Prospect Watch: One Walkoff Win and One Walkoff Loss Among the Rookie Level Teams

The full season teams got their off day on Tuesday this week instead of Monday, so only the three rookie level teams were in action.


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


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 FCL Pirates

Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Enmanuel De Los Santos

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

Notable Performances:

  • Juan Jerez 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Braylon Bishop 1-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Jauri Custodio 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Esmerlyn Valdez 3-4, 2B, BB
  • Rafael Escalante 2-2, 2B, 3B, 3 BB

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (11-11) rallied to tie their game with the Rays in the top of the ninth, but lost, 7-6, on a two-out, walkoff single in the bottom half.  Starter Enmanuel De Los Santos fanned five in three innings, but gave up two runs.  Roelmy Garcia worked a scoreless inning, but Antwone Kelly gave up a grand slam in the seventh.  Eliecer Romero, just promoted from the DSL, made a brief appearance for his first stateside game, retiring the only batter he faced.  Romero had a 0.90 ERA in ten innings before the move.  Drew Irvine threw an inning and two-thirds, and allowed the winning run.  Esmerlyn Valdez and Rafael Escalante provided a lot of the offense.  Valdez had a double, two singles and a walk, and scored three times.  Escalante reached five times on a double, triple and three walks.  Jauri Custodio had a single, double and walk, and Juan Jerez, who’s on rehab from Bradenton, had a double and a walk.  Braylon Bishop reached three times on a single and two walks, and stole a base.  The Pirates had a ton of opportunities, between ten hits and ten walks, but they continued to develop their Sheltonian situational hitting abilities, going 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.


Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe

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

Notable Performances:

  • Kelvin Diaz 1-3, 2B, 2 BB
  • Eduardo Oviedo 1-4, HR (3), BB, SB
  • Miguel Sosa 1-2, 2 BB

Game Recap:

The Black team (12-11) lost to the NYY Bombers, 8-4.  Isaias Uribe didn’t have a good start giving up three runs in two innings, and then Greiber Mendez got hit hard, allowing eight hits and four runs in two and a third innings.  Reyson Santos did better, throwing two shutout innings, which lowered his ERA to 13.50.  The offense consisted of one hit and one run until the eighth inning, when the Pirates got their other three runs.  Eduardo Oviedo hit a two-run home run, his third homer of the season.  Kelvin Diaz had a double and walked twice.  Miguel Sosa had a single and walked twice; he’s now hitting .407.  The Pirates drew nine walks in all, but also whiffed 17 times.


Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Pitterson Rosa

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Roinny Aguiar 2-4, BB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 0-2, BB
  • Samuel Escudero 3-5
  • Patricio Ress 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (16-7) beat the Mets 2 in ten innings, 4-3.  The Mets plated the free runner in the top of the tenth.  In the bottom half, the Pirates got the free runner home and loaded the bases on a walk, and singles by Isaias Dipre and Samuel Escudero.  Eddy Rodriguez then got plunked for a walkoff hit batsman.  Pitterson Rosa started and worked three and two-thirds scoreless innings.  Patricio Ress had less success, giving up three walks and two runs in his one inning.  Wilkin Valdez threw three and a third shutout innings and Rafael Mendez worked the last two, giving up just the unearned run in the tenth.  Escudero finished with three hits, including a double for the team’s only extra base hit.  Roinny Aguiar had two hits and a walk.  Like the other DSL entry, the Pirates drew nine walks, but they also fanned 15 times, including John Zorrilla four times.

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Jauri Custudio anyone? Career average now at .325 and hitting over .400 in Rookie ball. Wilbur any thoughts on this player?


Sheltonian lol should trademark that

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I’ll post these again tomorrow, when there’s a full slate, but it’s a pretty loaded week overall. At least one Top 100 prospect at each level that a Pirates affiliate will face. Unfortunately Brennen Davis (back surgery) for Cubs, and Espino (knee) for Guardians, are down with long term injuries at the moment. Akron has four total (counting Espino) Top 100 prospects. The Top 30 and Top 100 rankings are a little out of whack, as Gavin Williams alone has had a pretty significant rise in rankings over course of the season.

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