Prospect Watch: Lonnie White Makes Season Debut, Owen Kellington Returns

The two DSL teams are off today; they won’t play again until Monday.  The FCL Pirates had a 10:00am start and everybody else goes in the evening.  It’s an interesting lineup of pitchers, which isn’t to say everything will necessarily go well:  Miguel Yajure, Kyle Nicolas, Jared Jones and Joelvis Del Rosario.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Back in Business

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tucupita Marcano 1-4, BB, SB
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 1-4, BB
  • Rodolfo Castro 2-5, 2 HR (11)
  • Jack Suwinski 1-5, 2B
  • Bligh Madris 2-5, HR (6)
  • Travis Swaggerty 2-4, BB
  • Jared Oliva 2-4, 2B, SB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (43-47) beat St. Paul, 7-6, on a walkoff single by Mason Martin with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Rodolfo Castro hit a pair of longballs, giving him 11 for the AAA season, and drove in three.  Bligh Madris hit his sixth home run, along with a single.  Jack Suwinski had a double that missed going out by about two feet, although he also struck out three times.  He did throw Tim Beckham out at home.  Travis Swaggerty and Jared Oliva each had two hits.  Starter Miguel Yajure continued to struggle, giving up three runs over three and two-thirds innings.  The runs all came on two gopher balls.  Jerad Eickhoff gave up the other three runs, two of them earned.  Eric Hanhold, Cam Vieaux and Eric Stout each worked a scoreless inning.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 1-3, BB
  • Blake Sabol 1-3, BB, SB
  • Nick Dombkowski 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Tahnaj Thomas 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Recap:

Altoona (45-44) lost to Harrisburg, 2-1.  Starter Kyle Nicolas went five, giving up just four hits and a walk, along with two runs.  Nick Dombkowski followed, retiring six straight, and Tahnaj Thomas survived two hits in the eighth.  Thomas hasn’t allowed a run in July, covering five outings.  The Curve offense had some chances, but went a Pirate-y 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  They had six hits, with a Matt Fraizer double being the only one for extra bases.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones

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

Notable Performances:

  • Dariel Lopez 2-4
  • Endy Rodriguez 2-4, 2 HR (11)
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 1-3, HR (7), BB
  • Francisco Acuna 2-3, 2B, HBP, SB
  • Jackson Glenn 1-4, HR (4)

Game Recap:

The ballpark in Greensboro is functioning as always as the Hoppers (38-49) slugged their way to a 7-6 win over Hickory.  Endy Rodriguez went deep twice, giving him 11 on the year.  He drove in three.  Abrahan Gutierrez went back-to-back after the second one, his seventh on the year.  Jackson Glenn launched a three-run bomb, his fourth homer.  Dariel Lopez and Francisco Acuna each had two hits.  For the Hoppers, Jared Jones managed to go six innings, which isn’t easy to do when that ballpark is doing its thing.  He gave up five runs, three of them coming on two dingers.  Domingo Gonzalez gave up a run over two innings and Cam Junker worked a scoreless ninth for the save.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 1-3, BB, SB
  • Bubba Chandler 0-2, BB
  • Juan Jerez 1-3, HR (3), 5 RBI
  • Wyatt Hendrie 2-2, BB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (44-44) and Clearwater had their start delayed by rain for two and a half hours and, in the end, played just seven innings.  The Marauders got all their runs in the last two and prevailed, 7-3.  Joelvis Del Rosario had a very shaky first inning, loading the bases with one out on two walks and a hit batsman.  He ended up allowing two runs, but that was all as he lasted five innings and gave up only two hits.  Bradenton’s hitters, meanwhile, managed to strike out nine times in the first four innings and 14 for the game.  They did pick up eight walks and took the lead very suddenly in the sixth when Juan Jerez connected for a grand slam.  It was his third home run of the year.  The Marauders picked up three insurance runs in the seventh, all on bases-loaded walks.  Jerez got one of those, so he finished with five RBIs.  Wyatt Hendrie was the only player with two hits, and he also reached on a walk.  Tsung-Che Cheng had a single, a walk and a steal.  Johan Montero worked a scoreless sixth and Wilkin Ramos gave up a run in the ninth, while also striking out three.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Game Time: 10:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Owen Kellington

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

Notable Performances:

  • Javier Rivas 2-3, HR (4), BB
  • Braylon Bishop 0-3, BB
  • Lonnie White, Jr. 1-3, HR (1)
  • Enmanuel Terrero 1-4, SB

Game Recap:

The FCL Pirates (20-13) had some notable returnees in their 3-2 win over the Orioles.  Lonnie White, Jr., made his first appearance of the season, starting in center and playing five and a half innings.  And Owen Kellington took the mound for the first time since June 14.  They were happy returns, as Kellington dominated for two innings and White went deep.  Kellington allowed just one hit, a swinging bunt single, and walked nobody while fanning four.  White lined a ball over the fence in left in his second at-bat.  Javier Rivas had another big day, extending his on-base streak to nine plate appearances — eight hits and one walk — before being retired his last time up.  He had a long, opposite-field home run, his fourth of the year, for the Pirates’ second run.  After starting the season 2-for-21, Rivas is now batting 300/372/480.  The Pirates’ third run scored on an error, as they only had five hits.  Jose Garces followed Kellington and had trouble throwing strikes.  He got through one inning unscathed thanks to Oriole TOOTBLANs.  In his second inning, he had the last two batters he faced struck out, but they both reached, one on a passed ball and the other on catcher’s interference.  Garces ended up going one and a third, with two runs allowed.  Four relievers — Raydel Velette, Miguel Diaz, Daniel Rivero and Jorge Ramos — navigated the last six and two-thirds without allowing a run.

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redwards60

In my opinion many of the players the Pirates still consider to be prospects will turn out to not be….so what appears to be logjam at all levels will thin out soon. The clock is ticking on Swaggerty and Nick Gonzalez …I am not optimistic either will be starters or significant contributors at the major league level. Yajure, MacGregor, Siani, Head all trending a similar direction.

redwards60

Rivas looks like a potential diamond in the rough…much like Cruz. The question for both….are the Pirates capable of harnessing that raw talent into a cornerstone piece in Pittsburgh?

redwards60

Glad to see Lonnie White finally get to play in 2022. It was beginning to look like a lost year for him. He was my favorite Pirates pick from the 2021 draft…too bad they didn’t follow up with Elijah Green this year.

ricramer

What’s going on with Yajure?

redwards60

He is not a prospect in my opinion…his stuff is ordinary at best. I don’t expect him to be a successful major league pitcher. I could be proven wrong, but his numbers don’t lie.

skliesen

Bit by the gopher(ball) tonight.

redwards60

Both should be in Pittsburgh along with Bae. But the Pirates continue to hang on to and play VanMeter, Marisnick, and Yoshi.

Scrappy2499

My hope is the only reason they are is because we are close to the trade deadline and they are hoping someone is going to offer a bag of peanut shells for them. After the trade deadline move on from them.

skliesen

If Pirates DFA Yoshi after tonight’s game, does it qualify as a mercy killing since he’d be going out on a high note?

redwards60

They have about 5 to 6 players on their current major league roster who should have been DFAd long ago.

john_fluharty

That’s what every single player should do when there’s a shift

AdministrativeSky236

In my view, we have quickly gone from a system that was heavy in AA and AAA to the dsl, fcl, and low A all being very interesting. Obviously most arent going to pan out yada yada but seems we could be looking at a handful of impact guys hitting the mlb each of the next 5-6 years which could be a lot of fun

James_Robert5

The group of young players in the FCL and the DSL might be one of the reasons only one HS hitter was drafted

Competition of the MIF and OF positions at Greensboro, Bradenton, and Bradenton (FCL) will be stiff

For example, Esmeryln Valdez is an 18 y/o OF who consistently hits the ball as hard as Bryce Harper and he might not have a starting role in Low A next year

Similarly, Javi Rivas, a 6’6” teenage SS, and Jesus Castillo, a teenager hitting 0.400 this season, might not have starting roles

TNBucs

Yes, Ben told the PG after the draft that the competition for playing time among position players in the lower levels of the minors factored into their approach for the later rounds of the draft.

chappy

And why did MLB get rid of so many minor league teams???

john_fluharty

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James_Robert5
beaverjp

lol $120m to players $55m to their lawyers; a great illustration of save $.50 to pay $.80

Last edited 2 months ago by beaverjp
James_Robert5

On the MLB draft tracker, they show all players registered for the draft. I think only one HS player from PA was registered for the draft.

That speaks to the huge gap between the ‘top levels’ of HS ball and the low minors

agent00

it’s fascinating to see how quickly he has improved

skliesen

Ree-Vas, Ree-Vas, Ree-Vas…REE-VASSSS!!!

agent00

no it isn’t. plus i think he’s really growing into his frame. helping him impact the ball more

James_Robert5
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Geez lol

That’s one of those, “the ball just sounds different off his bat”

James_Robert5
James_Robert5

Also note the size difference between Javi Rivas and Lonnie White in the two clips

James_Robert5

Is Rivas a Top 10 prospect for the Pirates yet?

ArkyWags

That sounds like a hot take influenced by a hot streak.

ArkyWags

A top 10 though? Even as promising as he sounds, that sounds too rich.

AdministrativeSky236

Man these young guys are a lot of fun to track

beaverjp
Born4rf

Oh that is a joyous sight! I love the happy chatter in the background

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Rivas can’t stop hitting

TNBucs

How did Kellington look today? The stats look great–was the stuff consistent with that?

SBRO

I missed that he had already debuted (barely).

agent00

white! be still, my beating heart!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

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