Prospect Watch: Luis Ortiz Has Tough AAA Debut, Endy Goes Deep Again

Kyle Nicolas takes the mound for Altoona today, with starters in Indianapolis and Greensboro currently unannounced. Anthony Murphy recently wrote about what has been working for Nicolas.

Kyle Nicolas: Attacks Hitters Base Off ‘Feel’ On The Mound

The system had a big day yesterday, led by Endy Rodriguez hitting two home runs.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Prospect Watch: Endy Rodriguez and Tsung-Che Cheng Stay Hot; Termarr Johnson is Heating Up

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Game Time: 7:05 PM EST

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz

  • Final Line: 4 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hoy Park 3-5, 2 2B
  • Drew Maggi 2-5, 2B
  • Ji-Hwan Bae 2-5, 3B
  • Travis Swaggerty 2-5, 3B
  • Blake Sabol 1-3, HR (1), BB
  • Travis MacGregor 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Indianapolis (65-60) scored five times in the first inning, but in the end edged Louisville, 8-7.  The big blow in the first was a three-run home run by Blake Sabol, his first longball in AAA.  He’s off to a good start at Indy, going 3-for-10 with the homer, a walk and just one strikeout.  Hoy Park had two doubles and a single, and Travis Swaggerty had a single and a triple.  Ji-Hwan Bae had a single and a triple, and Drew Maggi a single and a double.  After Louisville tied the score, Bae picked up the eventual winning run in the seventh by hitting the triple and coming home on a sac fly by Bligh Madris.  Luis Ortiz had a difficult AAA debut, although like so many of his AA starts he didn’t exactly get hit around.  In four innings, he gave up four hits, a walk and a hit batsman, but five of those six runners scored.  Four came on a grand slam in the third and two unearned runs came home in the fourth.  Noe Toribio gave up one run over two innings, then Travis MacGregor retired six straight, five on strikes.  Eric Stout left the bases loaded in the ninth.  Indy pitchers struck out 14 total.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Game Time: 6:00 PM EST

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Nicolas

  • Final Line: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

  • Nick Gonzales 1-4, 2B
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-3, HR (8), BB
  • Aaron Shackelford 1-4, HR (25)

Game Recap:

Altoona (61-62) was done in by walks in an 8-4 loss to Akron.  Kyle Nicolas started and gave up a run in each of the first two innings, then walked four in the third inning before leaving.  Omar Cruz came in with two outs and walked in another run.  Cruz walked two, as did Tahnaj Thomas.  Bear Bellomy didn’t walk anybody but gave up two runs.  Most of the offense came from the longball.  Endy Rodriguez belted his eighth in AA and 24th on the season.  Aaron Shackelford hit a two-run shot, his 25th on the year.  Connor Scott doubled in the other run.  Nick Gonzales also had a double.  The Curve drew one walk and fanned 14 times.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Game Time: 6:30 PM EST

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez

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

Notable Performances:

  • Hudson Head 1-3, 2 BB
  • Jacob Gonzalez 1-3, 2 BB
  • Abrahan Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Ernny Ordonez 2-4, SB
  • Sammy Siani 1-3, BB, SB
  • Jackson Glenn 2-4, 2B, SB
  • Domingo Gonzalez 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Game Recap:

Greensboro (55-66) beat Winston-Salem, 7-1.  Valentin Linarez made his second start since being promoted and worked three hitless innings.  He did walk three.  Domingo Gonzalez threw the next four innings, giving up the only run, to get the win.  That ran his record to 9-3.  Gonzalez started the season in the rotation and had a very bad time through the end of June.  Since then, though, he’s had a 2.55 ERA in 13 outings, mainly in long relief.  Mitchell Miller threw shutout ball for the last two innings.  The Hoppers got contributions from almost everybody, as seven players reached base at least twice.  The team had nine hits and nine walks, with Hudson Head, Jacob Gonzalez and Abrahan Gutierrez each reaching base three times.  The only extra base hits were doubles by Gutierrez and Jackson Glenn.

LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game Time: 6:30 PM EST

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Peralta

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Notable Performances:

  • Termarr Johnson 1-4

Game Recap:

Bradenton (64-59) got only three hits and lost to Fort Myers, 4-0.  Starter Luis Peralta once again couldn’t throw strikes.  It took him 83 pitches, only 42 of them strikes, to labor through three and two-thirds innings.  He gave up only three hits but walked five and allowed all four runs.  Jake Sweeney, Yunior Thibo and Cy Nielson worked the last five and a third without any damage.  The three hits were all singles, by Termarr Johnson, Juan Jerez and Sergio Campana.  The Marauders whiffed 13 times and drew two walks.

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PirateRican21

Looking at the current Hi-A lineup, and it is scary bad, Altoona might not be a team to follow next year unless Rodriguez, Davis and Gorski repeat the level.

jon6er

If Rodriguez, Davis and Gorski end up repeating the level it’s time for a regime change for sure. Endy probably should finish this year at Indy, lol.

Wilbur Miller

This is tough viewing. I’m watching the Altoona and Bradenton games. Nicolas walks four in the third inning, mostly on pitches WAY out of the zone. Then Omar Cruz comes in and walks in another run, and goes 3-2 before getting an out.

Meanwhile, Luis Peralta starts the second with two walks, falls behind again and gives up a three-run bomb. After an out he walks another. Also with many pitches far out of the zone.

It’d be a stretch to say that any of these guys even HAVE mechanics. And this is after nearly a full season at their current levels.

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Colin

A bit of fatigue, maybe?

Wilbur Miller

Termarr with a drive to the wall in CF. Nothing to show for it, but hard contact.

melkel

Looked like a very good approach, working the count full. Hopefully with just a bit more man strength those will be gone.

Wilbur Miller

He was one of the youngest players in the FCL. I have to think he’s close to the youngest in the FSL.

melkel

Hope they don’t ruin his approach.

Wilbur Miller

Endy just can’t be stopped. Goes oppo against a 2021 1st rounder who’s been dominating.

1979andCounting

Biertempfel reporting Bucs are going to try Henry in the OF. Good call, gotta get him and Endy into the same lineup, and NOT at 1B.

Wilbur Miller

At this point, I’ll be happy with Davis playing “in the lineup.”

emjayinTN

Catchers can play any position on the field – just ask them, and they will tell you so, but from Catcher to OF is a huge get. Catcher’s muscles just do not develop and lengthen the same way as OF’s muscles, and that would just be the first consideration.

Catchers grow up blocking pitches – natural relationship to first basemen, and they do not have to run for a living. If Chavis and VanMeter can play 1B, Davis can play 1B.

The Pirates could go into 2023 with as good of a lineup as we have had in 4 or 5 years – not the time to be taking such a leap of faith, especially when it will mean restricting opportunities for guys like Suwinski, Mitchell, Gorski, Swaggerty, etc. 1B is a position of weakness – Davis and Rodriguez can strengthen it, and keep their bats in the lineup without the wear and tear on their legs.

bscat

Dale Murphy started as a catcher & moved to centerfield.

James_Robert5

Bryce Harper seems to be doing OK with the transition

Anthony

Harper is a generational talent; apples and oranges sir.

roberto

I was a C/OF. OF was vacation time. The issue always was that sitting an exceptional OF to play a good one may be a bad strategy. I’m sure Davis can be a perfectly competent OF. Most of the plays are pretty routine. But occasionally you’d like the ball to be hit toward a guy with great speed and outstanding technique.

melkel

Sabol just hit a homer for Indy. Would be awesome to have three guys that can catch hit and play other positions.

1979andCounting

Daulton Varsho. If Davis is as good an athlete as they say he is, it can be done.

Anthony

Is “athletic” really in his scouting profile? If that were the case, then why do so many question his defensive ability to STAY behind the plate?

ArkyWags

Agreed I think he’s a better athlete than most catchers. I think he can hit. Staying healthy is the big deal.

roberto

Bingo. Catching is exhausting, complex, and hazardous. OK, he’s been hurt at the plate so far, but I can guarantee he’ll have multiple injuries every year he catches 100 MLB games.

TNBucs

but from Catcher to OF is a huge get”

But Doumit did it 😉

It does seem a bit odd, though, when there is no clear first baseman of the future but there are lots of prospects for the OF. OTOH, it can’t hurt to give him reps in RF where is arm would be a real asset.

PirateRican21

I read that on a different site this morning, was waiting to read someplace else to believe it, like you my first question was why not 1b, and then settle on the arm as the reason.

1979andCounting

Davis has a cannon, so you’re wasting a tool at 1B. Endy’s too short to play 1B……we have to actually find a pro-typical first baseman, which has eluded us.

PirateRican21

Bring back Josh Bell this off season, Taillon too!

1979andCounting

I can’t go thru another round of Bell! I can’t watch him try to throw the ball to 2nd or to home……..those plays need to be made.

ArkyWags

It’s funny how people focus on that flaw of Bell’s like it’s some fatal issue. To even call it a flaw is too much. Like getting all bent out of shape about a pitcher’s pickoff move.

1979andCounting

It is certainly a flaw when a MLB position player can’t throw a ball accurately 90 feet. I’ve watched Bell with the Nats, and yes he is still a flawed thrower of the baseball.

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