Prospect Watch: Davis, Chandler and Brannigan Power Bradenton to Win

The four full-season teams are in action, which won’t be true for too much longer. All afternoon games today, starting with Bradenton at noon. The teams did us no favors today on the scheduled pitchers, with only Bradenton list. I’ll replace TBD with real names when they become available. Surprise! The DSL playoffs continue today. That was a nice sneak attack this morning by MiLB. Not only were they missing all of the starting pitchers, they also didn’t have an entire game.


Prospect Watch: Pirates Gold Take Series


Game Time: 1:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows (1-3, 4.31)

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

Notable Performances:

Ji-hwan Bae 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4

Diego Castillo 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Recap:

Mike Burrows was scheduled to pitch earlier in the week, but he ended up making an abbreviated outing on Sunday and was strong, throwing two no-hit innings, with one walk and two strikeouts. Since joining Indianapolis he has a 4.10 ERA in 41.2 innings, with 42 strikeouts. In his last five starts, he has a 1.77 ERA in 20.2 innings. Osvaldo Bido followed with four shutout innings on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts. Nick Mears and Travis MacGregor each had a scoreless frame, then things went south on Noe Toribio, who gave up five earned runs. The Indians lost this game 5-2. Indianapolis had six hits and four went for doubles. Ji-hwan Bae had two hits, including his 18th double, which gave the team a 2-0 lead at the time. Diego Castillo added his fourth double and an RBI that started the scoring in the game.


Game Time: 1:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Quinn Priester (2-3, 2.43)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

Notable Performances:

Jared Triolo 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Nick Gonzales 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Endy Rodriguez 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Blake Sabol 1-for-4

Malcom Nunez 1-for-4, RBI

Liover Peguero 0-for-3, BB

Connor Scott 0-for-4

Matt Fraizer 2-for-4

Game Recap:

Altoona lost a tough one on Sunday, as JC Flowers gave up a walk-off two-run homer to give Bowie a 5-4 win. Quinn Priester started this game, his second start this wek, and he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, a walk and six strikeouts. He now has made 12 starts with Altoona, posting a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings, with a 1.23 WHIP and 61 strikeouts. Omar Cruz pitched for the first time in exactly two months and he allowed one run in two innings. Jeffrey Passantino tossed two scoreless and Tahnaj Thomas threw a shutout frame in the eighth. Thomas has an 0.93 ERA since July 1st. The Pirates trailed 2-0 before Endy Rodriguez drove in a run with his seventh double since joining Altoona. Down 3-1, Rodriguez drove in a run with a single in the sixth. He then tied the score with a single in the eighth, before scoring the go-ahead run on a Malcom Nunez single. Jared Triolo hit his 21st double. Nick Gonzales collected his 12th double.


Game Time: 3:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jared Jones (5-6, 4.83)

  • Final Line:  4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-4

Jase Bowen 0-for-4, SB

Game Recap:

Greensboro won 5-3 on Sunday. Jared Jones got the start and lasted 4.2 innings, allowing just one run that was unearned. He now has a 4.63 ERA in 114.2 innings, with 134 strikeouts. Domingo Gonzalez got the win by pitching the final 4.1 innings, allowing two ninth inning runs. Mike Jarvis had himself a career day. He homered, scored twice, drove in two runs and stole four bases. Ernny Ordonez collected two solo homers, giving him 14 homers on the season. Hudson Head hit his 17th double and stole his 12th base. Abrahan Gutierrez hit his 19th double.


Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (3-7, 4.68)

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

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 1-for-3, BB, SB

Jack Brannigan 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Henry Davis 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Termarr Johnson 0-for-3

Bubba Chandler 1-for-2, HR, RBI, BB, SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton got strong starting pitching from Po-Yu Chen and then they powered their way to victory on Sunday, winning 4-0. Chen went five shutout innings on two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. He now has a 4.44 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 99 strikeouts in 95.1 innings. Four relievers finished off the shutout, including 2.1 innings from Darvin Garcia. The offense came on three big swings. Jack Brannigan hit a two-run homer, which was followed by solo shots from Henry Davis and Bubba Chandler, the first for both since joining Bradenton. Tsung-Che Cheng reached base twice, because that’s what he does now. He has a .400 average and a .533 OBP in 24 games this month. He also stole his 28th base.


Game Time: 10:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Alexis Torres (1-1, 4.97)

  • Final Line:  4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Yordany De Los Santos 0-for-3, BB

Carlos Tirado 0-for-3, BB

Axiel Plaz 1-for-4, RBI

Eddy Rodriguez 0-for-4

Roinny Aguiar 0-for-2, HBP

Game Recap:

This was the first game of the second round of the playoffs, a best-of-three series against the Phillies White. The Pirates lost 3-1, putting two runners on base in the ninth, but they couldn’t come up with the big hit. They had just four hits in the game, all of them singles. They also drew four walks and had a runner reach on a HBP, though he was immediately thrown out stealing. Axiel Plaz had the only hit with runners in scoring position, picking up an RBI single. Eybert Escalona had two of the four hits. Starter Alexis Torres allowed one run in 4.1 innings. Rafael Mendez gave up two runs in 2.2 innings. Jesus Clode tossed a scoreless eighth. Tomorrow is a must-win game for the Pirates.

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Was watching the little league world series and congratulations to the Hawaii team in winning it all. what caught my attention was the kids were 10 to 12 years old and they are allowed to throw 85 pitches per game, more if they pitch to the last batter and the pitch count exceeds 85. Now we have the Pirates and the Pirate minor league pitches and I bet none of them throw 85 pitches per outing. Now if they let kids 12 and under throw that many pitches, then why can’t the Pirate pitches and the Pirate minor league pitches do it?


They Pirates do not hold a single starter to under 85 pitches for health purposes.

Plenty of actual shit to be mad about my man!


Can we just go ahead and promote Endy already? Clearly he belongs in a different league. He likely is the best hitter in the organization not named Reynolds.

At least it would give us a reason to watch next month. Other than watching Cruz’s AB’s that is.


Probably a better idea to let him actually develop as a catcher in the minors. His development at the position has been intermittent due to Davis and other prospects.

Catching is the most difficult position to develop. There’s a reason why you don’t see 22 year old catchers in the show.

Just relax and let this happen naturally. You guys and play the kids and promote anyone who goes on a heater is cult-like. Knowing Ben, he’ll call him up for the last series of the season.

If you want to watch Endy, Altoona is a short drive from PGH (assuming you’re a local) or you can watch him on MiLB TV


He certainly is hitting at a pace we Pirate fans rarely see. After watching young prospects get promoted directly from AA to MLB, and do well, I find it difficult to understand why we would not take a shot. Suwinski was AA to MLB with about the same type of stats, except he did not control the zone as well as Endy Rodriguez.


Because here in the real world multiple times as many young prospects fail at that than succeed.


Wow!! You are really riding high on the crest of that sine curve; be prepared to be disappointed.


Seriously, are we sure he’s not ready for the show at this point?


I don’t think he should report to Pittsburgh. He should go straight to Cooperstown.


Only one way to find out.


Jones with 1 hit 5 k thru 5 innings, 2 of those k against Marcelo Meyer.


another 3 hit game for endy. ho hum


We’re almost to Sept 1st…

Do the short outings by Priester and Burrows tell us anything?


QP needs to build innings. Not sure why he would only go three outside of a weather delay or hitting a pitch count threshold in his last inning; don’t know, didn’t watch the game. MB is the complete opposite. He is already well beyond his IP totals from last year. They are prob just trying to manage him thru the end of the season.


Will either pitch in the MLB this season?


Can’t imagine QP will get a token call up, but Burrows may.


Endy with another 2B and another CS. Don’t see how they could justify putting him anywhere other than C (especially at 2B), clearly miles better than Davis back there.


Sure but he won’t be able to play 162 games / year at C.

Maybe 80-100 G at C for Endy and then mix and match with Davis and Sabol

Last edited 1 month ago by James_Robert5

Right. It’s one thing for the team to try to shoehorn no bat-guys into meaningful utility roles. It’s another to do it with Davis so he can catch 50 games, and play some first/RF/DH.

Wilbur Miller

Serious tater for Tank.

Wilbur Miller

And a Bubba Bomb.


Afternoon minor league baseball beats any Pirate MLB baseball ANY day!


Not when it’s Ro day!

Wilbur Miller



I see Henry Davis on the DL… Was he ever taken off of it for the rehab assignment in A ball or is he back on it for another 7 day trip?


Didn’t he get HBP on the back Friday? Maybe that is it. The man needs full body armor!


Scratch that. He is alive and well and homering!


If the MiLB website is correct, the DSL Pirates start their series today against the Phillies white team.

Wilbur Miller

Plaz with an RBI already. He’s relentless.

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