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Pirates Minor League Report: Sunday Slugging Surge

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Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Alika Williams (75) throws out Tampa Bay Rays Rene Pinto on a ground out to end the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Monday, March 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Power was the recurring theme amongst the Pirates’ minor leaguers on Sunday, with extra base hits aplenty from all four affiliates.

Triple-A Indianapolis defeated the Iowa Cubs 6-4 behind three-hit days from Alika Williams and Matt Gorski, as well as five innings of one-run ball from Domingo Germán.

The Altoona Curve trounced the Bowie Baysox 7-2 courtesy of another homer from Charles McAdoo, one from Carter Bins and a strong start by Po-Yu Chen.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers dropped a 12-9 track meet to the Hudson Valley Renegades, scoring five runs in the late innings to tie it before surrendering the decisive margin in the top of the ninth. Greensboro flashed their power despite the loss, with homers from Maikol Escotto, Shawn Ross, Jack Brannigan and Luke Brown.

Mike Burrows got roughed up in his second appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery, but that didn’t prevent the Bradenton Marauders from picking up a 6-3 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Here’s a look at the top performances from the Pirates’ farm system to round out another week of games.

Triple-A Indianapolis (33-40)

CF Matt Gorski

  • Game: 3-for-4 with 2 doubles.
  • Season: .265/.313/.583 with 13 doubles, 5 triples and 14 homers in 59 games.

2B Alika Williams

  • Game: 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.
  • Season: .333/.417/.524 with 2 doubles and a triple in 6 games.

Double-A Altoona (29-40)

RHP Po-Yu Chen

  • Game: 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 K’s.
  • Season: 69 IP, 4.43 ERA, 46 K’s in 14 appearances (12 starts).

C Carter Bins

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .339/.418/.577 with 10 doubles and 5 homers in 41 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

High-A Greensboro (41-27)

DH Jack Brannigan

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a homer and 2 walks.
  • Season: .223/.362/.410 with 9 doubles, a triple and 8 homers in 52 games.

C Shawn Ross

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .201/.378/.545 with 4 doubles and 14 homers in 43 games.

Single-A Bradenton (31-38)

RF Esmerlyn Valdez

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .229/.351/.428 with 11 doubles, a triple and 9 homers in 60 games.

3B Javier Rivas

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .231/.29/.385 with 12 doubles, a triple and 6 homers in 61 games.

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