Prospect Watch: Mike Burrows is Strong in Season Debut; Nick Gonzales Homers

Indianapolis wrapped up their abbreviated first week on Sunday. By this upcoming Friday, all four full-season affiliates will be in action.


Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Suffers a One-Sided Defeat


Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows (NR)

  • Final Line: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Notable Performances:

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

Game Recap:

Mike Burrows is one of the top pitching prospects in the Pirates system. You might even find people who have him at the top of the pitching list. He showed some solid stuff on Sunday, holding Omaha to one run over five innings on two hits and two walks. The only downside was that he picked up just one strikeout. He threw 77 pitches, with 45 for strikes. Robert Stephenson followed with his second rehab appearance. He was pulled after 20 pitches in which he recorded two outs, with one hit, one walk, no runs and one strikeout. John O’Reilly finished off the sixth by stranding two inherited runners.

JC Flowers took the seventh. He allowed one hit in a scoreless frame, then gave up a homer and single in the eighth before being removed. Daniel Zamora took over with no outs and a man on. He allowed that run to score, as well as five other runs, though only two runs were earned. Cam Alldred finished off the inning with the final out, then threw a scoreless ninth in the 8-3 loss.

Indianapolis had plenty of chances to add runs on offense, but they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They had 11 hits and five walks. Tucupita Marcano led the way with three hits. Mark Mathias had two more hits, giving him seven for the weekend. Chavez Young had two hits and drove in two runs. The big hit was the first home run of the season from Nick Gonzales. Indianapolis got swept in the series, outscored 28-10.

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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Mike Burrows topping out at 95 is normal?

My brain was telling me he tends to ramp it up a few more. Not to say there isn’t more to the pitch but 93mph from a righty is below Major League average.

Impressive to see the confidence shown in his new changeup, highest-used secondary. The pitch itself, well, impressive to see his confidence in it.


All these guys with zero service time… as soon as we hit 2 weeks are fair game to get called up. Burrows would be my first call up. Even if he just piggy backs on Hill for 2-3 innings. Ditto w Ortiz


Looks like Mathias should be in Boston tomorrow instead of Suwinski or a couple others. The man can hit.


The single K by Burrows juxtaposed with the 10 K’s by our batters seems a little concerning.

Last edited 1 month ago by TNBucs

If all I had as a parting gift from this brutal opening weekend it would be Swaggs, Endy and Burrows healthy and productive. Those three fill all the BIG gaps in the PBC.


After yesterday’s IL report, we deserve good health!


I am a fan of all 3,

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