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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Seven Shutout Frames from Nick Garcia

This is the final week of the season for both Bradenton and Greensboro. Bradenton will have Bubba Chandler on the mound tonight. They are two games out of first place for a playoff spot. Greensboro is three games back. Everything is at night tonight. I’ll fill in the TBD’s as soon as they are available.


Game Time: 7:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Austin Brice (3-0, 4.62)

  • Final Line: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

Diego Castillo 0-for-4, BB

Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4

Blake Sabol 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Carter Bins 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Recap:

This game was high scoring early, with Indianapolis down 7-4 after two innings. They made a comeback, but still lost 8-7. Starter Austin Brice allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, then the bullpen gave up one run over the final 6.1 innings, led by Cam Alldred with 2.1 scoreless. The Indians got on the board first in the top of the first with a Bligh Madris sacrifice fly. Kevin Padlo then doubled in a run.  Ground outs by Ji-hwan Bae and Diego Castillo scored runs in the second. Carter Bins hit a solo homer in the fourth, his tenth homer for Indianapolis. He then singled in a run in the ninth, then scored a run on a stolen base, with Jared Oliva stealing second base on the play. Ji-hwan Bae hit his 19th double.


Game Time: 6:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Shortridge (1-4, 6.47)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 1-for-5, RBI

Nick Gonzales 0-for-3, 2 BB, RBI

Endy Rodriguez 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Henry Davis 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Malcom Nunez 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Connor Scott 1-for-4

Matt Fraizer 2-for-4, SB

Game Recap:

Altoona won 8-1 on Tuesday night. Aaron Shortridge gave up four unearned runs in his last start, without allowing an earned run. He was a little better tonight, giving up just one run that was unearned. He allowed three hits, walked three batters and picked up five strikeouts. Jeffrey Passantino had a nice relief appearance, tossing three shutout innings. Austin Roberts pitched the ninth. The Curve got their first run on a Liover Peguero ground out in the third inning. Nick Gonzales then brought in a second run with a ground out. Endy Rodriguez then doubled in a run. Malcom Nunez hit a solo homer in the fourth, his fifth homer since joining Altoona. Rodriguez doubled in a run in the fifth as part of a three-hit night, giving him ten doubles on the season. Henry Davis doubled in two runs in the seventh, then created a run with a stolen base, scoring on a throwing error on the play.


Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (3-4, 3.91)

  • Final Line:  7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Abrahan Gutierrez 2-for-4, 2B

Jase Bowen 1-for-4, 2B

Sammy Siani 2-for-4, RBI

Game Recap:

Greensboro won 6-2, as Nick Garcia had a terrific start. He tossed seven shutout innings on three hits, four walks and six strikeouts. In the process, he lowered his ERA to 3.66 in 113 innings, with 109 strikeouts. Mitchell Miller tossed the final two innings and made it interesting at the end, but the Grasshoppers still pulled off the four-run win. Hunter Owen played for the first time in four months and he started the scoring with an RBI double in the fourth. Sammy Siani singled in a run in the sixth. Jacob Gonzalez hit his ninth homer for Greensboro, a two-run shot in the seventh. Mike Jarvis capped the scoring with his eighth homer, a two-run shot in the ninth. Abrahan Gutierrez had two hits, including his 21st double. Greensboro went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.


Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Bubba Chandler (1-1, 3.68)

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

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-4, HBP

Matt Gorski 0-for-4

Termarr Johnson 0-for-3, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-3

Jack Brannigan 2-for-4, RBI

Sergio Campana 0-for-3, RBI

Game Recap:

Bradenton took a tough loss when every win matters for their playoff chances. After going down 3-1 entering the top of the ninth, they put three runs on the board to take the lead. Johan Montero put two runners on in the top of the ninth while recording one out. He gave way to Carlos Lomeli, who gave up a game-tying double, then a grounder that scored the winning run for the 5-4 loss. Bubba Chandler was doing well in this game until he gave up four singles and a walk to start the fifth inning before being removed. Wilkin Ramos bailed him out by stranding three inherited runners, leaving Chandler with three runs over four innings and six strikeouts. Ramos threw two scoreless and Jake Sweeney tossed 1.2 scoreless.  The Marauders got an RBI single from Jack Brannigan in the sixth, one of his two hits on the night. In the ninth, Tres Gonzalez brought in two with a bases loaded double, then Sergio Campana gave them the lead with a sacrifice fly. Rodolfo Nolasco played his first game in a month and he went 1-for-3 with a single.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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Heck of a game for Garcia and, I think, just maybe, Endy is the real deal.


I don’t know what to think of Garcia, he was not impressive last year and that should had been expected with his limited pitching experience but I put him in the nothing burger pile because of it, but I have to admit that what he has done this year in a hitter friendly park is noteworthy.

Wilbur Miller

Nunez bomb. I was skeptical when I saw 16 of his 17 dingerz before the trade were in his home park, which is a HR haven. But he’s got 5 since then. 22 in AA, and he’s 21.


He’ll never make the Pirates as long as they have JVM.

Wilbur Miller

Believe it or not, JVM is arb eligible now. That’s the one thing that could get rid of him.


Bubba night!

Wilbur Miller

It’s a relief he’s going. Watching his last start, I thought sure he was hurt.

Wilbur Miller

So far so good.


Small blip there

Wilbur Miller

Haha, very small. K’d next 3. Has 5 in 2 IP.


This headline is tinged with sadness.


As one of the minor league announcers says at weeks end “bye, bye baseball”.

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