Prospect Watch: Terrific Tuesday

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So far, Tuesday has been a day to follow the farm system, with Roansy Contreras and Quinn Priester making their starts on that day.  Chad Kuhl will make a rehab start for Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS

(7:35pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Chad Kuhl 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Ke’Bryan Hayes 0-3

Kevin Kramer 2-4, 2B

Dustin Fowler 1-4, 2B

Austin Davis 1 IP, 2 K

Game Recap:  Chad Kuhl continued his rehab as Indianapolis (11-7) lost to Omaha, 3-1.  Kuhl threw three quick innings, but had some trouble in the fourth.  He gave up a run and left with two on and one out, but Matt Eckelman got a double play to end the inning.  The Indians tied the game in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Rivera, but that was all they could get.  Eckelman gave up a run each in the fifth and sixth.  Kevin Kramer had two hits, including a double, and Dustin Fowler and Christian Bethancourt each had a double, but Indy went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.  Austin Davis continued his own rehab with a 1-2-3 inning, including two strikeouts.  Ke’Bryan Hayes played third and went 0-for-3 before leaving for a pinch hitter.

ALTOONA

(6:00pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Roansy Contreras 4 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 0-4

Oneil Cruz 0-4

Rodolfo Castro 0-3, BB

Mason Martin 0-4

Cal Mitchell 1-4, HR (3)

Canaan Smith-Njigba 0-2, BB

Game Recap:  It had to happen at some point.  Roansy Contreras had a shaky start, throwing 40 of 71 pitches for strikes and allowing a home run and a triple, along with five runs.  Altoona (11-7) lost to Erie, 5-1.  The Curve couldn’t get any offense going, managing only three hits.  Arden Pabst and Brendt Citta had singles, and Cal Mitchell provided the only run with his third home run of the year.  Erie has the league’s oldest pitching staff and the pitchers Altoona faced are 26, 28, 25 and 26.  The starter has been at AA or higher since 2018 and has experience in AAA and the majors.  Cam Vieaux, John O’Reilly and Shea Murray combined for five scoreless innings in relief.

GREENSBORO

(6:30pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Quinn Priester 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-2, HR (2), 2 BB

Matt Gorski 0-4

Lolo Sanchez 1-2, 2B, BB

Game Recap:  Quinn Priester threw five scoreless innings as Greensboro (10-9) blanked Wilmington, 3-0.  Priester only fanned three, but he needed just 48 pitches.  Colin Selby and Austin Roberts followed with two hitless innings each.  The Grasshoppers had just six hits, but did draw seven walks.  They got one run on an RBI single by Jared Triolo; a second on two walks, an error and a sacrifice fly; and their last one on Matt Fraizer’s second home run of the year.  Lolo Sanchez and Aaron Shackelford each had a hit and two walks.

BRADENTON

(6:05pm)

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Starting Pitcher:  Luis Ortiz 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Notable Performances:

Sergio Campana 2-4, 2 2B, BB

Endy Rodriguez 1-4, BB

Dariel Lopez 1-4, 2B

Maikol Escotto 2-3, BB

Jase Bowen 3-5, HR (2)

Sammy Siani 0-3, HBP, SF

Alexander Mojica 2-3, HR (3), BB

Hudson Head 2-4, 2B, HR (2), BB

Jared Jones 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Game Recap:  Bradenton (10-9) got an impressive pro debut from Jared Jones and routed Palm Beach, 12-2.  Luis Ortiz started and gave up two unearned runs over four innings.  Jones, the Pirates second-round pick out of high school last year, threw three scoreless innings in his first game, fanning six.  He gave up two hits and a walk, sat at 95-97 mph and reached 99, and showed potentially good secondary stuff.  He even got the win.

The Marauders got big days on offense from several players.  Jase Bowen had three hits and four RBIs, and went oppo for his second home run of the year (his career in fact) and first over the fence.  Alexander Mojica had a single and his third homer.  Hudson Head hit his second home run and added a double.  Maikol Escotto reached base four times and Sergio Campana hit two doubles.  Bradenton broke a 2-2 tie when Bowen and Mojica hit two-run bombs in the sixth.  They later piled on for five runs in the eighth.  Tony LaRussa will be holding a press conference about this travesty.

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