Prospect Watch: Indianapolis, Altoona Get Strong Pitching

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Lots of scheduled action, but not all of it going forward.  The FCL Gold team had its doubleheader rained out and the DSL Black team had its game suspended after two innings.  Bradenton had a doubleheader scheduled for 4pm, but one game was postponed, to be made up September 8.  They’ll try to play a single game at 7pm.

As Agent00 noted in the comments, tenth-round draft pick Justin Meis, a RHP, and NDFA Nick Dombkowski, a LHP, have joined Bradenton.  If we hear about any other assignments or promotions, it will be posted.

INDIANAPOLIS

(8:08pm)

Season preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Cam Vieaux 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 1-3, BB

Anthony Alford 1-4, HR (12)

Colin Moran 0-3, BB

Michael Chavis 1-3, 2B, BB

Cole Tucker 0-3, BB

Jared Oliva 1-2, 2B, BB

Fabricio Macias 0-3, BB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (38-42) blanked Iowa, 2-0.  After struggling much of the year at the two upper levels, Cam Vieaux put together four strong starts at Altoona before moving up to Indy.  His first start there wasn’t so good, but in this one he threw five shutout innings.  Matt Eckelman followed with one shutout inning and John O’Reilly with two.  Tyler Bashlor pitched the ninth for the save.  The Indians’ runs both scored on a two-run, sixth-inning home run by Anthony Alford, his 12th in AAA.  Indy had six hits on the day, including doubles by Dustin Fowler, Jared Oliva and Michael Chavis.

ALTOONA

(6:35pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Travis MacGregor 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-5

Diego Castillo 1-5, 2B

Jack Suwinski 2-4, BB

Mason Martin 3-4, 2B, BB

Cal Mitchell 1-5

Game Recap:

Altoona (44-34) scored two in the ninth on a two-out, bloop single by Cal Mitchell to beat Akron, 3-1.  Travis MacGregor broke out of a rough stretch with a strong start, allowing a run over six innings.  Steven Jennings followed with two hitless innings and Cristofer Melendez pitched the ninth for his sixth save.  The Curve had a dozen hits, but stranded 13.  Mason Martin had two singles, a double and a walk, and drove in the other run.  Jack Suwinski had two singles and a walk.  Daniel Amaral pinch hit for DH Brendt Citta in the third innings, so it’s possible Citta is hurt again.  Amaral reached base all four times up, on a single and three walks.  Diego Castillo had a double.

GREENSBORO

(6:30pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Domingo Gonzalez 3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 1-4

Nick Gonzales 0-4

Jared Triolo 1-4

Blake Sabol 0-4

Aaron Shackelford 0-3

Michell Miliano 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Game Recap:

The Post-Fraizer Era didn’t start well for Greensboro (50-31), as the Grasshoppers got stomped by Hickory, 7-0.  Starter Domingo Gonzalez got ripped for four home runs in the first three innings.  That was a lot more than Hickory needed, as the Hoppers could manage only three hits, all singles.  Greensboro hitters whiffed 16 times and walked only once.  Oddly, the only Greensboro starter who didn’t strike out was newly demoted Jonah Davis, who went 0-for-1 and got hit twice.  Bear Bellomy threw four scoreless innings in relief.  Newly acquired Michell Miliano gave up a run in three innings while fanning three.

BRADENTON

(7:00pm)

Season Preview

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Nick Garcia 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Maikol Escotto 0-3, BB

Hudson Head 0-3, HBP

Jack Herman 0-3, BB

Endy Rodriguez 1-4, 2B

Alexander Mojica 1-4

Luis Ortiz 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

One game of Bradenton’s doubleheader at Clearwater was postponed, to be made up on September 8.  The Marauders (46-32) lost the game that was played, 6-3.  Nick Garcia bounced back from a rough start to go four innings with one run allowed.  He left with a three-run lead.  The Marauders got a run in the second on an Alexander Mojica RBI single, one in the fourth on a passed ball, and one in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk.  Luis Ortiz, who had been pitching well, followed Garcia and gave up four runs in the sixth and five overall in the last four innings.  One of the runs off Ortiz was unearned.  Like Greensboro, the Marauders managed only three hits, one a double by Endy Rodriguez.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

(Noon)

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Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Carlos Jimenez 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

Juan Jerez 1-5, 2B

Henry Davis 1-3, 2B

Solomon Maguire 0-3

Deion Walker 0-3, BB

Game Recap:

The Black team (11-13) lost to the Rays, 4-2.  Starter Carlos Jimenez threw five shutout innings.  He’s allowed just four earned runs in his last 17 innings.  Christian Charle gave up four runs, three of them earned, to take the loss.  Henry Davis caught most of the game, going 1-for-3 with a double.  Angel Basabe had two singles, and Franreilis Bastardo had a single and a double.  Juan Jerez had a double.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

(10:00am)

Season Preview

Boxscore Game One

Boxscore Game Two

Starting Pitcher:  TBD and TBD

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:

The Gold team had its doubleheader against the Braves rained out.  At least one game is slated to be made up on August 31.

DSL PIRATES BLACK

(10:30am)

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Joaquin Tejada 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Game Recap:

The Black team had its game against the Rays2 suspended after two innings with no score.  Recent acquisition Joaquin Tejada threw two scoreless innings before the rain came.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

(10:30am)

Boxscore

Starting Pitcher:  Andres Silvera 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Jeral Toledo 0-2, 2 BB

Esmerlyn Valdez 1-3, BB

Wesley Zapata 1-2, 2 BB

Game Recap:

The Gold team (5-13) got edged by the Brewers2, 4-3.  The starter, 17-year-old Andres Silvera, threw three hitless innings.  Patricio Ress gave up three runs in one inning.  Luis Joseph let two of Ress’ runs score and one of his own to take the loss.  The Pirates had seven hits, all singles, and eight walks.  Eddy Rodriguez had two hits.  Wesley Zapata had a hit and two walks, and Rodolfo De La Cruz drew three walks.

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