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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Coming Soon — Less Baseball

OOoohhh, the huge manatee!  After today, there’ll be two fewer teams to follow.  Sad!  The FCL Pirates and DSL Pirates Black finish up.  The DSL Pirates Gold are in the playoffs.  (You remember what playoffs are, right?)

Oh, well, all is not lost.  Quinn Priester, Jared Jones and Bubba Chandler are slated for today.  And Henry Davis is DHing for Bradenton.


Prospect Watch: Final Two Days for the Short-Season Teams


Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido

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

Notable Performances:

  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-3, BB
  • Cal Mitchell 2-4, HR (8)
  • Diego Castillo 1-3, BB
  • Mason Martin 1-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (59-57) got an eighth-inning home run from Cal Mitchell to edge Rochester, 3-2.  Mitchell drove in one of the other Indy runs with a single as well.  Osvaldo Bido had a good start, giving up a run over six innings and fanning seven.  Joe Jacques gave up the second run, and Austin Brice and Eric Hanhold finished with a scoreless inning each.  Mitchell was the only player on either team with more than one hit.  Travis Swaggerty and Jack Suwinski combined to go 0-for-8 with five strikeouts.  Ji-Hwan Bae and Diego Castillo each reached on a single and a walk, and Mason Martin had a double.


Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester

  • Final Line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Nick Gonzales 0-2, 3 BB
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-3, HR (3), 2 BB
  • Blake Sabol 3-4, 2 2B, HBP
  • Malcom Nunez 1-4, HR (3), 4 RBI

Game Recap:

Altoona (58-56) beat Bowie, 7-5.  Quinn Priester allowed only one earned runs over five and a third innings, but it wasn’t an especially good start.  He allowed just an unearned run through the first four innings, then gave up three runs in the fifth.  All of those were unearned due to Liover Peguero’s 27th error of the season, but Priester allowed three hits and hit a batter.  Priester finally gave up an earned run in the sixth, although it scored after Nick Dombkowski came on.  Kyle Nicolas, J.C. Flowers and Tyler Samaniego each threw a scoreless inning, with Samaniego getting his tenth Altoona save.  Malcom Nunez got the Curve started with a three-run bomb in the first, his third homer for the Curve.  Endy Rodriguez hit his third AA homer with a man aboard in the third, and Nunez drove in his fourth RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.  Blake Sabol reached four times, on two doubles, one single and a hit batsman.  Jared Triolo reached three times on a single, double and walk.  Nick Gonzalez drew three walks.  Connor Scott picked up the golden sombrero.,


Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hudson Head 0-2, 2 BB
  • Yoyner Fajardo 4-4, 2 SB
  • Eli Wilson 1-3, BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro (48-63) lost to Greenville, 3-2.  Jared Jones started and threw shutout ball over four innings, but it took him 76 pitches to do it.  He allowed four hits and walked three.  Jack Carey replaced Jones and gave up all three Greenville runs in the fifth inning.  For the day, Hoppers’ pitchers walked ten.  The offense was limited to seven singles.  Yoyner Fajardo had four of them, along with two steals.  Hudson Head drew two walks, and Eli Wilson reached on a single and a walk.


Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bubba Chandler

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jack Brannigan 1-2, HBP
  • Henry Davis 1-2, HBP
  • Tres Gonzalez 1-3, 3B
  • Sergio Campana 2-3, HR (5)

Game Recap:

Bradenton’s game with Dunedin was suspended after six innings when two of the light towers conked out.  Bradenton was leading at the time, 3-0.  Bubba Chandler was impressive, throwing no-hit ball over five innings, walking two and fanning five.  He was still getting as high as 98 mph in his last inning.  Chandler also made a great defensive play.  Johan Montero gave up the only Dunedin hit in a scoreless sixth.  Henry Davis made his return to game action, serving as DH.  He singled, struck out and, inevitably, got hit by a pitch.  Sergio Campana had a single and his fifth home run.  Tres Gonzalez had a triple, and Jack Brannigan singled and got hit by a pitch.  The game will be resumed tomorrow at noon, followed by a nine-inning game.


Game Time: 10:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Will Kobos

  • Final Line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Termarr Johnson 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Jauri Custodio 1-2
  • Shalin Polanco 1-3
  • Jaycob Deese 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Elijah 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates lost to the Orioles, 1-0, to finish their season 30-25.  The only run came in the first, off Will Kobos, who was making a rehab appearance.  He gave up the run on two hits and a wild pitch, while he also struck out three.  Six pitchers worked shutout ball over the final eight innings.  Two recent draftees, Jaycob Deese and Elijah Birdsong, threw two and one scoreless innings, respectively.  Only Roelmy Garcia had a tough time, walking four over an inning and a third, but Miguel Diaz bailed him out.  The Pirates had a chance to tie when Termarr Johnson led off the bottom of the ninth with a double.  He went to third on a ground out, but Braylon Bishop and Esmerlyn Valdez struck out to bring the season to an ignominious close.  Jesus Castillo came into the game with a shot at a batting title, but he came out after twice failing to beat out bunt attempts.


Game Time: 9:30am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jarlen De La Paz

  • Final Line: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Eduardo Oviedo 1-2, BB
  • Luis Joseph 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:

The DSL Pirates Black lost to the Mets 1, 3-1, finishing their season with a record of 26-33.  The Pirates had just one hit, a single by Eduardo Oviedo.  Their only run scored on an error, a wild pitch and a ground out.  Starter Jarlen De La Paz recorded only two outs and allowed two runs.  Five pitchers followed, with only Hader Blanco allowing a run.  Luis Joseph fanned three over an inning and a third, but also let one of De La Paz’ runs score.


Game Time: 9:30am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo

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

Notable Performances:

  • Tony Blanco, Jr. 1-3
  • Axiel Plaz 1-2
  • Ruben Vizcaya 1-2
  • Yoerys Hernandez 2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Jesus Clode 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The Pirates Gold finished the regular season with a sterling 44-15 record thanks to a 2-1, walkoff win over the Mets 2.  The run scored on a bases loaded walk to Jhonson Pena.  The team’s first run scored on a single by Axiel Plaz and an outfield error.  Each team had only four hits in the seven-inning game.  The Pirates’ other ones came from Tony Blanco, Jr., Ruben Vizcaya, and Samuel Escudero, who replaced Plaz behind the plate late in the game.  Starter Adolfo Oviedo worked two scoreless innings.  Alberto Saba allowed the only run in the third.  Yoerys Hernandez and Jesus Clode each threw two scoreless innings.  Clode got the win, leaving him 6-1 on the year.  The Gold team now heads for the playoffs.

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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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Polanco seems to e having a fine year. De los Santos seemed to have run out of gas.


Bae and Mitchell should be the ones up with the Pirates.

Sabol is finishing strong.

Temarr Johnson- eh.


they still haven’t taken the baseball magnet out of davis smh


4 innings at pretty high velo is solid at 19!





Pipeline’s farm system rankings are updated if anyone is interested in that sort of thing

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Will Kobos return


Do we get any coverage here for fall instructs? First time around these parts for this time of year!


I’d love to know the reasoning behind being so secret


The good news is that we get to watch some football. The bad news besides no baseball is 5:00 darkness and freezing temps.


At least the labor negotiations won’t drown out our December through February baseball activities this winter.


And a lot of good they did for us other than getting our hopes up.


Phew! For a minute I thought Rob Manfred had taken over the site.


Manfred’s sole function is to cater to the whims of the owners who pay his salary. Manfred would only get rid of the affiliated minors if directed to do so by the majority of MLB owners. He can’t do a thing without owners approval or prior direction.


That is just rephrasing what I was saying, Owners make the decisions and Rob carries them out. Rob can’t do it unilaterally. If he does he would be fired. He may run ideas by the owners but the owners make the decisions behind the scenes. Short term profit is the driver as you say because the long term profit is based on team values and is realized when the owner decides to sell. Of course baseball people do not want to rid themselves of minor league systems as they want control of prospects Owners don’t really want to pay for them while they develop. Somehow, if they end up going to more use of the Independent Leagues to develop young players for them, I can see where it would somehow benefit the top 1/3 of the league much more than the lower 2/3 just as FA does now. The rules always seem to change in favor of the top 1/3.


What would the alternative look like?

One of the grave evils of our society is the “corporatization” of just about everything, which is reducible to one word: money. I hate it.

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It would likely mimic the NHL in some fashion. They have the AHL (We’ll call it Triple-A) and ECHL (Loosely affiliated, I’d call it Double-A but it’s probably more like Low-A).

They could have the draft and a process where teams would sign their picks, but let them attend the college their committed to, or even one of the several (there’d be more if minors cut) pro leagues. Teams would retain the rights to a draft pick for in the range of 3-4 years where they could decide to either sign the player or let the player go to FA to sign where ever.

Kind of like how the Penguins just signed Jack St. Ivany who was a Philadelphia Flyers 4th round pick in 2018 but didn’t come to terms with the Flyers after completing his 4 years in the collegiate ranks, so he became a FA.

Last edited 3 months ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It would definitely suck for those of us who like to track players as they work their way through the system and look to project how they would look in the future big league lineup. It would makes drafts much less exciting and with most of the players heading to Indy Leagues to develop and no emotional investment by we the fans because we would have no clue which team will eventually snag the players as they improve.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yeah, I’m not paying for AHL tv, which is just one league, and the same price as MLB or (previously) NHL tv. Then needing to figure out how to watch college hockey coverage. Then if there’s USHL, OHL, QMJHL, and other junior leagues streaming. Then overseas professional leagues coverage.


Sad! I am definitely not ready for the beginning of baseball ending


Playoffs? Never heard of it. The only less base I want to see is the Pirates themselves.

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