Prospect Watch: Bradenton Pitchers Fan 21

The rookie level teams got some excellent pitching, while the full-season teams didn’t.  But the wildest part of it was 21 strikeouts for the Marauders.  And Rodolfo Nolasco stayed hot.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Big Innings Abound

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Cal Mitchell 1-4, 2B
  • Jake Marisnick 2-3, BB
  • Rodolfo Castro 1-4, 2B
  • Mason Martin 1-2, HR (14), BB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (39-42) got stomped by Iowa, 10-1.  Osvaldo Bido lasted only an inning and a third, giving up four runs, two earned.  John O’Reilly gave up two runs over two and two-thirds innings and Eric Hanhold got pummeled for four runs.  Cristofer Melendez worked two scoreless innings, striking out three.  The only run came on Mason Martin’s 14th home run, his second in two games.  Jake Marisnick had two hits, and Cal Mitchell and Rodolfo Castro each had a double.  Indy hitters whiffed 17 times, with Castro, Tucupia Marcano, Travis Swaggerty and Hoy Park each striking out three times.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 1-3, 2 BB
  • Blake Sabol 2-5, 2B
  • Aaron Shackelford 2-5, 2B
  • Liover Peguero 2-5, 2 SB

Game Recap:

Altoona (40-40) lost to Akron, 7-3.  Luis Ortiz started off with three shutout innings, but gave up four runs in the next two, one of them unearned.  He still stayed on for a sixth inning, which was scoreless.  Enmanuel Mejia gave up the other three runs.  The Curve had only one run until the ninth, when Blake Sabol and Aaron Shackelford hit RBI doubles.  They each had two hits, as did Liover Peguero, who also stole two bases.  Jared Triolo reached three times on a hit and two walks.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis

  • Final Line: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

  • Endy Rodriguez 0-3, BB, 3 K
  • Dariel Lopez 3-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Greensboro (34-45) lost to Greenville, 7-1.  Justin Meis had an odd start.  He gave up just three hits, two walks and a hit batsman, but that cost him four runs.  He gave up only one in the first four innings, but got knocked out with three in the fifth.  He did strike out six.  Eddy Yean gave up one run and Jack Carey two.  The offense managed only five hits, three of them by Dariel Lopez, including a double.  He’s now 14-for-32 in July.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

P2Daily: It’s Bradenton Marauders Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 0-5, SB
  • Jase Bowen 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Rodolfo Nolasco 1-3, HR (9), 2 BB
  • Deivis Nadal 1-4, 2B, BB
  • Maikol Escotto 1-5, HR (1)

Game Recap:

Bradenton (38-41) beat Lakeland, 7-6, in ten innings.  Carlos Jimenez had yet another one of those starts we keep seeing in the system — dominant for a few innings before things suddenly go totally south.  Jimenez gave up one hit and fanned seven through three innings, then gave up five runs in the fourth.  The good news is he fanned nine in all over four innings.  Four pitchers got through four innings without a run, in the process striking out nine more.  Jack Hartman struck out three in his one inning, and Yunior Thibo fanned three more in an inning and two-thirds.  The hitters, meanwhile, got some offense going.  Rodolfo Nolasco homered for the third straight game, giving him nine on the year.  This one was a three-run shot.  Maikol Escotto hit his first longball at this level.  Jase Bowen had a single, double and walk.  Deivis Nadal had a double and a walk.  The Marauders took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Dante Mendoza gave up an unearned run.  Bradenton got a run in the tenth when the free runner, Tsung-Che Cheng, stole third and scored on a wild throw.  Carlos Campos held the lead in the bottom half, despite the free runner reaching third with one out.  Mendoza fanned two and Campos one, making it 21 for the game.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: 10:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bladimir Dotel

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

Notable Performances:

  • Enmanuel Terrero 1-2, 2B, BB
  • Esmerlyn Valdez 2-3, 2 2B
  • Rafael Escalante 1-2, HBP
  • Hung-Leng Chang 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (13-12) took a 1-0 game from the Orioles.  It was a rare game in the FCL — only one walk total.  Bladimir Dotel and Hung-Leng Chang did the pitching.  Dotel went four and allowed just two hits while fanning four.  Chang recovered from a rough outing in his last game to work three shutout innings.  He gave up two hits and struck out five.  Like the Orioles, the Pirates had only four hits.  Esmerlyn Valdez had two doubles and scored the only run; he’s 10-for-18 in July.  Rafael Escalante singled to drive in the run.  Enmanuel Terrero had the other hit, a double, and drew the game’s only walk.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Diego Chiquillo

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Miguel Sosa 1-3, SB
  • Ewry Espinal 0-1, 2 BB, SB
  • Brandison Polanco 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

The Black team (14-13) lost to the Cubs Blue, 2-0.  The pitching was good, the offense, not so much.  Diego Chiquillo gave up one earned run and one unearned in three and two-thirds innings.  Brandison Polanco worked the last three and a third, allowing just one hit and nothing else.  The offense consisted of six walks and a Miguel Sosa single.  They went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kevison Hernandez

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

  • Juan Machado 1-3, BB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 0-2, BB, HBP
  • Isaias Dipre 2-3, HBP
  • Axiel Plaz 1-2, HR (3), HBP
  • Jesus Clode 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Luis Faringthon 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (19-8) beat the Yankees, 6-1.  This Pirates team is third in the 49-team league in staff ERA and it didn’t drop any today.  Kevison Hernandez had a great start, allowing just a hit and a walk over three innings, while fanning eight.  Jesus Clode got the next five outs, four on strikes.  Luis Faringthon gave up the only run, which was unearned.  He worked two and a third without a hit, although he walked three.  He also fanned four to bring the team’s strikeout total to 16 in just seven innings.  The highlight on offense was a grand slam by Axiel Plaz, his third home run.  Isaias Dipre had two hits.  Juan Machado and Yordany De Los Santos each reached base twice.

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James_Robert5
James_Robert5

How does Esmerlyn Valdez rank among OF prospects?

From BA earlier this year

“ Esmerlyn Valdez, OF, Pirates

One of the power standouts from the Dominican Summer League last year, Valdez is already posting plus exit velocity data based on major league standards. His 90th percentile exit velocity was 106 mph, with an average exit velocity of 91.5 mph. There’s certainly some swing-and-miss present in Valdez’s profile, but his contact rates are fringe-average. If his approach improves incrementally in the coming years, he has the power to develop into an impact bat.”

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/fantasy-one-under-the-radar-dynasty-prospect-for-each-organization/?amphtml

chappy

Axiel Plaz grand slam! 16 year old hitting .457 with power? Wow!

skliesen

After getting burned by Mojica, I refuse to get excited about DSL players.

PirateRican21

You too? I haven’t paid the slightest attention to that league, on the fence on the FCL as well.

James_Robert5

Plaz is putting up numbers that are probably better than for any college player in the draft.

Also, in Mojica’s year the DSL Pirates team (black or gold???) was playing within a really weak pod IIRC from John D

James_Robert5

Scary start no doubt

VTBucFan

At FCL game, Dotel looking like Bubba. In total control thru three.

TNBucs

Lots of rain in the forecast for Greensboro. I’ll be passing through there tomorrow—anyone know how well that field responds to rain? Should I be making other plans?

TNBucs

As has been previously noted, Kiley writes that there will be a lot of pitching upside in the second and third rounds due to players coming back from injuries. It seems set up for teams drafting in the top 10 to put together a strategy similar to ours last year. Hopefully that means one of the top 3 drop to us or we get a player in the second tier* that leaves us with extra to spend later.

*obvious qualification that our FO’s tiers don’t likely exactly match Kiley’s.

skliesen

#DraftLesko

TNBucs

Kiley McDaniel published his top 300 draft prospects yesterday. I only read the write-ups for the first dozen or so and they have me higher on Green and Lesko than I was previously. Pareda, someone I’m also high on, is ranked 4th after a top 3 (McDaniel says there is clear separation between the top 3 and the rest of the top 10) of Jones, Johnson, and Holliday.

Note that this is a ranking not a mock draft.

James_Robert5

Btw do you think Jones could be an option for the Bucs?

Offer $9+m and see if he slides?

Looks like that might be an option for the Mets

https://www.prospectslive.com/prospects-live/2022/7/9/the-scenario-that-could-send-the-2022-mlb-draft-into-pandemonium

ArkyWags

No. Because I think all of the top three teams love him enough to draft him and call his bluff. There were rumors last year that Leiter only wanted to go to a northeast team, and the Rangers drafted him anyway.

PirateRican21

So is Green ranked 5th?

James_Robert5

No, he had Green and Lesko at 7th and 8th with both ranked about 120th among all prospects

TNBucs

With Collier 5th and Lee 6th for anyone wondering how the top 8 look. First tier is top 3 with FVs of 55, second tier is 4-8 with FVs of 50.

PirateRican21

Thanks! To both of you!

Last edited 2 months ago by PirateRican21
TNBucs

The thing that has me higher on Green is a comment about his make up and how he’s recently made changes to improve his swing-and-miss with results following.

AdministrativeSky236

He seems like the best chance for us to get a stud out of this draft, assuming the top 3 are all gone

Colin

Same. The kid made adjustments and cut down a bit of the swing and miss. I can’t imagine passing up on that type of talent. Also, him playing at IMG, wouldn’t you think he’s going up against better competition than, say, Jones or Johnson?

AdministrativeSky236

It has been noted that johnson’s HS team is very poor so that competition is low

TNBucs

Kiley mentioned Green’s choice of playing at IMG as an example of his make up, seeking out a bigger challenge than just raking against a normal HS schedule.

AdministrativeSky236

This is similar to collier finding ways to challenge himself, i love the attitude

SouthernBuc

I also liked hearing about Green’s adjustments. But to be honest any player having bat to ball issues this early in their career worries me. Just my opinion… can’t say I have any historical trends to base this on. Right now I would be leaning Johnson or Collier. Kiley has Johnson in the highest tier with Jones and Holliday(who basically don’t make it to the 4th pick in any mock).

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