Pirates Prospects Daily: Early Inning Struggles Continue For Aaron Shortridge

I got to take in the Friday night game of the Altoona Curve and Richmond Flying Squirrels, directly behind home plate. I was able to get a really close look at some things.

Offensively it was a letdown, as the Curve didn’t muster a hit until the fifth inning. They collected three hits all night.

On the mound was Aaron Shortridge, who is pitching again for the Altoona Curve after spending the majority of last season with them. 

He’s had some strong moments this season, but slow starts have really done him in for the majority of the season. He’s allowed six earned runs in the first and second innings (6.75 ERA) of games, and then only two though the third, fourth, and fifth frames (1.74 ERA).

Shortridge is not a hard thrower. When he was working, he commanded both sides of the strike zone well with his fastball, and came up with quite a few swing and misses with his slider and curveball.

— There wasn’t much to talk about when it comes to the offense, as Mason Martin picked up the only extra-base hit on the night – a double. What was impressive about it was he slapped it the other way against a lefty and hustled into second for to secure the extra bag.

The strikeouts are starting to creep back up there (27.1%) but he’s also walking an insane amount (25%). He showed some of that better approach Friday night, taking that pitch the other way, and working deep into counts on a couple of at-bats.

Matt Gorski is a giant human, and boy can he fly. He picked up the team’s first hit in the fifth, driving a ball hard past the shortstop for a single. He then galloped his way to third on Martin’s double, before scoring on a wild pitch.

Prospect Notes

— I mentioned in yesterday’s daily article that we could have a good idea on who the starter will be in place of Vince Velasquez by the end of the weekend, and while it’s not confirmed, we have a pretty good idea.

Luis Ortiz was pushed up a day from his regular turn in the rotation, and then only threw three innings – 42 pitches. It’ll give him three days rest for Tuesday. The Pirates did clear a 40-man spot, which they could use to add Caleb Smith if they wanted to go that way.

–Bradenton improved to 5-0 when Thomas Harrington starts, and the righty is 4-0 on his own this year. Probably not his most ideal pitching line (four earned runs over six innings), but he’s getting the job done.

Daily Video Rundown

Shortridge struck out three in 5.2 innings, this one on the last batter he faced on the night.

Newcomer to the Pirates organization Vinny Capra drives in a pair of runs for the Indianapolis Indians in the second inning.

Pirates Prospects Daily

By John Dreker

**Blue Jays Coast to Easy Win, Stretching Pirates’ Skid to Five

**Prospect Watch: Three Hits for Nick Gonzales, Endy Rodriguez and Josh Palacios in Indianapolis Victory

**The Pirates placed Vince Velasquez on the Injured List yesterday. Chase De Jong returned after a rehab stint with Indianapolis.

**Anthony Murphy looked at how the Pirates could replace Velasquez.

**New mock draft from MLB Pipeline. You can probably figure out who they have for the Pirates

**Catchers are on the move around the minors, plus Nick Gonzales returns to action.

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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.

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Anth, has Gorski toned down his swing in all counts or just two strikes?

The video you posted the other day was remarkably different than beginning of the year and past.


I’m enjoying the shit show in Cardinal land, fans booing, manager calling out players and now their big off season acquisition is moving off catcher after a whole month…… but I also remember how when they replaced Matheny mid season a few years back they went on an amazing winning streak….


I would like to apologize to everyone, esp SKliesen for going off yesterday. When this site first started, I got excited about the prospects and was rewarded with 2013-2015. All was good.

Since those years, I have seen highly touted prospect after prospect fail. It has hardened me and I guess it took until yesterday to finally get that thru my head. Even Wabbit Season’s comments didn’t faze me.

Tim and the rest of you’nz don’t need my negative comments. Therefore, even tho I remain a Pirate fan, my negativism towards them ever being a successful org again, remains strong. I am not sure that this feeling will change. I am always waiting for the ‘other shoe to drop’.

Therefore, it is not doing anyone any good to hear my crabbiness on an almost daily basis. I will stick to liking a comment or two if I read the comments at all.

Again, my apologies to all.


You are a nice gentleman, but this is all part of being a fan, I know you are not apologizing to me, but I strongly believe you don’t have too, we are all fan of this crappy organization and we are gonna have our moments! You be you as the kids say! Just know that many feel the same way!


Was reading the write up on Skenes on MLB.com. It may have been posted somewhere before but it says he could be drafted as a 1b in the first few rounds with power to all sides of the field. Another JVB?


For his career Caleb Smith doesn’t give up many hits… but he walks too many and doesn’t strike out enough. But he’s LH?

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