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Pirates Prospect Watch: Massey, Terrero Continue to Impress For Bradenton

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When looking at some possible under-the-radar Pittsburgh Pirates’ prospects, two of them call Low-A Bradenton home and each was impressive on Saturday.

Right-hander J.P. Massey has been racking up strikeouts this season and he picked up nine more in only five innings for the Marauders.

Outfielder Enmanuel Terrero, meanwhile, has seemingly been highlighted in just about every edition of Pirates Prospect Watch this season.

In addition to Massey and Terrero, there are plenty of prospects with noteworthy performances. Here are the highlights.

Indianapolis (17-20)

C Endy Rodriguez

  • Game stats: 1 for 2, one run, one walk, one HBP, one steal
  • Season stats: .250/.340/.398, two doubles, one triple three home runs, 11 RBIs, three steals, 22 games

2B Nick Gonzales

  • Game stats: 1 for 4, one run, one walk
  • Season stats: .273/.351/.424, five doubles, two triples, two home runs, five RBIs, one steal, 26 games

A coupe of top Pirates’ prospects had nice games at the plate for Indianapolis in their 3-1 win over the St. Paul Saints.

Right-hander Colin Selby earned his third save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth inning. He didn’t allow a baserunner and struck out two.

Altoona (15-15)

RF Matt Fraizer

  • Game stats: 3 for 4, three doubles, two RBIs, one run
  • Season stats: .267/.340/.400, six doubles, two home runs, six RBIs, two steals, 26 games

RHP Kyle Nicolas

  • Game stats: 5.0 innings, six hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts
  • Season stats: 2-4, 5.12 ERA, 18er/31.2ip, 39 hits, 16 walks, 36 strikeouts, seven appearances/seven starts

Thanks to Fraizer’s contributions at the plate and Nicolas’ on the mound, Altoona got to .500 with a 5-4 win over the Akron RubberDucks.

Pirates prospect Lolo Sanchez hit his third homer of the year while Andres Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a pair of runs.

Greensboro (20-12)

DH Sammy Siani

  • Game stats: 1 for 3, one home run, two RBIs, one run, one walk
  • Season stats: .279/.417/.500, three doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs, nine steals, 22 games

LF Jase Bowen

  • Game stats: 1 for 4, one home run, two RBIs, one run
  • Season stats: .272/.348/.505, six doubles, six home runs, 23 RBIs, seven steals, 26 games

Despite home runs from Siani and Bowen, the Grasshoppers were defeated 9-5 by the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.

Pirates prospect Ernny Ordonez had two hits while reliever Jaycob Deese threw two innings of scoreless relief with two punch outs.

Bradenton (19-13)

RHP J.P. Massey

  • Game stats: 5.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, nine strikeouts
  • Season stats: 2-2, 3.47 ERA, 9er/23.1ip, 21 hits, 13 walks, 35 strikeouts

1B Alexander Mojica

  • Game stats: 1 for 3, one home run, two RBIs, one run, one walk
  • Season stats: .250/.400/.417, five doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, one steal, 25 games

Mojica backed Massey’s excellent start with a home run as Bradenton defeated the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-2.

Like Mojica, Pirates prospect Shalin Polanco homered for the Marauders. Terrero, meanwhile, doubled, walked twice, drove in a run and scored once. The 20-year-old now has an OPS of .887 on the season.

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