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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Pirates Win One, Wait on the Other

The only games today are in the Dominican Summer League. The full-season teams are off until Friday and the FCL Pirates start back up on Thursday. The All-Star festivities and the draft will get all of the attention today, but we will add the pitchers/boxscores below as soon as they are available, then post the recap once the games have been completed.


Prospect Watch: Fraizer and Triolo Homer in Altoona Win; Chandler with the Walk-Off Sacrifice Fly


Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo (0-1, 6.06)

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

Notable Performances:

Eduardo Oviedo 1-for-5

Ewry Espinal 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-2, 3 BB

Game Recap:

The Pirates won 9-8 on Monday, despite a converted pitcher giving up five runs in his brief outing. Starter Adolfo Oviedo allowed one run over three innings before giving way to former outfielder Dioris Valdez, who has off the charts raw power, but poor contact skills. He allowed five earned runs in 1.1 innings. Luis Gonzalez followed with one run in 2.2 innings and Wilbur Martinez allowed an unearned run in his two innings. The Pirates scored first on a double play ball with no RBI. They added six runs in the fifth on a double steal, wild pitch, RBI single from Miguel Sosa, RBI double from Ewry Espinal, and an error. Espinal tripled in a run in the ninth, then Isaac Paulino capped the scoring by driving in Espinal with a single. The Mets had the winning run on base with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t tie/win. Espinal added a stolen base and scored three runs in the game. The steal of home was a double steal and the sixth of the season for Daje Morales.


Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Andres Silvera (1-0, 0.74)

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

Notable Performances:

see recap

Game Recap:

This game was suspended due to rain in the middle of the fourth with the Pirates losing 1-0 on an unearned run. Andres Silvera lowered his ERA to 0.68 with two shutout innings, though those stats won’t be official until they finish this game. Victor Cabreja tossed two shutout innings on one hit, no walks and two strikeouts. The Pirates had three hits in the first three innings, all singles.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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5 earned runs in 1.1 IP? Seems like he has terrific contact skills!


There are plenty of guys struggling, but the guys that are hitting are doing so at a level J don’t ever remember seeing before. Sosa is 18 years old, more walks than hits, and is batting .359. There are 4 or 5 guys down there really raking, which gives me hope!

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