Prospect Watch: Mike Burrows Dominates in Altoona Victory

All night games tonight, highlighted by Mike Burrows starting in Altoona. His 2.27 ERA ranks fourth in the Eastern League. His 0.95 WHIP is sixth in the league, just 0.02 away from third place. His .178 BAA is fourth best in the league, and he ranks tenth with 46 strikeouts. All of those stats rank him tops among Altoona pitchers.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 8:07 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (0-2, 3.64)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 2-for-4, SB

Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-3, BB

Mason Martin 0-for-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba  2-for-4, 2B

Carter Bins 1-for-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Osvaldo Bido was perfect through three innings tonight, then things went south in a hurry, as he gave up three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. He went through the lineup the first time in order, striking out four batters. Zach Matson replaced him, making his Triple-A debut. He allowed two runs in 1.2 innings. Eric Hanhold finished things off with 1.2 scoreless in the 8-1 loss. Indianapolis had plenty of base runners, but they couldn’t come up with any big hits, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their only run scored on a stolen base (Oneil Cruz’s tenth) when St Paul made two errors on the play. Cruz had two singles. Ji-hwan Bae had a single and a walk. Canaan Smith-Njigba hit his 11th double, while Carter Bins collected his first double in Triple-A.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows (2-0, 2.27)

  • Final Line:  7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 1-for-4, BB

Nick Gonzales 0-for-3, HBP

Liover Peguero 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Matt Gorski 1-for-4

Matt Fraizer 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Connor Scott 2-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona won 5-2 on Thursday night behind the outstanding pitching of Mike Burrows, who dominated with seven shutout innings on two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. He threw 83 pitches, with 62 going for strikes. He now has a 1.90 ERA, an 0.87 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. Tahnaj Thomas took over in the eighth and allowed two runs (one earned), then Enmanuel Mejia closed out the win with 1.1 scoreless, striking out three batters. Liover Peguero hit his four homer and Matt Fraizer added his third homer. Peguero also had a single, two RBIs and his tenth stolen base. He has a .329 average and a .913 OPS. Connor Scott had two singles to give him a .307 average.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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

Game Time: 6:35 PM POSTPONED

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: TBD

  • 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:

Greensboro was rained out today. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

BRADENTON MARAUDERS WEEK: 5/31

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (0-3, 5.40)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Sergio Campana 0-for-2, BB, HBP, SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-4

Juan Jerez 1-for-4

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3, BB

Deivis Nadal 1-for-3, 2B

Game Recap:

Po-Yu Chen looked solid through four innings, then ran into trouble in the fifth due to a pair of walks, which led to a game-changing grand slam. He allowed three hits, three walks and he struck out seven batters, giving him 40 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. Errors hurt any chance of a comeback, as Dante Mendoza gave up two unearned runs in his one inning and Yunior Thibo allowed an unearned run in his two innings. Jack Hartman allowed a run in the ninth, as Bradenton lost 9-2. Deivis Nadal played his first game since joining Bradenton on Tuesday. He hit a double in his first at-bat. Brenden Dixon drove in both runs with an eighth inning triple. Sergio Campana lost his mini hit streak, but he reached base on a walk and a hit-by-pitch, and he stole his eighth base.

Juan Jerez returned from the 7-day IL today. Luis Peralta was put on the developmental list. I assume he will be back either Sunday or next Tuesday for his next start.

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agent00

 Anthony Murphy your youtube video on burrows’ start last night was very enlightening, thanks for that!

something i found very interesting was the amount of times burrows threw his changeup last night. it was looking pretty good. hitters kept swinging over it

for reference if anyone wants to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsepS2aBRh8

Anthony Murphy

He’s definitely ramped up his usage on it lately. For how little I saw him throw it in the past it’s crazy to see how comfortable he is with it. Throws it to lefties and righties. Both sides of plate, everything.

agent00

yeah for sure. it was very impressive to see. i honestly can’t remember a past pirates prospect who threw the changeup that much

NMR

Love this comment.

Huntington Era dogma was that changeup development was all about reps, and that was disastrously wrong. The pitch is all about the grip. Find one that works and the rest comes together awfully quick. Fail to do so and you’re Mitch Keller, spending years throwing it as much as they tell you with absolutely no improvement.

AdministrativeSky236

Keller’s straight 92mph changeup is tough to watch, should stay in his back pocket

dbsteel

Burrows looks like a BEAST.

Gonzalez still the king of whiffs. Not sure what to think of him.

Bradenton has a lineup of .200 hitters. Ouch.

NMR

Death, taxes, and a two-strikeout game from Nick Gonzalez.

I believe that’s now over half his games on the year, sheesh.

NMR

hooooo boy Michael Burrows.

emjayinTN

Question John – in last year’s Guide, Burrows was a 2 pitch guy who needed to improve his changeup or find another 3rd pitch. Any update on what he has been throwing lately?

Whatever he’s throwing, the results have been better than expected. At A+ he threw 49 innings, 2-2, 2.20 ERA with a K/BB/9 of 12.12/3.67 and a WHIP of 0.898. At AA those numbers are 43 innings, 3-0, 1.90 ERA and a K/BB/9 of 11.4/2.5 and a WHIP of 0.867.

Even counting 15 innings in the AFL, he only threw 64 innings in 2021 Therefore, I would think the Pirates would not want to exceed possibly 110 or 120 innings in 2022. Could possibly be time to be in AAA for the next 40-80 innings, and set the stage for 2023?

NMR

I’m not John but Murph posted some great video from Burrows a little bit ago and the changeup visibly stood out to me.

zombie sluggo

I saw that video. It looked like he had a 4-seemer, a curve, a slider and a change-up. They all looked usable, too.

redwards60

Burrows needs to be promoted now and if he continues to shine in Indy, be in Pittsburgh by end of July. Peguero should be moved up as well, but the Pirates botched things up with Cruz and they created a problem…shocker.

AdministrativeSky236

I don’t think they botched things up with Cruz. Cruz is just really showing he isn’t ready to move beyond AAA yet. Once he turns it around he will get his shot

dbsteel

Cruz shouldn’t be in line for a call up for awhile. He’s got to move to the outfield at some point so he can calm down and hit. Peguero is the shortsop of the future, not Cruz.

waitwhat

Wonder if it’s Peguero or Burrows who goes up first. I guess for Peguero it depends on when they call up more peeps from Indy.

Anthony Murphy

If I HAD to pick one of the two, it’d probably be Burrows. Peguero is hitting, but the defense needs some work. Can’t imagine a scenario where his debut isn’t until middle of next year anyways, so there’s really no rush.

skliesen

Burrows is everything I was hoping Priester would be this year.

And Peggy is making his case for moving Cruz to OF with authority!

agent00

i guess we know why marcano is up. tsutsugo goes to the IL

jon6er

Men his size beating out infield hits has consequences just like guys like Roberto trying to find an extra gear😏

agent00

i just want to know where he’s going to play

jon6er

I was thinking that myself but as others have suggested Gamel/Chavis 1st/dh and Suwinski/Reynolds/Mitchell and Marcano has played of/2nd/3rd at Altoona and has been competent at them all. But with Shelton anyone’s guess has a good chance of being wrong. I’m seeing too much of a Hurdle/Srod symbiosis similarity with Shelton/VanMeter!

agent00

yep would have to be a rotation of some sort. if only there were more positions on the field  😂 

Last edited 1 month ago by agent00
jon6er

😁

AdministrativeSky236

Interesting that Martin isn’t the callup then

agent00

probably because marcano is already on the 40 man. adding martin would require them to remove someone. which they seem very hesitant to do

agent00

easily burrow’s most dominant performance of his career. he could’ve went 8 innings too! that 7th inning was just…..*chef’s kiss*

AdministrativeSky236

Think he will be seeing what Indianapolis is like in June/July

agent00

that sure would be fun!

roibert.kasperski

I see MLB and MLBPA agreed to keep the 14 man pitching staffs until June 19th now.

Wilbur Miller

The “Shelton Rule.”

jon6er

Shelton uses the “Bednar Rule” which is “If I can find a way to use these other thirteen guys right to make it a close game I might get a win” which was similar to Hurdles everyone else and Hughes/Watson/Grilli/Melancon rule.

TNBucs

Even before Cherington praised Shelton’s bullpen management on Sunday, I was thinking that Shelton does a good job when the game is close and he has all relievers available but that’s only going to be good enough to win us 30-40% of games. He does a poor job developing and using the rest of the pen to help us in the games when he doesn’t have all of his best relievers available.

One answer to that problem is we need more good pitchers (Ben?), but it’s also not realistic to think we’ll ever have enough pitching to get by on talent alone.

AdministrativeSky236

Wouldnt it be nice if we could build a 2022/2023 version of that quartet with bednar, crowe, etc.

jon6er

Might have something similar with Crowe/Peters/Yerry/Bednar

ArkyWags

God that’s disappointing.

AdministrativeSky236

Interesting, guess that means at least we dont have to worry that yerry will be sent down asap. Still think they should dfa hembree just because though

PirateRican21

Bido dominating thru 3.

jon6er

Turned on a dime or an E5

PirateRican21

Just like that he is trailing, base hit and HR.

jon6er

My bad I thought they gave Park an error.

PirateRican21

I mean he “lost” it in his webbing, pretty much routine except that part.

jon6er

Error on the equipment manager then, lol.

PirateRican21

Right!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

His stuff, especially fastball, is so good when he’s on. Unfortunately it’s rare he’s on for more than 2 innings. He’ll even flip flop from good and bad every 15 pitches or so lol

PirateRican21

Well, you know Bido, getting destroyed now. Must admit, the manager should’ve pulled him before Kriloff who homer of him earlier, but still.

PirateRican21

Looks and sound like a reliever.

AdministrativeSky236

What’s his stuff like? Other than some control issues

PirateRican21

Mid to high 90’s fastball, seem to have “good shape”, hard slider that he throws on any count.

AdministrativeSky236

Definitely a reliever profile if nothing else! Those are very useful as well

Mblee24

Where’s Newman?

roibert.kasperski

On 60 day IL because of the hammy. Was nearing 30 days as it was and most likely will not resume his rehab assignment for,2-3 weeks and they needed a 40 man spot for,Mitchell.

Mblee24

Gotcha, I missed him getting moved to the 60. Let’s hope he doesn’t have a spot when he returns!

Wilbur Miller

Now he’s got a groin and a hammy.

ArkyWags

Are Tony Soles and Bubba gonna play at A ball this year? Or short season?

Wilbur Miller

Supposedly Solometo starts tomorrow.

Mblee24

I mean bae and Martin have to be called up within the next month right? And Cruz as soon as he gets hot?

PirateRican21

Decide to tune in to watch Thomas…. Unlucky, second batter he faced hit a grounder that looked like a DP, but it hit the bag and everyone was safe. Still, he needs a K and not getting it.

zebug

Burrows is a bad bad man

jon6er

When I heard the announced attendance was 2,500 I was kicking myself. I thought there would be a big crowd coming into the Memorial Day weekend even on a Thursday night. Would have been nice to watch Burrows pitch at the park.

PirateRican21

A few more start like this one and he won’t be in AA.

Wilbur Miller

You think they’d demote him?

PirateRican21

No doubt

PirateRican21

Pirates are a demotion, right?

AdministrativeSky236

Peggy looks ready for the next step, gotta open up some room at Indy first…

TNBucs

There’s no need to jump him to Pittsburgh but the way he’s playing and with Cruz struggling some, after the HR my thought was could they leap frog him over Cruz to see if he can make the same jump Suwinski is making?

AdministrativeSky236

Reynolds made the same jump back a few years ago, though that was injury related. I did noticed that he had his 12th error on the season, which is tied with Cruz, so he is still definitely shaky defensively

Ardotcom2

Looks like solemonto is making his debut tomorrow in Bradenton

ArkyWags

Great I just asked above!

agent00

excellent news!!! finally get to see him. what about chandler and bishop tho =/

AdministrativeSky236

Hopefully this means we will be seeing them there shortly as well. FCL just got a lot less interesting but I would rather challenge them all at Bradenton to see what they have

agent00

tbh it would’ve been a disappointment to see any of them in the FCL this year. i mean. highly touted prospects….should be in full season ball imo. but there should be prospects from this draft on the FCL team at least

Wilbur Miller

Guess I’m going tomorrow.

PirateRican21

Is that allowed?

AdministrativeSky236

Now that’ll at some intrigue to Bradenton

Iowasteel

This Marauder team really lacks talent. 11 PAs so far and 7 Ks.

AdministrativeSky236

Hoping when guys move up from the FCL they look better, but right now there’s not a whole lot of excitement there. A gap opens after the altoona wave

Wilbur Miller

Funny, I’m reading this comment just after seeing Planchart have the mitt knocked off his hand by a pitch.

NMR

Waiting for those vaunted international classes to show up…

Wilbur Miller

I’m afraid they have.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Nicky G taking over where Tank left off. 2 HBPs in 3 games now

roibert.kasperski

Have been following on Gameday at work. Where did he get hit?? Game Day had it close to his head.

Last edited 1 month ago by roibert.kasperski
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’ve been packing, so idk lol

TNBucs

Elbow pad, and it wasn’t as far inside as Gameday evidently made it appear.

Wilbur Miller

Well, nothing is hitting his bat, anyway.

TNBucs

Yeah, I was close to posting how hard it is to watch him swing right through fastballs. He did have a number of fouls but even then I’m wondering why he’s unable to barrel any of those pitches.

I’m not optimistic but of course still rooting for him.

roibert.kasperski

Not near as high either. Looked like head or shoulder area. I assumed it was not as bad as the usual bad Gameday graphics usually are as no delay and Nick stayed in
Thanks!

Last edited 1 month ago by roibert.kasperski
AdministrativeSky236

Was looking Chen’s underlying stats and they all seemed promising and I see his fip/xfip are both ~2-2.5 runs lower than his era. I know the real era is what matters most but seems like he’s been throwing the ball better this year than his numbers show

Wilbur Miller

Looks extremely sharp today. When he has trouble it seems to happen all at once.

NMR

Man what took you so long to start commenting!

AdministrativeSky236

Well I jinxed him so :/ no more talking about stats

kja1970

If you’re interested in how he’ll do in one or two years, I’d argue that xFIP is most important

AdministrativeSky236

Looks like Marcano is listed on Altoona’s bench today, didnt he get called up again? Or maybe the move isn’t made official yet

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Mitchell was still on Indy’s bench when they played a day game before Pirates night game. So they just need to make the move. And let’s be honest, it’s one less day of MLB pay, so they won’t do it till tomorrow

agent00

nothing official yet

Wilbur Miller

Paperwork probably won’t happen til tomorrow

TNBucs

Do we know who he’s replacing yet?

Wilbur Miller

No. I’m guessing Castillo is hurt. Maybe they got a med eval during the Curve game, hence the exit.

AdministrativeSky236

First the Bucs are off and now we lose the Greensboro game!

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