Prospect Watch: Four Losses in Four Games for the FCL/DSL Pirates on Monday

All of the full-season teams are off on Monday, leaving an abbreviated schedule.


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Starting Pitcher: Ryan Harbin 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Juan Jerez 0-for-2, RBI, 2 BB

Angel Basabe 0-for-3

Deion Walker 1-for-3

Luis Tejeda 0-for-3

Game Recap: Ryan Harbin made his fourth start of the season on Monday. He came into the game with a 3.60 ERA in ten innings, with ten strikeouts. That went up after serving up six runs (five earned) in three innings, on five hits and three walks. Christian Charle followed with three runs over five innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and had six strikeouts. The Pirates had just two hits in the game. One was a triple by Carlos Canache. The other was a single by Deion Walker. Juan Jerez walked twice and had an RBI on a ground out that scored Fleury Nova, who reached on a two-base throwing error and moved to third base on a wild pitch. Canache scored after his triple on a suicide squeeze by Nova. The Pirates lost 9-2.

Ethan Goforth joined the team on rehab. He hasn’t played since May 16th in Bradenton. He caught three innings and went 0-for-1 at the plate.


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Starting Pitcher: Dante Mendoza 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 1-for-3, BB

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-2, 2 BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-4

Sergio Campana 1-for-2, 2 HBP

Norkis Marcos 0-for-4

Deivis Nadal 0-for-4

Game Recap: Dante Mendoza made his season debut, pitching his first game in nearly two years since playing for Bristol in 2019. He was on a limited pitch count, going one inning with one hit, no walks and two strikeouts. Joelvis Del Rosario followed with his 1.38 ERA in three starts and he allowed three runs in his first inning of work. He ended up allowing six runs (five earned) over 3.1 innings. Johan Montero allowed two runs over 2.2 innings, then 17-year-old San Marino pitcher Alessandro Ercolani made his pro debut and struck out two of the three batters he faced in a scoreless inning. Adrian Mendez tossed a scoreless ninth in the 8-1 loss. The Pirates had five hits, all of them singles. They also had three walks and two HBP, both by Sergio Campana, who also had a hit. Tsung-Che Cheng drew two of those walks, while Jasiah Dixon had a single, walk and run scored. Dixon has a 1.100 OPS in 13 FCL games.

For his five perfect innings and ten strikeouts on Saturday, Valentin Linarez was named as the FCL Pitcher of the Week.



Starting Pitcher: Antwone Kelly 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Jesus Castillo 1-for-1, 3 BB

Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Ewry Espinal 0-for-1, 2 BB

Omar Alfonzo 1-for-4

Shalin Polanco 0-for-4

Javier Rivas 0-for-4

Ruben Vizcaya 1-for-2, BB

Game Recap: In his pro debut, Antwone Kelly allowed five earned runs while recording just two outs. His second start went much better. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk in three innings, while striking out four batters. He gave way to Jesus Clode, who allowed three runs in 1.1 innings. It could have been worse, but reliever Jonathan Salazar stranded two inherited runners. Salazar finished with 1.2 scoreless innings in the 4-3 loss. Jesus Castillo had quite a game on offense, reaching all four times up with a single and three walks, while scoring two of the three runs. He scored the first run of the game, coming around on the first pro double from Enmanuel Terrero. Fabian Urbina had an RBI single in the fifth. Terrero drove in the third and final run in the sixth on a ground out. Shalin Polanco went 0-for-4, leaving him 1-for-16 in his first five games.



Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia  2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Wesley Zapata 1-for-3, BB, SB

Jeral Toledo 1-for-3, 2B

Esmerlyn Valdez 1-for-3, SB

Eddy Rodriguez 0-for-2, RBI

Samuel Escudero 1-for-1, BB

Gustavo Armas 1-for-2, 3B, BB

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-3

Game Recap: Hard-throwing top pitching prospect Roelmy Garcia went two scoreless innings in his debut with some control issues. His control was a little better in game two today, as he allowed one unearned run in two innings on two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Rafael Mendez was out next and he went 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on two hits, a walk and three hit batters. Lewys Guzman recorded the final out of the fifth inning, then Wilkin Valdez took over with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts to finish out the seven-inning game, which the Pirates lost 4-2.

The Pirates had five hits and three walks, but their batters went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They scored their first run on a Wesley Zapata single, an error and a sacrifice fly by Eddy Rodriguez. They added their second run in the seventh on a Gustavo Armas triple, followed by a wild pitch. Jeral Toledo hit his second double of the season. Zapata stole his second base.