Prospect Watch: Endy Rodriguez Homers Twice Again; Gem from Quinn Priester

There are four games on the schedule today, as all of the short-season teams have off on Sunday. The top two pitching prospects in the system are both on the mound, with Mike Burrows returning from the Futures Game to start for Indianapolis, while Quinn Priester tries to continue his success with Altoona. In 21.1 innings over five starts, Priester has a 2.11 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 1:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows (0-2, 6.50)

  • Final Line:  3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Ji-hwan Bae 0-for-3

Rodolfo Castro 0-for-3, BB

Jack Suwinski 0-for-4

Bligh Madris 1-for-4, 2B

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-2, 3B, RBI, BB, SB

Game Recap:

Mike Burrows hasn’t been dominating like he did in Altoona since arriving in Indianapolis.  He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in 3.1 innings today, which slightly lowered his ERA to 6.33 in 21.1 innings with Indianapolis. He had a 2.94 ERA in 52 innings with Altoona. Burrows now has 93 strikeouts in 73.1 innings this year. He threw 64 pitches, with 40 going for strikes. His pitch count/work was lowered recently to help control his innings, after he missed time last year. He was already thrown more innings than last year, which includes his Arizona Fall League time.

Indianapolis won 5-3, with some strong bullpen work from five pitchers, who combined for one run in 5.2 innings. Osvaldo Bido was the best of the bunch, with three strikeouts in two shutout frames. The Indians scored their first run on Travis Swaggerty’s sixth triple. Taylor Davis brought in Swaggerty with a single. Mason Martin brought in a run on a sac fly, then Tucupita Marcano capped the scoring with a two-run homer. He had three hits in the game and he’s hitting .313 with Indianapolis. Besides his triple, Swaggerty also had two runs, a walk, a stolen base and an outfield assist. Bligh Madris hit his 16th double.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 1:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester (1-1, 2.11)

  • Final Line:  6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 0-for-4, BB

Blake Sabol 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Liover Peguero 0-for-3

Matt Fraizer 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Game Recap:

Quinn Priester was already putting up strong numbers with Altoona, but things got better with his Sunday performance. He allowed one run over six innings, which was unearned. He gave up three hits, one walk, one hit batter and struck out eight. He threw 84 pitches, with 50 going for strikes. In six starts with Altoona this year, Priester has a 1.65 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Brad Case allowed one run in 1.1 innings. Tyler Samaniego pitched 1.2 scoreless, then JC Flowers got the save by pulling off something that can only happen in extra innings now. He faced just two batters in the tenth to retire the side, getting a ground out and a double play. Flowers threw three pitches. Altoona won 3-2. The Curve got a run in the third on a Josh Bissonette ground out. Blake Sabol homered in the eighth to give Altoona a temporary lead.  Sabol then singled home a run in the tenth, which ended up being the difference. Andres Alvarez had a single, two walks and his 17th steal. Matt Fraizer hit his seventh triple. Fabricio Macias hit his seventh double.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 2:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (1-3, 7.43)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Endy Rodriguez 4-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB

Dariel Lopez 1-for-5, BB

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-2, 2 BB

Hudson Head 2-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro came back from a late deficit to tie this game up with two outs in the ninth, but they lost 10-9 in extra innings. Endy Rodriguez had himself quite a weekend, hitting two homers last night and two more in this game. He also had two singles and a walk. He had a nice .852 OPS coming into the day, and he added 36 points to that mark with his big day. He now has 13 homers. Eli Wilson had a big day as well, including a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to tie the score. He added three singles and drove in a total of four runs. His OPS went up 76 points in this game, to a .704 mark. Hudson Head added a solo homer, his seventh of the season.

Starter Justin Meis had a solid outing, going five innings with two runs allowed and six strikeouts. This game got out of hand for Greensboro in the seventh when Ricky DeVito gave up four runs and Dante Mendoza allowed two runs. Due to the runner in extra innings, Eddy Yean got the loss despite retiring all three batters he faced.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (2-6, 4.84)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

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

Jase Bowen 0-for-5

Juan Jerez 1-for-3, 3B

Sergio Campana 1-for-4, SB

Maikol Escotto 0-for-4

Angel Basabe 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB

Deivis Nadal 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Starter Po-Yu Chen had a solid outing on Sunday, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in five innings, while picking up six strikeouts. He lowered his ERA slightly to 4.75 on the season, now with a 1.25 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 72 innings. Jack Hartman tossed a scoreless sixth and Yunior Thibo allowed one run in two innings, which ended up being the difference in the 3-2 loss. Bradenton was losing 2-0 until Tsung-Che Cheng hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie the game. Angel Basabe had a nice game, collecting his third triple and drawing two walks. Juan Jerez also had his third triple. The Marauders struck out 13 times and they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Sergio Campana stole his 18th base.

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chuck_conner

From the majors all the way down to short season, thay all have one common problem. They don’t hit with runners in scoring position. You get pitched differently with runners on base so why not change your batting differently? Stop swing from your heals and make contact to bring the runner from 3rd, home.
Oh….the system does have another problem. Their, as a system, strike out entirely too much. If you don’t hit the ball you cannot get on base nor drive in any runs. Boy, I’m remembering more. They take too many pitches. They do not swing at the ball. Where are the hitting coaches?

joesolo6181

Endy looks like he is going to repeat his outstanding last year.

steelforce71

Am I the only one who watched QP highlights from Todays game and came away mortified he couldn’t throw harder then 93?

ArkyWags

So maybe all the talk about Burrows being better than Priester should subside a bit.

ArkyWags

And Priester missed basically 2.5 months to injury, so that doesn’t really fit. Can we really draw conclusions from Priester on five starts?
It feels a bit like a guy gets on a heater for two months, his good stuff looks even better, and folks here get a bit ahead of ourselves. Kinda like Rivas. I think Burrows is good, I’m really hesitant on going too far with a guy on a good run is all.

Wilbur Miller

The Priester vid is worth watching. Eight Ks on a variety of pitches — breaking balls, changeups and several well located FBs.

skliesen

Going into today, he is a victim of SSS BABIP misfortune, something like .400.

I’m with you John. Burrows will be fine.

jtkuch

Bae pulled early? Hug watch? Call up watch?

Last edited 2 months ago by jtkuch
leefieux

Mackey said it was neither call up or trade related. Hopefully not an injury.

skliesen

If I say pretty please, will it help.

skliesen

C’mon Hayes!

skliesen

Wrong thread. My bad.

How about Burrows and QP today?!!!

roberto

This is off topic, but I wanted to share two bits of information and request a P2 article. The Yankees drafted no HS players. The Astros drafted two. Could one of the P2 writers interview a GM to find out what’s driving this trend?

esd4

I’m not a GM, but I think the main factor here is just that there’s a ton more draft-eligible college talent than there’s ever been. That’s partly because players were granted an extra year of NCAA eligibility because of covid (so more players are staying in college) and partly because the length of the draft was cut drastically (so fewer players get drafted out of college). So while the number of draft-eligible high schoolers stays (more or less) the same every year, the number of good college prospects has grown dramatically. This is only going to get more extreme, as next year will be the year when all the 2020 HSers become draft-eligible (i.e., all the extra players who went to college because the draft was shortened).

Maybe I should also make it clear that the other factor is the leverage the HSers have. More good college prospects mean fewer HS guys drafted in the top, say, three rounds, meaning more top HS guys will go to school because they aren’t drafted high enough to get the bonus they’re asking for. If you play this out far enough, it seems like we’re heading for a point sometime in the next decade or so where the draft is 95% college guys and only the top 20-30 HS guys get drafted and everyone else goes to college. This seems to be intentional on MLB’s part: eliminating minor league teams and shortening the draft was always (presumably) intended to shift much of the burden of player development from major league teams to college ones. This cuts the cost of both draft picks (college guys have less leverage) and player development (college players play for free). It is almost certainly not coincidental that this strategy has been implemented at a time when minor leaguers are (successfully) lobbying for better pay/benefits. This is, of course, good for exactly no one other than the owners.

skliesen

I agree with everything you said.

IMO, it would be best if MLB draft became predominantly college except for the cream of the crop HS guys. Be best for everyone involved.

capirate

I disagree with this in part. I don’t think all high school baseball players are “college material” so I like that they have the option of going right into pro ball.

The other thing that might happen is that more players go the JUCO route. Some of these programs are really good at teaching the game and in recent years MLB has hired quite a number of coaches from the JUCO & small college ranks.

Rob Baran

NIL money has entered the baseball markets.

ArkyWags

Is there really a lot of NIL money?

skliesen

This isn’t a major issue in college baseball compared to football and basketball.

joesolo6181

Perhaps their asking prices are unreasonable.

roberto

You both may be right, but I’d still like the interview.

AdministrativeSky236

I love a day where both burrows and priester are starting

PirateRican21

Do you have a MILBTV subscription?

skliesen

Anybody else looking forward to the day we get to watch QP (Quinn Priester) on QP (Quick Pitch)?

piratemike

Only if he isn’t getting beat up

ArkyWags

The Mighty Quinn…

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