ALTOONA, PA – I’m at the end of two weeks on the road, covering the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Last night’s Paul Skenes start was a bit of a bonus for me. I’ve got an article on the start later today. Check out the brief recap of what happened on Saturday in the system.
Player of the Day
CARTER BINS, C, ALTOONA
Bins was catching Paul Skenes after zero previous experience. He’s the best defender on the team, and handled the plus stuff that wasn’t consistently inside the zone. Offensively, Bins was the hero of the day. He had three hits, including a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to seal a Curve comeback victory.
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ROANSY CONTRERAS, RHP, INDIANAPOLIS
Contreras got the start last night for Indianapolis, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings of work. He allowed zero walks and struck out six. Contreras has a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings since returning to Triple-A, with a 15:6 K/BB.
NICK GONZALES, SS, INDIANAPOLIS
Gonzales homered for the eighth time this season in Triple-A. He has a .295/.427/.459 line with two homers in 61 at-bats during the month of August, since going back down to the minors.
PAUL SKENES, RHP, ALTOONA
Skenes didn’t have the best outing, but he wasn’t hit hard. He threw 12 pitches at 99, and two at 100. I’ll have details on his debut with Altoona later today on the site.
MATT GORSKI, CF, ALTOONA
Gorski continued to show tools on both sides of the ball. He homered early in the game, hit a double late in the game, and got an out with an assist from center field, throwing out a runner at second.
JOE PEREZ, RF, ALTOONA
Perez has brought power and protection to the Altoona lineup for Gorski. After Gorski doubled late in the game, Perez followed with a home run. He’s a guy who is more advanced than this level, but right now that is helping the lineup.
MATT FRAIZER, RF, ALTOONA
Fraizer has been hitting well this week, and the last two days he’s had some hard hits to the wall. He doubled to the wall in the first, and later hit an opposite field single on a 94 MPH fastball, launching it over shortstop into right field.
SEAN SULLIVAN, RHP, ALTOONA
Sullivan entered the game in the third inning, and pitched five frames. He allowed three runs on five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. His fastball was 90-92 from an almost sidearm slot and a funky setup. He also worked a mid-80s slider and a low-80s changeup.
LONNIE WHITE JR., CF, BRADENTON
White hit his sixth homer of the year in a two hit game for Bradenton. Four of those home runs have come in the month of August. White is batting .297/.438/.625 in the month of August.
SERGIO CAMPANA, LF, BRADENTON
Campana hit two triples for Bradenton tonight. The outfielder is batting .225/.392/.350 in 40 at-bats, after being promoted from the FCL earlier this month. The Pirates signed Campana in 2009 for half a million.
Saturday’s Home Runs
- Nick Gonzales, SS, Indianapolis (8)
- Joe Perez, RF, Altoona (6)
- Lonnie White Jr., CF, Bradenton (6)
Saturday’s Minor League Results
INDIANAPOLIS (58-65) VS Iowa
Score: Iowa 4, Indianapolis 3
Indianapolis Starter: Roansy Contreras, RHP (2.81)
–Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Player of the Game: Nick Gonzales, SS (1-for-4, HR , BB, RBI)
- Ryan Vilade, CF (2-for-4, RBI)
- J.C. Flowers, RHP (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K)
ALTOONA (56-60) VS Akron
Score: Altoona 9, Akron 8
Altoona Starter: Paul Skenes, RHP (54.00)
–Line: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Player of the Game: Carter Bins, C (3-for-5, 2B, RBI)
- Sean Sullivan, RHP (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)
- Matt Gorski, CF (3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI)
- Joe Perez, DH (3-for-3, 2 BB, HR , 2 R, 2 RBI)
- Matt Fraizer, RF (2-for-4, BB, 2B)
GREENSBORO (63-53) AT Rome
Score: Rome 4, Greensboro 2
Greensboro Starter: Po-Yu Chen, RHP (4.07)
–Line: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Player of the Game: Luke Brown, LF (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI)
- Santiago Florez, RHP (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
BRADENTON (67-51) AT Jupiter
Score: Jupiter 8, Bradenton 7
Bradenton Starter: Dominic Perachi, LHP (4.78)
–Line: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Player of the Game: Lonnie White Jr., CF (2-for-5, HR , 2 RBI)
- Sergio Campana, LF (3-for-4, 2 3B, RBI)
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.