Roansy Contreras: One Last #RoansyDay to Begin Final Week of Regular Season

 

It was a movement that brought life to the Pittsburgh Pirates system. Something that sparked excitement on your run of the mill Tuesdays, and for the last time this season we got to experience #RoansyDay.

In what was his third start since returning from a forearm injury that forced him to miss two months of action, Roansy Contreras also made what is expected to be his final appearance of the season against the Bowie Baysox.

The 21-year old right handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic pitched 3 1/3 innings in the first game of the Altoona Curve's double header against the Baysox. Things didn't get off to the best of starts, as Contreras allowed the first three batters of the game to reach base safely, one hit being a two-run home run.

He bounced back and only allowed one more hit the rest of his outing, striking out four before lifted from the game after a Gunnar Henderson double in the fourth inning.

In all, Contreras was able to build his pitch count back up to 58 pitches, 35 of which went for strikes.

Since returning from the injured list, Contreras has pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowed six hits, walked one, has been taken deep twice while striking out 11. He is also holding the opponents to an .182 average.

On the season, he posted a 3-2 record with a 2.65 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, striking out 76 batters in 54 1/3 innings across his 12 starts.

Contreras bursted onto the scene this year after being acquired from the New York Yankees in the Jameson Taillon trade. He was ranked towards the backend of the Pirates top prospect list on MLB Pipeline before the year, but has shot all the way up to sixth by seasons end.

Michael Burrows gets Tuesday nod

While Contreras has gotten a lot of the spotlight, he wasn't the only pitching prospect that really improved their status within the system this season. Originally an 11th round pick back in 2018, Michael Burrows slowly worked his way through the system, landing in Greensboro this season.

Burrows was one of the best, if the not the best, pitchers on a very loaded Grasshoppers pitching staff when an injury forced him to not only leave a start early but miss time.

The right hander also started on Tuesday night, pitching three innings of solid baseball in his second outing since returning from an injury.

Against the Hudson Valley Renegades, Burrows surrendered two hits, one a home run, walked two and struck out three. He got his pitch count up to 50, and of those 30 went for strikes.

In the system

>Bligh Madris and Hunter Owen went deep for the Indianapolis Indians in what was the majority of their offense tonight. An Ethan Paul two-run single in the ninth represented the rest of the scoring, as the Indians lost 13-4 to the St. Paul Indians.

>Jack Suwinski's two run home-run was the only bit of scoring for the Curve in game one. A three-run home run in the fifth by Ji-Hwan Bae followed by a Mason Martin solo shot in the sixth helped Altoona mount a comeback in game two.

>Nick Gonzales collected three hits and two talks on the night, including his 22nd double of the season. Lolo Sanchez stole his 30th base of the season, and hit his 17th home run as well. Domingo Gonzalez pitched five shutout innings in relief of Burrows.

>Jackson Glenn, Dariel Lopez, Hudson Head and Ernny Ordonez each collected multiple hits on the night but the Marauders drop their series opener to the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-2. Nick Garcia pitched five innings in the start, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven. Eddy Yean kept the walks to one, but also only struck out a single batter and allowed four hits in 2 2/3 innings.

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