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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.


Prospect Watch: Big Innings Abound


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.


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.


P2Daily: It’s Greensboro Grasshoppers and Matt Gorski Week on Pirates Prospects

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Wilbur Miller
Wilbur Miller
Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.

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