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P2Daily: Previewing This Week’s Pirates Minor League Opponents

And then there were two.

The MiLB season is dwindling down, with both Bradenton and Greensboro’s seasons coming to an end. We have one more week of Double-A, unless something magical happens, and two more weeks of Triple-A.

In Triple-A, the Indianapolis Indians haven’t been officially eliminated yet, but stand very little chance of catching Nashville. This week the Indians will take on the team just ahead of them in the Toledo Mud Hens. The Detroit Tigers affiliate is short on Top 30 prospects and even more so with recent promotions. There is only two representatives on the Tigers Top 30 per Pipeline.

The Altoona Curve will get to see a couple high profiled young arms this week. The Reading Fightin Phils rotation currently has both of the Phillies consensus Top 100 prep pitchers in Andrew Painter and Mick Abel. The Curve almost got to see a third Top 100 pitcher (if you’re going by Baseball America), but Griff McGarry was recently promoted to Triple-A. In total the Phillies’ affiliate has four of the Phillies Top 30 prospects. It’ll be a good week to see how the firepower of the Curve’s offense holds up against a couple premier arms.

Triple-A: Indianapolis Indians

Opponent: TOLEDO (TIGERS)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .740 OPS
Rank: 14/20
Team ERA: 4.35
ERA Rank: 6/20

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • AUSTIN BERGNER | RHP | 16
  • ANDRE LIPCIUS | 3B/2B | 23

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Opponent: READING (PHILLIES)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .699 OPS
Rank: 11/12
Team ERA: 4.52
ERA Rank: 8/12

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • ANDREW PAINTER | RHP | 1
    • Pipeline Top 100: #25
    • Baseball America Top 100: #31
  • MICK ABEL | RHP | 2
    • Pipeline Top 100: #57
    • Baseball America Top 100: #61
  • JOHAN ROJAS | OF | 5
  • ETHAN WILSON | OF | 8
  • JHAILYN ORTIZ | OF | 17
  • MCKINLEY MOORE | RHP | 24
  • ANDREW BAKER | RHP | 30

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Raised in Cranberry Twp, PA, Jeff attended Kent State University and worked in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, before moving to New Orleans in September of 2012. His background is as an Engineering Designer, but he has always had a near unhealthy passion for Pittsburgh sports. Hockey and Baseball are his 1A and 1B, combined with his mathematical background, it's led to Jeff's desire in diving into analytics. Jeff is known as Bucs'N'Pucks in the comments, and began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2022 after contributing so many useful bits of information in the comment section.

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NMR

Series matchup of the year, Altoona bats vs Reading arms. Stoked to see how Nicky G, Hank, and Liover standup against legit big league arms.

john_fluharty

I always look forward to these. It’s a nice addition to the site.

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