Prospect Watch: Matt Gorski Caps Off an Unreal Week with a Three-Homer/Walk-Off Win; Altoona Puts Up 19

The schedule for today has some solid pitching prospects, starting in Indianapolis with Cody Bolton, who will be making his fifth start. He has 26 strikeouts in 21 innings. Altoona’s Kyle Nicolas has 35 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. He has allowed 11 runs this season and six came in one inning. Jared Jones is pitching for the second time this week, so don’t be surprised if his pitch count is lower than usual. The Pirates have been doing that for starters when they pitch twice in the same week.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 1:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Cody Bolton (1-1, 3.86)

  • Final Line:  3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Travis Swaggerty 2-for-4, RBI, SB

Cal Mitchell 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Mason Martin 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-for-3, BB

Jared Oliva 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Cole Tucker 0-for-4

Carter Bins 0-for-4

Hoy Park 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap:

Cody Bolton had his best start of the season, going 3.1 scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and six strikeouts. He threw 56 pitches, with 36 going for strikes. He now has a 3.33 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. Bolton was replaced by Cam Vieaux, who recorded the final two outs of the fourth before giving way to Eric Hanhold, who allowed one run in two innings. Aaron Fletcher, Austin Brice and Cristofer Melendez tossed scoreless ball the rest of the way for the 7-1 win. Melendez has 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. Mason Martin homered for the eighth time, a two-run shot. He also stole his seventh base, though he was thrown out stealing right after trying to swipe third. Jared Oliva and Oneil Cruz each homered as well, the fourth for Cruz. Travis Swaggerty had two hits and a stolen base. He is up to a .247 average and a .686 OPS. Cal Mitchell drove in a run with his ninth double.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 1:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas (0-1, 3.45)

  • Final Line:  2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 0-for-2, BB

Nick Gonzales 2-for-5

Liover Peguero 1-for-5, 2 RBI, HBP

Blake Sabol 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Matt Fraizer 2-for-5, BB

Tucupita Marcano 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Lolo Sanchez 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Connor Scott 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Game Recap:

Altoona won a slugfest with Richmond, in which seven homers were hit and the teams combined for 44 base runners, in a 19-8 Curve victory. Aaron Shackelford, Andres Alvarez, Lolo Sanchez and Blake Sabol all homered. Shackelford drove in four runs. Sanchez drove in three runs, as did Tucupita Marcano and Connor Scott. The only starters without an RBI were Nick Gonzales and Matt Fraizer, but each of them reached base three times, and Fraizer scored three runs. Marcano and Sanchez also scored three runs apiece. Scott hit his seventh double,  Alvarez has eight homers in 74 at-bats this year. He also stole his sixth base. He has a 1.134 OPS.

Kyle Nicolas came into today’s game with one bad inning all season. He did not leave the game the same way. He lasted just 2.2 innings on Sunday, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches, with 39 going for strikes. He now has a 4.31 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. Brad Case stranded an inherited runner for the final out in the third. Austin Roberts got roughed up, allowing three runs on four hits in one inning. Travis MacGregor gave up one run over three innings. JC Flower and Zach Matson each tossed scoreless frames.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 2:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones (2-2, 5.97)

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

Notable Performances:

Matt Gorski 3-for-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-3, BB

Dariel Lopez 1-for-4

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-3

Sammy Siani 0-for-3

Jack Herman 0-for-3

Maikol Escotto 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Matt Gorski came into Sunday with 14 homers already, giving him a huge lead during the early part of the season among Pirates players. He extended that lead in a big way on Sunday, smacking three homers, including a walk-off winner in the ninth, driving in all four runs in a 4-3 Greensboro victory. He hit eight homers this week alone, nearly matching the nine he had to start the week, which already gave him the lead among all hitters in the system. Greensboro only had two other hits in this game, Hudson Head’s eighth double, and a single by Dariel Lopez.

The Pirates have been limiting pitchers in their second starts of the week, but they let Jared Jones go today, even after a rough start to Sunday’s game. He gave up three runs in the first inning, then got through five frames on 79 pitches without allowing another run. The only batters to reach base in the final four innings were on a double and a hit-by-pitch. He now has a 5.88 ERA in 33.2 innings, with 44 strikeouts. Santiago Florez tossed a scoreless sixth and Eddy Yean took over in the seventh and threw shutout ball. Michell Miliano and Cameron Junker followed with scoreless ball, with Junker picking up the win.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 1:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario (1-1, 4.01)

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

Notable Performances:

Sergio Campana 2-for-4

Jase Bowen 2-for-4, BB, RBI, SB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3, 2 BB

Game Recap:

If his own fielding was a little better, Joelvis Del Rosario would have had an outstanding performance on Sunday. He went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Both of the runs he allowed were on his own errors in the fourth and fifth innings. He now has a 3.34 ERA in 29.2 innings, with 29 strikeouts. Dante Mendoza tossed a scoreless sixth, while Johan Montero allowed an unearned run in the seventh. Cristian Charle faced three batters in the eighth and all three reached base, with two of them coming around to score. Denny Roman and Jack Hartman are credited with scoreless frames to close out the game and a 6-5 win.

Bradenton got a run in the third on a Jase Bowen single. Jakob Goldfarb started a five-run rally in the fifth with an RBI single. A wild pitched brought in a run, then a Brenden Dixon single scored a pair. The final run scored on a double steal, with Bowen stealing second and Dixon stealing home. Bowen’s stolen base was his seventh of the season. Mike Jarvis also stole his seventh base.

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ro and Yerry!!!!

MWT

I couldn’t help but notice Gorski played 1st today….

Altoona’s outfield is pretty crowded, but there’s an opening at 1st….

Wilbur Miller

Had to check this — Gorski now slugging .754, which is 44 points above his entire OPS from 2021. The ballpark can’t explain all of that.

John Fluharty

It’s not really clear to me why he even repeated the level this season.

jon6er

I don’t think it’s because the Pirates are good at this evaluation thing.

Last edited 1 month ago by jon6er
Wilbur Miller

The Tahr in to pitch!

Weird day all around.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It’s Matson. Broadcast error. I was so confused. I closed out the game for top of 9th, saw box score said Matthiesen, but saw #34 and looked it up to see that’s Matson

Last edited 1 month ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
Wilbur Miller

Ah, too bad. Lameday said Matthiessen.

Wilbur Miller

Was just about to post this exact comment. I think they may be. He was throwing 91-92 with a mid-70s curve. Easy inning, too. That’s really the obvious explanation, when he’s out over 3 weeks and first day back he pitches.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Gorski. Again.

If he ain’t up in Altoona next week. I quit

PirateRican21

Resignation letter not accepted!

Wilbur Miller

This is getting silly.

He’s now tied for the MiL lead.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Already matched his 2021 total. It’s not even June!!!! Lol

jedeweese

Peguero hit off the helmet…

Wilbur Miller

F###ing great. Out for a PR.

Wilbur Miller

Just watched it. Def intentional. The pitch before was well inside. Didn’t look at all like either pitch got away.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Sounds like he was fine though. Was jogging to first before being taken out

Wilbur Miller

Hard to tell from the webcast. They seem to be under orders not to show anything like that. The camera stayed away from Peguero the moment he got hit. Also just showed shots of the empty OF when there was a benches clearing incident. Richmond didn’t seem to be taking it too well, down by 19-8. I guess it’s only the Pirates who are fine with losing like that.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

They also steered the camera the moment MacGregor smoked the batter in the face too. I didn’t realize it was the same kid Burrows hit. I think that dude should never be allowed to bunt again.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Indy 1-4 makes me giddy. But then I remember it’s the Pirates, so, at least I can be giddy for Indy this season

Wilbur Miller

Cruz and Martin both with bombs. Time to relegate the Pirates to AAA and promote Indy.

agent00

another sabol smash. when are these promotions coming??

MWT

Cruz seems to be finding his power stroke, just in time for Newman to come off the DL..

Wilbur Miller

Sounds like Newman’s going to be a while. He had a setback. Hammy. That’s always a blast.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Tucker reached base!!!! On a fielding error

agent00

marcano seems to have found his footing in aa. nice to see him hitting better

jedeweese

Sabol, Peguero, Burrows all look ready to move up, a few others pushing for AAA too

. Time to blow up that team standing in their way.

jedeweese

Sabol on cue.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Props to Jared Jones. Got smacked around in 1st, then barrelled down to go 5 IP on 79 pitches. Might pitch into 6th?

jedeweese

Peg is ready for a new hole, when are promotions going to occur

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Wrong board but, maybe now they’ll let Vanmeter go since he’s proven he can’t field, hit, or pitch

Wilbur Miller

By Pirate standards, he can pitch just fine.

Wilbur Miller

Good grief, Gorski with two again. WTF IS HE STILL THERE????

PirateRican21

That’s good, but can he hit three?

agent00

he can, apparently!

PirateRican21

Yeah but can he….wait, WHAT???? 3!!!
#FreeGorski

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Not to mention, Hoppers have 2 hits today. Gorski HR’s lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

He’s 1 shy of his last year career high lol

jedeweese

HBP by Altoona…hope it is not getting chippy

Wilbur Miller

Bad enough in the bigs, but I really hate seeing that s*** in the minors.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Might get chippy. Burrows smoked a guy in face other day. Alvarez hit today.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Beautiful stroke by Swaggerty. Need more of that

Wilbur Miller

Swags still hot. Tucker still hitless in AAA.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Swing looked more pre-injury Swags. Fingers crossed

Wilbur Miller

Swags in May, inc. first 4 ABs today: 12-for-30.

jedeweese

You are right, comparing him to EGon wasn’t fair.

jedeweese

Sorry – that was meant to be attached to a Tucker comment

agent00

another good outing by bolton. does anyone know if his velocity is back?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I asked Murphy and he said he was around 93-94

PirateRican21

Watching the archive game now, he was 95 on the first two pitches, 94 after by the 2nd inning he was 92, by the 4th 91 🙁

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Boo. Well, I guess, at least it’s STILL there, but probably needs more time for complete build up.

NMR

Struggled with this before all his injuries, too.

Just let him be then pen arm he’ll thrive being!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

There was a “before injuries” with Bolton?! lol

agent00

thank u sir. that’ll play!

agent00

alvarez is out of the game now. promotion??

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

HBP 😢

Wilbur Miller

You bastards!

agent00

of course  😑  hopefully it’s nothing serious

Iowasteel

Did anyone catch Dombkowski pitching last night? Saw him several times when he was in Bradenton, and he went through low A batters like they were made of cardboard. Seems to have continued the trend in high A. No pedigree, so I expect him to turn into a pumpkin at some point, but I’d like to see what they have there.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Tell me if you’ve heard this before: Gorski hit a homer.

His 15th

PirateRican21

I have, but can he hit two?

agent00

he really may get to 20 before june lolol

agent00

as i said………

PiratePrimate

And then he walks the next batter, duh

agent00

looks like we got bad jared jones today

PiratePrimate

Well, if Nickolas isn’t better than Wilson, at the least, he throws more strikes.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Lolo gogo yard!

Wilbur Miller

Alvarez again?? Who IS this guy??!?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

A stud. That’s who he is

agent00

he really has come out of nowhere…he didn’t even hit well in college

Wilbur Miller

Dude found some magic beans or something.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Why watch the Pirates when you can watch the Curve smack around Richmond, picking up Nicolas after a rough top of first

PiratePrimate

Peacock would make more money if they’d show a full slate of minor league games.

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