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Prospect Watch: Cruz Drives in Five Runs in Big Game for Indianapolis


Luis Ortiz is the top prospect on the mound today (going for Altoona), but Indianapolis starter Trey McGough is off to a great start to the 2022 season. His season started a little late due to a spring injury, but he’s pitched six times since returning, three times as a starter. In 12 innings, he has 11 strikeouts, an 0.75 WHIP and an 0.75 ERA.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 1:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Trey McGough (1-0,  0.75)

  • Final Line:  1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz, 2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI, BB

Ji-hwan Bae 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

Cal Mitchell 0-for-5, BB

Mason Martin 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Hoy Park 3-for-5

Jared Oliva 1-for-4, BB

Game Recap:

This week looked to be a great one for Indianapolis hitters, as they faced the league’s worst pitchers in the league’s best park for hitters. They didn’t take full advantage of the situation, going big on Tuesday, then mediocre results considering the situation Wed-Sat, before winning 11-5 on Sunday. Jason Delay and Oneil Cruz look to be the big winners on Sunday, as Cruz had two hits, including his third homer, driving in five runs. Delay collected four hits, including two doubles. He came into the day with a .535 OPS in limited time. Mason Martin also added his fifth homer of the season, and Hoy Park had three hits. Starter Trey McGough got bit by the ballpark, coming into the day with an 0.75 ERA, before allowing five runs in 1.2 innings. However, the bullpen did outstanding work, throwing 7.1 shutout innings. Jerad Eickhoff led the way with 3.2 innings on one hit, no walks and five strikeouts. Cam Alldred allowed three runners in 0.2 innings, but it was split over two innings so no damage was done. Cristofer Melendez threw 1.1 innings and Aaron Fletcher finished it off.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 1:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (1-1, 5.03)

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

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 1-for-5

Nick Gonzales 2-for-5

Liover Peguero 1-for-5, 2B

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-4, RBI, SB

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

Game Recap:

Altoona lost a slugfest on Sunday, though it was a low scoring game through the first five innings. Starter Luis Ortiz allowed one run in three innings and collected five strikeouts. Things went south after he left, as Noe Toribio, Austin Roberts and Brad Case combined to give up 11 runs in 3.2 innings for the 12-8 loss. The offense was solid throughout, with everyone collecting at least one hit. Nick Gonzales and Tucupita Marcano each had two hits, while Andres Alvarez had three hits, falling a triple short of the cycle. Brendt Citta also homered. Liover Peguero picked up his 11th double. Most of the damage was done off of former Pirates prospect Steven Jennings, who allowed six runs in 1.1 innings.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 3:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez (1-2, 8.87)

  • Final Line:  4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Matt Gorski 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Dariel Lopez 1-for-4

Jack Herman 0-for-4

Sammy Siani 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Domingo Gonzalez took a step in the right direction as he continues to try to recover from allowing 16 earned runs over ten innings in his first three starts of the season. His next three starts with a major improvement, allowing six earned in 12.1 innings. He lowered his ERA again on Sunday by giving up two runs in 4.1 innings, with four hits, no walks and two strikeouts. His WHIP, which was at 2.10 coming into the day, also saw a nice improvement. Ricky DeVito finished out the fifth inning, then stayed on for the sixth, going 1.2 innings, with one run on three hits and a walk. Michell Miliano tossed a scoreless seventh, then Jack Carey went two shutout innings for the save, striking out five batters. Jacob Gonzalez capped off another outstanding week by hitting his third homer for Greensboro, along with two singles. Matt Gorski hit his ninth homer of the year. Abrahan Gutierrez hit his ninth double. Yoyner Fajardo is hitting .327 after collecting two hits, including his first triple. Hudson Head hit his seventh double.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario (0-1, 5.03)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

Jase Bowen 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Juan Jerez 3-for-4, RBI, SB

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Sergio Campana 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Starter Joelvis Del Rosario had a strong outing and the Bradenton bats were alive on Sunday in a 9-2 victory. Del Rosario went five shutout innings on three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. The 21-year-old had a 5.03 ERA in 19.2 innings before today. Jake Sweeney and Darvin Garcia each tossed a shutout inning. Carlos Lomeli gave up two runs in the eighth, and Sergio Umana retired the side in order in the ninth on eight pitches.

Jase Bowen made this game 1-0 in the third with his fifth double. Mike Jarvis singled home the second run. Juan Jerez made it 3-0 with a single. Jakob Goldfarb got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Tsung-Che Cheng capped the third inning scoring with a ground rule double, his eighth double of the season. Cheng made it 7-0 with a line drive single in the fifth. Rodolfo Nolasco doubled in a run in the eighth, his sixth double. Jase Bowen got an RBI on a ground out to cap the scoring. Juan Jerez pinch-ran for Alexander Mojica in the second inning and still managed to collect three hits.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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