Prospect Watch: Tsung-Che Cheng and Rodolfo Nolasco Have Big Days at the Plate

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Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Wilkin Ramos 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Braylin Bishop 1-for-3

Juan Jerez 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Bubba Chandler 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Lonnie White Jr 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Solomon Maguire 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

AJ Graham 0-for-2, RBI

Luis Tejeda 1-for-2

Game Recap: AJ Graham (18th round pick) made his pro debut at shortstop and he went 0-for-2 with an RBI and an error. Wilkin Ramos got the start and he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, four walks and four strikeouts. Jorge Ramos (no relation to Wilkin) followed with five innings for the win. He allowed one run on three hits, one walk and six strikeouts, as the Pirates won 8-3.  The Pirates trailed 2-0 through three innings. They made it 2-1 in the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Lonnie White. Ground outs by Solomon Maguire and AJ Graham made it a 3-2 lead. Juan Jerez started the scoring in the fourth on an RBI single. Bubba Chandler drove in a run with his first double. Deion Walker added an RBI triple, then he scored on a wild pitch. Solomon Maguire hit a home run in the eighth, his second career homer. Jerez also added his eighth double.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Sebastian Rodriguez 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Rodolfo Nolasco 2-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 BB

Deivis Nadal 0-for-3

Game Recap: Sebastian Rodriguez got roughed up on Monday, allowing seven earned runs in three innings on eight hits and two walks. He was followed by Arlinthon De Dios, who had an outstanding outing, striking out nine batters over four shutout innings. Alessandro Ercolani gave up two runs in the eighth in the 9-6 loss. Tsung-Che Cheng and Rodolfo Nolasco had strong games for the Pirates. Cheng had four hits, including his fifth double. He stole two bases, including home plate, to give him 11 steals on the year. Nolasco hit his third homer of the season. He also had a single and two walks. Geovanny Planchart had a single and two walks. Mike Jarvis scored two runs.



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

Notable Performances:

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-4

Shalin Polanco 1-for-4, RBI

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-2, 2 BB

Ewry Espinal 1-for-4, RBI

Heiron Montalban 1-for-3, RBI

Jesus Castillo 1-for-4

Game Recap: This was the completion of a suspended game from August 5th. Joaquin Tejada started the game and threw two shutout innings.  Eliecer Romero allowed three runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings. Luis Gonzalez was on the mound when action resumed. He ended up throwing 3.2 scoreless innings to get the win, while Miguel Diaz allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the tenth for the save in the 6-4 contest. The Pirates had eight hits and they were all singles. The first run scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Shalin Polanco then made it 2-0 with an RBI single. In the seventh, a sacrifice fly from Heiron Montalban made it a 3-3 game. In the top of the tenth, Ewry Espinal singled to make it 4-3. An error then led to two more runs and the win.

Game Two


Starter: Yoldin De La Paz


Javier Rivas 0-for-3, BB, SB

Enmanuel Terrero 0-for-2, BB

Osvaldo Gavilan 0-for-1, RBI, BB

Jesus Castillo 0-for-3

Recap: Starter Yoldin De La Paz came into the game with a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings, with 21 strikeouts and an 0.96 WHIP. He allowed one run in four innings on Monday, with two hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Darlin Diaz followed with three no-hit/scoreless innings for the win, though he walked four batters. Pirates went down 1-0 in the third and didn’t score until the sixth inning of this seven-inning game. In that sixth, an error started things, followed by a Fabian Urbina walk. A wild pitch, a ground out and a sacrifice fly by Osvaldo Gavilan brought home the two runs. The Pirates had three hits, all singles. Urbina was the only player to reach twice, with a walk and single to his credit.



Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-5

Jeral Toledo 0-for-4, BB

Jauri Custodio 1-for-2

Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-3, BB, SB

Gustavo Armas 0-for-3, BB

Wesley Zapata 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Game Recap: Roelmy Garcia had his best start, though it was still limited work like each of his previous games. In 2.2 innings, he allowed one run while striking out six batters. In 15 innings this season, he has a 2.40 ERA and 29 strikeouts. Wilkin Valdez followed with two runs over 2.1 innings, then Eduardo Zapata allowed two runs in 1.2 innings. Rafael Mendez took over in the seventh and he finished off the 5-0 loss with 2.1 shutout innings. The Pirates had just four hits, but they walked seven times, so they had plenty of chances to score. They went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and 12 runners were left on base. Wesley Zapata walked twice and stole a base. Eddy Rodriguez had a single, walk and steal.

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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