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Pirates Prospect Watch: Henry Davis Slugs Two Home Runs

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Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Henry Davis hits in the batting cage during a baseball spring training workout Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Each of the four Pirates’ affiliates picked up a win on Thursday, with 2021 first overall pick Henry Davis leading the charge with a two-homer game.

Triple-A Indianapolis outlasted a comeback attempt from the Iowa Cubs, logging six homers in the 10-8 win. Beyond Davis, Matt Gorski—who enjoyed a multi-homer game himself on Sunday—Andrés Alvarez, Malcom Nuñez and Gilberto Celestino each cleared the fences.

The offensive explosion trickled down into Double-A, where the Altoona Curve slugged five home runs to beat the Erie Sea Wolves 11-5.

Runs scored tailed off in High-A, but the Greensboro Grasshoppers still put together a 5-3 win over the Greenville Drive. Hunter Barco got the start, allowing two runs and punching out three batters in five innings of work.

The Bradenton Marauders rounded out the slate with a 6-3 win, going 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position despite managing just one extra base hit.

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

Triple-A Indianapolis (22-23)

C Henry Davis

  • Game: 3-for-6 with 2 homers.
  • Season: .320/.469/.760 with 4 doubles and 6 homers in 14 games.

2B Andrés Alvarez

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
  • Season: .262/.329/.415 with 4 doubles and 2 homers in 19 games between Bradenton and Indianapolis.

Double-A Altoona (12-30)

LF Dustin Peterson

  • Game: 3-for-5 with a double and a homer.
  • Season: .172/.214/.250 with 2 doubles and a homer in 18 games between Indianapolis and Altoona.

1B Joe Perez

  • Game: 3-for-5 with a double and a homer.
  • Season: .212/.295/.354 with 5 doubles, a triple and a homer in 33 games between Indianapolis and Altoona.

High-A Greensboro (23-18)

LF Hudson Head

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: ..226/.364/.453 with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 6 homers in 33 games.

3B Charles McAdoo

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly.
  • Season: .313/.395/.537 with 8 doubles, 2 triples and 6 homers in 33 games.

Single-A Bradenton (19-23)

LHP Yoldin De La Paz

  • Game: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 K’s.
  • Season: 22.2 IP, 1.19 ERA, 24 K’s in 12 appearances.

CF Shalin Polanco

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .143/.208/.257 with 7 doubles and 3 homers in 36 games.

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