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Pirates Prospect Watch: Lonnie White Jr. Continues to Rake



Pittsburgh Pirates' Nick Gonzales celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Colin Rea during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates took three of four games on Wednesday night with three one-score games and a blowout. Indianapolis allowed just two hits in their 4-3 win over Toledo, although eight walks issued meant it took a ninth-inning RBI single from Billy McKinney to secure victory. Altoona secured a comeback win after a rough outing from their starter for the second consecutive night, with Po-Yu Chen lit up for five runs (four earned) in 3.1 innings. 

Greensboro was the only team to breathe easy, cruising to a 7-1 win, while Bradenton fell 2-1, unable to scrape the tying run across in a seventh inning rally.

Here are some of the top performing Pirates prospects on Wednesday.


Triple-A Indianapolis (6-5)

2B Nick Gonzales

  • Game: 2-for-5 with 2 doubles.
  • Season: .391/.451/.609 with 7 doubles and a home run in 11 games.

LHP Geronimo Franzua

  • Game: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1K, SV.
  • Season: 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 K’s and 3 SV in 5 appearances.

Double-A Altoona (3-2)

2B Jackson Glenn

    • Game: 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Season: .263/.364/.368 with 2 doubles in 5 games.

1B Aaron Shackelford

  • Game: 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and an intentional walk.
  • Season: .300/.364/.700 with 2 home runs and 2 doubles in 5 games.

High-A Greensboro (3-2)

RHP Alessandro Ercolani

  • Game: 4 IP, 0 ER, 5 K’s, .75 WHIP.
  • Season: 4 IP, 0 ER, 5 K’s.

CF Lonnie White Jr.

Single-A Bradenton (1-4)

C Omar Alfonzo

    • Game: 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Season: .231/.375/.308 with a double in 4 games.

RF Jauri Custodio

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a triple.
  • Season: .167/.286/.500 in 3 games.

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