Prospect Watch: Swaggerty, Bae Keep Hitting

Other than Indianapolis, it was mostly a poor day around the system.  Jared Jones did, though, strike out ten and Kyle Nicolas eight.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 8:07pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Bryse Wilson

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

  • Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-5
  • Travis Swaggerty 2-5, 3B
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 2-5, HR (5)
  • Mason Martin 0-4, BB, 3 K
  • Carter Bins 2-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (24-22) beat St. Paul, 7-4.  Bryse Wilson’s first start for Indy looked a lot like most of his starts for the Pirates, except it lasted a bit longer.  He fanned eight over six innings, but allowed four runs.  Three came on the two gopher balls he allowed.  Aaron Fletcher followed with two scoreless innings and Eric Hanhold struck out the side in the ninth.  Ji-Hwan Bae continued to rake, picking up two hits, including his fifth home run of the year, and three RBIs.  He’s now hitting 333/440/568 in May, but he’s no Josh VanMeter, that’s for sure.  Travis Swaggerty and Carter Bins each had two hits as well, with Swaggerty getting a triple and Bins a double.  Swaggerty’s hitting 345/387/500 in May.  Hoy Park and Bligh Madris each had doubles.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

P2Daily: It’s Altoona Curve Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 7:00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

  • Liover Peguero 1-4
  • Everybody else was 0-fer-something
  • J.C. Flowers 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (22-22) nearly got no-hit and lost to Harrisburg, 3-2.  Kyle Nicolas was victimized by one bad fielding play in the first inning.  Matt Fraizer misplayed a two-out, catchable fly ball into a double, ultimately costing Nicolas two runs that shouldn’t have happened.  Nicolas worked four scoreless innings after that, fanning eight total.  Meanwhile, Nats’ pitching prospect Cole Henry, who’s obliterating everybody this year, started the game with four perfect innings.  The Curve was hitless through eight, but they tied the game in the eighth anyway on four walks and a force out.  Liover Peguero finally broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth, but the next three hitters fanned.  After Nicolas left, Will Kobos threw a scoreless inning and J.C. Flowers added two more, but Flowers gave up a walkoff home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

P2Daily: It’s Greensboro Grasshoppers and Matt Gorski Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 6:05pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hudson Head 1-4
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-4, HR (6)
  • Maikol Escotto 0-3, 3 K
  • Sammy Siani 2-3
  • Michell Miliano 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Game Recap:

Greensboro (20-23) lost to Asheville, 8-4.  Jared Jones had a start that more or less epitomizes his season so far.  He allowed six hits and a walk over five innings, but only one run.  That came on a pair of two-out doubles in the first.  The next batter singled, but Sammy Siani threw the runner out at the plate.  In the third, a walk, single and wild pitch put runners at second and third with nobody out, but Jones fanned the next three batters.  In the fourth, two singles put runners at the corners with nobody out, but Jones got a strikeout, a pickoff and another strikeout.  For the game he fanned ten.  Nick Dombkowski followed and retired only one of five batters.  He was only charged with one run, though, because Michell Miliano got two outs to leave the bases loaded.  Miliano, who’s been pitching much better lately, fanned four over 1.2 IP.  Garrett Leonard and Eddy Yean, who are having dismal seasons, blew up the game by allowing six runs in the eighth.  The Hoppers got completely dominated over the first six innings by a pitcher who came in with an ERA of almost 9.00.  They got all four of their runs in the ninth, three on Endy Rodriguez’ sixth home run of the year.  Siani was the only Hopper with two hits.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

BRADENTON MARAUDERS WEEK: 5/31

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Notable Performances:

  • Rodolfo Nolasco 0-3, BB
  • Jase Bowen 1-4, HR (6)

Game Recap:

Bradenton (19-25) got stomped for the fifth straight time by Fort Myers, 9-2.  The series has been a pretty good reflection of the two teams.  Fort Myers leads the league easily in both runs per game and ERA.  The Marauders have some promising arms, but their position players haven’t looked good.  The hitting has been bad and the fielding terrible.  You have to wonder whether the latter problem is partly attributable to the Pirates’ practice of having everybody play everywhere, which so far seems to be ensuring that nobody can play anywhere.  Combined with the defense taking a big step backward at the major league level, this practice isn’t looking so good.

Anyway, Justin Meis was the victim in this game.  He gave up a solo home run in the first, then a five-spot in the second.  He didn’t pitch well in the inning, but four of the runs were unearned due to two errors.  One of the plays was scored H + E, but it should have been an out and Meis should have been out of the inning with no runs.  To his credit, Meis bounced back to go six innings total, allowing just one more run.  Wilkin Ramos came on to walk the first three batters he faced, then almost got out of it before allowing two runs.  Darvin Garcia threw two scoreless innings, fanning three.  The Bradenton offense remained anemic, with just three hits.  They did draw seven walks, but went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, bounced into three double plays and fanned 13 times.  Both runs scored on Jase Bowen’s sixth home run of the season.  The other hits were a Luke Brown double and Brenden Dixon single.  Wyatt Hendrie got hit in the back of the head and had to be carted off, but he was able to get up and walk to the cart.

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NMR

Do they care at all about Maikol Escotto? Kid is completely overwhelmed and needs demoted. Too much raw talent to allow this to keep going.

joesolo6181

what happened to Yurie? Looks like pirate pitchers who’s last names start with Y are having problems, Yan or is it Yen?

PirateRican21

Madris bat coming alive, unfortunate for him a bit late.

PirateRican21

Low double digit HR power?

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PirateRican21

Bomb Bae!

PirateRican21

PirateRican21

Jared Jones had an impressive outing.

AdministrativeSky236

Curve are 2 walks away from one upping the bucs…

AdministrativeSky236

We thinking kyle nicolas will be a pitching prospect to watch? A solid start today, really two very poor outings that kill his numbers but otherwise has been very good, not sure about the eye test though

NMR

I’m in, that fastball is phenomenal.

jon6er

He passed a good test hanging in after Frazier misplayed the third out in the first inning.

AdministrativeSky236

Uh oh going to anti jinx in Altoona as they have no hits. NO HITTER NO HITTER NO HITTER NO HITTER

jon6er

Gorski missed making that not a thing by about a foot in the second, lol.

AdministrativeSky236

He’s about to have another shot…

AdministrativeSky236

Just kidding, box scores are hard he already walked lol

jon6er

I’m impressed by Gorski so far. He’s not selling out just to hit home runs.

Iowasteel

I feel sorry for Meis. He’s unlikely to make the 3rd inning. Never seen a team that fields as badly as this one. These are not even difficult plays.

PirateRican21

When you combine that and the double digit strike outs it has made that team nearly impossible to watch.

jon6er

Frazier botched what would have been the third out so bad they couldn’t give him an error on it, lol.

jon6er

He has to get past VanMeter first.

Iowasteel

Ft. Myers is a very good team, but this will be 5 straight losses and they have not been competitive in a single game.

PirateRican21

I’m gonna vomit a thought that I’ve had for a while. Bobby Dalbec, I’ve wanted a RH “power” hitter that kills lefties for a while, hoped for Cron when Tampa let him go and have hoped for Mancini or Mountcastle from the Orioles. Anyway he has struggled and is basically on the way out of Boston…. Someone like Bins might get it done. I’m thinking he would be a good weak side platoon for Martin. Reaction…..

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tedwins

Ive always kept an eye on him, rough year but they seem to keep rolling him out there for the most part… Not sure what it would take but sure he could become available if Boston re-slides backwards, they seem to have righted the ship… I dont know how i feel abt him, but i get ur interest👍

AdministrativeSky236

I mean, can’t hurt and could only make the team better

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Cole Henry is pitching for Harrisburg tonight

TNBucs

I didn’t know anything about Henry before tonight but given his performance tonight and his season numbers, I find it interesting (and maybe a bit troublesome) that the Nats drafted him after we drafted Mlodzinski and they signed for essentially the same bonus. How excited would we be if Mlod was putting up the kind of numbers that Henry is putting up?

NMR

Ugh.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Probably pretty excited. I didn’t really know much about him either till was doing the week ahead lists, and saw he was a 2nd rounder out of LSU. Always seemed to have strong K numbers

ricramer

I still see him replacing Banda, at least temporarily.

PirateRican21

I like Banda, so I have to say I don’t see that happening, I actually don’t see him making the 40 anytime soon!

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