Prospect Watch: Career Day for Eddy Rodriguez

Three early games on Monday, as only the short-season teams are in action. I’ll update the pitchers and add the boxscores once they are available. The DSL Pirates were represented in yesterday’s DSL All-Star game by 16-year-old catcher Axiel Plaz and 18-year-old pitcher Andres Silvera. Plaz went 0-for-2, while Silvera tossed a scoreless inning in the 6-6 tie.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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RK: FCL PIRATES

Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Wilbur Dotel (2-0, 0.41)

  • Final Line:  2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Javier Rivas 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB

Enmanuel Terrero 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Lonnie White Jr 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Shalin Polanco 0-for-5

Esmerlyn Valdez 0-for-4, BB

Jesus Castillo 0-for-3, BB

Jeral Toledo 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

Starter Wilbur Dotel came into the day with an 0.41 ERA in 22 innings and then he gave up three runs over two innings, allowing two hits and three walks. Joaquin Tejada followed with two no-hit innings, allowing two walks and three strikeouts. Kevin Disla tossed two shutout innings and struck out four batters. Roelmy Garcia came on in the seventh and allowed two hits and two walks before the game went into a rain delay. He allowed two runs before the delay, then Drew Irvine allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Irvine ended up throwing 1.2 scoreless, then Eliecer Romero took over in the ninth with a one-run lead and nailed down the save.

Javier Rivas had a strong game, with a single, walk and a three-run homer. He drove in four runs total and scored twice. He is hitting .308 with an .891 OPS in 30 games. Lonnie White played his second game and had one hit, which was a two-run double. Enmanuel Terrero had two hits and a walk. He is hitting .357 with a .977 OPS in 22 games.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo (0-1, 5.59)

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

Notable Performances:

Ewry Espinal 1-for-2, 3 BB, SB

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-3, BB, SB

Game Recap:

Adolfo Oviedo got the start and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He has a 5.79 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 23 innings. Diego Chiquillo and Dioris Valdez each gave up one run in one inning. Yoerys Hernandez gave up an unearned run in his two innings, which was the runner at second base in extra innings (this was scheduled as a seven-inning game). The Pirates scored first on a wild pitch. An error led to the second run, then Kelvin Diaz drove in the third run with a single. He also drove in the fourth and fifth runs with a sixth inning single. Another wild pitch led to the sixth run for the Pirates. All six hits by the Pirates were singles. Eduardo Oviedo walked twice and stole his seventh base. Kelvin Diaz stole his 11th base. Ewry Espinal had a single and three walks, while picking up his eighth steal.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Victor Cabreja (3-0, 5.60)

  • Final Line:  3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-4

Roinny Aguiar 1-for-5, SB

Yordany De Los Santos 0-for-2, 3 BB, SB

Carlos Tirado 1-for-2

Axiel Plaz 2-for-4, 2B

Eddy Rodriguez 3-for-5, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI

Gustavo Armas 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Game Recap:

Starter Victor Cabrera had a 5.60 ERA coming into the day, before lowering it nearly one full run by throwing 3.2 shutout innings on three hits and a walk. Despite allowing three hits and three walks, Rafael Mendez allowed one run in two innings. He helped himself out with four strikeouts. Wilkin Valdez lowered his ERA to 2.38 with three scoreless innings, as the Pirates won 10-1. The real story in this game was Eddy Rodriguez, who tripled and homered twice, driving in seven runs. He was batting .195 with four extra-base hits in 31 games coming into today. Yordany De Los Santos walked three times and stole his seventh base. He now leads the team with 23 walks. All-Star Axiel Plaz had two hits, including his tenth double. He has a 1.232 OPS this season. Roinny Aguiar stole his eighth base.

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joesolo6181

It is fun to get excited about players in the fcl, dsl, Low and high A but their stats mean very little. At those levels you have suspects, not prospects. In my opinion they don’t become prospects until they have succeeded in double A ball. Even though that is what I believe, I too get overly excited when I see these low level players having success. I am all in on Chandler, Rivas and plaz. I also think Rosa has a future.

TNBucs

I feel good about our farm system and evaluators like Longenhagen and McDaniel back that up. The biggest change is from MLB changing the rules and Huntington changing some of the personnel that together allowed us to sign better IFA classes starting around 2018 (which means their deals go back to around 2016) than we were able to in the mid-teens. But I also think some of the perception of strength at the lower levels comes from the contraction of the minors so that talent is now more concentrated.

skliesen

How long until Rivas is the top prospect in the system (Kinda sorts sarcasm font)?

Between Cruz, Chandler, and Rivas, this organization is flush in Unicorns right now.

James_Robert5

FWIW the top prospect in baseball, an 18 y/o Brewers prospect, was just promoted to High A

Jackson Chourio is not ranked #1 yet but should be before next season

Catch_22

Bold statement, Cotton

ArkyWags

So he’s gonna be ahead of Gunnar Henderson, Grayson Rodriguez, Corbin Carroll, Eury Perez, Francisco Alvarez, Jordan Walker and maybe half a dozen others. You gotta expand your scope beyond the division, homie.

robertkasperski

Need to buy more tables soon. Gonna run out of them soon with all of the pounding on them to promote all of these guys 🙂

James_Robert5

That’s a question for Arky 🙂

chappy

We have NEVER had this many interesting prospects in the low levels. Ever. And they are all teenagers, age appropriate to their levels This is what I had imagined would happen under NH and it never did.

ArkyWags

The delusion is strong…

NMR

My god.

TNBucs

To be fair, though, many of these Latin American players that we’re excited about agreed to deals while Huntington was GM. I think Neal fixed things when he got rid of Gayo and made some other changes, he’s just not around to reap the benefits.

robertkasperski

I can attest that going back to the early 70s, there never were this many interesting prospects at the same time all through the system.

NMR

lol, that’s because in the 1970s nobody was dumb enough to pay this much attention to prospects this far away.

Wilbur Miller

It’s been a lot of fun watching the FCL team this year. Even when guys are struggling, you can see the talent with a lot of them.

Wilbur Miller

Rivas with a 3-run bomb. Not ready to stop hitting.

agent00

move him up. move him up

robertkasperski

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chappy

Kelvin Diaz seems to have figured out the hitting thing for now. How is his defense?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Lonnie hitting the ground running

PirateRican21

I put an unrealistic Eric Davis comp on him, he’s trying to live up to it!

AdministrativeSky236

Plaz just seems to be a hitting machine

AdministrativeSky236

I do not! I really appreciate the offer but as a student unfortunately all I have time for right now is some box score surfing. Thanks so much though 🙂

PirateRican21

No problem, I really haven’t gotten into it like I was last year! Actually used it for first time in a long time this morning to watch Priester’s last start.

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