Prospect Watch: Lots of Big Performances From Greensboro

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher:  Steven Wright 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Notable Performances:

Cole Tucker 0-3, BB

Jared Oliva 0-4

Will Craig 1-3, HR (7), BB (OPS is now 1.003, or over 400 points higher than Erik Gonzalez, Ka’ai Tom or Kevin Newman)

Game Recap:

Steven Wright continued to struggle as Indianapolis (25-21) lost to Louisville, 6-1.  Wright gave up all six runs over five innings.  Tyler Bashlor, Shea Spitzbarth and Blake Weiman each threw a scoreless inning.  The Indians had only six hits, with Will Craig’s seventh home run providing their only run.  The only other extra base hit was a double by Christian Bethancourt.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Jeffrey Passantino 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Notable Performances:

Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-3, BB, SB

Rodolfo Castro 2-4

Mason Martin 0-4

Brendt Citta 1-4

Cal Mitchell 2-4, HR (6)

Jesus Valdez 0-4

Game Recap:

Altoona (27-19) lost to Harrisburg, 4-2.  Starter Jeffrey Passantino was charged with three runs, two of which scored after he left in the fourth with an ankle injury.  Oddy Nunez let two inherited runners score and Cam Vieaux gave up an unearned run.  The Curve had eight hits, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Cal Mitchell hit his sixth home run and Canaan Smith-Njigba drove in the other run.  Mitchell, Daniel Amaral and Rodolfo Castro each had two hits.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Carmen Mlodzinski 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 2-4, HR (10), BB

Nick Gonzales 2-5, HR (3)

Liover Peguero 3-4, 2 HR (5)

Aaron Shackelford 0-3

Fabricio Macias 1-4

Lolo Sanchez 1-3, BB, SB

Game Recap:

Greensboro (27-20) got big performances from a number of prospects in a 9-4 win over Greenville.  It started with Nick Gonzales, who returned from a broken finger to go deep in his first at-bat.  That was his third on the season, and it was followed immediately by Liover Peguero’s fourth.  Starter Carmen Mlodzinski gave up a solo home run in the second and the score stayed 2-1 until the sixth.  Greensboro got seven runs in the sixth through the eighth.  That included another bomb from Peguero, his fifth, as well as Matt Fraizer’s tenth.  Mlodzinski gave up just one other hit through six, while needing only 78 pitches, 56 of them strikes.  He fanned nine.  Garrett Leonard gave up one run and Bear Bellomy allowed two in the ninth due to control problems.  Peguero finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.  Fraizer also drove in three.



Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:  Adrian Florencio 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Notable Performances:

Hudson Head 3-4, HR (7), BB

Maikol Escotto 2-3, BB

Sammy Siani 0-2, 3 BB

Endy Rodriguez 0-5

Blake Sabol 3-4, 2B, BB

Dariel Lopez 0-4, BB

Alexander 1-3, 2 BB

Sergio Campana 1-5, SB

Game Recap:

Bradenton (31-16) built up an 8-0 lead over Jupiter and coasted to a 9-5 win.  Adrian Florencio dominated through the first five innings, allowing no runs on just two hits, with eight strikeouts.  He didn’t retire anybody in the sixth, though, and ended up being charged with four runs, three earned.  Oliver Mateo followed with two hitless innings, but walked one, hit one, allowed a run and let two of Florencio’s runners score.  Enmanuel Mejia followed with two hitless, and scoreless, innings.  Hudson Head had a big day, driving in four runs with two singles and his seventh home run.  Blake Sabol had a double and two singles.  Maikol Escotto, Sammy Siani and Norkis Marcos each reached base three times, on three walks in Siani’s case.  The Marauders drew ten walks in all, along with a dozen hits.