Prospect Watch: Anthony Solometo Debuts

Interesting pitching in Bradenton, very little offense in Greensboro doubleheader, and Altoona wins with another big inning.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

P2Daily: Indianapolis Week on Pirates Prospects

Game Time: 8:07pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Cody Bolton

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Oneil Cruz 2-5, HR (6), BB
  • Travis Swaggerty 2-5
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-4, 2B, BB
  • Mason Martin 0-4, SF
  • Bligh Madris 1-5, HR (3)
  • Hoy Park 1-2, 3 BB
  • Jared Oliva 2-5, 3B, HR (3)

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (23-22) blew a six-run lead and lost to St. Paul in ten innings, 9-8.  The Indians had an 8-2 lead in the middle of the sixth inning thanks to some power hitting.  Jared Oliva had a triple, his third home run of the year and three RBIs.  Bligh Madris had a two-run bomb, also his third homer, and Oneil Cruz hit his sixth.  Cody Bolton started and battled control problems, walking three in three innings, but the two runs off him were unearned.  Austin Brice worked two scoreless innings, but Blake Weiman gave up two runs in the sixth.  Indy still led, 8-4, in the bottom of the eighth, but Hunter Stratton gave up three, with Cam Vieaux having to notch a pair of strikeouts to end the inning with Indy ahead, 8-7.  In the bottom of the ninth, Cristofer Melendez got within one out of the save, but gave up a game-tying home run.  Indy got the free runner to third with nobody out in the tenth, but failed to score.  Melendez gave up a walkoff single to the first batter in the bottom of the tenth.  Oliva, Cruz and Travis Swaggerty each had two hits.  Swaggerty and Ji-Hwan Bae each had doubles, and Hoy Park reached base four times.  Cole Tucker went 0-for-5 and stranded seven runners.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

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Game Time: 7:00pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Austin Roberts

  • Final Line: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Nick Gonzales 3-5
  • Liover Peguero 1-5, SB
  • Blake Sabol 2-5
  • Matt Gorski 2-5
  • Aaron Shackelford 2-4, HR (7)
  • Matt Fraizer 1-3, 2B, BB, SB
  • Connor Scott 1-4, 2B
  • Travis MacGregor 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (22-21) beat Harrisburg, 5-1, for their fifth straight win.  The Curve these days seem to score runs in bunches and, in this game, they got four in the second.  Aaron Shackelford hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot.  Two more scored on doubles by Matt Fraizer and Brendt Citta, and a single by Nick Gonzales.  The Curve had 14 hits in the game, three by Gonzales.  Blake Sabol, Matt Gorski and Shackelford each had two.  Jared Triolo and Connor Scott added doubles.  Austin Roberts did the opener thing, allowing a run over two innings.  Travis MacGregor followed with four scoreless frames, fanning six.  After getting lit up for a 9.28 ERA in April, MacGregor has an ERA of 1.42 in May, with 23 Ks in 19 IP.  Brad Case added three more scoreless innings and fanned five.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

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Game Time: 5:05pm

Box Score First Game

Box Score Second Game

Starting Pitchers: Adrian Florencio and Domingo Gonzalez

  • Final Line Florencio: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Final Line Gonzalez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hudson Head 0-6, 4 K
  • Dariel Lopez 1-6, 2B
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-3
  • Maikol Escotto 1-3, 2B

Game Recap:

Greensboro (20-22) got one-hit in the first game of a doubleheader with Asheville, losing 3-0.  Adrian Florencio gave up three runs over five innings.  Yoyner Fajardo had the only hit, a single.  The Hoppers had three walks and got only one runner into scoring position.

The Hoppers won game two, 3-1.  Domingo Gonzalez had easily his best start of the season, giving up just one run and three hits over six innings.  Cam Junker pitched the seventh for the save, striking out two.  The Hoppers had just four hits, including doubles by Dariel Lopez and Maikol Escotto.  They whiffed 12 times in just 25 ABs.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

BRADENTON MARAUDERS WEEK: 5/31

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score

Starting Pitcher: Anthony Solometo

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Rodolfo Nolasco 1-4
  • Mike Jarvis 2-4, 2B, HR (1)
  • Carlos Jimenez 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Game Recap:

Bradenton (19-24) lost to Fort Myers, 6-2.  Since starting the season 7-2, they’re 12-22.  Anthony Solometo mostly pitched well in his pro debut, against the best-hitting team in the Florida State League.  He was shaky at the start, mainly due to control issues.  Even then he’d have escaped the inning on 13 pitches but for a two-out error that led to two unearned runs and 19 extra pitches.  Solometo pitched much better in his next two innings.  Carlos Jimenez ran into similar problems, as he was very wild when he first came in the game and gave up three quick runs.  He mostly dominated after that, allowing one more run in four total innings, while fanning nine.  The Marauders’ sputtering offense managed just four hits, two of them by Mike Jarvis.  He had a double and his first home run of the year.  Bradenton drew two walks while fanning 13 times.  They also committed four errors.

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stew

I watched the youtube of Solometo and thought immediately of Kent Tekulve. The behind-the-back arm motion is similar to Tekulve’s motion (prior to the submariner delivery). Solometo could bring good things to the Pirates someday. Do any old-time fans see the similarity?

smqesq

I attended the game between Indy and St. Paul on Friday night. Some non-scout observations by a lifelong baseball fan. Cole Tucker is an outstanding SS, but the young man cannot hit. He plays with lots of excitement and effort and seems like a genuinely nice man who is loved by his teammates. If he could hit .250, he’d be a regular MLB SS due to his outstanding defense. I don’t think he can hit even .200. The MAN that is Oneil Cruz is such an impressive human when up close. He hit the HR without getting the ball square – he is just that strong. His LF defense is weak. He dropped an easy, albeit slicing, flyball that led to 2 unearned runs. Any MLB OF with even a lick of skill out there would have caught it like a can of corn. He was seemingly uneasy out there and just unsure of his own defense. He played other balls the same way although not dropping any others. His throws from LF, on the other hand, are frozen ropes. My goodness does he have an arm. Madris is quite an impressive “non” prospect. His name never comes up, but he seems like he has MLB skill. Not all-star stuff, but a decent 3rd or 4th OF. Martin has a beautiful swing. His bat missed the ball often, as if the bat opens a hole in mud swing. Hard to explain how he misses when he seems to track the ball. I suspect it is just the “power swing” that causes him to imperceptibly jerk his head, move his eyes, or otherwise just miss. The IF defense, including Tucker, Park, Bae, and Martin is really good, although Bae does have the occasional mindless error. Swaggerty is the real deal. You can see the man is getting closer and closer to playing MLB ball. His swing is sweet and his defense is very good. The pitching I saw – meh across the board. Too many walks. The venue in St. Paul – CHS – great field and a fine place to see a ball game. I commend it to anyone wishing to come to the Twin Cities.

1979andCounting

Great feedback! Although not what we want to hear about Cruz. I love a fans perspective like this…..no analytics, no stat cast numbers, just the straight up eye test. Well done!

VTBucFan

Travis McGregor is sneaking up on us as a real interesting pitcher to watch. Got to love these recent results.

kja1970

Solometo’s stuff looked pretty generic in statcast

Sinker averaging 91.8 (max of 93,5)

Lots of CH and a few sliders

Last edited 1 month ago by kja1970
agent00

how did you find that?

kja1970

I think this is the current Pirates game

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/gamefeed?gamePk=662281

kja1970

Step 3

Replace the final 6 numbers with the Bradenton game

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/gamefeed?gamePk=670765

TNBucs

This process should be bookmarked somewhere on the site. I had seen it before but forgot it so never even think about checking. Thanks for the reminder.

NMR

I posted it from Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs, SUPER helpful of him to lay it out.

agent00

i see. thanks for the breakdown!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Harrisburg activated Lee for their game, and Nicky G is having a good day

jon6er

I think it’s kind of pointless switching positions between Gonzales and Pequero but I guess it’s beyond my pay grade, lol.

kja1970

They won’t necessarily both be on the same team in the majors

jon6er

Yeah I’m relatively sure they don’t move prospects in tandems, lol.

jon6er

I knew I was missing something very deep, lol.

agent00

altoona’s offense is unstoppable. just bring them all up  😆 

jon6er

They seem to be clicking on all cylinders right now. Nicky 2-2 right now so hopefully he breaks his two strikeout a game performance, lol.

PirateRican21

Altoona announcer kept calling Gonzales, Peguero. Dude, is your job, big number 5 on the back.

PirateRican21

My bad, Harrisburg’s announcer.

Iowasteel

I was watching from CF and Solometo seems to get good horizontal movement. Not a bad effort, although he will need to do something about his motion from the stretch.

TNBucs

Shackleford just hit a HR with a 111 exit velocity. Fraizer followed with a 104 mph double.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

So I think that extends their team record of now 12 straight games with a HR. I was surprised after the roster they had last year

agent00

finally puts fraizer above .200

PirateRican21

Citta 102!

agent00

this defense sucks. lol

Iowasteel

Weird baserunning in this game.

PirateRican21

Low A, just keep saying Low A. Funny, I never care for watching any sport that wasn’t the highest level, for example when I watched football I hated college….but after years of watching the Pirates, watching non MLB players has become ok!

PirateRican21

I bet, I watch a couple of the HS games each year, I assume is a slight step up.

PirateRican21

HS all stars!

PirateRican21

Jarvis trying to make the Pirates DVR cut, he has my vote!

Iowasteel

Probably has a 50 or 60 pitch limit. Only in the 40s if my count is right.

PirateRican21

47 according to gameday.

agent00

another, another!

PiratePrimate

Nice Change up

Iowasteel

That’s one way to stop the running game.

PirateRican21

TV (stream) didn’t show how far the pitch got away, but he was out by a lot.

TNBucs

Seemed like a decent first inning–a bb after a few close pitches were balls (are they still using the automated strike zone?) and then weak grounders by the next three batters that should have had him out of the inning. Then the K to get out of the inning. I’d like to see more swings-and-misses, but not bad for a debut.

TNBucs

Didn’t expect a second inning…good second with the 2 k’s.

PirateRican21

Yes on the robo ump.

smqesq

Excited to report I’ll be attending Indians game vs. Saints in St Paul tonight. If I see anything noteworthy, I’ll try and post later. Biggest expected thrill: yeah I knew he was 6’7”, but my lord!!!

PiratePrimate

Hey, I like him. Throwing that change up to lefthanders and having no idea how to hold a runner on are only a couple of the attractions. He’ll be fun to watch grow and learn. Hope he stays healthy and adds about 20 lbs of muscle.

agent00

he’s gotta be built up from throwing in extended spring training, right?

agent00

true true

Iowasteel

Judging pitchers for the Marauders is a bit difficult as their defense is horrendous. Not one average defender on the field.

PirateRican21

NOr an average hitter. ☹️

Iowasteel

Looks like the scouting report on Solometo is that you can run on him.

PiratePrimate

Often

PiratePrimate

He looks like an 18 year old throwing (he ain’t pitching) in his first professional game.

agent00

welcome to the pros  😂 

agent00

solometo has been pretty wild so far

PirateRican21

Hope he gets another inning, 30 pitch 1st inning is a whole bunch.

agent00

i hope so too. first inning was probably nerves

jedeweese

is there a link for Bradenton anywhere MiLB.tv is letting me down

TNBucs
jedeweese

Thanks, got it it – for some reason it wasn’t loading for me.

PirateRican21

Wilburn, are you gonna be there?

PirateRican21

Cool!

agent00
mpg43952

I don’t want to say about time, but about time.

agent00

it is about time. i expected them to be up in early may. but oh well

PirateRican21

I hope he brings some excitement to that team. Last year I mostly watched Marauders game, it was an exciting team, this year…… probably watched an inning.

AdministrativeSky236

Hopefully Chandler, white, bishop, kellington, etc will be following close behind

John Dreker

The FCL season begins in ten days, so everyone will be in action soon, not that they haven’t been playing games this whole time anyway. Just now we will see the results

agent00

hopefully!!

i’m particularly excited to see chandler pitch. scouts think his future is on the mound….so i’m curious to see how that plays out

AdministrativeSky236

Both chandler and white (maybe bishop) have never fully focused on baseball with football also in the mix, so i feel like they all could have huge growth spurts ahead with one singular focus as long as they don’t get too burned out

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