Prospect Watch: Pirates Gold Take Series

The DSL Pirates Gold face Houston Orange in the rubber match of their opening-round playoff series.  The other four still-active teams have evening games.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: DSL Pirates Gold Stay Alive

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Johan Oviedo

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

  • Travis Swaggerty 0-0, 3 BB, SF
  • Cal Mitchell 1-3, HBP
  • Jack Suwinski 2-4, 2 2B

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (62-58) beat Rochester, 5-3.  Johan Oviedo continues to get stretched out as a starter.  He worked three and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk, and fanning four.  John O’Reilly went two and a third to get the win.  Austin Brice gave up one run and Eric Hanhold two.  Jack Suwinski did the most damage, driving in three runs with two doubles.  Travis Swaggerty had no official at-bats, but he hit a sac fly and walked three times, which oddly were the only three walks Indy drew.  Mason Martin had a double.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:35pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 3 H 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

  • Jared Triolo 2-6, 2B
  • Endy Rodriguez 3-6, 2 2B, HR (5)
  • Blake Sabol 1-5, HR (14)
  • Malcom Nunez 2-5, 2B
  • Aaron Shackelford 1-3, 2 BB
  • Liover Peguero 2-5
  • Connor Scott 2-4, SF

Game Recap:

Altoona (59-59) blew an early 4-0 lead and a late 5-3 lead, but beat Bowie in ten innings, 10-8.  The Curve got a first-inning home run from Blake Sabol, his 14th homer of the year, and a big day from Endy Rodriguez.  He had two doubles and a home run, and scored three times.  With Altoona, Rodriguez is batting 345/429727 with five home runs.  He has 21 dingerz on the year.  The pitching could have been better.  Starter Kyle Nicolas threw only 43 of 77 pitches for strikes over four innings, allowing three runs, two earned.  Brad Case gave up two, and Nick Dombkowski and Tyler Samaniego each allowed a run to let Bowie tie the game.  In the top of the tenth, the Curve banged out four singles to take a three-run lead, with Liover Peguero, Connor Scott and Nick Gonzales each driving in a run.  Austin Roberts let only the free runner score in the bottom half.  Jared Triolo and Malcom Nunez each has a single and a double.  Scott and Peguero also had two hits each.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 7:05pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jack Carey

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

Notable Performances:

  • Mike Jarvis 1-5, HR (4)
  • Jacob Gonzalez 2-5
  • Yoyner Fajardo 1-2, 2 BB
  • Eli Wilson 2-4, HR (6)
  • Jase Bowen 2-4
  • Ernny Ordonez 2-4

Game Recap:

Greensboro (52-64) lost to Greenville, 8-4.  Jack Carey started and struck out three in the first inning, but he threw only 15 of 32 pitches for strikes and exited after the one frame, allowing one run.  Three relievers all gave up runs as well, with Logan Hofmann giving up four, along with four walks, in two and a third innings.  Mike Jarvis and Eli Wilson each went deep.  Jarvis’ longball was his fourth for the Hoppers.  Wilson’s was his sixth and he had two hits for the game.  Wilson has been hot since he’s been getting more playing time.  He has a .904 OPS in August and is now batting 267/346/422 overall.  Jacob Gonzalez, Ernny Ordonez and Jase Bowen also had two hits apiece.  Sammy Siani drew a walk but struck out his other four times up.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 6:30pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Jack Brannigan 1-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Bradenton (60-58) lost to Dunedin, 5-2.  Joelvis Del Rosario started and got hit around a good bit, but still allowed only two runs in five innings.  The other three came off Bladimir Dotel, who was making his full season debut.  The Marauders had only five hits and fanned a dozen times.  Tsung-Che Cheng had a double and a walk, and Jack Brannigan had a double.  Termarr Johnson continued to not look like the player the Pirates supposedly drafted, going 0-for-3.

RK: DSL PIRATES GOLD

Game Time: 10:00am

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Gilberto Alcala

  • Final Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Juan Machado 1-3, 2B, 2 HBP
  • Yordany De Los Santos 0-2, 2 BB
  • Eddy Rodriguez 0-1, 2 BB, HBP, SB
  • Tony Blanco, Jr. 0-1, 2 BB
  • Jhonson Pena 2-3, 3B
  • Patricio Ress 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Adolfo Oviedo 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Wilbur Martinez 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Recap:

The Pirates Gold won the rubber match of their opening round series with Houston Orange, 4-2.  Presumably, their next series will start Monday morning, but there’s nothing posted yet.  This game featured a rain delay during the first inning, after the Pirates had gotten their first two runners on base.  After play resumed, they picked up one run, then broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the third.  Everything happened with two out.  Roinny Aguiar knocked in one run, then Jhonson Pena drove in two with a triple.  Gilberto Alcala started and, after a scoreless first, came back out after the rain delay.  He left after loading the bases with one out and Patricio Ress came on to get the side out with only one run scoring.  He ended up working four innings and allowing one run.  Adolfo Oviedo and Wilbur Martinez covered the last three and two-thirds with no damage.  The Pirates had only five hits and the middle of their order, including even Axiel Plaz, got shut down.  Yordany De Los Santos, Eddy Rodriguez and Tony Blanco, Jr., each drew two walks.  Pena finished with two hits.  Juan Machado doubled and got hit twice.

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Catch_22

I think it’s safe to say that Endy has surpassed Liover in the prospect rankings. 29 E’s for Lio and a sub .700 OPS and only an 83wRC+

jtkuch

For me, it’s Endy, Davis, and Priester top 3. Exact order not perfectly clear. Termarr needs to actually show me something in pro ball before I add him to that mix. Liover is part of the next tier with the likes of Burrows and Chandler.

1979andCounting

Defensive player of game for Curve: Connor Scott. Outstanding in RF. Three great catches. 2 were highlight reel catches.

emjayinTN

Thanks for that. I always get the box scores and was surprised to see Triolo in CF and Scott in RF. Still only Scott’s age 22 season – I think he has a lot to offer right now, but could be a much better prospect if he can start to hit for some power.

gosteelers69

I thought Termarr Johnson was the best high school hitter that any scout has seen over the past couple of decades? Right now he isn’t hitting anything. I see Jackson Holliday crushing things for the Orioles as would be expected.

dbsteel

A bit early no doubt, but you are right……hes stunk. I thought he could hit in his sleep. He should be tearing this stuff up, but hes been awful.

ArkyWags

Give it a rest its 30 plate appearances.

chappy

38 plate appearances into his career is a bit early to bail…

goodtymes31

What happened to Bae? Looks like he’s missed the last few games if I’m not mistaken?

1979andCounting

Endy having a big game as DH! HR, 2 doubles, and maybe I’m missing another AB.

chappy

Call him up! I am serious. He deserves to be learning in the Bigs.

emjayinTN

I mentioned a few days ago that I thought he was probably MLB-ready right now, and still think so. Wherever he plays, he is a very talented kid that the Pirates have been deliberately sitting on because any movement for him may have upset the master plan for Henry Davis.

I think he is exhibiting a special talent similar to the talent exhibited by another Rodriguez who now calls Seattle home – some facts

Julio Rodriguez 21, 174 AB in AA, 362/461/546/1.007, 29 BB/37 K, 7 HR
Endy Rodriguez 22, 55 AB in AA, 346/429/727/1.156, 7 BB/10 K, 5 HR

Both are exceptional hitters and both are very strong defensively.

Catch_22

Geezus H

We’re now comparing Endy with Julio Rodriguez. You guys are so far gone from reality

emjayinTN

No, the numbers are comparative for the same level of MiLB baseball. Are the numbers reality or should we just ignore them? I thought the comparison was unique for kids with the same last name and possibly even more favorable to the Pirates.

I do not expect the Pirates of Bob Nutting/BC to do anything – it’s just not in their DNA. Jerry Dipoto and Seattle are a different story.

SufferinBuccotash

Except for the fact that Endy has one third of the ABs that Julio had in AA.

Players get hot and then they get cold. Those numbers could look a lot different after 120 more ABs.

Last edited 1 month ago by SufferinBuccotash
roberto

Adding data and logic to a discussion? Unfair!

ArkyWags

That’s more than a bit crazy.

Anthony

Why even have MiLB??

Tell me you’re a millennial without telling me you’re a millennial LOL

Last edited 1 month ago by Anthony
Catch_22

These guys are idiots. Plain and simple

roberto

It’s never simple. My only management skill was to encourage my colleagues to say, That’s a bad idea. Usually they were right.

PirateRican21

Davis with less than 160 at bats for the year, most of them below AA.

1979andCounting

Seeing Nicky G. in person is unremarkable. No evidence whatsoever of Nicky Bats. Swung at first pitch 3 out of 4 ABs…….he’s definitely pressing. Only one ball out of the IF.

gosteelers69

He was 0-4 Las time I checked. He’s still a total disappointment. And if he is what he is now, it’s another big time miss. And that’s why this franchise has been so terrible for so long. You can’t miss on your first picks, and the Pirates have done that way too often.

gosteelers69

Make that 0-5 tonight for Nicky.

Last edited 1 month ago by gosteelers69
1979andCounting

Curve game: Sabol with a nice 2 run OPPO field dinger. Nicholas is throwing a nice curve, but wild w FB. Two walks and a HBP still in the second inn.

chappy

Good job Gold! Who is next?

Does anyone know what the championship team wins?
Is there a trophy?
Do they get monetary bonuses?
Are there crowds watching these games?

leefieux

Last chance!

chappy

So I was looking at minor league stats and found out that when promoted Endy Rodriguez was leading the South Atlantic league in OPS. Guess who was 2nd? Vaughn Grissom! I was so confused because I realized Grissom had just played really well against us in our previous series. So I looked up Grissom’s number and saw that he torched AA and got the call up to the bigs. Guess who is hitting at AA even better than Grissom, per OPS? That’s right Endy! But which team calls up their star? We all know the answer…

Anthony

You can’t really “torch” AA in 90 ABs.

redwards60

That is why teams like the Braves and Cardinals win….they draft well, develop their players, and aren’t afraid to promote and play them

Anthony

The context here is putting your prospects in a position to be successful.

roberto

The answer is that one is a catcher and one is a second baseman. Question: which one has a major role in every defensive play? Hint: It ain’t a second baseman.

redwards60

Yes, because the catchers we have in Pittsburgh are just so good.

PirateRican21

Even on every pick up throws?

roberto

Who called it? Who balanced the ups and downs of calling it? Some teams call it from the dugout, so your question is fair. But most teams don’t. Watched a successful pick off last night. Salvy dropped his mitt (the sign), Lopez started running to the bag, and Singer turned and threw.

chappy

That is a possible answer, but I see no reason that a catcher can’t learn up here rather than in the minor leagues. What’s going to happen here differently than has been happening? Losing? As it is, how much different will he be 10 months from now when he makes his debut? The sooner he gets here, if he has earned it, the sooner the MLB learning begins, which hopefully would get them to winning sooner.

roberto

You may have identified an industry-wide error or you may be underestimating the complexities of an MLB catcher’s role. It is true that Johnny Bench was an outstanding catcher at 22, but that’s uncommon.

chappy

I am not talking about him being MVP. I am talking about him learning at the level he probably is ready for. Yadier Molina debuted at 21.
Your argument would make sense if we were talking about a contending team, but the Pirates stink. He can’t mess up the team. Almost for certain he would improve it.

roberto

If Endy is as good as Yadi, I will be happy to admit I was wrong. But note that the same FO team that fleeced the Mets and Marlins in catching trades disagrees.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Rain trying to thwart the Gold offense!

leefieux

GO GOLD!!!!

chappy

Never thought I would be invested in a DSL team, but here I am!

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