Prospect Watch: Debuts – Termarr Johnson in FCL, Endy Rodriguez for Altoona, and Others

Johnson and Tanner Tredaway saw their first pro action with the FCL Bucs, at short and in left, respectively.  Keep an eye on the FCL Pirates and Bradenton daily.  There should be still more debuts at some point.  Who knows, maybe even Lonnie White, Jr., will reappear.  Or maybe not, as he’s no longer listed as rehabbing with the FCL team.  He’s just on the 60-day IL at Bradenton.

Other debuts:  Johan Oviedo (AAA) and Malcom Nunez (AA) from the Quintana trade, Jase Bowen in high A.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Big Day for Yordany De Los Santos; Two Draft Picks Debut

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 8:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Yohan Oviedo 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (51-53) lost to Memphis, 5-1.  Miguel Yajure pitched well in his last start, but not this one.  He gave up six hits and four runs over four innings.  He threw shutout ball for three innings, but allowed four runs after two were out in the fourth.  Yohan Oviedo made his Pirate debut, working a scoreless inning.  The offense failed to show up, as Indy managed only three singles and two walks.  Hoy Park, Brendt Citta and Jared Oliva had the hits.  Mason Martin drove in the only run on a fielder’s choice.  Diego Castillo, Travis Swaggerty and Jack Suwinski went a combined 0-for-11.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 1-3, BB
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Liover Peguero 2-4
  • Aaron Shackelford 2-4, 2B, HR (20)
  • Connor Scott 1-4, 2B
  • Tahnaj Thomas 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Luis Ortiz had an outstanding start as Altoona (49-54) blanked Binghamton, 6-0.  Ortiz worked six innings, allowing two hits and two walks, and fanning eight.  He threw 52 of 78 pitches for strikes.  Tahnaj Thomas threw a quick inning with two strikeouts, then Enmanuel Mejia finished the last two innings.  The Curve had two debuts:  Endy Rodriguez made his AA debut as the DH, and Malcom Nunez made his Pirates debut and played first.  Rodriguez had an RBI double and a walk.  Nunez went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Aaron Shackelford had the big day on offense, driving in three runs with a double and his 20th home run.  Liover Peguero had two hits, Jared Triolo had a hit and a walk, and Connor Scott had a two-run double.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Ricky DeVito

  • Final Line: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Yoyner Fajardo 3-5, 2B
  • Dariel Lopez 1-3, BB, SF
  • Hudson Head 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Francisco Acuna 2-3, 2 2B
  • Adrian Florencio 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Greensboro (44-57) gave up 13 runs in the third inning to a very bad Jersey Shore team and went on to lose, 14-3.  Starter Ricky DeVito gave up two hits, two walks and a hit batsman in the inning, and ended up being charged with six runs, five earned.  Wandi Montout followed and walked all three batters he faced.  All three scored, then Brayan Roman came on to allow the last four runs.  Errors by Ernny Ordonez and Dariel Lopez played a big role, with Lopez’ miscue giving him an alarming total of 25 on the season.  Adrian Florencio worked four innings and managed to allow just an unearned run while fanning five.  Jase Bowen had a rough introduction to high A ball, going hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts.  Yoyner Fajardo had two singles and a double, and Francisco Acuna had two doubles.  Hudson Head and Abrahan Gutierrez each contributed a double.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Anthony Solometo

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

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 1-3, 2B, BB, HBP
  • Sergio Campana 2-3, 2 BB
  • Jack Brannigan 2-5, 2B
  • Wyatt Hendrie 1-2, 2B, BB, HBP
  • Norkis Marcos 2-4
  • Bubba Chandler 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Game Recap:

Bradenton (52-50) lost to Palm Beach, 6-4.  Anthony Solometo and Bubba Chandler both pitched in the game.  Solometo started and gave up just three hits and a walk over four innings, but the walk and two of the hits came in the second and cost him two runs.  Chandler worked three innings and fanned six, which is the good part.  He also walked three and allowed three hits, one of them a two-run home run.  That tied the score, 4-4, and Yunior Thibo got the loss because of two unearned runs that scored on a pair of errors in the eighth.  On the offensive end, Sergio Campana had a good day, reaching four times on two hits and two walks.  Jack Brannigan had a single and a double, and Norkis Marcos also had two hits.  Tsung-Che Cheng and Wyatt Hendrie each had a double.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Hung-Leng Chang

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

Notable Performances:

  • Termarr Johnson 0-2
  • Enmanuel Terrero 1-2
  • Tanner Tredaway 0-2
  • Nick Gonzales 1-3, 2B
  • Shalin Polanco 0-2, HBP
  • Alessandro Ercolani 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Termarr Johnson and Tanner Tredaway made their debuts as the FCL Pirates (27-17) beat the Red Sox, 2-0, in a game that went only seven innings due to rain.  It wasn’t a good day for hitters to debut, as each team had just three hits.  Johnson and Tredaway each went 0-for-2.  The first run came when Shalin Polanco got hit by a pitch and came around on a balk, groundout and wild pitch.  The Pirates didn’t get a hit until Enmanuel Terrero, batting for Johnson, beat out a bunt with one out in the sixth.  He came around on a two-out double by Nick Gonzales.  Lolo Sanchez had a single for the only other hit.  Hung-Leng Chang and Alessandro Ercolani combined for the shutout; a shutout by guys from Taiwan and San Marino is something you probably won’t see every day.  Chang went four, allowing just two hits.  Ercolani worked the last three, giving up a hit and two walks, and fanning five.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Joseph

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

Notable Performances:

  • Daje Morales 2-4
  • Ewry Espinal 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SB
  • Eduardo Oviedo 1-3, SB
  • Dioris Valdez 0-1, 2 BB
  • Rodolfo De La Cruz 1-3

Game Recap:

The Black team (21-27) beat Baltimore Black, 2-1.  The pitching obviously was good; Luis Joseph gave up a run over four innings and Diego Chiquillo worked three shutout innings.  Between them they fanned nine.  The offense wasn’t exactly prolific, with just four hits, all singles, and a dozen strikeouts in the seven-inning game.  Daje Morales had half the hits.  Eduardo Oviedo and Rodolfo De La Cruz each had one.  Ewry Espinal didn’t have a hit, but he walked twice and stole two bases, giving him 14 on the year.  Dioris Valdez also walked twice.  Oviedo stole his 11th base.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Patricio Ress

  • Final Line: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Wesley Zapata 1-4, HR (1)
  • Yordany De Los Santos 0-1, 3 BB
  • Isaias Dipre 2-3, 2 SB
  • Lennyn Nunez 0-1, 2 BB, 3 SB
  • Gustavo Armas 0-0, 3 BB, 2 SB

Game Recap:

The Gold team (33-14) beat the NYY Bombers, 7-4.  Starter Patricio Ress did himself in with his own defense, committing two errors.  Those led to two unearned runs in a three-run third, which got Ress out of the game.  Darlin Diaz followed with two and two-thirds scoreless innings and Rafael Mendez allowed a run over the last two.  The offense came largely from walks and steals, nine and eight, respectively.  The Pirates had only five hits, although one was Wesley Zapata’s first pro home run.  Isaias Dipre had two hits, stole two bases and scored twice.  Gustavo Armas walked all three times up and stole two bases.  Catcher Lennyn Nunez walked twice and stole three bases, giving him five steals just 18 plate appearances into his career.  Yordany De Los Santos drew three walks.

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ricramer

Thomas looking like a viable bullpen piece.

PirateRican21

Oviedo with a 12 pitch inning, then replaced. Doesn’t seem like he’s getting stretched!

James_Robert5
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skliesen

Yeah, but does he have Strider’s mustache game?

Heard a Braves promotion yesterday announcing the fan who submits the photo with the best imitation of Striders mustache will throw out the 1st pitch in a game. Now that’s a good baseball promotion.

James_Robert5

But does Strider have the mullet?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

agent00

that’s sexy

Iowasteel

Chandler loses a lot of steam after 40 or so pitches. Velocity down, and control is poor.

skliesen

If he makes it to The Show as a Pitcher it almost certainly will be as a RP.

SufferinBuccotash

Sure. Because 19 year olds have no chance to build strength or stamina….

Iowasteel

Of course as soon as I write that, he throws a couple of fastballs at 96-97.

PirateRican21

Just tune in the Brandenton game, to watch Chandler give up a hard hit single and a home run….. both off breaking pitches.

AdministrativeSky236

Holy crap lopez has 25 errors already… a few high ceiling prospects need some work with a high level fielding coach

NMR

The overlap of high numbers of errors and low amount of plate discipline is notable for several top prospects in the org.

AdministrativeSky236

Wonder if that could be a focus thing? Feels like thats a trait that could be common in both

NMR

That’s my take on Oneil and Peguero, at least. Both are young, immensely talented, and noticeably immature in their baseball actions. Their talent leads to an overconfidence, which manifests as taking plays and pitches off. The game is too damn hard to succeed that way, and they’ll have to learn that lesson the hard way.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

That’s how I feel about D-Lo, mostly cause we don’t get to actually watch him so I’m not really sure.

chappy

Where is Perry Hill these days?

He might have been the best coach I have ever witnessed at least with obvious successes. Jack Wilson was already a good defender, he clearly improved under Hill as did the whole infield. It was quite noticeable. I think he and NH had some kind of falling out and he was gone.

PirateRican21

Wendy first AA hit, a RBI double of the right centerfield wall!

skliesen

Endy…save the W for the wins he’ll bring to Pittsburgh.

PirateRican21

that wasn’t me that was autocorrect! My story and sticking to it.

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Iowasteel

Bubba Ks the side. About half breaking balls. 96 on the fastball.

skliesen

Greensboro Pitchers allow Jersey Shore to score 13 runs in the 3rd inning. Silver lining…only 5 were earned.

TNBucs

They’re down 13-0 and Altoona is up 6-0–call it the Endy swing.

AdministrativeSky236

Thats a rusty silver lining lol

agent00

did ortiz just have an immaculate inning??

CTBucco

If LameDay can be trusted, he did.

agent00

thought so. badass!

PirateRican21

He did, then loaded the bases on the next inning: single, hit batsman and a slow roller, got out of it facing the top of the order, looking good so far!

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PirateRican21

Shack attack!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Solometo will pitch first, then Bubba.

Source: Solometo’s dad on Twitter lol

CTBucco

Solometo was solid through his 4 innings. It looked like the double he gave up was the only hard hit ball.

Bubba struck out the side in his first inning. Control looked much better. Let’s hope it continues through this outing.

agent00

milb finally added short season teams back to the team scoreboard. i don’t have to keep multiple tabs open now!!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I was sooooooo happy to see that. Can delete those bookmarks now lol

agent00

idk what took them so long!

AdministrativeSky236

Big if true

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

MOAR PROMOTIONS!!!!! Endy to Altoona and Bowen to Greensboro!!!!

AdministrativeSky236

WE WANT MOARRR

skliesen

How about MOARRR Infielders playing in the Outfield? You asked for it, you got it!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Rodolfo Castro to MLB count? With Cal Mitchell demotion

skliesen

Split decisions don’t count.

roibert.kasperski

For a while there, I thought the FCL Pirates were copying the Big Pirates and maybe get no hit and win anyway…. No hitter broken up and an insurance run scored.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Promote Ercolani! Only cause I want to see him pitch.

john_fluharty

I’d root for him just cuz I like his name.

roibert.kasperski

Thanks for the scouting report. 😀 

roibert.kasperski

You forgot to add……….

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

roibert.kasperski

Ha Ha !!

AdministrativeSky236

No hits for termarr, what a bust!

skliesen

Should’ve taken Lesko…guaranteed he’ll have a 0.00 ERA through at least middle of next summer.

PirateRican21

Finally got it! He’s out with TJ surgery!

agent00

green hits a home run his second at bat. should’ve taken him smh

dbsteel

Hey, that’s who I wanted. A potential masher.

roibert.kasperski

LOL! Bet they are already starting that up on the Pittsburgh Sports Media circuit. They have been beating that drum on Cruz. The kid has learned to hit pitchers in every level so far. It would be different if he never hit in other levels to expect him to learn on the job in the show but he has hit. I would give him some time to see how he adjusts before I say that he looks like a bust, lol!

NMR

Josh VanMeter significantly outhit Oneil Cruz during his AAA stint at the same age.

Makes ya think.

roibert.kasperski

NO! You will not make me think! Thought is bad. Thinking only gets you in trouble 🙂

NMR

What part of simple numeric comprehension do you not understand?

esd4

WTM must have been thinking of someone other than Vanmeter. Otherwise, his comment is . . . bizarre.

John Dreker

I think the Cruz talk has less to do with what Cruz is doing and more directed towards the people who said every single day that he should have been up in the majors, even when he was quite literally the worst hitter by OPS in the International League four weeks into the season. I think the “send him down” talk is really people saying “you were wrong” to the people who talked all year like he would put up a 7 WAR season if he was with the Pirates on Opening Day. Since none of those people admitted they were wrong, the back-and-forth continues on. They still talk whenever Cruz does anything statcast loves, even outs. So it’s not really that they want Cruz sent down, more they want to get on the nerves of people who were getting on the nerves of everyone else for three months.

Rob Baran

Nailed it.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I can understand that, cause I want to do the same with Marcano. I don’t dislike him as a prospect, I just dislike how so many people want to write him in as an everyday player already cause of maybe 3 total games and that he tries hard.

roibert.kasperski

I personally look at Tucu as potentially a Josh Harrison Super Utility guy (Not as quality as Bethancourt as Marcano has not shown the ability to pitch or catch yet) but hoping he can be a little better than Josh since it appears Tucu is a bit more athletic. If he could be that guy on the Buc’s roster instead of an older vet like SRod or JVM types it would make them a much better team.

NMR

More athletic than Josh Harrison?!

AdministrativeSky236

I think we need marcano in some rundowns to settle this debate

NMR

PICKLE!!!

roibert.kasperski

What is really ironic is those who are talking about Cruz that way are also now dissecting every throw made by the QBs in Latrobe and announcing that Kenny Pickett should be #1 on the depth chart.

AdministrativeSky236

Plaz is still MIA…

CTBucco

There are a few MIA’s. Plaz, Blanco, White, Kellington, Davis. We need to start putting their faces on milk cartons.

Does the FO just not answer questions on the status of minor leaguers?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Such an exciting day.

John Dreker

Looks like Termarr Johnson is debuting today, batting lead-off at shortstop. Tanner Tredaway is debuting as well

skliesen

NOICE!!!!

agent00

i was hoping he’d debut this week. excellent!

AdministrativeSky236

Fantastic!

NMR

Will this be the first time Bubba gets the Statcast treatment?

CTBucco

And will Solometo be piggybacking with him again?

roberto

Hearing great things about TBD. Good fastball.

PirateRican21

Will be disappointed if he doesn’t crack the top 100.

roibert.kasperski

TBA must be promoted now!!!

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PirateRican21

He has appeared in every level so far this year, sometimes even on the same day!

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