Prospect Watch: Garcia Pitches Well Again, De Los Santos Hits First Homer

After almost all of the action was over by mid-afternoon yesterday, all four of the full-season teams have night games tonight. The FCL Pirates rejoin us after a day off yesterday, and the two DSL teams take on the two DSL affiliates of the Yankees, who will no doubt be looking for revenge for the 1960 World Series.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Pirates Destroy Pirates in One-Sided Affair

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure (1-1, 3.18)

  • Final Line:  1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Cody Bolton 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO

Kevin Newman 1-for-4

Ben Gamel 0-for-3

Yoshi Tsutsugo 3-for-3, BB

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

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-4

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Carter Bins 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

Miguel Yajure got the start, but he didn’t last long. In 1.1 innings, he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. Cody Bolton followed with 2.2 innings, but he had major control issues, surrendering five walks, though it led to just one unearned run. He threw 64 pitches, with 31 going for strikes. Noe Toribio made his Indianapolis debut after posting a 1.85 ERA for Altoona. He tossed 1.1 scoreless, though it was a rough outing. Just five of his 17 pitches went for strikes. Eric Stout made his Indianapolis debut and tossed a scoreless frame. Cristofer Melendez allowed one run in two innings and walked three batters.  Cam Alldred threw a scoreless ninth. Indianapolis pitchers combined for 12 walks.

Kevin Newman went 1-for-4 in his second rehab game. Ben Gamel went 0-for-3 in his first rehab appearance. Yoshi Tsutsugo had himself a night, going 3-for-3 with a walk in his second rehab outing. The Indians scored their runs in the second inning on a Travis Swaggerty double, Jason Delay sacrifice fly and a Josh Bissonette RBI ground out. Ji-hwan Bae had a single and his 15th double. He has a .302 average and an .848 OPS.

More to come…

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (0-3, 4.60)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Liover Peguero 0-for-4, BB

Blake Sabol 1-for-4, BB, SB

Matt Gorski 0-for-3, BB

Jared Triolo 0-for-3, BB

Connor Scott 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona got a lead-off homer from Matt Fraizer, then put together three singles and no runs over 27 outs, falling 3-1 to New Hampshire. Carmen Mlodzinski had a decent outing, though he ran up his pitch count in his five frame, throwing 93 pitches, with 53 for strikes. That resulted in two runs on three hits and four walks, with five strikeouts. Brad Case has pitched extremely well lately in long relief and that continued, with one unearned run in three innings, lowering him to a 2.39 ERA. He has allowed two runs in 19.2 innings since May 15th. Despite collecting only four hits total, the Curve had plenty of scoring opportunities thanks to nine walks, but they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring positions and stranded 11 runners. Andres Alvarez had himself quite a day, collect a single and three walks in four trips to the plate. He also stole his ninth base.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (3-1, 3.31)

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 0-for-4

Yoyner Fajardo 1-for-4, 2B

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-4

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-4

Dariel Lopez 1-for-4

Hudson Head 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Greensboro lost 3-1 on Thursday, unable to capitalize on some strong pitching from Nick Garcia, who was coming off of seven shutout innings in his last outing. He gave up one run on six hits and a walk in six innings, lowering him to a 3.12 ERA. He threw 76 pitches, with 50 going for strikes. Ricky DeVito took the loss, failing to get out of the seventh inning, while throwing seven of 17 pitches for strikes. He threw three wild pitches and allowed a run on one hit and one walk. Denny Roman allowed one run over 2.1 innings. The Grasshoppers got their only run in the fifth inning when Ernny Ordonez hit his eighth homer. Yoyner Fajardo’s third double was the only other extra-base hit. They had no walks and ten strikeouts.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

P2Daily: It’s Bradenton Marauders Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (1-5, 5.06)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Jase Bowen 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Jasiah Dixon 1-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Game Recap:

Po-Yu Chen has not seen results to match his stuff this year, and that continued on Thursday night, as he allowed five runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings, on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Johan Montero followed and he got hit just as hard in a shorter outing, giving up four runs in 2.1 innings. Wilkin Ramos tossed a scoreless eighth, as Bradenton lost 9-7 to Dunedin. The Marauders got off to a nice start with a two-run double in the first by Rodolfo Nolasco, his eighth double of the year. Dunedin scored the next five runs, then Brenden Dixon made it 5-3 with an RBI double. Down 9-3, they got late runs on a sacrifice fly, a balk and a two-run single by Jasiah Dixon. Tsung-Che Cheng hit two doubles, giving him 11 on the year. Jase Bowen hit his 12th double and also drew a walk.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Cristopher Cruz (0-1, 7.71)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Solomon Maguire 1-for-5, 2B

Javier Rivas 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Shalin Polanco 2-for-5, RBI, sb

Bubba Chandler 0-for-4, BB

Jeral Toledo 1-for-5, 2B

Jesus Castillo 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Deion Walker 0-for-1, 2 BB, SB

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-2

Game Recap:

Cristopher Cruz gave up three runs in one inning in his season debut. He then allowed one run over 3.1 innings in his second game. His third start was on Thursday and it was basically the mid-point of those two games. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in three innings. He now has a 7.04 ERA in 7.1 innings. Raydel Velette threw the fourth and gave up a run. Joaquin Tejada took over in the fifth and tossed three no-hit/shutout innings on three walks and three strikeouts. Kevin Disla allowed a run in the eighth on three hits, which tied the score. He got two outs in the ninth before giving way to Adrian Mendez for the final out of the inning. He got that out, but then allowed a walk-off single in the tenth.

The Pirates got their first run on the first homer of the season for Emilson Rosado. Jesus Castillo doubled in two runs in the fourth. Shalin Polanco singled in a run in the the fifth. The fifth and final run for the Pirates scored on a double play. Castillo’s double was his first. He also stole his first base. Jeral Toledo hit his fourth double. Polanco stole his third base. Deion Walker walked twice and stole his first base. The Pirates struck out 15 times.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Salazar (0-0, 5.14)

  • Final Line:  2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ewry Espinal 0-for-5

Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-for-3, 3B, BB, HBP

Eduardo Oviedo 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Robert De Paula 0-for-3, HBP

Wesley Zapata 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Starter Jonathan Salazar had some major control issues, which led to five runs in his shortened outing. He walked two batters, which isn’t the bad part of his 2.2 inning day. He also hit three batters and he threw four wild pitches. Reliever Greiber Mendez had a terrific performance, throwing 3.1 shutout innings to keep the game from getting out of hand. Jarlen De La Paz followed with two scoreless innings. Lewys Guzman allowed five runs in the ninth on four walks and a hit, two wild pitches and a hit batter. Wilbur Martinez came on for the final out of the ninth. The Pirates lost 10-5. They scored their first runs in the first inning on a two-run double from Eduardo Oviedo. They didn’t score again until the ninth when an error led to a run, followed by a two-run single from Kelvin Diaz. Seven players had one hit each. Rodolfo De La Cruz hit his second triple.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Dermis Ordonez (0-1, 10.38)

  • Final Line:  0.2 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Yordany De Los Santos 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Roinny Aguiar 0-for-3, BB, SB

Gustavo Armas 0-for-4

Carlos Tirado 0-for-3, BB

Eddy Rodriguez 0-for-4

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-4

Game Recap: Starter Dermis Ordonez couldn’t throw strikes, which led to him failing to get out of the first inning. He walked five batters and threw a wild pitch, which led to three runs. Eliecer Romero followed with 3.1 scoreless. He hasn’t allowed a run in four appearances this year. Wilkin Valdez allowed two runs on four walks and a hit, but neither run was earned in his 2.2 innings. Jesus Clode allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. The first three pitchers combined for 11 walks (Clode didn’t walk any). The big hit of the day for the Pirates was the first home run of Yodany De Los Santos, the top signing from back in January. He’s hitting just .188 with a .544 OPS so far. Pirates got a run on an eighth inning sacrifice fly from Jhonson Pena, then two runs scored on wild pitches in the ninth, followed by an RBI ground out from Axiel Plaz. The Pirates had just three hits until they scored four runs in the ninth.

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dbsteel

Hudson Head looks like a bust.

Don’t want to see Yoshy and Van Meter back at all. Bae should be up playing second base.

Mblee24

Can sabol or bins come take Perez’s spot as back up catcher? Also they need Yajure or Bolton to start getting length and showing something. Once Quintana is traded there’s not a whole lot there to take his spot other than those two, unless burrows comes up earlier than expected.

skliesen

I vote Burrows. Bolton looks more like a multi-inning RP to me. But if he continues to issue 5 walks in 2 innings, he’ll be a AAAA mop up guy at best.

Mblee24

I hate seeing Yoshi tear it up. He’s gonna be back up soon. Dreading seeing him and VanMeter in the lineup. I don’t mind Newman and Gamel getting time but the other two, no thanks!

PirateRican21

i don’t mind Yoshi, Chavis numbers against RH pitching are
not great and he is more of a platoon / defensive replacement / bench guy anyway. So rolling the dice on Yoshi finding the stroke he had with us last year would be great.

AdministrativeSky236

Oof 5 BB for bolton, nice start for nick garcia today!

Wilbur Miller

Ha, first thing Toribio does in AAA is pick a runner of second.

Wilbur Miller

Gamel’s clean-shaven now. Looks weird.

Wilbur Miller

Yajure out after an inning and a third. He wasn’t pitching well but it wasn’t that bad, so I’d guess he’s hurt again.

And Bolton comes in and walks the first three hitters he sees.

Wilbur Miller

On the positional front, Gorski is starting his 11th game at first and Sabol his third in LF.

skliesen

Have to think Pirates are positioning Gorski to be 1B of the future.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Not Pirates related, but also former Pirates related. Patrick Dorrian has been traded to the Brewers, and assigned to Nashville affiliate. Nooooo!!!!!!!

He’s had a rough go in AAA, but I’m still sad.

PirateRican21

Trade Reynolds, I mean extend Reynolds!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

PirateRican21

Wrong tread!

roibert.kasperski

Lol! Hat when that happens🤣🤣🤣

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Looks like DSL Gold is tired after yesterday

mpg43952

Tonight’s the night Carm gets his first win!

gosteelers69

Can someone comment on Davis? I watched him tonight on MiLB TV. Love the catching style with that leg stretched out. But he does not look comfortable at the plate ( I understand getting hit so much). He may be working on his defense, but the batting average is approaching microscopic levels with Altoona. No reason to be worried just yet? Someone calm me down, please. And thank you!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Even with the struggles, his K% is only 20.5% while still walking 9.1% of the time. I look at it more like how Swaggerty was to begin this season, albeit a much higher K rate. Tank seems to just need to get his timing down. He’s made good swings and fouling off a lot of pitches. One aspect I began to consider, is the fact that he’s has been hit so many times. Cause how many times is he really offered the opportunity to work a count, see a bunch of pitches, and put a good swing on a ball. Often he sees 1 or 2 pitches, and they hit him cause all these pitchers keep trying to go inside and he crowds the plate.

NMR

Something to watch…over half his fly balls have been popups?

And yeah, I was like okay well it’s only 10 games…but 45% of his fly balls were also popups across 100 high-A PAs.

That’s a lot!

jimmyz

With his power potential I’m just happy he’s hitting the ball in the air more often than he’s hitting grounders. Obviously minuscule sample size right now but he’s currently sporting a .080 BABIP in Altoona. Some of those fly balls are bound to start dropping for extra bases.

Last edited 11 days ago by jimmyz
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’m at least less concerned than if he was outright whiffing, as Gonzales had been. Tank was also able to catch up 99 at top of zone. So, he’s making contact, we just need to see if they can improve the type of contact.

AdministrativeSky236

Uh he’s got 10 career games at Altoona, yeah 0 reasons to be worried at this point, he’s gonna be good

hoffmark83

I’ve been wondering that myself. Too early to call him a bust but, so far his only claims to fame are getting hit by pitch and going on the DL

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