Prospect Watch: Bubba Chandler Starts Well for Bradenton, Carmen Mlodzinski Knocked Out in First

Chandler doubled in his first full season at-bat.  Jesus Castillo had four hits in the FCL.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bryse Wilson

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

Notable Performances:

  • Greg Allen 2-4, 2B
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 2-5, 2B, HR (8)
  • Cal Mitchell 3-4, 2B, BB
  • Hoy Park 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Mike Burrows 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (41-42) beat Columbus, 5-2.  Bryse Wilson is now 5-0 at the AAA level.  He gave up one run over five innings.  Mike Burrows worked two innings, retiring six straight, four on strikes.  Joe Jacques finished the last two innings, giving up one run.  Ji-Hwan Bae had a big day, with a double and his eighth home run.  Cal Mitchell had three hits, including a double.  Greg Allen played left, and had a single and double.  Hoy Park had a double and a walk.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski

  • Final Line: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 2-5
  • Blake Sabol 0-5, 4 K
  • Liover Peguero 2-2, 2 BB, SB
  • Connor Scott 2-4, 2B
  • J.C. Flowers 4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:

Carmen Mlodzinski failed to survive the first inning, giving up five runs as Altoona (41-41) lost to Richmond, 6-4.  Mlodzinski gave up only two hits, but he hit two and walked one, and an error by Andres Alvarez led to two of the runs being unearned.  The Curve had a lot of chances — 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position, getting five hits.  Jared Triolo, and Connor Scott each had two hits.  Liover Peguero reached four times on two hits and two walks, and also stole his 19th base.  Scott, Aaron Shackelford and Brendt Citta each had doubles.  Blake Sabol had a rough day, going 0-for-5 with the golden sombrero.  J.C. Flowers did a good job of giving the Curve a chance to come back, working four and a third hitless innings.  In his last two games, he’s gone eight innings with one hit and no runs.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 7:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Notable Performances:

  • Francisco Acuna 2-4, 2 2B, BB
  • Jacob Gonzalez 2-5, 2B
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-4, 2B
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 1-4, 2B
  • Jackson Glenn 2-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Greensboro (34-46) fell behind early, 6-0, and couldn’t quite come back, losing to Brooklyn, 6-5.  Santiago Florez started and continued his struggles at this level, allowing four runs while getting only four outs.  Domingo Gonzalez gave up two runs in four and two-thirds innings.  Francisco Acuna, Jacob Gonzalez and Jackson Glenn each had two hits.  Acuna had two doubles, and the other two each had one.  Endy Rodriguez and Abrahan Gutierrez each had a double.  Dariel Lopez got cooled off, going 0-for-5.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

P2Daily: It’s Bradenton Marauders Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez

  • Final Line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 1-4
  • Jase Bowen 1-4
  • Maikol Escotto 1-4, HR (2)
  • Bubba Chandler 2-3, 2B
  • Randy Romero 2-2, SF
  • Jasiah Dixon 1-3, 3B

Game Recap:

Bubba Chandler had a good full-season debut as Bradenton (40-41) beat Jupiter, 4-1.  As DH, Chandler had a single and double, and scored twice.  Valentin Linarez survived six hits and three walks to go four and two-thirds innings with only one run allowed.  Darvin Garcia, Mitchell Miller and Yunior Thibo kept the bad guys off the board for the last four and a third.  Maikol Escotto started the scoring with his second Bradenton home run.  Jasiah Dixon had a two-run triple, and Randy Romero had two hits and a sacrifice fly.  Rodolfo Nolasco, who’d homered in four straight games, didn’t play because . . . Pirates.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Enmanuel De Los Santos

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jeral Toledo 1-4
  • Enmanuel Terrero 2-4
  • Jauri Custodio 1-4, 2B
  • Jesus Castillo 4-4, SB
  • Antwone Kelly 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (15-12) took a 5-1 lead, then survived a ninth-inning rally for a 5-4 win over the Twins.  They also had to survive a very rough start at the plate, as the Twins’ starter, a lefty throwing a lot of changeups, fanned eight of their first nine hitters.  Jesus Castillo was the only hitter not mystified early, as he finished 4-for-4 and also had a steal.  Enmanuel Terrero had two hits and Jeral Toledo drove in a pair.  Jauri Custodio had a double.  Enmanuel De Los Santos had a good start, fanning six over three and two-thirds scoreless frames.  Roelmy Garcia threw a scoreless inning, but ran into trouble in his second inning, walking two and hitting one before departing with one out.  One of those runners scored and Daniel Rivero stranded the other two.  Antwone Kelly worked two scoreless and hitless innings, although he walked two and hit two.  Eliecer Romero nearly lost it in the ninth, allowing three runs before getting the last out with the tying run on third.  He’d only allowed one earned run in his previous eight outings.  (The box score had an obvious error, listing one Twins’ hitter twice in the order and crediting him with going 1-for-7 with five strikeouts.)

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe

  • Final Line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Wesley Zapata 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Miguel Sosa 1-2, 2 BB
  • Hader Blanco 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

The Black team (14-15) didn’t have the best day, losing to the Phillies White, 14-2.  It was actually a game for a while, as starter Isaias Uribe threw four shutout innings before giving up three in the fifth, departing with two outs.  Things went downhill after that, especially in the top of the ninth, when two pitchers got torched for eight runs.  One positive came from Hader Blanco, who worked a scoreless inning and two-thirds.  The offense consisted of two singles, a double and seven walks.  Wesley Zapata had the double, his 12th.  Robert De Paula and Miguel Sosa had the singles, and Sosa also walked twice.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Pitterson Rosa

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Juan Machado 1-1, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 4 SB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 0-3, BB, SF
  • Eddy Rodriguez 1-4, HR (2), BB
  • Jhonson Pena 2-4
  • Patricio Ress 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (20-9) blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth and lost to the NYY Bombers, 6-5.  Pitterson Rosa had a rough start, getting just four outs while allowing two hits, three walks and three runs.  Patricio Ress did better, stranding two inherited runners and working two and two-thirds scoreless innings.  Fares Sanchez added two scoreless frames, but Dioris Valdez gave up the three eighth-inning runs to take the loss.  Thanks to ten walks, the Pirates had a ton of chances, but they went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.  Juan Machado reached base five times on three walks, a hit batsman and a single, which boosted his OBP to .480.  He also stole four bases, but somehow scored only once.  Eddy Rodriguez hit his second home run of the season.  Ruben Vizcaya reached three times on a single, a walk and a hit batsman.  Tony Blanco, Jr., and Axiel Plaz appeared only as pinch hitters, registering a strikeout and a walk, respectively.

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meandterry

I do not like having to air this here but I have emailed tim@piratesprospects.com three times and received no response. I am a paid subscriber and for the last week have been unable to receive premium content. What gives?

NMR

Liover really seeing a power outage over the last six weeks or so, but also walking more and striking out less. I’m calling that a positive, now just gotta put all the pieces together.

zebug

Why did Burrows come in as a reliever today? Just trying to limit his innings maybe?

jsandstrom

He was pitching on 1 day less rest than usual and he is pitching Saturday in the Futures Game. Probably just limiting his innings this week

zebug

well that makes sense then, thanks!!!

waitwhat

Another hit for Bubba.

b mcferren
Last edited 2 months ago by b mcferren
Iowasteel

Scored on a couple of sac flies. Pretty sure he left early on the second one, but they appealed and he was called safe.
A) he is a big dude
B) his cleats are gold on the bottoms

TNBucs

Another updated ranking, with a nice feature of showing the breakdown of FVs relative to other organizations (click on live farm system rankings):

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/pre-draft-farm-system-rankings-are-now-live/

agent00

pirates rookie league must be facing prime pedro martinez. everybody is striking out!

TNBucs

Kiley has an interesting update on the draft and system rankings for those with an ESPN+ subscription:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/34211170/2022-mlb-draft-guide-best-fits-system-strengths-weaknesses-all-30-teams

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

System update. Been waiting for one of them!

TNBucs

Among highlights about the Pirates:

  • His updated (as of this week) system rankings has us as 5th with the biggest strength being “impact position players” and the biggest need being “left-handed pitching”.
  • Our draft strategy is likely to be like a number of other teams’ strategies–safer position players early (leaning towards college bats) with riskier prep overpays later.
  • Best fits (I assume for those riskier prep overpays) are: Prep RHPs Owen Murphy, J.R. Ritchie, Walter Ford and LHPs Noah Schultz, Jackson Ferries, position players C Brady Neal, CF Henry Bolte, SS Mikey Romero
NMR

“Our draft strategy is likely to be like a number of other teams’ strategies–safer position players early (leaning towards college bats) with riskier prep overpays later.”

I think it’s absolutely hilarious that “picking the best baseball player” has now become the market inefficiency.

TNBucs

Let’s just hope the three organizations drafting above us see it as an inefficiency 🙂

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I just don’t know how I feel about biggest strength being “impact position players”. I need a little more expansion on that.

ArkyWags

It’s a quick rundown of all 30 orgs. You’re not gonna get more expansion than that.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Obviously I know that. I just, wish there was.

TNBucs

Right, there’s no detail given. But isn’t that our consensus–guys like Cruz, Swaggerty, Davis, Peguero, Gonzales (?), Rodriguez, Lopez, Nolasco, White Jr. , Bishop, Head, … seem to be the strength of the system with the concern being pitching in general and, when you think about it, left-handed pitching in particular? So for me, it was more confirmation of how I see the system.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Well, so from a “position player” standpoint, yes. But “impact”, necessarily? Ehhh.

Cause I think the tide might actually be switching a little, and time will tell. What with the rise of Burrows, Priester coming back and looking strong so far. I’m really intrigued by the post-sinker Mlod.

I think their strength is in position play “depth”, but in terms of “impact” I think that might actually veer more towards pitching.

TNBucs

That could be, and as expensive as pitching is on the market, would be a better situation for the organization. But I want to see more from the three you named before I’m convinced.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Oh, for sure. Granted, Oneil IS still a prospect, who probably have the highest “impact”, and then you could probably fill in Tank and Liover behind him as potential impact players.

Then you’re talking a mixture of both pitchers and hitters that are raw low level prospects.

TNBucs

As an aside, he has our system as tops in the NL with the four teams above us (in order) as Cleveland, Baltimore, NYY, and TB. This runs counter to the impression many of us have had that our system has taken a step back (my concern being the high K rates and whether that will allow our “impact position players” to actually have an impact at the MLB level. (Technically, ranking 5th is a small step back from our #3 ranking in February but that’s little more than noise and Contreras likely not being considered now.)

Anyway, I was glad to see that he still thinks of our system as one of the best.

ArkyWags

A a system can take steps back (as in seeing struggles from high profile prospects like Nicky K’s) and still be high in the rankings. The system is undoubtedly still one of the best due to the depth, but overall I think this has been a pretty disappointing season from some high profile prospects.

roberto

It sounds as though you’re scouting the stats. That’s fine for MLB players, but can be very misleading for minor leaguers. Once a talented player masters a level, he gets promoted. Then he’s got to learn and adjust again.

NMR

LOL, this is not what you think it is.

TNBucs

Oh, I understand that. But, it’s also hard to find examples of players who had K rates of 30% or higher in the minors that ended up having an impact in the majors.

To add to this, I don’t worry when a player like Rodriguez initially struggles with K’s when he’s promoted but then sees the rate go way down as he adjusts. I do worry when players like Gonzales and Martin don’t seem to be making any progress getting their K rates under control.

Last edited 2 months ago by TNBucs
NMR

K and BB rates are literally the primary indicators of future success, but I think we both understand roberto is just looking for cope.

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