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Pirates Prospect Watch: Bowen Doubles Twice, Davis Homers



Pittsburgh Pirates' Henry Davis adjusts his helmet between pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates minor league affiliates went 2-2 on Saturday. Henry Davis made his first appearance at Triple-A Indianapolis after beginning a rehab assignment there, while third baseman Jase Bowen continued to light it up in Double-A Altoona following his promotion earlier this week.

Triple-A Indianapolis (62-73)

RF Henry Davis

  • Game: 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk.
  • Season: .286/.436/.557 with 12 home runs in 52 minor league games.

CF Matt Gorski 

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Season: .242/.298/.443 with 17 home runs in 96 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

Indianapolis fell to the Toledo Mud Hens 13-2. Davis, the second batter of the game, homered in his first rehab start, but from there Toledo began to pour it on.

Double-A Altoona (62-66)

RHP Aaron Shortridge

  • Game: seven strikeouts and two earned runs in 5.1 innings.
  • Season: 5.12 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 135.1 innings for Altoona. 

RF Jase Bowen

  • Game: 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.
  • Season: .260/.334/.473 with 23 home runs in 112 games between Greensboro and Altoona.

The Curve took down the Harrisburg Senators 9-2 in a six-inning game shortened by rain. Shortridge allowed nine hits on the day, but the only runs he allowed were via home runs. Third baseman Joe Perez, first baseman Jacob Gonzalez and catcher Eli Wilson all added two-hit days.

High-A Greensboro (67-61)

2B Francisco Acuna

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .255/.347/.358 with 14 doubles and a home run in 52 games between Bradenton, Greensboro and Indianapolis

1B Josiah Sightler

  • Game: 2-for-4 with two singles. 
  • Season: .311/.381/.529 with 14 home runs in 59 games between rookie ball, Bradenton and Greensboro.

The Grasshoppers fell to the Bowling Green Hot Rods 9-4. Catcher Wyatt Hendrie added a home run, but Greensboro couldn’t muster enough offense to overcome eight runs allowed from starter Derek Diamond.

Single-A Bradenton (75-54)

1B Esmerlyn Valdez

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
  • Season: .308/.374/.509 with six home runs in 47 games between rookie ball and Bradenton.

2B Mitch Jebb

  • Game: 0-for-2 with a walk and two sacrifice fly RBI.
  • Season: .299/.384/.402 with a home run in 33 games for Bradenton.

Bradenton managed just three hits, but still overcame the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels 5-4 thanks to opportune hitting, walks and sacrifice flies in a fluky game.

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