Prospect Watch: Luis Ortiz Highlights Rough Night for the System

Four night games today, including the second Triple-A start for Luis Ortiz. Minor Moves for the day include the return of Matt Gorski. Bradenton had their game postponed. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Anthony Solometo and Termarr Johnson Lead Bradenton to Victory

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 7:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (0-0, 9.00)

  • Final Line:  6 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-hwan Bae 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Diego Castillo 0-for-5

Bligh Madris 2-for-4, 3B

Blake Sabol 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Mason Martin 3-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Carter Bins 1-for-4

Game Recap:

Indianapolis lost a 4-2 lead late in the game, ruining a great start by Luis Ortiz, who was making his second Triple-A start. Ortiz did not do well in his first outing with Indianapolis, giving up four runs in four innings. This game saw him allow two runners on no hits and two walks in six innings. He gave up two runs, but both were unearned. He struck out nine batters. John O’Reilly tossed a scoreless seventh before allowing three runs in the eighth for the loss. The Indians scored a run in the sixth on a Bligh Madris single. Mason Martin hit a solo homer in the seventh, his 17th of the season, as part of a three-hit night. Ji-hwan Bae brought in a run with his 20th double. Blake Sabol hit a solo homer, his second for Indianapolis. The Indians had one walk and 12 strikeouts, with all nine starters contributing to the air show. (UPDATE: At some point after the game was over, a hit in the boxscore attributed to Ortiz’s line was changed to a fielder’s choice, switching this to six no-hit innings)

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:05 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas (1-4, 4.17)

  • Final Line:  3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Gorski 1-for-5

Nick Gonzales 0-for-3, BB

Endy Rodriguez 2-for-4

Henry Davis 1-for-4

Malcom Nunez 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Connor Scott 2-for-4, 2B

Game Recap:

Altoona saw the return of Matt Gorski, but they lost a one-sided affair to Erie by a 9-2 score. Kyle Nicolas started and gave up two runs over three innings while running up his pitch count (68) to shorten his night. Enmanuel Mejia was out next and he gave up five runs while recording just one out. Brad Case settled things down with 2.2 scoreless, before an error led to two unearned runs against Bear Bellomy. Gorski had a 1-for-5 night in his first game with Altoona in over two months. Both Curve runs scored on a throwing error by the Erie catcher, trying to pick a runner off of third base. Connor Scott had two hits, including his 23rd double.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 7:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Ricky DeVito (3-5, 4.70)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Sammy Siani 0-for-4

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-2

Jase Bowen 0-for-3

Game Recap:

Greensboro had a rough night, losing 11-2. Starter Ricky DeVito gave up seven runs in three innings. The offense didn’t score until it was already 11-0, which was also how many strikeouts they had compared to walks on the night. Both runs scored in the eighth on Jackson Glenn’s 16th double. Glenn was the only player with two hits in this ugly loss, in which they allowed nine hits, nine walks, three hit batters and committed two errors.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 6:30 PM POSTPONED

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Jimenez (1-7, 4.13)

  • 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:

All recaps will be posted after the games are finished. GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED

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NMR

Bummer seeing Nicolas continue struggling so much with control in the second half. Adds to the strong list of reliever prospects in Altoona, though.

emjayinTN

OK John, is it time for the Pirates to bring Mason Martin up for an exposure to MLB pitching? 25 doubles, 5 triples, 17 HR, 68 RBI, 12 SB at AAA. Yes, he has struggled in ’22 and strikes out a lot (170K), but has also walked 49 times for a rate of 1 Walk for every 3.47 K’s – Chavis is 4 years in the league with a rate of 1 Walk for every 8 K’s.

I know it could hurt – well, NO, it cannot hurt anything to bring up Martin.

emjayinTN

I can understand that, it has been a down year for him. So, if we do not want him up just to look, I have to think he will be available in the Rule 5?

emjayinTN

No consideration for playing half the AAA season as a 22 year old ? How about the mental approach. Could it help him turn the corner with a little pat on the back that tells him the club still has belief in his abilities? We’ve had guys come up and look terrible – so what – not like we are playing for anything, and there is always that possibility, maybe remote, but what if things start to click?

I think he deserves the shot with the Pirates.

agent00

ortiz!!! future pirates ace

emjayinTN

Like the enthusiasm, but not ready for that leap of faith just yet. He was a near-dominant pitcher in AA in 23 Starts this year, but they are his only starts above A ball. He completely skipped A+ and has also thrown 124 innings to date in AA/AAA – almost 50% more innings this year than last year.

Time to start thinking about safely reducing wear and tear on his arm for 2022, and prepping him for competing for a SP or long inning RP role in 2023 for the Pirates. He’s an innings eater and built for the long haul at 6’2″ 240. Nice to have a future of Burrows, Bolton, Priester, Ortiz, Nicolas, and others to add to BRU, Keller, and Contreras to start 2023.

AdministrativeSky236

Im going to be so sad when we lose these daily prospect watch articles with minor league seasons wrapping up

emjayinTN

Burrows and Contreras both did well in the AFL last year. Who are our possibilities for pitching in the AFL that need extra innings?

Wilbur Miller

I’m feeling bereft just going from 7 affiliates to 4, and BRD is gone in a few days. Sad!

AdministrativeSky236

Most days i dont even have a boxscore to watch until 6pm EST or so, no good!

roibert.kasperski

Soon, this will be us….

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