Pirates Prospects Daily: Mike Burrows Faces Nick Gonzales In Simulated Game

The Pirates didn’t have a Spring Training game on Sunday, but they did have a scrimmage of sorts at LECOM Park.

Maybe the most notable clip or anything to come out of was the two point of views to come out of a matchup between Mike Burrows and Nick Gonzales.

Burrows has one of the best curveballs in the system, and Gonzales has struggled with breaking pitches throughout his pro career.

So, the matchup went almost exactly how you would have expected. Burrows finished off Gonzales with the curveball to get the strikeout. 

The Pirates’ 2020 first round pick had two at-bats in Saturday’s Spring Training opener, striking out both times. He had two at-bats on Sunday, according to Jason Mackey, and also struck out twice. 

Not the best of starts.

Versatile Endy Rodriguez On Display Once Again

There are so many reasons to like Endy Rodriguez as a prospect. He plays great defense, has hit at every level he’s played, and is incredibly versatile in the field — something we know the Pirates look for.

Since he’s been in the Pirates system, not only has he caught, but also played in left field, second base and first base. He had very limited time at the latter in 2022. 

While his path to the majors, at least this season, may be at his natural position of catcher, the Pirates are certainly going to want him to prepare to be usual versatile self, as he was taking some reps at first base again over the weekend.

One of the biggest focuses for the Pirates this offseason was to address the first base position, adding Ji-Man Choi and Carlos Santana to the fold. So while it may not be an immediate need for him this year, the Pirates could use the position as almost a secondary DH spot in the lineup with so many players coming up able to play there. 

Both Choi and Santana will be free agents after the season, so there’s a chance both are moved by the trade deadline, opening up a spot that Rodriguez, and others, could fill.

Yerry De Los Santos New Pitch

This past week I talked about the sinker/slider combination from Yerry De Los Santos and how the two pitches worked off of each other. He’s added another pitch to the mix, tossing in a changeup as well.

While pitching out of the bullpen he won’t need to use it too much, the threat of it may mess with hitters timing. Any advantage you can take, you take.

Pirates Prospects Daily

By Tim Williams

**If you’re wondering what is happening with the MLB Regional Sports Networks, including AT&T Sportsnet, Ethan Hullihen has an amazingly thorough breakdown of the entire situation. Take some time today to read through all of this, or just the part where Ethan looks at what it could mean for the Pirates.

**In the latest Pirates DVR, I look at the real value of Austin Hedges’ veteran presence, on display in a video with Henry Davis and Kevin Plawecki.

**Missed yesterday? Anthony broke down Mitch Keller’s debut from the Spring Training opener.

Song of the Day


The Pirates are home today against the Philadelphia Phillies. 1:05 PM start. Game is televised.

The rest of the pitchers scheduled for today are: Wil Crowe, Yohan Ramirez, Kyle Nicolas, Carmen Mlodzinski, Jose Hernandez, Wei-Chieh Huang, Tyler Chatwood and Angel Perdomo.

Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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