Prospect Watch: Starting Pitchers Excel in the Lower Levels, Which Wasn’t Such Great News on Monday

It’s just the three lower level teams playing today, getting their action out of the way early so all eyes can be on the big league game tonight. I heard the Pirates called up their best hitter at Indianapolis this year and he’s bringing Oneil Cruz along with him? Anyway, I’ll add the boxscores and starting pitchers below as soon as they are available online. The FCL game might have some weather issues according to the reports from late late Sunday night, so we will see how that plays out. The two DSL Pirates teams are playing each other, so that should be fun. I’m inviting you to join me, shall you?


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Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Alessandro Ercolani (0-0, 2.45)

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

Notable Performances:

Bubba Chandler 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Shalin Polanco 0-for-4

Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-4

Braylon Bishop 1-for-2, 2B

Jesus Castillo 0-for-3, BB

Javier Rivas 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Alessandro Ercolani tossed three shutout innings on Monday, working around four base runners, while striking out five batters. He now has a 1.74 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. Andy Maldonado took over in the fourth and allowed a run in his only inning. Sebastian Rodriguez tossed two scoreless, then Yoelvis Reyes gave up four in 1.2 innings for the loss in the 5-3 game. Emilson Rosado and Deion Walker each debuted after being injured to start the season. Neither played the full game or collected a hit. Bubba Chandler hit his second homer after coming in for Rosado as the DH. Javier Rivas hit a solo homer in the first inning, his first as a pro. Ronny Sanchez scored the other run on a sacrifice fly.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe (0-0, 9.64)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Delfin Ramirez 1-for-2

Robert De Paula 0-for-3

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-3

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-3

Game Recap:

The DSL Pirates Black & Gold game provided good news and bad news with the starting pitchers. Isaias Uribe was dominant in this game, allowing just a walk in his four innings of work. His mound opponent (see below) basically did the same thing. So you had two great pitching performances, but they were both against Pirates hitters. Yoerys Hernandez followed Uribe and gave up four earned runs on three hits and three walks in three innings, taking the loss. Delfin Ramirez didn’t start the game, but he ended up with the only hit for the Pirates Black.


Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Andres Silvera (0-0, 0.00)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Roinny Aguiar 0-for-3, BB, SB

Yordany De Los Santos 1-for-3, 2 RBI, SB

Carlos Tirado 0-for-2

Gustavo Armas 0-for-2, BB

Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-3

Axiel Plaz 1-for-2, HR, RBI

Game Recap:

Starter Andres Silvera threw shutout ball in each of his first two starts this season, totaling 7.2 innings. He continued that streak on Monday, tossing four shutout innings against the Pirates (not sure if that’s good or bad). He has 13 strikeouts in his 11.2 innings. Jesus Clode took over in the fifth and threw two no-hit innings with three strikeouts. Luis Faringthon tossed a scoreless seventh to close out the 4-0 victory. Gold scored three runs in the fifth, starting with a two-run single from Yordany De Los Santos. Roinny Aguiar scored the third run when he stole home. That was his third stolen base of the year. Axiel Plaz hit his first career homer in the seventh to cap the scoring. The Gold team had just four hits, giving the two teams a total of four hits in the game.




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Checked the box score to see where Chandler played (SS? DH?) and he wasn’t listed.


a bubba blast!


Bubba is the Kelly Leak of this team, get him a dirt bike!

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Rivas’ first career pro HR


Ercolani on the mound!

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Emilson Rosado 2022 debut as well. Don’t know much about him, but big boy that hasn’t appeared in a game since 2019

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Deion Walker is back!!!!!!


It is always a treat to pick out a player or two to follow, it seems easier now with the change in Latin American “director-age”…perhaps now some of the bigger bonus babies will hit. However, I always like to go with a “little” guy who appears to have done more with less. John, thanks for this coverage – it is depth of reporting that not many teams (any?) get.

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