This weekend, my long wait will be over. I’ll be in Altoona this week, and the weekend will provide an event I’ve been waiting on for months.
On Friday, the Air Jordan 38s release.
It’s already being called the best basketball shoe of the year, and in my opinion, is one of the best pairs of Jordan’s in years.
My only hope is that I don’t get botted out of a purchase. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of system to ensure you get the best available?
If I miss out on those, my consolation will be seeing Paul Skenes making his debut with the Altoona Curve on Saturday night. This will be my first time watching Skenes live.
During the draft, I had him as the best available player, and felt the Pirates couldn’t afford to pass on his level of pitching talent.
The ideal weekend for me? Getting the best shoes of the year AND seeing the best player from the 2023 draft.
Fortunately, I already know the latter is guaranteed.
Anyone have any ideas on how to get the first round pick from Nike? Where do I line up in Altoona on Friday morning? Size 14 shoes sell out quick.
QUICK PIRATES RECAP
PIRATES (56-69) VS Cardinals
Score: Pirates 11, Cardinals 1
Pittsburgh Starter: Thomas Hatch, RHP (2.87)
–Line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Player of the Game: Bailey Falter, LHP (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR)
- Josh Palacios, RF (2-for-5, 2B, HR , 5 RBI)
- Andrew McCutchen, DH (2-for-5)
- Connor Joe, 1B (3-for-4, BB, 3 2B)
- Endy Rodriguez, C (3-for-4, BB)
- Alika Williams, SS (2-for-4, BB, 2B)
One Sentence Recap: This is how every game against the Cardinals should go.
DAILY VIDEO RUNDOWN
Josh Palacios crushed this ball.
HE'S THE BIG BROTHER. pic.twitter.com/qsAwgtKfuy
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 22, 2023
DAILY PIRATES MOVES
- Henry Davis was placed on the 10-day injured list. The Pirates recalled Vinny Capra to take his place on the roster.
- Paul Skenes was assigned to the Altoona Curve from Bradenton.
AROUND THE SYSTEM
Quinn Priester returned to Triple-A and went four shutout innings in his first appearance back. He allowed four hits, three walks, and struck out six.
The Pirates signed 23-year-old outfielder Joe Perez to Altoona recently. He batted .400 with a 1.284 OPS this past week, hitting three homers in 27 plate appearances.
I was in Greensboro last week, and posted my scouting notes from the level. I’ll have features of the top prospects at the level this week.
Paul Skenes made two appearances with Bradenton this past week, allowing one hit, no runs, no walks, and striking out four.
Braylon Bishop hit his first home run of the season as the FCL Pirates won 7-2 against the Rays.
SONG OF THE DAY
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.