Prospect Watch: Doubleheader for Greensboro; Kranick and Cruz on the Mound

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Starting Pitcher: Max Kranick 0.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-for-4

Ka’ai Tom 2-for-4

Michael Chavis 0-for-4

Fabricio Macias 0-for-3

Game Recap:  Max Kranick couldn’t make it out of the first inning on Sunday due to a costly error by Phillip Evans that led to four unearned runs. Kranick tossed 35 pitches in the first before being removed. He allowed five hits and five runs (one earned) while recording two outs. Matt Eckelman finished out the first and remained in the game for three innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. Hunter Stratton followed and retired all seven batters he faced in 2.1 innings. Shelby Miller took over in the seventh and had two strong innings, with no runs/hits and four strikeouts. Tyler Bashlor allowed a run in the ninth, as Indianapolis dropped to 43-46 with an 8-0 loss to St Paul.

The offense was almost non-existent with five hits all game and no walks. Ka’ai Tom had two singles and Tucupita Marcano also added a single. Taylor Davis and Chris Sharpe each hit a double. Sharpe has 23 two-baggers on the year.


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Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz  4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Ji-Hwan Bae 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Diego Castillo 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Mason Martin 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Jack Suwinski 0-for-4, RBI

Cal Mitchell 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Recap: Starter Omar Cruz had a solid outing on Sunday, allowing one run over four innings on three hits, one walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. He threw 60 pitches total, 42 going for strikes, and he had a 6:2 GO/AO ratio. Cruz now has a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings at Altoona, with 37 strikeouts. Cam Alldred took over in the fifth and tossed three scoreless frames. Shea Murray allowed a run in the eighth, followed by Cristofer Melendez allowing an unearned run as well in the tenth. He got the win when Altoona scored three times for the 5-3 victory. Altoona has a 47-41 record.

Matt Fraizer hasn’t missed a beat at the higher level, going 3-for-5 today with a double, run scored and an RBI. He’s hitting .368 with a 1.043 OPS with the Curve. Diego Castillo hit his 15th home run of the season and drove in a second run with single in the eighth. Ji-Hwan Bae had a single, double, RBI and run scored. Mason Martin hit his 24th double and walked twice. Cal Mitchell hit his 16th double. He also had a single and a walk. Connor Kaiser scored two runs.


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Starting Pitcher:  Carmen Mlodzinski  2 IP,  1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, SB

Nick Gonzales 0-for-4

Jared Triolo 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Henry Davis 0-for-2, BB

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-3, 2 Runs

Game Recap: Carmen Mlodzinski pitched his first game since July 10th and did well in his two shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk and he struck out two batters. He threw 30 pitches, 19 for strikeouts. Mlodzinski has a 2.51 ERA in 56 strikeouts in 43 innings this season. He was out with right shoulder soreness. Michell Miliano tossed a scoreless third, then gave way to JC Flowers in the fourth. Flowers allowed one run over three innings on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Will Kobos took the seventh inning and tossed shutout ball to close out the 4-1 win. Greensboro got their first run on Jared Triolo’s 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the first. Aaron Shackelford made it 2-0 with an RBI ground out. Will Matthiessen added insurance runs in the seventh, capping the scoring with a two-run homer. Liover Peguero stole his 18th base.



Starter: Tahnaj Thomas  5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO


Liover Peguero 3-for-4, RBI, HBP

Lolo Sanchez 4-for-4, RBI, BB

Eli Wilson 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Recap: Tahnaj Thomas went five innings during game two on Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five batters. He threw 96 pitches, with 56 going for strikes. Thomas has a 4.53 ERA this season in 47.2 innings, with 51 strikeouts. Austin Roberts allowed a run in the sixth and Sergio Umana tossed a scoreless seventh, which was more than enough in the 14-3 win. Will Matthiessen had a huge game, hitting a single, his 11th double and his eighth homer, which led to a six-RBI game. Lolo Sanchez reached base all five times he batted with four singles and a walk. Liover Peguero reached base four times on three singles and a HBP.  Eli Wilson had a double, triple and an RBI. Yoyner Fajardo had a single, double, walk and three runs scored. Andres Alvarez had a single, double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Greensboro has a 58-32 record.


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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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