Prospect Watch: Altoona Wins Behind Homers from Davis and Gonzales; Strong Start from Mlodzinski

Two night games tonight. Altoona has three games left on their schedule. Carmen Mlodzinski gets the start, trying to end a rough season on a high note, though I wouldn’t rule out him getting more innings with Indianapolis. The Indians play another nine games after Altoona’s season ends. Domingo Gonzalez has joined Altoona from Greensboro, where he had a 4.96 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 99 strikeouts in 101 innings. He has a 2.44 ERA and a .208 BAA in 44.1 innings since July 1st.


Prospect Watch: Rough Day for Priester and Indianapolis


Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff (6-6, 4.70)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

David Bednar 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-5

Tucupita Marcano 2-for-5

Travis Swaggerty 2-for-5

Blake Sabol 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Carter Bins 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Indianapolis lost 9-6, as starter Jerad Eickhoff got roughed up early and allowed seven runs (six earned) in three innings of work. David Bednar had a nice second rehab outing, retiring the side in order on nine pitches. The offense had their chances to pile on runs, with 11 hits and two walks, as well as help from two errors. Tucupita Marcano, Travis Swaggerty, Blake Sabol and Brendt Citta each collected two hits. Sabol doubled and drove in a pair. Jared Oliva hit his eighth homer, while driving in three runs.


Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (5-8, 5.02)

  • Final Line:  5 IP,  4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 0-for-4

Nick Gonzales 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4

Matt Gorski 2-for-4, 2B

Malcom Nunez 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB

Henry Davis 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Connor Scott 0-for-3, BB

Matt Fraizer 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona won 5-1 on Friday night, behind the pitcher of Carmen Mlodzinski and the power of prospects. Nick Gonzales hit his seventh homer of the season and Henry Davis hit his tenth homer of the season/fourth for Altoona. Malcom Nunez brought in the other two runs, scoring Matt Gorski each time on RBI singles. Davis, Gonzales, Nunez and Gorski each had two hits. Mlodzinski finished his Altoona season strong, tossing five shutout innings on four hits, a walk and four strikeouts. He has a 4.78 ERA in 105.1 innings, with a 1.41 WHIP and 111 strikeouts. Domingo Gonzalez was promoted from Greensboro and he allowed one run in three innings during his Double-A debut. Tyler Samaniego finished things off with a shutout ninth.

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They were eliminated from the playoffs, but the Coaching Staff at Altoona has had an excellent year developing the talent. Hats off to Kieran Mattison (Manager), Jon Nunnally (Hitting Coach), and Drew Benes (Pitching Coach).

Continue to be impressed with Malcom Nunez, but appreciated seeing the Manager move Gorski to 1B and Nunez to 3B. I think Nunez is heir apparent to the 1B job for the Pirates, but Gorski has had an excellent year and could be a strong RH hitting Utility guy for the Pirates with ability to play all 3 OF positions and also get some play at 1B.

Have not given up on MM, but Nunez has shown he can hit for average and power at AA, have a very respectable K/BB rate, and 0 errors in 21 games at 1B/high RF/G of 8.52.


That’s the headline we’ve been waiting all year for!


I know the primary of your comment is probably Gonzales and Davis, but “Mudge” needed only 61 pitches to complete 5 IP. He has struggled most of the year with his pitch count, so nice way to end the year in AA.


Painter is a stud too, thats a good showing

Wilbur Miller

One BA guy said he could replace Grayson Rodriguez as the game’s top pitching prospects.

Wilbur Miller

Damn, Altoona jumped all over Andrew Painter, Phillies’ #1 prospect. Dingerz for Nick G and Davis.

I’ve noticed the Curve are a lot like the Pirates, except way better relative to their level. Sometimes they’ll tee off on people, others they go in a deep freeze.


Interesting enough is the fact that the damage was done by the right handed bats (except Peguero. )


Anyone watch QP pitch for Altoona last night? If so, what we’re the issues?

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