Prospect Watch: Strong Start from Bubba Chandler; Henry Davis Homers

Bubba Chandler had what was perhaps his best career start, while setting a personal high in strikeouts. Owen Kellington also set a personal best for strikeouts. Henry Davis has been showing some power lately, including his homer tonight.


Prospect Watch: Cal Mitchell Breaks Out of Slump


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Indianapolis Indians


Final Score: Columbus 10, Indianapolis 7
Indianapolis Starter
: Caleb Smith (0-2, 7.53)
Pitching Line
: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Cal Mitchell 0-for-5
  • Miguel Andujar 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • Malcom Nunez 1-for-4, BB

Game Recap:

Starter Caleb Smith had a second inning to forget on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed six earned runs on five hits and four walks over 1.2 innings, with all of the runs scoring in the second inning. That was after getting out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning.

JC Flowers followed with 3.1 shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. He threw 29 of 52 pitches for strikes. Daniel Zamora took over in the sixth and he threw two no-hit innings on two walks and two strikeouts.

Yerry De Los Santos was out next. He threw a scoreless eighth, then went for the save in the ninth and allowed four runs on six hits, two walks and no strikeouts over his 1.2 innings. John O’Reilly followed with the final out, after allowing a hit and a walk.

Indianapolis got a grand slam in this game from Brenden Dixon, who recently joined the team from Greensboro when they were short two players. Miguel Andujar added his third homer of the season. He also added a single and a walk.

What a difference one day makes for Cal Mitchell. He went 5-for-5 yesterday, then had an 0-for-5 day with four strikeouts today. 

Chavez Young and Josh Bissonette each had a single and two walks.


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Altoona Curve


Final Score: Altoona 9, Reading 4
Altoona Starter
: Justin Meis (0-2, 7.15)
Pitching Line
: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Liover Peguero 2-for-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Henry Davis 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, HBP
  • Matt Gorski 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB
  • Matt Fraizer 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Starter Justin Meis has struggled during the early parts of this seasons and it continued tonight, though he lowered his ERA slightly. He went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He threw 86 pitches, with 46 going for strikes.

Travis MacGregor battled through two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out two. He threw 47 pitches. Cameron Junker allowed a run in his 1.1 frames. Oliver Garcia finished off the 9-4 win.

Henry Davis connected on his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot. He now has a 1.071 OPS for the season. Liover Peguero had himself quite a game, though it came with two errors on defense. His offense was terrific, with two singles, two walks, his sixth stolen base and three runs scored. 

Matt Fraizer had two hits, a walk, a run and an RBI. Domingo Leyba, Mason Martin and Jacob Gonzalez each had two hits. Connor Scott is down to a .159 average and a .463 OPS after going 0-for-5. The Curve had 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position in this game.


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Greensboro Grasshoppers


Final Score: Greensboro 4, Rome 1
Greensboro Starter
: Bubba Chandler (1-0, 5.25)
Pitching Line
: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3, BB
  • Jase Bowen 1-for-3, RBI, BB, SB
  • Hudson Head 0-for-4
  • Sammy Siani 1-for-3
  • Maikol Escotto 1-for-2, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Bubba Chandler made his fourth start of the season on Wednesday morning. This was possibly his best career start, as he threw five shutout innings, while setting a career high with nine strikeouts. His previous best was seven strikeouts. Chandler threw 84 pitches on the day, with 52 going for strikes.

Jack Carey threw a scoreless sixth. Michell Miliano had a busy two innings, with one run on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Cy Nielson took the ninth for his fourth save.

Maikol Escotto got the scoring going with an RBI single in the third. Jackson Glenn doubled in a run in the fifth. Jase Bowen followed with an RBI single. The final run scored on an error in the sixth.

Escotto, Bowen and Will Matthiessen each had a hit and a walk. Glenn was the only Greensboro player with two hits. Both were doubles. Bowen stole his fifth base.


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Bradenton Marauders


Final Score: Dunedin 2, Bradenton 1
Bradenton Starter
: Owen Kellington (0-0, 3.12)
Pitching Line
: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Box Score

Top Performers:

  • Jesus Castillo 0-for-3, BB, SB
  • Enmanuel Terrero 0-for-3, BB, SB
  • Rodolfo Nolasco 2-for-4, 2 2B
  • Javier Rivas 0-for-4
  • Jauri Custodio 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Owen Kellington went four innings on Wednesday for the first time in his pro career. He allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and a career high seven strikeouts. He only had 18.2 innings to his credit prior to this game, after missing time due to injury last year with the FCL Pirates.

Joshua Loeschern followed with a strong performance, retiring all nine batters he faced, four on strikeouts. Yoldin De La Paz handled the eighth in the 2-1 loss.

Bradenton scored their only run in the first inning on an error. Rodolfo Nolasco scored the run. He collected two doubles in his second game of the season, missing the start of the year due to injury. The Marauders had just four hits total in the game. Tres Gonzalez picked up two outfield assists. Enmanuel Terrero walked and stole his fifth base.

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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Five games of three K’s or more in the first month for Rivas. Really come in bunches don’t they.


Just when you think Tank has started to dodge getting plunked, he goes out and gets hit again….Oh well.


The Pirates really need pitching, as there is no immediate or even short-term help to major league team…

b mcferren

specifically left handed pitching


I would say specifically quality pitching on either side…




Bubba’s base on balls (his biggest bugaboo?) is bothersome.


That’s your takeaway from this start?


Yep. As I have said many times, gimme a guy with control and command over a guy who is wild no matter how good the stuff. That won’t play well as he goes up the ladder.c

Plus, I couldn’t resist the alliteration. 😁😁😁

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Ok, what’s up with Nick Gonzales? Is he hurt again?


Best wishes to Travis Swaggerty and family, too. This one’s even more odd.


ya all I know is he’s out with an “illness” have you heard anything else or is it just being left at that? (which I totally respect for privacy)


Nothing more than what you know and that’s alright with me for the very same reason you say.

Wilbur Miller

Not on IL.

Can you whiff on the lineup card?


also not even listed on the bench today for Indy

Wilbur Miller

The maneuverings with him and Swags are . . . curious.


Pirates crush Dodgers. Tank crushes baseball. Bubba shoves.

Yeah, it was a good day.


Bubba breakout! 🙏🏻


Hope Bubba gets the Statcast treatment at least once this year!


Lots of swing and miss in this game


I’ve noticed that Andujar has been making hard contact, but it doesn’t seems like he gets that many balls in the air.


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