Prospect Watch: Po-Yu Chen Dominates; Jase Bowen and Dariel Lopez Each Homer Twice

The four full-season teams wrap up their week with afternoon games today. I’ll fill in the starting pitchers for Indianapolis and Greensboro when they are available and link the boxscores as soon as they go up.


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Game Time: 2:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Roansy Contreras (0-1, 2.82)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 3-for-5

Travis Swaggerty 2-for-4, BB

Jack Suwinski 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Carter Bins 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI

Game Recap:

Roansy Contreras made his second start since returning to Indianapolis and he went three innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walk and five strikeouts. He tossed 44 pitches, with 31 going for strikes. He has now equaled his inning total from last year (including AFL stats), so he should have 35-40 innings remaining over the rest of the season with nine weeks left in the big league season. Five relievers combined to throw six shutout innings the rest of the way for a 4-1 win. Carter Bins had a big game, collecting a triple and a homer, driving in two runs. Jack Suwinski did well too, with a single, double, two walks, a run and an RBI. Travis Swaggerty reached three times on two singles and a walk. Tucupita Marcano had three singles, though he was picked-off once and thrown out stealing another time.


Game Time: 1:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Dombkowski (1-1, 3.60)

  • Final Line:  3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 0-for-4

Blake Sabol 2-for-4, RBI

Matt Fraizer 0-for-4

Liover Peguero 0-for-4

Connor Scott 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona was winning this game 6-3 in the sixth inning and they ended up getting blown out, losing 14-6 to Bowie. Nick Dombkowski got the start and allowed one run over 3.1 innings. Cristofer Melendez allowed one run in one inning. Tahnaj Thomas got the final two outs of the fifth inning. He ended up throwing shutout ball for July, tossing ten scoreless innings in seven appearances. Brad Case gave up two runs, Austin Roberts allowed three and Bear Bellomy gave up six runs. Blake Sabol had an RBI single, then Aaron Shackelford hit a two-run homer and Fabricio Macias hit a three-run homer. It was the 18th of the season for Shackelford, who has an .843 OPS on the year.


Game Time: 2:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Nick Garcia (3-2, 3.73)

  • Final Line:  3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Dariel Lopez  3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Endy Rodriguez 0-for-2, 2 BB

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Hudson Head 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Greensboro lost 8-4 on Sunday. Starter Nick Garcia allowed four runs in 3.1 innings. He now has a 4.01 ERA in 83 innings this year, with 81 strikeouts and a 1.18 WHIP. Santiago Florez gave up one run in 2.2 innings. Denny Roman tossed a scoreless seventh, then Sean Sullivan served up three runs over the final two innings. The offense was led by Dariel Lopez, who smacked two solo homers, giving him 18 home runs and an .824 OPS on the season. Abranhan Gutierrez connected on his tenth homer. Francisco Acuna drove in the other run.


Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (2-6, 4.75)

  • Final Line:  7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-4, 2B

Jase Bowen 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Juan Jerez 2-for-4, 2B

Sergio Campana 1-for-3, RBI, BB, 2 SB

Bubba Chandler 0-for-4

Maikol Escotto 0-for-4

Deivis Nadal 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

Po-Yu Chen had a strong outing on Sunday, going seven scoreless on one hit, one walk and five strikeouts. He retired the first 12 batters he faced, and threw 52 of 72 pitches for strikes. This is the fifth time in his last nine starts that he has thrown shutout ball. Wilkin Ramos finished the game with one run over two innings, as Bradenton won 5-1. Jase Bowen was the hero on offense, belting two homers to give him 13 on the season. Sergio Campana had a single, walk, run, RBI and two steals, giving him 22 steals this year. Juan Jerez hit his eighth double. Tsung-Che Cheng hit his 14th double.

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John: Not sure if LHP Nick Dombkowski has been selected as a Prospect of the Month, but his numbers are off the charts, especially for a NDFA in 2021 out of Hartford College.

So far in 2022 – A/A+/AA – 49.1 IP (23.1 at AA), 2.55 ERA, 71 K/15 BB, 13.0/2.7 K/BB/9. With the lack of success the Pirates have had with LHRP’s, is it too much to think he would not get a chance. What a great story for the franchise, and congrats to the scouts.


Dear A. Murphy, would you consider doing a video breakdown on T. Thomas. Trying to figure out how he’s doing better.


Tahnaj lives, long live Tahnaj!


When are the Pirates going to get some/any production from any of its recent number one picks, including the supplemental ones? Is never an option and is this way they suck? Me thinks so.


Ke’Bryan Hayes is already the best player on the MLB team


Hayes is a .250 hitter with no power and a great glove. if that is the best the pirates can do with number one picks that are extremely high in the draft then in my opinion it is not nearly enough. Shows scouting is inadequate and development is nonexistent.


Kevin Newman, same draft, is close to an average player


Newman was only good on Seinfeld. the Pirate’s Newman is a good glove and no bat player. Again a high number one pick has to produce much better then Newman has. Shows scouting is inadequate and development is nonexistent.


Newman is not even close. He’s worth half a win per 600 plate appearances. An average MLB player is worth two wins.


Is that based on Fangraphs? Or something else?

BR provides the calculations directly (as you probably know)

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