Prospect Watch: Malcom Nunez Homers; Anthony Solometo Racks Up Strikeouts

Three early games on Wednesday. Things didn’t go well for Indianapolis and Altoona, with both clubs getting hit hard. Bradenton didn’t get a good outing from their starter either, but they came back for an extra-innings win. Greensboro won the lone night game, with Anthony Solometo as the headline pitching prospect tonight.


Prospect Watch: Pirates Get Some Welcome Pitching Performances


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Indianapolis Indians

: Memphis 12, Indianapolis 7
Indianapolis Starter:
Kent Emanuel (0-0, 0.00)
Pitching Line
: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Box Score: LINK

Top Performers:

  • Nick Gonzales 2-for-4, BB
  • Endy Rodriguez 0-for-4, HBP
  • Cal Mitchell 1-for-5, 2B, RBI
  • Malcom Nunez 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Game Recap:

Kent Emanuel threw shutout ball in his first two appearances this year, including a start for Indianapolis. Things went the complete opposite on Wednesday afternoon. He lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing nine earned runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter.

JC Flowers came on to finish off the second inning. He allowed two runs on two hits in 3.1 innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. Hunter Stratton struck out the side in the sixth on 11 pitches. Daniel Zamora allowed a run in the seventh. Colin Selby tossed a scoreless eighth in the 12-7 loss.

Malcom Nunez hit his second homer of the season and drove in three runs. Nick Gonzales reached base three times on two singles and a walk. Tyler Heineman drove in two runs while connecting on a double and a triple.

Chris Owings landed on the Injured List today. Josh Bissonette started at shortstop and collected three hits.

Cal Mitchell and Chavez Young each hit their third double. Aaron Shackelford hit his fourth double.


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Altoona Curve

: Bowie 9, Altoona 3
Altoona Starter:
Justin Meis (0-1, 6.43)
Pitching Line
: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO
Box Score: LINK

Top Performers:

  • Henry Davis 0-for-3, BB
  • Liover Peguero 0-for-4
  • Matt Gorski 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Recap

Starter Justin Meis got roughed up early and Altoona couldn’t make it back, losing 9-3 to Bowie. He allowed four earned runs over 4.1 innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while picking up just one strikeout. Matt Eckelman was solid with 1.2 scoreless. Oliver Garcia allowed three runs in the seventh. Juan Minaya gave up a run in his 1.1 innings. Tyler Samaniego surrendered a run in the ninth. The five pitchers combined for ten walks, with everyone chipping in.

Altoona scored two runs in the fifth on an Andres Alvarez sacrifice fly and a Dylan Shockley single. Alvarez drove in another run in the ninth on an infield single that scored Matt Gorski. Shockley had two of the team’s six hits. Gorski’s second double of the season was the only extra-base hits. He scored two runs and he drew a walk. Lolo Sanchez had two walks.


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Greensboro Grasshoppers

: Greensboro 3, Greenville 2
Greensboro Starter
: Anthony Solometo (0-0, 5.87)
Pitching Line
: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Box Score: LINK

Top Performers:

  • Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-4
  • Jase Bowen 0-for-3, BB
  • Hudson Head 0-for-3
  • Maikol Escotto 1-for-3

Game Recap:

Anthony Solometo made his third start of the season on Wednesday. He went 4.1 innings on five hits, two runs, two walks and eight strikeouts. He threw 51 of his 80 pitches for strikes. This was his longest outing of the season. He now has a 5.25 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings.

Mitchell Miller followed Solometo with four strikeouts over 1.2 scoreless. He stranded an inherited runner. Will Kobos tossed two shutout frames, before giving way to Cy Nielson in the ninth. He came on with a 3-2 lead and shut the door for the save. His two strikeouts gave Greensboro pitchers 15 strikeouts total in the game.

All of the runs in this game scored on two swings. Solometo served up a two-run homer in the second inning. Eli Wilson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Jackson Glenn had two of Greensboro’s five hits. Mike Jarvis hit his third double and stole his fourth base. Tsung-Che Cheng failed to get any hits/walks, but he did manage to steal two bases.


Pirates 2023 Minor League Previews: Bradenton Marauders

: Bradenton 6, Daytona 5 (11 innings)
Bradenton Starter
: Wilber Dotel (0-0, 8.10)
Pitching Line
: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
Box Score: LINK

Top Performers:

  • Jesus Castillo 0-for-5, RBI, BB
  • Shalin Polanco 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
  • Jauri Custodio 1-for-5
  • Braylon Bishop 1-for-4, RBI

Game Recap:

Starter Wilber Dotel had a rough day with the control, which led to three runs (two earned) over 3.2 innings. He allowed two hits, walked four and hit a batter, leading to 76 pitches thrown in his abbreviated outing.

Yoldin De La Paz followed Dotel with 1.1 scoreless frames, finishing his day with three walks and three strikeouts. He needed 32 pitches to get four outs. Ryan Harbin and Elijah Birdsong each pitched well, tossing two hitless/shutout frames apiece. Harbin gave up one hit, while Birdsong retired all six batters he faced, three on strikeouts.

Darvin Garcia had the strange line in the tenth of allowing a run, while retiring all three batters he faced. He gave up an unearned run in the 11th as well, but still got the victory when Bradenton scored twice in the bottom of the inning.

The Marauders scored their first run in the fourth on a Braylon Bishop single, with an error allowing a second run to score. Geovanny Planchart then singled in a run tied to the game 3-3.

A ground out by Alexander Mojica in the tenth tied the game 4-4. Bases loaded walks to Jesus Castillo and Shalin Polanco ended the game.

Polanco hit his first double, which was the only extra-base hit for Bradenton. He also drew two walks. Tres Gonzalez had two hits and two walks, as well as a stolen base. He was the only Marauder with more than one hit.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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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I am waiting for Head to go 3/5 with a double and an HR. Definitely glad Endy came in that deal. Keeping my eye on Shalin as well. Technically both eyes on box scores.


Shalin does have an awfully sweet swing, whew.


Like a ripe mango. Just watched a few clips on Youtube. Just as sweet as I remembered it. You remember this fella’s swing?

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Professional Hitter!

(also what’s the trick to posting pictures now?)


Eli Manning kind of resembles Big Will.


I have no idea. I just copied the image off wiki and pasted it. Thought it would be a link. I am about as tech savvy as Nick G is at picking up curves.


I’d be curious to see Endy’s exit velo stats right now. He’s making contact, just not doing much with it.

Hank also has one of the more bizarre lines you’ll see. More walks than strikeouts, only a 6% swinging strike rate, but also pulling almost everything he hits with a ton of ground balls and half his fly balls in the form of popups.

Early season small sample product most likely, but also might just benefit from facing better competition?


Love to see Malcom Nunez hit a HR and collect 3 RBI against a team of players he was a part of last year at Springfield in the Texas League. He had excellent numbers at Springfield as a very young player in AA, and after the trade did even better for the Altoona Curve.

FG was high on his defensive ability since moving to 1B, so I am hoping he can remain a strong hitter at AAA and a better than average defender at 1B.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Solo was hitting 94-95. He’s looking good. Hard to square up, and a lot of swing and miss


Stadium gun? Twitter scouts?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Stadium gun. Which, tracks with what individuals were mentioning during spring training


This is encouraging especially after last week!

Wilbur Miller

I watched the end of the GBO game. Nielson, the lefty, looked pretty tough. Maybe he can move fast?


Maybe more perception than reality, but it’s seemed odd to me that they prefer aggressively promoting hitters more than pitchers. The opposite would seem more logical.

Wilbur Miller

It would.

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