Prospect Watch: New Prospects Debut; Fraizer Hits 19th Homer

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Season preview


Starting Pitcher: Beau Susler  4 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Tucupita Marcano 0-for-3, 2 BB

Hoy Park 0-for-3, BB

Anthony Alford 2-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI

Cole Tucker 1-for-4, RBI

Fabricio Macias 0-for-4

Game Recap: Beau Sulser has been pitching well this season, but he didn’t have it on Wednesday against St Paul. In four innings, he allowed eight earned runs on seven hits and two walks. That raised him to a 4.13 ERA in 69.2 innings, with 69 strikeouts. He had a 3.29 ERA coming into the day. Dillon Peters followed with two scoreless frames, then Tanner Anderson allowed two runs over the final two innings in the 10-5 loss.

Tucupita Marcano made his debut with the Pirates and had two walks and a run scored. Hoy Park had a walk and a run scored. Anthony Alford had the big games, with his ninth double, tenth homer and two runs scored. He has a .981 OPS in Triple-A this year. Christian Bethancourt also had a big game, with two doubles and three RBIs. Cole Tucker had the only other hit for the Indians. The bottom four in the lineup went 0-for-15.


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Osvaldo Bido 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ji-Hwan Bae 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Diego Castillo 0-for-2, 2 BB

Jack Suwinski 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Mason Martin 2-for-4

Cal Mitchell 1-for-3

Game Recap: Altoona scored a 5-4 win on Wednesday thanks to a three-run homer by Ji-Hwan Bae and a home run by Jack Suwinski in his first game since joining the Pirates. Osvaldo Bido got the start and allowed four runs over 6.1 innings on nine hits and two walks. He ran into trouble early, quickly going down 3-0, but hung in there and allowed just one run after the second inning. John O’Reilly took over in the seventh and recorded the final eight outs on only 24 pitches, giving him the victory. Bae’s homer was his second of the season with Altoona and his third overall. Suwinski broke a 4-4 tie with his homer, the 16th of the season for him. Diego Castillo also played his first game and he drew two walks. Mason Martin had two hits. Jesus Valdez was released prior to the game. He was acquired in the David Freese deal.


Here are some updates on Roansy Contreras, Oneil Cruz and Miguel Yajure, who I threw in here because two Altoona players trumps one Indianapolis. All good progress, though the two Altoona players aren’t close to returning


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Matt Fraizer 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Nick Gonzales 2-for-5, 2B, HR, RBI

Jared Triolo 1-for-5, SB

Liover Peguero 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Matt Gorski 1-for-3, BB

Lolo Sanchez 1-for-4

Game Recap: Greensboro lost a wild game, one in which they lost a 4-0 lead, only to take an 8-4 lead late, followed by a 9-8 loss. Santiago Florez started and had an odd game with control issues and a lack of strikeouts through five scoreless innings. In the sixth, he recorded just one out before allowing four earned runs. That turned his solid outing into four runs over 5.1 innings on five hits and five walks, with just two strikeouts. Since being promoted to Greensboro earlier this month, he has eight strikeouts in 15.2 innings. Bear Bellomy got the final two outs of the sixth with no problem, then gave up three runs in the seventh before recording an out. Oliver Garcia walked three batters and allowed a run of his own in the seventh. Austin Roberts gave up the deciding run in the eighth.

In the fourth inning, Greensboro took a 2-0 lead on a two-run single by Liover Peguero. In the fifth they took a 4-0 lead after back-to-back solo homers from Matt Fraizer (his 19th) and Nick Gonzales (sixth). After Winston-Salem tied it, Grant Koch his a sixth inning grand slam. Blake Sabol had a big game with three singles, a walk and two runs scored. In addition to the homer, Gonzales also added his ninth double. Jared Triolo stole his 18th base.

From Jake Crouse on

“Carmen Mlodzinski throwing off the slope. Deciding when to get him back into games, assuming progress continues.”


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz  5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO

Notable Performances:

Maikol Escotto 1-for-5, SB

Hudson Head 0-for-3, BB, HBP

Dariel Lopez 2-for-4, RBI, HBP

Endy Rodriguez 1-for-3, 2 BB

Alexander Mojica 0-for-2, HBP

Eli Wilson 0-for-4

Jase Bowen 0-for-4

Daniel Rivero 0-for-3, BB

Game Recap: Luis Ortiz had a strong outing on Wednesday night, with one unearned run on four hits, one walk and nine strikeouts in five innings. That lowered his ERA to 3.04 through 53.1 innings this season, with 64 strikeouts. Wandi Montout followed with two unearned runs over three innings. He allowed four hits and struck out three batters. Enmanuel Mejia picked up the win by retiring all six batters he faced, four on strikeouts. All three runs were unearned in the 4-3 win in ten innings, due to two throwing errors by Alexander Mojica.

The offense reached first base a lot, giving them a lot of chances to score runs. All six hits were singles. They also had five walks and three hit-by-pitches. Endy Rodriguez and Dariel Lopez each reached base three times and scored a run. Lopez also had an RBI. The Marauders got their first run on that RBI single by Lopez, which brought home Maikol Escotto. A ground out two batters later turned into two runs due to a throwing error. In the bottom of the tenth, Ernny Ordonez walked it off with a single that scored Endy Rodriguez.

** Rookie league teams are all off on Wednesdays**