Prospect Watch: Pirates Destroy Pirates in One-Sided Affair

It’s an early day today. Three of the four full-season teams get started by 1:35 PM today. Altoona has the only night game on the schedule. Greensboro originally had a makeup game scheduled for today, but that has been canceled because it won’t affect the first half playoff standings. The two DSL Pirates teams will be playing each other today. The FCL club is off. I’ll add in the Indianapolis pitcher when it becomes available today. It was supposed to be Jerad Eickhoff, but he will be starting for the Pirates.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 1:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (1-4, 5.28)

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

Notable Performances:

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-4

Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-4

Rodolfo Castro 1-for-3

Mason Martin 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Osvaldo Bido has been tough to hit in many of his outings this year, but his control has been poor, which has led to some rough results. We saw a little of both today with one hit in four innings and three walks, yet he kept the opposition off of the board. While he walked three batters, he threw a nice amount of strikes, with 42 of his 67 pitches going for strikes. He now has a 4.86 ERA in 50 innings, with 46 strikeouts. Joe Jacques threw shutout ball in the fifth. Zach Matson took over in the sixth and tossed two shutout frames. Hunter Stratton and Austin Brice had an inning each to close out the 2-0 win. Indianapolis got both of their runs on a Josh Bissonette double in the fourth. Five other players had one hit, all of them were singles. Josh VanMeter played on back-to-back days, today as the DH, so he probably won’t be on rehab long. He was 1-for-4.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (2-4, 5.17)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 0-for-3, HBP

Liover Peguero 0-for-2, BB

Blake Sabol 1-for-4, RBI

Jared Triolo 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Henry Davis 0-for-3, HBP

Connor Scott 0-for-3

Lolo Sanchez 3-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona lost 5-4 to New Hampshire on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth. That was after the Curve picked up two runs in the eighth to tie the score. Luis Ortiz had a solid start, with two runs over five innings and seven strikeouts. Three relievers followed with one run each, though Nick Dombkowski gave up an unearned run and Enmanuel Mejia put in two innings. JC Flowers gave up the winning run. The Curve got an RBI ground out from Aaron Shackelford, who was then on the back end of a double steal, with Jared Triolo picking up his 12th stolen base on a steal of home. Blake Sabol had an RBI ground out in the eighth, then Triolo hit a double for the fourth run. Lolo Sanchez had three hits in the game. Matt Gorski had a pinch-hit double and stole his seventh base since joining Altoona, and his 16th steal overall. Henry Davis was hit for the 16th time. He is just 2-for-30 since returning to Altoona earlier this month.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (0-1, 108.00)

  • Final Line:  6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Yoyner Fajardo 0-for-2, 2 BB, HBP

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Dariel Lopez 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Game Recap:

Justin Meis had two horrendous outings to start his time in Greensboro. He didn’t even get through one total inning between the two games, and his ERA coming into today was 108.00. He improved on that about as best as you could hope in one game, tossing six shutout frames on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. That performance knocked a zero off of his ERA, now down to 10.80 in three games. Eddy Yean allowed two runs in the eighth, after throwing a scoreless seventh. Cameron Junker came in with no outs in the eighth and allowed one of two inherited runners to score. He finished off the 9-2 win in the ninth. Greensboro scored first on a Sammy Siani single in the second inning. They added four runs in the fifth on a single by Dariel Lopez and a three-run homer by Hudson Head, his third homer of the season. Lopez hit his ninth homer in the seventh inning to make it 6-0. Endy Rodriguez hit a double to make it 7-2 in the eighth, then Jacob Gonzalez capped the scoring with a two-run single. Siani had two hits and a walk. Yoyner Fajardo reached three times on two walks and a HBP. Rodriguez hit two doubles, giving him 12 on the year.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario (3-2, 3.38)

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Deivis Nadal 0-for-5

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

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-5

Sergio Campana 0-for-4, 4 K

Jasiah Dixon 3-for-4, RBI

Game Recap:

Bradenton had a morning start time on Wednesday and went down 2-0 to Dunedin in the first inning. From that point on, pitching and a little hitting led to a 4-2 victory. Starter Joelvis Del Rosario had a bit of a rough first, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, but he settled down from that point on, throwing five shutout innings the rest of the way on three hits and a walk. He now has a 3.33 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. Mitchell Miller threw two scoreless, then Dante Mendoza lowed his ERA to 1.54 with a scoreless ninth for his second save.  The bottom of the order did some damage here, as Randy Romero and Jasiah Dixon each collected three hits and an RBI. Mike Jarvis and Tsung-Che Cheng each had two hits, while Jase Bowen brought in runs with a sacrifice fly and his 11th double. He was just named as our Player of the Week for last week.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Joseph (0-0, 0.00)

  • Final Line:  1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Ewry Espinal 1-for-3, RBI, BB

Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-4, RBI

Game Recap:

Things started off poorly for the DSL Pirates Black against their fellow Pirates Gold team and they stayed worse until the seventh inning when they avoided a shutout. Pirates Gold put up multiple runs in all six innings in which they batted, handing the Black team a 19-4 defeat. Starter Luis Joseph was hurt by the defense, which led to six unearned runs in his 1.2 innings. Victor Cabreja got saddled with five earned runs in his two innings. Reyson Santos then put up six runs (five earned) in one inning. The towel was thrown in and infielder Delfin Ramirez ended up pitching better than the regular pitchers, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings. The offense was dead until the seventh when they scored runs on a Daje Morales triple, Ewry Espinal single, and RBI grounders by Rodolfo De La Cruz and Eduardo Oviedo. The Black team committed six errors in the game. See below for the Gold stats.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Keneth Quintanilla (0-0, 8.31)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Roinny Aguiar 4-for-5, 2B, RBI

Yordany De Los Santos 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Gustavo Armas 2-for-3, 2 RBI, HBP, BB, SB

Carlos Tirado 0-for-5, RBI

Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Axiel Plaz 4-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, BB

Ruben Vizcaya 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

As mentioned above, the Gold dominated this game until the seventh and even that just turned a 19-run loss into a 15-run drubbing. Axiel Plaz, who was signed in part because his defense is outstanding for a 16-year-old, showed that he’s not just a glove-first player. He had two doubles, a triple, a homer and a walk, finishing with four runs scored and six RBIs. The big day pushed him to a 1.601 OPS for the young season. Yordany De Los Santos had two hits, including his third double. He also added his third steal. Roinny Aguiar had four hits, including his second double. Jhonson Pena and Eddy Rodriguez each hit their first homer. Rodriguez drove in three runs. Gustavo Armas had two hits, two RBIs, three runs, a walk and a stolen base. He also reached base a fourth time on a hit-by-pitch.

Starter Keneth Quintanilla tossed four scoreless innings on one hit, two walks and six strikeouts. Fares Sanchez, a recent signing, tossed his second straight two-inning shutout performance. Juan Fuentes got hit around in the seventh trying to mercifully end this game, so Alberto Saba had to record the final two outs.

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AdministrativeSky236

Tank wears yet another pitch

emjayinTN

A really well pitched game by Joelvis Del Rosario. He pitched 6 full innings striking out 3, and a GO/FO of 9/3. There were 3 double plays – the makings of a game Ray Searage would have loved.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ritchie does not look comfortable in LF lol but, I guess he does look a lot better than the other day

agent00

my man dariel lopez with another home run. up to .247 now  👀 

would be pretty cool to see him with a late season promotion to altoona. 20 years old in aa. badass

Anthony Murphy

D-Lo AND Hudson Head with a home run today, which I’m all about. Lopez has really been bringing it here lately, which I love to see. Just wish I could actually see it 😂

agent00

still baffles me that those games aren’t on milb.tv

zebug

Nice bunt against the shift for Tswags…really wish MLB players would do that more often

John Fluharty

Bob Walk mentions this 10 times a game I swear.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Easier said than done, but also likely a higher probability with someone like Swags who has speed if he doesn’t get it just right

jimmyz

Depends on the shift configuration and the batter too. I know guys just want to swing and do damage but there’s a lot of times where I’ve seen lefty hitters batting with only one guy playing on the left side of the infield and being fed a steady diet of pitches on the outer half of the zone because the pitcher knows that even if he makes contact he’s still gonna try to pull the ball and roll a weak grounder into the shift. At that point you just gotta push the ball past the pitcher’s range to field a bunt and could probably just jog to first.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Only 76 pitches through 6 scoreless for Meis. He could very well get the shortened CG today. Save Hoppers entire bullpen for game 2.

jimmyz

Good to see him rebound. As a senior sign out of Eastern Michigan I assumed his stuff wasn’t overwhelming when he was drafted but the offspeed stuff looks good and it seems like he’s a “gamer” that doesn’t get caught up with his emotions or the situation he’s facing when on the mound.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Which, I guess they’re not playing 2?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Just read top of article…

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Well, all Plaz needs now is a single for the cycle. Should’ve stopped at 1B on one of his previous doubles.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Hudson Homer! #3 on season

Anthony Murphy

jimmyz

I won’t rescind my comment yesterday that Siani gets results from his contact while Hudson doesn’t but I’m willing to amend it to say that Head occasionally gets results too 🙂

Anthony Murphy

I don’t disagree with Siani being ahead of Head right now. Head reminds me a lot of Gorski. Load tools, but will he ever put it together. Gorski is starting too, but not everyone can

AdministrativeSky236

Probably unrealistic, but would be nice if he could turn a corner

Wilbur Miller

16 more Ks for BRD.

agent00

bradenton pitchers are on fire!……oh you meant the hitters…….

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

That’s almost as many K’s as DSL Gold has runs

AdministrativeSky236

Not sure who that says more about, DSL gold, DSL black, or Bradenton

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Meis might get his ERA under 10

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Calm down, DSL Gold!!!

AdministrativeSky236

DSL gold padding their stats today

Wilbur Miller

John would know better than me, but it seems like the younger guys are mainly with the Gold team.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Siani with, what appears to be, his 4th OF assist on the year

agent00

i think it’s about time for bowen to move to greensboro

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I second this motion

AdministrativeSky236

But then who do i follow at bradenton?

Wilbur Miller

Replace Jase with Bishop or Terrero.

agent00

why not both

agent00

jasiah dixon  😀 

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I wanna know how he doesn’t have a SB yet

agent00

good question

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

lol but Cheng is back!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

agent00

plaz is an interesting player. only 16. off to a strong start this year. he’s also a catcher!

Wilbur Miller

Ha, I just came here to bring that up. Very curious about this dude.

agent00

one of the few players from the recent signing class who are hitting well so far

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Meis pitched a full inning for Greensboro!!

Wilbur Miller

He’s cut over 60 points from his ERA. Dramatic turnaround!

AdministrativeSky236

Oof DSL black gave up 6 unearned to DSL gold in the first 2 innings

Wilbur Miller

Pirate vs Pirate games present a conundrum.

dbsteel

Somehow I thik we are going to see some of those scrubs in Pittsburgh again. Guess Chang and Park can be out, but I’d write off Tsu Tsu Tsugio.

Stephen B

43 currently on the 40-man (includes Marisnick, Marcano and Underwood on COVID IL) plus Eickhoff to be added Wednesday. Mears and Newman on rehab assignment and coming off the 60-day IL soon. I humbly submit my proposed list of casualties:

Chang
Marisnick
any catcher. Literally, any of them. Don’t care.
Kranick to 60-day IL
Stout
take your pick of Hembree, Banda, Fletcher

And while we’re at it, I’d like to cut bait on the glut of Indy bullpen arms. O’Reilly and Eckelman are just taking up space.

Scrappy2499

Go ahead and send Eickhoff out with the others…Apparently he made history as the second person to pitch back to back 10 earned run games since 1940…

jimmyz

I could be wrong about this but wasn’t Kranick put on the IL after being sent to AAA? If so the team would need to call him up, paper move obviously, in order to put him on the major league IL and move him onto the 60 day list to free up the roster spot. I have a feeling that would be a last resort type move considering Nutting would then be paying him more for the same rehab.

Stephen B

You’re correct, but obviously the later in the season we get, the less money that means. Rough numbers, Kranick makes $90k at AAA as a guy in his second year on the 40-man; the MLB equivalent is $710k. We’re 40% of the way through the season already, so if they were to make that paper move now, the net cost to the franchise would be about $350k-$375k. It’s not my money, but I think an amount like this would easily fit in the budget if they had to do it. And with 6 guys set to come back on the 40-man in the coming days, this is one move they can make that won’t actually entail losing one of the guys they acquired on purpose.

jimmyz

Good points but common sense and Pirates roster construction are antithetical concepts.

emjayinTN

Why not MI’s VanMeter, 27, and Newman, 29? I looked at the Indy box score and Newman was at SS and VanMeter was at 2B. Reality tells us that Peguero should be at SS and Bae or Castro should be at 2B. Toss Hoy Park into GONE group also.

Bae has been playing a lot of 2B at AAA and has a .974 fielding percentage. In AA in 2021 he was 2.9 yrs younger than the average and his slash was 278/359/413/771 OPS. At AAA he is 4.5 yrs younger than the average and his slash is 304/375/480/855 OPS. Love the Slugging numbers of .413 at AA, and .480 at AAA.

Bae has also played SS, and a lot of games in the OF (LF, CF). He should be at 2B for the Pirates and Hoy Park should be back at AAA, traded, or just gone..

Stephen B

I forced myself into the box of what this FO would be most likely to do. If you open it up to what a FO familiar with the concept of sunk costs would do, then you open up lots of possibilities. Tsutsugo, Hembree, Stratton come to mind, and I wouldn’t object to either or both of Newman and VanMeter.

But you and I both know they’re not going to do that until at least early August.

tedwins

Thanks for the stats but we all know Bae is great, thats settled stuff…. I assume they are waiting to promote him to figure out who is the best of the Newman, Van meter, Park, Castillo, etc .. role players…and why not… Bae will be up soon enough, nobody loves him more than me, but we arent going to playoffs so im ok with mgmt working out some final tryouts🤔😃

emjayinTN

For me, Castillo is in the group with Bae and Castro, just a year older than them at 24. Do you seriously think Newman, VanMeter and Park are players we should consider keeping through ’22? Any of them staying means a younger prospect is waiting for their chance.

Keep the best we have for the future of the franchise.

John Fluharty

Park unless he is blocking someone. The rest can go yesterday.

AdministrativeSky236

Newman for castillo is fine with me as newman can ride the bench as a utility guy but i think castillo should be getting ABs every day so maybe indy is the spot for him right now

CTBucco

Calling Newman a utility player is generous. With his bat, I’d refer to him as a “defensive specialist”. But you’re right that it’s an okay move in that Castillo should be playing even if it’s at AAA.

dbsteel

I don’t know why park is playing over Castillo honestly.

tedwins

Support system for the upcoming promotion of our future star 2nd baseman…

AdministrativeSky236

Probably right handed vs left handed stuff

Wilbur Miller

take your pick of Hembree, Banda, Fletcher

All of the above.

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