There was some surprising news in the Pirates’ lower levels, with some prospect promotions, along with some rehabbing players looking to make a comeback soon. One of the surprises was the Pirates’ 2022 third-round pick, Jack Brannigan, playing his first game in Single-A Bradenton. Let’s take a look and see which Pirates prospects performed up to snuff Saturday night, including Brannigan.
INF Hoy Park
- Game: 1 for 4 with a two-run home run
- Season at Triple-A: .224/.357/.344 with an OPS of .701
1B/DH Mason Martin
- Game: 2 for 4 with a double
- Season: .209/.280/.423 with an OPS of .703
The scoreboard may tell a different story than what actually happened in Indianapolis. The Indians were in this game until they gave up four runs in the ninth inning and wound up losing 8-3 to Louisville. Right-hander Cody Bolton, left the game early because of illness.
Altoona Curve- Doubleheader
INF Jared Triolo
- Game(s): 2 for 6 with a double and a triple
- Season: .272/.372/.382 with an OPS of .754
INF Andres Alvarez
- Game: 2 for 3
- Season: .237/.372/.492 with an OPS of .864
Altoona lost both ends of the doubleheader against Akron. In game one, Altoona was held to three hits and lost 4-1, with Quinn Priester giving up eight hits, three earned runs in 4.1 innings. He threw 85 pitches (55 strikes). In game two, Altoona was held to three hits again and lost 4-2.
OF Yoyner Fajardo
- Game: 1 for 2 (broke up the no-hitter in the eighth)
- Season: .260/.335/.370 with an OPS of .705
RHP Domingo Gonzales
- Game: three innings pitched, one hit, no runs, two walks, one strikeout
- Season: 82.2 innings pitched, 85 hits, 5.66 ERA, 40 walks, and 79 strikeouts
Greensboro was getting no-hit into the eighth inning against Bowling Green, and Fajardo broke it up with a single. Ultimately Greensboro was shut out 6-0, and we can classify this one as a stinker.
TWP Jack Brannigan
- Game: 2 for 4 with a two-run home run
- Season: Single-A debut
INF/OF Jase Bowen
- Game: 2 for 5 with a two-run home run
- Season: .280/.358/.454 with an OPS of .812
Special shoutout to INF Tsung-Che Cheng, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a double, and a triple.
It’s a shame this game wasn’t streamed on MiLB.TV because this seemed like a fun game to watch. Pirates prospect Brannigan made his Single-A debut and didn’t disappoint! Joelvis Del Rosario pitched five solid innings of two-run (one earned) ball as Bradenton beat Fort Myers 9-6.
(Nick Gonzales went 0 for 3 with an bases-loaded walk and Lolo Sanchez 2 for 5 with an RBI single. Both prospects are on rehab assignments.)