Prospect Watch: Mike Burrows and Quinn Priester Highlight Sunday’s Action; Gorski Hits 22nd Homer

Today is a big day for top pitching prospects. Mike Burrows will make his Triple-A debut with Indianapolis. Quinn Priester will make his Altoona debut. He was originally scheduled to make his season debut with Altoona, until a late spring oblique injury set him back. He has made one start for Bradenton (three shutout innings) and one start for Greensboro (five earned runs in 2.2 IP). All three of the short-season teams are off today.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 1:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows (NR)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Jared Oliva 1-for-4

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-4

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Carter Bins 2-for-4

Game Recap:

Mike Burrows made his Indianapolis debut and lasted three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, no walks and four strikeouts. He tossed 54 pitches, with 38 going for strikes. He had an impressive second innings in which he picked up three strikeouts on 16 pitches, but he didn’t have any quick innings, throwing more pitches in both the first and third innings. The Pirates have been limiting pitchers if they go twice in the same week, so it appears that his pitch count limited his day. Nick Mears came out for the fourth inning and threw shutout ball. Miguel Yajure allowed one run over 3.2 innings, then Aaron Fletcher lowered his ERA to 1.23 with 1.1 scoreless. Indianapolis got things started early with a three-run homer from Rodolfo Castro, his fifth of the season. In the eighth, Travis Swaggerty hit his fifth homer, a two-run shot. That was more than enough in the 5-3 win. Carter Bins had the only multi-hit game (two singles) and Indianapolis failed to draw a walk.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 1:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester (NR)

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

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-for-2, 2 BB

Matt Gorski 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Jared Triolo 1-for-4

Henry Davis 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Quinn Priester had an impressive season debut with three no-hit inning for Bradenton, then got roughed up in his start with Greensboro. He moved up a level to Altoona for this Sunday start and had an impressive three-inning scoreless start, allowing just one hit and hitting a batter, while picking up three strikeouts. He threw 36 pitches, with 26 going for strikes. He was likely scheduled to go three innings because he’s still building up and he already pitched earlier this week. Bear Bellomy and Tahnaj Thomas each allowed one run in two innings. JC Flowers tossed two scoreless frames, but the offense was almost non-existent in the 2-1 loss. Matt Gorski accounted for the only run with his 22nd homer of the season. The Curve had just two other hits, both singles. They had two at-bats all game with runners in scoring position. Despite those numbers, Matt Fraizer had a good day in the lead-off spot, with a single and two walks.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 2:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Domingo Gonzalez (3-2, 6.22)

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

Notable Performances:

Dariel Lopez 1-for-6, RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-3, 2 RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-5

Game Recap:

Greensboro ended up using eight pitchers on Sunday and the only one who didn’t allow a run faced just one batter. Of note, starter Domingo Gonzalez allowed four runs in four innings. Ricky DeVito gave up one run in two innings. Eddy Yean allowed one run in 1.2 innings. Greensboro lost 16-10 in 11 innings. The scoring in the third inning when a double play grounder scored a run. In the fourth, Ernny Ordonez hit a three-run homer, his sixth of the year. In the seventh, Dariel Lopez singled in a run and Abrahan Gutierrez picked up an RBI on a ground out. Ordonez tied the game in the bottom of the tenth with a two-run homer. Jacob Gonzalez doubled in a run in the 11th after Greensboro went down by seven runs.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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Game Time: 1:00 PM (CANCELED)

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jake Sweeney (1-0, 3.78)

  • 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:

This game was canceled due to lightning/rain. It will not be made up, as the two teams don’t meet again during the first half of the season.

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Mblee24

Gorski needs to go to triple A and play first base. I think he has surpassed Martin who has been really struggling.

AdministrativeSky236

Strong first start in Altoona for priester and another bomb from gorski!

jon6er

It’s been really chippy the last two games in Gwinnett after a collision between Oliva and the Stripers first baseman so I hope nobody gets injured if they have a scrum. Pirates having a lot of bad luck with pitching prospects lately!

skliesen

I think Delino Deshields, Jr injuring Blake Weiman on Thursday night may have started the bad blood.

jon6er

Yeah I forgot about that. No wonder that Stripers announcer was making shit up. Fridays game he claimed Oliva threw his shoulder into Ford and I keep watching the replay and don’t see that and then doing Saturdays game he was saying that Ford was parked under the ball and that also isn’t true!

AdministrativeSky236

Hoping for strong bounceback outing for both burrows and priester today

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