The Pittsburgh Pirates could be dealing with a major prospect injury, Nick Gonzales hit a home run, Jared Jones impressed in his Double-A debut, and more in today's minor league roundup
So far this season things have been going pretty well for the Pittsburgh Pirates. So, on Saturday, the baseball gods decided that it's time to interfere. In Triple-A Indianapolis' 5-4 victory over the Louisville Bats, their fourth in a row to improve to 4-4 on the season, one of the organization's top pitching prospects exited with an apparent injury.
Looking to build upon his strong start to begin the season, Mike Burrows was making his second start of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis. Unfortunately, Saturday afternoon's start lasted just 28 pitches before Burrows walked off the mound with Indy's head trainer and manager Miguel Perez with what appeared to be an injury.
Prior to exiting his start Burrows pitched 1.2 innings. He allowed two hits, did not walk a batter, struck out a pair, and the lone run he allowed came on the solo home run he surrendered before being lifted. He threw 16 of his 28 pitches for strikes.
Hopefully, this was just precautionary with Burrows. Burrows is expected to join the Pirate starting rotation at some point this summer on his way to becoming a major rotation building block for the Pirates. Losing Burrows for an extended period of time could have a negative impact on the Pirates both now and in the future.
2020 first-round pick Nick Gonzales helped to jump start the Indy offense. With Indy trailing 1-0, Gonzales led the 4th inning off with his 2nd home run of the season. Gonzales finished the game 1-for-4 with this blast and a walk.
Following the home run by Gonzales, Endy Rodriguez reached on an error. Mark Mathias then got in on the home run fun by hitting his 1st of the season to give the Indians their first lead of the game. Rodriguez started at first base, and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a RBI, and a run scored. Cal Mitchell was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored, Travis Swaggerty was 0-for-1 with a walk, and Miguel Andújar was 1-for-4 with a double.
After Burrows exited the game left Cam Alldred replaced him, striking out three batters while allowing a hit in 2.1 scoreless innings pitched. Hunter Stratton allowed a run in the 5th inning, Colin Selby allowed a run on two hits and a strikeout in 2 innings pitched. Yoham Ramirez struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 8th inning, and Yerry De Los Santos picked up a strikeout in a scorless 9th on his way to picking up his 2nd save of the season.