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Pirates Minor League Report: Termarr Johnson Homers in A-Ball

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Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft selection Termarr Johnson waits his turn in the batting cage after signing his contract with the team, before the Pirates' baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Pittsburgh, Friday, July 29, 2022.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates earned three wins on Wednesday, with a former first round pick hitting a homer and a top pitching prospect continuing to mow down opposing batters.

Triple-A Indianapolis defeated the Iowa Cubs 2-0. Braxton Ashcraft kicked off the shutout with 4.1 scoreless innings in his second Triple-A start, while Indianapolis scraped across two runs in the eighth inning to claim victory.

The Altoona Curve took down the Bowie Baysox 6-4, with the bullpen allowing just one run over 8.1 innings after starter Drake Fellows got dinged for three runs early.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades 8-2, with Termarr Johnson and P.J. Hilson each hitting a homer and Wilber Dotel turning in six scoreless innings.

Bradenton lost 10-2 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers after the bullpen got shelled for eight runs in 3.2 innings.

Here are some of the top performances amongst Pirates’ minor leaguers on Wednesday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (31-38)

RHP Braxton Ashcraft

  • Game: 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 K’s.
  • Season: 64 IP, 3.23 ERA, 71 K’s in 13 appearances (12 starts).

SS Liover Peguero

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Season: .276/.338/.408 with 14 doubles, 2 triples and 4 homers in 61 games.

Double-A Altoona (25-40)

1B Joe Perez

  • Game: 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Season: .214/.298/.348 with 8 doubles, a triple and 5 homers in 53 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

RF Sammy Siani

  • Game: 3-for-5 with a homer.
  • Season: .276/.345/.464 with 10 doubles, 3 triples and 7 homers in 54 games between Greensboro and Altoona.

High-A Greensboro (38-26)

RF P.J. Hilson

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a homer.
  • Season: .233/.313/.438 with a double, a triple and 9 homers in 46 games between Bradenton and Greensboro.

RHP Wilber Dotel

  • Game: 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 K’s.
  • Season: 52.1 IP, 5.16 ERA, 50 K’s in 13 starts.

Single-A Bradenton (28-36)

RF Esmerlyn Valdez

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Season: .238/.362/.444 with 10 doubles, a triple and 9 homers in 56 games.

1B Axiel Plaz

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Season: .217/.306/.446 with 3 doubles and 6 homers in 31 games between rookie ball and Bradenton.

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