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Pirates Prospect Watch: Brannigan, White Jr. Homer



Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales looks out of the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, June 23, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates went 2-2 on Sunday, with the teams in higher classifications losing and the lower league teams winning big. Triple-A Indianapolis managed just one extra base hit in their 3-2 loss, leaving 12 runners on base as they struggled to get the decisive hit. It was a similar story for the Altoona Curve, who managed just three hits in a 1-0 loss. Left-handed starter Anthony Solometo pitched four innings, allowing one hit and three walks in the process.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers won 7-2 with three-run blasts from Jack Brannigan and Lonnie White Jr., while the Bradenton Marauders put together a 4-0 shutout win aided by center fielder Ji-hwan Bae, who just began his rehab assignment.

Here are some noteworthy performances from the Pirates’ prospects.

Triple-A Indianapolis (5-4)

LF Canaan Smith-Njigba

  • Game: 2-for-3 with 2 singles.
  • Season: .231/.333/.231 in 4 games.

INF Nick Gonzales

  • Game: 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .405/.463/.595 with 4 doubles and a home run in 9 games.

Double-A Altoona (1-2)

2B Francisco Acuna

    • Game: 1-for-1 with 2 walks.
  • Season: 1.000/1.000/1.000 in 2 games.

1B Aaron Shackelford

  • Game: 2-for-4 with 2 singles.
  • Season: .167/.167/.167 in 3 games.

High-A Greensboro (2-1)

SS Jack Brannigan

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a home run, 2 walks and 3 RBI.
  • Season: .444/.643/.778 with a home run and 4 walks in 3 games.

DH Lonnie White Jr.

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI.
  • Season: .167/.286/.667 with 2 home runs in 3 games.

Single-A Bradenton (1-2)

RHP Landon Tomkins

  • Game: 2 IP, 4 K’s, 0 baserunners allowed and the save.
  • Season: 2 IP, 4 K’s, 0 baserunners allowed and a save.

CF Ji-hwan Bae

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
  • Season: 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.


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