Here is a look at today’s lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto’s farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I’ll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I’ve included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on a few players below.

Matt Curry is playing with the Triple-A team for now.
Matt Curry is playing with the Triple-A team for now.

Triple-A

Lineup: Darren Ford (8), Oscar Tejeda (4), Clint Robinson (3), Matt Curry (DH), Jerry Sands (9), Matt Hague (5), Miguel Perez (2), Dan Grovatt (7), Alex Valdez (6), Jeremy Farrell (DH)

Pitchers: Luis Sanz, Hunter Strickland, Erik Cordier, Jeff Inman, Nate Baker, Tim Alderson

Notes: The Pirates just sent Robinson and Hague down. Despite the fact that they’re both first basemen, Matt Curry is in the lineup. Granted, there are two designated hitters right now, but if there’s a choice between Curry and Farrell during the season, I’d say Curry wins out. It’s not a guarantee that Curry will make the jump to Triple-A at the start of the year. The guy who could hold him back is Jared Goedert. I talked to an AL scout last week who really liked Goedert as a depth option, and said he could be a great option as a backup at third, or a platoon mate with Pedro Alvarez.

Double-A

Lineup: Kirk Singer (5), Mel Rojas Jr. (8), Jarek Cunningham (4), Alex Dickerson (DH), Stefan Welch (DH), Jacob Stallings (2), Justin Howard (3), Carlos Mesa (9), Chris Lashmet (7), Kelson Brown (6)

Pitchers: Robby Rowland, Jhonathan Ramos, Kenn Kasparek, Pat Ludwig, Joan Montero

Notes: Interesting to see Rowland getting the start for the Double-A squad. As I mentioned yesterday, don’t read too much into the assignments. That said, I don’t recall too many pitchers pitching up a level. Rowland made some big strides in the last year. In fact, a year ago at this time he was in Arizona’s system, coming off a disastrous year in rookie ball. One year later he’s coming off a pretty strong season in low-A thanks to a new sinker and a 53.4% ground ball rate.

High-A (Home)

Lineup: Alen Hanson (6), Dan Gamache (4), Gregory Polanco (DH), Willy Garcia (7), Jose Osuna (3), D.J. Crumlich (5), Taylor Lewis (8), Francisco Diaz (2), Jordan Steranka (DH), Junior Sosa (9)

Pitchers: Zack Von Rosenberg, Jake Burnette, Ryan Hafner, Tom Harlan, Lance Breedlove, Kyle Haynes

Notes: Always love watching Hanson and Polanco in action. There are a few interesting pitching options here. Von Rosenberg’s struggles have been notable. He needs to learn to keep the ball down in the zone and attack hitters. Burnette suffered an injury last year which caused him to miss most of the season. Hafner really struggled with his control last year at low-A, and didn’t do so well in his demotion to State College.

Low-A (Home)

Lineup: Jodaneli Carvajal (6), Dilson Herrera (4), Jin-De Jhang (2), Stetson Allie (DH), Josh Bell (9), Barrett Barnes (8), Jared LaKind (3), Jesus Vasquez (7), Maximo Rivera (5), Samuel Gonzalez (DH)

Pitchers: Jon Sandfort, Colten Brewer, Wei-Chung Wang, Hayden Hurst, Bryton Trepagnier, Clario Perez

Notes: Again, don’t read too much into lineups, but some interesting placements here. Maximo Rivera was highly thought of when he was signed. He struggled for two years in the DSL, then put it together last year, hitting for a .367/.429/.472 line in 199 at-bats. He’s got raw power, which showed up in 2011, but didn’t return in 2012. Normally players making the jump to the US are playing with the short-season teams, rather than playing in the A-ball games. A lot of interesting hitters in this group. Also, this will be the first time I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang and Hayden Hurst pitch. It might be the first time either has pitched in an actual game for the Pirates. Wang, a left-hander from Taiwan, signed in 2011 with Jin-De Jhang, but had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2012 season.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Where is Nick Kingham on these lists? Unless I am just missing him. Also, interesting to see Stallings go all the way to Altoona after being at State College last season. I know he was drafted out of college and is a bit older. Still seems like a big jump.

    • Kingham hasn’t pitched yet. They’ve only played two games, so he’ll be pitching in the next three days.

      Stallings did play with Altoona briefly last year as an injury replacement. Right now most of the catchers are playing up a level, since the Triple-A guys are currently in major league camp.

  2. Goedert? 28 in May, Hague 28 this year also. Curry 24, LH hitter. Get Robinson fitted for an OF glove. He needs to develop a position other than 1B.

  3. It is pretty obvious that Chang was a good get for the Pirates, even if Wang does not work out you have to say this was some very good scouting by the Bucs. The Bucs seem determined to scout the world for talent, that alone is a vast improvement from previous regimes.

  4. Goedert looks better than Pedro down here in FLA, we all know it is only ST, but I do agree that he could be a capable backup to Pedro, he has some pop and some good sound off his bat. I would not be surprised if the Pirates let him go that some team will scoop him up.

    • Goedert is a good player. Saw him a lot in Columbus. Showed a lot of power in a park with similar dimensions to PNC and consistently had professional at bats. I see no reason why this guy shouldn’t get a shot in the majors at some point.

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