Daily Video Rundown: Tucupita Marcano, Matt Gorski, Lolo Sanchez

Welcome to the Pirates Prospects daily video rundown, where we pull some of the top videos of the Pittsburgh Pirates across the internet.

There was plenty of offense to go around on Sunday, as the four minor league teams collectively hit 10 home runs and scored 36 runs. Putting together a single ‘Daily Video Rundown’ means a lot of good plays get left off the board, but here are some of the notable stuff that happened!

Daily Video Rundown

Tucupita Marcano

Marcano has been on a tear during the month of May, raising his batting average to .320 on the month after his 3-for-5 day on Sunday. He collected his ninth extra-base hit of the month with a double, and drove in three runs on the day.

The first RBI came on this double that pushed across the 14th run of the day for Altoona. Marcano himself scored three runs, and plated two more on this single later in the game.

Matt Gorski

You can’t talk about players on a tear without bringing up Matt Gorski. The Greensboro outfielder hit three home runs on Sunday, and has already tied his total from 2021 (17) with a week left in the month of May.

His third home run was a walk-off home run. That pitch is also the last he will see with Greensboro, as Gorski was promoted to Altoona after the game.

Lolo Sanchez

Playing for Greensboro in 2021, Lolo Sanchez took full advantage of the hitter-friendly ball park there, slugging 17 home runs a year ago. He hasn’t had the power translate to Altoona so far, but he managed to join in the offensive parade on Sunday, hitting his second home run of the season.

Mason Martin

There should be little surprise in finding out that Mason Martin hit one of the 10 home runs in the system on Sunday, launching his eighth of the season. It gives him three now in his last four games.

Oneil Cruz

With a swing and violent contact that is sure to cause a stir about him still being in Indianapolis, Oneil Cruz launched his fourth home run of the season. There is no doubt he is making a lot harder, and consistent contact, but he is still struggling to get the batting average over the Mendoza line.

Blake Sabol

Blake Sabol launched his fifth home run of the season, raising his OPS to .958 this year, while holding a .317 average.

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jimmyz

Love seeing a bunch of lefties hitting bombs. That’s been missing in Pittsburgh since Giles left town, unless you want to count Garrett Jones.

ironmike56

I was at both Altoona games this weekend. What a great park to get close to the action and evaluate these guys. Marcano was making contact, but mostly slappy, inside out swings that went to the opposite field. Peguero is electric in the field, on the bases and at the plate. Has the look of a star. Gonzales was pressing, in my opinion, and not driving the ball at all. Frazier still seems lost at the plate. Sabol has a long, elegant old fashioned uppercut swing…..and it may not play at a higher level. The biggest revelation for me…Louis Ortiz. This guy is going to make it. Beautiful simple wind-up and delivery and he has great stuff. He looked terrific through 4 on Saturday then had some bad luck through 6. Biggest disappointment, tie between Gonzales and Tahnaj Thomas.
Thomas has the worst pre-pitch routine I’ve seen in a while. Three knee pumps, pause, then another weird move to the plate. He needs a complete teardown, and restart if possible.

NMR

right-handed Anthony Solomento pitching for Toledo, apparently.

Danatural08

Moar dingers please!

Thank you again for this videos feature. I deleted my Twitter account almost 2 years ago as Twitter changes were taking away from all the great things it initially was. Love that this site is able to embed the videos, as Twitter only allows a non logged in viewer the ability to view a couple most recent tweets before a pop up message says that you have to create an account to view more

Tim Williams

P2 – 1
Elon – 0

jon6er

It was fun watching those two games yesterday. Lots of game changers on both of those squads.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

To continue, ONeil’s shots are just so beautiful. It looks so effortless, and the ball flies over the sidewalk.

Then, all of Sabol’s 3 HR’s I think went to exact same spot. Dead center over the mini wall.

PirateRican21

I was shock when he pulled his triple a few games back. Everything seem to be from gap to gap for Sabol.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

That was one of the things I loved during Sabol’s limited time in Bradenton. He seemed to be able to go oppo with power so easily.

skliesen

Nothing compares to a Cruz Missile. But Pirates don’t need him, they have Kevin Newman back healthy to play SS and provide a spark to the team. #smh

John Fluharty

I thought Newman had a set back with his hammy.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It would appear that since I went on my rant full of rage about Tapioca, he blossomed into Tucupita. I hope this recent trend continues.

justafan22

After he hit that oppo taco in spring training and then got sent to AA, I was wondering if they asked him to change his approach after last season. So far he has a career high ISO, K% and his highest BB% since rookie league.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Other thing that came to mind was everyone’s Adam Frazier comp. The double posted above was probably the first time I personally thought, “That looked vintage Frazier” during his time in minors.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Possibly, but even so, a lot of it has come in the last couple weeks. For a while there it was looking like he was the same weak slap hitting utility guy, even in AA.

PirateRican21

Interesting that all of his homeruns including the one in Spring Training have been to left.

John Fluharty

Forgive the stupid question – which side does he bat from?

PirateRican21

Lefty, see video above!

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