Prospect Watch: Some Very Bad Pitching for the Full Season Affiliates

The Pirates appeared to have a good group of starters going for their full season affiliates, but it didn’t turn out well.  Quinn Priester was mediocre, Jared Jones had another fifth-inning meltdown, and Miguel Yajure was just awful.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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Game Time: 8:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Kevin Newman 3-5, 2B
  • Ben Gamel 0-4, BB
  • Yoshi Tsutsugo 2-4, HR (2), BB
  • Jake Marisnick 1-5
  • Travis Swaggerty 2-4
  • Rodolfo Castro 2-4, HR (8)

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (37-38) managed to score eight runs in the second inning and still lose to Nashville, 10-8.  Miguel Yajure had a lengthy teachable moment, as he was left in to get battered for seven runs in three innings.  Recent acquisition Eric Stout worked two innings, allowing two hits and three walks, as well as the tying run.  John O’Reilly gave up a two-run home run that decided the game.  Indy’s big outburst in the second featured a grand slam by Yoshi Tsutsugo, his second AAA homer, and a two-run shot by Rodolfo Castro, his eighth at the level.  Kevin Newman had a double and two singles, and Tsutsugo, Castro and Travis Swaggerty each had two hits.  Among the rest of the rehab legion, Jake Marisnick was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts, and Ben Gamel 0-for-4 with a walk.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester

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

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 2-4
  • Andres Alvarez 1-3, 2B

Game Recap:

Altoona (36-38) got blanked by Harrisburg, 6-0.  Quinn Priester didn’t have an especially good start, allowing three runs over four innings.  J.C. Flowers gave up two more in one inning of relief, mainly because he couldn’t throw strikes.  Brad Case worked the last four innings, allowing a run.  The offense didn’t show up.  The Curve had four hits:  a double by Andres Alvarez, two singles by Jared Triolo, and one single by Aaron Shackelford.  They drew one walk and fanned 11 times.  Matt Fraizer and Henry Davis each went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 7:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones

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

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers would be posted here, but there weren’t any.

Game Recap:

Greensboro (31-42) lost to Hickory, 8-0, in a game shortened by rain to six and a half innings.  Jared Jones ran into yet another fifth-inning wall.  He worked four shutout innings, then got torched for six runs in the fifth.  Santiago Florez came on with two out and let the last two runs score, then later allowed two of his own.  The offense consisted of three singles and three walks.  Jacob Gonzalez had one of each.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Yoelvis Reyes

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Rodolfo Nolasco 0-2, 2 BB
  • Sergio Campana 1-3, BB, SB
  • Wyatt Hendrie 1-4, HR (2)
  • Jasiah Dixon 2-4, SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (32-41) lost to Tampa, 3-2.  The Marauders trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Wyatt Hendrie made it 3-2 with his second home run of the year.  Jasiah Dixon singled to put the tying run on base with one out, but a strike ‘im out, throw ‘im out double play ended it.  Yoelvis Reyes started and allowed only one hit and one run over three and two-thirds innings, but he walked five and threw only 33 of 73 pitches for strikes.  Carlos Campos worked two and two-thirds hitless innings in relief.  Jack Hartman gave up the other two runs in his one inning, with one of the runs unearned.  The Marauders had only four hits and whiffed 13 times.  Dixon had two hits and Sergio Campana one, along with his 17th steal.

RK: FCL PIRATES

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Game Time: 10:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bubba Chandler

  • Final Line: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

  • Maikol Escotto 0-3, 2 BB
  • Enmanuel Terrero 0-3, 2 BB
  • Jeral Toledo, 0-2, BB, 2 HBP
  • Esmerlyn Valdez 1-4, BB
  • Javier Rivas 1-4, 2B
  • Braylon Bishop 1-2, BB, HBP
  • Jauri Custodio 1-1, 2B, BB, HBP
  • Hung-Leng Chang 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

This game started off well, but it went south as the Pirates (11-9) got trounced by the hapless Orioles, 10-3.  Bubba Chandler dominated through the first three innings, fanning seven and allowing no hits.  With one out in the fourth, he walked two and Raydel Velette relieved.  He got out of the inning and Roelmy Garcia followed.  Garcia couldn’t throw strikes and left after one out, with a run in and the bases loaded.  Miguel Diaz relieved and gave up a grand slam.  Hung-Leng Chang came on for the sixth and fanned the side, extending his career-opening stretch of hitless innings to six.  After that, though, he got hammered, giving up five runs over two and a third innings.  Things went south early for the offense, too.  The Orioles’ starter walked the first four hitters, but a reliever came on to get a strikeout and GIDP, so only one run scored.  The Pirates finished with four hits, a double by Jauri Custodio producing the remaining two runs.  Javier Rivas also had a double.  Braylon Bishop reached on a single, a walk and a hit batsman.  Jeral Toledo got hit twice, and Maikol Escotto and Enmanuel Terrero each walked twice.  The Pirates had lots of chances, but went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 DSL Pirates

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Diego Chiquillo

  • Final Line: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Angel Rodriguez 2-3, 2B
  • Robert De Paula 1-3, HBP
  • Eduardo Oviedo 1-2, BB
  • Wesley Zapata 1-3, 2B

Game Recap:

The Black team (12-10) beat the Cubs Red, 3-2.  With the game scheduled for seven innings, the winning run scored on a walkoff single in the eighth by Robert De Paula.  Angel Rodriguez, a 17-year-old outfielder from Panama who signed for $60,000, continued the blistering start to his career.  He picked up a single and double, leaving him 8-for-16 with four doubles.  Wesley Zapata also doubled, and Eduardo Oviedo reached on a single and walk.  Diego Chiquillo started and went two and a third, allowing one unearned run and no hits.  Alexis Torres gave up one run in two and a third innings.  Luis C. Gonzalez worked the last two innings without allowing a run.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Yojeiry Osoria

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Roinny Aguiar 0-2, 3 BB, SB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 1-4, BB
  • Lennyn Nunez 0-2, BB, HBP, SB
  • Eddy Rodriguez 3-3, 2 BB, 2 SB
  • Fares Sanchez 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The Gold team (14-7) lost to the Mets 1, 6-5.  The good guys had a three-run lead in the seventh, but gave up three to tie, then lost on a walkoff single/error in the ninth.  The Pirates got all their runs in the second.  Eddy Rodriguez reached base five times for the day, on three hits and two walks.  He also stole two bases.  There were only four other hits, and no extra base hits.  Catcher Lennyn Nunez, in his first pro game, stole home.  Yojeiry Osoria had a good start, giving up two runs, one earned, over three innings.  He walked only one, which is noteworthy for him, while fanning five.  Fares Sanchez allowed no hits or walks over three innings.  Luis Faringthon gave up the last four runs, three of them unearned.

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skliesen

Why is Bubba still playing in the FCL? It’s obvious he’s just toying with the competition at that level with both the bat and his arm.

ArkyWags

I really don’t understand this either. Other teams top prep guys from last year are in A ball. The only one who was this year for the Bucs was Tony Sol.

ArkyWags

But I thought all those young stud pitchers in the minors they have will be staples of the future playoff rotation!

skliesen

Overreact much? Or maybe you just suffer from PPTSD…Pirates Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

ArkyWags

I don’t think I’m overreacting because there is virtually zero chance that guys like Jones, Priester, Yajure, etc. are gonna all be #3 ’s. Not to mention Ro, who got a severe paddlin’ the other night.

To use a real world example I’ve cited before. In 2018, Fangraphs had nine pitchers rated as a 50 or better for the Braves. Nine! Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson, Luis Gohara, Touki Touissant, Bryce Wilson (ha!), Kolby Allard, and Joey Wentz. And the first four of those were 55’s or better. How has that worked out thus far? It’s basically been Anderson and, until this year, Wright. Soroka had one good year and it sounds like his shoulder is ground hamburger. The rest all seem to be in either Bryce Wilson lane (hanging on by their nails) or worse.

So yeah, probably PPTSD! I guess part of my evolving fandom has made me highly suspicious of pitching prospects and enhanced the need to make substantial additions at the MLB level for the pitching staff.

AdministrativeSky236

TINSTAAPP!

ArkyWags

Far more succinct than me and just as accurate!

gosteelers69

Draft Parada, and I won’t be so nervous about the struggles we are seeing from Davis.

Last edited 1 month ago by gosteelers69
ArkyWags

I’d be far more nervous about Nicky Whiffs than Davis. Hank will come around, his underlying numbers are far better. That said, I’d be fine with Parada because dude can hit too.

tedwins

Yajure getting clobbered… No biggie, I never imagined him contributing in any significant way anyways…such is life…

AdministrativeSky236

Man a very rough day across the system for some guys

gosteelers69

Brutal!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Still hasn’t allowed a hit. Only 1 BB

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Strikes again. Shouldn’t have said anything

hoffmark83

Quit jinxing everyone. Lol!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Bubba progress is going to be interesting to follow. Will they promote him if one aspect is behind the other? The pitching (as least from box score) looks like he’s ready for higher competition

Last edited 1 month ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
skliesen

And his bat doesn’t? Puh-leaze!

AdministrativeSky236

Move him up!

PirateRican21

I was very skeptical, mostly due to my want of stud pitching in the system, happy that they at least drop the fielding! Keep developing Bubba.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

And the few clips that have been shared, he looks to have tweaked some of the ugly stiffness

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