Prospect Watch: Good Starting Pitching in the DSL, Not So Much Higher Up

Roansy Contreras started his rehab from manipulation discomfort with two innings.  Carmen Mlodzinski, Nick Garcia and Anthony Solometo had rough outings, although Garcia salvaged his to some extent.  Endy Rodriguez went deep, of course, and Jack Suwinski slammed Toledo.


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Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras

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

Notable Performances:

  • Tucupita Marcano 1-4, 2B, BB
  • Jack Suwinski 1-4, HR (3)
  • Mason Martin 2-4, HR (15)
  • Colin Holderman 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Yohan Ramirez 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (44-47) got a grand slam from Jack Suwinski four batters into the game, then did little else on offense in a 5-4 win over Toledo.  After Indy’s first three batters reached, Suwinski belted his third AAA home run of the season, and 20th of the season covering three different levels.  Following that blast, Indy had only three more hits the rest of the game.  Mason Martin had two of those, including his 15th homer of the year, which accounted for the winning run.  Roansy Contreras started and worked two non-service-time innings, allowing one run on a solo home run.  John O’Reilly gave up two runs, one earned, over three innings and Cam Vieaux got the win with a perfect inning.  Two new Pirates put in appearances.  Colin Holderman threw one inning, allowing a run on a hit and a walk.  Yohan Ramirez, in his second appearance with Indy, got the side out in the eighth and the first out of the ninth.  Eric Hanhold got the last two outs for the save.  Tucupita Marcano had a double; he’s batting .306 with a .919 OPS during his time in AAA.


Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski

  • Final Line: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Aaron Shackelford 1-5, HR (17)
  • Connor Scott 3-4, 2B, HR (3)

Game Recap:

Carmen Mlodzinski got through just one, 43-pitch inning as Altoona (46-45) lost to Bowie, 11-5.  Mlodzinski fanned three in the inning, but gave up three runs.  Bear Bellomy gave up another six in relief, putting the Curve down 9-1.  They got some late runs, but not nearly enough.  Connor Scott had a big day, falling a triple short of a cycle.  The home run was his third on the year.  Aaron Shackelford hit his 17th, and Jared Triolo had a single and double.  Cristofer Melendez made his third appearance since being demoted from Indianapolis.  He retired four batters without allowing a run.  Austin Roberts fanned five over two innings, and somehow avoided giving up a run despite allowing two hits and three walks.


Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia

  • Final Line: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jacob Gonzalez 2-5
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-2, HR (15), BB, HBP
  • Yoyner Fajardo 2-5, HR (6), SB
  • Ernny Ordonez 3-4, HR (12), BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro (39-50) beat Winston-Salem on a walkoff, three-run home run by Ernny Ordonez in the bottom of the tenth.  Starter Nick Garcia had a bad second inning, giving up a pair of two-run home runs, but he ended up going six and not allowing anything else.  Endy Rodriguez got the Hoppers started back with his 15th home run on the year, and fifth in three games.  He also walked twice and was hit by a pitch, and scored three times.  Yoyner Fajardo had two hits, including his sixth longball, and Jacob Gonzalez also had two hits.  Ordonez finished with three hits.  The Hoppers tied the game on a two-run error in the eighth, then somehow survived the top of the tenth with only the free runner scoring.  Oliver Mateo threw two wild pitches to let that run in, then gave up a walk and two hit batsmen, with a balk thrown in for good measure.  Logan Hofmann came on with the bases loaded and nobody out, but Winston-Salem obliged with a TOOTBLAN to wipe out one runner.  Hofmann then escaped the inning, setting the stage for Ordonez’ winner with one out in the bottom half, his 12th home run of the season.


Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Mears

  • Final Line: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 2-4, 2B
  • Jase Bowen 2-4, 2B, 3B
  • Sergio Campana 1-3, 3B, BB
  • Jasiah Dixon 1-3, 3B, BB
  • Anthony Solometo 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Bubba Chandler 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Game Recap:

Bradenton (45-45) rode a six-run second inning to an 8-5 win over Lakeland.  Nick Mears started another rehab, working a scoreless first inning despite two hits.  Anthony Solometo followed and had some difficulties, giving up four hits and four walks over three innings, along with three runs.  Bubba Chandler came on for the sixth inning and came within one strike of a four-inning save, but a pop-fly double brought in the only run he allowed.  He left with six strikeouts over three and two-thirds innings.  Chandler was still throwing 94-97 in his last inning.  The two batters at the top of the order led the offense.  Tsung-Che Cheng had a single and double, and Jase Bowen a double and triple.  They each drove in two.  Sergio Campana and Jasiah Dixon each had a triple and a walk.  The Marauders struck out 15 times.


Game Time: Noon

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Hung-Leng Chang

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Solomon Maguire 1-3, BB
  • Enmanuel Terrero 1-3, BB, SB
  • Jauri Custodio 2-4, 2 3B
  • Ryan Harbin 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (21-14) got edged by the Rays, 3-2.  Hung-Leng Chang started and gave up two runs over three innings, one of them unearned.  Ryan Harbin worked two scoreless innings and Antwone Kelly gave up the last run in his three innings.  Jauri Custodio hit a pair of triples, but didn’t score a run.  Geovanny Planchart had a single and double, and Solomon Maguire and Enmanuel Terrero each had a single and a walk.  Javier Rivas finally cooled off, going hitless in five times up, although he picked up an RBI.


Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

  • Kelvin Diaz 2-4, 2B, SB
  • Delfin Ramirez 2-4, 2B
  • Hader Blanco 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

The Black team (17-20) took an early 3-0 lead but lost to the Mets 1, 7-3.  Isaias Uribe had a nice start, giving up just an unearned run, with two hits and a walk, over four innings.  He fanned six.  Other than Hader Blanco, who stranded two inherited runners and worked a scoreless inning and two-thirds, the bullpen wasn’t very effective.  Luis Joseph gave up three runs to take the loss.  Kelvin Diaz and Delfin Ramirez each had a single and a double, and Diaz stole his 12th base.  Daje Morales and Richard Ramirez each walked twice, as the team drew seven free passes.  The Pirates fanned 16 times, and Eduardo Oviedo got himself a golden sombrero.


Game Time: 11:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Pitterson Rosa

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

  • Ruben Vizcaya 1-3, 3 BB, 3 SB
  • Roinny Aguiar 0-3, 3 BB, 2 SB
  • Yordany De Los Santos 1-4, 2B, BB, SB
  • Carlos Tirado 2-4, 2 BB, SB
  • Eddy Rodriguez 1-4, 2 BB
  • Samuel Escudero 2-4
  • Wesley Zapata 0-2, 3 BB

Game Recap:

The Gold team (26-11) took a 9-2 lead, then hung on for an 11-9 win over the Mets 2.  The Pirates had only eight hits, but compiled 17 walks and also stole nine bases.  Ruben Vizcaya had three of each (walks and steals, that is), along with one hit and three runs.  Carlos Tirado reached four times, on two hits and two walks.  Roinny Aguiar and Wesley Zapata also walked three times each, and Aguiar stole two bases.  Samuel Escudero had two hits, and Yordany De Los Santos had the only extra base hit, a double, plus a walk.  Pitterson Rosa had an excellent start, with four one-hit innings, no walks and five strikeouts.  The pitching went rapidly downhill after that.

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Contreras is in Indy, although easily the Pirates best starting pitcher, while BC continues to believe Bryce Wilson deserves more starts in Pittsburgh. Genuis…


Why is holderman pitching in indy? I really thought that was going to be a paper move


Holderman should be in Pittsburgh instead of Peters or Stratton. But then again our genius GM still thinks Yoshi, VanMeter, Marisnick, Heineman, and Allen are major league talents.


He has to stay there for 15 days since they sent him down after the trade, per what Shelton said on his radio show yesterday with Cook & Joe on The Fan.

WHY they sent him down after the trade, I have no idea….


Neither reason is good but without the team saying anything we’re left guessing that it’s either

  1. They didn’t want to DFA one of the pitchers he’ll eventually replace because they hope to trade that pitcher for something in return (could be Underwood or Stratton but Underwood has years of control and we should keep him and Stratton wouldn’t seem to have any value right now).
  2. Holderman was called up in mid-May which means if he stayed up this year and in future years he’d qualify for Super Two. That shouldn’t be a consideration for relievers but, again, we’re left guessing.

A third possible reason was that he was dealing with a minor injury but with him pitching last night that seems to be ruled out.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

When Bubba is on, oh baby is he on. Goodness gracious


Rough for solo :/


Here’s to Connor Scott kicking off his second late-season surge in a row.



Anyone know why Tony Blanco Jr has gone AWOL since his cameo on one of the DSL teams a couple of weeks back?


“Daddy, why are Jack and all those other players in Indianapolis instead of Pittsburgh?”

“Because life is crazy and the Pirates are even crazier. Any other questions, son?”


Was thinking about heading to Lecom soon, but the weather has other ideas. I’ll be surprised if they play.


I don’t know why reading Contreras is pitching for Indy rankles me so much. It won’t affect the outcome of the Pirates season. But it perfectly epitomizes what I can’t stand about this organization right now!

Crap on the fans. Check
Crap on young player. Check
Maybe save a few dollars in a couple years. Check.

I think the last couple games have made me salty. Or maybe it’s the last 7 seasons? One of the two.

Last edited 2 months ago by skliesen

Same here. I had no idea he had been sent down. Why was he sent down? Pitching too well?


I truly hate this aspect of the CBA.


They don’t have to adhere to that either, you know.,


On the one hand, the Players top demands explicitly addressed this issue.

On the other hand, owners refused to even engage in the topic and would’ve gladly cancelled an entire season or more in order to maintain status quo.

Darn CBA!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Anyone heard of anything regarding AJ Graham? For some reason today I had a moment of wishful hoping that he’d magically appear in the FCL lineup.

In other news, not sure if anyone saw Cody Potanko’s tweet last night, but doesn’t appear good for Brennan Malone. Malone had posted a picture (I believe on his IG story?) of him visiting AHN.


I mean I don’t have any hope for Malone anyway because he’s never been healthy. Ever.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

He’s the type of prospect that’s probably going to battle injuries till mid-20’s, find himself in another organization, and suddenly find full health and become a dominant reliever. And I don’t mean that as negative towards the Pirates, just the way the cards will likely fall.

Much like Ground Chuck couldn’t stay healthy for the life of him. Went to Philly and missed (almost) the whole season there, then became an ace out of nowhere.


I think I’m going to go the safe route and say he’s probably never going to make the majors, period.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I really had hope this last time. The zip was there. The filth was there. And then just like that, again, he’s down.


Wait, what? Any idea why Malone is there? Of course I made a good comment about him today, so that makes sense


Allegheny health network? Is that what AHN is?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)



I am clueless about social media and don’t live in Pittsburgh, so I was a little lost! Thanks!

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