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Pirates Prospect Watch: Sean Sullivan Throws Seven Shutout


Sean Sullivan led the Altoona Curve to a 4-1 victory on Thursday, pitching seven shutout innings against Akron. This was the longest outing of the season for the right-hander, and the second time this week that Altoona got seven shutout frames from their starter.

Sullivan has a 3.12 ERA in 34.2 innings this year, returning to Altoona rotation for the second season. He’s not a big strikeout guy, with 27 so far this season. However, Sullivan doesn’t allow a lot of walks or hits, limiting opponents to a 1.13 WHIP. He is helped by deception from a lower arm slow.

Thursday’s games featured a lot of good pitching performances, with Sullivan’s start leading the way.


INDIANAPOLIS lost game one 8-6.

  • C Henry Davis: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI
  • LF Matt Gorski: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
  • 1B Jake Lamb: 2-for-4, 2B, BB
  • SS Liover Peguero: 1-for-4
  • 2B Ji Hwan Bae: 1-for-5

INDIANAPOLIS won game two 5-3.

  • LHP Michael Plassmeyer: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • SS Liover Peguero: 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
  • 3B Malcom Nunez: 2-for-3, HR, RBI
  • 1B Jake Lamb: 1-for-3, RBI
  • 2B Andres Alvarez: 1-for-2

ALTOONA won 4-1, led by seven shutout inning from Sean Sullivan.

  • CF Sammy Siani: 1-for-4
  • DH Joe Perez: 1-for-3, 2B, BB
  • C Carter Bins: 1-for-4, 2B
  • 1B Brenden Dixon: 1-for-4, 2B
  • 2B Francisco Acuna: 2-for-3, 2B

GREENSBORO won game one 2-1.

  • RHP Alessandro Ercolani: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
  • LHP Luis Peralta: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • CF Lonnie White Jr.: 2-for-3, 2B, SB
  • RF Charles McAdoo: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
  • LF Hudson Head: 1-for-3, 3B

GREENSBORO won game two 11-1.

  • RHP Derek Diamond: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
  • CF P.J. Hilson: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • 3B Charles McAdoo: 2-for-3, BB
  • SS-2B Jack Brannigan: 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI
  • C Shawn Ross: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI

BRADENTON won 3-1.

  • RHP Carlson Reed: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • RF-1B Eddy Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
  • 1B-C Omar Alfonzo: 1-for-4
  • CF Shalin Polanco: 2-for-4
  • SS Javier Rivas: 1-for-3, BB

FCL PIRATES won 6-5.

  • RHP David Matoma: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • DH Tony Blanco Jr.: 1-for-4, HR, RBI
  • SS Jhonny Severino: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
  • 3B Yerry De Los Santos: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
  • 1B Ramon Ramirez: 1-for-2, 2B, BB


Henry Davis hit a 109.7 MPH double and a 101.1 MPH home run in game one. Matt Gorski had a homer at 111 MPH, traveling 451 feet, along with a 110.6 MPH double. STATS

The home run from Malcom Nunez traveled 419 feet at 110.0 MPH. STATS

Carlson Reed had five whiffs on eight swings against his slider, leading to eight whiffs on the day. STATS


  • Triple-A: Indianapolis, 7:05 PM – TBD
  • Double-A: Altoona, 7:05 PM – RHP Bubba Chandler (1-2, 4.13)
  • High-A: Greensboro, 7:00 PM – LHP Hunter Barco (0-0, 1.65)
  • Single-A: Bradenton, 6:30 PM – LHP Michael Kennedy (1-1, 3.72)
  • Rookie: FCL Pirates, 12:00 PM – TBD
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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
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.

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