P2Daily: Termarr Johnson Leaves Bradenton Game With Injury

It’s been a less than ideal start to the Pirates 2022 first round pick’s professional career, and things took an even more unfortunate turn as he left Saturday night’s game before the start of the seventh inning due to an injury. Trying to beat out a grounder in the bottom of the sixth, Johnson tried to move away from the tag, and you can see how everything got awkward from there.

He tried to come back in for the seventh inning, leaving the game during the warmups. Johnson had just one hit in nine at-bats for Bradenton, but never really looked outmatched. With so much invested in him, it will be interesting to see how the Pirates handle Johnson.

He was striking out nearly 30% of the time in the FCL, but had done so twice in 10 plate appearances in Bradenton. Just about every number you could come up with for Johnson are very much in the small sample size range.

Jake Sweeney, Omar Cruz Return

Two lefties that were on different paths at the time of their injuries were activated from the injured list on Saturday.

Omar Cruz got off to a good start to the season pitching out the bullpen piggybacking the starter, was shifted to the rotation in May, struggled and was never able get things back on track. He posted a 3.18 ERA with 24 strikeouts (17% swinging strike rate) in 17 innings during the month of April.

In May and June Cruz had a 6.68 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings pitched. Cruz doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but offers one of the better changeups in the system, and a big, loopy breaking ball he can throw for strikes.

On the opposite end, Jake Sweeney was one quite the run when he went on the injured list. After allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings on May 10, Sweeney was on a roll for the Marauders. In 16 2/3 innings, the 6’7″ Sweeney had 19 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings while posting just a 1.08 ERA.

Bradenton has lost four in a row and now sit in third place in the Florida State League West division in the second half. Getting back one of their more experienced lefties could help out.

Jack Suwinski Update

Suwinski has been a hard code to crack since heading down to Indianapolis. He’s shown the power that made him the NL rookie leader in home runs, but also the swing and miss that put him in position to be sent down to Indianapolis to figure things out. Then, the swing and miss kept getting worse to the point he had a sub-.200 batting average and was striking out nearly 50% of the time.

Not exactly a recipe to get another opportunity in the majors.

For what it’s worth, he’s struck out just once in the last three games, and has three extra-base hits in the same span. The strikeout rate is back under 40%. It’s still not good (37.6%), and truthfully it wasn’t realistic that he maintained that high of percentage, but it’s still good to see it dropping.

Suwinski showed that he has the power that he can really do some damage when he’s hot and making contact, but the strikeouts are going to continue to make him a really streaky player.

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dbsteel

Termarr, jumping the gun a bit, but I was just never feeling it. If this guy had the best hit tool in the draft, he should be tearing these levels up. He’s got to be a .320 hitter or he’s a wasted pick. I’d have gone a different direction. He’s small. Nothing special on defense. Every hit I see is a chopper to second. I’d have taken Green- potential big bomber. No more second baseman.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I guess Omar is back to the old windup again.

gosteelers69

Another 0-3 for Termarr. Terrible start to his career. And Nicky still doesn’t look great. I’m at the point now where I expect all of our 1st round picks to be flops. And, yes, I’m now totally open to believing that there’s a curse on this franchise.

jtkuch

This is what they get for drafting a second baseman with their 1st pick 2 out of 3 years. With top 10 picks no less. Even if they both pan out, it’s the least valuable position on the field. Would much rather be seeing Elijah Green mash right now.

ArkyWags

While Green is hitting well on the surface there, he’s striking out 40% of the time.

leefieux

Our number pick is injured. Our #1 +pick is striking out a lot. Check and double check.

Wilbur Miller

Termarr is in the lineup today, so NBD it seems.

jon6er

Of course he did because this is the Pirates fate! Someone put a curse on the Buc’s following the 1979 WS win.

Last edited 1 month ago by jon6er
leefieux

Sorry. I left the Pgh region for a job 5 hrs away back in ’79. I have blamed myself ever since.

john_fluharty

When can you move back?

leefieux

I’ve been asked that before, lol. I love it in SC Pennsylvania. Near the ocean and 4 major cities. LOTS to do.

I guess I get the good with the bad. For a while there, I thought I had jinxed the Steelers, too.

ArkyWags

Curses don’t exist.

jon6er

Then explain Bob Nutting, lol.

ArkyWags

Bad owners have been a part of the game forever. Nutting isn’t anything special in that regard.

leefieux

Agree. Nor are there baseball gods. But, it’s part of the lore.

adicesa14

This is a recurring nightmare!

chappy

Just another notch in the belt of ‘22. What a crap year for Pirate baseball.

leefieux

2023 ain’t looking much better either.

PirateRican21

Another 1st round pick injured, NOOOO!

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