Prospect Watch: FCL Pirates Witness Daytime Fireworks; Kevin Newman with the Walk-Off Winner

Happy July 4th to all. I’ll be celebrating by following minor league games all day. The full-season teams usually have off on Monday, but they want to take advantage of the holiday for a fireworks day, so Tuesday is the day off this week. A lot of TBD on the schedule for the starters, so I’ll fill them in as they become available. Three day games and four night games today. I’m inviting you to join me, shall you?


Prospect Watch: Homers from Endy Rodriguez and Connor Scott Highlight Sunday’s Action


P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:15 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (1-4, 4.92)

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

Notable Performances:

Kevin Newman 3-for-5, 2 RBI, BB

Ji-hwan Bae 2-for-4, SB, BB

Jake Marisnick 2-for-5

Cal Mitchell 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-4, HBP

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-5

Mason Martin 2-for-5, SB

Carter Bins 0-for-4, HBP

Game Recap:

Starter Osvaldo Bido gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. While the results weren’t great, he was certainly efficient and throwing strikes, finishing with 48 strikes on 68 pitches. Dillon Peters had his rehab transferred to Indianapolis. He retired all three batters he faced, needing 11 pitches. Eric Hanhold pitched a scoreless seventh and Joe Jacques threw a scoreless eighth, then left with two outs and a man on in the ninth. John O’Reilly  came on and gave up a single, but stranded the inherited runner with a strikeout. He allowed a run in the tenth, but Indianapolis still won 5-4.

Indianapolis got three of their runs on a bases loaded single by Cal Mitchell in the first. He got two RBIs and a third run scored on a throwing error. The won the game nine innings later on the final swing of the game, as Kevin Newman hit a walk-off single for the 5-4 victory. He had three hits and a walk. Ji-hwan Bae reached base three times on two singles and a walk. He scored a run and stole his 20th base. Indianapolis won despite leaving 14 runners on base. They went 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position.


P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05 PM POSTPONED

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (1-4, 4.17)

  • 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:



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, 3.30)

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

Notable Performances:

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, BB

Dariel Lopez 1-for-5

Sammy Siani 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Hudson Head 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Game Recap:

Nick Garcia has been one of the better pitchers in the system over the last month. He didn’t have it in the first inning tonight, but settled down and pitched well over the next four frames. He allowed four runs on five hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. He now has a 3.59 ERA in 67.2 innings, with 61 strikeouts. Denny Roman followed with two scoreless innings and no hits allowed. Cameron Junker came on in the eighth and recorded the next five outs, before Oliver Mateo had to get him out of a bases loaded jam to end the game with an 11-4 win.

Greensboro was down 4-0 before they scored a run. Mike Jarvis doubled in the first run, then Hudson Head singled in Jarvis. Francisco Acuna doubled in Head. In the seventh inning, Head hit his fourth homer. A Sammy Siani grounder scored a run. Jarvis hit his first homer since joining Greensboro. Endy Rodriguez capped the scoring with a three-run homer, his ninth of the season. Head also hit his 11th double of the season, stole his sixth base, and he scored three runs. Sammy Siani stole his 20th base.


P2Daily: It’s Bradenton Marauders Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 5:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez (1-6, 5.80)

  • Final Line:  6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-3, BB

Jase Bowen 1-for-4

Deivis Nadal 1-for-3, BB, SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-4, RBI

Maikol Escotto 0-for-2, HBP

Game Recap:

Valentin Linarez has struggled this season, coming into Monday’s game with a 5.80 ERA. He lowered that significantly in this game with what could be his best career outing. He went 6.1 shutout innings on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts, knocking 72 points off of his ERA. Johan Montero finished off the game, recording the final eight outs on one hit, no walks and five strikeouts. The Marauders won 5-0.  Bradenton scored four runs in the first with help from two errors and a balk with a man on third. They added a run late in the game on a Randy Romero single. Bradenton had just five hits in the game, on each from five different players, and they were all singles.  Deivis Nadal stole his eighth base. Sergio Campana left the game early after making a catch in the bottom of the first inning.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: 10:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Alessandro Ercolani (0-0, 2.03)

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

Notable Performances:

Bubba Chandler 0-for-2, 3 BB

Juan Jerez 0-for-2

Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI

Solomon Maguire 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Javier Rivas 2-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-2, RBI, 2 BB

Jesus Castillo 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Alessandro Ercolani walked four batters in two innings, but he didn’t allow any hits or runs. The same can’t be said about the rest of the Pirates pitchers, as they combined to allow 19 runs in just five innings. The Pirates list 19-6 in the scheduled seven-inning game. Miguel Diaz allowed three runs, Jose Garces gave up three runs, Luigi Hernandez served up seven runs, Adrian Mendez surrendered five runs and Raydel Velette let in the final run. The Pirates had a lead in this game, as Enmanuel Terrero singled in the first run. Jauri Custodio tripled in a run in the third, then Javier Rivas doubled in a run. A fourth run scored on a double play, and then Pirates led 4-2 at that point. The Rays then scored the next 17 runs. In the seventh, the Pirates got bases loaded walks to Omar Alfonzo and Jesus Castillo for their final runs. Juan Jerez joined the team on rehab and went 0-for-2 before being replaced at third base in the sixth. Bubba Chandler drew three walks.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo (0-0, 2.70)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Angel Rodriguez 1-for-3, BB

Ewry Espinal 0-for-1, 2 BB, SB

Robert De Paula 0-for-2, RBI

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-3

Wesley Zapata 1-for-3

Game Recap:

This game was suspended with a 4-4 tie in the sixth due to rain. Starter Adolfo Oviedo allowed three runs in four innings, then Luis Brito gave up a run in his two innings. The Pirates scored on a sacrifice fly by Robert De Paula, then got their second run on an error, followed by an RBI single by Richard Ramirez.  A Christopher Orelin double scored the fourth run.


Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Andres Silvera (1-0, 0.54)

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Yordany De Los Santos 0-for-2, RBI

Ruben Vizcaya 2-for-3, 3B, RBI, BB

Roinny Aguiar 0-for-3, BB

Carlos Tirado 0-for-3

John Zorrilla 0-for-2, BB, SB

Axiel Plaz 1-for-3

Gustavo Armas 0-for-3

Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-3, RBI.

Game Recap:

The Pirates Gold won 5-3 in seven innings on Monday. Andres Silvera has been the best pitching in the entire Pirates system over the last month. He saw his 0.54 ERA go up today, but not by much, as he allowed one earned run in four innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. He has 24 strikeouts and an 0.58 WHIP in 20.2 innings. Jesus Clode finished out the win with one run over three innings. The Pirates scored first with a sacrifice fly from Yordany De Los Santos. An error led to two runs in the sixth, which tied the game.  Eddy Rodriguez broke the tie with a seventh inning single, then a Ruben Vizcaya single added an insurance run. Vizcaya also collected his third double, scored twice and drew a walk.

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This season has brought the good, the bad, and a lot of ugly for all Pirate teams at all levels.

Wilbur Miller

16 walks in seven innings. Not like it was just a couple pitchers, either. Everybody took part except Daniel Rivero, who only faced one batter.

They now lead the FCL in walks. Many teams have walked barely half as many as the Pirates.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

This week’s list will be delayed. I was unprepared lol


I imagine there will be a lot of already inebriated fans showing up at these games, lol.

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