P2Daily: Previewing This Week’s Pirates Minor League Opponents

We’re back to your regular scheduled MiLB Week Ahead with the games beginning on Tuesday.

This week is highlighted by facing a collection of 2020 & 2021 draft picks, and an opposing Top 100 prospect at every level but Triple-A.

Starting with the Indianapolis Indians, they’ll be facing a Toledo Mud Hens club that is simmering around league average in statistical rankings which translates into a game above 500 club at 46-45. Joey Wentz — LHP acquired when the Detroit Tigers traded Shane Greene to the Atlanta Braves in 2019 — is the highest ranked prospect on their club, but he’s been shelved with a shoulder injury since June 21st.

Double-A is where things begin to get interesting as the Altoona Curve battle the Bowie Baysox. The Baysox roster consists of seven of the Baltimore Orioles Top 15 prospects, highlighted by Top 100 prospect and 2021 1st round pick Colton Cowser. The Eastern League season operates in two halves, where  the first half division winner faces the second half winner in the first round of playoffs. Currently the Baysox lead the Eastern League Southwest division — after finishing dead last in the first half — with the Curve only trailing by half a game.

A few days after Endy Rodriguez and the Greensboro Grasshoppers terrorized the Hickory Crawdads pitching staff (Grasshoppers pitchers were terrorized as well), they welcome in the Winston-Salem Dash who also find themselves in the bottom half of team ERA. The Dash roster has the Chicago White Sox 2021 first round pick and Top 100 prospect Colson Montgomery. The South Atlantic League also operates their season in two halves where the Grasshoppers find themselves only three games back of the division league, even as they’re currently one game under 500 at 11-12.

Not to be left out, the Bradenton Marauders will face the second of two Detroit Tigers’ affiliates this week in the Lakeland Flying Tigers. They’ll also be taking on their very own 2021 first found pick and Top 100 prospect, Jackson Jobe.  In total the Flying Tigers roster has five of Detroit’s Top 15 prospects. Bradenton additionally find themselves in the second half hunt, trailing the Florida State League West division leader Tampa Tarpons by half a game.

Triple-A: Indianapolis Indians

Opponent: @TOLEDO (TIGERS)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .737 OPS
Rank: 12/20
Team ERA: 4.52
ERA Rank: 9/20

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • JOEY WENTZ | LHP | 11
  • GARRETT HILL | RHP | 22
  • KERRY CARPENTER | OF | 23

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Opponent: @BOWIE (ORIOLES)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .740 OPS
Rank: 5/12
Team ERA: 4.54
ERA Rank: 8/12

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • COLTON COWSER | OF | 3
    • Pipeline Top 100 – #41
  • COBY MAYO | | 3B | 6
  • CONNOR NORBY | 2B | 9
  • CESAR PRIETO | INF | 10
  • JOSEPH ORTIZ | SS | 13
  • HUDSON HASKIN | OF | 14
  • DREW ROM | LHP | 15
  • ZACH PEEK | RHP | 30

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Opponent: WINSTON-SALEM (WHITE SOX)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .739 OPS
Rank: 7/12
Team ERA: 4.66
ERA Rank: 8/12

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • COLSON MONTGOMERY | SS | 1
    • Pipeline Top 100 – #91
    • Baseball America Top 100 – #53
  • BRYAN RAMOS | 3B/2B | 8
  • MATTHEW THOMPSON | RHP | 10
  • ANDREW DALQUIST | RHP | 11
  • LUIS MIESES | OF | 24
  • CRISTIAN MENA | RHP | 29
  • ADAM HACKENBERG | C | 30

SINGLE-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Opponent: LAKELAND (TIGERS)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .695 OPS
Rank: 3/10
Team ERA: 4.18
ERA Rank: 10/10

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • JACKSON JOBE | RHP | 2
    • Pipeline Top 100 – #24
    • Baseball America Top 100 – #77
  • CRISTIAN SANTANA | SS | 4
  • IZAAC PACHECO | 3B | 7
  • ROBERTO CAMPOS | OF | 9
  • MANUEL SEQUERA | SS | 13
  • JOSE DE LA CRUZ | OF | 17
  • TYLER MATTISON | RHP | 27

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mpg43952

Tampa Tarpons, that name could go so bad, so quickly.

skliesen

Bloody well right!

TNBucs

I’m planning to see Altoona for the first time on Friday and/or Saturday and appreciate this column.

JPW

I have tickets for Friday’s game. Front row behind the dish

TNBucs

Living in East Tennessee I can pretty reliably see Greensboro each summer, either when they visit Asheville or in Greensboro on the way to or from the beach (there’s a great historic hotel in downtown Greensboro within a short walk of the ballpark for anyone interested). The other affiliates are much harder for me to see, though I just happen to be going to the D.C. area this weekend for a family function.

JimEastTennessee

I’m in Seymour, office in Knoxville…where are you?
I grew up a mile from the park location in Altoona .

TNBucs

I made it there for a very short visit in 2019 and spent a couple of hours at Pirate City over going to see an exhibition game in Bradenton. Pirate City is great as Wilbur and others have pointed out (though there seem to be some restrictions now either due to COVID or the new FO that weren’t in place when I was there). The day I was there Polanco was rehabbing and Cruz was playing on one of the fields, and my lasting memory from that day will be Cruz hitting one out and Polanco, who had been on base, giving him a hug and that big Polanco-smile as he crossed the plate.

TNBucs

Speaking of Polanco, I was curious to see how he’s doing in the Japan Central League. Of 62 players listed, he’s 9th in HRs with 14 and 21st in OPS at .746. Not great but plenty respectable and I’m glad that he’s playing.

And our old friend Jose Osuna is right behind him, 14th in HRs with 11 and 30th in OPS at .694.

Lastly, a player I hadn’t heard of but surely will be on people’s radar soon if not already–Munetaka Murakami is leading that league in HRs with 33 (next highest is 20) and OPS (by more than 200 points) at 1.118 and he’s only 22.

robertkasperski

Sounds like a vacation destination.  😀  😀 

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