Prospect Watch: Indy, Altoona Undone By Pitching Meltdowns

Altoona’s season is now over.  Ben Cherington has said there’ll be some promotions to AAA for the final ten games there, so we’ll see a bit more of some of the Curve players.


Prospect Watch: Strong All-Around Day for Altoona


Game Time: 1:35pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Noe Toribio

  • Final Line: 0 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Notable Performances:

  • Hoy Park 1-4, BB
  • Blake Sabol 2-4, 2B
  • Carter Bins 2-3, 2B, 3B, BB

Game Recap:

Noe Toribio failed to retire a single batter in the first and Indianapolis (70-70) never recovered, losing to Toledo, 7-4.  Toribio didn’t allow any hits, but he walked three and hit two.  All five scored, with two runs unearned due to an error by Tucupita Marcano.  Austin Brice didn’t help, inheriting three runners and letting them all score.  Brice is a good example of why the Pirates’ bullpen has been so bad.  He was part of Ben Cherington’s minimal off-season effort to address an area of obvious need, in his case in the form of AAA depth.  He didn’t allow any of his own runners to score today, but his ERA at Indy still stands at 5.56.  Dillon Peters made his first appearance since being outrighted and allowed a run in an inning and a third, even though he also didn’t allow a hit.  Indy pitchers walked 11 in all, and hit three.  The offense was handicapped by three 0-for-5s in the 2-4 spots, from Marcano, Ji-Hwan Bae and Brendt Citta.  Carter Bins had a double and a triple, and Blake Sabol a single and a double.  Hoy Park drove in two.


Game Time: 1:00pm

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Matt Eckelman

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

Notable Performances:

  • Nick Gonzales 1-3, 3B, BB, SF
  • Henry Davis 1-4, 2B, HBP, SB
  • Fabricio Macias 1-4, HR (4), BB
  • Matt Fraizer 2-3, 2B, BB, SB

Game Recap:

A six-run fourth inning put Altoona (71-66) down, 9-2, and a comeback fell just short as the Curve lost to Reading, 9-8.  New knuckleballer Matt Eckelman started but stayed in only one inning, which was uneventful.  Bear Bellomy struggled, giving up three runs over two innings, then Nick Dombkowski gave up five in the fourth while recording only one out.  Jeffrey Passantino helped out, letting Dombkowski’s last two runs score plus one of his own.  Four other relievers combined for five scoreless innings, with Cam Junker fanning the side in the ninth.  Since joining Altoona, he’s allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven, in four and a third innings.  The Curve had nine hits and seven walks, with Matt Fraizer the only player getting two hits and Malcom Nunez the only one with none.  Fraizer had a double, a walk and a steal, his 18th on the year.  Nick Gonzales had a triple, a walk and a sac fly, and no strikeouts.  Fabricio Macias hit his fourth home run, drew a walk and drove in three.  Henry Davis had a double and a steal, and only got plunked once.

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Hey Jeff, how bout Altoona handing it to the two big Reading arms?


Probably just a case of hitting the wall for Toribio. Pitched 50 innings at AA in 2021 – 8 Starts, 6 RP. In 2022 had a brilliant 39 IP at AA in 16 relief appearances, and then promoted to AAA where he added another 40 innings of relief in 19 appearances. Still just turned 23 in Aug.

Best outlook is that 3 of the 4 Pirate MiLB full season teams were .500 or better in a year where minor leaguers promoted to MLB (none earned a full service year) accounted for 64 or 43.9% of the HR’s hit by the Pirates so far this year. Pitching wise, Contreras is up (106 days of service if he stays up through Oct 5), and Oviedo, Ortiz, Burrows, Bolton, Priester, and a few others will compete for the Pirates pitching staff in 2023.

All we need now is an Owner willing to spend 9 figures, and a new outlook at Manager ASAP.


That Toribio line is impressive, no hits 5 runs…..two HBP as well, wow!

Last edited 16 days ago by PirateRican21

Makes me wonder what the record is for the most runs given up with zero hits allowed.


In AAA! Unheard of, poor kid.

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