Today is not only the final game before the All-Star break in the majors, the four full-season teams are also off until Friday after they play today. The short-season clubs are off today. The FCL is off until Thursday. The Prospect Watch for the next two days will strictly be for the two DSL affiliates. Those teams have off on Wednesday, so there won’t be anything at any level that day. I’ll fill in the starters later as they become available. Bradenton has a doubleheader today, which wasn’t even listed until this morning. They had a game rained out on Friday and another on Saturday during the doubleheader attempt. INDIANAPOLIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 4:05 PM POSTPONED
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure (2-2, 8.22)
- Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.
- Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.
Game has been postponed due to weather. Makeup will be at the end of the season.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 1:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (2-5, 4.53)
- Final Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Jared Triolo 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
Matt Fraizer 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Connor Scott 1-for-3, BB, SB
Altoona won 8-3 on Sunday, as starter Carmen Mlodzinski allowed two runs over five innings. He gave up four hits, a walk and struck out four batters. He now has a 4.45 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. Four relievers tossed an inning each and the only run allowed over that time was unearned. Cristofer Melendez struck out the side on 11 pitches. Jared Triolo and Matt Fraizer each had one hit each, but they both hit two-run homers. It was the fifth for Fraizer and fourth for Triolo. Fabricio Macias had a single, his fifth double and he drove in three runs. He’s hitting .357 for Altoona. Connor Scott stole his eighth base and scored two runs.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 2:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (3-2, 3.59)
- Final Line: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
Dariel Lopez 1-for-4
Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-3, BB
Hudson Head 0-for-3
Greensboro decided to give almost all of their pitchers some work before the four-day break. Starter Nick Garcia went just one inning, striking out three batters. Ricky DeVito had a crazy inning, allowing two runs on a hit, two walks and three strikeouts. Cameron Junker also allowed two runs in the 5-1 loss. The offense came from Luke Brown, who hit two doubles and drove in the lone run. The rest of the lineup had two singles and two walks.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 12:00 PM DH
Box Score: LINK (Game One)
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (1-5, 3.77)
- Final Line: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO
Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3
Jase Bowen 1-for-2, BB
Juan Jerez 1-for-3, 3B
Sergio Campana 0-for-0, 3 BB, SB
Bubba Chandler 0-for-2, RBI
Deivis Nadal 0-for-2
Carlos Jimenez had a solid outing on Sunday, minus a little bit of control issues that led to three walks. He tossed five scoreless innings on three hits, and he picked up five strikeouts. He threw 66 pitches, with 41 strikes. He now has a 3.40 ERA in 50.1 innings, with 70 strikeouts. Sergio Umana went 1.1 scoreless, followed by two outs from Johan Montero, which sent the game to the bottom of the seventh (scheduled for seven) with no score. Juan Jerez led off with a triple in the seventh, then after a walk to Sergio Campana, Bubba Chandler hit a walk-off sacrifice fly for the 1-0 win. Campana walked in all three trips to the plate. He added his fifth stolen base. The Marauders had just three hits total. Jase Bowen had a single and a walk. Randy Romero had a single.
Box Score: LINK (Game Two)
Starting Pitcher: Luis Peralta (0-4, 6.67)
- Final Line: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Angel Basabe 1-for-4, SB
Jase Bowen 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
Juan Jerez 0-for-3, BB
Sergio Campana 1-for-3
Bubba Chandler 0-for-3, RBI
Maikol Escotto 1-for-3, RBI
Deivis Nadal 0-for-2, BB
Starter Luis Peralta has run into trouble in most of his starts due to control issues. He was throwing strikes in this game, allowing two runs over four innings, while picking up five strikeouts. He now has 61 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Carlos Campos took the loss here despite allowing one run that was unearned. Yoelvis Reyes allowed two runs in the seventh for the 5-3 loss. Bubba Chandler brought in the first run of this game on a ground out. Maikol Escotto followed with an RBI single. Jase Bowen doubled in the final run, his 15th double of the season. He also drew two walks. Sergio Campana hit his seventh double.
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.