Prospect Watch: Endy Rodriguez Homers, As Indianapolis Drops Their Season Opener

Today was Opening Day of the minor league season, though only Triple-A Indianapolis has games this weekend. The rest of the teams start on Thursday for Altoona and Friday for Bradenton and Greensboro. Indianapolis plays at 1:35 PM on Saturday.


Just leaving this up here today so you’ll see where you can find the Prospect Watch from the previous day throughout the season.


Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (NR)

  • Final Line: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

  • Travis Swaggerty 1-for-5, 2B
  • Nick Gonzales 2-for-5, 2B
  • Endy Rodriguez 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
  • Cal Mitchell 1-for-3, BB
  • Malcom Nunez 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Recap:

Luis Ortiz started the opener off a bit rusty, throwing 20 pitches in the first. He walked two batters, but he didn’t allow any runs. He gave up one walk and a double after the first, on his way to 3.2 scoreless innings. Ortiz threw 58 pitches, with 35 going for strikes. John O’Reilly helped him out by stranding an inherited runner at third base to finish the fourth. Robert Stephenson pitched the fifth inning and allowed one run on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Cody Bolton took over in the sixth. He gave up two runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Angel Perdomo helped him out by stranding two inherited runners.

Colin Selby had a rough eighth inning, though he only allowed one run, thanks to Yerry De Los Santos working out of a bases loaded jam. Selby allowed one hit and three walks, while recording two outs. De Los Santos ran into a lot of trouble trying to get the save in the ninth. He gave up four runs before being pulled with one out. Cam Alldred stranded two runs, as Indianapolis lost 8-6. Their relievers allowed all eight runs, but they also stranded all eight inherited runners.

Endy Rodriguez homered in his first at-bat of the season. It went skyrocketing downhill for the top prospect after that point, going 0-for-4 at the plate, while committing an error and giving up five steals in five attempts. Travis Swaggerty doubled and scored a run in his first at-bat, but that was all he ended up with for the night. Indianapolis scored five of their six runs in the first inning. Nick Gonzales had a single and double in his first Triple-A game. Mark Mathias had three hits and a run. Malcom Nunez drove in two runs with a pair of singles. Tucupita Marcano had a two-run double with two outs in the first inning. Miguel Andujar went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Owings blew a routine dp ball with the bases loaded which would have only allowed one run to score and then De Los Santos struck out the next batter. But I guess it’s better than Owings blowing games in Pittsburgh.

Wilbur Miller

It looks like they may have been idiotic enough to send Peguero back to Altoona just to clear SS for Owings. He’s not a SS and shouldn’t be regarded as depth there, or anything else. They should be focused on getting Peguero ready to play there if something happens at the ML level.


Stuffing him in AAA after what he showed last year is how to do that?

Wilbur Miller

If he needs two years in AA, he’s not going to be successful anyway. The idea that you can make a guy succeed by leaving him at a level for years and years is wrong. It’s based on the false notion that development is linear and has to come in increments. He’ll either handle the challenge or he won’t.

Last edited 2 months ago by Wilbur Miller

And yet college players spend 3 or 4 years developing at the same level


College is not comparable to Milb. It’s the opposite of linear progression. You see a top pitcher on Friday and by Sunday you’re facing freshmen again. Edit: at least from a hitting perspective. Peggy’s issues are both hitting and throwing.

Last edited 2 months ago by 1979andCounting

No, Peggy scuffled in Altoona. He needs to come back and go .290/.350/.450 and not have so many errors.
His pedigree is too high to call last year a success

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