Prospect Watch: Strong Start for Thomas Harrington; Rain Spoils Two Games

The minor league day started with Altoona getting postponed. The Pirates also got postponed right around the same time. The Curve will have a doubleheader tomorrow. Greensboro had a doubleheader today due to rain yesterday, but rain got them in the second game. They will try for a doubleheader on Saturday. Thomas Harrington had a terrific fourth start of the season.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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INDIANAPOLIS VS COLUMBUS

Final Score: Columbus 7, Indianapolis 4
Indianapolis Starter
: Osvaldo Bido (1-1, 2.81)
Pitching Line
: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Cal Mitchell 1-for-5
  • Malcom Nunez 1-for-5, RBI

Game Recap:

Osvaldo Bido was doing well until tonight’s game nearly doubled his season ERA. He gave up six runs on six hits and three walks in 3.1 innings, with the only upside being that he had seven strikeouts. He threw 86 pitches, with 56 going for strikes. John O’Reilly followed with the final two outs of the fourth, but not before he allowed a run on three hits.

Chase De Jong made his second rehab appearance. He went two shutout innings on three hits and two strikeouts. Carmen Mlodzinski joined the game in the seventh. He went two shutout innings on a hit and a strikeout. Colin Selby took the ninth and threw a scoreless frame.

This game was a wind factory, with 27 total strikeouts, including 15 by Indianapolis hitters. They also committed three errors. Josh Palacios had a strong game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer. His brother Richie had three hits for Columbus, including a homer off of Bido.

Aaron Shackelford also homered, his first of the season. Indianapolis had 11 hits, but they stranded ten runners and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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ALTOONA @ READING

POSTPONED. Doubleheader tomorrow.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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GREENSBORO VS ROME

Final Score: Rome 6, Greensboro 0
Greensboro Starter
: Braxton Ashcraft (0-0, 0.00)
Pitching Line
: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-3
  • Jase Bowen 0-for-3
  • Hudson Head 0-for-2, HBP
  • Maikol Escotto 0-for-2
  • Sammy Siani 1-for-2

Game Recap:

Braxton Ashcraft’s return from Tommy John surgery saw its first bump in the road. After throwing shutout ball in his first three starts, while striking out 17 batters in 10.1 innings, he didn’t do so well on Friday. He allowed four runs on five hits in four innings, finishing with no walks and two strikeouts. He threw 41 of 58 pitches for strikes.

Dante Mendoza took over in the fifth inning of the seven-inning game. He tossed a scoreless frame. Oliver Mateo followed with a shutout inning, then Drew Irvine allowed two unearned runs in the seventh, though the runs were unearned due to his own error.

Greensboro had nothing going on offense. They reached base four times. Jackson Glenn had a double. Sammy Siani had a single. Will Mathiessen drew a walk. Hudson Head was hit by a pitch. They went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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BRADENTON @ DUNEDIN

Final Score: Bradenton 7, Dunedin 0
Bradenton Starter
: Thomas Harrington (2-0, 4.26)
Pitching Line
: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Jesus Castillo 1-for-3, 3 RBI
  • Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-5
  • Rodolfo Nolasco 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB
  • Shalin Polanco 0-for-5, 4 K

Game Recap:

Thomas Harrington made his fourth pro start on Friday night. He threw shutout ball over six innings on three hits, three walks and four strikeouts. He threw a total of 77 pitches, with 48 going for strikes. He now has a 2.89 ERA through 18.2 innings, with 19 strikeouts.

Elijah Birdsong take over in the seventh. He threw two shutout innings on no hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Mike Walsh finished off the 7-0 win with a scoreless ninth.

This game was close until the late innings. Deivis Nadal provided the only run through the first six innings with a solo homer, his second of the year. A Jesus Castillo single in the seventh brought home two runs. Tres Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded for a 4-0 lead.

Geovanny Planchart made in 5-0 with an RBI double. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Castillo. Gonzalez brought home the final run with his first homer. Nadal and Planchart had two hits each. Rodolfo Nolasco hit his fourth double and walked twice.

Alexander Mojica walked twice and struck out three times in five plate appearances. Shalin Polanco had four strikeouts.

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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bianco599

I think I have given up on Hudson Head. Still holding out hope for Siani. Shalin may break my heart.

zebug

Why isn’t Termarr getting playing time? Hamstring still an issue maybe?

zebug

Oh I missed the last game he played on the 27th, I thought his last game was the 25th so started to get concerned. Thanks John!!!

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PirateRican21

It was a very forgettable game for him too!

emjayinTN

Thomas Harrington has proven to be as advertised when drafted by the Pirates in the Comp Round. In his age 22 season, is he looking like a fast promotion up to A+? That would add to an already impressive group of SP’s in Ashcraft, Chandler, Solometo, and Chen.

The good news about Indy is that DeJong, Mlodzinski, and Selby all had good outings. Likely to see all 3 with the Pirates this year. DeJong had 72 innings in relief with the Pirates last year with a 2.64 ERA. Struggling in just 3 IP so far in 2023. Like to see more of Yohan Ramirez before De Jong returns.

Cobra

Thanks I didnt realize Bido sat in that high 95/96 range , 7k’s in 3 ip with 14 swings & misses in a bad outing

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