6-8-22 – By Justin Verno – @JV_PITT on Twitter
Greetings from the beautiful Outer Banks where I am sunburnt and likely drunk as you read this! Let’s dive in.
5-Quinn Priester-no stats yet
10-Bubba Chandler No stats
*no stat this week*
19- Hudson Head
A Few quick thoughts-
Blip on the radar?
A week after I suggested he needs to be promoted to AAA, Liover Pegeuro had a rough go of it. A quick look at his line and it shows he might be pressing a bit. Not that he has the highest walk rate to begin with, but he took zero walks last week and his K rate was an astronomical 38.5%. To give us an idea of how out of character that is, he’s never stuck out more than 25% in any given season. This is what pressing looks like and why he should be in AAA. A kid hits a point where he’s trying to get to the next level, and this is often the result. And, sure it shows he still has things to work on, but he looks like he could work on those things at the next level.
I thought about taking Martin out of the rotation here, but I made my bed now I must lay in it. He’s struggling and that’s putting it nicely. The thing that stands out to me? Walk rate. It was abysmal this past week and as always when Martin expands he struggles. Shrink the plate Martin, that’s the key to any success Martin will have.
Anthony Solometo made his debut in A ball, technically he made the debut last week. Making this is his first real action and he’s off to a fast start! The delivery is so fun to watch and one gets the feeling that he’ll be a town favorite from day one. Congrats Anthony.
I am now in constant awe at Travis Swaggerty’s turn around. ON 5/18 he was slashing 174/269/232. He has completely rewritten his season story and rode it all the way the MLB slashing .280/.362/.439 at the time of the call up. Swaggs is a guy who could really speed up the rebuild , a really fun story here. This is why I love doing these write ups. Congratulations Swaggs!
Now back to my beers!
3 thoughts on “Top 15 Prospect Update”
I have to wonder if Cruz may have been called up by now if he had accepted a more frequent move to the OF from the BOY? It may have made them consider him instead of Mitchell, Suwinski or TSwag.
The numbers are awesome but when they make the move ,most if not all get some hits but they level out around the 220 mark just like most of the team There has to be a change in coaching at the major league level becaus3 the pitches own the hitters for the most part
I’m going to go out on a limb and say no. I give credit when credit is due and call them out when they’re wrong and Cherington is off on this. I certainly get the concept of keeping a year of control by manipulating service time, but I don’t have to like it. Cruz was ready out of camp and I get the feeling his struggles were mostly due to pushing too hard. Trying to get to PNC with every AB.
Another reason I think he should have started in PGH? The Buccos should be really fun to watch next year and I think they are a bonafied playoff team in 24. Having your most promising bat have full 2 years in him come 24? Does the front office see no value in that? I think that’s a flawed approach by the FO and this is rarely mentioned by fans.