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All Hands on Deck

Jase Bowen

Mostly good pitching but not much hitting (including a pair of 14 strikeout games) on a 5 win, 4 loss day. Three starters at the lower levels each went five innings without allowing a run, while two others allowed just one run in five innings.


19 year old right-hander Domingo Gonzalez, who allowed just one run in 25 13 IP, while walking 3 and fanning 33, has been promoted from the DSL Pirates-2 to the GCL Pirates.

RHP Yandy Vega and Hai-Cheng Gong have been demoted from Short Season West Virginia to the GCL Pirates.

Indianapolis placed LHP Jake Brentz on the temporarily inactive list.

The Pirates signed 16 year old RHP Cristopher Cruz, MLB Pipeline;s 20th rated international prospect, for $850k. He’s expected to be assigned to one of the DSL teams

Draft pick OF’s Jake Wright and Jasiah Dixon have signed.




Indianapolis (42-41) falls 7-6 at Louisville (32-53)

The Indians scored three in the first but after three were down 6-3.

CF Jason Martin (244/281/411), SS Erik Gonzalez and 2B Kevin Kramer (268/338/412) all singled to open the game, loading the bases. Martin scored on 1B Will Craig’s (253/331/471) ground out, then RF Trayvon Robinson’s double to center drove in the other two.

Starter Dario Agrazal (5-4, 4.05) gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the first but left the game after batting in the second. There has been no indication of why he was removed.

Yefry Ramirez (1-4, 5.06) came in to relieve, and despite striking out seven in three and a third, threw 85 pitches and allowed ten baserunners, with five of them scoring. In the second Ramirez gave up a three-run double off the center field wall to opposing pitcher Keury Mella.

Luis Escobar (1.99 ERA in 49 23 IP) and Sean Keselica (2.70 ERA in 40 IP) were dominant out of the pen for the last three and two thirds, but the Indians fell a run short.


Altoona (44-38) wins 6-4 at Akron (40-45)

Down 4-2, the Curve scored four in the top of the eighth to pull out the victory.

Starter Pedro Vasquez (7-2, 3.11) allowed single runs in the second and third before giving up a two-run homer in the sixth that put Akron up 4-2. He allowed seven hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four.

With one out in the eighth, LF Chris Sharpe (278/366/448) homered to left, his third with Altoona after five with Bradenton, pulling the Curve within one. CF Jared Oliva (253/341/382) followed with a single. After a pitching change, Oliva stole second, his 20th on the year, then DH Robbie Glendinning (333/388/573) doubled to left to tie the game and RF Bligh Madris (254/319/376) knocked his fifth homer of the year to right for the winning margin.

Sharpe, Oliva and Madris each finished with two hits.


Bradenton (45-37) drops 7-2 decision to visiting Jupiter (29-49)

SS Oneil Cruz’s (308/357/462) two-run homer in the first were all the runs Bradenton would score, and the only runs that Jupiter’s starter Trevor Rogers (4-6, 2.50) has allowed in his last four starts. Six days ago the Marauders managed only two hits and a walk against the 21 year old Rogers in eight scoreless innings. In this game he allowed four hits and two walks in seven innings while fanning eleven.

C Deon Stafford (231/337/378) and DH Jesse Medrano (202/262/274) eached fanned three times while going 0-for-4, as the team went down on strikes fourteen times.

Bradenton starter Hunter Stratton (5-3, 4.78) was knocked around for six run in four and a third innings on seven hits and a walk while striking out five.


Greensboro (51-32) goes down 3-2 in extra innings to Hagerstown (35-49)

The Grasshoppers tied the game at two in the top of the ninth but eventually lost in elevel innings.

Colin Selby had a solid start, allowing just one run in five innings on five hits and two walks while striking out five.

The hitters managed only five hits and two walks in eleven innings, striking out fourteen times. 3B Mike Gretler (218/295/303) hit a solo homer in the sixth, his second.

Short Season A

West Virginia (10-9) holds on for 2-1 win at Auburn (9-9)

21 year old right-hander Jesus Valles (5.09 ERA in 17 23 IP) had a strong start, his first effective one in four tries. He allowed just one run in five innings, a solo homer leading off the game, on five hits and no walks as he threw 43 of 58 pitches for strikes.

2019 10th round pick Cameron Junker and Mike LoPresti each threw two scoreless innings of relief. LoPresti worked out of a one out, bases loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.

2019 7th rounder LF Blake Sabol (195/327/341) had two hits, including a seventh inning triple from which he scored the game winning run.

Advanced Rookie

Bristol (7-8) rolls 7-4 at Kingsport (7-8)

20 year old right-hander Jose Maldonado (2.45 ERA in 14 23 IP) threw five shutout innings, striking out six while allowing only two hits and two walks.

Johnstown’s Trey McGough followed with two perfect innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced.

Cleanup hitter 3B Aaron Shackelford (270/413/486), the 14th round pick in 2019, was 2-for-4 with a double and triple.


GCL Pirates (3-4) 3-2 victor at Red Sox (4-4)

19 year old right-hander Arlinthon De Dios tossed five shutout innings, striking out five while allowing just four hits and a walk.

The Pirates only had five hits, two by 2019 11th round pick LF Jase Bowen, who’s 4-for-9 in two pro games.

Dominican Rookie

Pirates-1 (12-16) drop 5-4 walk off at Indians (14-14)

Down 4-0, the Pirates-1 scored four times in the top of the ninth to tie the game only to see the Indians win it with a run in the bottom of the inning.

1B Shendrik Apostel (175/404/325), 2B Ronny Sanchez (302/375/326) and LF Eliazer Montero (222/340/311) all walked to load the bases with none out. SS Bladimir Susana’s (324/395/324) ground single to center scored two, CF Fleury Nova’s (368/419/441) single another, then the fourth run came home on the third wild pitch of the inning.

Starter Andy Maldonado (10.05 ERA in 13 13 IP) gave up two runs in three innings on three hits and three walks.

Nova was the only batter with two hits, out of the team’s eight.

Pirates-2 (23-5) with 13-1 bashing of visiting Colorado (13-15)

The game was scoreless after three, but the Pirates-2 scored one in the fourth and then four in each of the fifth, six and seventh innings.

19 year old right-hander Sergio Umana (4-1, 2.43) worked five scoreless innings, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out four.

SS Dariel Lopez (379/421/540) smashed a pair of homers, his first two of the year as he drove in four.


Disabled List

Triple-A Indianapolis

2019-06-27 3B Hunter Owen, left hand contusion

2019-06-12 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, fractured left index finger (rehabbing at West Virginia)

2019-06-12 Util Pablo Reyes, ankle (rehabbing at West Virginia)

2019-04-28 RHP J.T. Brubaker, right forearm strain (rehabbing at West Virginia)

2019-04-21 RHP Brandon Maurer, right knee inflammation (rehabbing at West Virginia)

Double-A Altoona

2019-06-12 LHP Elvis Escobar, left shoulder strain

2019-04-26 2B Stephen Alemais, right shoulder strain

2019-04-04 RHP Gage Hinsz, right forearm strain

High-A Bradenton

2019-06-28 LF Daniel Amaral

2019-06-27 RHP Aaron Shortridge

2019-05-17 LHP Oddy Nunez, back strain

2019-05-04 RHP Drew Fischer, right elbow strain

2019-04-28 SS Oneil Cruz, right foot fracture (rehabbing at GCL Pirates)

Low-A Greensboro

2019-06-28 LHP Zach Spears (60 day)

2019-04-04 RHP Travis McGregor (60 day), recovering from Sept 2018 Tommy John surgery

Advanced Rookie

2019-06-17 RHP Lizardy Dicent

2019-06-17 LHP Roger Santana


2019-06-24 RHP Andres Arrieta