Prospect Watch: Justin Meis Throws Seven Perfect Innings

Two early afternoon games today, two night games today. I’ll fill in the missing pitchers once they become available. Po-Yu Chen goes for Bradenton today. He leads the team with 99 strikeouts, which ranks tenth in the Florida State League, though he’s just six strikeouts away from fifth place.


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Game Time: 6:35 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff (5-5, 4.62)

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

Notable Performances:

Diego Castillo 0-for-4, BB

Ji-hwan Bae 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Travis Swaggerty 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Blake Sabol 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Recap:

Indianapolis won 9-4 to move to 67-60 on the season. Travis Swaggerty had three hits, including his ninth homer of the season. He walked in his two other plate appearances. Hoy Park had himself quite a day, hitting his tenth homer and driving in four runs. He’s put together a big weekend over the last three days, with eight hits, including two doubles and two homers. Ji-hwan Bae stole his 23rd base. Drew Maggi picked up his 14th double and 19th steal. Bligh Madris hit his 19th double. Jerad Eickhoff got the win with two runs over five innings (the four Pirates starting pitchers combined for no walks in 19 innings today). Four relievers each tossed one inning to finish off the game.


Game Time: 1:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Carmen Mlodzinski (4-8, 5.12)

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

Notable Performances:

Liover Peguero 0-for-5

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

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Henry Davis 1-for-5, RBI

Malcom Nunez 2-for-3, BB

Matt Fraizer 1-for-3, BB

Game Recap:

Starter Carmen Mlodzinski threw four scoreless innings, leading the way to a 5-2 Altoona win. He allowed just two hits, with no walks and five strikeouts, throwing 37 of his 59 pitches for strikes. The bullpen of Nick Dombkowski, Brad Case and Colin Selby combined for two runs over five innings without a walk or a strikeout. Nick Gonzales reached base in all five plate appearances, including his 17th double. Andres Alvarez had three hits, including his 20th homer. He had two runs and two RBIs. Henry Davis and Endy Rodriguez each drove in a run.


Game Time: 6:30 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Justin Meis (3-4, 4.70)

  • Final Line:  7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 1-for-4

Abrahan Gutierrez 0-for-3, BB

Jase Bowen 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Sammy Siani 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Game Recap:

Justin Meis threw seven perfect innings on Sunday night, striking out seven batters, while throwing a total of 75 pitches, with 50 going for strikes. He threw seven shutout innings earlier this week on three hits and two walks. Santiago Florez retired the first four batters he faced before allowing a single to break up the perfect game and no-hitter. He kept the shutout though, as Greensboro won 6-0. The Grasshoppers put this game away early, as all they needed was an RBI single from Jacob Gonzalez in the first, the third batter of the game. Later that inning, Sammy Siani walked with the bases loaded and Jackson Glenn was hit with the bags full. The final three runs scored on solo homers from Mike Jarvis, Gonzalez and Jase Bowen, who had three hits in the game.


Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen (4-7, 4.44)

  • Final Line:  3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3

Matt Gorski 2-for-3

Termarr Johnson 0-for-3, RBI

Jack Brannigan 0-for-3

Sergio Campana 2-for-4

Game Recap:

Bradenton lost 11-2 on Sunday, as defense hurt them early, and Fort Myers continued to pile on throughout the game. Po-Yu Chen started and went three innings, allowing five on seven hits, with three of those runs being earned. He has 103 strikeouts on the season, tops among all Bradenton players. Five relievers followed and all gave up 1-2 runs except Carlos Lomeli, who tossed a scoreless inning. The little bit of offense was led by two hits each from rehabbing Matt Gorksi, and Sergio Campana. Termarr Johnson had an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Tannder Tredaway followed with an RBI ground out. Tres Gonzalez hit a double, which was the only extra-base hit. Jack Brannigan went 0-for-3, leaving him 1-for-23 this week and 5-for-49 in his last 13 games.

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If Campana can reduce his strikeouts and make more contact he is a potential five tool player. Now it is up to him to do it.

Wilbur Miller

He can be very frustrating. He’s an excellent CF with a plus arm (had a great throw to the plate Sat.) and at least 70 speed. He also puts up very good EVs. But the swing and miss is a killer.


One of Nick’s hits was off of an 84 MPH ‘bent’ pitch. Baby steps…..


apparently alvarez is the first person in curve history to have a 20/20 season. fun stat!


So Meis and Park easy player of the week choices for their team this week, Gonzales for Altoona? 🤞


Chen leads Bradenton with 103 strikeouts? Some of those guys have to have double that! Oh wait, you’re talking pitchers. Never mind.

Wilbur Miller

Meis certainly can be good at times.


Tonight appears to be one of those times. They gonna let him go for it?



Great start by Meis


75 pitches thru 7 perfect and they yank him.

Let me go ahead and say it…such BULLSHIT!


Oddly enough Meis was pulled after 75 pitches.

He’s had 5 starts this season with 90 or more pitches including one earlier in the week.

Not sure why he was pulled so early in that game???


One certainty is that all 30 MLB franchises would have handled it the same way.


Good point. No reason to fool with a kid pitching this well at A+ and only 22. Already at 109 IP in 2022. 109 IP in 2021. Another kid who did well in the Cape Cod League (4 starts, 17 IP/17K, 2.08 ERA) and then drafted by the Pirates.

In his 5 Starts in August, averaging close to 6 IP/Start, 3.07 ERA. Lots of good reasons to keep an eye on this kid. Listed at 6’2 and only 160?

And probably a lot of folks from Bethel Park watching his progress very closely.


Yeah, the play it safe mentality has paid such great dividends for the Pirates. How about giving the kid the chance to prove to himself he can get outs under immense pressure?

Challenge ball players to dare to be great! Something that’s sorely missing in this organization.


Meis is only one of five SP’s in the top 3 levels of the minors to pitch more than 100 inning so far this year.

These kids are learning and what he does at A+ in one game is important, but making sure he does not get hurt is much more important. It’s a “gotta be there” type decision and the Manager was there and made the call.

Posting 7 perfect innings is a strong enough statement at this point in his development. Hopefully he has answered enough questions to put him at AA Altoona to start 2023.


It’s always something with this group of commenters. Kid shoves and all we hear about are the negatives.

I completely agree with you. And, I’ll add that a lot of these decisions are scripted ahead of time; it’s part of the larger development process. All anyone here cares about are results or outcomes, and they don’t understand the processes by which you actually get there. Like development, good decision making is a process. Good decisions do not always yield good outcomes, and conversely, good outcomes can also be a result of bad decisions. At this level and every level within this organization, the goal is to make consistently good development decisions; this increases the likelihood or probability of good outcomes. It’s just that simple, i.e., what are the true benefits or upside of letting Meis throw another two innings, especially if he has already accomplished his development goals for the day? All I see is potential downside. They made a good decision.

Last edited 26 days ago by Anthony

Thank you, this was some excellent information.


Again, thank you – great info to process. Just a quick glance and his Slider is his out pitch and he does not have much feel for the Changeup at this point. Maybe drop that down to an average of about 87 mph and see if that plays better.


According to the 2022 media guide, he’s slightly better at 6’2” 173


Bigger at 6’2” 173


The Hoppers radio broadcast sounds just like Bull Durham 😀


Chen and Chen had bad days. Peguero goes hitless after a 4 hit game. 🙁


I’m not quite convinced, but over Gonzales’s last 10 games and 46 PAs he’s only had 6 K’s which matches his number of BB’s. His OPS is 1.101 over this stretch.


Does that mean Altoona is playing in Greensboro? 😉


BC says it’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters. For what that’s worth.

Personally hope BC gets kicked to the curb along with DS and Haines.


As a major Nicky G naysayer, it’s a start.


If he qualified for PAs, he’d prob lead the league in OB%. He has his development challenges, but I don’t get all this doom n’ gloom, bust nonsense.


If he gets his K’s down, the doom and gloom will go away. Until then….it ain’t nonsense.


Bahaha, you must really LOVE Cruz then!!


They BOTH have quick bats, but their K rates are way too high. If they can get them down, we’ll have one productive middle infield combo! BIG ‘if’, tho.


I don’t think it’s a huge “if” for both, but it will take some additional development time.


We’ll have to agree to disagree, esp since you brought up the word ‘development’ irt a PIRATE Prospect. 🙂 🙂 🙂


And that whole Altoona lineup is pretty exciting, with five guys now with OPS’s over .800 (Rodriguez, Shackleford, Gonzales, Nunez, Alvarez) and Triolo at .795.

Wilbur Miller

Suddenly Nick G’s OPS is .823.


Don’t want to react to small sample sizes, but since his return from injury he has been on fire. Lower K rate, good walk rate, excellent power. Looks like a first round draft pick.


The dude was getting on base before his injury.


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