Prospect Watch: Endy Rodriguez!

Indianapolis has an afternoon doubleheader today.  I’ll fill in all of the missing starters once they become available. The Pirates Gold are off today. Everyone else is playing.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Huge Day for Andres Alvarez in Altoona Loss

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 1:05 PM DH

Box Score: LINK (game one)

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Yajure (2-2, 734) and TBD

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

Notable Performances:

Rodolfo Castro 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Diego Castillo 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Travis Swaggerty 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Jack Suwinski 2-for-4, RBI, SB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis won the first game of a doubleheader 4-3 on a walk-off double by Mason Martin, his second double of the season and his 18th of the year. Miguel Yajure started and had a strong outing, allowing one run over five innings, on three hits, one walk and five strikeouts. His previous outing was one run over four innings, so he has pitched well recently after a rough season all around. Austin Brice gave up two runs in the sixth, and Eric Hanhold got the win with a scoreless seventh. Indianapolis scored twice in the third inning, getting a solo homer from Diego Castillo, and an RBI single by Jack Suwinski. Rodolfo Castro singled home a run in the fourth. Both Castro and Martin had two hits and a walk. Martin stole his 11th base. Travis Swaggerty stole his eighth base.

GAME TWO

BoxscoreLINK (game two)

Starting Pitcher: Zach Matson (0-1, 4.29)

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

Notable Performances:

Diego Castillo 0-for-4

Travis Swaggerty 1-for-4

Jack Suwinski 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Carter Bins 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Indianapolis lost 9-6 in game two tonight. Zach Matson allowed two runs in two frames. Noe Toribio allowed five runs in 2.2 innings, though only two were earned and those three other runs were the difference in the game. Cam Alldred gave up two runs in 2.1 frames. Jack Suwinski drove in the first Indians run with his fifth homer since being sent down last month. Hoy Park singled in the second run. Taylor Davis singled in the third run. Jared Oliva tripled in two runs, but got thrown out at home going for the inside-the-park homer. Brendt Citta picked up the last RBI on a single. Oliva stole two bases, giving him 13 steals on the season.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (3-7, 5.21)

  • Final Line:  7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

Blake Sabol 1-for-3, RBI

Matt Fraizer 1-for-4

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, SB

Connor Scott 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona lost 4-2 on Wednesday night. Luis Ortiz was having a strong outing until he came out for the eighth inning and gave up two quick runs on just three pitches, which ended his night. He went through seven innings on 74 pitches, allowing two runs on two hits, with no walks and five strikeouts, before the late surge by Akron saddled him with four earned in seven innings. Tyler Samaniego followed with two scoreless. The Curve took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a Jared Triolo RBI triple, followed by a Blake Sabol sacrifice fly. That was the end of their scoring for the night. Triolo had two hits. Liover Peguero stole his 21st base.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 7:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Florencio (1-9, 8.35)

  • Final Line:  1.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

Endy Rodriguez 5-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Dariel Lopez 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Hudson Head 3-for-5, HR, RBI

Abrahan Gutierrez 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Greensboro won despite a rough outing from starter Adrian Florencio, who allowed three runs on six hits in 1.1 innings. Denny Roman allowed one run in 1.2 innings. Ricky DeVito gave up two runs in four innings and those runs came on back-to-back pitches in which he allowed solo homers. Otherwise his outing was strong, as he gave up two walks and no other hits. Eddy Yean was the only pitcher without a blemish, throwing a scoreless frame. Cameron Junker gave up a run, but Greensboro held on for an 8-7 win.

Endy Rodriguez was just named as our Player of the Month. He is looking for a repeat in August, going 5-for-5 tonight with his 23rd double and 16th homer. He’s now hitting .305 with a .950 OPS. As pointed out in the article, he’s not getting the huge boost from his friendly home park.  He now has an .879 OPS on the road this season. Dariel Lopez got overshadowed tonight, but he hit his 19th homer and drove in three runs. Hudson Head hit his tenth homer. Abrahan Gutierrez had a walk, single and his 15th double. Jackson Glenn had two walks, a double and a triple.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (1-5, 3.27)

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

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-1, 2B, BB, HBP

Jase Bowen 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Juan Jerez 1-for-2, HR, RBI, BB

Sergio Campana 0-for-3

Deivis Nadal 0-for-3

Maikol Escotto 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap:

Bradenton lost 3-2 in a game limited to seven innings due to a long delayed start. Carlos Jimenez got the start and was a bit wild, walking five batters in four inning. He allowed three runs, though one was unearned. He struck out four batters. He now has a 3.36 ERA in 56.1 innings, with 76 strikeouts. Mitchell Miller tossed two shutout innings and struck out three batters. His time in Bradenton started with him giving up seven runs in six innings. Since then he has allowed one run in 15.1 innings. Juan Jerez hit his fourth homer for one run. Jase Bowen’s 17th double drove in the other run. Tsung-Che Cheng reached all three times up, with a walk, HBP and his 15th double.

RK: FCL PIRATES

Game Time: 10:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Owen Sharts (0-0, 16.50)

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

Notable Performances:

Braylon Bishop 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 SB

Solomon Maguire 0-for-1, RBI, 2 BB

Omar Alfonzo 1-for-3, BB

Javier Rivas 1-for-3, BB, SB

Jesus Castillo 0-for-4, RBI

Game Recap:

Owen Sharts started the game, but only went one inning. He was followed by Alessandro Ercolani, who went two shutout innings to lower him to a 1.32 ERA in 27.1 innings. Miguel Diaz gave up four runs and Eliecer Romero tossed 1.2 scoreless in the 5-4 win. The Pirates were helped a lot by ten walks, because they ended up going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The first run was a straight steal of home by Braylon Bishop, who stole three bases on the day (seven for the year). A bases loaded walk and a ground out scored the next two runs. Solomon Maguire made it 4-0 with a sac fly, then Raphael Escalante drove in the fifth run with a single. Bishop had three hits and a walk, pushing him to a .260 average and a .784 OPS.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe (1-4, 5.88)

  • Final Line:  5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Eduardo Oviedo 2-for-3

Robert De Paula 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Angel Rodriguez 1-for-2, HR, RBI, BB

Ewry Espinal 0-for-3

Game Recap:

The Pirates won 4-2 in a seven-inning contest over the Yankees. Starter Isaias Uribe hasn’t pitched well this year, but he had a great outing on Wednesday, allowing just two hits over five shutout innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. Yoerys Hernandez ran into some trouble finishing off the game  and ended up with the win, giving up two runs in two innings. The Pirates got solo homers in the second from Angel Rodriguez (his first) and Robert De Paula, his fourth homer. In the top of the seventh, Isaac Paulino hit his first homer, a two-run shot, which ended up being the game-winner. Daje Morales stole his tenth base.

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NMR

Endy Rodriguez is the best catcher in the system, full stop.

PirateRican21

I can’t see how that would be argued. Henry needs to play 1b as much as he catches, that’s an organizational need and his best position!

emjayinTN

Why is Endy Rodriguez still at A+ and not getting the exposure he deserves at AA Altoona? Give him wings!

Why is Jack Suwinski at AAA and not playing the OF for the Pirates? We jumped him from AA to MLB and now have him at AAA where he is absolutely raking!

Need room on the 40? Gamel, Allen, VanMeter, and Marisnick. No reason to have these guys on the 40 after the trade deadline has passed.

skliesen

Maybe the Heineman injury will create a domino effect to get Endy a much deserved promotion to AA.

KirkV12

I’ve appreciated Heineman this year, as well as Newman since he’s returned with a hot bat. But if they both hit the IL after last night, it would definitely create more room for the young guys to get some ABs

AdministrativeSky236

Endy is a dude!

agent00

he’s legit

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Player I’m not sure will be protected, but might actually be likely to be selected is Jared Triolo.

Last edited 3 days ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
NMR

Scares me that somebody – somebody else – is gonna figure out how to tease the average raw power out of his bat…

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Citta the Hitta came back to Indy with a vengeance!

hoffmark83

So Mason Martin hit his 2nd double of the season & 18th of the year?

Wilbur Miller

Had a big spring.

PirateRican21

I thought that was pop out.

Wilbur Miller

Haha, so did I.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I think everyone did but the OFs lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Indy announcers have not stopped talking about the heat index ALLLLL game. And every time they mention “It was 100 heat index at one point, but it’s about 91 right now”, all I can think of is, “Sounds like a nice winter day in New Orleans”.

roibert.kasperski

LOL! My kid’s reaction with living in Houston would be the same. I mean, it is Louisville.
I lived in Columbus Ohio for a few years. The Gulf air would come up from the southwest and loop over Columbus and go south east. It is normal to have hot humid days in Louisville.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

My little sister spent about 3 months down here living with us for a temp job and she did nooooooot like the heat lol

roibert.kasperski

LOL!

TNBucs

Yajure is looking pretty good. If the gun showing him sitting 94 with the FB is accurate, then he is a more interesting prospect than with the 91-92 I recall from his time with the Pirates.

Wilbur Miller

His velo when he was up earlier this year averaged 92.6. Last it was 90.6. So there’s that.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Lot of 92’s in there. I think his current and future success will come down to the curveball. His curve is really good when he’s putting it where he wants. When he doesn’t have the feel for it, it’s usually not pretty.

Iowasteel

Man, that Oriole complex team is awful. 4 pitchers used today, and the lowest ERA was 9.50. Somehow the Pirates team got only 5 runs despite 10 walks.

Wilbur Miller

I’ve watched these guys hit a lot now. It’s just like the Pirates. They get up in a key spot and take pitches right down the middle.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Promote Swaggerty! Anyone who disagrees can catch these hands!!!! (looking at you NMR and Catch!)

NMR

I’ve seen enough; ready to call this race in favor of Swag. Not nearly enough in-person votes from rural counties remaining for the incumbent to catch up.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

TNBucs

Nice AB from Suwinski, apparently changing his approach with two strikes to take the ball the other way and get the two-out RBI.

AdministrativeSky236

This would be a huge development if it sticks

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Oooo, Diego had an ugly swing on a high inside fastball, but then the pitcher tried to go back there and Diego took it a very far distance just inside foul pole.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Swaggerty threw out Colin Moran at home. Hahahahahaha

roibert.kasperski

How long was Ritchie standing there waiting with the ball before Mr. Moran arrive to get tagged out??

PirateRican21

I thought Cora was with the Mets?

Wilbur Miller

He is, but he waved Column on before he left. It just took a while before Column arrived at home.

PirateRican21

  :wpds_lol:   :wpds_lol: 

NMR

This is a form of bullying, shame on Swag. 😉

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Now Yajure striking him out looking. We’re not being very nice to ol’ Redbeard

Wilbur Miller

Brice fixed that.

agent00

my boi angel rodriguez with his first pro homer. great to see

Wilbur Miller

Good to see Jimenez still in the rotation. The hit-with-the-liner incident was seriously worrisome.

Also good to see Sharts get thru a whole inning.

AdministrativeSky236

Any guys pushing for promotions that we want to see? Endy and bowen seem like two that stand out to me right away

capirate

I would like to see Endy promoted now so he gets some time behind the plate in Altoona before Davis returns, whenever that is.

agent00

i’d like to see lopez in altoona. curious to see how real the home splits are.

NMR

Get ’em both comfortable in their new cities for next spring, sure, but I don’t think either promotion would really push up their developmental ETA at all.

I wanna see Andres Alvarez cut his teeth in Indy and compete for a spot on the opening day roster next year. 25 yo, nothing left to prove, and might just be the best of the IF UT options they have floating around.

Also the handful of older Altoona relievers, get ’em moving.

Last edited 4 days ago by NMR
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

*And Blake Sabol*

Wilbur Miller

Your second point, fo’ sho’.

NMR

You see it too? Nice. I’m a sucker for a sweet swing, but also don’t know what the hell I’m lookin at.

mpg43952

Was going to predict minor league sweep today, then saw Indy’s starter. Endeavor to persevere, boys!

Wilbur Miller

TBD never gets anybody out. 🙂

PirateRican21

At least he has one of them rubber arms that Tracy loved so much

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