Wilbur Miller

Yeah, we won’t see Cederlind this year. Sounds like the TJ didn’t heal properly.

Wilbur Miller

Nojinx nojinx nojinx

I did notice he was on the 7-day, not 60-day.

A.J. Graham, btw, is on the 60-day.

agent00

these injuries are killing me

Wilbur Miller

Pitching injuries were always a thing. You can go to bbref and find an amazing number of Ps way back when, who were great for 2-3-4 years, threw a ton of innings, then fell off the map.

But all these obliques and hammies? Is it too much weight training? More bulk must increase stress. You see film from the days of Clemente, Blass, etc., they all look like beanpoles.

Danatural08

A result of being strongly encouraged to have poison injected into their blood stream

PirateRican21

I recalled that bulking up was considered detrimental to players, flexibility was key. Lance Parrish used to stand out back in those days because he did lifted weights. Not saying that there were no big dudes, just saying that lifting weights was not encouraged.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I don’t wanna speak completely out of ignorance, but I know that’s why “lean” muscle is generally promoted over just generally “bulking”

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

The bulk up doesn’t help much. Bulking isn’t great for quick twitch movements that are generally expected of athletes. Perfect example was when Polanco got yoked prior to 2017 season, and then just kept getting injured. Coincidentally a nagging hamstring injury. Had a complete different workout plan following 2017 season, and was fine in 2018 up until, well, we all remember the slide.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Annnnd no Indy. Boo

jedeweese

Carlos Martinez is available…

worth a kick of the shoe.

NMR

The St Louis Cardinals of a decade ago are still carrying a lotta clout that their current developmental successes don’t really support…

Wilbur Miller

It’d be funny if they signed him and dfa’d Beede.

jedeweese

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Wilbur Miller

Oh, and who IS Andres Alvarez?

PirateRican21

I’m going to nickname him the Kraken, does damage when released!

PirateRican21

Undercover Slugger for the Curves.

PirateRican21

Weather delay for Indy…..😡

Colin

Nick G finally showing a pulse. Hoping he catches fire as the weather gets warmer

PirateRican21

JC Flowers with a, if you blink you missed 9 pitch inning.

Wilbur Miller

Single-digit-pitch innings, in my book, are on a par with 3-run HRs.

PirateRican21

#FreeSabol.

agent00

all sabol does is hit!

Wilbur Miller

I’m still mystified at how little attention he gets. Has nobody outside this site seen the #s?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I thought he might have a hard time grabbing attention if he was going to be in the OF/DH role, but once he got moved behind the plate and held his own, I thought he might start seeing some hype. Catching prospects isn’t as dire (league wide) as it was even a few season’s ago, but with turning 24 in January, that’s not really “old” for a catcher. Maybe if he starts gunning down more runners.

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Wilbur Miller

I’ve seen enough of him that I can’t see him as a plus defender. He IS a good athlete, though, so time may change things. If the bat holds up, he just has to be passable.

jon6er

I think he would be a cracker jack designated hitter!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I don’t think he’ll be a plus defender. Enough that if he tightens up his game with balls in dirt, he should be passable. He has an arm, it’s just if it’s on target or not. Caught base stealers seems hard to really grade at this point too just because of all the rule changes. Even guys that are considered “plus defenders” are having trouble throwing out base stealers.

agent00

yes it is interesting. mlb doesn’t have him in the top 30. baseball america just redid their top 30 (which barely seems like they put any effort in….i think endy dropped one spot?), and sabol isn’t in that either. fangraphs has him at 57.

just a late blooming prospect i guess. perhaps alvarez is someone to keep an eye on too now

NMR

Who cares about the number, seems like FG got the scouting report pretty tight “His hands look like they’re loading a little lower, which may have helped unlock more in-game pop. It was lower-level performance, but Sabol hit more home runs in 2021 than he did his entire college career. Sabol’s put himself on the map as a developmental late-bloomer, and the catchers who break late tend to be big-framed guys like him.”

PirateRican21

And he catches, he just gonna have to keep it up. If this power surge he’s currently on continuous he’s gonna force his way into some recognition.

Wilbur Miller

A catcher who can hit? Bah, they grow on trees.

PiratePrimate

Especially left handed hitting catchers. BC’s trying to corner the market on those who can’t hit so Sabol may have trouble getting noticed. If you can hit you’ll end up costing too much money.

PirateRican21

Would be cool if all 3 of Davis, Rodriguez and Sabol make it to the bigs on the same team as utility catchers!

Wilbur Miller

It’d be even cooler if it happened before 2035.

PirateRican21

My math is a bit shaky, but I think it might happen before that! If it happens at all!

Wilbur Miller

Omar doesn’t seem to have it today.

PirateRican21

He’s getting Kellered in this inning.

PirateRican21

Kellered: when you allow hard contact to every batter you faced.

Anthony Murphy

Someone call Websters. This needs to go in the dictionary!

roibert.kasperski

Happy Ro Day Y’all!!!!

Wilbur Miller

An announcement is planned for the third inning.

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