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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Prospect Watch: Nolasco and Malone Star for FCL Pirates

Only the short-season teams were in action on Monday. Here are the results.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Wilkin Ramos 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Braylon Bishop 1-for-4, RBI

Juan Jerez 0-for-3, BB

Lonnie White Jr 0-for-3

Bubba Chandler 0-for-1, 2 HBP

Angel Basabe 0-for-1, BB, RBI

AJ Graham 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Wilkin Ramos had a solid start on Monday, allowing one run on three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. The run came on a homer. He now has a 3.69 ERA in 39 innings, with 36 strikeouts. Jake Sweeney followed and retired all six batters he faced, three on strikeouts. Yunior Thibo finished out the win with a flawless seventh, picking up the save. The Pirates were being no-hit until the seventh inning, but they scored their first run in the sixth on a Juan Jerez walk that was followed by an error, walk and sacrifice fly by Angel Basabe. AJ Graham had the bases loaded, but he struck out to end the inning. In the seventh, Luis Hernandez singled and was replaced by Deion Walker at first base. After a bunt to get Walker to second, Braylon Bishop singled home Walker for the 2-1 lead, which held. Bishop was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before that big hit.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Brennan Malone 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-3, 2 RBI

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

Sergio Campana 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Recap: Brennan Malone has had a rough season, mostly working on mechanics down at Pirate City, he’s been limited to 14 innings this year, including his outing today. Monday’s performance is a great sign. He went three shutout innings on one hit, no walks and five strikeouts. Bladimir Dotel was out next and he was hurt by a combo of bad defense and his own wildness. He allowed four runs (all unearned) in 1.4 innings. He was two, hit a batter and threw three wild pitches. Joelvis Del Rosario took over in the fifth and threw 3.1 scoreless, striking out six batters. Adrian Mendez threw a scoreless ninth.

Rodolfo Nolasco had the big game here, with his eighth homer and third triple. He drove in three runs, also adding a single and a walk. He now has a .967 OPS. Tsung-Che Cheng had two hits, drove in a pair of runs and scored a run. He has a .951 OPS. Sergio Campana had a single, double, RBI and run scored. Geovanny Planchart drove in two runs. Randy Romero scored two runs and stole his 15th base.



Starting Pitcher: Yoldin De La Paz 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-3, BB

Javier Rivas 0-for-4

Shalin Polanco 1-for-4

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-4

Osvaldo Gavilan 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Jesus Castillo 1-for-4

Game Recap: Starter Yoldin De La Paz came into today’s game with a 1.63 ERA, an 0.80 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. This was not one of his best performances, with one run on two hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. He had one strikeout. Jesus Clode took over in the third and gave up three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. He didn’t have any walks or strikeouts. Reyson Santos allowed a run in the eighth on four walks. Pirates lost 5-2. The Pirates scored in each of the first two innings. Shalin Polanco singled in the first, but a throwing error on the play allowed a run to score. In the second, Osvaldo Gavilan brought in Omar Alfonzo on a sacrifice fly.



Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia 2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Juari Custodio 1-for-4, 2B, SB

Gustavo Armas 2-for-4, BB

Esmerlyn Valdez 1-for-4, BB

Eddy Rodriguez 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Jeral Toledo 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Wesley Zapata 1-for-5, RBI

Game Recap: The starting pitcher here was technically Jose Garces because this was a completion of a game stopped in the top of the first inning, but he never threw a pitch. Roelmy Garcia took over when play resumed and he was wild, which led to three runs in his first inning of work. Due to the high pitch count, he lasted just two innings. Luis Brito took over in the third and threw two shutout/hitless innings. Patricio Ress grabbed the ball in the fifth and he gave up one run over four innings. Keneth Quintanilla picked up his third save while allowing an unearned run in the ninth.

The Pirates scored twice in the first, with both runs scoring on a Jeral Toledo single. Eddy Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run double in the fifth. Wesley Zapata had an RBI single in the fifth. Miguel Sosa capped the scoring with a single in the seventh. Toledo and Gustavo Armas each had two hits and a walk. Rodriguez had two hits.

Minor Notes: Bradenton catcher Endy Rodriguez was named as the Player of the Week for the former Florida State League. There will be more on him tomorrow. He went 12-for-31 with three doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and four walks.

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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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