Prospect Watch: Greensboro Leads the Hitting and Pitching Sides for the System on Thursday Night

Tonight’s group of starting pitchers consists of four interesting non-top 30 prospects. Osvaldo Bido for Indianapolis has been hard to hit this year, but his control has been poor. Omar Cruz has put together strong stats for Altoona. Nick Garcia has struggled in the high-offense environment of Greensboro, while Carlos Jimenez for Bradenton looks like a real sleeper prospect, with a mid-90s fastball, the best changeup in the system, and a curve that looked great in his last start. All night games tonight.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Indianapolis Indians

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (2-1, 3.05)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-3, BB

Oneil Cruz 1-for-3, BB

Cal Mitchell 2-for-4, RBI

Mason Martin 0-for-4

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-4

Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4

Hoy Park 2-for-4

Game Recap:

Osvaldo Bido had been very difficult to hit this year, but he was racking up both walks and strikeouts. Despite averaging more than a strikeout per inning coming into tonight, he had his second start with zero strikeouts. In 4.2 innings, he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. Eric Hanhold finished off the fifth and remained on for the sixth with a 5-0 deficit. He ended up allowing three runs (two earned) in the sixth. Cristofer Melendez walked three and allowed a run, while recording two outs. Aaron Fletcher tossed 1.2 scoreless. Indianapolis lost 8-4.

Travis Swaggerty made his return to the lineup after missing more than a week due to a concussion. It was not a happy return, with four strikeouts in four trips to the plate. Cal Mitchell had an RBI single that scored a second run on an error. Bligh Madris added a late two-run homer. Mitchell and Hoy Park each had two hits. Mason Martin is 2-for-30 with a .294 OPS in May after winning our Player of the Month award for April.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Altoona Curve

Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Omar Cruz (2-2, 2.86)

  • Final Line:  5 IP,  6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 1-for-4

Henry Davis 0-for-3, HBP

Nick Gonzales 1-for-4

Liover Peguero 1-for-4

Matt Fraizer 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, SB

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-4

Connor Scott 1-for-2, BB

Game Recap:

Omar Cruz had some bouts of wildness in his loss to Somerset on Thursday night. He gave up four runs over five innings. He walked three batters, but also hit two others and threw two wild pitches. Austin Roberts allowed two runs in one inning, then Brad Case settled things down a bit, though he worked around six base runners in three innings to give up just one run that didn’t factor into the 7-2 loss. Matt Fraizer had the key hit of the game after collecting two doubles yesterday. He had an RBI triple in the fourth, then scored the second run on a sac fly from Brendt Citta. Fraizer also stole his second base. Henry Davis went 0-for-3, while also getting hit for the 11th time this season. Nick Gonzales had another rough night, striking out three times. He has 43 strikeouts in 116 plate appearances (37.1% rate).

Carmen Mlodzinski was placed on the 7-day injured list with a shoulder issue. No word on the severity. Bear Bellomy has been added back to the roster.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (2-1, 6.06)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Maikol Escotto 1-for-4, BB

Matt Gorski 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-4, BB

Hudson Head 2-for-3, BB

Sammy Siani 0-for-3, HBP, SB

Game Recap:

Nick Garcia wasn’t efficient with his pitch count on Thursday, but he had a game that could get him on the right track. After coming into the night with a 6.06 ERA this year, he tossed 4.2 shutout innings on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. He needed 84 pitches to get through his night, with 51 going for strikes. Jack Carey finished out the fifth and ended up going 2.1 scoreless innings, lowering him to a 2.81 ERA. Michell Miliano tossed a scoreless eighth and Logan Hofmann gave up a run in the ninth and Eddy Yean recorded the final two outs.

The offense was led by a fourth inning grand slam from Ernny Ordonez, his third homer of the season. Matt Gorski drove in a pair with his second triple of the year. Eli Wilson had an RBI single. Hudson Head reached base three times on two singles and a walk. Sammy Siani stole his seventh base.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Minor League Season Preview: 2022 Bradenton Marauders

Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (0-1, 2.31)

  • Final Line:  2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-4

Jase Bowen 0-for-4

Juan Jerez 0-for-4

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3, BB

Sergio Campana 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap:

Carlos Jimenez steamrolled through the first two innings tonight, then couldn’t find the plate in the third inning, ending his night early. He gave up just one infield hit, but four runs scored (one earned) in the third on a hit, four walks, a fielder’s choice and an error. He recorded strikeouts on six of his seven outs, giving the 19-year-old Jimenez 25 strikeouts in 14.1 innings this year. Cristian Carle went 3.1 innings without an earned run. Dante Mendoza and Wilkin Ramos each tossed scoreless innings.

Bradenton had just two hits, both singles by catcher Geovanny Planchart, who also committed two errors that led to a total of four unearned runs in the 5-0 loss

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joesolo6181

I know it is still early in the minor league season but I am disappointed with most of the hitters. A low .200+ batting averages is not a good look for most of them. Is Siani a prospect or suspect at this point? Is he another in a long line of very high picks that is not going to live up to expectations and large bonus payouts. I hope the warmer weather helps increase hitters averages. Otherwise, it will feel like a lost year for most of them.

NMR

Cam Mlodzinski made himself a couple bucks off of like 4 weeks on the Cape. Baseball is wild.

At 21 yo, is Hudson Head the youngest post-hype sleeper prospect? Looking forward to hearing some updates reports.

jedeweese

I am feelin a “Rich Strike” coming from Jacob Gonzalez; is he starting to make his move? (Dreaming about his dad’s 57 dingers)

agent00

another meh night in the minors

PiratePrimate

Smith-Njigba is looking better every week.

Bucs'N'Pucks

Starts all going bad after starting well

Bucs'N'Pucks

I almost feel like the Pirates have psyched out all their pitchers from pitching into the 6th

Bucs'N'Pucks

Omar allowed to pitch 6th, and quickly losing it

emjayinTN

He definitely pitched very efficiently in the first 5 innings averaging less that 14 pitches an inning against a very strong lineup. The team has been deliberate with his number of innings per game – 2.1, 4.0, 3.0, 3.0, 4.2, 5.0, so it is hard to understand reaching for the 6th inning with him.

He loaded the bases and the team went for relief, but 2 doubles and an error later and 5 runs were across.

Bucs'N'Pucks

Cruz is closing in on 100 IP in AA. Feel like he’s gotta be close to a promotion

Bucs'N'Pucks

Matt Fraizer smoked a ball 111 off the bat. Not much air on it, but hit the grass about 15 ft past the dirt, barely evading the 2B, and has so much speed it rolled to the wall.

Bucs'N'Pucks

Went back to Gonzales’ first AB, after watching his second AB, and woof. I think out of 5 swings between both ABs, he fouled one ball, and completely whiffed on the other 4. One a 89 MPH fastball, and then 3 low 80’s breaking balls. It’s not good.

Bucs'N'Pucks

Omar dealing through 3

Bucs'N'Pucks

Another day, another Tank HBP. But we did hit Dietrich!!

PirateRican21

Omar Cruz cruise through the 1st inning, bottom of the first include it the customary HBP by Henry and K from Gonzales. 0-0.

PirateRican21

Summerset’s starter seem able to dominate righties, his sinker and slider combo have a lot of movement and nothing is straight, is up to our lefties to produce (Fraizer, Sabol, Scott)

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