Prospect Watch: Altoona Breaks Out the Bats and Arms in a One-Sided Affair

The FCL Pirates are off today, while the DSL Pirates Black only have a suspended game to complete according to the schedule. The score is 4-4 in the seventh, and it was originally scheduled for seven innings. If they aren’t playing a regular game as well, it could be a very short day. Both Greensboro and Bradenton have noon start times. UPDATE: Indianapolis was postponed.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

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TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 8:05 PM POSTPONED

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido (1-6, 5.35)

  • Final Line: Stat lines will be added after the game.

Notable Performances:

  • Stats for the top performers will be posted after the game.

Game Recap:

The game was postponed. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas (0-3, 4.12)

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

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, RBI, HBP

Blake Sabol 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Malcom Nunez 1-for-4, BB

Liover Peguero 2-for-5, HR,  2 RBI

Connor Scott 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Game Recap:

Altoona won a dominating team performance 11-1 over Binghamton. Kyle Nicolas allowed just one hit, which was a solo homer, over six innings. He walked one and struck out five. He now has a 3.89 ERA in 69.1 innings, with 81 strikeouts. Austin Roberts, Bear Bellomy and Tyler Samaniego each tossed a scoreless/hitless inning, with Bellomy striking out the side. The offense was on from the first batter. Jared Triolo homered to start the game, his sixth of the season. Aaron Shackelford hit his 21st homer, a two-run shot in the second. Endy Rodriguez followed with a solo shot, his first homer in Altoona. In the fourth inning, solo runs scored on a Connor Scott double, Matt Fraizer single, a Triolo sacrifice fly and a bases loaded walk to Blake Sabol. Scott homered in the fifth and then Liover Peguero hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his eighth of the season. Scott had four hits. His double was his 19th of the season and his homer was his fifth. Triolo, Peguero, Sabol and Shackelford each had two hits. Andres Alvarez had a tough day, striking out five times. Malcom Nunez singled for his first hit with the Curve.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 12: 00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones (5-5, 5.03)

  • Final Line:  4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Dariel Lopez 0-for-1, BB

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Hudson Head 1-for-4

Jase Bowen 0-for-4

Game Recap:

Greensboro lost 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon. Starter Jared Jones allowed three runs over 4.1 innings on four hits, no walks and five strikeouts. He now has a 5.08 ERA in 101 innings, with 120 strikeouts. Reliever Domingo Gonzalez was outstanding, tossed 3.2 no-hit innings, striking out five batters. Cristian Charle allowed a run in the ninth. Greensboro had some chances to score, but they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Their only run scored on a solo homer by Abrahan Gutierrez, his 11th of the season. No one had more than one hit, but Eli Wilson had a single and two walks. Hudson Head hit his 15th double.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (1-6, 3.36)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 3-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Sergio Campana 0-for-5

Juan Jerez 0-for-4, RBI

Jack Brannigan 1-for-3, BB

Maikol Escotto 1-for-4

Deivis Nadal 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Game Recap:

Starter Carlos Jimenez breezed through four innings, then ran into trouble in the fifth, partially due to his own error. He finished with three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He now has a 3.39 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 61 innings. The bullpen of Johan Montero, Mitchell Miller and Wilkin Ramos combined for 5.1 scoreless, as Bradenton won 4-3 in walk-off fashion in ten innings. The Marauders got an RBI single from Tsung-Che Cheng, before going down 3-1 in the fifth. Singles by Jasiah Dixon and Cheng in the seventh tied the score. A sacrifice fly from Juan Jerez scored Cheng with the winning run. Tres Gonzalez went 0-for-3 in his Bradenton debut.

RK: DSL PIRATES BLACK

Game Time: 11:00 AM (Completion of a suspended game)

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo

  • Final Line:  4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Angel Rodriguez 1-for-3, BB

Ewry Espinal 0-for-1, 2 BB

Robert De Paula 0-for-3, RBI

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-4

Game Recap:

This is the completion of a suspended game that is 4-4 in the top of the seventh, and scheduled for seven innings. Starter Adolfo Oviedo allowed three runs on five hits and no walks in four innings. He was followed by Luis Brito, who allowed one run on four hits and a walk in two innings. Wilbur Martinez was on the mound for the seventh when it was called, but he is now on the Pirates Gold team and he pitched 2.1 innings on Monday, so someone will have to take his place.

When played resumed, the two teams went scoreless in the seventh, then extra innings saw both teams score the gift runner, but the Pirates added a run for the 6-5 win. Greiber Mendez pitched the final two frames for the win, allowing just that one unearned run. Pirates scored first on a Robert De Paula sacrifice fly. An error scored the next run, followed by a Richard Ramirez RBI single. Christopher Orelin doubled in the fourth run. All of that happened before the game was suspended. After they returned to play, an error led to the tying run and the game was won on a base loaded hit-by-pitch.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Isaias Uribe (1-4, 4.94)

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

Notable Performances:

Ruben Vizcaya 1-for-3, RBI

Roinny Aguiar 1-for-3, RBI

Yordany De Los Santos 0-for-3

John Zorrilla 0-for-2, BB

Game Recap: Pirates moved within one game of wrapping up their division with a 5-1 win in seven innings over the Yankees affiliate. Starter Isaias Uribe allowed one run in four innings, then Wilkin Valdez picked up the win with three scoring, lowering him to a 1.84 ERA. The Pirates went down 1-0 early, then came back with runs on an error and an RBI single by Roinny Aguiar. In the fourth inning, Juan Machado hit a two-run single, then Ruben Vizcaya capped the scoring with a single. The Pirates had four hits all game and three of them drove in runs.

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agent00

alvarez with the golden sombrero plus one! i don’t think i’ve seen that before

1979andCounting

That’s a platinum sombrero and yeah it’s happened before, I recall this season on the Pirates. Maybe it was Reynolds but I could be wrong.

James_Robert5

Carlos Jimenez looked almost as good as Tink Hence (and Chandler)

His change-up is usually very good. Didn’t really stand out today.

Wilkin Ramos didn’t seem to have his usual velocity. It’s a long season.

NMR

Wow, Jimenez really deadens that cambio.

Wilbur Miller

Padlo is in the Indy lineup, but they’re in a rain delay.

AdministrativeSky236

Endy goes BOOM at altoona!

Wilbur Miller

And then they hit him the next time. The bastards!!

Wilbur Miller

And Shack seems to be getting on another run. He’ll be R5 eligible, which is . . . interesting.

Nice game for Nicolas, too.

emjayinTN

The Pirates do not seem to have a long term strategy. Getting some solid hitting and pitching to AA/AAA, but there are very few opportunities at the MLB level so where are they going?

Yes, tough decisions to DFA players, but if the Pirates want to clear that 40 man roster mess, and start preparing for 2023, they have to unload guys like Newman, Gamel, Chavis, VanMeter, Allen, Park, and a few pitchers, etc. Contenders can pick up players and qualify them for the playoffs if added by Aug 31.

With Nicolas and Scott, that Miami trade looks like a big winner.

NMR

Bumping discussion from yesterday’s prospect watch since it seems like those die once the new day’s articles are up. Thanks to james roberts for linking Bubba’s statcast data from last night:

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/gamefeed?date=8/9/2022&gamePk=670737&chartType=pitch&legendType=pitchName&playerType=pitcher&inning=&count=&pitchHand=&batSide=&descFilter=&ptFilter=&resultFilter=&hf=pitchVelocity#670737

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Solometo throwing near zero fastballs lol

NMR

Saw that and wondered how many were classification errors. Looks like a bunch of those “changeups” are indistinguishable from “fastballs”.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yeah, I’d imagine with his rawness that’s likely. I remember commenting to Murphy about one of his Bradenton clips (I think Chen?) that I almost don’t know what’s a slider or a curve anymore lol I’d see a pitch and think “Nice Curve” then it’s tagged a slider.

NMR

One thing I found super interesting, check out the zone plots for him and Solomento.

Chandler has a near vertical arm slot, while Solo’s is practically sidearm, and yet Chandler has more of a horizontal trend line in location. Wouldn’t expect to see that!

Chandler is obviously incredibly raw and has loads of command to pick up as he learns to pitch, but I think this is really promising. There aren’t THAT many uncompetitive pitches there, not like he’s peppering the backstop each at bat.

agent00

any idea why lopez was pulled from the game?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Soooo, Tink Tink looks really good. Like, REALLY good. Generally doesn’t pitch more than 4 innings, so might need to snooze the Marauders game till the 5th.

NMR

Cardinals lining up an absolutely BONKERS 2020 draft class. Their Top 4 prospects per Baseball America – Walker, Winn, Hence, and Burleson – were drafted in exactly that order.

James_Robert5

That was an incredible draft for the Cards

Btw did you see that the Braves are starting 2 HS picks from the 2019 draft?

And neither was a 1st round pick 🙁

NMR

Wow, I did not see they pulled Grissom out of AA.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

*Looks at Cards 2020 draft*

*Looks at Pirates 2020 draft*

*Crying ensues*

TNBucs

I remember really wanting Winn, but I don’t follow things closely enough to have known anything about the others.

NMR

Also heads up to Tim on his recent “projectibility” take….Tink Hence is only a hair over 6′ tall, yet might lay claim to blowing up more than any other HS arm in the entire 2020 draft.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Skinny kid and was bringing straight fire

AdministrativeSky236

Tink Tink is jimenez?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Tink Hence is RHP for Cardinals Lo-A team. He’s been fast rising, just cracking BA’s Top 100 recently

Iowasteel

The Palm Beach pitcher is Tink. Came in with an ERA of 1.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

DSL Gold should have the DSL Northeast just about sealed up.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Are they doing playoffs this season, and if so, how does that generally work in DSL?

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