Prospect Watch: It’s Rehab Day in Indy

Kevin Newman, Josh VanMeter and Yoshi Tsutsugo are all in the Indianapolis lineup, along with Bryse Wilson pitching.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bryse Wilson

  • Final Line: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Notable Performances:

  • Josh VanMeter 1-2, 2 BB
  • Kevin Newman 1-2, 2B
  • Yoshi Tsutsugo 0-1, BB
  • Mason Martin 0-1, 2 BB
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Rodolfo Castro 1-3, 2B, SF
  • Travis Swaggerty 1-4
  • Carter Bins 1-4, 2B
  • Nick Mears 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (33-32) beat Memphis, 7-4.  Indy went heavily with rehabbers in its starting lineup.  Josh VanMeter reached three times and scored twice, Kevin Reynolds hit a double and Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a walk.  They all came out midway through the game.  Bryse Wilson had a strong start, going seven and a third innings and allowing two runs.  He fanned ten.  One of Wilson’s runs scored after he left in the eighth, as Nick Mears gave up a gopher ball to the first batter he faced.  Mears threw only 17 of 32 pitches for strikes, and left with two outs in the ninth and a runner on.  Austin Brice let that run score before getting the last out.  The Indians had only seven hits, but they drew eight walks.  Rodolfo Castro, Ji-Hwan Bae and Carter Bins each had a double.  Mason Martin, who replaced Tsutsugo, walked twice and scored twice.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Passantino

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Matt Fraizer 1-4, BB
  • Liover Peguero 2-5
  • Blake Sabol 2-3, 2 2B, BB, SF
  • Matt Gorski 2-5, 2B
  • Henry Davis 0-4, BB
  • Jared Triolo 1-2, HR (2), 3 BB
  • Andres Alvarez 2-4
  • Tyler Samaniego 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (31-33) stomped New Hampshire, 7-1.  Jeffrey Passantino returned from rehab and threw three scoreless innings.  Austin Roberts and Tyler Samaniego each had a six up-six down outing.  The only run came off Omar Cruz, who continued to struggle with his control.  Liover Peguero, Blake Sabol, Matt Gorski and Andres Alvarez each had two hits.  Sabol’s were both doubles, and he also had a walk.  Gorski had a double and drove in three; he has an OPS of .891 since moving up to AA.  Jared Triolo added his second home run and drew three walks.  Henry Davis went 0-for-4 with a walk.  He’s batting .094 in AA.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

  • Yoyner Fajardo 2-4, BB
  • Endy Rodriguez 2-4, 2B, SF
  • Fabricio Macias 2-4, BB
  • Dariel Lopez 2-5, HR (8)
  • Francisco Acuna 2-3, BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro (26-37) came back from a 5-1 deficit, eventually scoring three in the ninth to tie the game, 5-5.  Their bullpen then gave up seven runs in the top of the tenth and they lost to Asheville, 12-6.  Jared Jones had another puzzling start.  He fanned eight in four innings, but gave up six hits, four walks and three runs.  Endy Rodriguez and Dariel Lopez had good days.  Rodriguez had a single, double and two RBIs, including a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the ninth.  Lopez had a single and his eighth home run.  Yoyner Fajardo, Fabricio Macias and Francisco Acuna also had two hits apiece.  The Hoppers’ bullpen continued to have severe problems, as their ERAs show.  Santiago Florez (6.42) and Michell Miliano (6.87) each allowed a run, although Florez worked three innings.  Wandi Montout (7.00) failed to retire a batter in the tenth, allowing four runs, and Garrett Leonard (10.08) gave up three more.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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Game Time: 6:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez

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

Notable Performances:

  • Deivis Nadal 1-5
  • Jase Bowen 2-4, 2B
  • Tsung-Che Cheng 0-3, BB
  • Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4, SB
  • Brenden Dixon 2-4, HR (5)

Game Recap:

Bradenton (28-35) took a 5-1 lead and hung on to beat Dunedin, 5-4.  Valentin Linarez has mostly struggled this year, but he allowed just one unearned run in this one, and didn’t walk anybody.  Jase Bowen and Brenden Dixon accounted for a lot of the offense.  Bowen stayed hot, picking up a single and a two-run double.  After a rough month of May, he’s hitting 365/414/524 in June.  Dixon hit his fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot, and also singled and scored.  The rest of the team had only three hits and the whiffery continued, as the Marauders racked up 14 strikeouts.  After Linarez left, Jack Hartman, Cristian Charle and Yunior Thibo each allowed a run, with Charle working two innings and the others one each.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Enmanuel De Los Santos

  • Final Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Shalin Polanco 0-3, BB, HBP
  • Javier Rivas 1-3, HR (2), HBP
  • Enmanuel Terrero 4-4, 2B, 2 3B
  • Braylon Bishop 0-2, BB, SF
  • Luis Tejeda 0-1, 2 BB

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (7-5) blew an 8-3 lead and lost to the Braves, 9-8, in eight innings.  (The game was scheduled to go seven.)    Walks were a big part of the game, as each team had only five hits.  Pirates’ pitchers walked a dozen.  Enmanuel De Los Santos, who’s working his way back from a three-year absence, pitched the first inning and allowed no hits but two unearned runs.  (There were some fireworks in that inning as former Pirate minor leaguer Arden Pabst, in the lineup as the Braves’ catcher, managed to get himself ejected while on-deck and spent the next five minutes cursing the umpire.)  Miguel Diaz followed with two scoreless innings and Antwone Kelly, in his second outing of the year, went another two, allowing one run.  The Pirates were up by five at that point, but Owen Sharts continued to struggle through his rehab.  He gave up three hits and three walks, along with four runs, while retiring just two hitters.  The Pirates still took a one-run lead into the seventh, but Roelmy Garcia gave up the tying run.  In the eighth he let the free runner score and the Pirates failed to respond.  Nearly all the Pirates’ offense came from Enmanuel Terrero and Javier Rivas.  Terrero had four hits, including a double and two triples.  He drove in three and scored two, and is now batting 367/457/633.  Rivas had the only other hit, a three-run bomb.  That was his second longball of the season, his career in fact, and they’ve come in the last two games.  Luis Tejeda and Shalin Polanco each went hitless but scored twice.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Isaac Paulino 2-3, 2B, BB, HBP
  • Kelvin Diaz 1-4, BB, 2 SB
  • Christopher Orelin 4-5
  • Eduardo Oviedo 2-5, 2B
  • Wesley Zapata 2-5, 2B

Game Recap:

The Black team (7-5) lost a 3-0 lead, fell behind 6-3, but scored two in the eighth and two in the ninth to beat the Mets 1, 7-6.  Wesley Zapata had the big hit, a two-out, two-run double to complete the comeback.  Christopher Orelin, a 17-year-old infielder, had a big day, going 4-for-5 to boost his average by 90 points.  Zapata, Eduardo Oviedo and Isaac Paulino each had a single and a double.  Paulino also had a walk and hit batsman, so he reached base four times.  Kelvin Diaz stole two bases.  Starter Adolfo Oviedo, another 17-year-old, worked four scoreless innings.  He’s allowed just one run in seven innings so far.  Luis Brito gave up four runs and Lewys Guzman allowed two without recording an out.  Jarlen De La Paz retired all four batters he faced and Wilbur Martinez pitched the bottom of the ninth to get his third save.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Pitterson Rosa

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Isaias Dipre 2-5
  • Yordany De Los Santos 0-5
  • Carlos Tirado 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
  • Patricio Ress 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (8-4) lost to Boston Blue, 8-2.  Pitterson Rosa threw five shutout innings in his first two outings, but in this one he recorded only four outs while allowing five runs, four earned.  Patricio Ress was a lot more effective, working four and two-thirds shutout innings.  Rafael Mendez gave up the other three runs.  The hitters had a rough day, fanning 16 times.  Isaias Dipre had two hits and two RBIs, and Carlo Tirado had a single, double and walk.  Samuel Escudero also had two hits, but the Pirates went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.  Gustavo Armas went for the golden sombrero and top bonus guy Yordany De Los Santos went 0-for-5.

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zebug

I’m just here for Kevin Reynolds, Freudian slip perhaps? lol

NMR

Am I the only one who checked the roster to see what random minor league vet I missed them picking up?

AdministrativeSky236

That top 3 rehabbing at indy scares me… diego down for newman so he can get ABs everyday is about the only swap id be ok with

PirateRican21

Mitchell or Madris should play everyday, so one of them until Gamel is traded somewhere.

AdministrativeSky236

Thats fine with me, but no yoshi or jvm anywhere near this field

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Took 9 innings, but Hoppers finally taking advantage of bad Tourists pitchers. Couldn’t tag the 17+ ERA guy

NMR

Any video of Jones’ start? Dude is so weirdly hittable.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

But, here’s what I will say from the previous start I watched, and this last start kind of reconfirms it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s “hittable” as he’s just throwing at this point in his career. He doesn’t command his pitches well enough to move them around the zone and hit spots. So, he’s grooving A LOT of pitches, generating A LOT of foul balls (hence high pitch counts), and when he does try to hit the edges, he misses quite considerably leading to walks. In 56.2 IP this season, he’s given up 17 XBH’s, compared to 22 XBH’s in 66 IP last season. Remembering that he’s now in a very hitter friendly park, 9 of the 17 XBH’s are HR’s, with 6 coming at home. Last night’s game, 6 hits, all singles. Start before that, 4 hits, 1 HR and 3 singles. Before that, 7 hits, all singles.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Home game, so no 🙁

NMR

Ugh, figured.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Then the opposite happens, and Hoppers pitchers get bombed in extras

roibert.kasperski

Yo! Yerry is on the Bump!!!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Legen. Wait for it. DARY!!!!!

PirateRican21

Henry Davis

AdministrativeSky236

Why are we panicking?

PirateRican21

Because!

AdministrativeSky236

Ok you convinced me…. Panik!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Considering how often he’s hit, he’s probably seen a total of 20 pitches that haven’t hit him. Want to see how he fares when they stop hitting him, and he actually has a chance to swing

NMR

That’s quite the line from young Mr. Jones…

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Newman GIDP. Tsutsugo grounds out. It’s like they were never hurt!

agent00

plz stay in indy

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It’s a rehab extravaganza in Indy. Dejong (although not rehabbing), Corey Dickerson, and Jordan Hicks in lineup for Redbirds

Last edited 13 days ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Macias throws out runner at 3B. Color me not surprised

AdministrativeSky236

Rough days for Rosa and sharts, bummer!

roibert.kasperski

One thing to keep in mind regarding Eickhoff—-Not only do they need the 40 man they will also need a spot on the 26 which means a pitcher must go from the 26 to be at 13….. Hembree?? Two birds one stone??

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agent00

sharts gettting blown up today. 3 runs so far. control is awful

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Rivas and Terrero holding it down on offense for FCL

agent00

another home run for rivas. he’s becoming quite interesting

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

(I preface this with I hope everything is ok, and that your immediate departure wasn’t due to anything unfortunate)

A bad case of too many spicy tamales?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ok. Ok. That’s understandable you’d leave. Glad they turned up.

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agent00

 😍 

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Rivas hit his first career pro HR yesterday, and follows it up with #2 today, a 3-run bomb to put Pirates up 3-2

agent00
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I knew it. I knew this was coming. Ugh.

agent00

passing on yajure hmmmmmmmmm

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

He only just came back this month, 2 weeks ago. Probably don’t want to force the issue with him.

agent00

wouldn’t be a problem if it’s just for a spot start imo. this indicates that eickoff is basically replacing thompson in the rotation for the time being. how fun

PirateRican21

You have to let other vets that if they sign a minor league deal, you’ll get a shot if earned, I guess he earn A shot

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yeah, but I guess Yajure has future use, so why call him up for a spot start hoping he MIGHT be able to go 5, let alone effectively, just after returning from another injury. Where as Eickhoff, he goes as long as he can go. Maybe he impresses someone for a cash return or a low A lottery (this is me trying to find some sort of reasoning), or he’s just awful and then a 40 man casualty.

roibert.kasperski

Thinking that Eickoff have a cup of coffee for his work this year and then Sulsered as soon as the 40 Man is needed.

ricramer

Exactly

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

FCL Braves catcher thrown out in first inning. That catcher? Arden Pabst lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I guess the Pirates just acquired LHP Eric Stout from the Cubs

agent00

with a 40 man crunch coming up that’s uhhhh interesting

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

With regards to needing to add Underwood and Marcano when they come off covid list, yes, which would apparently only need to be one guy if I’m following Ethan correctly.

End of season though? Meh. I did a rough draft at season’s end and it’s not that dire

AdministrativeSky236

Whats the end of season draft look like? Just curious

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It’s going to come down a lot to how many spots they want to leave open for possible FA additions, and personal preference. A lot of redundancy, and a lot of guys I can’t see a team taking a chance on.

agent00

mears has to be added soon too right?

and i guess now eickhoff

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Well, and there’s gonna have to be a bunch of 26 roster moves, since everyone is apparently starting rehab this week.

agent00

yep. ben’s gonna be real busy the next few weeks!

roibert.kasperski

Hope Ben is making a bunch of calls now trying to unload some of the guys as they become healty.

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agent00

i would hope so….but we’ll probably just see some young players sent down

goodbye cal =(

roibert.kasperski

Several of these guys are on minimal contracts. Yoshi Newman Gamel the exceptions. By the time the minimal guys come back would not have much left to eat.

AdministrativeSky236

Even getting ‘nothing’ like bonus pool money would be enough to make me happy as we have been good about spending all of our international bonus pool money

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I wonder if that’s back on the table again. I can’t remember if trading pool money is allowed again, yet.

AdministrativeSky236

Oh good point! Forgot about that

ricramer

They’ll overwhelm the waiver wire all at once and sneak most through (sadly).

roibert.kasperski

Easy on and easy off kind of guy on the 40 man. Fletcher could go and Stout could be the new emergency lefty……that is all I got on this one.

AdministrativeSky236

Whos gonna leave the 26 and 40 for him though?

roibert.kasperski

Actually got the answer reading about Eickhoff on MLBTR–the Bucs had an extra 40 man for Tucu and Underwood both going on the covid IL they only filled one spot apparently in all of the player movement. They will need a 40 and 26 man for Eickhoff and most likely it will be a pitchewr so that they can stay at 13 pitchers on the active roster.

roibert.kasperski

Thought of moving Vieaux but he actually pitched very well and in a leverage situation on Sunday. I could see him going down but Hembree would make sense. They will need 40s for several other players so no matter what they do today, several players on the 40 will be gone soon

roibert.kasperski

there apparently was a space available per MLBTR. Someone must have moved from the 10/15 day to the 60 day IL

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

(This is barring any changes)

Indy gets to face Top 100 prospect in Liberatore, who I’m guessing they only had in bigs previously cause their afraid of him facing Oneil Cruz. Now he’s safe from that altercation.

It’s a big week for Ben’s old organization vs his new, as Altoona and Bradenton both face off against Blue Jays affiliates. Looking forward to Top 100 prospect showdown when Priester faces Orelvis Martinez. Dunedin is a little light overall though.

Greensboro could involve a lot of fireworks. Asheville’s pitching is terrible, and they’re playing in Greensboro. And the handful of times they’ve played each other this season, there’s been a lot of HR’s. OPS boost week.

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

And I just deep sighed, cause I remembered Indy is having all of the rehabbing players this week. Ugh.

agent00

an interesting article. i wonder if this is partly why the pirates don’t mind if their prospects get much game action

https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb-teams-are-quietly-snapping-up-smart-pitching-machines-that-can-imitate-any-aces-arsenal-041849718.html

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

They had something similar to this in spring training, did they not? I feel Tim had an article, specifically with Mason Martin, where they had two machines: one throwing FBs, and one spinning breaking pitches.

agent00

i vaguely recall this yes

AdministrativeSky236

Good find! I remember within the last year or two reading how the giants have prioritized using more game-like pitching machines in their bp/training compared to the 75mph down the middle. Kind of astonishing to me if it has taken teams that long to take this approach, but I suppose that technology might have been the limiting factor here

agent00

yeah definitely seems as if the tech has caught up to the point where it’s feasible to practice like this. as a tech nerd this is very exciting for me lol

coreyschade

any Malone/Solotmeto updates? Apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

The lists are ready, I’m just holding off momentarily to see if there’s any roster movement for opposing squads in the minors

ArkyWags

Any updates on Nicky G’s injury?

AdministrativeSky236

Maybe its not just an injury thing, but a development and injury break?

Colin

Ya, seriously

Stephen B

Just posting this here even though it’s off topic.

The Bucs have 42 on the 40-man, with Marcano and Underwood on the COVID IL. They’ll likely be reinstated in the next week or so. Then you have Newman, who is starting a rehab assignment, and Mears, who is coming up on the 30-day maximum for his rehab assignment. Both will be added to the 40-man as well. And VanMeter and Tsutsugo are starting rehab in Indy as well, and neither one can be optioned.

So that’s 4 guys who are going to bump someone from the 40-man, and at least four (Underwood, Newman, VanMeter, Tsutsugo) who will bump guys from the 26-man.

If past is prologue, the moves BC makes will only be somewhat satisfying. 40-man moves I can see him making include moving Kranick to the 60 IL, DFAing Chang, outrighting Delay and DFAing Vieaux.

26-man moves I can see are Vieaux (for Underwood), Chang (for Marcano), Castillo (for Newman) and Park (for VanMeter).

Colin

I’m liking Vieaux. I’d be a little disappointed if they cut bait so soon

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