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Pirates Prospect Watch: Multi-Homer Game for Hilson, Johnson Also Goes Deep

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Pirates' prospect Matt Fraizer makes hard contact against LHP Joe Rock on May 28, 2023

Pirates’ farm clubs picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday, with P.J. Hilson recording a multi-homer game for the second time in the past week. Hilson was just one of several young Bucs to continue a hot streak, as Termarr Johnson and Matt Fraizer enjoyed excellent days at the plate. 

Triple-A Indianapolis mounted a late-inning comeback against the Iowa Cubs, forcing the game to extra innings… although they eventually fell 8-7 via walkoff in the 11th.

The Altoona Curve rebounded to shut out the Erie Sea Wolves 2-0, with Sean Sullivan pitching six scoreless innings and a two-run eighth proving the difference.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers hosted a homer party, hitting five home runs as they worked to erase an early 10-2 deficit. They managed to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but eventually fell 14-12 in the 10th.

The Bradenton Marauders cruised to a 7-1 victory. Antwone Kelly kicked things off with four scoreless innings, punching out seven batters in the process.

Here’s a look at the top performing Pirates’ prospects on Wednesday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (21-23)

DH Jake Lamb

  • Game: 4-for-5 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .350/.440/.512 with 11 doubles and 3 homers in 35 games.

RF Matt Fraizer

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .216/.314/.373 with 5 doubles, a triple and 3 homers in 31 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

Double-A Altoona (11-30)

1B Seth Beer

  • Game: 3-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .307/.385/.421 with 5 doubles, a triple and 2 homers in 33 games.

RHP Sean Sullivan

  • Game: 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 K’s.
  • Season: 40.2 IP, 2.66 ERA, 30 K’s in 9 appearances (8 starts).

High-A Greensboro (23-18)

DH Termarr Johnson

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer and 2 walks.
  • Season: .197/.391/.323 with 5 doubles, a triple and a 3 homers in 39 games.

LF P.J. Hilson

  • Game: 2-for-5 with 2 homers.
  • Season: .211/.268/.478 with a double, a triple and 7 homers in 28 games between Single-A Bradenton and Greensboro.

Single-A Bradenton (18-23)

RHP Antwone Kelly

  • Game: 4 IP, 0 ER, 7 K’s.
  • Season: 32 IP, 5.34 ERA, 32 K’s in 8 appearances (6 starts).

3B Javier Rivas

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .153/.225/.229 with 6 doubles and a homer in 34 games.

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