Prospect Watch: Max Kranick with a Strong Start; Oneil Cruz Returns with a Bang

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Starting Pitcher:  Max Kranick 6 IP,  4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Cole Tucker 0-for-3, 2 BB

Jared Oliva 2-for-5, 3 RBI

Michael Chavis 0-for-5

Game Recap: Beau Sulser was originally listed for this game as the starter, but Max Kranick got the start instead and it was extremely impressive. He went six shutout innings on four hits and no walks, striking out three batters. That’s after his last start five days ago saw him get knocked out in the first inning after allowing five runs (one earned) while recording just two outs. Kranick has a 4.97 ERA with Indianapolis this season. Sam Howard made his second rehab appearance and he retired all six batters he faced, two by strikeouts. Tyler Bashlor faced the minimum to close out things in the ninth, issuing a walk that was followed by a game-ending double play.

Indianapolis scored three times in the fifth inning, starting with Christian Bethancourt’s tenth home run. That was followed by a two-run triple from Jared Oliva. Bethancourt drove in a run with a single in the eighth and Oliva made it 5-0 in the top of the ninth with a single. Cole Tucker walked twice. Chris Sharpe had a single, HBP and two runs scored. Bligh Madris hit his 14th double.


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Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Oneil Cruz 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Ji-hwan Bae 2-for-4, BB, SB

Diego Castillo 0-for-5, RBI

Mason Martin 1-for-4, RBI

Matt Fraizer 1-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI, HBP

Cal Mitchell 1-for-4, RBI

Carter Bins 0-for-3, BB

Jack Suwinski 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Game Recap: Osvaldo Bido had one of his better outings this season, going 6.2 innings, with two runs on four hits, two walks and six strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches on the night, with 65 going for strikes. Bido now has a 4.97 ERA in 70.2 innings, with 67 strikeouts. Brad Case finished off the seventh, stranding an inherited runner. He gave up a run in the eighth and Oddy Nunez tossed a scoreless ninth in the 11-3 Altoona win. Oneil Cruz returned in this game and had a huge night, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored as the DH. His last game was June 30th, and he has been out since then due to a forearm injury. Jack Suwinski belted two homers. He had just one since joining the Pirates last month. Matt Fraizer drove in three runs, with two scoring on a first inning double. Ji-hwan Bae reached base three times and he scored three runs. He also stole his 16th base.


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Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester  5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 2-for-5

Nick Gonzales 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, RBI

Jared Triolo 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-3, 2 BB

Game Recap: Quinn Priester was coming off of his best career outing last week when he went seven shutout innings and set a career high with ten strikeouts. Tonight’s game won’t be as memorable. There was some good, with an 0:6 BB/SO ratio in five innings, but he allowed four runs on seven hits. He currently has a 3.08 ERA in 79 innings, with 74 strikeouts. Oliver Garcia took over in the sixth and he allowed one run in 1.2 innings. Enmanuel Mejia gave up a rare run, though it was unearned and his ERA is still 0.00 after 31.2 innings. Will Kobos had a fun scoreless ninth, with two walks and three strikeouts. Greensboro won 7-6 on a walk-off single by Will Matthiessen. Liover Peguero had two singles and two runs scored. Nick Gonzales is hitting .288 after two doubles, a single, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He has 15 doubles this season. Jared Triolo drove in a pair of runs with his 18th double. Jonah Davis hit a two-run homer, his second since joining Greensboro.


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Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-2, BB

Dariel Lopez 0-for-2, BB

Jack Herman 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Hudson Head 0-for-3

Jase Bowen 0-for-3, SB

Game Recap: Bradenton won 5-3 in a game called in the bottom of the sixth due to rain. Luis Ortiz started and he allowed three runs in five innings, though just one run was earned. He gave up three hits, walked none and picked up eight strikeouts. Ortiz now has a 3.15 ERA in 68.2 innings, with 87 strikeouts. Sergio Umana tossed a scoreless sixth for the save. Bradenton got their first run on a Jackson Glenn single in the third inning. Jack Herman followed with a solo homer in the fourth inning. A wild pitch brought home a run in the fifth to tied the score, then Herman broke the tie with a two-run double. He has an .877 OPS in 30 games with Bradenton. Jase Bowen stole his 13th base.


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Starting Pitcher: Jake Sweeney 4 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Juan Jerez 1-for-3, RBI

Solomon Maguire 0-for-1, RBI, 2 BB

Deion Walker 1-for-3, SB

Angel Basabe 0-for-3

Luis Tejeda 1-for-1, 2 RBI

Game Recap: Brennan Malone took on Jake Sweeney in this battle Pirates affiliates. Malone allowed one run over two innings, while Sweeney gave up five runs in four innings on three hits and three walks. Most of that damage came in the first, when Sweeney allowed four runs. The big hit that inning was a bases loaded triple by Sergio Campana. Yunior Thibo followed Sweeney and allowed two runs in the fifth, which tied the score. Bladimir Dotel followed Malone and couldn’t retire any of the five batters he faced, walking four and giving up one hit. All five runners scored, three of them against reliever Darvin Garcia, whose own pitching line reads three innings and one unearned run.

This game was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with a 7-7 score. That’s a common theme for the rookie games today. Tsung-Che Cheng had another strong game, with a double, walk, stolen base and three runs scored. He has an .890 OPS this season. Dylan Shockley drove in three runs with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly. Luis Tejeda had a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. Solomon Maguire walked twice, including once with the bases loaded.


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Starting Pitcher: Brennan Malone 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB, 3 Runs

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-1, 2 BB, 2 Runs

Sergio Campana 1-for-2, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Deivis Nadal 0-for-3

Game Recap: SEE ABOVE

** Jake Wright and Fleury Nova were both released on Friday. They were backup outfielders in the FCL this year and seeing very little time, partially due to injuries for Wright. Pitcher Angel Suero was also placed on to 60-day injured list, ending his season.



Starting Pitcher: Kevinson Hernadez 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-for-1

Javier Rivas 0-for-1

Ewry Espinal 0-for-1

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-1

Osvaldo Gavilan 0-for-1

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-1

Game Recap: Starter Kevinson Hernandez lasted just four batters on Friday. He recorded two outs, while allowing a hit and a walk. Diego Chiquillo recorded the final out of the first, stranding an inherited runner. He stayed on and gave up five runs on two hits and four walks in 1.2 innings before being replaced by Jesus Clode, who allowed a run of his own in the third inning. This game was suspended due to rain in the fourth inning. The Pirates didn’t have a base runner in the first three innings.



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Notable Performances:

Game Recap: This game was suspended due to rain after just one batter. The only thing that happened was a ground out by Jauri Custodio. Jose Garces was the scheduled starter for the Pirates.

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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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