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P2Daily: 2022 Pirates System Pitching Leaderboards

Yesterday I went over the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2022 minor league leaders for some of the major offensive categories. Today we will look at pitching. Looking at how things finished throughout the system, there’s a decent enough mix between players you would expect to finish at the top of certain categories, and then some names that are a little surprising.

Wins

Player Wins
Domingo Gonzalez 9
Noe Toribio 8
Joelvis Del Rosario 7
JC Flowers 7
Justin Meis 7

Wins are tricky in the minors, as most players are on a strict enough pitch count that they aren’t always in the game long enough to qualify for the victory, especially in the lower levels. So, it probably isn’t a surprise that three of the top five in the system when it comes to wins were players that spent the majority of the time coming out of the bullpen.

Domingo Gonzalez really found his stride towards the end of the season, and ended up leading the organization with nine wins. Noe Toribio also made it to Indianapolis and picked up eight wins. JC Flowers was one of the key pieces in a very good Altoona bullpen, filling almost every role you can think of.

Justin Meis started the year in Bradenton before getting promoted to Greensboro, where after a rough start really closed out on a strong note.

ERA

Player ERA
Tyler Samaniego 2.45
Cristian Charle 2.52
Anthony Solometo 2.64
JC Flowers 2.88
Tahnaj Thomas 3.02

Anthony Solometo (pictured above) really had an outstanding season as a 19-year-old pitching in Single-A Bradenton. He didn’t allow a single home run in 47 2/3 innings this season, helping him post the best ERA among all starting pitchers in the system. The rest of the top five came out the bullpen, with Tyler Samaniego leading the way with a 2.45 mark, which probably isn’t as surprising considering he went an entire month without allowing a single hit.

Innings Pitched

Player Innings Pitched
Luis Ortiz 124 1/3
Jared Jones 122 2/3
Jerad Eickhoff 114 1/3
Justin Meis 114
Nick Garcia 113

Luis Ortiz paced the way with 124 1/3 innings and then added 16 more at the major league level. He was one of the great stories in the system this season, going from playing all of 2021 in Single-A Bradenton, before jumping to Altoona, eventually making his major league debut.

After easing him into professional baseball in 2021, the Pirates let Jared Jones loose, as he nearly doubled his innings pitched this year from last season. Nick Garcia also quietly put up a good season, breaking the century mark in innings pitched after being a closer in his only full season of college baseball on the mound.

Strikeouts

Player Strikeouts
Jared Jones 142
Luis Ortiz 138
Osvaldo Bido 122
Justin Meis 116
Carmen Mlodzinski, Mike Burrows 111

Jones had one of the more confusing years in the system, as it seemed like he was hit hard and unhittable almost at the same time. He spent the majority of the regular season at 20-years-old, but still led the entire system in strikeouts. Osvaldo Bido wasn’t the biggest strikeout guy throughout his career until this year, finishing with 122.

This makes three of the four categories that Meis has been included in, a very impressive mark for the righty.

Strikeouts per 9

Player Strikeouts per 9
Luis Peralta 14.9
Cam Junker 12.1
Hunter Stratton 11.7
Ricky DeVito 11.6
Nick Dombrowski 11.5

Really here for an opportunity to give the relievers some love, and it worked as four of the five worked mostly out of the bullpen. Ricky DeVito was slowly worked back in as a starter, and he has some fantastic stuff — albeit with some control issues — that allowed him to keep the strikeout rate up.

Luis Peralta has some of the best swing and miss stuff, but also might struggle with his control the most. After a trip to the development list, it had looked like he was figuring things out, but he slowly slipped into his old habits.

Highlight of The Day

It didn’t take long for Henry Davis to pick up and get comfortable in the Arizona Fall League, getting hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance. A little bit later in the game, he nearly sent one over the fence and ended up with a double.

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mpg43952

I know Solometo’s delivery is pretty distracting, but those prison glasses would throw me off!

cpc

Reminiscent of 60s Bucs mainstay Bob Veale, of whom Bob Prince said, “He could throw a strawberry through a locomotive”

On one particularly muggy night, his glasses kept fogging up and Veale, who didn’t exactly have pinpoint control, decided to just take them off. The batter, HOFer Lou Brock, refused to get back in the batters box till BV put them back on

mpg43952

I remember the story about the catcher throwing down to second, and Veale, who was quite tall, reaching up and grabbing the throw.

MB21

A lot of the aces from the 80s-2000s like the Atlanta 3 (Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux), Clemens, Schilling, etc., had 1-3 minor league seasons of 170, often 180+ IP. Some guys came out of college, had one minor league season and were immediately thrown into 170+ IP at the MLB level. I’m just not convinced that 100-120 IP or less for EVERY minor league pitcher is preparing every minor leaguer for the stress and success of MLB baseball. Teams like the Pirates will not have young aces on their pitching staff unless they are allowed to throw more innings in the minors. Aces in the majors still pitch 175+ and even 200+ innings (32 pitchers have 175 or more this year). Even 150 innings (61 pitchers in MLB) is a stretch for those in the Pirates minor league system. I know IP is trending down across baseball and has been for decades, but true aces could always handle and wanted to handle more IP.

PirateRican21

The innings on Jared Jones arm!!! No kids gloves applied there.

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