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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: FCL Bucs Drop Two, Burrows and Mitchell Stand Out for Indy

Most of the Pirates’ draftees have debuted or at least been assigned to a roster, including several listed as out for the season.  The remaining MIAs, all pitchers, are Thomas Harrington, J.P. Massey, Dominic Perachi and Miguel Fulgencio.

The DSL Pirates Gold had their game rained out.  Greensboro also got washed out, but will make that one up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.


Prospect Watch: Double No-Hitter!; Malcom Nunez with the Walk-Off Winner


Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hoy Park 1-4, SB
  • Diego Castillo 1-4
  • Travis Swaggerty 1-4
  • Cal Mitchell 2-3, 2B, HR (7)
  • Jack Suwinski 0-3, BB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (56-57) got a strong start from Mike Burrows and beat Iowa, 3-2.  Burrows worked five shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk, and fanning six.  He threw 52 of 74 pitches for strikes.  The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Cal Mitchell went deep with two on.  It was his seventh home run.  Mitchell also doubled in the game.  Mitchell is now batting 322/373/512 in AAA.  The rest of the team had only four hits.  Joe Jacques went two scoreless innings and picked up the win.  Noe Toribio gave up two in the eighth, then Eric Hanhold got the save with a scoreless ninth.


Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Shortridge

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Andres Alvarez 1-4, HR (19)
  • Endy Rodriguez 2-4, 2B
  • Blake Sabol 2-4, 2B, 3B
  • Malcom Nunez 2-4
  • Aaron Shackelford 2-4, HR (23)
  • Fabricio Macias 3-4, SB

Game Recap:

Aaron Shortridge recovered from a rough first inning and Altoona (56-56) came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Harrisburg, 6-5.  Shortridge got banged around for four runs on five hits in the first, but lasted five more innings with no runs and only three more hits.  Jeffrey Passantino gave up one run over two innings, but still got the win.  Bear Bellomy worked the ninth for the save.  Altoona got offense from a bunch of folks.  Endy Rodriguez had a single and a double, and Blake Sabol had a double and a triple.  They each drove in two.  Rodriguez is now batting  .375 in AA, with an OPS of 1.100.  Aaron Shackelford had two hits, including his 23rd home run.  Fabricio Macias had three hits and a steal, and Malcom Nunez had two hits.  The Curve still trailed, 5-4, in the bottom of the seventh, but Andres Alvarez tied it with his 19th home run, and Sabol tripled in Rodriguez for the lead.


Game Time: 7:00pm Postponed

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Ricky DeVito (3-4, 540)

  • Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.

Game Recap:

All recaps will be posted after the games are finished.


Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez

  • Final Line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 1-3, HR (6), SB
  • Jack Brannigan 0-3, BB, 2 SB
  • Tres Gonzalez 1-3, BB
  • Bubba Chandler 0-3, BB
  • Sergio Campana 0-3, BB, 2 SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (58-53) lost to Tampa, 9-3.  Valentin Linarez continued his good pitching of late with four shutout innings, but he got knocked out in the fifth, allowing three runs.  Two of those scored after Darvin Garcia came in with the bases loaded and two out.  Garcia went on to give up three of his own.  Sergio Umana gave up another two runs, and ninth-round draft pick Mike Walsh gave up one in one inning.  So nobody had a good night on the mound.  The hitters didn’t, either, managing just three hits, although they did draw seven walks.  One of the hits was Tsung-Che Cheng’s sixth home run of the season.  The other hits were singles by Tres Gonzalez and Norkis Marcos.  The Marauders did their best to manufacture runs, stealing six bases while getting caught only once.  Cheng stole his 25th and Sergio Campana stole a pair to reach 27 on the season.  Jack Brannigan also stole two, including a steal of home.  Somehow with all those steals, Bradenton had only four at-bats with runners in scoring position.


Game Time: 10:00am

Game One Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Cristopher Cruz

  • Final Line: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Notable Performances:

  • Javier Rivas 1-3
  • Termarr Johnson 1-3
  • Derek Diamond 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (29-22) dropped a doubleheader to a woeful Orioles team.  Cristopher Cruz got hammered in the first inning of game one, leading to a 7-1 loss.  He gave up five runs.  Five relievers allowed two runs over the last six innings.  Derek Diamond, this year’s sixth-round pick, worked a 1-2-3 inning, fanning two.  Eliecer Romero threw two scoreless innings.  The offense had just two hits, a checked-swing bunt by Javier Rivas and a single by Termarr Johnson.

Game Two Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luigi Hernandez

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Enmanuel Terrero 2-3
  • Jauri Custodio 2-3
  • Luis Hernandez 1-2, BB

Game Recap:

The Bucs dropped game two, 5-2.  Starter Luigi Hernandez gave up a run over three innings.  Ryan Velazquez, signed recently as an NDFA, had a much rougher time.  He retired only one batter and allowed five hits, although he got away with only two runs allowed.  He hurt himself by falling behind 2-0 or 3-0 to most hitters, and also with a couple defensive miscues.  Eighteenth-round pick Elijah Birdsong made his third appearance, giving up a run on a hit and two walks in his one inning.  Jauri Custodio drove in both runs with singles.  Luis Hernandez had a single and a walk, and scored both runs.  Enmanuel Terrero had two hits, both on perfectly placed bunts.  Custodio is batting .347, Terrero .333.  The Pirates didn’t have an extra base hit in the doubleheader.


Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jarlen De La Paz

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

Notable Performances:

  • Daje Morales 1-3, BB
  • Angel Rodriguez 1-3, BB, SB
  • Ewry Espinal 1-3, HR (4), BB

Game Recap:

The Pirates Black (25-31) lost to the NYY Yankees, 8-4.  Starter Jarlen De La Paz gave up an unearned run and no hits over two innings, although he walked three.  The other pitchers had less success.  Brandison Polanco gave up four runs, two earned, over three innings.  Yoerys Hernandez allowed three earned runs in three innings.  The big blow on offense was Ewry Espinal’s fourth home run of the year, which came with two on.  Espinal scored the other run on an RBI double by Robert De Paula.  Daje Morales and Angel Rodriguez each had a single and a walk.  The hitters struck out 20 times in the nine-inning game.  Catcher July Vittini had a rough game, committing three errors.  Kelvin Diaz stole his 15th base.


Game Time: 11:00am Canceled

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: TBD

  • Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.

Game Recap:

All recaps will be posted after the games are finished.

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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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Too lazy to count it up, but I think we’re having a lot more guys on pace for 20+ home runs this year in the minors than typical.


I think Endy just might be with the Pirates by June of next year.


Just what the doctor ordered from Burrows.

John Dreker

Tony Blanco Jr had a single and a homer today before the DSL Pirates Gold game got stopped by rain. Stats are lost though because the two teams don’t meet again before the season ends on Tuesday. It’s at least good to see him playing and hitting a homer, even if it doesn’t count now


DSL catcher July Vittini with three errors in the game today. I guess it is not his month.


was very curious to see how johnson’s vaunted hit tool translated to the pros….so far not so good (i’m well aware it’s early, just an observation)


Holliday and Green starting out much better than the best player in the draft 😮‍💨


Green’s struck out more than half his ABs


can’t say i’m surprised about that. long way to go though!


nice to see haines’ passive approach has matriculated down the entire system. /s

such a fuckup of a hire. maybe they should worry more about hiring someone who’s good at their job, rather than a buddy of baker.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Christopher Cruz’s Pirates career has been less than ideal. Very less than ideal.



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